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Chambers powers Cats past UNLV

By The Mercury

LAS VEGAS —  Showing no signs of the high-ankle sprain that knocked her from Kansas State’s loss to UTEP last Sunday, Brittany Chambers appeared to be her best on Friday.

The senior scored a game-high 28 points and hauled down a career-high 15 rebounds to go along with five assists in the Wildcats’ convincing 80-54 win over UNLV at the Cox Pavilion to close out the World Vision Classic.

K-State’s dominating performance, in a rematch of the 2011 BTI Invitational in Las Vegas, snapped a three-game losing skid.

Chambers was10-of-22 from the field, including 5-of-11 from behind the arc, in 31 minutes.

The Jordan, Minn., native who averaged 20 points and 10 rebounds in the three games in Las Vegas,  recorded her 10th-career double-double and third this season by halftime with 11 points and 11 rebounds at the break.

Chambers has scored 20 or more points in five games this season and K-State has now won 18 straight games when Chambers has scored at least 20.

Joining Chambers in double figures was freshman Bri Craig. The Lincoln, Neb., native tallied a career-high 15 points and reached double figures for the fourth time in the last five games.

For the 11th straight game this season, K-State reached double figures in steals with a season-high 18.

After the Runnin’ Rebels narrowed K-State’s early lead to one at 13-12 with 11:39 remaining in the first half, the Wildcats put together a 20-4 run to secure a 33-16 lead at the half.

During the run, K-State’s defense held UNLV without a basket for seven minutes.

Chambers jump started the run with consecutive 3-pointers, followed by four points from Caron.

Ashlynn Knoll helped cap the run with four points, two on a turnaround jumper and another two on a coast-to-coast steal and layup with 6:15 to play.

Chambers and Craig carded the first 12 points of the second for the Wildcats. Chambers opened the half with back-to-back jumpers, while Craig drained eight straight points, including consecutive 3-pointers to boost K-State’s lead to 45-22 with 15:04 to play.

The Wildcats (8-3) built a 26-point advantage, as Mariah White and Haley Texada each carded consecutive corner 3-pointers to push K-State’s lead to 65-39, with less than five minutes to play.

K-State shot 45 percent from the   field in the game, but was red-hot in the second half when the Cats buried shots at a 57 percent clip. Thanks to Chambers’ big night on the glass, the Wildcats also won the rebounding battle 42-31, including 14 offensive rebounds.

The Wildcats will have a brief break for the holidays, before returning to action on Dec. 29 with a game at UC Santa Barbara at 4 p.m. (CST).

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