LAS VEGAS — Brittany Chambers led a balanced offensive performance on Sunday night to pick apart the North Dakota State Bison in the opening round of the BTI Invitational.
Behind Chambers’ game-high 16 points, the Wildcats won their fourth straight game, cruising past the Bison 70-47 at the Cox Pavilion.
The Wildcats will face Northwestern (9-1) tonight and then UNLV (8-3) on Tuesday — both at 9:30 p.m. Northwestern defeated UNLV 79-49 on Sunday.
Chambers was 4-of-12 from the field — including 2-for-8 behind the arc. The junior guard also hauled down five rebounds and dished out five assists.
The Wildcats’ offensive attack was efficient, as K-State shot 44 percent from the field and turned the ball over a season-low six times.
Defensively, K-State (7-2) took advantage of Bison mistakes, scoring 29 points off 21 North Dakota State turnovers, including 11 steals. NDSU shots 36 percent from the field, but did win the battle on the glass, outrebounding the Cats 39-28.
Joining Chambers in double figures was senior forward Jalana Childs, who added 12 points and five rebounds. Childs was 5-of-11 from the field.
North Dakota State (2-9) was paced by Dani DeGagne with 16 points, while Abby Plucker added seven points and nine rebounds.
K-State built a 13-7 first half lead following a Chambers reverse layup. The Bison closed the gap to two at 13-11 on a DeGagne lay-in. The Wildcats were able to push back out in front of NDSU with a 9-4 run highlighted by consecutive baskets from Childs for a 22-17 lead.
After North Dakota State cut K-State’s lead again to two at 22-20 with 6:12 remaining, the Wildcats closed out the opening stanza with a 9-2 spurt.
During the run, Tasha Dickey notched a layup and a 3-pointer to help push the Wildcats to a 31-22 halftime lead.
The Wildcats built a 15-point advantage in the first six minutes of the second half at 39-24 with an 8-2 run.
K-State forced NDSU into four turnovers during the stretch. The Wildcats continued to build their lead, reaching a high of 29 with 2:09 remaining on a JuliAnne Chisholm 3-pointer.
The K-State bench was solid in the win, outscoring the Bison bench 26-6 — seven Wildcats combining for the 26 points, including nine from Chantay Caron on 4-of-5 shooting from the field.