K-State Opens Big 12 Play Against Aggies

Brittany Chambers scored a career-high 35 points against Texas A&M last season.

Jan. 2, 2012

Kansas State Game Notes (PDF)

Game 13
(9/9) Texas A&M (9-2, 0-0 Big 12) vs. Kansas State (9-3, 0-0 Big 12)
January 4, 2012 | 5:30 p.m. | Bramlage Coliseum (12,529) | Manhattan, Kan.

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Series History and Notes
Kansas State leads the series with Texas A&M, 12-7... The matchup stands at 6-2 in favor of K-State in games played in Manhattan... The Wildcats won the last meeting with the Aggies, 71-67, on March 2, 2011 in Manhattan... K-State head coach Deb Patterson is 10-6 against Texas A&M.

MANHATTAN, Kan.– Kansas State returns to Manhattan on Wednesday night looking to extend its four-game winning streak in Big 12 openers, as the Wildcats host defending national champion and No. 9/9 ranked Texas A&M at 5:30 p.m. This is the third time in the last six seasons K-State will open Big 12 action with an opponent ranked in the Associated Press top-25 poll.    

Wednesday evening’s contest can be seen live on K-StateHD.TV and will be broadcast on the K-State Sports Network. Audio for both will be provided by the award-winning Brian Smoller on the play-by-play and former K-State letterwinner Kristin Waller on the color analysis. At 4:45 p.m., K-StateHD.TV will broadcast K-State Gameday live from courtside at Bramlage Coliseum with Smoller hosting the show and former Wildcat letterwinner Danielle Zanotti providing analysis.

After the holiday break, K-State handed Marist just its 13th home loss in the last nine seasons with a 57-56 win on Dec. 29. The victory capped a 6-1 month of December for the Wildcats, which was the best mark by a K-State team in the 12th month since going 7-0 in the 2008-09 season.

The Wildcats were led against the Red Foxes by a trio of players in double figures, as Jalana Childs, Brittany Chambers and Tasha Dickey all scored 13 or more points. Childs tallied a game-high 21 points on 8-of-15 shooting and 5-of-6 from the foul line. The senior from Orlando, Fla., also hauled in nine rebounds. For the season, Childs is averaging 15.2 points per game and a team-leading 6.4 rebounds.

Chambers recorded 15 points, six rebounds and three assists. During the contest, Chambers moved into fifth place in school history on the career three-point field goals made list (187). For the season, the junior from Jordan, Minn., leads the Wildcats in scoring with 15.6 points per game and is second on the squad with 6.2 rebounds and 2.3 assists.

Dickey tallied 13 points, including a 3-of-6 effort from beyond the arc, and added six rebounds and three steals to her final stat line. The senior guard from Sandy, Utah, leads the Wildcats in steals with 26.

Following the Wildcats’ Big 12 home opener on Wednesday, K-State will travel to Lawrence, Kan., to face in-state rival Kansas in the Dillons Sunflower Showdown. Game time in Allen Fieldhouse is set for 7 p.m.

Childs Sets Sights on 1,000 Points for Her Career    
Jalana Childs has continued her strong play from the 2010-11 season into the early stages of the 2011-12 campaign. Childs is second on the team in scoring (15.2 ppg) and leads the team in rebounding (6.4 rpg) per game. Her scoring average ranks 10th in the Big 12 and 145th in the nation. For the season, she is shooting .460 from the field and a career-best .842 from the foul line. She ranks fifth in the Big 12 from the charity stripe.

For her career, Childs has scored 933 points and has scored in double figures in 45 career games and scored at least 20 points in eight contests. With 67 points, Childs will join Brittany Chambers in the 1,000-point club and become the 38th player in school history with 1,000 career points. It will be the first time since the 2008-09 season that K-State has had at least two players on its roster with 1,000 career points.

From Nov. 24 to Dec. 3, Childs averaged 21.0 points and 5.7 rebounds. In the Cancun Challenge, she tallied her third career double-double with 20 points and 11 rebounds against Hofstra on Nov. 24. Childs followed that performance by scoring a career-high 23 points against Purdue on Nov. 25. Against Iowa on Dec. 3, she tallied 20 points on 8-of-12 shooting.

Childs, a 2011 All-Big 12 second team honoree, was K-State’s second-leading scorer in 2010-11 and ranked 19th in the Big 12 with a career-best scoring average of 12.8 points (411 points) for all games and ranked 12th for league-only games with 15.7 points per game (251 points). Her field goal percentage of .454 for all games ranked 15th in the Big 12 and 104th in the nation.

Chambers Climbs Career Scoring List
Brittany Chambers continues to climb the K-State career scoring list, which was aided by her performance at the BTI Invitational in Las Vegas on Dec. 18-20. During the three games, Chambers averaged 18.7 points per game and tallied a season-high 29 points on 9-of-18 shooting including a career-high 8-of-14 effort from beyond the arc. She is the first player since Laurie Koehn on Jan. 5, 2003 (vs. Iowa; 11-of-15; 10-of-13 from 3) to make at least nine field goals from the field with eight or more coming from beyond the arc.

Chambers became the 37th player in the program’s history to reach the 1,000-point mark, as she recorded her 1,000th point on a three-point field goal in the closing moments of K-State’s win over Wichita State on Dec. 7. With the performance, Chambers became the 12th player in school history to reach the milestone as a junior.

For her career, Chambers has scored 1,089 points in 76 career games (14.3 ppg) to rank 30th in school history. The 2011-12 preseason All-Big 12 honorable mention selection has scored in double figures in 57 career games including 16 games with 20 or more points. She is the 22nd player in school history and the ninth guard to record 1,000 points and 400 rebounds in a career.

During the 2011-12 season, Chambers ranks eighth in the Big 12 and 120th in the country in scoring with her 15.6 points per game. For the month of December, Chambers is averaged 18.4 points per game on a .413 field goal percentage.

In 2010-11, Chambers’ point total of 514 ranked fourth in school history for points by a sophomore. The unanimous All-Big 12 first team honoree was the fourth player in school history to record 500+ points in their sophomore season and the first since 2002-03 (Kendra Wecker). Chambers led the squad, ranked 10th in the Big 12 and 95th in the nation with a scoring average of 16.1. Among sophomore guards in the NCAA Division I final scoring rankings, Chambers ranked 10th.