K-State Travels to West Virginia for First Time

Brittany Chambers needs 11 rebounds and one assist to set career-highs for a season in those categories.

Feb. 25, 2013

Game Notes

Game 28
Kansas State at West Virginia
Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013 | 6 p.m. (CT) | WVU Coliseum (14,000) | Morgantown, W.V.

Game Information
TV: WVUsports.com

Radio: K-State Sports Network (PbP: Brian Smoller; Color: Danielle Zanotti)

Internet: Live video on www.wvusports.com (subscription required); free live audio & free live stats at www.kstatesports.com

Tickets: Visit www.wvusports.com or call (304) 293-3541

Kansas State Wildcats (13-14, 4-11 Big 12)
Head Coach: Deb Patterson (Rockford ‘79)
Career Record: 333-203 (.621) 17th year
School Record: Same
Last game: L, 69-50 vs. (rv/24) Iowa State on Feb. 23, 2013
website: www.kstatesports.com
Twitter: @kstatesports, @kstate_gameday, #KStateWBB

West Virginia Mountaineers (16-10, 8-7 Big 12)
Head Coach: Mike Carey (Salem ‘80)
Career Record: 531-239 (.690) - 25th season
School Record: 243-137 (.639) - 12th season
Last game: W, 66-56 at TCU on Feb. 23, 2013
website: www.wvusports.com
Twitter: @WVUSportsBuzz

Series History and Notes
West Virginia leads the series, 1-0... The Mountaineers won the first meeting in the series, 66-52, on Jan. 12, 2013 in Manhattan.

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State will return to the road on Tuesday, as the Wildcats travel to West Virginia for the first time in the program’s 45-year history. Tip-off in Morgantown is set for 6 p.m. (CT) at the WVU Coliseum. K-State will look to halt a three-game skid and a four-game losing streak in road games.

In the history of the program, the Wildcats have played a regular season or postseason tournament game in 41 of the 50 states. Tuesday’s game will mark the 42nd state. The remaining eight states are: Alaska, Delaware, Hawaii, Kentucky, Maine, North Dakota, Rhode Island and Vermont.

Tuesday night’s game will be broadcast on the radio through the K-State Sports Network and for free online at kstatesports.com/allaccess. Handling the radio broadcast will be the award-winning Brian Smoller on play-by-play and former Wildcat letterwinner Danielle Zanotti with the analysis. Fans can also follow the free live stats at kstatesports.com and receive updates on Twitter by following @kstate_gameday.

Kansas State’s senior duo of Brittany Chambers and Mariah White again teamed up to register a large combined point total, but Iowa State had four players in double figures to defeat the Wildcats on Saturday in Bramlage Coliseum, 69-50.

K-State (13-14, 4-11 Big 12) saw Chambers and White combine for 35 of the Wildcats’ 50 points. In the first meeting against Iowa State in Ames, Chambers and White set the school record for combined points by two teammates with 59 points.

Chambers registered a game-high 18 points, reaching double digits in scoring for the 25th game this season and the 99th of her career. The native of Jordan, Minn., also added seven rebounds, four assists and a steal to her final stat line. With her seven rebounds, Chambers moved into eighth on the K-State career rebounds list with 782. Her four assists moved her into ninth on the school’s career assists list with 325.

For the season, Chambers is the only player in the Big 12 to score 500 or more points (518), grab 200 or more rebounds (201) and dish out 80 or more assists (84). She is the seventh player to reach this milestone in league history and the 10th time is has been achieved. She joins former Wildcats Nicole Ohlde and Kendra Wecker as the only players in school history to achieve these numbers in a single season. The 518 points are a career-high for Chambers. She needs 11 rebounds to set a new career-high and one assist for a career-high. She also needs three steals (36) to set a new career-high in that category as well.

White notched 17 points on 6-of-10 shooting, four assists, three rebounds and three steals. The product of Midwest City, Okla., has reached double digits in points six times this season, all in Big 12 play.

At a Glance: West Virginia
West Virginia (16-10, 8-7 Big 12) has won three of its last four games, including a 66-56 win at TCU on Saturday. The three wins have all come away from WVU Coliseum. The last home win for the Mountaineers came on Feb. 3 when they defeated Oklahoma, 82-63.

Leading the Mountaineers in his 12th season is head coach Mike Carey. A 1980 graduate of Salem, Carey owns a 243-137 (.639) mark during his time in Morgantown. In his 25 seasons as a head coach, Carey has tabulated a 531-239 (.690) mark. He garnered a pair of Big East Coach of the Year honors and has led the Mountaineers to three straight NCAA Tournament appearances and four in the last five seasons.

On the floor, West Virginia is guided by a pair of junior backcourt players. Leading the charge for the Mountaineers is 5-9 guard Christal Caldwell with an average of 12.9 points and 4.4 rebounds per game.

Just behind Caldwell is Taylor Palmer, a 5-9 guard from Mount Vernon, N.Y. For the season, Palmer is averaging 10.2 points per game. In West Virginia’s win at TCU on Saturday, Palmer led the Mountaineers with 19 points on a 5-of-10 effort from beyond the arc.

Chambers 3rd on Career Scoring List
Brittany Chambers, a two-time All-Big 12 First Team selection and 2013 Senior CLASS Award finalist, continues to climb the career scoring list at K-State and etch her name among the great scorers in the program’s 45-year history. This season, Chambers leads the Wildcats, ranks second in the Big 12 and 24th in the nation in scoring with a career-high average of 19.2 points per game. Her 518 points this season are a new career-high for a season and ranks as the eighth highest point total by a K-State senior in the program’s history. She is the only player in the Big 12 to record 500 or more points, 200 or more rebounds and 80 or more assists.

For her career, Chambers has scored 1,896 points in 125 career games (15.2 ppg) to rank third in school history for total points scored and sixth for career scoring average. She is second among active players in the Big 12 this season for career points. She was the 37th player in school history to reach the 1,000-point plateau on Dec. 7, 2011, and became the 10th player in school history to tally 1,500 career points on Dec. 9, 2012.  

After not scoring in her first career game on Nov. 14, 2009, she has scored in every game since (124 consecutive) and owns the third-longest consecutive scoring streak in school history behind Ashley Sweat (131 games) and Nicole Ohlde (126). The 2012-13 All-America candidate has scored in double figures in 99 career games (79.2 percent). She is the the fifth player among the Big 12 schools and third player in school history to record 1,800 points, 775 rebounds and 300 assists. She is the fourth player in school history to score 400+ points in three straight seasons and the first since the 2004-05 season (Kendra Wecker).

White Hot in February
Mariah White, known for her passing skills, has taken her scoring up a notch during her final season with the Wildcats. During the a three-game stretch from Feb. 2-9, the senior from Midwest City, Okla., averaged 19.3 points on a .690 field goal percentage which included a career-high 25 points at Iowa State on Feb. 9. During the month of February, White is averaging 14.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 4.0 rebounds.

For the season, she is averaging a career-high 7.5 points per game while shooting a career-high .533 from the field, including .471 from beyond the arc. For her career, White surpassed the 500-point mark and the 400-assist mark. She is the fourth player in school history to achieve this feat.

Bri for Three    
Freshman guard Bri Craig has been able to attack defenses from beyond the arc in her debut season. She ranks sixth in the Big 12 in 3-point field goals made per game (2.0) and is 50-of-177 (.282) from deep, including a career-high five made three-pointers at Oklahoma State on Feb. 16. She has made two or more 3-point field goals in a game 13 times, including six games with four or more made 3-point field goals. She is the first freshman since the 2009-10 season to have five or more games with 4 or more made 3-point field goals in a game.

She is the sixth K-State freshman to make 50 or more 3-point field goals in her debut season at K-State and the first since the 2009-10 season.