Lady 'Cats hit road to California


Lady 'Cats hit road to California

Lady 'Cats hit road to California

By K-State Athletic Communications

Following a brief break for the holidays, Kansas State will conclude the 2012 calendar year and the non-conference portion of its 2012-13 schedule with a Saturday trip to the west coast. The Wildcats will visit UC Santa Barbara for a 4 p.m. tip at the UCSB Thunderdome. This will be the second meeting between the schools and the first since Dec. 29, 1986.

Saturday afternoon's game will be broadcast on the K-State Sports Network and for free online at Providing the play-by-play and color will be the Brian Smoller and former K-State letter-winner Danielle Zanotti. Fans can also follow the free live stats at and receive updates on Twitter by following @kstate_gameday.

The Wildcats avenged last season's loss to UNLV with an 80-54 win to close out its week at the World Vision Classic in Las Vegas. With the win, K-State ended a three-game losing streak.

For the 11th straight game this season, K-State reached double figures in steals with a season-high 18. For the season, the Wildcats have 138 steals (12.5 spg) which are the most through 11 games in the Deb Patterson era.

K-State (8-3) was led by senior and All-America candidate Brittany Chambers with 28 points and a career-high 15 rebounds. Chambers, who was named to the World Vision Classic All-Tournament team, averaged 20.3 points, 9.7 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 2.7 steals, despite playing with a high ankle sprain she suffered on Dec 16 against UTEP.

Chambers carded her 10th career double-double and third this season by halftime, as she had 11 points and 11 rebounds at the break. She has scored 20 or more points in five games this season and K-State has now won 18 straight games when Chambers scores 20 or more points. Chambers also added five assists and four steals to her final stat line.

For the season, Chambers leads the Wildcats and ranks second in the Big 12 in scoring (19.0 ppg). She also paces the squad in rebounding (7.9), assists (3.0 apg), 3-point field goals made and attempted (31-of-77, .403) and free throws made and attempted (22-of-26; .846). She ranks sixth in the league in rebounding and fourth for defensive rebounds per game (5.7 drpg).

Joining Chambers in double figures against UNLV was freshman Bri Craig. Craig tallied a career-high 15 points and reached double figures for the fourth time in the last five games.

Also averaging double figures this season is sophomore Haley Texada. The product of Frisco, Texas, is averaging 12.1 points.

and has scored in double figures in eight of the first 10 games.

The Lady Wildcats open their Big 12 Conference schedule on Tuesday with a road trip to nearby Lawrence for a 7 p.m. tip-off against the Kansas Lady Jayhawks.

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