K-State women fall to KU in Big 12 opener
By K-State Athletic Communications
LAWRENCE — With a 17-3 run to close out the first half, Kansas State's women's basketball team took a two-point lead into the break, but Kansas rallied early in the second half and held off the Wildcats, 72-63, on Wednesday night at Allen Fieldhouse. The loss was K-State's first road defeat of the season.
K-State (9-4, 0-1 Big 12) was paced by Haley Texada with a career-high 21 points, including a career-high and K-State season-high of 8-of-9 from the free throw line. Chantay Caron recorded a season-high 11 points, six rebounds and a career-high five steals off the bench.
Brittany Chambers added 15 points and five rebounds. Chambers has scored in double figures in 12 of 13 games this season and in 86 career games. The All-America candidate moved into a tie for seventh in Big 12 history for career 3-point field goals made with 268.
Kansas (10-2, 1-0) saw five players reach double figures on Wednesday night led by Angel Goodrich with 17 points and nine assists.
Kansas used a 7-2 run early in the first half to secure a 13-8 lead, as Monica Engelman carded a jumper with 14:37 to play. K-State narrowed the deficit to one, as Caron nailed a jumper in the lane followed by a backdoor layup from Chambers with 10:24 to play.
The Jayhawks extended their lead to 12, 31-19 with 4:40 remaining, as Goodrich carded a pair of layups during a 10-1 run late in the first half. The Wildcats responded with a 17-3 run, including an 11-0 burst in the final 1:52, to close out the first stanza and hold a 36-34 lead at the break. Texada was crucial during the rally, as she recorded 11 of her 13 first half points during the run.
KU regrouped at the half and used a 12-4 run in the first five minutes of the second half to take a 46-40 lead with 14:36 to play. K-State was 1-of-9 from the field during the Jayhawks' run.
After Kansas built its second half lead to 10, K-State closed to within four, 56-52, with 7:24 remaining. Caron tallied four points during the K-State run to close the gap. KU then pieced together five straight points to lead by nine, 61-52, with 5:39 remaining.
For the 13th straight game this season, K-State reached double figures in steals with 11. For the season, the Wildcats have 159 steals which are the most through 13 games in the Deb Patterson era.
K-State returns to Bramlage Coliseum to begin the home portion of its Big 12 schedule on Saturday against TCU (7-5, 0-1 Big 12) at 6 p.m.
Kansas plays at West Virginia (8-4, 0-1) at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.