K-State Hosts Missouri, Looks for 3rd Straight League Win

Branshea Brown

Jan. 9, 2012

Kansas State Game Notes (PDF)

Game 15
Missouri (10-3, 0-2 Big 12) vs. (rv/--) Kansas State (11-3, 2-0 Big 12)
January 11, 2012 | 7 p.m. | Bramlage Coliseum (12,528) | Manhattan, Kan.

Ticket Information
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Manhattan Night

FS Kansas City
Play-by-Play: Brent Stover; Color Analysis: Missy Heidrick

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K-State Sports Network
Play-by-Play: Brian Smoller; Color Analysis: Kristin Waller

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Series History and Notes
K-State leads the series with Missouri, 44-35... The Wildcats captured the last meeting between the schools on Feb. 5, 2011 in Columbia, 60-55 in overtime... K-State is 26-10 against the Tigers in games played in Manhattan and has won five straight over the Tigers in Bramlage... Head coach Deb Patterson owns a career mark of 22-9 against Missouri and is 12-3 against the Tigers in games played in Manhattan.

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State will look for its fifth 3-0 start to Big 12 action and first since winning the Big 12 regular season title in 2007-08, when the Wildcats host Missouri on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. Kansas State has won five straight over the Tigers in Manhattan. The Wildcats will also look to improve upon its current three-game winning streak and its seven-game home court winning streak.      

Wednesday evening’s contest will be broadcast on FS Kansas City, as Brent Stover and Missy Heidrick call the action. This will be the 152nd K-State women’s basketball game to be broadcast on television and the 100th on the FSN family of networks. The Wildcats are 59-40 (.596) on the FSN family of networks, including a 8-2 mark in 2010-11. K-State holds an all-time record of 93-58 (.616) in televised games, including a 3-0 mark in televised contests this season.  

The game will also be broadcast on the radio throughout the K-State Sports Network and for free on kstatesports.com. Calling the action on the K-State Sports Network will be the award-winning Brian Smoller (play-by-play) and former K-State letterwinner Kristin Waller (color analysis).

K-State improved to 2-0 with a 63-57 win at Kansas on Saturday night in the Dillons Sunflower Showdown. The Wildcats have now won eight of the last nine meetings with the Jayhawks and 20 of the last 22.

The Wildcats were paced on Saturday night by the trio of Brittany Chambers, Jalana Childs and Branshea Brown. Chambers, who earned Big 12 Player of the Week honors on Monday, registered a game-high 23 points on 7-of-13 shooting, including 5-of-7 from beyond the arc. She also added eight rebounds, four assists and a steal while playing all 40 minutes. In the last five games, Chambers is averaging 19.3 points and has played every minute in four of those games.

Childs recorded 15 points and was a perfect 7-of-7 from the foul line against the Jayhawks. The senior from Orlando, Fla., is averaging 16.4 points in the last five games.

Brown provided a boost to the K-State offense with 12 points including a four points in the final three minutes of the game. The senior forward from Walterboro, S.C., also added seven rebounds and a career-high four assists to her final stat line. With one more blocked shot, Brown will tie Nicky Ramage (1996-00; 63) for 10th in school history for career blocked shots.

Following Wednesday night’s home game, K-State returns to the road to face unbeaten Texas Tech. Game time in Lubbock, Texas, is set for 2 p.m., with the game broadcast live on K-StateHD.TV and on the K-State Sports Network.

At a Glance: Missouri
Missouri (10-3, 0-2 Big 12) will look to put an end to a two-game skid following losses at Baylor (90-46) and against Texas Tech (69-63) to open league action.

The Tigers are led on the sideline by second-year head coach Robin Pingeton. The 1990 graduate of St. Ambrose owns a 361-178 (.670) record during her 17 seasons as a head coach, including a 144-81 (.640) record in seven seasons at Illinois State.

On the floor, Missouri is paced by Christine Flores and BreAnna Brock. Flores leads the team and is second in the Big 12 in scoring (20.5 ppg) and leads the Tigers in blocked shots and is third in the league (3.8 bpg). She is second on the team in rebounding and eighth in the Big 12 (7.5 rpg). Against Texas Tech last Saturday, the senior forward from San Antonio, Texas, carded a team-leading 16 points and added three assists, two blocks and a steal.

Brock is second on the team and seventh in the Big 12 in scoring (15.8 ppg). The senior forward from San Antonio paces the Tigers on the glass and ranks sixth in the Big 12 (8.5 rpg). Against the Lady Raiders, Brock tallied 14 points and seven rebounds.

Chambers Climbs Career Scoring List
Brittany Chambers continues to climb the K-State career scoring list, which was aided by her performance in the first two Big 12 games. Against the Texas A&M, Chambers recorded a game-high 21 points on 9-of-18 shooting for her fourth 20-point game of the season. In her three career games against Texas A&M, Chambers is averaging 24.3 points.

She followed that effort with a game-high 23 points at Kansas. She registered her 23 points on 7-of-13 shooting including 5-of-7 from beyond the arc. With the consecutive 20-point games, Chambers became the first Wildcat since Kendra Wecker in the 2003-04 season to score 20 or more points in the first two Big 12 games.

For her career, Chambers became the 37th player in school history to reach the 1,000-point plateau on Dec. 7 and was the 12th player in school history to achieve the feat in their junior season. Chambers has scored 1,133 points in 78 career games (14.5 ppg) to rank 24th in school history.

The 2011-12 preseason All-Big 12 honorable mention selection and 2011 unanimous All-Big 12 first team recipient has scored in double figures in 58 games (75.3 percent of her career games) including 17 games with 20 or more points. She is the 23rd player in school history and the sixth guard to record 1,000 points and 450 rebounds in a career.    

This season, Chambers ranks sixth in the Big 12 and 86th in the country in scoring with her 16.5 points per game. Her 22.0 points per game following the first 2 league games leads the Big 12 in conference-only games. In the last five games, Chambers is averaging 19.8 points per game on a .455 field goal percentage which includes a .432 three-point field goal percentage.

Brown with the Blocks
Branshea Brown continues her climb towards the top-10 for career blocks with her 62nd career block against Kansas on Jan. 7. With one block, Brown will tie Nicky Ramage (1996-00; 63) for 10th in school history.

Against Texas A&M on Jan. 4, Brown recorded her 14th career game with muliple blocks as she had two against the Aggies.

In 2010-11, Brown paced the Wildcats in blocked shots with a career-high 22 in the 2010-11 season. Her blocked shot total for a season is the highest by a Wildcat since Marlies Gipson sent back a school record 86 during the 2008-09 campaign.

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.