AMES, Iowa — Seniors Brittany Chambers and Mariah White combined to score 58 points Saturday, but it wasn’t enough, as the 25th-ranked Iowa State Cyclones eased past Kansas State, 87-71, at Hilton Coliseum.
With the loss, the Wildcats’ losing streak now goes to four straight games. K-State (12-11, 3-8) hasn’t won since its upset of No. 12 Oklahoma State on Jan. 23 in Manhattan.
Chambers scored a season-high 34 points — including 13 of 17 from the foul line — to go along with 12 rebounds and four assists. The Jordan, Minn., native also moved into third in school history with 1,824 career points, passing Ashley Sweat. Chambers also moved into 10th in K-State history with 308 career assists. She became the third player in Wildcats history to rank in the Top 10 in scoring, rebounding and assists.
White scored a career-high 25 points and grabbed six rebounds in the losing effort Saturday, marking the first K-State duo to combine for at least 50 points in a game since Jalana Childs and Chambers tallied 54 points at Nebraska in 2011. White was 8 of 13 from the field and 6 for 6 at the free-throw line.
Iowa State, which led 51-29 at halftime, had four players in double figures, led by Hallie Christofferson’s 25 points. Senior forward Chelsea Poppens finished with 22 points and 18 rebounds. Nicole Blaskowsky scored 13 points and Anna Prins added 10. Nikki Moody dished out 13 assists.
The Cyclones (17-5, 8-4) wasted little time getting going Saturday, using a 15-4 run early in the first half to take a commanding 23-8 lead with 11:53 to play. K-State cut the deficit to 23-14 with 10:49 to go in the opening half on back-to-back 3-pointers from White and Chambers, but never could get back into the game.
Iowa State shot 61 percent from the field in the first half to lead by 24 points at halftime. The Cyclones finished 51 percent shooting for the game and dominated the Wildcats on the glass 44-25, while collecting a whopping 29 assists to just 11 turnovers.
K-State, which shot 40 percent from the field, cut the Cyclones’ lead to 17 at 63-46 with 12:35 to play in the game, but couldn’t get closer. Iowa State used a 10-5 run to rebuild its lead to 22 points at 73-51 with 7:48 remaining.
The Wildcats, who made 6 of 24 from behind the arc and 12 of 27 at the free-throw line, return to Bramlage Coliseum to host Texas on Wednesday at 7 p.m. The Longhorns defeated the Wildcats by 19 points in Austin on Jan. 26. Wednesday’s game will be broadcast on Fox Sports-Kansas City and on K-StateHD.TV.