CHARLOTTE, N.C. – With Haley Texada doing the heavy lifting in the first half for K-State, Brittany Chambers put the Wildcats on her back in the closing stages of the game on Saturday night to push K-State to a 67-63 win at Charlotte. K-State is now 4-0 for the first time since the 2010-11 season and for the sixth time in the Deb Patterson era.
Chambers recorded a game-high 22 points on 9-of-15 shooting from the field while playing all 40 minutes. Texada, making her first career start, recorded career-highs of 17 points, eight rebounds, four assists and four steals.
After K-State extended its halftime lead to 15, 40-25, on layups from Chantay Caron and Chambers to begin the second half, Charlotte (3-1) started a rally of its own. A pair of steals and two long rebounds resulted in run out opportunities, as the 49ers trimmed the K-State lead to seven, 40-33, with 17:10 to play in the second half.
K-State had the answer for the 49ers’ run, using a 10-0 run of its own to hold a 54-41 lead with 10:36 to play. Chambers was strong during the run, scoring five points, while Knoll added a three from the top of the key and Marissa Ellis converted a transition layup. Ashlynn Knoll recorded 10 of K-State’s 12 bench points on Saturday.
The 49ers chipped away at the K-State lead for the next nine minutes and worked the deficit to one, 62-61, on a Ny Hammonds layup. The Wildcats were able to rebuild the lead to four, 67-63, as Chambers tallied a layup with 1:20 remaining and two free throws with 10 seconds left. Chambers scored seven of K-State’s last eight points.
After Charlotte secured an early two-point lead, K-State thundered back with a 9-2 run to capture an 18-13 lead with 11:33 remaining in the opening half. Texada was strong during the run, carding five of the nine points.
After the teams traded baskets during the early stages of the game, the pace of the game picked up over a five-minute s of the contest, as K-State was able to hold off the 49ers after Charlotte tallied a 6-0 run to narrow the game to 23-21 with 7:57 to play.
The Wildcats closed out the first half on the strength of a 13-4 run. The effort started with four straight points from Ashlynn Knoll and a fastbreak layup from Texada to push K-State into a 31-21 lead with 3:14 remaining. The Wildcats continued to put the heat on the 49ers, as Chambers carded an off-balance layup followed by a pull-up jumper from Texada before the halftime buzzer to give K-State a 36-25 halftime lead.
Kansas State shot .410 from the field and were strong again defensively by holding Charlotte to .382 shooting, including .083 from beyond the arc (1-of-12). During the two-game road trip, K-State held its opponents to 1-of-22 shooting from the 3-point line.
The Wildcats will bring their unbeaten record back to Bramlage Coliseum on Friday, Nov. 30 to face Mississippi Valley State at 7 p.m.