Wildcats Host Cowgirls to Open Big 12 Slate

Brittany Chambers and the Wildcats will look to run its home record to 8-0 this season on Sunday.

Jan. 6, 2011

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Game 14
(rv/25) Oklahoma State (12-1, 0-0 Big 12) at Kansas State (10-3, 0-0 Big 12)
Jan. 9, 2011 | 2:30 p.m. (CT) | Bramlage Coliseum (12,528) | Manhattan, Kan.

TV
FSN
Play-by-Play: Brent Stover; Color Analyst: Brenda VanLengen

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

Internet
Live stats and free live audio at www.kstatesports.com

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

Promotions
NCAA “Pack the House”
Buck Day
- All tickets (chairback, reserved and general admission) available for just $1.
- Selected concession items available for $1.

Halftime Entertainment
- America’s Best Frisbee Dogs

Series History and Notes
The all-time series between Kansas State and Oklahoma State is tied, 27-27... The Cowgirls won last season’s meeting in Stillwater, 66-56, on Jan. 16, 2010... K-State owns a 13-8 mark against Oklahoma State in games played in Manhattan, including wins in three of the last four meetings... K-State has won nine straight Big 12 home openers and owns an 11-3 record in Big 12 home openers... The Wildcats have won three straight Big 12 openers and are 8-6 in Big 12 openers.


MANHATTAN, Kan. - K-State returns to Bramlage Coliseum for the first time in almost a month and will look to keep its unblemished home record intact (7-0), as the Wildcats host Oklahoma State on Sunday, Jan. 9 at 2:30 p.m. The contest marks K-State’s participation in the NCAA’s “Pack the House” initiative, as the Wildcats are offering fans the opportunity to purchase tickets for all seats for a $1 and selected concession items will be available for only a $1.

Sunday afternoon’s matchup between the Wildcats and Cowgirls will be televised live on Fox Sports Net, as Brent Stover and Brenda Van Lengen call the action. This will be the second of a school record 13 games on television this season. The Wildcats will be on television in some form during the entire month of January. K-State is 80-54 (.597) in televised games and 50-38 (.568) on the FSN family of networks. 

The contest is also available on the K-State Sports Network and for free at www.kstatesports.com, as the award-winning Brian Smoller delivers the play-by-play and former Wildcat letterwinner Missy Heidrick provides the color analysis.

K-State (10-3) shook off a two-game slide with a pair of victories at the 34th annual Blue Sky Classic in Hanover, N.H. The Wildcats defeated Dartmouth on Dec. 29, 69-48, and Vermont on Dec. 30, 68-39. Sophomore guard Brittany Chambers and junior forward Jalana Childs garnered all-tournament team honors with Chambers earning MVP honors for her efforts during the two days.

Chambers averaged 22.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2.0 steals during the two games. The Jordan, Minn., native carded a career-high 26 points against Dartmouth, which included a career-high six 3-point field goals. Against Vermont, Chambers notched 18 points and three steals. She also set the Blue Sky Classic record for three-point field goals made in the two games (9). For the season, Chambers leads the Wildcats in scoring (15.3 ppg) and three-point field goals made (35) and is second in rebounding (5.5 rpg) and assists (3.2 apg).

Childs, making her first two appearances off the K-State bench this season, averaged 13.0 points and 4.5 rebounds. Against Dartmouth, the product of Orlando, Fla., registered 11 points and four rebounds. Against the Catamounts, Childs recorded 15 points and five rebounds. For the season, Childs is K-State second-leading scorer at 10.9 points per game and has pulled in 4.4 rebounds.

K-State has also been led the season by sophomore guard Taelor Karr and junior forward Branshea Brown. Karr is averaging 10.6 points per game and is second in rebounding at 5.5 per game. Brown is K-State leading rebounder and shot-blocker at 6.0 boards per game and 18 total blocks.

Streaks, Trends, Milestones, etc.
K-State has made at least one 3-point field goal in 120 consecutive games, dating back to Feb. 7, 2007... Brittany Chambers has six career games with 20 or more points... Chambers has scored in double figures in 32 of 45 career games... Chambers has made a 3-point field goal in 41 of her first 45 games as a Wildcat, including a current streak of 18 straight games... She has made four or more 3-point field goals in a game eight times in her career... She has pulled in five or more rebounds in 26 career games, including seven games this season... Chambers has eight career games with five or more assists... Jalana Childs scored in double figures in seven games this season, including a career-high 18 twice and has tallied double digits in points in 19 career games... Childs has pulled in five or more rebounds in 25 career games, including seven this season... Branshea Brown carded a career-high four blocked shots against St. John’s (11/13) and against South Dakota State (11/30), which were the most blocked shots by a Wildcat since Marlies Gipson tallied four blocks at Kansas on Jan. 24, 2009... She is the first Wildcat since Gipson in 2008-09 to register two games with four or more blocks in the same season... Brown has 24 career games with five or more rebounds, including a career-high of 11 against Nebraska (3/6/10) and Iowa (12/5/10)... Mariah White dished out a career-high eight assists at Iowa (12/5/10) and she has five career games with five or more assists... White pulled in a career-high nine rebounds against St. John’s and has 12 career games with five or more rebounds... White has already surpassed her season assist total from last season... Taelor Karr has 24 career games with 10 or more points... She has made four or more 3-point field goals in a game seven times in her career... Karr has hauled in five or more rebounds in eight games this season and has 24 career games with five or more boards.

Patterson in 15th Season at K-State
Deb Patterson, the all-time winningest women’s basketball coach and the longest-tenured women’s basketball coach in K-State history, has a career record of 289-167 (.634) and a record of 119-105 (.531) in the Big 12, including Big 12 regular season titles during the 2003-04 and 2007-08 seasons.

Following the 2007-08 season, Patterson was named the Big 12 Coach of the Year by the league’s coaches and a number of media outlets. She also garnered national consideration, finishing as the Russell Athletic/WBCA Region V Coach of the Year and a finalist for the WBCA and Associated Press National Coach of the Year honors.

Patterson steered the Wildcats to eight consecutive postseason appearances (2002 - 2009), including a trip to the NCAA Mideast Regional Semifinals in 2002, the 2006 WNIT Postseason crown and a second round trip during the 2008 NCAA Tournament.

Patterson has defended the floor in Bramlage Coliseum successfully during this time, posting a 165-48 (.775) record at home including an 91-9 (.910) record against non-conference foes.

K-State On Brink of Milestone This Season
During the 2009-10 season, Kansas State became the 11th program in NCAA Division I women’s basketball history to reach the 775-win plateau with its 73-59 win at UC Davis on Dec. 29, 2009. K-State’s overall record in its 43-year history currently stands at 792-470 (.628).

With eight more wins during the 2010-11 season, Kansas State will join the 800-win club which currently features just eight members.

1st Month of the Year is the 1st to 200 Wins
January is the first month in the history of K-State women’s basketball to surpass the 200-win plateau with a record of 210-138 (.603) in the first month of the year. During the last two-plus seasons, K-State is 17-5 (.773) in the month of January.

During the 2007-08 season, the Wildcats registered the first unbeaten month of January in the program’s history with an 8-0 record. Head coach Deb Patterson is 67-44 (.604) in the first month, the second-best record of any month for Patterson during her 14 years.

Cats Protect the House Against Non-Con Foes
In its the 23rd season of action inside Bramlage Coliseum, Kansas State has protected its home floor with determination against non-conference foes with a record of 128-22 (.853) record, including a current streak of eight straight wins.

In the Deb Patterson era, the Wildcats have been even better with a record of 91-9 (.910).

Halftime Lead = K-State ‘W’ Since 1999-00
Having the edge after the first 20 minutes of action has proven to be prophetic since the 1999-00 season, as K-State is 197-31 (.864) when leading at the break.

During the last three-plus seasons, K-State owns a 66-6 (.917) record when leading with five minutes to play.

Wildcats in the Purple Palace
K-State has enjoyed the friendly confines of Bramlage Coliseum entering its 23rd season of existence with a record of 235-87 (.730). During the last 10 seasons, K-State is 136-39 (.777) in Bramlage Coliseum, including a 13-1 record in 2008-09. In Big 12 home contests, the Wildcats are 73-39 (.652).

Kansas State has protected its home floor with determination against non-conference foes with a record of 128-22 (.853) record. In the Deb Patterson era, the Wildcats have been even better with a record of 91-9 (.910).

K-State Against Ranked Opponents
With its 64-53 win over No. 14/16 St. John’s on Nov. 13, K-State recorded its first win over an Associated Press top-15 opponent since Jan. 27, 2008 (at Oklahoma State, 68-63). This was the first win over an AP top-15 team at home since an 85-73 win on March 3, 2004 against No. 9 Texas Tech. The win brings K-State’s record against teams ranked No. 14 in the AP poll to 6-6 (.500).

The Wildcats own a record against teams ranked in the AP poll of 66-147 (.310), including a 39-41 (.488) mark against AP ranked teams in Manhattan.

In the the Deb Patterson era, K-State is 40-77 (.342) against teams ranked in the AP poll and is 27-21 (.563) against AP ranked teams in Bramlage Coliseum.

Wildcats on the Road
K-State has a 231-232 (.499) record in road games during the program’s 43-year history. During the 21st century, K-State owns a 71-52 (.577) mark in road contests and are 88-86 (.506) during Deb Patterson’s 15 seasons on the K-State bench.

K-State notched a 10-5 (.667) record on the road in 2008-09 to break the previous school record of nine (1982-83 and 2001-02).

Protecting the Hoop
The Wildcats have put together a solid defensive effort to start the 2010-11 season. K-State has held seven of its first 13 foes to point totals of 49 points or less, which are the most games of holding a opponent to 49 points or less since the 2008-09 season. During the last 10 seasons, K-State is 59-1 (.983) when holding an opponent to 49 points or less.

K-State has held its foes this season to a scoring average of 51.9 points, which ranks fifth in the Big 12 and 13th in the nation. K-State has also held its foes to a field goal percentage of .347, which ranks fifth in the Big 12 and 24th in the nation.

K-State’s bench mark low for points allowed this season came against Vermont on Dec. 30, as the Catamounts scored 39 points. This was the lowest opponent point total since K-State held Missouri to 33 points on Feb. 10, 2010. 

Helping keep opponents off the scoreboard has been K-State’s effort to block shots. The Wildcats have blocked 45 shots this season (3.5 bpg). K-State’s season-high of eight blocked shots came at the College of Charleston and were the most since K-State blocked nine shots at Washington on Dec. 30, 2008.

K-State Registers 50+ Boards Twice this Season
The Wildcats have achieved a rare feat on the glass this season, two games with 50 or more rebounds. The last time K-State pulled in 50 or more rebounds in a pair of games in a season came in the 2004-05 campaign.

In the season-opener against Grambling State, K-State hauled in 53 rebounds. The 53 boards by the Wildcats were the most since Dec. 1, 2006, when K-State hauled in 61 against Mississippi Valley State. It was also the highest number of rebounds in a season-opener since K-State pulled in 57 against Ball State on Nov. 15, 2002.

The Wildcats second effort of 50+ rebounds this season came at Dartmouth on Dec. 29, as K-State pulled in 52 rebounds, which included 21 offensive rebounds.

K-State’s Guards Continue to Crash the Boards
Continuing a trend that developed under former K-State point guard Megan Mahoney (2001-05), Kansas State’s guards have continued to attack the glass for rebounds. This season, K-State’s guards have pulled in 230 of the team’s 521 rebounds this season (44.1 percent). Over the last five seasons, K-State’s leading rebounder has been a guard (Shalee Lehning four times; Brittany Chambers once). This season, K-State guards are averaging 17.7 rebounds per game, which is ahead of last season’s final per game average of 14.2. The 14.2 average from last season was the highest in 10 years in terms of rebounds per game from K-State guards.

The K-State guards who are attacking the boards this season are Taelor Karr and Chambers with an average of 5.5 per game while Mariah White is averaging 5.0.

In the first 13 games, Chambers has pulled in 71 total rebounds which includes a season-high 13 rebounds against Dartmouth on Dec. 29. She ranks second on the team in rebounding and offensive rebounds per game (2.0 orpg). For her career, she has 27 games with five or more rebounds including five games with 10 or more.

Last season, Chambers led the team in rebounds with 5.8 per game and was the first freshman to lead K-State in rebounding since Shalee Lehning during the 2005-06 season (6.6 rpg).

Karr hauled in a career-high-tying 12 rebounds against UC Davis, with nine of the 12 coming on the defensive glass. For her career, she has 22 games with five or more rebounds and a pair of games in double figures. This season Karr ranks second on the team in rebounding and second for defensive rebounds per game (4.2 drpg).

The Paola, Kan., native pulled in 4.5 rebounds per game in 2009-10 and ranked fourth on the team in the category.

White recorded a career-high nine rebounds against St. John’s, with eight of the nine coming on the defensive glass. White ranks fourth on the team in rebounds per game and she has recorded eight games with five or more rebounds. She has reset her career season-high with 65 boards this season. Last season, White pulled in 56 rebounds in 31 games (1.8 rpg).

Everyone Gets a Second Chance
Kansas State has taken advantage of its second chance points this season, holding the edge in the stat in four of its eight wins this season and a 111-87 advantage in the statistical category.

Against Indiana State, K-State tallied a season-high 20 second chance points. This was the highest total of second chance points since carding 20 at Colorado on March 3, 2010. Last season K-State totaled three games with 20 or more second chance points.

K-State has totaled 181 offensive rebounds on the season, including two games with 20 or more offensive boards. The Wildcats hauled in a season-high 23 at UTSA on Dec. 20. The 23 offensive rebounds marked the first time K-State pulled in 20 or more offensive rebounds since Dec. 9, 2006 against UMKC (20 offensive rebounds) and were the most since K-State pulled in 26 against Iowa State on Jan. 25, 2005.

At Dartmouth on Dec. 29, K-State pulled in 21 offensive boards to go with 52 rebounds. This is the first time since the 2004-05 season that K-State has pulled down 20 or more offensive boards in two games.

K-State From Downtown
K-State’s current pace from beyond the arc of 5.6 three-point field goals made per game trails what K-State has historically done from beyond the arc over the last 10 seasons. The Wildcats have averaged 6.7 made three-point field goals per game in the last 10 seasons, including an average of 7.3 made three-point field goals per game in the 2009-10 season.

The Wildcats are led this season from the 3-point line by sophomore guards Brittany Chambers and Taelor Karr. Chambers leads the Wildcats from the three-point line, as she is 35-of-96 (.365) from long range and ranks fourth in the Big 12 in three-point field goals made per game (2.7), which includes a season-best performance of 6-of-11 at Dartmouth on Dec. 29. She is the first Wildcat to connect on six 3-point field goals since Kari Kincaid made six against Michigan State on Nov. 22, 2007. For her career, Chambers is 100-of-267 (.375) from the 3-point line.

Karr is K-State’s second-leading three-point shooter this season, as she is 18-of-56 (.321), which includes a season-best performance of 4-of-6 at the College of Charleston. She ranks 14th in the Big 12 in three-point field goals made per game (1.4). For her career, Karr is 74-of-201 (.368) from deep.

Chambers Nearing 600 Points For Career
Brittany Chambers came back from the holiday break with an MVP performance in the Blue Sky Classic. Chambers averaged 22.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2.0 steals while setting the Blue Sky Classic record for three-point field goals made over two games with nine. Against Dartmouth, Chambers registered a career-high 26 points which included a career-high six connections from beyond the arc.

In the non-conference schedule, Chambers picked up her offensive game right where she left off from last season, with 199 points in the first 13 games of the season. She has scored in double figures in 10 games and her 15.3 points per game this season ranks 13th in the Big 12.

For her career, Chambers has scored 587 points in 45 career games (13.0 ppg) and needs 13 points to reach the 600-point plateau. She has scored in double figures in 32 career games including six games with 20 or more points.

Chambers Approaching Top-10 for Career 3-PT FGs
Brittany Chambers continues to be a deep threat for the Wildcats, shooting 35-of-96 (.365) from beyond the arc in the first 13 games this season. She ranks fourth in the Big 12 in three-point field goals made per game at 2.7. This season, Chambers has four games with four or more connections from deep, including a career-high performance of 6-of-11 at Dartmouth on Dec. 29. She became the first Wildcat to make six 3-point field goals in a game since Kari Kincaid made six against Michigan State on Nov. 22, 2007.

For her career, Chambers has 41 career games with a 3-point field goal including eight games with four or more connections from beyond the arc. She is 100-of-267 (.375) in 45 games with the Wildcats and needs 17 made 3-point fields to move into the top-10 in school history. Her current career percentage ranks eighth in school history.

The Jordan, Minn., native made her mark from beyond the 3-point line in her first season with the Wildcats with a team-leading 65-of-171 (.380) from beyond the arc. She ranked eighth in the Big 12 and 49th in the nation in 3-point field goal percentage and eighth in the league for 3-point field goals made per game at 2.1.

Her 65 made three-point field goals were the most by a freshman since Laurie Koehn set a school record with 122 during the 2001-02 season and was the third-highest by a freshman in school history.

Karr Fires on All Cylinders 
Taelor Karr has found her touch from the field after a slow start to her second season with the Wildcats, as she is shooting 46.0 percent from the field. For the season, Karr ranks second on the team in rebounding (5.5 rpg), steals (1.6 spg) and three-point shooting (18-of-56; .321) and is third in scoring (10.6 ppg) and assists (2.5 apg).

This season, Karr has reached her season-high of 17 points twice and recorded K-State’s first double-double of the season and the second of her career with 17 points and 12 rebounds against UC Davis on Dec. 12. She has 24 career games in double figures for points and she has two double figure efforts in rebounds.

Against Iowa on Dec. 5, Karr tallied 17 points on 7-of-14 shooting, including 3-of-6 from beyond the arc. She followed that performance with 16 points on 7-of-8 shooting, including 2-of-3 from beyond the arc against North Dakota on Dec. 8.

For her career, Karr needs just 71 points to reach the 500-point plateau.

Karr Theft
Taelor Karr has been K-State’s top perimeter defender this season, which includes a career-high five steals against UTSA on Dec. 20. This was the second time this season that K-State has had a player register five steals in a game, as Mariah White tallied five against Western Illinois on Nov. 21, 2010.

Against Vermont, Karr notched four steals which is her sixth effort this season with two or more steals. For her career, Karr has 71 steals and has 22 career games with two or more steals.

In 2009-10, Karr led the Wildcats in steals with 49 was the first freshman to lead K-State in steals since Shalee Lehning recorded 60 steals in her freshman campaign in 2005-06.

Sweet Childs of Ours 
Jalana Childs has displayed her improved low post game in the early stages of the 2010-11 season. For the season, Childs is K-State’s second-leading scorer and ranks 25th in the Big 12 with a scoring average of 10.9 points. She is also pulling down 4.4 rebounds per game and has rejected 0.5 shots per game.

Against Western Illinois, Childs recorded a career-high 18 points, five rebounds, a career-high-tying three blocked shots and an assist. She tied her career-high with 18 points at Iowa on 6-of-11 shooting and was a career-best 6-of-7 from the foul line. She has reached double figures in points in 21 career games, including seven this season and a current streak of three straight games.

Childs needs just 18 points to reach the 500-point plateau in her career.

Caron Makes First Career Starts
Freshman forward Chantay Caron made a successful debut in the K-State starting lineup, as she garnered a pair of starts during the Blue Sky Classic. In her first career start at Dartmouth, Caron tallied career-highs of 13 points on 6-of-11 shooting, and nine rebounds in 21 minutes of action. Against Vermont, she notched four rebounds, three assists and two points in 16 minutes.

For the season, Caron is averaging 4.7 points and 3.1 rebounds in 12.6 minutes per game. She has three games this season with five or more rebounds.

In her career debut in the season opener, the 5-11 product of Lawrence, Kan., registered nine points and five rebounds in 16 minutes of action off the K-State bench. Caron’s nine points in her debut tied teammate Taelor Karr’s debut from last season for point production. Caron’s five rebounds were the most by a freshman in their debut since Ashley Sweat pulled in eight boards against Wisconsin-Green Bay on Nov. 10, 2006.

What Brown has Done for Us
Branshea Brown has given K-State a strong interior presence in the first 13 games of the season. This season, Brown is averaging 7.6 points on a team-leading .557 field goal percentage, a team-leading 6.0 rebounds, a team-leading 1.4 blocks and is third in steals with 1.3. Her field goal percentage ranks sixth in the Big 12.

In a five-game stretch from Nov. 27-Dec. 12, Brown averaged 10.2 points on a .656 field goal percentage, 6.4 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 1.8 blocks.

Against St. John’s, Brown turned in one of her best games as she touched every statistical category with a career-high 14 points on 5-of-6 shooting, six rebounds, four blocks, a steal and an assist.

In her return to her home state of South Carolina, Brown recorded 10 points, five rebounds, three steals, two assists and two blocked shots.

At Iowa on Dec. 5, Brown hauled in a season-high and career-high-tying 11 rebounds while also scoring six points and blocking two shots. This was her first double figuring rebounding game since March 6, 2010 against Nebraska when she pulled in 11.

For her career, she has 23 games with five or more rebounds, including four games with double figures.

Brown with the Blocks
Branshea Brown has picked up where she left off last season in terms of her interior defense. She paces the Wildcats in blocked shots with 18 this season and ranks ninth in the Big 12 with 1.4 per game.

The product of Walterboro, S.C., sent back a career-high four shots against St. John’s and South Dakota State, which is the highest total by a Wildcat since Marlies Gipson tallied four blocks at Kansas on Jan. 24, 2009. She is the first player since Gipson in 2008-09 to block at least four shots in two games in a season. Brown now has 11 career games with two or more blocked shots and 45 blocks for her career. She needs one block to tie her personal season-best of 19, which led the Wildcats in 2009-10.

White Hot Mariah
Sophomore guard Mariah White has displayed one of the most improved games of any of the Wildcats this season. In the first 13 games, White is averaging 4.0 points and leads the team with 4.4 assists and 1.8 steals. She is fourth on the team in rebounding with 5.0 per game.

She ranks ninth in the Big 12 in assists, fifth in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.2) and 14th in steals.

This season, White has already reset her career-highs for points in a game (17), rebounds in a game (9), assists in a game (8), assists in a season (57), steals in a game (5) and steals in a season (23). She has also made more free throws this season (18) than she attempted during her entire freshman campaign in 2009-10 (13).