K-State Hosts No. 1 Baylor Saturday Night

Branshea Brown registered a career-high six steals at Texas on Wednesday night.

Feb. 2, 2012

Kansas State Game Notes (PDF)

Game 22

(1/1) Baylor (22-0, 9-0 Big 12) vs. (rv/rv) Kansas State (15-6, 6-3 Big 12)  
February 4, 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

Pack the House Night
- All tickets and selected concession items available for $1

Halftime performance by the Zooperstars!

Parking Information
The women’s game against Baylor follows the men’s contest against Texas A&M which tips off at 3 p.m.  Due to the quick turnaround between the two games, parking for the women’s game will be free and the lots at the KSU Sports Complex will open at approximately 6 p.m., once exiting traffic from the men’s game has cleared. Doors to Bramlage Coliseum open at 6 p.m. Fans holding tickets to both games will be asked to leave the arena after the men’s game and re-enter with their ticket for the women’s game.

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K-State Sports Network
Play-by-Play: Brian Smoller; Color Analysis: Missy Heidrick

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Series History and Notes
Baylor leads the series, 16-9, and has won 11 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 76-41 decision on Jan. 21, 2012 in Waco... K-State is 4-3 against Baylor in Manhattan... Head coach Deb Patterson is 7-15 against Baylor... K-State is 0-4 when facing the No. 1 ranked team in the AP poll... The last time the No. 1 team in the AP poll played in Manhattan was Jan. 11, 1977 when Wayland Baptist came to Manhattan.

MANHATTAN, Kan. – With the first half of the Big 12 schedule under its belt, Kansas State will open the second half of league play on Saturday night in Bramlage Coliseum against No. 1 Baylor at 7 p.m. Saturday night’s game will mark K-State’s participation in the national “Pack the House” initiative. The Wildcats are the defending Big 12 champion in the “Pack the House” initiative and have sold over 10,000 tickets for Saturday night’s contest.

Saturday evening’s contest can be seen live on K-StateHD.TV and will be broadcast on the K-State Sports Network. Audio for both will be provided by the award-winning Brian Smoller on the play-by-play and former K-State letterwinner Missy Heidrick on the color analysis.

K-State improved to 6-2 on the road this season, including a 4-1 mark in Big 12 action, with a 64-55 win at Texas on Wednesday night. Despite slow shooting starts in both halves, the K-State defense kept the Wildcats in the game by forcing the Longhorns into 21 turnovers, including 13 K-State steals with a career-high six from Branshea Brown. K-State carded 18 points off the Texas turnovers and finished the night shooting .426 from the floor. The Wildcats closed the game on a 12-3 run, holding the Longhorns to one field goal in the final 3:22.

The Wildcats were paced by three players in double figures with the trio of Brittany Chambers, Jalana Childs and Tasha Dickey all reaching the mark. Chambers led K-State with 17 points on 8-of-18 shooting, and six rebounds in 40 minutes of action. The guard from Jordan, Minn., ranks sixth in the Big 12 in scoring (16.1 ppg) and 14th in the league rebounding (6.4 rpg). With her first rebound against the Longhorns, Chambers became the 22nd player in the program’s history to record 1,000 points (1,240) and 500 rebounds (505) in a career.

Childs recorded 16 points including eight of the final 12 points of the game. The senior forward from Orlando, Fla., is averaging 14.3 points per game while shooting .456 from the floor. She ranks ninth in the league in scoring and 14th in the conference in field goal percentage.

Dickey reached double figures for the fifth time in the last six games by hitting her average with 10 points. The senior guard from Sandy, Utah is third on the team in scoring (10.0 ppg) and is shooting .441 from the floor in Big 12 games to rank 10th in the league.

Following Saturday night’s game, the Wildcats return to the road to end a stretch of three road contests in its last four games. K-State will travel to College Station, Texas to face defending national champion Texas A&M at 7 p.m.

At a Glance: Baylor
(1/1) Baylor (22-0, 9-0 Big 12) will look to keep its unbeaten run in tact on Saturday night against the Wildcats. The Lady Bears used a strong second half to march past Missouri in Columbia on Wednesday night, 71-41. Among the Big 12 team statistics, Baylor leads the league in 12 categories including scoring offense (81.2 ppg), scoring defense (51.1 ppg), blocks (8.2 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 320-79 (.802) 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 (22.5 ppg) and blocks (5.3 bpg) and is second in the league in rebounding (9.7 rpg). Against the Tigers, the 6-8 product of Houston, Texas registered a game-high 18 points, pulled in five rebounds and blocked a game-high four shots.

Sims is the Lady Bears’ second-leading scorer at 15.4 points and is the squad’s leading passer and ranks fourth in the Big 12 with 5.3 assists. She also leads Baylor in three-point shooting by shooting 38-of-91 (.418) from deep.

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 (9.1 rpg) and third in scoring (10.1 ppg).

Chambers, Childs Form Inside-Out Scoring Duo
The preseason All-Big 12 honorable mention duo of Brittany Chambers and Jalana Childs continues to pair up to help K-State to  victories. This season the duo has combined to score 639 points (Chambers - 338; Childs - 301), which is 50.7 percent of the team’s 1,261 total points. The duo ranks second in the Big 12 for percent of their team’s overall points scored.

The tandem registered a combined 33 points (Chambers - 17 points; Childs - 16 points) in the Wildcats’ 64-55 win at Texas on Feb. 1. The duo has reached double figures in the same game 36 times in the last three years with K-State owning a 25-12 (.676) record in those contests. Through 21 games, either Chambers or Childs have paced K-State in scoring in 18 of those games.

K-State leaned heavily on the production of its two All-Big 12 performers in 2010-11, as Chambers tallied 514 points while Childs scored a career-best 411. The pair was responsible for 925 of the team’s 1,950 points last season (47.4 percent) and one of the two players paced the team in scoring in 25 of the team’s 32 contests. They are the first K-State teammates since the 2008-09 season to each score 400+ points in a season.          

Last season, Chambers and Childs sparked Kansas State to a 69-64 win at Nebraska on Feb. 19, as the tandem combined for 54 of the Wildcats’ 69 points. In the latter stages of the second half of the contest, the duo combined to score 25 of K-State’s final 27 points.

The effort by the two players was historic, as it was the 19th time in school history that two Wildcats have combined to score 50 or more points in a game, but it was the first time since Jan. 29, 2005. K-State is 19-0 when two players combine to score at least 50 points in the same game.

The output by Chambers and Childs ranked tied for the fourth-most points scored by two Wildcats in a single game since the 1986-87 season. Of the 19 games in which two Wildcats scored 50 or more points, Chambers and Childs rank first in terms of percentage of the team’s total points accounted for (78.3).

White on the Dishes
Mariah White has continued her ascension on the K-State career assists list this season. The product of Midwest City, Okla., is averaging 5.1 assists per game and ranks fifth in the Big 12 and 39th in the nation in the category. She also checks in at third in the league and 17th in the nation for assist-to-turnover ratio at 2.2. In league games, White is third in assists with 6.0 and leads the Big 12 in assist to turnover ratio (2.6).

This season, White has assisted on 31.3 percent of K-State’s field goals while she has been on the floor during her career-high average of 33.4 minutes per game. Her 31.3 assist percentage is the highest since Shalee Lehning registered a 46.8 during the 2008-09 season.

Against Texas A&M on Jan. 4, White registered a career-high 11 assists, which was the first time a Wildcat reached double figures in assists since Kari Kincaid dished out 11 against Grambling State on Dec. 4, 2009.

White ranks 15th in school history for career assists with 269 and her career assist-to-turnover ratio of 1.71 ranks third in school history. She has 21 career games with five or more assists.

In 2010-11, White displayed one of the most improved games of any of the Wildcats during the 2010-11 season. In the 32 games, White averaged a career-high 4.8 points and led the team with 3.9 assists and 1.5 steals. Her assists per game ranked ninth in the Big 12 for all games and was tied for 10th in league contests (3.5 apg) and she was fourth in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.7) for all games. Her assist-to-turnover ratio ranked 47th in the nation.