Texada’s 17 points lift Wildcats

By The Mercury

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — With a 16-6 run early in the second half, the Kansas State women’s basketball team opened its road schedule with a 62-47 win over Tennessee State on Tuesday night.

The Wildcats, who improved to 3-0 for the seventh time in the last nine seasons, were led by sophomore guard Haley Texada, who poured in a career-high 17 points off the bench.

Texada pulled the Wildcats out of a sluggish start to the second half by scoring nine straight points. The product of Frisco, Texas, scored 14 second-half points to spark K-State.

Joining Texada in double figures was senior guard Brittany Chambers with 14 points. The All-America candidate also hauled in nine rebounds and had four assists. Chambers now ranks 14th in school history for career rebounds with 605 and ranks 16th in the program’s history with 252 career assists.

K-State used an early 13-0 run in the first half to jump out to a 13-2 lead on Tennessee State. Caron converted a pair of layups to ignite the run, while Chambers put on the finishing touches with her 242nd career 3-point field goal. With the connection, Chambers now ranks 12th in Big 12 history with 243 career 3-pointers made.

Tennessee State cut the K-State lead to three on three separate occasions before the end of the half, including the Wildcats’ 28-25 halftime lead. Aiding K-State’s first-half edge was junior Kendra Spresser, who scored the Wildcats’ final four points of the opening stanza with a layup on an offensive rebound and a pair of free throws. Spresser finished the night with a career-high nine points and 12 rebounds, including nine on the defensive glass.

In the second half, K-State was boosted by four points from Chambers followed by nine straight points from Texada to build a 48-32 lead with 12:33 remaining. The Wildcats were able to build their lead to 58-38 with 5:03 remaining in the game to comfortably distance themselves from the Lady Tigers.

For the night, K-State shot 36 percent from the field and held Tennessee State without a conversion from beyond the arc on 10 attempts. The K-State defense also forced the Lady Tigers into 19 turnovers on the night.

K-State will conclude its two-game road trip on Saturday, as the Wildcats face Charlotte at 6 p.m.

The Wildcats return home on Nov. 30 to face Mississippi Valley State at 7 p.m. This begins a stretch of three home games in their next four. The game against Mississippi Valley State is part of a “Wildcat Weekend,” as fans can purchase a general admission ticket for $3 when showing their football ticket to the following day’s game against Texas.

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