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K-State women reach round of 16 in WNIT with 57-48 win over Illinois State

Updated: 2013-03-26T15:32:25Z

By KELLIS ROBINETT

The Kansas City Star

— This wasn’t the postseason tournament she hoped for, but now that Brittany Chambers has helped Kansas State to two victories in the WNIT, it’s obvious she is having fun.

Chambers, a senior guard, scored 28 points during a 57-48 win over Illinois State on Monday in front of 1,203 fans at Bramlage Coliseum, less than a week after she had a career-high 42 points against Texas Southern. The combined total of 70 points is the most scored by a K-State player in back-to-back games.

She made 10 of 22 shots, including three from beyond the arc, to go along with eight rebounds and four assists.

“I feel comfortable right now,” Chambers said. “I think it goes back to our schedule. We play the best teams every night and play the best defenders every night, so when we come into playing an Illinois State team — no disrespect to them, they are a great team — it gives you a lot of confidence. … You have faced the best already. So whatever they throw at you, you are ready for.”

Chambers was ready from the opening tip. By scoring 21 points before halftime, she enabled K-State to take a 36-23 lead into the locker room and hold off a late comeback bid from the Redbirds.

No one other than Chambers shot the ball well. Haley Texada was the only other K-State player to finish in double figures ( 13 points).

Still, the Wildcats advanced to the tournament’s round of 16, where they will play host to Ball State at 7 p.m. on Thursday.

“It was a very ugly game for us offensively,” K-State coach Deb Patterson said. “You look at our assists numbers, they are poor. It was just one of those struggles to get on track.”

The Wildcats evened their record at 17-17.

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