K-State Returns to Bramlage to Face TCU

Chantay Caron tallied a career-high five steals to go with a season-high 11 points at Kansas on Wednesday.

Jan. 4, 2013

Game Notes

Game 14

TCU at (--/rv) Kansas State
Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013 | 6 p.m. | Bramlage Coliseum (12,528) | Manhattan, Kan.

Game Information
Tickets: Visit www.kstatesports.com or call the K-State ticket office at (800) 221-CATS

Promotions: “Wildcat Weekend” – Purchase a general admission ticket for just $3 when showing a men’s basketball ticket from that afternoon’s game against Oklahoma State

TV: K-StateHD.TV (PbP: Brian Smoller; Color: Kristin Waller)
Log on to kstatesports.com/allaccess to view the game (subscription required)

Radio: K-State Sports Network (PbP: Brian Smoller; Color: Kristin Waller)

Internet: Free live audio & free live stats at www.kstatesports.com

(-/rv) Kansas State Wildcats (9-4, 0-1 Big 12)
Head Coach: Deb Patterson (Rockford ‘79)
Career Record: 329-192 (.630) 17th year
School Record: Same
Last game: L, 72-63 at (21/20) Kansas on Jan. 2, 2013
website: www.kstatesports.com
Twitter: @kstatesports, @kstate_gameday, #KStateWBB

TCU Horned Frogs (7-5, 0-1 Big 12)
Head Coach: Jeff Mittie (Missouri Western ‘89)
Career Record: 434-204 (.680) - 21st season
School Record: 283-145 (.661) - 14th season
Last game: L, 74-35 vs. (2/2) Baylor on Jan. 2, 2013
website: www.gofrogs.com
Twitter: @TCU_athletics

Series History and Notes
TCU leads the series, 1-0... Only meeting between the schools came on Dec. 11, 1999 in Springfield, Mo., a 71-62 TCU win... Head coach Deb Patterson is 0-1 against TCU.

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Beginning with Saturday night’s Big 12 home opener against TCU at 6 p.m., Kansas State will play four of its next six games at Bramlage Coliseum. The Wildcats and Horned Frogs will meet for just the second time and for the first time in Manhattan.

Saturday night’s Big 12 home opener is part of a “Wildcat Weekend,” as fans can purchase a general admission ticket for $3 for the women’s game by showing their men’s ticket from the Oklahoma State game from earlier in the day at the door. For more information, contact the K-State Athletics Ticket Office at 1-800-221-CATS, visit the box office in Bramlage Coliseum or log onto www.kstatesports.com.

Saturday night’s game between K-State and TCU can be seen live on K-StateHD.TV and will be broadcast on the K-State Sports Network. Providing the play-by-play and color for both will be Brian Smoller and Kristin Waller. Prior to the game, Smoller and Danielle Zanotti will also host Gameday on K-StateHD.TV beginning at 5 p.m. Fans can also follow the free live stats at kstatesports.com and receive updates on Twitter by following @kstate_gameday.

With a 17-3 run to close out the first half, Kansas State took a two-point lead into the break but No. 21/20 Kansas rallied early in the second half and held off the Wildcats, 72-63, on Wednesday night at Allen Fieldhouse. The loss was K-State’s first road defeat of the season.

K-State (9-4, 0-1 Big 12) was paced by Haley Texada with a career-high 21 points, including a career-high and K-State season-high of 8-of-9 from the free throw line. Texada was one of four players in the Big 12 on opening night to register 20 or more points. The sophomore from Frisco, Texas is averaging 11.8 points per game this season and ranks 16th in the Big 12 in scoring.

Brittany Chambers added 15 points and five rebounds. Chambers has scored in double figures in 12 of 13 games this season and in 86 career games. The All-America candidate moved into a tie for seventh in Big 12 history for career 3-point field goals made with 268.

For the season, Chambers ranks second in the Big 12 in scoring (19.3) and three-point field goal percentage (.398). She ranks eighth in rebounding (7.8) and is sixth for defensive rebounding (5.5).

Also reaching double figures on Wednesday was junior forward Chantay Caron. The product of Lawrence, Kan., recorded a season-high 11 points, pulled in six rebounds and a pocketing a career-high five steals off the bench.

At a Glance: TCU
TCU (7-5, 0-1 Big 12) will look to shake off the effects of a Big 12 opening loss to defending national champion Baylor on Wednesday night, 74-35. TCU is 3-3 during its last six games.

On the sideline, th Horned Frogs are led by 14th year head coach, Jeff Mittie. During his time in Fort Worth, Mittie has achieved a record of 283-145 (.661) and is the career wins leader at TCU. He has guided the program to 12 postseason appearances, including nine NCAA Tournament bids.

The Horned Frogs are led on the floor by freshman Zahna Medley and sophomore Natalie Ventress. Medley, a 5-6 guard from Springfield, Ill., is averaging 13.8 points and 3.5 assists per game in her first season with TCU and ranks 11th in te Big 12 in scoring and ninth in assists. Medley is a two-time winner of the Big 12 Freshman of the Week honor.

Ventress is averaging 13.3 points and 5.1 rebounds per game and ranks 13th in the league in scoring.

K-State Converting Turnovers to Offense
The Wildcats have opened the 2012-13 season by forcing its first 13 opponents into 258 turnovers (19.8 per game), with 159 coming by way of K-State steals. The 159 steals are the most after 13 games in school history.

K-State has tallied double figures in steals in every game this season, including a season-high 18 steals against UNLV on Dec. 21. The 18 steals were the most by a K-State team since the Wildcats notched 23 steals against Western Illinois on Nov. 21, 2003. This is the first time in school history that K-State has notched 10 or more steals in 13 consecutive games. K-State has seven players with 10 or more steals this season.

K-State has tallied 261 points off its opponents’ turnovers for an average of 20.1 points per game on turnovers or 31.4 percent of K-State’s overall point production. K-State is 7-1 this season when holding the edge in points off turnovers, which includes a season-high 33 points off 23 UC Santa Barbara turnovers on Dec. 29.

Texada Provides Spark    
After playing in just 14 games in her freshman season and averaging 1.0 points and 0.8 rebounds, sophomore Haley Texada has made the most of her 2012-13 season by carding career-highs in every statisical category for both personal game- and season-highs after the first five games this season. She has scored in double figures in nine of the first 12 games she has played this season. She is averaging 11.8 points per game and ranks 16th in the Big 12 in the category.

At Kansas on Jan. 2, the product of Frisco, Texas, registered a new career-high of 21 points on 6-of-12 shooting and was a career-best 8-of-9 from the free throw line. This was her fourth game with 15 or more points this season and her first career game with 20 or more points.

Chambers Approaching Top-5 on Career Scoring List
Brittany Chambers, a two-time All-Big 12 First Team selection and 2012-13 preseason All-Big 12 honorable mention selection, continues to climb the career scoring list at K-State and etch her name among the great scorers in the program’s 45-year history. This season, Chambers leads the Wildcats and ranks second in the Big 12 in scoring and 26th in the nation with 19.3 points per game.     

For her career, Chambers was the 37th player in school history to reach the 1,000-point plateau on Dec. 7, 2011, and became the 10th player in school history to tally 1,500 career points on Dec. 9, 2012. Chambers has scored 1,629 points in 111 career games (14.7 ppg) to rank eighth in school history. She needs 42 points to move into sixth in school history and pass Eileen Feeney (1976-80) and Nadira Hazim (1987-91) who are tied for sixth with 1,670 career points.

After not scoring in her first career game on Nov. 14, 2009, she has scored in every game since (110 consecutive). The 2012-13 All-America candidate has scored in double figures in 86 games (77.5 percent of her career games). She is the third player in school history and the first guard to record 1,600 points, 675 rebounds and 250 assists in a career.