Brittany Chambers provided 42 reasons last Thursday to remind everyone the Kansas State women are still alive and well in March.
The Wildcats cruised to a 72-44 rout of Texas Southern behind Chambers’ school-record 42 points in the Women’s NIT opener at Bramlage Coliseum.
Chambers was 15 of 25 from the floor, including 9 of 15 from behind the arc against the Tigers. The senior guard scored a school-record 29 points in the first half alone.
“It was an exciting first round game for us to watch Brittany set all kinds of records and come out with an extraordinary offensive performance,” K-State coach Deb Patterson said Thursday. “You could really just see that Brittany Chambers was at her offensive best. She scored in a variety of ways and just had a beautiful stroke.”
K-State will be looking for more from Chambers tonight when the Wildcats host Illinois State at 7 p.m. from Bramlage Coliseum with a trip to the WNIT quarterfinals on the line.
The Wildcats, who are making their third straight postseason appearance and 11th in the last 12 years, will look to slow a Redbirds squad that knocked off IUPUI 63-47 on Thursday. Illinois State (24-10) finished third in the Missouri Valley regular season at 13-5 and second in the Valley tournament, losing 69-65 to Wichita State. The Wildcats (16-17) defeated the Shockers 48-43 in Wichita on Dec. 4.
Illinois State features a trio of players averaging double figures, led by 5-foot-8 senior guard Jamie Russell at 14.4 points per game. Sophomore forward Janae Smith is averaging 13.4 points and eight rebounds a game, while senior guard Candace Sykes scores 13.1 points and grabs 5.8 rebounds a game.
K-State is 10-2 all-time in four WNIT appearances, winning the tournament in 2006 and advancing to the semifinals in 2007.