By Andrew North and Jesse Piper
Big 12 Campus Correspondent
From a town of roughly 5,000 people, Jordan, Minn., native Brittany Chambers was a prep school star. A member of a graduating class of 90, Chambers was a stand-out athlete not only on the hardwood, but also on the volleyball court.
She racked up numerous awards ranging from being named four-time All State in volleyball; to 2008-09 Minnesota class 2A Girls Basketball Player of the Year. She also finished as the all-time leading scorer at Jordan High School with 2,828 points. So when it came time to decide where she was going to spend the next four years of her life, Chambers focused mainly on the schools that were close to home.
"I was looking at mostly Big Ten schools around the area; Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa," said Chambers. "But I came to K-State because I absolutely fell in love with the coaches, their resumes show what they have accomplished. I wanted to come to a college where I could play at a high level and get better."
Coming into the program as a freshman, Chambers was thought of as mainly a slashing point guard who was more apt to get to the basket as opposed to stepping beyond the arc. She knew that she needed to add an outside shot to her game in order to make a success in the Big 12.
"That was something that I had to do with the kind of pressure that the opposing teams' defenses have been putting on me," Chambers said.
One of the main criteria for Chambers in signing with K-State was for a place where she could see the floor and contribute at a high level to the team early. In her first year as a Wildcat, Chambers achieved just that. She averaged 31 minutes a game, which was tops for a K-State newcomer. She also averaged over 12 points per contest and was named to the Waco Tribune All-Big 12 freshman team.
Chambers has avoided a sophomore slump as she carried her success and momentum that she found during her freshman campaign into this season as she is currently the leading scorer for the Wildcats, averaging 16 points and five rebounds per contest.
Chambers credits her continued success to the experience that she gained last year as a freshman, especially from a decision-making standpoint.
"I am not forcing my shots. I think that a big difference is that I am letting the game come to me and if I am open, I am open, but if I am not then I get the ball to my teammates, which is a big improvement for me from last year," Chambers said.
Chambers has had a very successful Big 12 campaign this season as she went for a then-career-high 32 points against Nebraska on February 19 as the K-State women's team became just the 13th program in NCAA history to amass 800 victories. That night was surpassed by her now career-high 35 points in a victory against No. 5 Texas A&M on March 2 in the Wildcats' final home game of the year.
Though she had great success throughout her high school career, Chambers never could have imagined the success she is currently having within the Big 12 conference this season. From a 2A high school to one of the nation's most successful women's programs, Chambers has contributed on every level.
"It is just a completely different level scoring 20 to 30 points a game in high school and does not even compare to a big scoring night in the Big 12," is how Chambers compared successful scoring nights in high school to the success she has had this season.
Though she is far away from home here in Manhattan, Kan., her parents, Lance and Colleen, are still able to keep up with the success that their daughter is having on the court.
"This year either one or the other (of my parents) has been able to make it to every weekend game. They get to come to a lot more (of the games) then I thought they would have been able to come to, but they always watch on TV or listen to the play-by-play on the radio," Chambers said.
The season is not done for Chambers and her Wildcat teammates as they are now 19-9, 9-6 in Big 12 play and looking to be considered for the NCAA tournament.
"I think that we are a team that can surprise some people with what we throw at them and hopefully we can make some noise in the postseason," said Chambers.