Wildcats Visit KU for Dillons Sunflower Showdown

Brittany Chambers ranks seventh in the Big 12 in scoring with 16.0 points per game.

Jan. 5, 2012

Kansas State Game Notes (PDF)

Game 14

Kansas State (10-3, 1-0 Big 12) at (rv/rv) Kansas (12-1, 1-0 Big 12)
January 7, 2012 | 7 p.m. | Allen Fieldhouse (16,300) | Lawrence, Kan.

Metro Sports
Play-by-Play: Nate Bukaty; Color Analysis: Greg Gurley

K-State Sports Network
Play-by-Play: Brian Smoller; Color Analysis: Missy Heidrick

Free Gametracker live stats and free live audio at www.kstatesports.com

Ticket Information
Visit www.kuathletics.com or call the Kansas athletic ticket office at (800) 34-HAWKS

Series History and Notes
One of the longest continuous rivalries in all of women’s college basketball, as this will be the 103rd matchup between the schools... K-State leads the series, 60-42... The Wildcats hold a 25-24 advantage in games played in Lawrence... K-State has won eight of the last 10 meetings in Allen Fieldhouse... K-State head coach Deb Patterson owns a 22-11 mark against the Jayhawks... K-State won the last meeting between the schools, 56-51, in Lawrence, on March 5, 2011.

MANHATTAN, Kan. – K-State will look for its sixth 2-0 start to Big 12 action and first since 2009-10, when the Wildcats travel to Lawrence to face Kansas on Saturday at 7 p.m., in the Dillons Sunflower Showdown. Kansas State has won the last two meetings in the series with the Jayhawks and 19 of the last 21. The Wildcats will also look to secure a third 3-game winning streak this season.      

Saturday night’s contest can be seen live on Metro Sports in the Kansas City-area and will be broadcast on the radio throughout the K-State Sports Network. Calling the action on the K-State Sports Network will be the award-winning Brian Smoller (play-by-play) and former K-State letterwinner Missy Heidrick (color analysis).

Kansas State opened the 2012 Big 12 schedule on Wednesday night in similar fashion to the way they closed out the 2011 conference slate, with an upset win over a top-10 ranked Texas A&M squad. The Wildcats secured a 71-69 overtime victory on Wednesday night over the No. 9/8 Aggies with the benefit of a hot shooting effort. K-State tabulated a season-high .540 field goal percentage, which was the program’s highest since shooting .551 at Missouri on Jan. 13, 2010.

The Wildcats were led against the Aggies by a season-high four players in double figures, as Brittany Chambers, Jalana Childs, Tasha Dickey and Mariah White all scored 12 or more points. Chambers tallied a game-high 21 points, including 19 in the second half and overtime, on 9-of-18 shooting. For the season, Chambers leads the team and ranks seventh in the Big 12 in scoring with 16.0 points per game. The junior from Jordan, Minn., also leads the Big 12 in minutes played at 36.2 per game.

Dickey produced her second-highest effort as a Wildcat with 17 points on a perfect 6-of-6 shooting from the field and 3-of-3 from the line. The senior from Sandy, Utah also added three steals and ranks seventh in the league in the category.

Childs recorded 16 points on 7-of-14 shooting and climbed to within 51 points of reaching 1,000 for her career. The senior forward from Orlando, Fla., is second on the team and ninth in the Big 12 in scoring with 15.2 points per game.

White achieved a diverse stat line which included her first career double-double with 12 points, including the game-winning layup in overtime, a career-high 11 assists, five rebounds, three steals and a blocked shot. The junior from Midwest City, Okla., leads the team and ranks fourth in the Big 12 in assists with 4.9 per contest.

Following the Wildcats’ Big 12 road opener on Saturday, K-State returns to Manhattan to host Missouri on Wednesday. Game time in Bramlage Coliseum is set for 7 p.m., with the game broadcast live on FS Kansas City and on the K-State Sports Network.

Chambers, Childs Form Inside-Out Scoring Duo
The preseason All-Big 12 honorable mention duo of Brittany Chambers and Jalana Childs continue to pair up to help K-State to  victories. This season the duo has combined to score 406 points, which is 52.2 percent of the team’s 778 total points. The duo ranks second in the Big 12 for percent of a team’s overall points scored.

The tandem registered a combined 37 points (Chambers - 21 points; Childs - 16 points) in the Wildcats’ 71-69 win against Texas A&M on Jan. 4. The duo has reached double figures in the same game 33 times in the last three years with K-State owning a 22-11 (.667) record in those contests.  Through 13 games, either Chambers or Childs have paced K-State in scoring in 12 of those games.

K-State leaned heavily on the production of its two All-Big 12 performers in 2010-11, as Chambers tallied 514 points while Childs scored a career-best 411. The pair was responsible for 925 of the team’s 1,950 points last season (47.4 percent) and one of the two players paced the team in scoring in 25 of the team’s 32 contests. They are the first K-State teammates since the 2008-09 season to each score 400+ points in a season.          

Chambers and Childs sparked Kansas State to a 69-64 win at Nebraska on Feb. 19, as the tandem combined for 54 of the Wildcats’ 69 points. In the latter stages of the second half of the contest, the duo combined to score 25 of K-State’s final 27 points.

The effort by the two players was historic, as it was the 19th time in school history that two Wildcats have combined to score 50 or more points in a game, but it was the first time since Jan. 29, 2005. K-State is 19-0 when two players combine to score at least 50 points in the same game.

The output by Chambers and Childs ranked tied for the fourth-most points scored by two Wildcats in a single game since the 1986-87 season. Of the 19 games in which two Wildcats scored 50 or more points, Chambers and Childs rank first in terms of percentage of the team’s total points accounted for (78.3).

White on the Dishes
Mariah White continued her ascension on the K-State career assists list during K-State’s win over Texas A&M. The product of Midwest City, Okla., registered a career-high 11 assists, which was the first time a Wildcat reached double figures in assists since Kari Kincaid dished out 11 against Grambling State on Dec. 4, 2009.

White now ranks 19th in school history for career assists with 226 and her career assist-to-turnover ratio of 1.64 ranks third in school history. She has 15 career games with five or more assists.

For the season, White is averaging 4.9 assists per game and ranks fourth in the Big 12 and 75th in the nation in the category. She also checks in at third in the league and 54th in the nation for assist-to-turnover ratio at 2.1

Over the last 10 games, White is averaging 5.5 assists per game which includes five games with five or more assists. In the same span, her assist to turnover ratio is 2.8.

In 2010-11, White displayed one of the most improved games of any of the Wildcats during the 2010-11 season. In the 32 games, White averaged a career-high 4.8 points and led the team with 3.9 assists and 1.5 steals. Her assists per game ranked ninth in the Big 12 for all games and was tied for 10th in league contests (3.5 apg) and she was fourth in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.7) for all games. Her assist-to-turnover ratio ranked 47th in the nation.

At the conclusion of last season, White had reset her career-highs for points in a game (17), points in a season (152), assists in a game (8), assists in a season (126), steals in a game (5) and steals in a season (49). She also made more free throws (43) than she attempted during her entire freshman campaign in 2009-10 (13).