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Kansas State women advance to face No. 1 Baylor

8 Mar

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Kansas State made the most of its opportunity for revenge against Iowa State. Jalana Childs scored 31 points as the 5-seed Wildcats knocked off the 4-seed Cyclones 67-64 on Thursday afternoon, earning a showdown with No. 1 Baylor for the third time this season.

Baylor coach Kim Mulkey caught the last three minutes of the game, and she said she tried to pay attention to both teams because it was far from clear what the outcome would be.

With under two minutes to play, Jalana Childs grabbed the rebound of an errant 3-point attempt by Chantay Caron and took it right back to the rim. She scored, and the Wildcats took a 61-59 lead. Iowa State called a full timeout then promptly turned the ball over.

Kansas State frittered away its entire shot clock, and Mariah White tried a 3-pointer. It did not go, but Branshea Brown boxed out well enough to be in position to swat the ball to Brittany Chambers, who went up for the layup and got fouled. She made just one of her free throws to extend Kansas State’s lead to 62-59.

Chelsea Poppens missed a shot on the other end of the floor, but Lauren Mansfield corralled the rebound and returned the ball to Poppens. This time she did not miss, and Iowa State trailed just 62-61.

Childs showed her range with a jumper to give Kansas State a 64-61 edge with just 21 seconds remaining.

Hallie Christofferson answered, pulling the Cyclones within a point again. Forced to foul, Iowa State needed missed foul shots by Chambers. She made both to put the Wildcats up 66-63, and Childs hit one of two attempts from the charity stripe to give her team a two-possession lead.

“Last time we played them we weren’t there as a team at all,” Childs said. “We just played off each other tonight, and it was really fun.”

At the beginning of the game, Iowa State shot out to a 12-2 run to put Kansas State on the ropes early. Nikki Moody made a layup and a free throw; Christofferson finished a jumper and a layup, and Mansfield made a two-point jumper and a shot from beyond the arc. The Wildcats got some good looks at the basket in the paint during that stretch but struggled to finish.

Kansas State responded with an 11-2 run to not only erase its deficit but to take the lead 16-15 midway through the first half. 

Once the Wildcats climbed back into the game, they kept it close. Consecutive 3-pointers by Moody and Mansfield put the Cyclones up 26-22 with 5:03 left in the first half and threatened to swing the momentum back their way for good.

Brown made two free throws to counter, and those points would begin an 11-3 run for the Wildcats to end the first half. Again Kansas State stole the lead, and they entered halftime up 33-29.


Don’t Stop Believing

2 Mar

You don’t have to care about women’s basketball to enjoy this story – I promise. This is about an unranked team defying the odds and sending out its two seniors with a win over the No. 5 team in the country. To make the victory even more monumental, the underdog pulled off the upset without its second-leading scorer and main post presence.

This is the story of Wednesday night’s game between the Kansas State Wildcats and the Texas A&M Aggies. Junior forward Jalana Childs barreled through the lane for a basket in the first several minutes of the game, and she went down hard and never returned. The offensive foul call served as insult to injury – the injury being a bruised tailbone.

Don’t misunderstand: the absence of Childs made life more difficult for the Wildcats, as they got outrebounded 40-26. However, sophomore guard Brittany Chambers had the game of her career to compensate, scoring 35 points, the second-highest output from either the men’s or women’s basketball team this season.

Kansas State led for the majority of the game, but it still came down to fouling and free throws, and the Wildcats sealed the deal by making 17 from the charity stripe.

Texas A&M head coach Gary Blair had some choice words for Kansas State head coach Deb Patterson at the conclusion of the game.

“Welcome to the NCAA tournament, K-State. You just punched your ticket.”

For Patterson’s part, she tried hard to wipe the huge smile off her face and be a bit more professional as she headed for the line of handshakes. At the postgame press conference, though, she did not succeed.

The coach called the victory “a signature win” because of the prominence of the opponent: a team with All-American-caliber players and a Hall of Fame-caliber coach from a program that has had great success during his tenure there.

Blair said when he looks at the game film from Wednesday night, he will probably praise K-State more than criticize his own players. The Wildcats’ shooting – 50 percent from the floor and 52.6 percent from beyond the arc – especially made an impression.

“That’s why you got eight former K-State players in the WNBA,” he said, “because the ability to shoot the ball is a lot more important than being able to jump up and grab the rim.”

Against Iowa State on Feb. 26, the Wildcats couldn’t make a 3-pointer to save their lives – it took them 10 attempts to finally get one through the net. Tonight, they converted on 10 of 19 attempts.

What’s the final takeaway from all this? Every team is fallible. On the other hand, every team has the potential to win if it has the desire to do so and executes accordingly. Most importantly, never underestimate the opponent; that’s a lesson Texas A&M learned the hard way.

This was only my second women’s game to report on this season, and I have to say, I am impressed.