Shockers suffer another close defeat as Wildcats escape with win

What the Wichita State women’s basketball team needs to find is its own version of Brittany Chambers. 

Kansas State’s junior guard led all players with 18 points in the Wildcats’ 48-43 win over WSU on Tuesday in Wichita. 

“She puts them on her back when they need a shot and a basket,” WSU coach Jody Adams said. “And she does it each and every game, no matter what.”

Chambers scored 11 of her points in the second half, one that saw the Shockers cut a Wildcat lead from 13 down to two with less than three minutes to play. 

Then Chambers did as expected, getting a key layup with time winding down to help preserve the Wildcats’ win. 

“She will get you unbalanced and she will step back and shoot them,” WSU’s Alex Harden said of Chambers. “You have to keep her in front and know where she is at all times.”

Other than Chambers, the WSU defense was able to control the Wildcats most of the game. KSU (6-0) was held to 35.2 percent shooting from the field, and was 0 for 8 from the three-point line in the first half. 

But WSU didn’t shoot much better (40 percent) and committed 21 turnovers while giving up 17 offensive rebounds to the Wildcats. 

“We know what empty possessions are,” Adams said. “We were in the bonus, we didn’t get the ball inside and the majority of those turnovers are empty possessions from passing errors.”

WSU trailed by as many as 11 points in the first half, but a late run cut the Wildcats’ halftime lead to only five points. 

Jessica Diamond led the Shockers with 13 points, the only Shocker in double figures. 

This was the first time KSU had made a visit to Wichita since December 2000. The two teams faced off a year ago in Manhattan, Kan., a 60-34 Wildcat win.

WSU falls to 3-5 with the loss. Each of the Shockers’ five losses have come by five points or less. 

“We are to the point where we need to get over the hump and start executing,” senior forward Chynna Turner said. “Losing by five points in a game like this should motivate you even more to do the little things.”

Next for the Shockers is a date with Northern Colorado on Friday at Koch Arena. 

The game begins at 12:05 p.m. and will be televised on Cox Kansas Channel 22.