K-State, KU Set for 101st Meeting on Saturday

Taelor Karr

Jan. 27, 2011

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Game 20
Kansas (14-6, 1-5 Big 12) vs. Kansas State (14-5, 4-2 Big 12)
Jan. 29, 2011 | 2 p.m. | Bramlage Coliseum (12,528) | Manhattan, Kan.

TV
Cox 22/Metro Sports
Play-by-Play: Brian Smoller; Color Analyst: Missy Heidrick

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

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

Ticket Information
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Series History and Notes
One of the longest continuous rivalries in all of women’s college basketball, as this will be the 101st matchup between the schools... K-State leads the series, 58-42... The Wildcats own a 28-13 record in games played in Manhattan, including a current streak of nine straight victories... K-State head coach Deb Patterson owns a 20-11 mark against the Jayhawks, including an 11-3 mark in Manhattan... Kansas won the last meeting between the schools, 70-60, in Lawrence, Kan., on Feb. 7, 2010.

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Kansas State returns to Bramlage Coliseum on Saturday afternoon with a three-game winning streak in tow, as the Wildcats host in-state rival Kansas for the 101st meeting in the series. The Dillons Sunflower Showdown will tipoff at 2 p.m., as K-State will put its perfect 10-0 home record on the line.

Saturday afternoon’s matchup with the Jayhawks will be televised by Cox 22, which is available to Cox Cable subscribers within the state of Kansas. The game will also be televised in the Kansas City market on Metro Sports, as the award-winning Brian Smoller and former Wildcat letterwinner Missy Heidrick call the action from courtside. All-time, K-State is 83-54 (.606) in televised games and are 5-0 this season on TV. 

The contest will also be available on the K-State Sports Network and for free at www.kstatesports.com, as Matt Walters delivers the play-by-play and former Wildcat Kristin Waller provides the analysis.

K-State (14-5, 4-2 Big 12) used a strong defensive showing in the first half and a sizzling shooting effort in the second half to record its first Big 12 road win since March 3, 2010 at Colorado, as the Wildcats defeated the Buffaloes on Wednesday night, 72-59. This was just the second time this season K-State has reached 70 points in a game and the first since Dec. 8, 2010 against North Dakota.

For the 10th time this season, K-State saw three-plus players reach double figures in scoring as four Wildcats reached the mark. K-State was paced by sophomore Brittany Chambers with a game-high 20 points. The guard from Jordan, Minn., reached 20 points for the second straight game, the sixth time this season and the eighth time in her career. For the season, Chambers leads the Wildcats and ranks 11th in the Big 12 in scoring with 15.2 points per game and also paces the team in rebounds with 6.0 per game.

Joining Chambers in double digits on Wednesday was junior Jalana Childs. The forward from Orlando, Fla, carded 17 points, five rebounds and two assists. Childs is second on the team in scoring this season with 11.7 points per game.

Also in double figures were sophomore Taelor Karr and senior Kelsey Hill. Karr reached double figures for the second time in Big 12 action this season with 13 points, while also pulling in four boards and recording two steals. Karr is third on the team in scoring (10.1) and rebounding (5.3 rpg).

Hill recorded her first career double figure scoring game with a career-high 12 points off the bench. The guard from Lenexa, Kan., has tallied 24 points in the last three games.

Streaks, Trends, Milestones, etc.
K-State has made at least one 3-point field goal in 126 consecutive games, dating back to Feb. 7, 2007... Brittany Chambers has eight career games with 20 or more points... Chambers has scored in double figures in 37 of 51 career games... Chambers has made a 3-point field goal in 46 of her 51 games as a Wildcat... She has made four or more 3-point field goals in a game 10 times in her career... She has pulled in five or more rebounds in 31 career games, including 11 games this season... Chambers has eight career games with five or more assists... Jalana Childs has scored in double figures in 11 games this season, including a career-high 21 against Missouri (1/19) and has tallied double digits in points in 25 career games... Childs has pulled in five or more rebounds in 30 career games, including 12 this season... Mariah White dished out a career-high eight assists at Iowa (12/5/10) and she has seven career games with five or more assists... White pulled in a career-high nine rebounds against St. John’s and has 14 career games with five or more rebounds... White has already surpassed her season assist total from last season... Taelor Karr has 27 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 10 games this season and has 26 career games with five or more boards... 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 27 career games with five or more rebounds, including a career-high of 11 against Nebraska (3/6/10), Iowa (12/5/10) and at Colorado (1/26/11).

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 293-169 (.634) and a record of 123-107 (.535) 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 168-48 (.778) record at home including an 91-9 (.910) record against non-conference foes.

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 796-472 (.628).

With four more wins during the 2010-11 season, Kansas State will join the 800-win club which currently features just 10 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 214-140 (.605) in the first month of the year. During the last three-plus seasons, K-State is 21-7 (.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 71-45 (.612) in the first month, the second-best record of any month for Patterson during her 15 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 201-32 (.863) when leading at the break.

During the last three-plus seasons, K-State owns a 70-6 (.921) record when leading with five minutes to play.

Wildcats in the Purple Palace
K-State has enjoyed the friendly confines of Bramlage Coliseum in its 23rd season of existence with a record of 238-87 (.732), including a 10-0 mark this season. During the last 10 seasons, K-State is 125-26 (.828) in Bramlage Coliseum, including a 13-1 record in 2008-09. In Big 12 home contests, the Wildcats are 76-39 (.661).

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).

Wildcats on the Road
K-State has a 232-234 (.498) record in road games during the program’s 43-year history. During the 21st century, K-State owns a 72-54 (.571) mark in road contests and are 89-88 (.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).

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.

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 3,954 fans this season after 10 home games which equates to 39,538 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 1,137,011 fans (avg.: 5,264 per game; 216 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 1,228,050 fans pass through the doors.

Wildcats’ Defense Ranks Among Top-10 in Nation
The Wildcats have put together a solid defensive effort in the 2010-11 season. K-State has held nine of its first 19 foes to point totals of 49 points or less, which ties the school record for holding an opponent to 49 points. During the last 10 seasons, K-State is 61-1 (.984) when holding an opponent to 49 points or less.

K-State has held its foes this season to a scoring average of 52.6 points, which ranks third in the Big 12 and ninth in the nation. K-State has also held its foes to a field goal percentage of .348, which ranks fourth in the Big 12 and 17th in the nation.

K-State’s bench mark low for points allowed this season came against Nebraska on Jan. 22, as the Huskers scored 37 points. This was the lowest opponent point total since K-State held Missouri to 33 points on Feb. 10, 2010.

Excluding the first two games of the season, the Wildcats have held 14 of the 17 opponents this season under their scoring average entering the contest with K-State.

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).

Chambers, Karr Form Potent Scoring Duo
The backcourt duo of sophomore guards Brittany Chambers and Taelor Karr is one of the most productive backcourt scoring tandems in the Big 12 this season and in the Deb Patterson era at K-State. The duo has combined for 25.3 points per game this season, as Chambers paces the squad and ranks 11th in the Big 12 with a 15.2 points per game average, while Karr is third on the team and 26th in the league at 10.1.

Among the Big 12, the Oklahoma pair of Danielle Robinson (19.2 ppg) and Aaryn Ellenberg (16.8) pace the league in backcourt scoring duos at 36.0 per game while Texas’ Chassidy Fussell (17.6 ppg) and Kathleen Nash (15.3) rank second at 32.9 points per game. Chambers and Karr rank third in the league with their average of 25.3.

K-State From Downtown
K-State’s current pace from beyond the arc of 5.7 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 connected on a season-high 12 3-point field goals against Oklahoma State on Jan. 9. The 12 connections were the most since Jan. 2, 2010 against Yale when the Wildcats made 12. The Wildcats’ 3-point percentage of .500 (12-of-24) was a new season-high and the best 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 48-of-134 (.358) from long range and ranks third in the Big 12 in three-point field goals made per game (2.5), 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 113-of-305 (.370) 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 27-of-86 (.314), which includes a season-best performance of 4-of-6 at the College of Charleston. She ranks 12th in the Big 12 in three-point field goals made per game (1.4). For her career, Karr is 83-of-231 (.359) from deep.

Bench Boost
K-State has had the edge in bench scoring in six of the last eight games, which includes five wins, and has averaged 23.8 points from the pine during this eight-game stretch. Included in this streak is a season-high 35 points against Vermont on Dec. 30.

Amongst K-State’s 14 wins this season, the Wildcats have had the edge in bench production in 10 of these contests and have averaged 18.6 points from its bench in the 14 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 329 points for an average of 17.3 points per game.

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 326 of the team’s 744 rebounds this season (43.8 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 17.2 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 6.0 and 5.3, respectively, while Mariah White is averaging 4.5.

Chambers, the team leader in rebounding this season, has pulled in 114 total rebounds which includes a season-high 13 rebounds against Dartmouth on Dec. 29. She ranks second on the team in offensive rebounds per game (1.9 orpg). For her career, she has 31 games with five or more rebounds including seven games with 10 or more and needs just one rebounds to reach 300 for her career. 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 24 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 (4.2 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 fifth on the team in rebounds per game and she has recorded 10 games with five or more rebounds. She has already reset her career season-high with 85 boards this season. Last season, White pulled in 56 rebounds in 31 games (1.8 rpg).

Chambers Reaches 600 Points For Career
Earlier this season, Brittany Chambers reached the 600-point plateau for her career, as she achieved the feat against Oklahoma State on Jan. 9.  For her career, Chambers has scored 676 points in 51 career games (13.3 ppg). She has scored in double figures in 37 career games including eight games with 20 or more points.

With her 676 points in her career, Chambers ranks 10th in school history for combined points in a freshman and sophomore campaign. With 24 points she will move into ninth and pass Nadira Hazim (1987-91; 699 points).

At Dartmouth on Dec. 29, Chambers registered a career-high 26 points which included a career-high six connections from beyond the arc. Against Nebraska on Jan. 22, Chambers tied her career-high with 26 points on a career-high 10-of-15 shooting from the field.

This season, Chambers has scored 288 points including 15 games in double figures. Her team-leading point per game average of 15.2 points ranks 11th in the Big 12.

Chambers Approaching Top-10 for Career 3-PT FGs
Brittany Chambers continues to be a deep threat for the Wildcats, shooting 48-of-134 (.358) from beyond the arc this season. She ranks third in the Big 12 in three-point field goals made per game at 2.5.

This season, Chambers has made two or more in 13 games, including six games with four or more connections from deep. She tallied 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 46 career games with a 3-point field goal including 10 games with four or more connections from beyond the arc. She is 113-of-305 (.370) in 51 games with the Wildcats and needs four made 3-point fields to move into the top-10 in school history for a career. 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 put her improved low post game on full display during the 2010-11 season. For the season, Childs is K-State’s second-leading scorer and ranks 22nd in the Big 12 with a scoring average of 11.7 points. She is also pulling down 4.9 rebounds per game and has rejected 0.6 shots per game. In the last nine games, Childs has reached double figures in points seven times and is averaging 13.4 points on a .444 field goal percentage and 5.6 rebounds.

On Jan. 19, Childs registered a career-high 21 points which included a career-best 7-of-8 effort from the foul line. This was her first career 20+ point game and is the second Wildcat to score 20+ points in a game this season. She has reached double figures in points in 25 career games, including 11 this season.

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.

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 44.4 percent from the field. For the season, Karr ranks third on the team in scoring and (10.1), rebounding (5.3 rpg) and assists (2.1 apg) and is second in steals (1.6 spg) and three-point shooting (27-of-86; .314).

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 26 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 17 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.

At Colorado, Karr notched two steals which is her eighth effort this season with two or more steals. For her career, Karr has 80 steals and has 25 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 six games of Big 12 action as an offensive weapon off the bench for the Wildcats. She is averaging 8.3 points and 3.8 rebounds in the last six games and ranks 14th in the league in Big 12-only games for 3-point field goals made per game (1.3), while in non-conference action she averaged 1.5 points and 1.7 rebounds. She has scored more points in the last six games (50) than she had in her previous 35 career games as a Wildcat (43 points).

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 Texas Tech on Jan. 15, Voronenko provided a lift off the bench with nine points and a career-high 11 rebounds in a career-best 30 minutes of action. Entering the contest with the Lady Raiders, Voronenko had pulled in just 24 rebounds in 14 games (1.7 rpg). It was her first career game with five or more rebounds.

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 a career-best 6.9 points on a team-leading .515 field goal percentage, a team-leading 1.1 blocks and is second in rebounding with 5.7 per game and is third in steals with 1.2. She ranks 11th in the Big 12 in blocks per game.

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 Colorado on Jan. 26, Brown tied her career-high for rebounds with 11, including six on the offensive glass. This was her second double figure rebounding effort of the season as she pulled in 11 at Iowa on Dec. 5.

For her career, she has 26 games with five or more rebounds, including five 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 a career-high 21 this season and ranks 11th in the Big 12 with 1.2 per game. 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.

Brown now has 11 career games with two or more blocked shots and 48 blocks for her career.

White Hot Mariah
Sophomore guard Mariah White has displayed one of the most improved games of any of the Wildcats this season. In the 19 games this season, White is averaging 4.6 points and leads the team with 4.4 assists and 1.8 steals. She is fifth on the team in rebounding with 4.5 per game.

She ranks ninth in the Big 12 in assists for all game and is fifth for league contests (4.3 apg) and fourth in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.8) for all games. Her assist-to-turnover ratio ranks 43rd in the nation.

This season, White has already reset her career-highs for points in a game (17), points in a season (87), rebounds in a game (9), rebounds in a season (85), assists in a game (8), assists in a season (83), steals in a game (5) and steals in a season (34). She has also made more free throws this season (23) than she attempted during her entire freshman campaign in 2009-10 (13).

Queen of the Hill
For a majority of her career, senior guard Kelsey Hill has made small contributions to the K-State lineup off the bench until missing all of last season with a torn ACL in her left knee. In her senior campaign, the Lenexa, Kan., product is making up for lost time as she has scored a career-best 49 points and dished out a career-high 14 assists. She has also knocked down a career-high 12 three-point field goals.

During the last three games, Hill has enjoyed the best stretch of her career with 24 points, including a career-high 12 at Colorado on Jan. 26.