K-State Sends Off Five Seniors Saturday Night

Four-year letterwinners Branshea Brown (left) and Jalana Childs will be honored with fellow seniors Tasha Dickey, JuliAnne Chisholm and Emma Ostermann before Saturday's game.

March 1, 2012

Kansas State Game Notes (PDF)

Game 30
Texas Tech (17-12, 5-12 Big 12) vs. Kansas State (18-11, 9-8 Big 12)
March 3, 2012 | 6 p.m. | Bramlage Coliseum (12,528) | Manhattan, Kan.

Ticket Information
Visit www.kstatesports.com or call the Kansas State athletic ticket office at (800) 221-CATS

Senior Night

“Wildcat Weekend”
- Fans who present their men’s basketball ticket from the March 3 game against Oklahoma State will receive a general admission ticket for $3

Kansas Now 22
Play-by-Play: Brian Smoller; Color Analysis: Missy Heidrick

Available within the state of Kansas to Cox Cable subscribers

K-State Sports Network
Play-by-Play: Matt Walters; Color Analysis: Kristin Waller

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

Series History and Notes
Kansas State leads the series, 11-10... The Wildcats held off Texas Tech in the first meeting in Lubbock this season, 62-61, on Jan. 14... K-State is 4-3 in contests played in Manhattan... K-State has won eight of the last 10 meetings between the two schools... Texas Tech won the last meeting between the teams in Manhattan, 75-67 in overtime, on Feb. 24, 2010... Head coach Deb Patterson is 10-10 against Texas Tech.

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State will conclude its regular season schedule on Saturday night, as K-State hosts Texas Tech in the home finale on Senior Night. The Wildcats will look to end its home schedule with a win for the fourth time in the last five seasons. 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.

Prior to the game at 5:45 p.m., K-State will honor its five seniors on the roster: Branshea Brown, Jalana Childs, JuliAnne Chisholm, Tasha Dickey and Emma Ostermann. This senior class has combined for 77 wins, two NCAA Tournament appearances and five Academic All-Big 12 honors. Brown and Childs are the lone four-year letterwinners, while Chisholm and Ostermann joined the program in 2010 and Dickey came to Manhattan in the summer of 2011.

Saturday night’s game will be broadcast on Kansas Now 22, as Brian Smoller and former K-State letterwinner Missy Heidrick call the action. This will be the 160th K-State women’s basketball game to be broadcast on television. K-State holds an all-time record of 98-61 (.616) in televised games.

The game will also be available on the K-State Sports Network and for free at www.kstatesports.com, as Matt Walters handles the play-by-play and former Wildcat letterwinner Kristin Waller handles the color analysis.

K-State will look to shake off the effects of a two-game skid, as the Wildcats fell on Wednesday at Iowa State, 57-33. The 33 points were the fewest scored by the Wildcats in the Deb Patterson era and the fewest since scoring 33 on Jan. 8, 1993 at Colorado.

The Wildcats had two players reach double figures on Wednesday night, as Dickey and Childs combined for 21 points. Dickey carded a team-high 11 points which all came in the first half. For the second straight game, the product of Sandy, Utah, connected on a career-high tying three 3-point field goals. Over the last five games, Dickey is averaging 13.0 points per game and 2.2 connections from beyond the arc.

Childs, for the 22nd time this season, reached double figures with 10 points. The forward from Orlando, Fla., is averaging 15.3 points per game in the last six games. By taking the floor on Wednesday night, Childs has now played in 126 career games and is tied for 10th in school history in games played.

Following Saturday night’s game, the Wildcats will travel to Kansas City for the 2012 Phillips 66 Big 12 Women’s Basketball Championships. K-State, who is guaranteed a first round bye, will play on Thursday in Municipal Auditorium. For ticket information, visit www.big12sports.com or contact Ticketmaster.

At a Glance: Texas Tech
Texas Tech (17-12, 5-12 Big 12) opened the season with 14 straight, but have picked up just three wins in the last 15 games. The Lady Raiders enter the regular season finale in Manhattan on a five-game losing streak after falling on Wednesday night in their home finale, 71-62, to Oklahoma.

From the bench, head coach Kristy Curry is in her sixth season leading the Lady Raiders. The 1988 graduate is 105-85 (.553) during her time in Lubbock and guided the program to an NCAA Tournament appearance last season.

On the floor, Texas Tech has five players averaging 7.0 or more points per game this season. The only Lady Raider averaging double figures in scoring is senior Kierra Mallard. Mallard, a forward/center from Dallas, Texas, is averaging team-highs with 11.1 points and 8.0 rebounds. Mallard ranks sixth in the Big 12 in rebounding and is sixth in the league in offensive rebounds with 2.8 per game.

Against the Sooners on Wednesday, Texas Tech was led by junior guard Casey Morris. The product of Fairfield, Calif., poured in 19 points and picked up three steals. Morris is Texas Tech’s second-leading scorer this season at 9.6 per game.

Childs Climbs into Top-25 for Career Points    
Over the last two seasons, Jalana Childs has been a strong post presence for the Wildcats. Childs is second on the team this season in scoring with a career-high average of 13.8 points per game and ranks 10th in the Big 12 in the category. For the season, she is shooting .442 from the field and a career-best .763 from the foul line. She ranks 14th in the league with her field goal percentage and ninth with her free throw percentage.

The product of Orlando, Fla., has tallied 22 games in double figures this season including seven games with 20 or more points. During a three-game stretch from Nov. 24-Dec. 7 this season, Childs tallied three straight games with 20 or more points for an average of 21.0 points per game. In the last six games, she is averaging 15.3 points per game on a .427 field goal percentage.

For her career, Childs was the 38th player in school history to surpass the 1,000-point mark, as she achieved the feat on Jan. 17 against Oklahoma with a free throw. In her career, she has scored 1,152 points to rank 24th in school history. Childs has scored in double figures in 57 career games including at least 20 points in 11 contests.

Childs joined Brittany Chambers in the 1,000-point club, which is the first time since the 2008-09 season that K-State has had at least two players on its roster with 1,000 career points. Childs is the 14th forward in K-State history to reach the 1,000-point mark and the eighth forward to reach the mark in her senior season.