Wildcats Return to the Road to Face Oklahoma

Branshea Brown pulled in her 500th career rebound on Sunday.

Feb. 14, 2012

Kansas State Game Notes (PDF)

Game 25

(rv/rv) Kansas State (16-8, 7-5 Big 12) at (rv/rv) Oklahoma (16-8, 8-4 Big 12)  
February 15, 2012 | 7 p.m. | Lloyd Noble Center (12,000) | Norman, Okla.

Sooner Sports Network
Play-by-Play: Bob Carpenter; Color Analysis: Dan Hughes

Game available on ESPN Full Court and ESPN3.com

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

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

Ticket Information
Visit www.soonersports.com or call the Oklahoma athletic ticket office at (405) 325-2424

Series History and Notes
Oklahoma leads the series, 29-23... Oklahoma has won nine straight in the series and 16 of the last 20 meetings... K-State is 8-14 all-time against the Sooners in Norman... The Sooners won the last meeting, 65-57, on Jan. 17, 2012 in Manhattan... K-State’s last win over Oklahoma came on Jan. 31, 2004 in Manhattan, 74-65.

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State will make a quick return to the road on Wednesday, as the Wildcats travel to Norman, Okla., to face the Sooners in the Lloyd Noble Center at 7 p.m. K-State will look to secure its seventh road win of the season.

Sunday’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 athletics communications, Randy Peterson, handles the color analysis. The game will be televised by the Sooner Sports Network and available on the ESPN Full Court package. Please contact your cable or satellite provider for availability in your area.

K-State registered its 10th performance, including its eighth win this season, when holding an opponent to 49-points or less as the Wildcats defeated Kansas on Sunday, 47-43. This is the first time since the 1975-76 season that a K-State team has held 10 or more foes to 49-points or less. The Wildcats have now won 11 straight over the Jayhawks in Manhattan and have been victorious in 21 of the last 23 meetings between the schools.

The Wildcats were led against the Jayhawks by their veteran forwards, Jalana Childs and Branshea Brown. The duo combined for 28 points and 11 rebounds. Childs led all scorers with 18 points, including 15 in the second half and eight of the final 10 points in the game. For the season, the senior from Orlando, Fla., is second on the team and 11th in the Big 12 in scoring with 13.6 per game. She leads the team in offensive rebounds per game 2.3 and field goal percentage .446.

Brown registered 10 points, eight rebounds and a season-high four blocks. With her four blocks, the senior from Walterboro, S.C., moved into seventh on the K-State career blocked shots list with 73. Brown ranks 13th in the league in blocked shots with 1.0 per game and her 24 blocks this season is a new career-high and the most since Marlies Gipson blocked a school record 86 in 2008-09. Brown’s eight rebounds boosted her career total to 501 and she is now the second player this season for K-State to surpass the 500 career rebounds barrier (Brittany Chambers, 514). Brown’s total ranks 27th in school history.

Following Wednesday night’s game, K-State returns home on Saturday for its only two-game home stretch in Big 12 action. The Wildcats will host Texas at 6 p.m., as K-State participates in the national “Play 4Kay” initiative. The first 4,000 fans will receive a free pink t-shirt. For ticket information, please contact the K-State Athletics Ticket Office at (800) 221-CATS or visit www.kstatesports.com/tickets.

At a Glance: Oklahoma
Oklahoma (16-8, 8-4 Big 12) will look to bounce back in Big 12 action after dropping its last non-conference game of the season to Connecticut, 73-55, on Monday night. The Sooners will conclude a stretch of three games in five days on Wednesday night against K-State. Oklahoma won its last Big 12 contest, a 64-60 decision in Norman on Feb. 11 against Missouri.

The Sooners are led on the bench by 16th year head coach Sherri Coale. The 1987 graduate of Oklahoma Christian owns a 351-163 (.683) record during her time in Norman and guided the Sooners to the 2010 Final Four.

On the floor, Oklahoma is paced by three players who average double figures in scoring. Leading the way is sophomore guard Aaryn Ellenberg with an average of 14.9 points per game which ranks sixth in the Big 12. Ellenberg ranks second in the Big 12 in three-point field goals made per game with 2.3.

Joining Ellenberg in double figures are redshirt junior Whitney Hand and sophomore Morgan Hook. Hand, after battling through knee injuries during the last two seasons, is averaging 12.8 points, 6.6 rebounds and 3.9 assists. She ranks 15th in the Big 12 in scoring, 13th in rebounding and ninth in assists. In the last two games, Hand is averaging 17.5 points and 5.5 rebounds. Against Connecticut, she notched 18 points, six rebounds and three assists.

Hook is averaging 10.4 points, 3.4 rebounds and 3.9 assists this season. Against Missouri, she notched 12 points and four assists.

Brown with the Blocks
Branshea Brown has been K-State’s strongest post defender during her time in Manhattan. With her career-high-tying four blocks against Kansas on Feb. 12, Brown moved past Ashley Sweat (2006-10; 70) and Kendra Wecker (2001-05; 71) on the K-State career blocked shots list to rank seventh. With two more blocks, she will pass Tina Dixon (1982-84; 74) for sixth in school history.

The four blocks against the Jayhawks marked Brown’s 18th career game with multiple blocks in a game. Over the last eight games, the product of Walterboro, S.C., has 11 blocked shots. It was the third time she has blocked four shots in a game and the first time since Nov. 30, 2010 against South Dakota State.

Her blocked shot total this season of 24 is a new career season-high and is the highest by a Wildcat since Marlies Gipson sent back a school record 86 during the 2008-09 campaign.