KSU women win in WNIT

3/26/2013

KSU women win in WNIT

KSU women win in WNIT

By K-State Athletics Communications

MANHATTAN — Brittany Chambers scored a game-high 28 points as Kansas State ran past Illinois State, 57-48, in the second round of the Women's National Invitational Tournament on Monday night in Bramlage Coliseum.

Although K-State (17-17) shot a frigid 30 percent from the field, the Wildcats connected on 11 shots from beyond the arc on their way to setting a new Big 12 record for most 3-pointers made in a season with 302. The previous mark was held by Iowa State, which registered 300 treys during the 2000 and 2001 seasons.

Haley Texada joined Chambers as the only other Wildcat in double figures as she added 13 points. Despite facing a considerable size advantage, K-State out-rebounded Illinois State, 45-35, led by Chambers and Chantay Caron, who pulled down eight boards apiece.

After back-and-forth action to open the game, K-State was able to take control thanks to a 15-4 scoring run, fueled by Chambers, who scored 12 of the Wildcats' final 17 points of the first half. For the second straight game, Chambers dominated from the beginning, pouring in 21 points before the half.

The two teams traded blows for much of the second half before K-State opened up an 18-point lead with just under 13 minutes to play. Despite the deficit, the Redbirds were able to chip away at the Wildcat lead by holding K-State without a field goal for nearly seven minutes, cutting K-State's lead to eight points with just under a minute remaining in the contest.

With Monday night's win, Kansas State advances to the Round of 16 of the 2013 WNIT and will face Ball State at 7 p.m. Thursday in Bramlage Coliseum.

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