Wildcats Welcome Cyclones to Bramlage Wednesday

Branshea Brown ranks ninth in school history for career blocks.

Jan. 23, 2012

Kansas State Game Notes (PDF)

Game 19
Iowa State (10-7, 1-5 Big 12) vs. (rv/22) Kansas State (13-5, 4-2 Big 12)  
January 25, 2012 | 7 p.m. | Bramlage Coliseum (12,528) | Manhattan, Kan.

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

National Girls and Women in Sports Day

Kansas 22
Play-by-Play: Ben Boyle; Color Analysis: Missy Heidrick

Game available on the following channel:
Cox Cable - 22

K-State Sports Network
Play-by-Play: Matt Walters; Color Analysis: Kristin Waller

K-State Gameday (6:30 p.m.)
Host: Matt Walters; Analyst: Danielle Zanotti

Free Gametracker live stats and free live audio at www.kstatesports.com

Series History and Notes
Kansas State leads the series with Iowa State, 46-29... K-State is 24-10 against the Cyclones in Manhattan... The Wildcats won the last meeting between the teams, 56-53, on March 9, 2011 in the quarterfinals of the 2011 Phillips 66 Big 12 Championships in Kansas City, Mo.... Head coach Deb Patterson is 14-19 against the Cyclones.

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State will look to shake off consecutive Big 12 losses on Wednesday night at 7 p.m., as the Wildcats host Iowa State in Bramlage Coliseum. Wednesday night’s contest will mark K-State’s celebration of the 26th anniversary 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.    

The game between the Wildcats and Cyclones can be seen live on Kansas Now 22, which is available to Cox Cable subscribers within the state of Kansas. Handling the play-by-play will be the award-winning Brian Smoller and delivering the color analysis is former K-State letterwinner Missy Heidrick. The game will also be available on the K-State Sports Network to radio stations throughout the state, as Matt Walters provides the play-by-play and former Wildcat letterwinner Kristin Waller will be on the color analysis.

K-State suffered its worst loss of the season on Saturday night, as the Wildcats fell at No. 1/1 Baylor, 76-41. The loss ended K-State’s three-game road winning streak, as the Wildcats shot .246 from the field and were outrebounded by the Lady Bears, 60-32.

The Wildcats were led by senior Tasha Dickey and junior Brittany Chambers. Chambers led the Wildcats with 16 points and six rebounds. 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).

Dickey recorded her ninth game in double figures with K-State, as she netted 10 points. She also pulled in four rebounds and picked up two steals. Dickey is K-State’s third-leading scorer with 9.8 points per game and is second on the team in steals with 1.9 per game.

K-State has also been paced this season from the interior by senior forward Jalana Childs and from the perimeter by Mariah White. The product of Orlando, Fla., is K-State’s second-leading scorer and ranks ninth in the Big 12 with 14.5 points per game.

White leads the Wildcats and ranks fifth in the Big 12 in assists per game with 5.1. The junior from Midwest City, Okla., also leads the team in steals with 42. Last week, White became the 15th player in school history to dish out 250 assists in a career and also registered her 100th career steal.

Following Wednesday night’s game, K-State closes out the month of January on the road. The Wildcats travel to Stillwater, Okla., to face Oklahoma State on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. The game will be a national broadcast on FSN.

At a Glance: Iowa State
Iowa State (10-7, 1-5 Big 12) visits the Little Apple following its first league win this season. The Cyclones defended Hilton Coliseum with a 66-49 win over Texas Tech on Sunday afternoon. The win ended a five-game losing streak to begin Big 12 action.

On the sidelines, Iowa State is led by 17th-year head coach Bill Fennelly. The 1979 graduate of William Penn owns a 364-167 (.685) mark during his time in Ames.

The Cyclones are led on the floor this season by junior Chelsea Poppens and sophomore Hallie Christofferson. Poppens leads Iowa State in both scoring and rebounding with averages of 13.4 and 11.4, respectively. The 6-2 forward from Aplington, Iowa, leads the Big 12 in rebounding and is eighth in the league in field goal percentage at .510. Against the Lady Raiders, Poppens tallied her eighth double-double of the season with 10 points and a game-high 15 rebounds.

Christofferson is second on the team in scoring and rebounding with averages of 10.2 and 6.1. Against the Lady Raiders, the 6-3 forward came off the bench to register a game-high 19 points and also pulled in 10 rebounds for her third double-double of the season.

Wildcats Among RPI, Strength of Schedule Rankings
Kansas State (13-5, 4-2 Big 12) has played one of the most difficult schedules in the program’s 44-year history and the Wildcats’ resume has been the benefactor. Entering the season, the Wildcats’ non-conference slate included six opponents who reached a postseason tournament during the 2010-11 season. This non-conference schedule was in addition to the new 18-game Big 12 schedule in 2011-12. K-State finished the non-conference schedule with a 9-3 record, while the Wildcats are navigating through the number one RPI league in the country.

After 18 games on Jan. 23, K-State ranks second in the nation in strength of schedule according to the NCAA and RealTime RPI. The Wildcats own an 11-3 mark against teams in the NCAA RPI report in the top-100 including a 6-2 mark against teams in the top-50.

Dickey Doing it All
Senior Tasha Dickey has boosted her game in her final season of eligibility and first season with Kansas State. Dickey is averaging 9.8 points per game, 4.0 rebounds and 1.9 steals in 18 games in Manhattan. She ranks 10th in the Big 12 for steals. In league games, Dickey is fourth in the Big 12 in field goal percentage by shooting .500.

Over the last three games, Dickey is averaging 15.0 points per game and is shooting .476 from the field. She has scored in double figures in all three games and has pulled in 5.0 rebounds per contest.

In 18 games with K-State, Dickey has recorded eight games in double digits for points, nine contests with five or more rebounds and eight games with two or more steals. With 16 points, Dickey will surpass her career season-high while at Arizona (192 in 2007-08).

Against Texas A&M in her Big 12 debut, Dickey recorded a perfect night by shooting 6-of-6 from the field including 2-of-2 from beyond the arc and 3-of-3 from the foul line for 17 points.

At Texas Tech on Jan. 14, Dickey tallied 17 points on 8-of-11 shooting. She followed the performance agaijnst the Lady Raiders with a team-high 18 points against Oklahoma on Jan. 17. It is the third time this season she has tallied double figures in consecutive games.

After transferring from Arizona this summer, Dickey’s K-State debut was a memorable one as she tallied a career-high 20 points, five rebounds, a career-high six steals and a career-high two blocked shots in 23 minutes of action in K-State’s 54-20 win over Dartmouth on Nov. 12.

In addition to her career milestones, Dickey tallied the most points in a K-State debut since Laurie Koehn registered 27 against Georgia Tech on Nov. 16, 2001. With her six steals, Dickey pocketed the most steals by a Wildcat since Shalee Lehning carded six against Chattanooga on March 23, 2008 in the NCAA Tournament.

Brown with the Blocks
Branshea Brown has worked her way into the top-10 for career blocks with her 65th and 66th career blocks at Baylor on Jan. 21. The effort against the Lady Bears was her 16th career game with multiple blocks in a game.

Brown now ranks ninth in school history, passing Kristie Bahner (1987-91; 65) for ninth in school history. With six blocks, Brown will move past Ashley Sweat (2006-10; 70) and Kendra Wecker (2001-05; 71) for seventh 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.