Wildcats Host Cyclones in Pink Zone Game
Wildcats Host Cyclones in Pink Zone Game
Feb. 24, 2011
(25/24) Iowa State (19-8, 7-6 Big 12) vs. (--/RV) Kansas State (18-8, 8-5 Big 12)
Feb. 26, 2011 | 7 p.m. | Bramlage Coliseum (12,528) | Manhattan, Kan.
Cox 22/Metro Sports
Play-by-Play: Brian Smoller; Color Analysis: Missy Heidrick
K-State Sports Network
Play-by-Play: Dave Riggert; Color Analysis: Kristin Waller
Live stats and free live audio at www.kstatesports.com
Visit www.kstatesports.com or call the K-State athletic ticket office at (800) 221-CATS
WBCA Pink Zone
- First 4,000 fans will receive a free K-State Pink Zone pink t-shirt
- Silent auction of two K-State pink uniforms at the top of section 6
Pregame Recognition of 800th win
Series History and Notes
Kansas State leads the series with Iowa State, 45-28... The matchup stands at 24-9 in favor of K-State in games played in Manhattan... K-State has won three straight over Iowa State in Manhattan... The Cyclones won the last meeting between the teams on Feb. 13, 2011, 61-53, in Ames... K-State head coach Deb Patterson is 13-18 against Iowa State.
MANHATTAN, Kan. - For the fourth straight season, Kansas State will take part in the WBCA “Pink Zone” initiative as the Wildcats host Iowa State on Saturday night at 7 p.m. K-State will look to close out the month of February with a winning record and to remain in control of fourth-place in the Big 12.
Saturday’s matchup between the Wildcats and Cyclones will be televised live on Cox 22/Metro Sports, as Brian Smoller and Missy Heidrick call the action. K-State owns an all-time record of 86-56 (.606) in televised games, including a 8-4 mark in televised contests this season.
Saturday night’s contest will also be available on the K-State Sports Network and for free at www.kstatesports.com, as Dave Riggert delivers the play-by-play and former Wildcat letterwinner Kristin Waller provides the color analysis.
In K-State’s last game on Wednesday, the Wildcats ran into a buzzsaw as No. 3/3 Baylor defeated the K-State, 75-48, in Waco. The Lady Bears jumped out to an early lead and were bolstered by a 53.8 percent shooting effort. The Wildcats were led by All-Big 12 candidates Jalana Childs and Brittany Chambers. Childs tied her career-high with 22 points on 9-of-16 shooting. For the season, the junior from Orlando, Fla., is second on the team and 15th in the Big 12 with a career-high 13.8 points per game on 46.0 percent shooting and has hauled in 4.7 rebounds per contest. In Big 12 action, Childs has been even better as she leads the team and ranks 10th in the league in scoring with 16.7 points per game and is 13th in field goal percentage at 45.9.
In her last eight games, Childs has averaged 19.3 points and has shot 49.6 percent from the field. In the last four games, Childs has recorded three efforts of 20 or more points.
Chambers registered 15 points, with all of her tallies coming from beyond the arc on five connections. During the contest, Chambers became the first sophomore since the 2002-03 season (Kendra Wecker, 646 points; Megan Mahoney, 473) to score 400+ points in her sophomore campaign (414 points). She also became the third sophomore in school history to make 70+ three-point field goals (73) and moved into second for three-point field goals made by a sophomore by passing Laurie Koehn (72). Chambers’ 73 connections from deep ranks 10th in school history for three-point field goals made in a season. She needs four made three-point field goals to surpass the school record of 76 held by Kristin Rethman in the 1999-00 season.
The sophomore guard from Jordan, Minn., leads the team in overall scoring and ranks 10th in the Big 12 with a career-high 15.9 points per game. She also leads the Big 12 in three-point field goals made per game (2.8) and ranks 10th in three-point field goal percentage (.382). In league action, Chambers ranks second on the team and 11th in the Big 12 with 16.5 points per game while her field goal percentage in league games of 47.4 ranks 10th.
Streaks, Trends, Milestones, etc.
K-State has made at least one 3-point field goal in 133 consecutive games, dating back to Feb. 7, 2007... Brittany Chambers has 10 career games with 20 or more points and one game with 30+ points... Chambers has scored in double figures in 43 of 58 career games... Chambers has made a 3-point field goal in 53 of her 58 games as a Wildcat... She has made four or more 3-point field goals in a game 13 times in her career... She has pulled in five or more rebounds in 34 career games, including 14 games this season... Chambers has eight career games with five or more assists... Jalana Childs has scored in double figures in 18 games this season and 31 games in her career, including a career-high 22 at Nebraska (2/19) and at Baylor (2/23)... 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 11 games this season and has 27 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 30 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 297-172 (.633) and a record of 127-110 (.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 Becomes 13th Program to 800 Wins
With a 69-64 win at Nebraska on Feb. 19, Kansas State became the 13th program in NCAA Division I women’s basketball history to record 800 or more wins. K-State’s record in its 43-year history of women’s basketball stands at 800-475 (.627). The Wildcats have accumulated 21 20-win seasons and have secured 240 victories inside Bramlage Coliseum. K-State has 127 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 297.
K-State is the fifth program to reach the milestone this season, joining Stanford, Georgia, Penn State and Long Beach State.
At a Glance: Iowa State
Iowa State (19-9, 7-6 Big 12) travels to Manhattan as winners of three of their last four contests. In their last game on Monday, Feb. 21, Iowa State defeated Texas, 66-57, in overtime in Ames. The Cyclones will attempt to win just its third road game of the season, as Iowa State is 2-6 away from Hilton Coliseum this season and 1-5 in the Big 12.
On the sidelines, Iowa State is led by 16th-year head coach Bill Fennelly. The 1979 graduate of William Penn owns a 351-157 (.691) mark during his time in Ames. Last season, Fennelly guided Iowa State to a Sweet 16 appearance where they lost to eventual national champion Connecticut.
On the floor, the Cyclones have been led by senior guard Kelsey Bolte and freshman forward Hallie Christofferson. Bolte leads the team and ranks fifth in the Big 12 with a scoring average of 17.5 points per game. In league action she has been even better, averaging 19.7 per contest which ranks third in the league. Against Texas, Bolte carded eight points on 3-of-16 shooting while also pulling in nine rebounds.
Christofferson is averaging 9.6 points and 5.4 rebounds in her first season in Ames. Against the Longhorns, she tallied seven points and six rebounds.
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 190-141 (.574) record in the second month, which percentage-wise, is the lowest month for K-State. Head coach Deb Patterson is 50-60 (.455) 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 234-236 (.498) record in road games during the program’s 43-year history. During the 21st century, K-State owns a 74-56 (.569) mark in road contests and are 91-90 (.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 66-150 (.306), including a 39-41 (.488) mark against AP ranked teams in Manhattan.
In the the Deb Patterson era, K-State is 40-80 (.333) 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 senior this season, the Wildcats have rolled out the youngest starting lineups in the Big 12, as K-State is the only team in the league that has not started a senior in any of its five starting lineup combinations through 26 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 10-5 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.
Cats Putting the Ball in the Basket
Kansas State’s 78-51 win over Colorado on Feb. 16, marked a new season-high for points scored and the most scored since the Wildcats scored 78 against Yale on Jan. 2, 20101. The 78 points were the most in a Big 12 game by the Wildcats since registering 79 against Oklahoma State on Feb. 15, 2009. For the season, K-State is shooting 41.0 percent from the field and have tallied a 42.4 percent effort in Big 12 action.
Earlier this season, K-State defeated Nebraska, 64-37. Combined with the win over Colorado on Feb. 16, the Wildcats have now registered two 25+ point margins of victory in Big 12 action for the first time since the 2007-08 campaign.
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 25 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 55.15 points, which ranks second in the Big 12 and 18th in the nation. K-State has also held its foes to a field goal percentage of .370, which ranks fourth in the Big 12 and 41st 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 21 of the other 24 opponents this season under their scoring average entering the contest with K-State.
Goose Egg From Distance for Red Storm, Sooners
Kansas State has held a pair of ranked opponents this season without a made three-point field goal, including the Big 12’s leader in three-point field goal percentage. On Nov. 13, the Wildcats held St. John’s without a three-point field goal on seven attempts.
On Jan. 12, K-State’s perimeter defense was up to the challenge as it held Oklahoma without a connection from beyond the arc on nine attempts. The Sooners entered the contest as the Big 12 leader in 3-point field goal percentage at .398. This was the sixth time in the last five seasons, including the fourth time in the last two seasons, that K-State has held an opponent without a connection from beyond the arc (3/11/10 vs. Texas Tech; 1/9/10 vs. Kansas).
Working Over the Painted Area
K-State’s improvement of four overall victories and three Big 12 wins this season can be traced to the Wildcats’ success at scoring in the paint and preventing its foes from doing so. The Wildcats have scored 681 points in the lane (26.2 points in the lane per game), while holding its foes to 610 (23.5 per game). This represents 42.1 percent of the Wildcats’ total scoring, while three-point field goals account for 29.9 percent.
Last season, K-State was outscored in the lane, 942-718, and last had the edge in the lane at the conclusion of the 2008-09 season (940-856).
K-State From Downtown
K-State’s current pace from beyond the arc of 6.2 three-point field goals made per game is a shade under 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. However, in Big 12 action the Wildcats lead the league with 6.8 three-point field goals made per game (88 total connections).
The Wildcats improved on both its season percentage and per game connections from beyond the arc during the week of Feb. 14-20, as K-State was 24-of-42 (.571) from long range. On Feb. 16, K-State connected on a season-high 14 three-point field goals against Colorado on 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.
Kansas State followed the effort against the Buffaloes with a 10-of-18 (.556) performance at Nebraska on Feb. 19. This was the first time this season K-State has had consecutive games with 10 or more connections from deep and the first time since Dec. 29, 2010 and Jan. 2, 2011 when the Wildcats were 13-of-25 at UC Davis and 12-of-26 against Yale, respectively.
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 73-of-191 (.382) from long range and ranks first in the Big 12 in three-point field goals made per game (2.8), which includes a season-best performances of 6-of-11 at Dartmouth on Dec. 29 and 6-of-10 at Nebraska. 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. She is the third sophomore to make 70+ three-point field goals in a season and is the first player overall to do so since Kimberly Dietz made 73 in her senior season of 2007-08.
For her career, Chambers is 138-of-362 (.381) 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 eighth in school history, while her 138 career makes rank ninth in school history for a career. Her 362 career 3-point field goal attempts ranks 10th in school history.
Karr is K-State’s second-leading three-point shooter this season, as she is 39-of-121 (.322), 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 14th in the Big 12 in three-point field goals made per game (1.5). For her career, Karr is 95-of-266 (.357) 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 419 of the team’s 955 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 16.0 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 4.7, respectively, while Mariah White is averaging 4.3.
Chambers, who leads the team in rebounding this season, has pulled in 147 total rebounds which includes a season-high 13 rebounds against Dartmouth on Dec. 29. She also leads the team in defensive rebounds per game (105; 4.0 drpg), where 71.4 percent of her rebounds come from. For her career, she has 34 games with five or more rebounds including seven games with 10 or more and has 332 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 25 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 (3.8 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 doubled her career season-high with 112 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 25.8 points per game this season, as Chambers paces the squad and ranks 10th in the Big 12 with a 15.9 points per game average, while Karr is third on the team and 27th in the league at 9.9.
Among the Big 12 scoring leaders, the Oklahoma pair of Danielle Robinson (18.7 ppg) and Aaryn Ellenberg (16.4) pace the league in backcourt scoring duos at 35.1 per game while Texas’ Chassidy Fussell (17.2 ppg) and Kathleen Nash (14.1) rank second at 31.3 points per game. Chambers and Karr rank third in the league with their average of 25.8.
Chambers Sizzling For Cats
With her career-high performance of 32 points at Nebraska on Feb. 19, sophomore Brittany Chambers put a stamp on her candidacy as an All-Big 12 performer. She is now the 19th player in school history to score 30+ points in a contest (39th time) in the program’s 43 seasons. Her total of 32 points ties her for 15th in school history for most points in a single game and was the highest point total by a Wildcat since Ashley Sweat carded 33 against Washington State on Nov. 20, 2009. In two games against Nebraska this season, Chambers has notched 58 points (29.0 ppg) and in five career games against the Huskers she has totaled 97 points (19.4 ppg).
Contributing to her career-high effort of 32, Chambers was a career-best 13-of-18 from the field and tied her career-high with six connections from beyond the arc. It was her third effort this season with 10 or more made field goals and her eighth contest with four or more made 3-point field goals. She has scored in double figures in 21 games, including eight contests with 20 or more points.
This season, Chambers has scored 414 points and leads the squad, ranks 10th in the Big 12 and 104th in the nation with a points per game average of 15.9. Among the sophomore guards in the NCAA Division I scoring rankings this week, Chambers ranks 10th. In league games, Chambers is averaging 16.5 points per game to rank 11th and is shooting 47.4 percent from the field to rank 10th. During the last six games, Chambers is averaging 19.5 points and is shooting 50.6 percent from the field including 43.4 percent from beyond the arc.
At Missouri on Feb. 5, Chambers tallied a then-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.
Chambers Surpasses 800 Points For Career
On Feb. 23 at Baylor, Brittany Chambers surpassed the 800-point plateau for her career and became the fifth player in school history to score a combined 800+ points in their freshman and sophomore seasons. For her career, Chambers has scored 802 points in 58 career games (13.8 ppg). She has scored in double figures in 43 career games including 11 games with 20 or more points. Her career scoring total ranks fifth in school history for combined points in a freshman and sophomore campaign. With nine points she will move into fourth and pass Brit Jacobson (1994-98; 810). She is the 11th player in school history to tally 300+ points in each of her first two seasons as a Wildcat.
Also during the contest with the Lady Bears, Chambers became the first sophomore since the 2002-03 season (Kendra Wecker, 646; Megan Mahoney, 473) to score 400 points in a season (414).
Chambers Moves Into Top-10 for Career 3-PT FGs
Brittany Chambers continues to be a deep threat for the Wildcats, shooting 73-of-191 (.382) from beyond the arc this season. She ranks first in the Big 12 and 31st in the nation in three-point field goals made per game at 2.8. She ranks second in the nation among sophomore guards for 3-point field goals made per game. Her .382 three-point shooting percentage ranks 10th in the Big 12 and 70th in the nation.
Her 73 connections from beyond the arc ranks second in school history for 3-point field goals made by a sophomore. She needs four connections to pass Kristin Rethman (1999-00; 76) for the school record. Chambers is the third sophomore in school history to make 70 or more 3-point field goals in a season and her 73 connections ranks tied for 10th in school history for a single season.
This season, Chambers has made two or more 3-point field goals in 20 games, including nine games with four or more connections from deep. She tallied a pair of career-high performances with six connections at Dartmouth on Dec. 29 and at Nebraska on Feb. 19. She became the first Wildcat to make six 3-point field goals in two games in a season since Laurie Koehn made six or more in four games during the 2003-04 season.
For her career, Chambers has 53 career games with a 3-point field goal including 13 games with four or more connections from beyond the arc. She is 138-of-362 (.381) in 58 games with the Wildcats and ranks ninth in school history for career 3-point field goals made and 10 for three-point field goals attempted. Her current career percentage ranks eighth in school history.
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, Childs Combine For 54; Join Rare Company
Sparking Kansas State to a 69-64 win at Nebraska on Feb. 19, sophomore guard Brittany Chambers and junior Jalana Childs combined for 54 of the Wildcats’ 69 points. In the latter stages of the second half of the contest, Chambers and Childs combined to score 25 of K-State’s final 27 points.
The effort by the two players was historic, as it was the 19th time in school history that two Wildcats have combined to score 50 or more points in a game, but it was the first time since Jan. 29, 2005. K-State is 19-0 when two players combine to score at least 50 points in the same game.
The output by Chambers and Childs ranks tied for the fourth-most points scored by two Wildcats in a single game since the 1986-87 season. Of the 19 games in which two Wildcats scored 50 or more points, Chambers and Childs rank first in terms of percentage of the team’s total points accounted for (78.3).
Childs Nears 700 Points for her Career
Jalana Childs has put her improved low post game on full display during the 2010-11 season and has inserted her name as an All-Big 12 candidate. For the season, Childs is K-State’s second-leading scorer and ranks 15th in the Big 12 with a career-best scoring average of 13.8 points (359 points) for all games and ranks 10th for league-only games and leads the Wildcats with 16.7 points per game (217 points). She is also pulling down 4.7 rebounds per game for all games and 4.9 in league games. In the last eight games, Childs is averaging 19.3 points on a .496 field goal percentage and 4.1 rebounds.
At Baylor on Feb. 23, Childs tied her career-high with 22 points which was her fourth 20+ scoring effort this season and of her career. She has reached double figures in points in 32 career games, including 18 this season and a current stretch of eight straight. She initially set her career-high of 22 points at Nebraska on Feb. 19.
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.
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 699 points and needs one point to become the second Wildcat this season to reach the 700-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 44.4 percent from the field. For the season, Karr ranks third on the team in scoring and (9.9), rebounding (4.7 rpg) and assists (1.8 apg) and is second in steals (1.5 spg) and three-point shooting (39-of-121; .322).
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 548 career points (9.4 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.
At Baylor on Feb. 23, Karr notched two steals which is her 11th effort this season with two or more steals. For her career, Karr has 88 steals and has 28 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 5.5 points on a .435 field goal percentage, a team-leading 0.8 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 fifth in offensive rebounds per game (2.9 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 74, which represents 49.0 percent of her total rebounds.
For her career, she has 29 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 0.8 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 26 games, White is averaging 4.4 points and leads the team with 4.0 assists and 1.7 steals. She is fifth on the team in rebounding with 4.3 per game. Her assists per game ranks ninth in the Big 12 for all games and is ninth for league contests (3.6 apg) and fourth in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.8) for all games. Her assist-to-turnover ratio ranks 46th 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 (112), assists in a game (8), assists in a season (104), steals in a game (5) and steals in a season (43). She has also made more free throws this season (31) than she attempted during her entire freshman campaign in 2009-10 (13).
Queen of the Hill
Prior to this 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 72 points (2.8 ppg) and dished out a career-high 25 assists. She has also knocked down a career-high 15 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 games were more than she had scored in her freshman and sophomore seasons combined (34).