Cats Look for 3rd Straight Road Win on ESPN2
Cats Look for 3rd Straight Road Win on ESPN2
Feb. 10, 2011
(rv/rv) Kansas State (16-6, 6-3 Big 12) at (22/20) Iowa State (16-7, 4-5 Big 12)
Feb. 13, 2011 | 4 p.m. | Hilton Coliseum (14,356) | Ames, Iowa
Play-by-Play: Brenda Van Lengen; Color Analyst: Mark Adams
K-State Sports Network
Play-by-Play: Brian Smoller; Color Analyst: Kristin Waller
Live stats and free live audio at www.kstatesports.com
Visit www.cyclones.com or call the Iowa State athletic ticket office at (515) 294-1816
Series History and Notes
Kansas State leads the series with Iowa State, 45-27... The matchup stands at 16-16 in games played in Ames... The Cyclones won the last meeting between the teams on Feb. 27, 2010, 48-39, in Ames... K-State head coach Deb Patterson is 13-17 against Iowa State... The Wildcats’ last win against the Cyclones in Ames came on Feb. 13, 2008, 45-42.
MANHATTAN, Kan. - Kansas State will make its third national television appearance this season on Sunday afternoon, as the Wildcats will travel to Ames, Iowa to face (22/20) Iowa State at 4 p.m., in Hilton Coliseum. K-State will look to win its third straight road contest this season and will make its second attempt at the program’s 799th victory.
Sunday afternoon’s matchup between the Wildcats and Cyclones will be televised live on ESPN2, as Brenda Van Lengen and Mark Adams call the action. K-State owns an all-time record of 84-55 (.604) in televised games, including a 6-3 mark in televised contests this season. The Wildcats are 9-8 (.529) on the ESPN family of networks and are making their first regular season appearance on ESPN2 since Feb. 11, 2007 at Texas Tech.
The contest will also be available on the K-State Sports Network and for free at www.kstatesports.com, as the award winning Brian Smoller delivers the play-by-play and former Wildcat Kristin Waller provides the analysis.
In its last outing on Wednesday, K-State (16-6, 6-3 Big 12) saw its five-game winning streak and 11-game home court winning streak come to an end as Texas defeated the Wildcats, 69-59. The Longhorns benefitted from 10-of-18 shooting from beyond the arc, while K-State was 5-of-20 from distance.
The Wildcats saw three players reach double figures in points on Wednesday, as junior Jalana Childs and sophomore Brittany Chambers and Taelor Karr paced the squad. Childs recorded her 14th game this season in double figures, including her fourth straight, with a team-leading 17 points, which is the fifth time this season she has led the team in scoring. She also added five rebounds and a career-best three steals to her stat line. The forward from Orlando, Fla., is K-State’s second-leading scorer with 12.5 points per game and is averaging 14.9 points in Big 12 action.
Chambers notched her 17th double figure scoring game this season and the 39th of her career with 14 points against the Longhorns. She also tallied a career-high tying three steals and dished out two assists. The guard from Jordan, Minn., is K-State’s leading scorer this season with 15.4 points per game in both league contests and for all games. Chambers is K-State’s second-leading rebounder this season in all games with 5.8 per game, while in Big 12 games she is the team’s leader and ranks 13th in the league with 6.3 per game. Chambers also leads the Wildcats with 57 connections from beyond the arc this season and is tied for fourth in school history for 3-point field goals made by a sophomore.
Karr reached double figures for the 12th time this season and the 29th time in her career with 11 points against Texas. She also dished out two assists and notched two steals. For the season, the guard from Paola, Kan., is K-State’s third-leading scorer with 10.2 points per game and is second on the team with 1.6 steals per game.
Streaks, Trends, Milestones, etc.
K-State has made at least one 3-point field goal in 129 consecutive games, dating back to Feb. 7, 2007... Brittany Chambers has nine career games with 20 or more points... Chambers has scored in double figures in 39 of 54 career games... Chambers has made a 3-point field goal in 49 of her 54 games as a Wildcat... She has made four or more 3-point field goals in a game 11 times in her career... She has pulled in five or more rebounds in 32 career games, including 12 games this season... Chambers has eight career games with five or more assists... Jalana Childs has scored in double figures in 14 games this season, including a career-high 21 against Missouri (1/19) and has tallied double digits in points in 28 career games... Childs has pulled in five or more rebounds in 32 career games, including 14 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 16 career games with five or more rebounds... White has surpassed her season assist total from last season... Taelor Karr has 29 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 29 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 Approaching 300 Wins 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 295-170 (.634) and a record of 125-108 (.536) 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 169-49 (.775) record at home including an 91-9 (.910) record against non-conference foes.
At a Glance: Iowa State
Iowa State (16-7, 4-5 Big 12) will look to shake off consecutive losses for the first time this season, as the Cyclones fell in overtime at Kansas on Wednesday night, 86-85. The Cyclones will have the advantage of shaking off the skid at Hilton Coliseum, where they have built a 12-1 record this season.
On the sidelines, Iowa State is led by 16th-year head coach Bill Fennelly. The 1979 graduate of William Penn owns a 348-156 (.690) mark during his time in Ames. Last season, Fennelly guided Iowa State to a Sweet 16 appearance where they lost to eventual national champion Connecticut.
On the floor, the Cyclones have been led by senior guard Kelsey Bolte and freshman forward Hallie Christofferson. Bolte leads the team and ranks sixth in the Big 12 with a scoring average of 18.2 points per game. In league action she has been even better, averaging 22.3 per contest which ranks third in the league. She also paces the team and the Big 12 from beyond the arc, as she is 67-of-144 (.465). Against Kansas on Wednesday, Bolte recorded a team-high 26 points on 8-of-22 shooting, while also pulling in six boards and notching three steals.
Christofferson is averaging 10.2 points and 5.2 rebounds in her first season in Ames. Against the Jayhawks, she pumped in 21 points on 8-of-10 shooting and grabbed a game-high eight rebounds.
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 798-473 (.628).
With two more wins during the 2010-11 season, Kansas State will join the 800-win club which currently features just 11 members.
Members of 800-Win Club (win totals as of Feb. 10, 2011)
1. Tennessee - 1,152; 2. Louisiana Tech - 993; 3. Old Dominion - 924; 4. Stephen F. Austin - 900;
5. James Madison - 897; 6. Texas - 864; 7. Ohio State - 849; 8. Tennessee Tech - 832;
9. Stanford - 818; 10. Georgia - 805; 11. Penn State - 800
On the verge:
Long Beach State 799; Kansas State 798; Belmont 798
February a Heartbreaker in K-State History
The Wildcats have had their struggles in the month of February in school history. K-State owns a 188-139 (.575) record in the second month, which percentage-wise, is the lowest month for K-State. Head coach Deb Patterson is 48-58 (.453) in February, which is the only month of the basketball season that she owns a losing record.
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 202-32 (.863) when leading at the break.
During the last three-plus seasons, K-State owns a 71-6 (.922) 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 239-88 (.730), including an 11-1 mark this season. During the last 10 seasons, K-State is 126-27 (.824) in Bramlage Coliseum, including a 13-1 record in 2008-09. In Big 12 home contests, the Wildcats are 77-40 (.658).
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 233-234 (.499) record in road games during the program’s 43-year history. During the 21st century, K-State owns a 73-54 (.575) mark in road contests and are 90-88 (.506) 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 3,976 fans this season after 12 home games which equates to 47,709 total fans. K-State ranks 20th in the nation for average home attendance.
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.
Since the start of Deb Patterson’s tenure in the 1996-97 season, K-State has seen 1,145,182 fans (avg.: 5,253 per game; 218 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 1,236,221 fans pass through the doors.
Wildcats’ Defense Ranks Among Top-15 in Nation
The Wildcats have put together a solid defensive effort in the 2010-11 season. K-State has held nine of its first 22 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 53.77 points, which ranks second in the Big 12 and 11th in the nation. K-State has also held its foes to a field goal percentage of .362, which ranks fourth in the Big 12 and 28th 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 17 of the other 20 opponents this season under their scoring average entering the contest with K-State.
K-State Has Youngest Starting Lineups in Big 12
With just two seniors on its roster and just one active elder statesmen, the Wildcats have rolled out the youngest starting lineups in the Big 12 during the entire 2010-11 campaign, as K-State has not started a senior in any of its five starting lineup combinations through the first 22 games.
K-State’s initial starting lineup consisted of three sophomores (Brittany Chambers, Taelor Karr and Mariah White) and two juniors (Branshea Brown and Jalana Childs) and was 8-3 together. The next lineup had three sophomores (Chambers, Karr and White), a junior (JuliAnne Chisholm) and a freshman (Chantay Caron) which recorded a 2-0 mark. The third combo consisted of two sophomores (Chambers and White), two juniors (Childs and Chisholm) and a freshman (Caron) and was 1-2. The fourth lineup was made up of three sophomores (Chambers, Karr and White), a junior (Childs) and a freshman (Caron) and is 5-0. K-State’s fifth and most recent starting five consisted of five sophomores (Chambers, Karr and White) and two juniors (Childs and Alina Voronenko) and is 0-1.
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 three-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 57-of-155 (.368) from long range and ranks third in the Big 12 in three-point field goals made per game (2.6), 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 122-of-326 (.374) from the 3-point line. Her career three-point field goal percentage ranks ninth in school history while her 122 career makes ranks 10th in school history for a career.
Karr is K-State’s second-leading three-point shooter this season, as she is 31-of-102 (.304), which includes a season-best performance of 4-of-6 at the College of Charleston. She ranks 14th in the Big 12 in three-point field goals made per game (1.4). For her career, Karr is 87-of-247 (.352) from deep.
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 367 of the team’s 841 rebounds this season (43.6 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 16.7 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 5.8 and 5.0, respectively, while Mariah White is averaging 4.5.
Chambers, who is second on the team in rebounding this season, has pulled in 128 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 (1.8 orpg). For her career, she has 32 games with five or more rebounds including seven games with 10 or more and has 313 career rebounds. 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 (4.1 drpg).
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 12 games with five or more rebounds. She has already reset her career season-high with 98 boards this season. Last season, White pulled in 56 rebounds in 31 games (1.8 rpg).
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 25.6 points per game this season, as Chambers paces the squad and ranks 10th in the Big 12 with a 15.4 points per game average, while Karr is third on the team and 28th in the league at 10.2.
Among the Big 12, the Oklahoma pair of Danielle Robinson (19.5 ppg) and Aaryn Ellenberg (17.5) pace the league in backcourt scoring duos at 37.1 per game while Texas’ Chassidy Fussell (18.2 ppg) and Kathleen Nash (14.6) rank second at 32.8 points per game. Chambers and Karr rank third in the league with their average of 25.6.
Chambers Moves Into Top-10 for Career 3-PT FGs
Brittany Chambers continues to be a deep threat for the Wildcats, shooting 57-of-155 (.368) from beyond the arc this season. She ranks third in the Big 12 and 44th in the nation in three-point field goals made per game at 2.6. She ranks fifth in the nation among sophomore guards for 3-point field goals made per game.
Her 57 connections from beyond the arc ranks tied for fourth in school history for 3-point field goals made by a sophomore. She needs 11 made 3-point field goal to pass Kimberly Dietz (2005-06; 67) for third in school history. She needs 16 connections to pass Laurie Koehn (2002-03; 72) for second and 20 to move into first and pass Kristin Rethman (1999-00; 76).
This season, Chambers has made two or more 3-point field goals in 16 games, including seven 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 49 career games with a 3-point field goal including 11 games with four or more connections from beyond the arc. She is 122-of-326 (.374) in 54 games with the Wildcats and ranks 10th in school history for career 3-point field goals made. 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.
Chambers Surpasses 700 Points For Career
With her career-high effort of 27 points at Missouri on Feb. 5, Brittany Chambers surpassed the 700-point plateau for her career and became the ninth player in school history to score a combined 700+ points in their freshman and sophomore seasons. Chambers has scored 726 points in 54 career games (13.4 ppg). She has scored in double figures in 39 career games including nine games with 20 or more points.
Chambers’ career scoring total ranks ninth in school history for combined points in a freshman and sophomore campaign. With 21 points she will move into eighth and pass former teammate Ashley Sweat (2006-10; 746). She is the 11th player in school history to tally 300+ points in each of her first two seasons as a Wildcat.
Against the Tigers, Chambers tallied a career-high 27 points on a career-best 11-of-19 shooting, including 5-of-11 from beyond the arc. She was rewarded for her effort, earning Phillips 66 Big 12 Player of the Week honors. It was her second effort this season with 10 or more made field goals and her seventh contest with four or more made 3-point field goals.
At Dartmouth on Dec. 29, Chambers registered 26 points which included a career-high six connections from beyond the arc. Against Nebraska on Jan. 22, Chambers notched 26 points on 10-of-15 shooting from the field.
This season, Chambers has scored 338 points including 17 games in double figures. Her team-leading point per game average of 15.4 points ranks 10th in the Big 12 and 130th in the nation. Among the sophomore guards in the NCAA Division I scoring rankings, Chambers ranks 13th.
Childs Surpasses 600 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 19th in the Big 12 with a career-best scoring average of 12.5 points for all games and ranks 11th for league-only games with 14.9 points per game. She is also pulling down 5.0 rebounds per game for all games and 5.8 in league games. In the last seven games, Childs has reached double figures in points six times and is averaging 16.6 points on a .453 field goal percentage and 5.1 rebounds.
On Jan. 19 against Missouri, 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 28 career games, including 14 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.
For her career, Childs has scored 616 points and is the second Wildcat this season to reach the 600-point club for a career (Brittany Chambers).
Karr Fires on All Cylinders; Attains 500 Career Points
Taelor Karr has found her touch from the field after a slow start to her second season with the Wildcats, as she is shooting 44.1 percent from the field. For the season, Karr ranks third on the team in scoring and (10.2), rebounding (5.0 rpg) and assists (2.0 apg) and is second in steals (1.6 spg) and three-point shooting (31-of-102; .304).
This season, Karr tied her career-high of 19 points against Kansas on Jan. 29 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 28 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 has scored 515 career points (9.5 ppg) and became the third Wildcat this season to reach the 500-point plateau (Brittany Chambers and Jalana Childs).
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.
Against Texas, Karr notched two steals which is her ninth effort this season with two or more steals. For her career, Karr has 84 steals and has 26 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.
What Brown has Done for Us
Branshea Brown has given K-State a strong interior presence to pair with Jalana Childs this season. For the season, Brown is averaging a career-best 6.1 points on a team-leading .486 field goal percentage, a team-leading 1.0 blocks and a team-leading and career-best 6.0 rebounds per game and is fourth in steals with 1.1. She ranks 11th in the Big 12 in blocks per game and sixth in offensive rebounds per game (2.9 orpg).
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 and against Kansas on Jan. 29, Brown tied her career-high for rebounds with 11 against the Buffaloes and then pulled in 10 against the Jayhawks. In both games, Brown pulled in six offensive boards. This was her second and third double-figure rebounding efforts of the season as she pulled in 11 at Iowa on Dec. 5. She leads the Wildcats in offensive rebounds with 63, which represents 47.7 percent of her total rebounds.
For her career, she has 28 games with five or more rebounds, including six 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 12th in the Big 12 with 1.0 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 22 games this season, White is averaging 5.0 points and leads the team with 4.1 assists and 1.6 steals. She is fifth on the team in rebounding with 4.5 per game.
She ranks 10th in the Big 12 in assists for all games and is ninth for league contests (3.8 apg) and fourth in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.78) for all games. Her assist-to-turnover ratio ranks 47th in the nation.
This season, White has already reset her career-highs for points in a game (17), points in a season (111), rebounds in a game (9), rebounds in a season (98), assists in a game (8), assists in a season (91), steals in a game (5) and steals in a season (36). She has also made more free throws this season (29) 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 62 points (2.8 ppg) and dished out a career-high 20 assists. She has also knocked down a career-high 13 three-point field goals.
During the last six games, Hill has enjoyed the best stretch of her career with 37 points, including a career-high 12 at Colorado on Jan. 26. Her 37 points in the last six games are more than she scored in her freshman and sophomore seasons combined (34).
Oh, Oh, Voronenko
Alina Voronenko emerged in the first six games of Big 12 action as an offensive weapon off the bench for the Wildcats. She averaged 8.3 points and 3.8 rebounds in the first six games of Big 12 action In non-conference action, she averaged 1.5 points and 1.7 rebounds. She scored more points in the first six games of Big 12 action (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.