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Wildcats heading east looking to break losing streak

By The Mercury

Kansas State women’s basketball coach Deb Patterson has had just one losing season in the previous 11 years. But with just three games remaining in the regular season, and the Wildcats riding a three-game skid, K-State is in danger of finishing below .500 for the first time since the 2009-10 season.

The Wildcats dipped below .500 for the first time this season with their 69-50 loss at home to Iowa State on Saturday. On Tuesday, K-State will travel to Morgantown, W.Va., for the first time in the program’s history looking to snap their losing streak against the Mountaineers.

K-State, riddled with season-ending injuries, lost at home to West Virginia 66-52 on Jan. 12 — a game the Wildcats led most of the way until the Mountaineers took the lead for good midway through the second half.

West Virginia enters the 6 p.m. game with a 16-10 overall record and an 8-7 mark in the Big 12, putting it sixth in the league standings. The Mountaineers have won two of their last three, including a big win at Iowa State last week and a key win at Kansas on Feb. 9.

The Wildcats, who close their home slate on Saturday against Texas Tech, have only won once in the last eight games — a 68-47 rout of Texas on Feb. 13 at Bramlage Coliseum. K-State (13-14, 4-11) is eighth in the Big 12, three games behind the Jayhawks and one game better than the Longhorns.

One bright spot for the Wildcats this season, however, has been the play of senior guard Brittany Chambers. The Jordan, Minn., native has climbed the school record books and shattered records throughout the season — leading the Wildcats at 19.2 points and 7.5 rebounds a game. Now third in school history with 1,875 points — behind only Nicole Ohlde and Kendra Wecker — Chambers became the second player in Big 12 history to record more than 300 career 3-pointers, joining former Wildcat Laurie Koehn, who is the all-time NCAA leader with 392 treys. Chambers is just the 32nd player in NCAA history to record 300 3-pointers, while K-State is the only school in NCAA Division-I history to have two reach the milestone.

A workhorse for the Wildcats the last four years, Chambers has also broken the record for the most minutes played at K-State, eclipsing the mark set by Shalee Lehning. The Senior CLASS Award finalist is the third player in school history and fifth in Big 12 history to record at least 1,800 points, 750 rebounds and 300 assists.

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