No. 23/22 K-State Visits No. 1/1 Baylor Saturday

Mariah White

Jan. 19, 2012

Kansas State Game Notes (PDF)

Game 18

(23/22) Kansas State (13-4, 4-1 Big 12) at (1/1) Baylor (18-0, 5-0 Big 12)  
January 21, 2012 | 7 p.m. | Ferrell Center (10,284) | Waco, Texas

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Series History and Notes
Baylor leads the series, 15-9, and has won 10 straight in the series... K-State’s last win over Baylor came on Jan. 27, 2004, an 85-65 decision in Manhattan... The Lady Bears won the last meeting between the teams, a 86-53 decision on March 11, 2011 in Kansas City... K-State is 1-7 against Baylor in Waco... Head coach Deb Patterson is 7-14 against Baylor... K-State is 0-3 when facing the No. 1 ranked team in the AP poll... K-State’s last meeting against a No. 1 ranked team was Jan. 6, 1990 at Louisiana Tech (L, 100-54).

MANHATTAN, Kan. – For the first time in the year 2012, No. 23 Kansas State will look to overcome a loss as the Wildcats travel to defending Big 12 champion and No. 1 ranked Baylor on Saturday night for a 7 p.m., tip at the Ferrell Center. K-State is entering a difficult stretch of its schedule with four of its next six games on the road. The Wildcats have won four of five road games this season.      

Saturday night’s game will be broadcast throughout the K-State Sports Network and for free on Calling the action on the K-State Sports Network will be the award-winning Brian Smoller (play-by-play) and K-State assistant athletics communications director Randy Peterson (color analysis).

K-State suffered its first loss in Big 12 action this season, as the Wildcats fell to Oklahoma on Wednesday night, 65-57. The defeat ended K-State’s eight-game home winning streak which had carried over from the final home game of the 2010-11 season. The Sooners used a hot shooting performance early in the contest to distance themselves from the Wildcats, connecting on 7-of-9 from beyond the arc in the opening stanza. K-State managed to take a 42-41 second half lead with 12 minutes to play, but Oklahoma used an 11-0 run to take control of the game.

The Wildcats were led by seniors Tasha Dickey and Jalana Childs and junior Brittany Chambers. Dickey recorded her eighth game in double figures with K-State, as she netted 18 points on 8-of-20 shooting. She also hauled in a career-high seven rebounds Dickey is K-State’s third-leading scorer with 9.8 points per game.

Childs became the 38th player in school history to score 1,000-points for a career, as she finished the night with 16 points and eight rebounds. The forward from Orlando, Fla., is K-State’s second-leading scorer and ranks ninth in the Big 12 with 15.1 points per game. Her eight rebounds on Wednesday moved her into 31st in the K-State career rebounds list with 429.

Chambers added 10 points, five rebounds and three steals. Chambers is K-State’s leading scorer and rebounder at 15.9 points per game and 6.2 rebounds per game. She ranks seventh in the league in scoring and 15th in rebounding, while she is second in three-point field goals made per game (2.9).

Following Saturday night’s game in Waco, Texas, K-State returns home for its final home game in the month of January. The Wildcats host Iowa State at 7 p.m., and the contest will mark K-State’s celebration of National Girls and Women in Sports Day. Fans 14 and under wearing their basketball jersey will receive a free general admission ticket. For more information, contact the K-State Athletics Ticket Office at (800) 221-CATS.

At a Glance: Baylor
(1/1) Baylor (18-0, 5-0 Big 12) will look to continue its unbeaten run in tact on Saturday night against the Wildcats. The Lady Bears held off Texas Tech in Lubbock on Wednesday night, 72-64. Among the Big 12 team statistics, Baylor leads the league in 11 categories including scoring offense (82.0 ppg), scoring defense (52.2 ppg), blocks (8.4 bpg) and assist to turnover ratio (1.4).

Baylor is led by 12th-year head coach Kim Mulkey. The 1984 graduate of Louisiana Tech has accumulated a 311-79 (.800) record during her time in Waco and has led the Lady Bears to 10 NCAA Tournament appearances, including the 2005 NCAA title.

The Lady Bears are led by junior post and 2012 national Player of the Year candidate Brittney Griner and All-Big 12 sophomore guard Odyssey Sims. Griner leads Baylor and the Big 12 in scoring (22.7 ppg) and blocks (5.4 bpg) and is second in the league in rebounding (10.2 rpg). Against the Lady Raiders, the 6-8 product of Houston, Texas registered a game-high 21 points, pulled in six rebounds and blocked a game-high eight shots.

Sims is the Lady Bears’ second-leading scorer at 16.5 points and is the squad’s leading passer and ranks fourth in the Big 12 with 5.6 assists. She also leads Baylor in three-point shooting by shooting 35-of-78 (.449) from deep. At Texas Tech on Wednesday, Sims came off the bench to score 17 points and pull in five rebounds.

Adding to the Baylor attack outside of Griner and Sims is redshirt junior post Destiny Williams. The 6-1 product of Benton Harbor, Mich., is second on the team in rebounding (8.7 rpg) and third in scoring (10.3 ppg).

Childs Records 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 (5.7 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 .761 from the foul line.

For her career, Childs became the 38th player in school history to surpass the 1,000-point mark in a career and has scored 1,008 points and scored in double figures in 49 career games including at least 20 points in nine contests. Childs joined Brittany Chambers in the 1,000-point club which is 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. The senior and 2011-12 preseason All-Big 12 honorable mention selection is the 14th forward in K-State history to reach the 1,000-point mark and the eighth forward to reach the mark in her senior season.

Over the last five games, Childs is averaging 15.0 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.

Brown with the Blocks
Branshea Brown has worked her way into the top-10 for career blocks with her 63rd and 64th career blocks against Oklahoma on Jan. 17. The effort against the Sooners was her 15th career game with multiple blocks in a game.

Brown now ranks 10th in school history, passing Nicky Ramage (1996-00; 63). With two blocks, Brown will move past Kristie Bahner (1987-91; 65) for ninth in school history.

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.

Thefts By Mariah
Mariah White has been one of K-State’s top perimeter defenders during her time with the Wildcats. Against Oklahoma on Jan. 17, White recorded three steals to boost her career total to 100. White is the first player since Ashley Sweat (2006-10) to record 100 steals in a career at K-State.

White has 27 career games with two or more steals, including 13 games this season. She needs just 10 steals to surpass her career-high for a season which she set last year at 49.

For the season, White leads the team and ranks seventh in the Big 12 in steals with 2.4 per game (40 steals). In Big 12 games, White ranks third with 3.0 steals per game.

White From the Arc
Over the last three games, Mariah White has stepped forward and has displayed more confidence in shooting from beyond the arc. Entering Big 12 action, White was 0-of-11 from deep but is 6-of-13 (.462) in the last three games including a career-high 5-of-7 performance against Missouri on Jan. 11. Her five connections against the Tigers was more than her career total of four prior to that game. Her three-point field goal percentage of .462 in Big 12 play ranks eighth in the league.