Childs powers K-State to 53-50 victory

By Brady Bauman

The Kansas State women’s basketball team was struggling out of the gate against Oklahoma State Wednesday night in Bramlage Coliseum.

Earlier in the conference season the Wildcats went down to Stillwater and made quick work of the Cowgirls with 11 3-pointers in the victory. The outside game was working so well that senior forward Jalana Childs totaled just two points and attempted only five shots.

The perimeter game wasn’t nearly as hot Wednesday night. In fact, it wasn’t even warm for K-State.

The Wildcats were 0-for-11 before the first 3-pointer fell with 9 minutes left in the game.

Before that make, K-State’s outside shooting was as cold as it was supposed to be outside Bramlage Coliseum on a February night.

Childs picked up the slack, though.

At halftime, the 6-foot-2 Orlando, Fla., native totaled 18 of the Wildcats’ 22 points. She added four more points in the second half. Childs’ assist to teammate Mariah White with 48 seconds left in regulation led to K-State’s fourth and final trey of the game that broke a 47-all tie.

The Wildcats edged the Cowgirls 53-50, and Childs led the game with 22 points off 11-of-20 shooting. She was a point away from tying her season high.

“Jalana was just an all-league player tonight,” K-State coach Deb Patterson said. “She was unbelievably tremendous in both halves. She didn’t get as many touches in the second half, but she continued to compete extremely well and maximized every touch she got. She played strong.”

It’s the fourth straight double-figure game for Childs after she was held to eight points combined against Baylor and at Texas A&M. Since those two games, Childs has scored 18, 13, 14 and now 22 points throughout the past four contests. It’s also the seventh time she’s posted 20 or more points this season.

“It was just a lot of pick-and-pop basketball going on,” Childs said. “It’s not the game I prefer, but if I’m open I’ll take the shot. I was feeling good tonight.”

Childs continued that her teammates were able to find her, and joked that she is always willing to help boost her teammates’ stats.

“It was good my teammates got me the ball,” she said. “It got their assist numbers up — that’s what I was working on… that’s all I was aiming on, of course.”

Patterson added to the lighthearted comments.

“She’s such a wonderful teammate — she’s always thinking of others,” Patterson quipped.

All kidding aside, Childs said she felt some responsibility to her team when long-range shots weren’t going in for K-State.

“At a point in the first half, I realized I was the only one really scoring,” she said. “So I felt like the ball kept coming to me and that play — that pick-and-pop — kept coming. So I took the shot and it was good for us. It really kept us in the game.”

Childs said the offensive resurgence since the four-point totals against both Baylor and A&M has been the result of strengthened confidence.

“It just came with me deciding that I’m going to be here for my team,” she said. “I know my team needs me to be an offensive threat and that I had to turn it back on… to stick together with my teammates.

“I know what I can do and know what I have done. It’s just doing it.”

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