Wildcats, Lady Raiders Square Off on Wednesday
Wildcats, Lady Raiders Square Off on Wednesday
Jan. 7, 2013
(--/rv) Kansas State at (rv/--) Texas Tech
Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013 | 7 p.m. | United Spirit Arena (15,050) | Lubbock, Texas
TV: FOX College Sports Pacific
(PbP: David Thetford; Color: Sheryl Swoopes; Sideline: Courtney Davis)
Cox Cable: 266; DirecTV: 608 or 623 or 626; DISH Network: check local listings
Radio: K-State Sports Network (PbP: Brian Smoller; Color: Danielle Zanotti)
Internet: Free live audio & free live stats at www.kstatesports.com
Tickets: Visit www.texastech.com or call the Texas Tech ticket office at (806) 742-TECH
(-/rv) Kansas State Wildcats (10-4, 1-1 Big 12)
Head Coach: Deb Patterson (Rockford ‘79)
Career Record: 330-193 (.631) 17th year
School Record: Same
Last game: W, 59-58 vs. TCU on Jan. 5, 2013
Twitter: @kstatesports, @kstate_gameday, #KStateWBB
(rv/--) Texas Tech Lady Raiders (11-3, 1-1 Big 12)
Head Coach: Kristy Curry (Northeast Louisiana ‘88)
Career Record: 300-141 (.680) - 13th season
School Record: 120-90 (.571) - 7th season
Last game: L, 58-54 vs. Iowa State on Jan. 5, 2013
Series History and Notes
Series between the two schools is tied, 11-11... Texas Tech held off K-State in the second meeting in Manhattan last season, 64-63, on March 3, 2012... Both meetings last season between the schools were decided by one point... K-State is 5-5 in contests played in Lubbock... K-State has won eight of the last 11 meetings between the two schools... Head coach Deb Patterson is 10-11 against Texas Tech.
MANHATTAN, Kan. – K-State will bring its 5-1 road record to Lubbock, Texas on Wednesday night for a matchup with Texas Tech at 7 p.m., at the United Spirit Arena. In the last three meetings in the series between the Wildcats and Lady Raiders, the games have been decided by a total of four points with Texas Tech winning two of those three games. K-State has won four of the last five games played in Lubbock.
Wednesday night’s game between K-State and Texas Tech can be seen live on FOX College Sports Pacific. Handling the telecast will be David Thetford on play-by-play, Sheryl Swoopes on the color commentary and Courtney Davis on sideline reports. Check local listings for availability in your area.
The game will also be available on the K-State Sports Network with the award-winning Brian Smoller delivering the play-by-play and former Wildcat letterwinner Danielle Zanotti providing the color analysis. Fans can also follow the free live stats at kstatesports.com and receive updates on Twitter by following @kstate_gameday.
K-State (10-4, 1-1) used a buzzer-beating layup from Chantay Caron to register its first Big 12 win of the season, 59-58, over TCU on Saturday, Jan. 5. When a game has been decided by three points or less in Big 12 regular season or tournament games since the inception of the league in 1996-97, K-State owns a 23-17 (.575) record including seven wins in the last 10 such contests.
For the second straight game sophomore guard Haley Texada posted a new career-high in scoring. Against TCU, Texada tallied 22 points on 8-of-15 shooting and a career-high 4-of-10 from 3-point range. Texada is averaging 21.5 points per game through the first two league games and has notched an overall average of 12.6 points per game.
Freshman Bri Craig finished the contest with 14 points, her first game in double digits since posting a career-high 15 at UNLV on Dec. 21. Craig tallied her third career game with four connections from beyond the arc, as she was 4-of-10 including 4-of-7 in the second half.
Senior Brittany Chambers also reached double digits with 10 points, marking her 13th game this season in double figures. For the season, Chambers leads the Wildcats and ranks second in the Big 12 in scoring with 18.6 points per game. The All-America candidate also leads K-State in rebounding (7.6 rpg), assists (2.9 apg) and three-point field goals made and attempted (37-of-100).
At a Glance: Texas Tech
Texas Tech (11-3, 1-1 Big 12) opened league action with a 64-59 win at Oklahoma State on Jan. 2, then dropped its home Big 12 opener on Jan. 5 to Iowa State, 58-54. The Lady Raiders have lost its three games by a combined score of 10 points including a two-point loss to Michigan State (50-48) on Dec. 20 in Las Vegas.
From the bench, head coach Kristy Curry is in her seventh season leading the Lady Raiders. The 1988 graduate of Northeast Louisiana is 120-90 (.571) during her time in Lubbock and guided the program to a Postseason WNIT Tournament appearance last season. Curry owns a career record of 300-141 (.680), notching her 300th win against Oklahoma State on Jan. 2.
On the floor, Texas Tech has six players averaging 6.5 or more points per game this season, including three players averaging double figures. Leading the Lady Raiders is senior guard Casey Morris. The 5-9 product of Fairfield, Calif., is averaging 12.1 points and 3.9 rebounds this season. Against Iowa State on Jan. 5, Morris notched 13 points, including a 3-of-7 effort from beyond the arc.
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 in 2012-13. Against TCU on Jan. 5, the Wildcats received 21 (70.0 percent) of the team’s 30 rebounds from its backcourt players. After 14 games this season, K-State’s guards have pulled in 70.9 percent of K-State’s total rebounds (351-of-495) for an average of 25.1 per game. The Wildcats have been led by a guard on a glass this season in 12 games.
Leading the K-State guards in attacking the glass this season is Brittany Chambers with a team-leading average of 7.6 per game. Chambers ranks eighth in the Big 12 and 189th in the nation in rebounding and is fifth in the league for defensive rebounds per game (5.5 drpg). Chambers has led the Wildcats in rebounding in a team-high seven games this season and has paced K-State on the boards in 43 career games.
For her career, Chambers has 76 games with five or more rebounds including 14 games with 10 or more and has 687 career rebounds to rank 13th in school history in the category. She has the fourth-highest rebound total by a guard in school history and ranks fourth among active players in the Big 12 for career rebounds and is the only guard among the top 10.
Chambers 7th in Big 12 For Career 3-Pt. FGs Made
Brittany Chambers continues to be a marksman from beyond the arc, as she is 37-of-100 (.370) from deep this season, including a 7-of-11 effort against Mississippi Valley State on Nov. 30. Her seven makes were her highest number of connections from behind the three-point line since making eight against Northwestern on Dec. 19, 2011. This season, she ranks sixth in the Big 12 in three-point field goal percentage and third in the league in three-point field goals made per game (2.6).
For her career, Chambers is 270-of-764 (.353) and ranks third in school history for career 3-point field goals made and second in 3-point field goals attempted. She ranks seventh in Big 12 history for career 3-point field goals made and fourth for career 3-point field goals attempted. Chambers is the Big 12’s active leader in career three-point field goals made. Of her 1,639 career points, 49.4 percent of her points (810) have come from beyond the arc.
Chambers has made a 3-point field goal in 96 of the 112 career games she has played. She has 25 career games with four or more connections from beyond the arc and 74 career contests with two or more made 3-point field goals.
Caron in the Clutch
Providing the Wildcats with a versatile post option this season, junior Chantay Caron came through for K-State at an opportune moment. Caron registered the game-winning layup with under three seconds remaining to defeat TCU on Jan. 5. The layup capped a nine-point, seven rebound performance off the bench for the product of Lawrence, Kan.
At Kansas on Jan. 2, Caron tallied a personal season-high of 11 points, pulled in six rebounds and pocketed a career-high five steals. Caron was the fourth Wildcat this season to card five steals in a game this season.