WICHITA — The Kansas State women’s basketball team used a strong defensive effort and an 11-0 run to open the second half to defeat Wichita State 48-43 on Tuesday night.
The Wildcats are now 6-0 on the season.
Brittany Chambers paced the Wildcats with a game-high 18 points. The senior guard also added six rebounds and three steals.
K-State used a quick 9-2 start to take control of the early stages of the first half. Chambers led the early charge with seven points, which included three layups and a free throw.
Wichita State chipped its way back to within three at 9-6 to force a K-State timeout with 14:29 to play. The timeout was successful, as the Wildcats surged to an 8-0 run to secure a 17-6 lead with 10:24 remaining in the opening half. Haley Texada tallied four points on the K-State run and finished with six points for the night.
After taking the 11-point lead, the Wildcats went cold from the field for the final 10 minutes of the first half, making just one field goal during the stretch.
The Shockers were able to capitalize on the K-State drought and bring the K-State lead to five at the break, 20-15.
Both teams shot 30 percent from the field in the opening half, as K-State was 9-of-30, while Wichita State was 6-of-20. The Wildcats forced the Shockers into 11 turnovers, with K-State scoring 10 points off of those miscues.
After Wichita State cut the K-State lead to three to start the second half, the Wildcats burst out on an 11-0 run to boost its lead to 14, 31-17, with 14:50 to play.
Chambers jump started the run with a layup, followed by the Wildcats’ first 3-pointer of the night from Kendra Spresser. Chambers converted 1-of-2 from the foul line and then scored on a jumper when Chantay Caron chased down Chambers’ missed free throw.
Mariah White, who returned to the team after a suspension in the month of November, tallied her first points of the season by banking in a deep 3-pointer to beat the shot clock with 15:12 to play. White notched five points, four rebounds, four assists and two steals off the bench.
With a 17-5 run that covered more than four minutes in the second half, the Shockers trimmed K-State’s lead to three at 41-38 with 5:50 to play. Alex Harden recorded seven points during the rally for Wichita State.
A jumper from Jessica Diamond brought the Shockers within two, 42-40, but Caron answered with her first points of the night with a jumper in the lane with 2:09 to go. After a defensive stop by the Wildcats, Chambers converted an acrobatic layup as the shot clock expired to give K-State a 46-40 lead.
K-State returns to Bramlage Coliseum to start a two-game homestand this Sunday against South Dakota at 2 p.m.
Fans coming to Sunday’s game are encouraged to take part in the Operation Santa Claus, as fans may donate a new toy for the Fort Riley “Operation Santa Claus” and purchase a general admission ticket for $3. For more ticket information, visit http://www.kstatesports.com/tickets, call the K-State Athletics Ticket Office at (800) 221-CATS or visit the office in Bramlage Coliseum.