Wildcats Wrap Up Big 12 Road Slate at Iowa State

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Feb. 27, 2012

Kansas State Game Notes (PDF)

Game 29
Kansas State (18-10, 9-7 Big 12) at Iowa State (17-10, 8-8 Big 12)  
February 29, 2012 | 7 p.m. | Hilton Coliseum (14,356) | Ames, Iowa

Play-by-Play: BJ Schaben; Color Analysis: Lyndsey Fennelly

Available within the state of Iowa to Mediacom cable subscribers

K-State Sports Network
Play-by-Play: Brian Smoller; Color Analysis: Randy Peterson

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

Ticket Information
Visit www.cyclones.com or call the Iowa State athletic ticket office at (515) 294-1816

Series History and Notes
Kansas State leads the series with Iowa State, 46-30... K-State is 16-17 against the Cyclones in Ames... The Wildcats lost the last meeting between the teams, 66-57, on Jan. 25 in Manhattan... K-State’s last win over Iowa State in Ames came on Feb. 13, 2008, which was a 45-42 decision... Head coach Deb Patterson is 14-20 against the Cyclones... This will be K-State’s third game on Feb. 29 in the program’s 44-year history.

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State will conclude its Big 12 road schedule on Wednesday night at 7 p.m., as the Wildcats travel to Ames, Iowa to face Iowa State. Wednesday night’s matchup will be a tussle between the fourth (K-State) and fifth-place teams (Iowa State) in the Big 12, with K-State holding a one-game lead over the Cyclones. A win by the Wildcats would be the seventh road win this season and would guarantee K-State a winning road mark in Big 12 action (4-4).

Wednesday night’s game will be available on the K-State Sports Network, as the award-winning Brian Smoller delivers the play-by-play and K-State assistant director of athletics communications Randy Peterson handles the color analysis.

K-State will look to get past its 61-56 overtime loss at Missouri on Saturday. This was the fourth overtime game Kansas State has played this season, which are the most extra session contests K-State has played in a season since the 2005-06 campaign. The Wildcats held a 7-point lead with 3:51 remaining in regulation but a 3-of-6 performance from the foul line in the final minute and timely shooting from the Tigers sealed the upset win for Missouri.

K-State was led on Saturday afternoon by the duo of Tasha Dickey and  Jalana Childs. Dickey, a candidate for Big 12 Newcomer of the Year honors, paced the Wildcats with 18 points of 7-of-15 shooting including a career-high tying three connections from beyond the arc. The senior from Sandy, Utah, is K-State’s third-leading scorer and ranks 25th in the Big 12 in scoring this season with 10.3 points per game. For the season, Dickey has reached double figures in 14 games and has made two or more 3-pointers in nine games.

Childs tallied 15 points to boost her career total to 1,142 to rank 25th in school history. The senior from Orlando, Fla., is second on the team this season and ninth in the Big 12 in scoring (14.0 ppg) and ranks in the top-10 in the league with a career-best free throw percentage of .758. Childs, a 2011 All-Big 12 second team selection, has boosted her point production over the last five games, as she is averaging 16. 4 points per game.

Childs has the opportunity to ascend a pair of K-State career lists on Wednesday night, as she needs 11 points to move into 24th on the career scoring list and needs 48 points to climb into the top-20. When she takes the floor on Wednesday night, she will tie for 10th in school history for career games played (126).

Following Wednesday night’s game, the Wildcats return to Manhattan to honor its five seniors on Senior Night to conclude the regular season on Saturday night at 6 p.m., against Texas Tech. Fans can take advantage of a Wildcat Weekend by bringing their men’s basketball ticket from Saturday afternoon’s game to purchase a general admission ticket to the women’s game for just $3. To purchase tickets, please contact the K-State Athletics ticket office at (800) 221-CATS or visit www.kstatesports.com/tickets.

At a Glance: Iowa State
Iowa State (17-10, 8-8 Big 12) hosts K-State in its final home game of the season. The Cyclones are 13-2 this season in the friendly confines of Hilton Coliseum with the losses coming to Baylor and Texas A&M early in league action. Iowa State rebounded from an 0-5 start in Big 12 play to go 8-3 over the last 11 games to draw even and pull to within one game behind K-State for fourth place in the league standings. The Cyclones will look to shake off the effects of a 71-63 loss on Saturday at Oklahoma State.

On the sidelines, Iowa State is led by 17th-year head coach Bill Fennelly. The 1979 graduate of William Penn owns a 372-170 (.686) mark during his time in Ames.

The Cyclones are led on the floor this season by junior Chelsea Poppens and sophomore Hallie Christofferson. Poppens leads Iowa State in both scoring and rebounding with averages of 15.2 and 11.3, respectively. The 6-2 forward from Aplington, Iowa, leads the Big 12 in rebounding is fifth in scoring and is fifth in the league in field goal percentage at .511. In Stillwater on Saturday, Poppens tallied her league-leading 14th double-double of the season with 19 points and a game-high 17 rebounds. Poppens garnered Big 12 Player of the Week honors for Feb. 27 after averaging 22 points and 16.5 rebounds last week.

Christofferson is second on the team in scoring and rebounding with averages of 10.3 and 6.0. Against Oklahoma State, the 6-3 forward notched three points and also pulled in eight rebounds.

Wildcats Among RPI, Strength of Schedule Rankings
Kansas State (18-10, 9-7 Big 12) has played one of the most difficult schedules in the program’s 44-year history and the Wildcats’ resume has been the benefactor. Entering the season, the Wildcats’ non-conference slate included six opponents who reached a postseason tournament during the 2010-11 season. K-State has defeated five teams this season who have won 20 or more games.

This non-conference schedule was in addition to the new 18-game Big 12 schedule in 2011-12. K-State finished the non-conference schedule with a 9-3 record, before navigating through the number one RPI league in the country. K-State is one of just three teams in the Big 12 with a winning record on the road in both overall and league contests.

After 28 games on Feb. 27, K-State ranks second in the nation in strength of schedule according to the NCAA, RealTime RPI and Collegiate Basketball News. The Wildcats own a 13-8 mark against teams in the NCAA RPI report in the top-100 including a 7-7 mark against teams in the top-50.

K-State in Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) Rankings - as of Feb. 27
NCAA - 12
Collegiate Basketball News - 12
RealTime RPI - 12

K-State in Strength of Schedule Rankings - as of Feb. 27
NCAA - 3
Collegiate Basketball News - 3
RealTime RPI - 3

K-State Converting Turnovers to Offense
This season, Kansas State has used an opportune defense to create additional scoring chances. The Wildcats have forced its opponents into 17.1 turnovers per game this season which has been boosted by 8.3 steals per game. The Wildcats rank third in the Big 12 in turnover margin at +2.5.

The 8.3 steals per contest this season is the highest average to date since the Wildcats finished the 2005-06 season with a 8.8 steals per game average (300 steals in 34 games). K-State is on pace this season for 250 steals at the conclusion of the regular season which would be the most steals since the 2006-07 season (263).

After an opponents’ turnover, Kansas State has used the extra possessions to score 429 points off turnovers, which accounts for 26.5 percent of K-State’s points this season (15.3 per game). K-State has outscored its opponents this season in the points off turnovers category by 90 points (339). K-State has held the edge in points off turnovers in 17 games this season with a 12-5 mark in those contests.