K-State Looks to Snap Skid, Hosts Colorado

Taelor Karr

Feb. 14, 2011

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Game 24
Colorado (12-11, 3-7 Big 12) vs. Kansas State (16-7, 6-4 Big 12)
Feb. 16, 2011 | 7 p.m. | Bramlage Coliseum (12,528) | Manhattan, Kan.

TV
FS Kansas City
Play-by-Play: Brent Stover; Color Analyst: Missy Heidrick
DirecTV - Ch. 672; Dish Network - Ch. 449

Radio
K-State Radio Network
Play-by-Play: Brian Smoller; Color Analyst: Kristin Waller

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

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

Promotions
Wildcat Wednesday
- Any fan who brings their men’s basketball ticket from Monday night’s KU game, can purchase a general admission ticket for the women’s game against Colorado for only $3

Greek Night

Series History and Notes
Kansas State leads the series with Colorado, 34-33... The Cats are 17-13 against Colorado in Manhattan... K-State has won five of the last six meeting with the Buffaloes... The Wildcats captured the first meeting between the schools this season, 72-59, on Jan. 26, 2011 in Boulder... Head coach Deb Patterson is 21-11 against Colorado.


MANHATTAN, Kan. - Kansas State will look to halt a two-game downturn on Wednesday night at 7 p.m., in Bramlage Coliseum as the Wildcats host Colorado. This will be the final time K-State hosts Colorado in a Big 12 contest, as the Wildcats have won six of the last eight meeting with the Buffaloes in Manhattan. Kansas State will make attempt number three at the program’s 799th victory and will attempt to become the 13th program in NCAA Division I women’s basketball history to reach 800 wins.

Wednesday’s matchup between the Wildcats and Buffaloes will be televised live on FS Kansas City, as Brent Stover and former Wildcat Missy Heidrick call the action. K-State owns an all-time record of 84-56 (.600) in televised games, including a 6-4 mark in televised contests this season. The Wildcats are 53-39 (.576) on the FSN family of networks, including a 4-1 mark this season.

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 game on Sunday, K-State (16-7, 6-4 Big 12) attempted to overcome an 11-point first half deficit at Iowa State with a strong second half rally, but were held off and fell 61-53. The Wildcats were outdone by the Cyclones’ foul shooting, as Iowa State was 21-of-26 from the charity stripe, while K-State was 3-of-4 and did not attempt a free throw until 3:05 remaining in the second half. Despite being whistled for 22 fouls compared to Iowa State’s eight, K-State trimmed the Cyclones’ lead to two with 3:45 to play, but Iowa State was 9-of-12 from the foul line down the stretch.

The Wildcats were paced by the efforts of junior Jalana Childs and sophomore Brittany Chambers. After foul trouble in the first half sidelined her, Childs propelled the Wildcats in the second half with 19 of her team-high and career-high-tying 21 points coming in the second stanza. The forward from Orlando, Fla., also added five rebounds, a block, a steal and an assist to her final stat line. Childs has scored in double figures in seven of the last eight contests and is averaging 17.1 points. For the season, Childs is K-State’s second-leading scorer with 12.9 points per game for all games and is averaging 15.5 points in league games.

Chambers kept the Wildcats in the game in the first half, scoring 15 of her 19 points in the opening half. The guard from Jordan, Minn., also added four rebounds, three assists and a steal to the effort. Chambers has now reached double figures in 18 games this season and for the 40th time in her career. Overall, Chambers leads the Wildcats in scoring with 15.5 points per game and is the Wildcats’ top scorer in Big 12 contests with 15.8 per game. She is also K-State’s top three-point shooter this season with 60-of-165 (.364) shooting from deep and is the fourth sophomore in school history to tally 60 or more made three-point field goals.

Streaks, Trends, Milestones, etc.
K-State has made at least one 3-point field goal in 130 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 40 of 55 career games... Chambers has made a 3-point field goal in 50 of her 55 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 15 games this season, including a career-high 21 against Missouri (1/19) and at Iowa State (2/13) and has tallied double digits in points in 29 career games... Childs has pulled in five or more rebounds in 33 career games, including 15 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 295-171 (.633) and a record of 125-109 (.534) 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.

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 798-474 (.627).

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
Rk. School Wins (as of Feb. 14, 2011)
1. Tennessee 1,154; 2. Louisiana Tech 994; 3. Old Dominion 926; 4. Stephen F. Austin 900
5. James Madison 899; 6. Texas 864; 7. Ohio State 851; 8. Tennessee Tech 833; 9. Stanford 820
10. Georgia 806; 11. Penn State 801; 12. Long Beach State 800

On the verge:
Belmont 799; Kansas State 798

At a Glance: Colorado
Colorado (12-11, 3-7 Big 12) will look for its second win in its last six games and its first road win of the 2010-11 season. In their last outing, the Buffaloes fell to Texas Tech at the Coors Events Center, 72-44, on Saturday.

The Buffaloes are led on the sideline by first-year head coach Linda Lappe. The 2002 graduate of Colorado returned to her alma mater following a three-year stint at Metro State, where she rang up a 50-36 record for the Roadrunners.

On the floor, Colorado is led by senior Brittany Spears and sophomore Chucky Jeffery. Spears, a forward from Pasadena, Calif., leads the squad in points at 17.8 per game while she is the team’s second-leading rebounder with 8.1 per game. For her career, Spears has scored 1,942 points and ranks third in Colorado history.

Against the Lady Raiders, Spears carded a team-high 12 points and 11 rebounds, while also blocking three shots. It was her 30th career double-double and her 101st career game in double figures.

Jeffery is the Buffaloes second-leading scorer at 14.0 points per game and the squad’s leader in rebounds (8.5 and assists (4.5).

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 188-140 (.573) record in the second month, which percentage-wise, is the lowest month for K-State. Head coach Deb Patterson is 48-59 (.449) 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 233-235 (.498) record in road games during the program’s 43-year history. During the 21st century, K-State owns a 73-55 (.570) mark in road contests and are 90-89 (.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 66-149 (.307), including a 39-41 (.488) mark against AP ranked teams in Manhattan.

In the the Deb Patterson era, K-State is 40-79 (.336) 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 23rd 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-20 in Nation
The Wildcats have put together a solid defensive effort in the 2010-11 season. K-State has held nine of its first 23 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 54.08 points, which ranks second in the Big 12 and 16th in the nation. K-State has also held its foes to a field goal percentage of .364, which ranks fourth in the Big 12 and 52nd 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 18 of the other 21 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 23 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 8-4 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 60-of-165 (.364) 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 125-of-336 (.372) from the 3-point line and is the first Wildcat since Kimberly Dietz to register consecutive seasons with 60 or more made three-point field goals. Her career three-point field goal percentage ranks ninth in school history while her 125 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 32-of-107 (.299), 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 88-of-252 (.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 377 of the team’s 865 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 16.4 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 5.7 and 5.0, respectively, while Mariah White is averaging 4.4.

Chambers, who is second on the team in rebounding this season, has pulled in 132 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 (1.7 orpg). For her career, she has 32 games with five or more rebounds including seven games with 10 or more and has 317 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 is tied for the team lead for defensive rebounds per game (4.0 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 101 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 25.5 points per game this season, as Chambers paces the squad and ranks 10th in the Big 12 with a 15.5 points per game average, while Karr is third on the team and 28th in the league at 10.0.

Among the Big 12, the Oklahoma pair of Danielle Robinson (19.1 ppg) and Aaryn Ellenberg (17.1) pace the league in backcourt scoring duos at 36.2 per game while Texas’ Chassidy Fussell (17.9 ppg) and Kathleen Nash (14.1) rank second at 32.0 points per game. Chambers and Karr rank third in the league with their average of 25.5.

Chambers Moves Into Top-10 for Career 3-PT FGs
Brittany Chambers continues to be a deep threat for the Wildcats, shooting 60-of-165 (.364) 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 60 connections from beyond the arc ranks fourth in school history for 3-point field goals made by a sophomore. She needs eight made 3-point field goal to pass Kimberly Dietz (2005-06; 67) for third in school history. She needs 13 connections to pass Laurie Koehn (2002-03; 72) for second and 17 to move into first and pass Kristin Rethman (1999-00; 76).

This season, Chambers has made two or more 3-point field goals in 17 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 50 career games with a 3-point field goal including 11 games with four or more connections from beyond the arc. She is 125-of-336 (.372) in 55 games with the Wildcats and ranks 10th in school history for career 3-point field goals made and attempted. Her current career percentage ranks ninth in school history. During the contest at Iowa State on Feb. 13, Chambers became the first Wildcat since Kimberly Dietz to make 60 or more three-point field goals in consecutive seasons.

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 745 points in 55 career games (13.5 ppg). She has scored in double figures in 40 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 two 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 357 points including 18 games in double figures. Her team-leading point per game average of 15.5 points ranks 10th in the Big 12 and 125th in the nation. Among the sophomore guards in the NCAA Division I scoring rankings this week, Chambers ranks 11th. In the last six games, she is averaging 19.2 points per game and is shooting .524 from the field including .419 from beyond the arc.

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 18th in the Big 12 with a career-best scoring average of 12.9 points (297 points) for all games and ranks 11th for league-only games with 15.5 points per game (155 points). She is also pulling down 5.0 rebounds per game for all games and 5.7 in league games. In the last five games, Childs is averaging 18.4 points on a .500 field goal percentage and 5.2 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.

At Iowa State on Feb. 13, Childs notched her second career 20-point game as she tied her career-high with 21 points, including 19 in the second half, and was a career-best 10-of-16 from the field. She has reached double figures in points in 29 career games, including 15 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 637 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 43.4 percent from the field. For the season, Karr ranks third on the team in scoring and (10.0), rebounding (5.0 rpg) and assists (1.9 apg) and is second in steals (1.5 spg) and three-point shooting (32-of-107; .299).

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 520 career points (9.5 ppg) and became the third Wildcat this season to reach the 500-point plateau (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.

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 6.0 points on a .464 field goal percentage, a team-leading 0.9 blocks and a team-leading and career-best 5.9 rebounds per game and is fourth in steals with 1.1. She ranks 13th in the Big 12 in blocks per game and seventh in offensive rebounds per game (2.8 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 64, which represents 47.1 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 13th in the Big 12 with 0.9 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 23 games this season, White is averaging 4.8 points and leads the team with 4.0 assists and 1.7 steals. She is fifth on the team in rebounding with 4.4 per game.

She ranks 10th in the Big 12 in assists for all games and is 10th for league contests (3.6 apg) and fourth in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.69) for all games. Her assist-to-turnover ratio ranks 60th 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 (101), assists in a game (8), assists in a season (93), steals in a game (5) and steals in a season (38). She has also made more free throws this season (29) than she attempted during her entire freshman campaign in 2009-10 (13).

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.

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 a six-game stretch from Jan. 19-Feb. 9, Hill enjoyed the best stretch of her career with 37 points, including a career-high 12 at Colorado on Jan. 26. Her 37 points were more than she scored in her freshman and sophomore seasons combined (34).