Wildcats Make Final Trip to Lone Star State Wednesday

Mariah White scores two of her 10 points on Saturday night.

Feb. 6, 2012

Kansas State Game Notes (PDF)

Game 23

(rv/rv) Kansas State (15-7, 6-4 Big 12) at (15/16) Texas A&M (16-5, 7-3 Big 12)  
February 8, 2012 | 7 p.m. | Reed Arena (12,500) | College Station, Texas

TV
None

Radio
K-State Sports Network
Play-by-Play: Brian Smoller; Color Analysis: Randy Peterson

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

Ticket Information
Visit www.aggieathletics.com or call the Texas A&M athletic ticket office at (888) 99-AGGIE

Series History and Notes
Kansas State leads the series with Texas A&M, 13-7... The matchup stands at 5-3 in favor of K-State in games played in College Station... The Wildcats won the last meeting with the Aggies, 71-69 (ot), on Jan. 4, 2012 in Manhattan... K-State head coach Deb Patterson is 11-6 against Texas A&M... Kansas State owns an all-time record of 7-8 against teams ranked No. 15 in the Associated Press poll... K-State's last win over a No. 15 team came on March 4, 2009 against Texas in Manhattan, 66-50.


MANHATTAN, Kan. - Kansas State returns to the road on Wednesday night to conclude a stretch of three road contests in its last four games. The Wildcats will make their final regular season trip to the state of Texas in 2011-12, as K-State faces defending national champion Texas A&M at 7 p.m., in College Station, Texas. The Wildcats will look to run their road winning streak to three games and secure the seventh road win of the season.

Wednesday night's contest will be broadcast throughout the K-State Sports Network, as the award-winning Brian Smoller provides the play-by-play and K-State assistant director of athletic communications, Randy Peterson, handles the color analysis.

K-State will look to shake off the effects of a 70-41 defeat at the hands of No. 1 Baylor on Saturday night. The Wildcats held the lead of the Lady Bears for the first 13 minutes of the contest, but Baylor used a 26-5 run spanning the first and second halves to take control of the contest.

The Wildcats were led on Saturday night by juniors Brittany Chambers and Mariah White. The back court duo was responsible for 20 points, nine rebounds and five assists.

Chambers leads the Wildcats in scoring (15.8 ppg) and rebounding (6.3 rpg) this season. The guard from Jordan, Minn., ranks sixth in the Big 12 in scoring and 15th in the league in rebounding. She also paces the league and ranks 20th in the nation in 3-point field goals made per game (2.7). With her 60 connections from beyond the arc this season, Chambers is the fourth player in school history to register three straight seasons of 60 or more connections from the 3-point line.

White paces K-State in assists (5.0) and assist to turnover ratio (2.09). The product of Midwest City, Okla., ranks fifth in the league and 35th in the country in assists per game and is third in the league and 20th in the nation in assist to turnover ratio. Over the last eight games, White is shooting .478 from the three-point line which is second in the Big 12 during league action.

Following Wednesday night's game, K-State returns to Manhattan to begin a stretch of three home games in its next four. The Wildcats will open the home stretch against in-state rival, Kansas, for the second meeting between the schools in this season's Dillons Sunflower Showdown. Game time is set for 12 p.m. Fans can take advantage of a 3-game mini-pack ticket plan. For just $24, fans will receive a reserved chairback seat for the Kansas (Feb. 12), Oklahoma State (Feb. 22) and Texas Tech (March 3) games. For more information or to purchase tickets, please contact the K-State Athletics Ticket Office at (800) 221-CATS.

At a Glance: Texas A&M
Texas A&M (16-5, 7-3 Big 12) has won three straight games following a 57-53 loss at Oklahoma State on Jan. 24. The Aggies held back Kansas on Saturday, 62-51, and improved its record at Reed Arena this season to 9-1.  

The Aggies are led on the sidelines by eighth year head coach Gary Blair. The 1972 graduate of Texas Tech owns a 204-84 (.708) record during his time in College Station. Blair has led the Aggies to six straight NCAA Tournament appearances including the program's first national title in 2011. Blair's career record in 27 seasons of head coaching stands at 612-247 (.712).

On the floor, Texas A&M has four players scoring in double figures and is led by Tyra White and Kelsey Bone.     White, a 6-0 senior guard, is averaging 13.8 points and 5.5 rebounds this season. The native of Kansas City, Mo., ranks 11th in the league in scoring and 19th in rebounding. In league contests, White is averaging 13.8 points and 5.8 rebounds.

Bone, a transfer from South Carolina, is second on the team in scoring with 12.4 points and paces the squad in rebounding with 7.1 per game. Bone ranks ninth in the Big 12 in rebounding and is third in the league in field goal percentage at .548. Against the Jayhawks on Saturday, the 6-4 junior center tallied a game-high 26 points and pulled in a team-high eight rebounds and pocketed three steals.

Wildcats on the Road
K-State has a 241-238 (.503) record in road games during the program's 44-year history. During the 21st century, K-State owns an 81-58 (.583) mark in road contests and are 98-92 (.516) during Deb Patterson's 16 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).

Filling Up the Purple Palace
K-State has continued to be one of the nation's leaders in attendance, as the Wildcats are averaging 4,013 fans this season after 10 home games which equates to 40,131 total fans. K-State ranks 20th in the nation for average home attendance and rose 14 spots from last week's attendance report. During the last 10 seasons, K-State has ranked among the top-30 in the nation for attendance including a high of sixth during the 2002-03 campaign.

The Wildcats' attendance received a large boost on Feb. 4 against Baylor, as K-State recorded its first sellout since March 31, 2006, with 12,528 fans passing through the turnstiles for K-State's participation in the NCAA "Pack the House" initiative. Kansas State is the defending Big 12 champion in the "Pack the House" initiative.

It was the first sellout since Bramlage Coliseum's capacity was reconfigured from 13,340 to 12,528 prior to the 2008-09 season. This was the ninth-largest women's basketball crowd in Bramlage Coliseum history and the 15th largest all-time crowd to view a women's basketball game involving K-State.

Since  the start of Deb Patterson's tenure in the 1996-97 season, K-State has seen 1,198,617 fans (avg.: 5,189 per game; 231 games) pass through the turnstiles of Bramlage Coliseum. When the crowd is 7,500 or more in Bramlage Coliseum during the Patterson-era, K-State is 40-10 (.800) including a record of 18-4 when the crowd is 10,000 or more.

The Wildcats moved into Bramlage Coliseum prior to the start of the 1988-89 season and have seen 1,289,656 fans pass through the doors.