No. 23 K-State Hosts Sooners for Tuesday Night Tussle

Tasha Dickey

Jan. 16, 2012

Kansas State Game Notes (PDF)

Game 17

(rv/--) Oklahoma (10-5, 2-2 Big 12) vs. (23/rv) Kansas State (13-3, 4-0 Big 12)
January 17, 2012 | 7 p.m. | Bramlage Coliseum (12,528) | Manhattan, Kan.

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TV
FS Kansas City
Play-by-Play: Brian Smoller; Color Analysis: Missy Heidrick

Game available on the following channels:
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Radio
K-State Sports Network
Play-by-Play: Matt Walters
Color Analysis: Kristin Waller

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Series History and Notes
Oklahoma leads the series, 28-23... Oklahoma has won eight straight in the series and 15 of the last 19 meetings... K-State is 12-11 all-time against the Sooners in Manhattan... The Sooners won last season’s meeting, 52-45, on Jan. 12, 2011 in Norman... The Sooners captured the last meeting in Manhattan, 64-58, on Feb. 21, 2010... K-State’s last win over Oklahoma came on Jan. 31, 2004 in Manhattan, 74-65.


MANHATTAN, Kan. – Fresh off its second win over an Associated Press top-10 team, No. 23 Kansas State will attempt to improve to 5-0 in Big 12 action for the first time since the 2007-08 season as the Wildcats host Oklahoma on Tuesday at 7 p.m. K-State will look to win its sixth straight game for the first time this season and boost its current eight-game home court winning streak.      

Tuesday evening’s contest will be broadcast on FS Kansas City, as Brian Smoller and Missy Heidrick call the action. This will be the 153rd K-State women’s basketball game to be broadcast on television and the 101st on the FSN family of networks. The Wildcats are 60-40 (.600) on the FSN family of networks. K-State holds an all-time record of 94-58 (.618) in televised games, including a 4-0 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 reached 4-0 in Big 12 action and 13-3 overall by holding off No. 10/14 Texas Tech, 62-61, on Saturday afternoon in Lubbock, Texas. The Wildcats held the Lady Raiders without a point for the final 3:19 of the game, as K-State scored the final five points of the game. This was K-State’s second win over an Associated Press top-10 team this season, which marks the first time since the 2001-02 season that K-State has achieved the feat. It was also K-State’s first win over a AP top-10 team on the road since Jan. 2, 2002 at No. 4 Iowa State.

The Wildcats were led by seniors Jalana Childs and Tasha Dickey and junior Brittany Chambers. Childs notched a game-high and a career-high-tying 23 points on 10-of-18 shooting. Childs connected on a pair of free throws with 1:43 to play to give K-State its final points of the contest. For the season, Childs is K-State’s second-leading scorer with 15.1 points per game.

Dickey recorded her seventh game in double figures with K-State, as she carded 17 points on 8-of-11 shooting. The eight made field goals set a new career-high by the Sandy, Utah product. Dickey is K-State’s third-leading scorer with 9.3 points per game.

Chambers turned in a double-double effort with 15 points and 10 rebounds, while also dishing out three assists. Chambers is K-State’s leading scorer and rebounder at 16.3 points per game and 6.3 rebounds per game.

Following Tuesday night’s game against the Sooners, K-State will travel to No. 1 Baylor for a Saturday night matchup. Game time in Waco is set for 7 p.m., with the game broadcast live on the K-State Sports Network.

At a Glance: Oklahoma
Oklahoma (10-5, 2-2 Big 12) has opened Big 12 action by alternating between wins and losses. In their last game on Saturday afternoon, the Sooners dropped the Bedlam matchup against Oklahoma State, 66-63, in Stillwater.

The Sooners are led on the bench by 16th year head coach Sherri Coale. The 1987 graduate of Oklahoma Christian owns a 345-160 (.683) record during her time in Norman and guided the Sooners to the 2010 Final Four.

On the floor, Oklahoma is paced by three players who average double figures in scoring. Leading the way is sophomore guard Aaryn Ellenberg with an average of 17.3 points per game which ranks fourth in the Big 12. Ellenberg ranks second in the Big 12 in three-point field goals made per game with 2.9. At Oklahoma State on Saturday, Ellenberg registered 12 points, three assists and two steals.

Joining Ellenberg in double figures are redshirt junior Whitney Hand and sophomore Morgan Hook. Hand, after battling through knee injuries during the last two seasons, is averaging 12.5 points, 6.6 rebounds and 4.5 assists. She ranks 15th in the Big 12 in scoring, 13th in rebounding and eighth in assists.

Hook is averaging 10.5 points, 3.7 rebounds and 4.1 assists this season.

K-State Offense Converting at High Rate
Through the first four games of Big 12 action, Kansas State has found the basket with regularity in aiding the 4-0 start. K-State leads the Big 12 in league games in field goal percentage at .481 and are second in the league for three-point field goal percentage at .424. The Wildcats are also converting from the foul line at .726 to rank third in the Big 12 during league action.

Boosting K-State’s field goal percentage in conference action have been a pair of games with field goal percentages over 50 percent. Against Texas A&M on Jan. 4, the Wildcats shot a season-high .540 (27-of-50) from the field. At Texas Tech on Jan. 14, K-State tallied a .532 field goal percentage (25-of-47) which included a .592 first half field goal percentage.

Childs Sets Sights on 1,000 Points for her Career    
Jalana Childs has been a strong post presence for the Wildcats this season. Childs is second on the team in scoring (15.1 ppg) and is third on the team in rebounding (5.6 rpg). Her scoring average ranks ninth in the Big 12 and 126th in the nation. For the season, she is shooting .464 from the field and a career-best .789 from the foul line.

Over the last four games, Childs is averaging 14.8 points per game which includes a career-high-tying effort of 23 points at Texas Tech on Jan. 14. The 23 points are the most points scored by a Wildcat at Texas Tech, surpassing the 22 points Kendra Wecker and Nicole Ohlde each scored in Lubbock on March 6, 2003.    

For her career, Childs has scored 992 points and has scored in double figures in 48 career games including at least 20 points in nine contests. With eight points, Childs will join Brittany Chambers in the 1,000-point club and become the 38th player in school history with 1,000 career points. It will be the first time since the 2008-09 season that K-State has had at least two players on its roster with 1,000 career points.