Wildcats End February Home Slate with Cowgirls

Ashia Woods

Feb. 20, 2012

Kansas State Game Notes (PDF)

Game 27
Oklahoma State (13-10, 5-9 Big 12) vs. Kansas State (17-9, 8-6 Big 12)  
February 22, 2012 | 7 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

“Wildcat Weekday 4 Pack”
- For $30 fans receive the following: 4 GA tickets, 4 hot dogs and 4 drinks

FS Kansas City
Play-by-Play: Brent Stover; Color Analysis: Missy Heidrick

K-State Sports Network
Play-by-Play: Brian Smoller; Color Analysis: Kristin Waller

K-State Gameday (6:30 p.m.)
Host: Brian Smoller; Analyst: Danielle Zanotti

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

MANHATTAN, Kan. – K-State will close out the second month of the year with its final game of a two-game home stand on Wednesday night, as the Wildcats host Oklahoma State at 7 p.m. Kansas State will look to secure a .500 league record with a win over the Cowgirls and its 10th home win this season. A win would mark the 12th time under head coach Deb Patterson that K-State has won 10 or more games at home and the 24th time in the program’s 44-year history.

For Wednesday night’s game, fans have the opportunity to take advantage of a “Wildcat Weekday 4 Pack” promotion. 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.

Wednesday night’s game will be broadcast on FS Kansas City, as Brent Stover and Missy Heidrick call the action. This will be the 159th K-State women’s basketball game to be broadcast on television and the 105th on the FSN family of networks. The Wildcats are 63-41 (.606) on the FSN family of networks. K-State holds an all-time record of 97-61 (.614) 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 6:30 on K-StateHD.TV.

K-State captured the program’s 250th win in Bramlage Coliseum, as the Wildcats defeated Texas on Saturday, Feb. 18, 65-45. Kansas State is now 250-92 (.731) in its home arena since it opened in 1988-89. Kansas State broke open the game with a 15-2 run and cruised to the eighth league win for the Wildcats this season.

K-State was led on Saturday night by the trio of Tasha Dickey, Brittany Chambers and Jalana Childs. Dickey registered a game-high 18 points, aided by 10 points during the 15-2 run. The senior from Sandy, Utah, is third on the team with a career-high 10.2 points per game this season.

Chambers added 15 points, nine rebounds, two assists and two steals. The junior guard leads K-State and ranks fifth in the Big 12 in scoring (15.3 ppg) and leads the team in rebounding and ranks 16th in the league (6.1 rpg). She also paces the team and the Big 12 in 3-point field goals made per game (2.7)

Childs registered 14 points and six rebounds for her 54th 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 Wednesday night’s game, K-State returns to the road for a two-game road trip beginning on Saturday afternoon, as the Wildcats visit Missouri for a 12 p.m., tip.

At a Glance: Oklahoma State
Oklahoma State (13-10, 5-9 Big 12) will finish a stretch of three road games in its last four by visiting the Wildcats on Wednesday. The Cowgirls have lost six of their last seven outings including three straight: at Texas, home against Baylor and at Texas A&M on Feb 18, 63-49.

Oklahoma State is guided on the sideline by first year head coach Jim Littell. Littell, the former associate head coach, took the reins of the program on Nov. 18, 2011 following the tragic plane crash involving the late head coach Kurt Budke and assistant coach Miranda Serna.

On the floor, the Cowgirls have been paced by three players in double figures. Leading the way is freshman Liz Donohoe with a team-high 12.2 points per game. The 6-0 forward from Edmond, Okla., ranks 16th in the league in scoring. She is also pulling in 6.4 rebounds per game to rank third on the team and 15th in the Big 12.

Also averaging in double figures are Toni Young and Tiffany Bias. Bias is second in the Big 12 in assists per game with 6.7 and is averaging 11.7 points per game to rank second on the team and 18th in the Big 12. Against the Aggies on Saturday, the 5-6 guard from Andover, Kan., registered a team-high 11 points, dished out six assists and pulled in four rebounds.

Young is a 6-2 forward who is coming off the bench to provide 10.5 points and a team-leading 6.8 rebounds per game.

Wildcats’ Defense Getting Historic
Kansas State’s tenacity on the defensive end of the floor picked up where it left off from last season. After 26 games, K-State is second in the Big 12 and ranks 37th in the nation in scoring defense at 55.1 points per game. In addition to its scoring defense, the Wildcats are holding its foes to a 3-point field goal percentage of .278 to rank third in the league and 51st in the nation.

For the season, K-State has held 11 of its 26 foes to 49-points or less, including a season-low of 20 to Dartmouth in the season-opener. This is the first time since the 1975-76 season that a K-State team has held 11 or more foes to 49-points or less. The Wildcats held five straight opponents to 49-points or less from Dec. 7 to Dec. 20, which was the longest stretch since Feb. 21-March 8, 1975.

Outside of the first two games of the last two seasons (when a scoring average did not exist yet for those teams), K-State has held 48 of the 54 opponents under the scoring average they entered the game against K-State with.

During the last 11 seasons, K-State is 70-3 (.959) when holding an opponent to 49 points or less. In the Deb Patterson-era, K-State has held opponents to 30 points or less five times.

K-State held Dartmouth to just 20 points on a field goal percentage of 13.2 percent (7-of-53). The 20 points allowed were the fewest in a season-opener in the 44-year history of the program. It was the fewest points yielded by the K-State defense since Dec. 1, 2006, when the Wildcats allowed 18 to Mississippi Valley State.

In 2010-11, K-State held nine of its 32 foes to point totals of 49 points or less, which tied for fourth in school history for holding an opponent to 49 points or less. For the season, K-State allowed its foes to score 56.31 points per game. The Wildcats ranked third in the Big 12 and 36th in the nation in points allowed.

Chambers Looking at Top-10 on Career Scoring List
Brittany Chambers continues to climb the K-State career scoring list this season and has an opportunity to reach 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 1,300 points in 90 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 69 games (76.7 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.