Wildcats Travel to Lubbock to Face No. 10 Texas Tech
Wildcats Travel to Lubbock to Face No. 10 Texas Tech
Jan. 12, 2012
Kansas State Game Notes (PDF)
(rv/rv) Kansas State (12-3, 3-0 Big 12) at (10/14) Texas Tech (14-1, 2-1 Big 12)
January 14, 2012 | 2 p.m. | United Spirit Arena (15,050) | Lubbock, Texas
K-State Sports Network
Play-by-Play: Brian Smoller; Color Analysis: Randy Peterson
Game broadcast on K-StateHD.TV (subscription) and ESPN3.com. Free Gametracker live stats and free live audio at www.kstatesports.com
Visit www.texastech.com or call the Texas Tech athletic ticket office at (806) 742-TECH
Series History and Notes
The series between the two schools is tied, 10-10... Texas Tech outlasted the Wildcats in double overtime last season in Lubbock, 68-66, on Jan. 15, 2011... K-State is 4-5 in contests played in Lubbock... The Wildcats have won three of their last four games in Lubbock... K-State has won seven of the last nine meetings between the two schools.
MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State will look for its fifth 4-0 start to Big 12 action and first since winning the Big 12 regular season title in 2007-08, when the Wildcats travel to No. 10/14 Texas Tech on Saturday at 2 p.m. The teams have alternated wins in the last four games in the series, with the Lady Raiders edging the Wildcats in double overtime last season in United Spirit Arena.
Saturday afternoon’s contest will be broadcast on K-StateHD.TV and ESPN3.com. The contest 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 assistant director of athletics communications, Randy Peterson (color analysis).
K-State improved to 3-0 in Big 12 action and 12-3 overall by securing its seventh straight home win with a 72-46 decision over Missouri. Kansas State registered a season-high from beyond the arc, connecting on 12-of-25 from deep. The 12 connections were the most since K-State registered 14 against Colorado on Feb. 16, 2011. The Wildcats also tallied 24 points off 18 Missouri turnovers.
The Wildcats were led by a trio of players in double figures and three players reaching new career-highs in points. Leading the way was junior Mariah White with a career and game-high 23 points. The guard from Midwest City, Okla., tallied her new career-best on 9-of-11 shooting which included a career-best 5-of-7 performance from beyond the arc. White also added eight assists to her final stat line. For the season, White ranks fourth in the Big 12 in assists per game (4.9) and third in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.1).
Joining White in double figures were Brittany Chambers and JuliAnne Chisholm. Chambers registered 14 points which included a 4-of-7 effort from deep. For the season, Chambers leads the Wildcats and ranks sixth in the Big 12 in scoring with 16.3 points per game.
Chisholm came off the bench to register 16 minutes of action and record a career-high 10 points. The four-year volleyball letterwinner tallied a pair of connections from beyond the arc and pulled in four rebounds.
In addition to Chisholm’s points off the bench, freshman Haley Texada aided K-State’s 20 bench points. The guard from Frisco, Texas notched a career-high eight points while also pulling in two boards.
Following Saturday afternoon’s game in Lubbock, K-State will have a quick turnaround as the Wildcats host Oklahoma on Tuesday, Jan. 17. Game time in Bramlage is set for 7 p.m., with the game broadcast live on FS Kansas City and on the K-State Sports Network.
At a Glance: Texas Tech
Texas Tech (14-1, 2-1 Big 12) opened the season with 14 straight wins before suffering their first loss on Wednesday night at Oklahoma, 71-68. The Lady Raiders are the second-highest scoring team in the Big 12 (76.2), are second in turnover margin (+4.5) and lead the league in steals (13.6) and offensive rebounds (19.2).
From the bench, head coach Kristy Curry is in her sixth season leading the Lady Raiders. The 1988 graduate is 102-74 (.580) during her time in Lubbock and guided the program to an NCAA Tournament appearance last season.
On the floor, Texas Tech has seven players averaging 7.0 or more points per game and five players pulling in 4.0 or more rebounds per game this season. Leading the way is senior Kierra Mallard. Mallard, a forward/center from Dallas, Texas, is averaging team-highs with 13.7 points and 7.4 rebounds.
Against the Sooners on Wednesday, Texas Tech was led by Christine Hyde with 21 points. For the season, Hyde is averaging 8.8 points per game.
Wildcats’ Defense Remains Strong
Kansas State’s tenacity on the defensive end of the floor picked up where it left off from last season. Following the first 15 games, K-State leads the Big 12 and ranks 13th in the nation in scoring defense at 50.7 points per game. In addition to its scoring defense, the Wildcats are allowing opponents to shoot .329 from the field to rank fourth in the league and 11th in the nation and holding its foes to a three-point field goal percentage of .234 to rank first in the league and 17th in the nation.
For the season, K-State has held nine of its first 14 foes to 49-points or less, including a season-low of 20 to Dartmouth in the season-opener. The Wildcats held five straight opponents to 49-points or less from Dec. 7 to Dec. 20, which was the longest stretch since Feb. 21-March 8, 1975.
During the last 11 seasons, K-State is 68-3 (.958) when holding an opponent to 49 points or less. In the Deb Patterson-era, K-State has held opponents to 30 points or less five times.
K-State held Dartmouth to just 20 points on a field goal percentage of 13.2 percent (7-of-53). The 20 points allowed were the fewest in a season-opener in the 44-year history of the program. It was the fewest points yielded by the K-State defense since Dec. 1, 2006, when the Wildcats allowed 18 to Mississippi Valley State.
In 2010-11, K-State held nine of its 32 foes to point totals of 49 points or less, which tied for fourth in school history for holding an opponent to 49 points or less. For the season, K-State allowed its foes to score 56.31 points per game. The Wildcats ranked third in the Big 12 and 36th in the nation in points allowed.