K-State Hosts Texas in Play 4Kay Game

Brittany Chambers needs 23 points to move into the top-15 in school history.

Feb. 16, 2012

Kansas State Game Notes (PDF)

Game 26
Texas (15-10, 5-8 Big 12) vs. (rv/--) Kansas State (16-9, 7-6 Big 12)  
February 18, 2012 | 6 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

Play 4Kay - For more information, click here.
- Pink t-shirts to the first 4,000 fans
- First half recognition for breast cancer survivors
- Air Elite Dunkers to perform at halftime

Play-by-Play: Brenda VanLengen; Color Analysis: Cindy Stein

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

K-State Gameday (5:30 p.m.)
Host: Brian Smoller; Analyst: Danielle Zanotti

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

Series History and Notes
Texas leads the all-time series, 12-10... K-State won the first meeting between the teams this season, 64-55, on Feb. 1 in Austin... The Longhorns won the last meeting in Manhattan, 69-59, on Feb. 9, 2011... The Wildcats are 5-4 in the series in games played in Manhattan... Since Texas joined the Big 12 in the 1996-97 season, K-State holds a 10-8 advantage in the series... Head coach Deb Patterson is 10-8 against Texas.

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State will begin its first and only two-game home stand in Big 12 action on Saturday night, as the Wildcats host Texas at 6 p.m. K-State will look to secure the program’s 250th win in Bramlage Coliseum, as the Wildcats own a 249-92 (.730) mark in the arena since it opened in 1988-89.

Saturday will mark K-State’s participation in the national “Play 4Kay” initiative, as the Wildcats will wear pink uniforms for the fourth straight season. The first 4,000 fans will receive a pink t-shirt provided by Mercy Regional Health Center, Briggs Auto and GTM Sportswear. Breast cancer survivors will receive special recognition prior to the end of the first half followed by a performance from the Air Elite Dunkers at halftime.

Saturday night’s game will be broadcast to a national audience on FSN, as Brenda VanLengen and Cindy Stein call the action. This will be the 159th K-State women’s basketball game to be broadcast on television and the 104th on the FSN family of networks. The Wildcats are 62-41 (.602) on the FSN family of networks. K-State holds an all-time record of 96-61 (.611) in televised games.

The game will also be available on the K-State Sports Network, as the award-winning Brian Smoller delivers the play-by-play and former Wildcat letterwinner Missy Heidrick handles the color analysis. Prior to the start of the game, Smoller along with former Wildcat letterwinner Danielle Zanotti will host K-State Gameday on K-StateHD.TV. The show will air at 5:30 on K-StateHD.TV.

The Wildcats will look to shake off its second straight road loss, as K-State dropped a 68-62 decision to Oklahoma on Wednesday night. K-State held a six-point lead on the Sooners with under five minutes remaining, but the Sooners closed out the contest with a 13-1 run. K-State was led on Wednesday night by the trio of Brittany Chambers, Tasha Dickey and Jalana Childs. Chambers recorded a game-high 17 points, with 15 coming in the second half. The junior guard leads K-State in scoring (15.3 ppg) and rebounding (6.0) rpg). She also paces the team and the Big 12 in 3-point field goals made per game (2.7)

Dickey pumped in 15 points, including a 3-of-8 effort from beyond the arc. The senior from Sandy, Utah, has surpassed career season-highs in eight statistical categories and is the third-leading scorer with 9.9 points per game.

Childs registered 13 points and four rebounds for her 53rd career game in double figures. The senior forward from Orlando, Fla., is K-State second-leading scorer with 13.6 points per game and is tied for second in rebounding (5.0).

Following Saturday night’s game, K-State closes out its two-game home stand on Wednesday night, as the Wildcats host Oklahoma State at 7 p.m. Fans have the opportunity to take advantage of a “Wildcat Weekday 4 Pack” promotion that night. For just $30, fans will receive four general admission tickets, four hot dogs and four drinks. To purchase tickets, please contact the K-State Athletics Ticket Office at (800) 221-CATS or visit www.kstatesports.com/tickets.

At a Glance: Texas
Texas (15-10, 5-8 Big 12), after dropping four straight games including three to open the month of February, has bounced back with consecutive wins. The Longhorns defeated Oklahoma State, 69-53, on Feb. 11 and Texas Tech, 63-54, on Feb. 15. Both games were played in Austin, where Texas is 11-4 this season. The Longhorns will look to capture their third road win of the season on Saturday when they visit Manhattan.

On the sideline, Texas is led by fifth-year head coach Gail Goestenkors. The 1985 graduate of Saginaw Valley State is 99-60 (.623) during her time in Austin, including four NCAA Tournament appearances. Goestenkors owns an overall career record of 495-159 (.757).

Texas features three guards averaging double figures in scoring with Chassidy Fussell, Yvonne Anderson and Ashleigh Fontenette. Fussell paces the Longhorns and ranks fourth in the Big 12 in scoring at 16.8 points per game. In league action, the sophomore from Troy, Tenn., is averaging 17.0 points per game and pulling in 5.2 rebounds per game. Against the Lady Raiders, Fussell notched game-high honors with 20 points on 6-of-16 shooting from the field and added five boards. In the first meeting with K-State this season, Fussell tallied 23 points on 9-of-18 shooting including a 5-of-9 effort from beyond the arc. Fussell trails Chambers (67) and Oklahoma’s Aaryn Ellenberg (57) for the most made three-point field goals this season in all games with 50.

Fontenette is second on the team and 19th in the league in scoring with 11.6 points per game. She is one of the top three-point shooters in the league, connecting on .359 of her attempts (28-of-78). Against Texas Tech, Fontenette paced all scorers with 20 points on 9-of-18 shooting and also pulled in 10 rebounds for her second double-double of the season.

Anderson is third on the team and 20th in the Big 12 with 11.5 points and leads the team and ranks third in the league in assists with 5.5. Against Texas Tech, Anderson tallied nine points, seven assists and three steals. Anderson, a senior from Columbia, Mo., ranks fifth in the Big 12 in steals with 2.6 per game.

Chambers Nearing Top-15 on Career Scoring List
Brittany Chambers continues to climb the K-State career scoring list this season and has an opportunity to climb into the top-10 before the end of the 2011-12 season. In league action, Chambers ranks fourth in scoring with 15.1 points per game and overall ranks fifth in the Big 12 with her scoring average of 15.3.

At Oklahoma State on Jan. 28, Chambers registered her third 20-point effort in league play this season by tying her season-best with 29 points. Her effort was the highest scoring performance in Stillwater by a Wildcat in the program’s history.

The Jordan, Minn., native earned Big 12 Player of the Week honors for Jan. 9 after scoring 20 or more points in the first 2 Big 12 games this season.

For her career, Chambers was the 37th player in school history to reach the 1,000-point plateau on Dec. 7 and was the 12th player in school history to achieve the feat in her junior season. Chambers has scored 1,285 points in 89 career games (14.4 ppg) to rank 16th in school history.

The 2011-12 preseason All-Big 12 honorable mention selection and 2011 unanimous All-Big 12 first team recipient has scored in double figures in 68 games (76.4 percent of her career games) including 19 games with 20 or more points. She is the ninth player in school history and the fifth guard to record 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 200 assists in a career.