K-State Makes Attempt at Win No. 800 Saturday
K-State Makes Attempt at Win No. 800 Saturday
Feb. 17, 2011
Kansas State (17-7, 7-4 Big 12) at Nebraska (12-13, 2-9 Big 12)
Feb. 19, 2011 | 7:05 p.m. | Devaney Center (13,595) | Lincoln, Neb.
Play-by-Play: Greg Sharpe; Color Analyst: Cindy Stein
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Play-by-Play: Brian Smoller; Color Analyst: Kristin Waller
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Series History and Notes
K-State leads the series with Nebraska, 45-33... Kansas State won the last meeting in the series, 64-37, on January 22, 2011 in Manhattan... Kansas State is 12-21 against Nebraska in games played in Lincoln... Head coach Deb Patterson owns a career record of 15-17 against the Huskers.
MANHATTAN, Kan. - The Wildcats will begin a two-game road trip on Saturday night, as K-State will make its final Big 12 visit to Nebraska for a 7:05 p.m., tipoff in the Devaney Center. Saturday night’s contest in Lincoln, will mark Kansas State’s attempt to sweep the season series with the Huskers for the first time since the 2007-08 campaign and its first attempt to become the 13th NCAA Division I women’s basketball program to reach the 800-win plateau.
Saturday’s matchup between the Wildcats and Huskers will be televised live on FS Midwest, as Greg Sharpe and Cindy Stein call the action. K-State owns an all-time record of 85-56 (.603) in televised games, including a 7-4 mark in televised contests this season. The Wildcats are 54-39 (.581) on the FSN family of networks, including a 5-1 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.
Following its 78-51 win over Colorado on Wednesday night, K-State’s record in its 43-year history of women’s basketball stands at 799-474 (.628). The Wildcats have accumulated 21 20-win seasons and have secured 240 victories inside Bramlage Coliseum. K-State has 126 wins as a member of the Big 12 conference, while 10 of the victories have come in the NCAA Tournament. The Cats have registered 211 victories when they were ranked in the Associated Press top-25 poll and achieved 66 wins against teams ranked in the AP poll. K-State head coach Deb Patterson has achieved the most wins of any of K-State’s eight head coaches with 296.
During the program’s history, K-State has reached the NCAA Tournament 11 times and has participated in the Postseason WNIT three times, including winning the 2006 title. Individually, K-State has 11 student-athletes who have garnered All-America honors and five Academic All-America citations. The Wildcats have also seen 36 players reach the 1,000-point mark for their career, which leads the Big 12.
This season, the Wildcats are 17-7 and 7-4 in the Big 12 and have been led by sophomore guards Brittany Chambers and Taelor Karr and junior forward Jalana Childs. Chambers is averaging a team-leading and ranks 10th in the Big 12 with 15.3 points per game for all games. She is also the team’s leading three-point shooter with 62 connections from beyond the arc.
Childs is K-State’s leading scorer in Big 12 action, averaging 15.7 per game and has tallied six straight double figure efforts. In all games this season, Childs is averaging 13.1 points per game.
Karr paced the Wildcats on Wednesday night with a career-high-tying 19 points which included a career best five connections from beyond the arc. For the season, Karr is averaging 10.3 points for all games.
Streaks, Trends, Milestones, etc.
K-State has made at least one 3-point field goal in 131 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 41 of 56 career games... Chambers has made a 3-point field goal in 51 of her 56 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 33 career games, including 13 games this season... Chambers has eight career games with five or more assists... Jalana Childs has scored in double figures in 16 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 30 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 eight career games with five or more assists... White pulled in a career-high nine rebounds against St. John’s and has 17 career games with five or more rebounds... White has surpassed her season assist total from last season... Taelor Karr has 30 career games with 10 or more points... She has made four or more 3-point field goals in a game eight 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 296-171 (.634) and a record of 126-109 (.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 170-49 (.776) 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 799-474 (.628).
With one more win during the 2010-11 season, Kansas State will join the 800-win club which currently features just 12 members.
Members of 800-Win Club
1. Tennessee 1,154; 2. Louisiana Tech 994; 3. Old Dominion 926; 4. Stephen F. Austin 901
5. James Madison 899; 6. Texas 865; 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 799
At a Glance: Nebraska
After a rare Tuesdya night contest, Nebraska (12-13, 2-9 Big 12) returns to host the Wildcats on Saturday night. The Huskers fell on Tuesday at Texas, 67-55, as Nebraska’s current losing streak reached five games. The confines of the Devaney Center have been friendly this season for Nebraska, as the Cornhuskers are 10-3 on its home floor including both victories in Big 12 action.
The Huskers are led on the sidelines by the reigning Big 12 and National Coach of the Year recipient, Connie Yori. The 1986 graduate of Creighton is in her ninth season in Lincoln and owns a mark of 165-112 (.596) with Nebraska. Yori has guided Nebraska to four NCAA Tournament appearances and four WNIT berths.
On the floor, Nebraska has been paced by freshman Jordan Hooper and sophomore Lindsey Moore. Hooper paces the Huskers in scoring and rebounding with 14.7 points and 6.8 rebounds per game. She has drained a team-leading and a Nebraska freshman record 54 three-point field goals. Against the Longhorns, Hooper tallied 12 points and eight rebounds.
Moore is averaging 12.6 points, 3.5 rebounds and a team-leading 5.4 assists. The guard from Covington, Wash., paced the Huskers at Texas on Tuesday with 18 points and three assists.
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 189-140 (.574) record in the second month, which percentage-wise, is the lowest month for K-State. Head coach Deb Patterson is 49-59 (.454) 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 203-32 (.864) when leading at the break.
During the last four seasons, K-State owns a 72-6 (.923) 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 240-88 (.732), including a 12-1 mark this season. During the last 10 seasons, K-State is 127-27 (.825) in Bramlage Coliseum, including a 13-1 record in 2008-09. In Big 12 home contests, the Wildcats are 78-40 (.661).
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 3,948 fans this season after 13 home games which equates to 51,319 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 1,148,792 fans (avg.: 5,246 per game; 219 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 1,239,831 fans pass through the doors.
K-State Has Youngest Starting Lineups in Big 12
With just one active elder senior this season, the Wildcats have rolled out the youngest starting lineups in the Big 12, as K-State has not started a senior in any of its five starting lineup combinations through 24 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 9-4 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.
Wildcats’ Defense Ranks Among Top-20 in Nation
The Wildcats have put together a solid defensive effort during the 2010-11 season. K-State has held nine of its first 24 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 53.96 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 .363, 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 19 of the other 22 opponents this season under their scoring average entering the contest with K-State.
K-State From Downtown
K-State’s current pace from beyond the arc of 6.0 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 14 three-point field goals against Colorado on just 24 attempts (.583). The 14 connections were the most since the Wildcats made 15 at Santa Clara on Nov. 26, 2005. The Wildcats’ three-point field goal percentage of .583 was a new season-high.
Earlier this season, K-State made 12 three-point field goals against Oklahoma State on Jan. 9. In six home Big 12 games, K-State has made 50 three-point field goals which is an average of 8.3 per game.
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 62-of-168 (.369) 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 127-of-339 (.375) 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 tied for eighth in school history while her 127 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 37-of-114 (.325), which includes a career-best performance of 5-of-7 against Colorado on Feb. 16. Her three-point percentage against the Buffaloes ranks as a new season-high by a Wildcat this season. She ranks 13th in the Big 12 in three-point field goals made per game (1.5). For her career, Karr is 93-of-259 (.359) 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 395 of the team’s 900 rebounds this season (43.9 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 16.5 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 4.8, respectively, while Mariah White is averaging 4.5.
Chambers, who is second on the team in rebounding this season, has pulled in 138 total rebounds which includes a season-high 13 rebounds against Dartmouth on Dec. 29. She leads the team in defensive rebounds per game (4.1 drpg). For her career, she has 33 games with five or more rebounds including seven games with 10 or more and has 323 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 second on the team for defensive rebounds per game (3.9 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 13 games with five or more rebounds. She has already reset her career season-high with 108 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 15.3 points per game average, while Karr is third on the team and 24th in the league at 10.3.
Among the Big 12 scoring leaders, the Oklahoma pair of Danielle Robinson (18.9 ppg) and Aaryn Ellenberg (16.7) pace the league in backcourt scoring duos at 35.6 per game while Texas’ Chassidy Fussell (17.8 ppg) and Kathleen Nash (14.0) rank second at 31.8 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 62-of-168 (.369) 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 62 connections from beyond the arc ranks fourth in school history for 3-point field goals made by a sophomore. She needs six made 3-point field goal to pass Kimberly Dietz (2005-06; 67) for third in school history. She needs 11 connections to pass Laurie Koehn (2002-03; 72) for second and 15 to move into first and pass Kristin Rethman (1999-00; 76).
This season, Chambers has made two or more 3-point field goals in 18 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 51 career games with a 3-point field goal including 11 games with four or more connections from beyond the arc. She is 127-of-339 (.375) in 56 games with the Wildcats and ranks 10th in school history for career 3-point field goals made and attempted. Her current career percentage ranks nintied for eighth 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 755 points in 56 career games (13.5 ppg). She has scored in double figures in 41 career games including nine games with 20 or more points. Chambers’ career scoring total ranks eighth in school history for combined points in a freshman and sophomore campaign. With four points she will move into seventh and pass Megan Mahoney (2001-05; 759). 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 367 points including 19 games in double figures. Her team-leading point per game average of 15.3 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 seven games, she is averaging 17.9 points per game and is shooting .505 from the field including .435 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 13.1 points (315 points) for all games and ranks 10th for league-only games and leads the Wildcats with 15.7 points per game (173 points). She is also pulling down 4.9 rebounds per game for all games and 5.5 in league games. In the last six games, Childs is averaging 18.3 points on a .506 field goal percentage and 4.8 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 30 career games, including 16 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. 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 655 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 44.9 percent from the field. For the season, Karr ranks third on the team in scoring and (10.3), rebounding (4.8 rpg) and assists (1.9 apg) and is second in steals (1.5 spg) and three-point shooting (37-of-114; .325).
This season, Karr tied her career-high of 19 points twice against Kansas on Jan. 29 and again on Feb. 16 against Colorado. Against the Buffaloes, she recorded a career-high 5-of-7 effort from beyond the arc and a team season-high 3-point field goal percentage (.714). She has 29 career games in double figures for points and she has two double-figure efforts in rebounds.
Karr registered 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.
For her career, Karr has scored 539 career points (9.6 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 Colorado, Karr notched two steals which is her 10th effort this season with two or more steals. For her career, Karr has 86 steals and has 27 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 5.8 points on a .461 field goal percentage, a team-leading 0.9 blocks and a team-leading and career-best 5.8 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.
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 66, which represents 47.5 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 22 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 49 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 24 games, White is averaging 4.8 points and leads the team with 4.1 assists and 1.8 steals. She is fifth on the team in rebounding with 4.4 per game. Her assists per game ranks 10th in the Big 12 for all games and is seventh for league contests (3.7 apg) and fourth in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.8) 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 (115), rebounds in a game (9), rebounds in a season (108), assists in a game (8), assists in a season (98), steals in a game (5) and steals in a season (42). She has also made more free throws this season (31) than she attempted during her entire freshman campaign in 2009-10 (13).
Oh, Oh, Voronenko
Alina Voronenko has emerged in Big 12 action as an offensive weapon off the bench for the Wildcats. She has averaged 6.4 points and 3.0 rebounds in league play. 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
Prior to thi season, senior guard Kelsey Hill 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 66 points (2.8 ppg) and dished out a career-high 23 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 during the six game were more than she had scored in her freshman and sophomore seasons combined (34).