Wildcats End Road Trip Against Lady Raiders

Mariah White and the Wildcats will look to shake off Wednesday night's loss at Texas Tech on Saturday.

Jan. 13, 2011

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Game 16
Kansas State (11-4, 1-1 Big 12) at (rv/rv) Texas Tech (15-1, 2-0 Big 12)
Jan. 15, 2011 | 2 p.m. | United Spirit Arena (15,050) | Lubbock, Texas

TV
Texas Tech Sports Network
Play-by-Play: David Thetford; Color Analyst: Marsha Sharp

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

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

Ticket Information
Visit www.texastech.com or call the Texas Tech athletic ticket office at (806) 742-TECH

Series History and Notes
K-State leads the series with Texas Tech, 10-9... The Wildcats captured the last meeting between the schools on March 11, 2010 in the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championships, 59-51... K-State and Texas Tech are 4-4 in contests played in Lubbock... The Wildcats have won three straight games in Lubbock... K-State has won seven of the last eight meetings between the two schools.


MANHATTAN, Kan. - Following its first defeat in league action, K-State will conclude its two-game road trip this weekend at Texas Tech on Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m., in the United Spirit Arena. The Wildcats will attempt to win its fourth straight game in Lubbock.

The contest will be 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 Kristin Waller provides the color analysis.

Kansas State (11-4, 1-1 Big 12) started the road portion of its Big 12 schedule with a 52-45 set back at (15/14) Oklahoma on Wednesday night, as the Sooners held off the Wildcats in the final minutes. The Wildcats held Oklahoma to its lowest first half output in 10 years by allowing the Sooners to score just 15 points. This equaled K-State’s opponent low for this season, as K-State also allowed 15 first half points to Vermont on Dec. 30.

In conjunction with the 15 first half points allowed by the Wildcats, K-State also held the Big 12 Conference’s top 3-point shooting team without a three-point field goal (0-for-9). This is the second time this season that K-State has prevented an opponent to connect from beyond the arc (St. John’s, Nov. 13). After the first two Big 12 contests, the Wildcats are second in the Big 12 in three-point field goal percentage defense (.217) and scoring defense (48.5 ppg allowed).

On offense, K-State was led in scoring by sophomore Brittany Chambers as she was the only Wildcat to reach double figures with 11 points and she also pulled in six boards and carded two steals. The guard from Jordan, Minn., notched her 34th career game with 10 or more points. Chambers leads the Wildcats in scoring and ranks 13th in the Big 12 with 15.1 points per game. She also ranks third in the Big 12 in three-point field goals made per game (2.7) and is third on the team in rebounding (5.7 rpg).

This season, Kansas State has also been paced by junior Jalana Childs and sophomore Taelor Karr. Childs, a 6-2 forward from Orlando, Fla., is K-State’s second-leading scorer with 10.7 points per game, while connecting on 43.8 percent of her field goal attempts. Against the Sooners, Childs had her streak of double figure scoring contests halted at four. For the season, Childs has reached double figures in points eight times.

Karr, a 5-8 guard from Paola, Kan., appeared off the bench for the second straight game and registered nine points and tied for team-high honors with seven rebounds. For the season, Karr is K-State’s third-leading scorer with 10.5 points per game and is the Wildcats’ third-leading rebounder at 5.5 per game and is second on the squad in steals with 24.

Streaks, Trends, Milestones, etc.
K-State has made at least one 3-point field goal in 122 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 34 of 47 career games... Chambers has made a 3-point field goal in 43 of her 47 games as a Wildcat, including a current streak of 20 straight games... She has made four or more 3-point field goals in a game nine times in her career... She has pulled in five or more rebounds in 29 career games, including nine games this season... Chambers has eight career games with five or more assists... Jalana Childs scored in double figures in eight games this season, including a career-high 18 twice and has tallied double digits in points in 22 career games... Childs has pulled in five or more rebounds in 27 career games, including nine 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 25 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 13 career games with five or more rebounds... White has already surpassed her season assist total from last season... Taelor Karr has 25 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 nine games this season and has 25 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 290-168 (.633) and a record of 120-106 (.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 166-48 (.776) record at home including an 91-9 (.910) record against non-conference foes.

At a Glance: Texas Tech
Texas Tech (15-1, 2-0 Big 12) has opened play 2-0 for the first time under head coach Kristy Curry, reaching the milestone with a come from behind 63-56 win over Missouri on Jan. 12. The Lady Raiders have won seven straight and are off to the best start since the 2003-04 season.

Curry is in her fifth season in Lubbock. The 1988 graduate is 81-63 (.563) during her time with the Lady Raiders and guided the program to a WNIT bid in her second season.

On the floor, Texas Tech has been paced by junior Kierra Mallard and senior Teena Wickett. Mallard, a forward/center from Dallas, Texas, is averaging team-highs with 13.4 points and 7.4 rebounds.

Wickett, a forward/center from Vallejo, Calif., is averaging 10.6 points, 6.8 rebounds and 3.6 assists.

Against Missouri on Wednesday, Texas Tech was paced off the bench by sophomore guard Chynna Brown with a game-high 22 points, including 6-of-11 from the field and 9-of-9 from the foul line.

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 793-470 (.628).

With seven 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 211-139 (.603) in the first month of the year. During the last three-plus seasons, K-State is 18-6 (.750) 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 68-44 (.607) in the first month, the second-best record of any month for Patterson during her 14 years.

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 198-32 (.861) when leading at the break.

During the last three-plus seasons, K-State owns a 67-6 (.918) 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 236-87 (.731). During the last 10 seasons, K-State is 137-39 (.778) in Bramlage Coliseum, including a 13-1 record in 2008-09. In Big 12 home contests, the Wildcats are 74-39 (.655).

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).

Filling Up the Purple Palace
Kansas State has continued to be one of the nation’s leaders in attendance this season, as the Wildcats are averaging 3,941 fans this season after eight home games which equates to 31,527 total fans. K-State ranks 20th in the nation for average home attendance.

During the last nine seasons, K-State has ranked among the top-30 in the nation for attendance including a high of sixth during the 2002-03 campaign.

Since  the start of Deb Patterson’s tenure in the 1996-97 season, K-State has seen 1,129,000 fans (avg.: 5,275 per game; 214 games) pass through the turnstiles of Bramlage Coliseum.

K-State moved into Bramlage Coliseum prior to the start of the 1988-89 season and has seen 1,220,039 fans pass through the doors.

K-State Against Ranked Opponents
Earlier this season, K-State recorded a 64-53 win over No. 14/16 St. John’s on Nov. 13, which was 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 66-148 (.308), including a 39-41 (.488) mark against AP ranked teams in Manhattan.

In the the Deb Patterson era, K-State is 40-78 (.339) 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 231-233 (.498) record in road games during the program’s 43-year history. During the 21st century, K-State owns a 71-53 (.573) mark in road contests and are 88-87 (.503) 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 eight of its first 15 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 60-1 (.984) when holding an opponent to 49 points or less.

K-State has held its foes this season to a scoring average of 51.5 points, which ranks fourth in the Big 12 and ninth in the nation. K-State has also held its foes to a field goal percentage of .341, which ranks fourth in the Big 12 and 18th 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 as the Wildcats have blocked 49 shots this season (3.3 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.

Goose Egg From Distance for Red Storm, Sooners
Kansas State has held a pair of ranked opponents this season without a made three-point field goal, including the Big 12’s leader in three-point field goal percentage. On Nov. 13, the Wildcats held St. John’s without a three-point field goal on seven attempts.

On Jan. 12, K-State’s perimeter defense was up to the challenge as it held Oklahoma without a connection from beyond the arc on nine attempts. The Sooners entered the contest as the Big 12 leader in 3-point field goal percentage at .398. This was the sixth time in the last five seasons, including the fourth time in the last two seasons, that K-State has held an opponent without a connection from beyond the arc (3/11/10 vs. Texas Tech; 1/9/10 vs. Kansas).

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 265 of the team’s 596 rebounds this season (44.5 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 Chambers and Taelor Karr with averages of 5.7 and 5.5, respectively, while Mariah White is averaging 4.9.

In the first 15 games, Chambers has pulled in 86 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 (1.9 orpg). For her career, she has 29 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 23 games with five or more rebounds and a pair of games in double figures. This season Karr ranks third on the team in rebounding and leads the squad in defensive rebounds per game (4.3 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 nine games with five or more rebounds. She has already reset her career season-high with 74 boards this season. Last season, White pulled in 56 rebounds in 31 games (1.8 rpg).

K-State From Downtown
K-State’s current pace from beyond the arc of 5.8 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.

K-State took a step towards its 10-year average with a season-high 12 connections from beyond the arc against Oklahoma State on Jan. 9. The 12 made 3-point field goals were the most since Jan. 2, 2010 against Yale when the Wildcats made 12. The Wildcats’ three-point percentage of .500 (12-of-24) was a new season-high and the best effort since K-State shot .571 (8-of-14) against Iowa State on Jan. 31, 2010.

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 40-of-110 (.364) from long range and ranks third 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 105-of-281 (.374) from the 3-point line. Her career three-point field goal percentage ranks ninth in school history.

Karr is K-State’s second-leading three-point shooter this season, as she is 22-of-66 (.333), which includes a season-best performance of 4-of-6 at the College of Charleston. She ranks 13th in the Big 12 in three-point field goals made per game (1.5). For her career, Karr is 78-of-211 (.370) from deep and her three-point field goal percentage ranks 10th in school history.

Bench Boost
The Wildcats have had the edge in bench scoring in four straight games, which includes three wins, and has averaged 27.3 points from the pine during this four-game stretch. Included in this streak is a season-high 35 points against Vermont on Dec. 30.

Amongst K-State’s 11 wins this season, the Wildcats have had the edge in bench production in eight of these contests and have averaged 17.7 points from its bench in the 11 wins.

Last season, K-State scored a total of 308 points off the bench for an average of 9.6 per game. This season, the Wildcats have carded 248 points for an average of 16.5 points per game.

Chambers Reaches 600 Points For Career
Brittany Chambers came back from the holiday break with a vengeance, as she has averaged 17.8 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.8 assists in the four games. Included in this stretch was an MVP performance in the Blue Sky Classic in which she 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.

This season, Chambers has scored 226 points including 12 games in double figures. Her team-leading point per game average of 15.1 points ranks 13th in the Big 12.

For her career, Chambers has scored 614 points in 47 career games (13.1 ppg). She has scored in double figures in 34 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 40-of-110 (.364) from beyond the arc this season. She ranks third in the Big 12 in three-point field goals made per game at 2.7. This season, Chambers has five 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 43 career games with a 3-point field goal including nine games with four or more connections from beyond the arc. She is 105-of-281 (.374) in 47 games with the Wildcats and needs 12 made 3-point fields to move into the top-10 in school history. Her current career percentage ranks ninth 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.

Childs Attains 500 Points for her Career 
Jalana Childs has displayed her improved low post game during 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 10.7 points. She is also pulling down 4.9 rebounds per game and has rejected 0.7 shots per game.

Against Oklahoma State in the Big 12 opener, the product of Orlando, Fla., tallied her second career double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Included in her 12 points, Childs carded her second career three-point field goal and is now 2-of-4 for her career. Ironically, Childs’ first career double-double also came against the Cowgirls as she notched 14 points and her career-high of 16 rebounds on Feb. 15, 2009.

Earlier this season 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 Dec. 5, while shooting 6-of-11 from the field and was a career-best 6-of-7 from the foul line. She has reached double figures in points in 22 career games, including eight this season and a current streak of four straight games.

At Oklahoma on Jan. 12, Childs reached the 500-point plateau in her career. She was the second Wildcat this season to achieve this career milestone, joining Brittany Chambers.

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 46.8 percent from the field. For the season, Karr ranks third on the team in scoring and (10.5), rebounding (5.5 rpg) and assists (2.3 apg) and is second in steals (1.6 spg) and three-point shooting (22-of-66; .333).

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 25 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 52 points to reach the 500-point plateau and become the third Wildcat to achieve the feat this season (Brittany Chambers and Jalana Childs).

Karr Theft
Taelor Karr has been one of K-State’s top perimeter defenders 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 73 steals and has 22 career games with two or more steals.

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

Oh, Oh, Voronenko
Alina Voronenko has emerged in the first two games of Big 12 action as an offensive weapon for the Wildcats. She is averaging 10.5 points on a .471 field goal percentage, including a .571 three-point field goal percentage.

In K-State’s Big 12 opening win over Oklahoma State on Jan. 9. The junior forward from Sacramento, Calif., tallied a career-high 16 points on a career-best 6-of-9 from the field including a career-high 4-of-6 from distance. Entering the game, Voronenko’s previous career-high was seven points and she had scored a total of 18 points in her previous 12 contests. For her career before the Big 12 opener, Voronenko was 6-of-30 (.200) from beyond the arc.

At Oklahoma on Jan. 12, Voronenko provided a lift off the bench with five points.

What Brown has Done for Us
Branshea Brown has given K-State a strong interior presence to pair with Jalana Childs this season. This season, Brown is averaging 7.4 points on a team-leading .525 field goal percentage, a team-leading 5.9 rebounds, a team-leading 1.3 blocks and is third in steals with 1.3. She ranks ninth in the Big 12 in blocks per game.

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 24 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 19 this season and ranks ninth in the Big 12 with 1.3 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 46 blocks for her career. She has tied 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 15 games this season, White is averaging 4.2 points and leads the team with 4.5 assists and 1.7 steals. She is fourth on the team in rebounding with 4.9 per game.

She ranks eighth in the Big 12 in assists and sixth in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.8). Her assist-to-turnover ratio ranks 30th in the nation.

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 (67), steals in a game (5) and steals in a season (26). She has also made more free throws this season (21) than she attempted during her entire freshman campaign in 2009-10 (13).

Caron Makes First Career Starts
Freshman forward Chantay Caron made a successful debut in the K-State starting lineup, as she has garnered four starts following the holiday break. In her first career start at Dartmouth, Caron tallied career-highs of 13 points on 6-of-11 shooting,