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Chambers scores 36 in loss at WVU

By The Mercury

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Brittany Chambers is trying to end the losing streak. On Tuesday night, the senior tried her best to do it on her own with a career-high 36 points, but it still wasn’t enough in the end.

West Virginia erased an eight-point halftime deficit, winning 66-57 at WVU Coliseum and handing Kansas State its fourth straight loss.

Chambers was 14-of-25 shooting, including 6 of 10 from behind the arc to go along with eight rebounds and three assists. It was Chambers’ fourth career game with at least 30 points and second this month after scoring 34 points at Iowa State on Feb. 9. The scoring barrage also marked the most points scored against a conference opponent in school history.

After both teams traded field goals in the early stages of the first half, K-State (13-15, 4-12 Big 12) wrestled control of the game with three straight 3-pointers to jumpstart a 14-5 run. Haley Texada started the run with a corner 3, followed by consecutive 3-pointers from Chambers. The Wildcats led 22-15 with 7:56 to play in the first half following Chambers’ third 3 of the half.

K-State built its lead to 10 on three separate occasions in the first half. The first time came on Chambers’ fourth 3-pointer of the half. The second on an acrobatic runner by Chambers as the shot clock expired to make the score 27-17 with 5:47 to play. The final 10-point lead for the Wildcats came on another acrobatic layup by Chambers to give K-State a 31-21 lead with 1:26 to play.

But the 31-23 halftime lead didn’t last for the Wildcats, who lost the season series to the Mountaineers.

K-State opened the second half slow, as West Virginia used an 11-3 run to tie the game at 34 with 15:52 remaining in the game. Ayana Dunning started the rally with four points. She finished with 15 points and seven rebounds.

The Wildcats fought back with three straight 3-pointers for a 43-36 lead with 13:03 to play and forced a West Virginia timeout. Chantay Caron drained a 3 from the top of the key to start the run, followed by a high-arcing 3 from Mariah White. Chambers capped it with a step-back trey. Caron was the only other Wildcat in double figures with 11 points.

West Virginia battled back into the lead with an 18-4 run to hold a 54-47 advantage with 6:04 remaining. Jess Harlee provided seven of her 11 points during the Mountaineers’ rally.

Chambers, who now has 1,932 career points, brought the Wildcats back to within four points at 58-54 with 3:07 to play on her sixth 3-pointer of the game. But a pair of empty possessions by K-State down the stretch was all the Mountaineers needed to seal the victory.

Including Dunning and Harlee, four players reached double figures for West Virginia (17-10, 9-7). Christal Caldwell scored 15 points, while Averee Fields added 10 points.

For the game, K-State shot 35 percent from the field, while West Virginia shot 43 percent. The Mountaineers held a 41-35 edge rebounds and dominated the Wildcats in the paint 40-16 and beat K-State 20-9 on second-chance points.

The Wildcats will return to Bramlage Coliseum to host their regular season home finale on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. against Texas Tech. Saturday’s game will be senior day, as K-State will honor the accomplishments of its two seniors, Chambers and White.

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