K-State to Pack the House Against West Virginia

Bri Craig is averaging 12.3 points in her first three Big 12 games.

Jan. 10, 2013

Game Notes

Game 16

West Virginia at Kansas State
Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013 | 3 p.m. | Bramlage Coliseum (12,528) | Manhattan, Kan.

Game Information
Promotions: “Pack the House” – all tickets and select concession items available for just $1 and a halftime performance by Quick Change

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

TV: FOX Sports (PbP: Ron Thulin; Color: Brenda VanLengen)
Cox Cable: 34 or 2034; DirecTV: 671; DISH Network: check local listings

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

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

Kansas State Wildcats (10-5, 1-2 Big 12)
Head Coach: Deb Patterson (Rockford ‘79)
Career Record: 330-194 (.630) 17th year
School Record: Same
Last game: L, 59-50 at (rv/--) Texas Tech on Jan. 9, 2013
website: www.kstatesports.com
Twitter: @kstatesports, @kstate_gameday, #KStateWBB

West Virginia Mountaineers (9-5, 1-2 Big 12)
Head Coach: Mike Carey (Salem ‘80)
Career Record: 524-234 (.691) - 25th season
School Record: 236-132 (.641) - 12th season
Last game: W, 53-49 vs. Texas on Jan. 9, 2013
website: www.wvusports.com
Twitter: @WVUSportsBuzz

Series History and Notes
First meeting between the schools.

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State returns to Bramlage Coliseum on Saturday to host first time opponent and new Big 12 member, West Virginia at 3 p.m. Saturday afternoon’s game will mark K-State’s participation in the national “Pack the House” initiative. All tickets and select concession items will be available for $1. The Wildcats are the two-time defending Big 12 champion in the “Pack the House” initiative.

Saturday afternoon’s game between K-State and West Virginia can be seen live to a national audience on FOX Sports. Handling the telecast will be Ron Thulin on play-by-play, Brenda Van Lengen on the color commentary. Check local listings for availability in your area. This will be the 167th K-State women’s basketball game to be broadcast on television and the 112th on the FSN family of networks. K-State holds an all-time record of 104-66 (.612) in televised games, including a 68-42 (.618) mark on the FSN family of networks.

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 Kristin Waller providing the color analysis. Fans can also follow the free live stats at kstatesports.com and receive updates on Twitter by following @kstate_gameday.

Despite a late rally, Kansas State (10-5, 1-2 Big 12) suffered through one of its roughest shooting performances of the season, as Texas Tech defended its home floor with a 59-50 win on Wednesday night. For the night, the Wildcats shot .306 from the field (15-of-49) including a 5-of-22 performance from beyond the arc.

K-State was led by Bri Craig with a career-high 18 points on 6-of-12 shooting, including 3-of-6 from beyond the arc. The freshman from Lincoln, Neb., has scored in double digits in seven games this season and three of the last five. Her effort Wednesday night surpassed her career-high of 15 at UNLV on Dec. 21. In her first three Big 12 games, Craig is averaging 12.3 points per game.

Senior Brittany Chambers narrowly missed her fourth double-double of the season, as she finished with 15 points and a team-high nine rebounds. This was Chambers’ 14th game in double figures this season and the 88th in her career. She has led K-State in rebounding in eight games this season and 44 games in her career. She needs just three rebounds to move into 12th in school history and needs four rebounds to reach 700 for her career.

For the season, Chambers leads K-State in scoring (18.4 ppg), rebounding (7.7 rpg) and 3-point field goals (38-of-106).

At a Glance: West Virginia
West Virginia (9-5, 1-2 Big 12) registered its first win as a member of the Big 12 on Wednesday night, as the Mountaineers held off Texas in Morgantown, 53-49. West Virginia’s win on Wednesday halted a streak of three losses in the last four games.

Leading the Mountaineers in his 12th season is head coach Mike Carey. A 1980 graduate of Salem, Carey owns a 236-132 (.641) mark during his time in Morgantown. In his 25 seasons as a head coach, Carey has tabulated a 524-234 (.691) mark. He garnered a pair of Big East Coach of the Year honors and has led the Mountaineers to three straight NCAA Tournament appearances and four trips in the last five seasons.

On the floor, West Virginia is guided by a pair of junior backcourt players. Leading the charge for the Mountaineers is Taylor Palmer, a 5-9 guard from Mount Vernon, N.Y. For the season, Palmer is averaging 12.1 points per game and ranks second in the Big 12 for league-only games with 20.3 points. In West Virginia’s first-ever Big 12 game at Oklahoma on Jan. 2, Palmer tallied 30 points on 10-of-18 shooting, including an 8-of-12 performance from beyond the arc. Through the first three Big 12 games, Palmer ranks third in the league in three-point field goal percentage (.522) and leads the league in three-point field goals made per game (4.0).

Just behind Palmer is 5-9 guard Christal Caldwell with an average of 11.7 points and 3.8 rebounds per game. In the win over Texas, Caldwell notched 16 points on 7-of-13 shooting while also hauling in five rebounds and pocketing two steals.

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 216-143 (.602) in the first month of the year. During the last three-plus seasons, K-State is 23-10 (.697) in the month of January.

Head coach Deb Patterson is 73-49 (.598) in the first month, the second-best record of any month for Patterson during her 17 years.

Wildcats Secure 250th Win in Bramlage
K-State has enjoyed the friendly confines of Bramlage Coliseum in its 25th season of existence with a record of 256-94 (.731), including a 10-4 mark in 2011-12. It was the 12th time under head coach Deb Patterson and the 24th time in the program’s previous 44 years that K-State has won 10 or more home games. The Wildcats secured their 250th win in Bramlage Coliseum with a 65-45 victory over Texas on Feb. 18, 2012.

Craig Turns Up Scoring    
Freshman guard Bri Craig has increased her scoring during the last five games, averaging 12.2 points per game. During the recent five-game stretch, the product of Lincoln, Neb., has reset her career-high in scoring twice including 18 points at Texas Tech on Jan. 9 in a career-high 38 minutes. In the last two games, Craig is averaging 16 points on a .423 field goal percentage (11-of-26), including a 7-of-16 effort from beyond the arc.

For the season, Craig ranks 28th in the Big 12 in scoring at an average of 9.6 points per game. She has reached double digits in scoring seven times and has made two or more 3-point field goals in a game seven times.

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. At Texas Tech on Jan. 9, the Wildcats received 23 (65.7 percent) of the team’s 35 rebounds from its backcourt players. After 15 games this season, K-State’s guards have pulled in 70.6 percent of K-State’s total rebounds (374-of-530) for an average of 24.9 per game. The Wildcats have been led by a guard on a glass this season in 13 games.

Leading the K-State guards in attacking the glass this season is Brittany Chambers with a team-leading average of 7.7 per game. Chambers ranks eighth in the Big 12 and 189th in the nation in rebounding and is tied for fourth in the league for defensive rebounds per game (5.5 drpg). Chambers has led the Wildcats in rebounding in a team-high eight games this season and has paced K-State on the boards in 44 career games.

For her career, Chambers has 77 games with five or more rebounds including 14 games with 10 or more and has 696 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.