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Chambers leads Kansas State women to upset of No. 5 Texas A&M

MANHATTAN — When Kansas State's women lost the lead with six minutes to play Wednesday night, coach Deb Patterson was looking for someone to produce. Brittany Chambers did, and K-State may have earned its way into the NCAA Tournament.

The sophomore guard scored a career-high 35 points, including seven three-pointers, to lead the Wildcats over No. 5 Texas A&M 71-67 at Bramlage Coliseum.

With a taller and more physical Aggie team, K-State was expecting their forwards to help keep the Aggies off the boards. But in the opening minute, K-State forward and leading scorer Jalana Childs to an injury. She hit the floor hard on her tailbone and did not return.

"Hopefully, through treatment we'll be able to get her back before too much time elapses," Patterson said.

Leaving K-State with a strong height disadvantage, the guards took over.

The Wildcats (19-9, 9-6 Big 12) jumped out to a 20-5 lead behind Chambers and sophomore guard Taelor Karr, who chipped in 14 points.

"Jalana was out of the game and I knew that someone had to step up," Chambers said. "Tonight I did get the ball so I took the open shots. I didn't expect it against a team like A&M with such great defense."

The Aggies stormed back behind the Big 12's leading scorer, Danielle Adams, and had a 7-0 run of their own to cut the halftime deficit to four.

"We had space, great movement and everyone was cutting hard," Karr said. "I got a couple good looks early and luckily I knocked them down."

"That opened things up for Brittany so they could not just focus on her."

Adams finished with 19 points on 7-of-18 shooting. Sidney Colson led A&M with 21 points and seven assists. Sydney Carter added 16 for the Aggies (24-4, 12-3 Big 12).

Despite being outrebounded 40-26, the Wildcats kept their composure and leaned on Chambers to carry them down the stretch.

After losing the lead, Chambers followed Patterson's timeout with the energy the Wildcats desperately needed. After the Aggies missed, Chambers dove on the ground and tipped the loose ball to Karr for a layup to take the lead back and then hit her seventh and final three-pointer on the next possession gave the Wildcats the lead for the final time.

"Tonight we got beat by the better team," Texas A&M coach Gary Blair said. "The better team outplayed us tonight and we could not force enough turnovers."

K-State (19-9, 9-6 Big 12) is tied with Iowa State for fourth in the Big 12. The Wildcats improved to 2-8 against teams in the top 50 of the Ratings Percentage Index. K-State entered the game 54th in RPI.

TEXAS A&M (24-4): Elonu 0-3 0-0 0, Carter 6-13 0-1 16, White 3-12 3-5 9, Adams 7-18 5-5 19, Colson 9-13 2-3 21, Bellock 0-0 0-0 0, Baker 0-1 0-0 0, Collins 0-0 0-0 0, Pratcher 0-0 0-0 0, Gilbert 1-3 0-2 2, As sarian 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 26-65 10-16 67.

KANSAS ST. (19-9): Childs 0-0 0-0 0, Brown 3-3 4-7 10, Chambers 11-19 6-8 35, Karr 6-9 0-0 14, White 1-8 4-5 6, Hill 0-2 0-0 0, Caron 0-1 3-4 3, Chisholm 0-1 0-0 0, Voronenko 1-1 0-0 3. Totals 22-44 17-24 71.

Halftime—Kansas St. 34-30. 3-Point Goals—Texas A&M 5-13 (Carter 4-6, Colson 1-2, Adams 0-2, White 0-3), Kansas St. 10-19 (Chambers 7-12, Karr 2-5, Voronenko 1-1, Hill 0-1). Fouled Out—None. R ebounds—Texas A&M 40 (White 8), Kansas St. 26 (Brown 8). Assists—Texas A&M 10 (Colson 7), Kansas St. 14 (Chambers, White 4). Total Fouls—Texas A&M 21, Kansas St. 16. A—3,665.

Ranked Big 12 Women

No. 3 Baylor 84, Missouri 52

MISSOURI (12-17): Jones 4-8 1-4 10, Flores 2-11 2-3 6, Crafton 2-7 0-0 5, Brown 6-20 1-2 17, Thornton 3-5 0-0 9, Gee 0-1 1-2 1, Spietz 0-0 0-0 0, Otote 0-2 0-0 0, Brock 2-4 0-0 4. Totals 19-58 5-11 52.

BAYLOR (27-2): Zachariason 0-1 3-4 3, Williams 2-6 1-2 5, Griner 9-15 3-3 22, Sims 4-7 4-5 13, Madden 4-8 0-0 11, Hayden 5-8 2-2 13, Robertson 1-1 2-2 5, Condrey 0-3 0-0 0, Field 0-0 0-0 0, Palmer 0-0 0-0 0, Pope 5-9 2-7 12, Chandler 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 30-59 17-25 84.

Halftime—Baylor 43-22. 3-Point Goals—Missouri 9-27 (Brown 4-9, Thornton 3-4, Jones 1-3, Crafton 1-5, Otote 0-2, Flores 0-4), Baylor 7-17 (Madden 3-6, Hayden 1-1, Robertson 1-1, Griner 1-2, Si ms 1-3, Zachariason 0-1, Chandler 0-1, Condrey 0-2). Fouled Out—Brock. Rebounds—Missouri 29 (Flores 6), Baylor 47 (Pope 11). Assists—Missouri 13 (Flores 7), Baylor 18 (Condrey, Sims 4). Total Fo uls—Missouri 21, Baylor 9. A—8,995.

No. 18 Oklahoma 81, Okla.St. 66

OKLAHOMA ST. (15-13): Young 13-21 5-9 31, Suttles 3-5 0-0 6, McIntyre 4-12 2-2 10, Garrison 3-5 0-0 9, Bias 3-7 2-4 8, Robinson 0-1 0-0 0, Blair-Mobley 0-2 0-0 0, Bryan 0-0 0-0 0, Howard 0-0 0-0 0, Crutchfield 0- 1 0-0 0, Keller 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 27-56 9-15 66.

OKLAHOMA (20-9): Roethlisberger 5-13 1-1 14, Griffin 1-2 4-5 6, Ellenberg 8-16 2-3 23, Robinson 4-9 5-5 13, Willis 2-2 0-0 6, Cerina 0-0 0-0 0, Hook 1-3 0-0 3, Hand 3-8 1-2 10, Morrison 0-0 0-0 0, Jeffcoat 0 -0 0-0 0, Cloman 2-3 2-2 6, Hartman 0-1 0-0 0, McFarland 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 26-60 15-18 81.

Halftime—Oklahoma 36-30. 3-Point Goals—Oklahoma St. 3-9 (Garrison 3-5, Blair-Mobley 0-1, Bias 0-3), Oklahoma 14-28 (Ellenberg 5-10, Hand 3-6, Roethlisberger 3-7, Willis 2-2, Hook 1-3). Fouled Out—None. Rebounds—Oklahoma St. 30 (Bias, Blair-Mobley, Young 4), Oklahoma 40 (Robinson 9). Assists—Oklahoma St. 13 (Bias, Garrison 3), Oklahoma 14 (Robinson 5). Total Fouls—Oklahoma St. 18, Ok lahoma 15. A—7,401.

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