LAS VEGAS — The Kansas State women’s basketball team looked to bounce back from its first loss of the season by notching an upset on No. 22 Texas A&M at the World Vision Classic, but the Aggies used a strong second half to hold the Wildcats back, 83-60, on Wednesday afternoon at the Cox Pavilion.
K-State (7-2) was led by sophomore Haley Texada and senior Brittany Chambers.
Texada registered a career-high 19 points on 7-of-14 shooting. The product of Frisco, Texas, has scored in double figures in seven of the eight games she has played this season.
Chambers, coming off the bench due to a high ankle sprain suffered against UTEP on Sunday and ending a stretch of 101 consecutive starts, played an inspiring 28 minutes to record 15 points on 7-of-15 shooting and a team-high seven rebounds.
Chambers has now scored in double figures in eight games this season and 82 for her career.
Texas A&M (7-3) jumped out to a quick 6-0 lead, as Kelsey Bone registered all six points to force a K-State timeout with 18:34 to play in the first half.
Bone finished with a game-high 22 points on 11-of-13 shooting. K-State regrouped with 3-pointers from Chantay Caron and Texada and narrowed the deficit to two at 8-6.
After the Aggies carded a 13-6 lead with 14:44 remaining, K-State used a 10-2 run to take a 16-15 lead with 11:40 to play in the first half. Chambers recorded four points during the rally, while Texada hit a second 3-pointer.
The Wildcats, who play No. 5 Notre Dame tonight at 5, extended its lead to three at 18-15 on an Ashia Woods layup with 10:54 remaining.
Texas A&M put together an 8-2 run to capture a 23-20 lead with 8:10 to play. A deep 3-pointer from Chambers cut the Aggies’ lead to two, 31-29, with 3:08 to play. Texas A&M proceeded to close out the half on an 8-2 run, highlighted by four points in the final 15 seconds, to hold a 41-33 lead over the Wildcats.
The Wildcats narrowed Texas A&M’s lead to 43-38, with 18:40 to play in the half. Texada scored three points early in the second half to cut the deficit.
With K-State trailing 50-42, Texas A&M went on another run — this time with 10 unanswered points during a span of three minutes to secure a 60-42 lead with 12:17 left.
The Wildcats rallied with a 6-0 run, highlighted by four points from Bri Craig, to cut the Aggies’ lead to 62-50 with 10:05 remaining, but it wasn’t going to be enough.
Texas A&M distanced itself from K-State with a 15-4 run over a six-and-a-half minute stretch to secure the win.
In a unique scheduling twist, the Wildcats will play the fifth-ranked Irish tonight in the second round of the World Vision Classic.