Wildcats Visit Jayhawks in Regular Season Finale
Wildcats Visit Jayhawks in Regular Season Finale
March 3, 2011
Kansas State (19-9, 9-6 Big 12) at Kansas (19-10, 6-9 Big 12)
March 5, 2011 | 6:30 p.m. | Allen Fieldhouse (16,300) | Lawrence, Kan.
Play-by-Play: Brenda VanLengen; Color Analysis: Cindy Stein
K-State Sports Network
Play-by-Play: Brian Smoller; Color Analysis: Missy Heidrick
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Series History and Notes
One of the longest continuous rivalries in all of women’s college basketball, as this will be the 102nd matchup between the schools... K-State leads the series, 59-42... The Wildcats and Jayhawks are tied 24-24 in games played in Lawrence, while K-State has won seven of the last nine meetings in Allen Fieldhouse... K-State head coach Deb Patterson owns a 21-11 mark against the Jayhawks... K-State won the last meeting between the schools, 65-60, in Manhattan, Kan., on Jan. 29, 2011.
MANHATTAN, Kan. - K-State will close out the 2010-11 regular season on Saturday night, as the Wildcats visit in-state rival Kansas at 6:30 p.m., for the 102nd meeting of the Dillons Sunflower Showdown. The Wildcats will look to secure its 20th win of the season, which would be the 22nd time in school history that Kansas State has achieved the 20-win mark. K-State will also look to capture its 10th win in Big 12 action for the seventh time.
Saturday’s matchup between the Wildcats and Jayhawks will be televised live to a national audience on FSN, as Brenda VanLengen and Cindy Stein call the action. K-State owns an all-time record of 87-57 (.604) in televised games, including a 9-5 mark in televised contests this season. The Wildcats are 56-39 (.589) on the FSN family of networks, including a 7-1 mark this season.
The contest will also be available on the K-State Sports Network and for free at www.kstatesports.com, as the award-winning Brian Smoller delivers the play-by-play and former Wildcat letterwinner Missy Heidrick provides the color analysis.
Kansas State (19-9, 9-6 Big 12) bolstered its NCAA Tournament resume on Wednesday night, as the Wildcats recorded the fourth win in school history over a Top-5 opponent with a 71-67 victory over No. 5/5 Texas A&M. It was the highest ranked opponent K-State has defeated since 2002 at No. 4 Iowa State, 69-63, in Ames. The victory marked the highest ranked opponent the Wildcats have defeated in Bramlage Coliseum and the highest since K-State set down No. 2 Old Dominion on Dec. 4, 1982, 58-50, in Ahearn Field House.
The Wildcats were led by All-Big 12 candidate Brittany Chambers, who recorded a career night with a career-best of 35 points on 11-of-19 shooting which included a career-high seven 3-point field goals. Chambers’ 35 points were the fifth-highest in school history for a game and the most since Kendra Wecker set the school record with 41 on Nov. 26, 2004. Her seven connections from beyond the arc is tied for fifth in school history with nine other players. For the season, Chambers ranks 10th in the Big 12 in scoring and leads the team with a 16.4 points per game average. Her 459 points this season ranks seventh in school history for points by a sophomore. Her 2.9 made three-point field goals per game leads the league, while her 5.5 rebounds ranks second on the team.
Joining Chambers in double figures on Wednesday night were sophomore Taelor Karr and junior Branshea Brown. Karr tallied 14 points and three steals while Brown notched 10 points and eight rebounds. Karr has registered consecutive double figure scoring efforts and ranks third on the team and 26th in the Big 12 with 10.1 points per game.
Brown is K-State’s leading rebounder with 5.9 per game and ranks sixth in the Big 12 for offensive rebounds per game.
Streaks, Trends, Milestones, etc.
K-State has made at least one 3-point field goal in 136 consecutive games, dating back to Feb. 7, 2007... Brittany Chambers has 12 career games with 20 or more points and two games with 30+ points... Chambers has scored in double figures in 45 of 60 career games... Chambers has made a 3-point field goal in 55 of her 60 games as a Wildcat... She has made four or more 3-point field goals in a game 14 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 19 games this season and 32 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 31 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 12 games this season and has 28 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 32 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 298-173 (.633) and a record of 128-111 (.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 171-50 (.774) 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 801-476 (.627). The Wildcats have accumulated 21 20-win seasons and have secured 241 victories inside Bramlage Coliseum. K-State has 128 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 67 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 298.
K-State was the fifth program out of six to reach the milestone this season, joining Stanford, Georgia, Penn State and Long Beach State and Belmont.
At a Glance: Kansas
Kansas (19-10, 6-9 Big 12) will look to split the season series with the Wildcats this season, but will attempt to shakeoff the effects of a 72-36 loss at Iowa State on Tuesday. Entering the game with the Cyclones, the Jayhawks had won four of their last five outings including two in overtime.
On the sideline, Kansas is led by seventh year head coach, Bonnie Henrickson. During her time in Lawrence, Henrickson has accumulated an 115-105 (.523) record and guided the Jayhawks to the 2010 Postseason WNIT, which was the third straight appearance in the postseason event for Kansas. In her career, Henrickson owns a 273-167 (.620) mark and guided Virginia Tech to five NCAA Tournament appearances.
The Jayhawks are led on the floor by sophomore forward Carolyn Davis and sophomore guard Monica Engelman. Davis leads the team with 18.6 points and 7.0 rebounds per contest.
Engelman is averaging 12.0 points and has also pulled in 4.2 rebounds per game this season. She is the team’s leading three-point shooter this season, as she is 36-of-89 (.404) from beyond the arc.
Marching Toward the Finish Line
During the third month of the year but the final month of the basketball season, K-State owns a 107-75 (.588) record in March. March became the fourth month in the program’s history to surpass the 100-win plateau with the win over Tennessee-Chattanooga in the first round of the 2008 NCAA Tournament. Head coach Deb Patterson is 40-26 (.606) in March, which includes both regular season and postseason contests.
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 204-32 (.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 241-89 (.729), including a 13-2 mark this season. During the last 10 seasons, K-State is 128-28 (.821) in Bramlage Coliseum and are 79-41 (.658) in Big 12 home contests.
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
With its 71-67 win over No. 5/5 Texas A&M on March 2, Kansas State recorded its first win over a top-5 opponent in Bramlage Coliseum. The last time K-State defeated a top-5 foe in Manhattan was Dec. 4, 1982 against No. 2 Old Dominion, 69-63. The win was also the first top-5 win by the Wildcats since Jan. 2, 2002 at Iowa State, 69-63. The win was the first in school history over a team ranked No. 5 in the Associated Press poll (1-6).
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).
Kansas State has now defeated two AP top-15 opponents in the same season for the first time since the 2007-08 campaign when K-State defeated No. 13 Texas A&M on Jan. 9 and No. 15 Texas on Jan. 13.
The Wildcats own a record against teams ranked in the AP poll of 67-151 (.307), including a 40-42 (.488) mark against AP ranked teams in Manhattan.
In the the Deb Patterson era, K-State is 41-81 (.336) against teams ranked in the AP poll and is 28-22 (.560) 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 4,068 fans this season after 15 home games which equates to 61,013 total fans. K-State ranks 24th 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 1,158,486 fans (avg.: 5,242 per game; 221 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 1,249,525 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 28 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 11-6 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.
Wildcats’ Defense Ranks Among Top-35 in Nation
The Wildcats have put together a solid defensive effort during the 2010-11 season. K-State has held nine of its first 28 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 55.68 points, which ranks third in the Big 12 and 32nd in the nation. K-State has also held its foes to a field goal percentage of .373, which ranks fourth in the Big 12 and 71st 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 23 of the other 26 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 five overall victories and four 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 727 points in the lane (26.9 points in the lane per game), while holding its foes to 662 (24.5 per game). This represents 41.8 percent of the Wildcats’ total scoring, while three-point field goals account for 30.0 percent.
Last season, K-State was outscored in the lane, 942-718, and last had the edge in the paint at the conclusion of the 2008-09 season (940-856).
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.
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 are second in the league with 6.7 three-point field goals made per game (101 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 eight home Big 12 games, K-State has made 63 three-point field goals which is an average of 7.9 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 81-of-209 (.388) from long range and leads the Big 12 in three-point field goals made per game (2.9), which includes a season-best performances of 7-of-12 against Texas A&M on March 2. She is the first Wildcat to connect on at least seven 3-point field goals in a game since Kendra Wecker made eight against Illinois State on Nov. 26, 2004. She is sophomore record holder for three-point field goals made and is the first player to make 80+ in a season since Laurie Koehn made 98 in the 2004-05 season.
For her career, Chambers is 146-of-380 (.384) from the 3-point line and is the first Wildcat since Dietz to register consecutive seasons with 60 or more made three-point field goals. Her career three-point field goal percentage ranks tied for sixth in school history, while her 146 career makes rank ninth in school history for a career. Her 380 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 42-of-133 (.316), 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 98-of-278 (.353) 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 449 of the team’s 1009 rebounds this season (44.5 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 5.5 and 4.8, respectively, while Mariah White is averaging 4.3.
Chambers, who is second on the team in rebounding this season, has pulled in 155 total rebounds which includes a season-high 13 rebounds against Dartmouth on Dec. 29. She also leads the team in defensive rebounds per game (110; 3.9 drpg), where 71.0 percent of her rebounds have come from. For her career, she has 34 games with five or more rebounds including seven games with 10 or more and has 340 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 26 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 boosted her career season-high with 119 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 26.5 points per game this season, as Chambers paces the squad and ranks 10th in the Big 12 with a 16.4 points per game average, while Karr is third on the team and 26th in the league at 10.1.
Among the Big 12 scoring leaders, the Oklahoma pair of Danielle Robinson (18.8 ppg) and Aaryn Ellenberg (16.9) pace the league in backcourt scoring duos at 35.7 per game while Texas’ Chassidy Fussell (17.0 ppg) and Kathleen Nash (14.0) rank second at 31.0 points per game. Chambers and Karr rank third in the league with their average of 26.5.
Chambers Sizzling For Cats
With her career-high performance of 35 points against Texas A&M, sophomore Brittany Chambers put a stamp on her candidacy as an All-Big 12 performer. She is the 19th player in school history to score 30+ points in a contest and is the 10th to register two or more in a career (40th time) in the program’s 43 seasons. Her 35 points were the most since Kendra Wecker set the school record for points in a single game with 41 against Illinois State on Nov. 26, 2004. Chambers’ total ranks tied for fifth in school history for a single game.
To reach her career-high in points, Chambers was 11-of-19 from the floor, including a career-best seven connections from beyond the arc. It was her fourth effort this season with 10 or more made field goals and her 10th contest with four or more made 3-point field goals. She has scored in double figures in 23 games this season, including nine contests with 20 or more points.
Chambers registered her previous career-high performance of 32 points at Nebraska on Feb. 19, which is her career-high in road contests. Her total of 32 points ties her for 15th in school history for most points in a single game. Contributing to her 32-point effort, Chambers was a career-best 13-of-18 from the field and notched six connections from beyond the arc. She was just the third player in school history to register to 30+ points without making a free throw and the first since 1994.
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).
This season, Chambers has scored 459 points and leads the squad, ranks 10th in the Big 12 and 116th in the nation with a points per game average of 16.4. Among the sophomore guards in the NCAA Division I scoring rankings this week, Chambers ranks 11th. Her 459 points this season ranks seventh in school history for points by a sophomore.
In league games, Chambers is averaging 17.3 points per game to rank 10th and is shooting 47.8 percent from the field to rank 10th. During the last eight games, Chambers is averaging 20.3 points and is shooting 50.4 percent from the field including 43.7 percent from beyond the arc.
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 847 points in 60 career games (14.1 ppg). She has scored in double figures in 45 career games including 12 games with 20 or more points. Her career scoring total ranks fourth in school history for combined points in a freshman and sophomore campaign. With 71 points she will move into third and pass Laurie Koehn (2001-05; 917). She is the 11th player in school history to tally 300+ points in each of her first two seasons as a Wildcat.
For the season, Chambers’ point total of 459 ranks seventh in school history for points by a sophomore. With four points, she will pass Eileen Feeney (1977-78; 462) and Shanele Stires (1993-94; 462) for fifth in school history. With 15 points, Chambers will surpass Megan Mahoney (2002-03; 473) for fourth in school history.
Chambers Moves Into Top-10 for Career 3-Pt FGs
Brittany Chambers continues to be a deep threat for the Wildcats, shooting 81-of-209 (.388) from beyond the arc this season. She ranks first in the Big 12 and 28th in the nation in three-point field goals made per game at 2.9. She ranks third in the nation among sophomore guards for 3-point field goals made per game. Her .388 three-point shooting percentage ranks eighth in the Big 12 and 77th in the nation.
Her 81 connections from beyond the arc school record for 3-point field goals made by a sophomore. Chambers is the fourth player in school history to make 80 or more 3-point field goals in a season and her 81 connections ranks sixth in school history for a single season.
This season, Chambers has made two or more 3-point field goals in 21 games, including 10 games with four or more connections from deep. She tallied her career-high performance with seven connections against Texas A&M on March 2. She became the first Wildcat to make six 3-point field goals in three games in a season since Laurie Koehn made six or more in four games during the 2003-04 season.
For her career, Chambers has 55 career games with a 3-point field goal including 14 games with four or more connections from beyond the arc. She is 146-of-380 (.384) in 60 games with the Wildcats and ranks ninth in school history for career 3-point field goals made and 10th for three-point field goals attempted. Her current career percentage ranks tied for sixth 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.
Childs Tallies 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 18th in the Big 12 with a career-best scoring average of 13.5 points (377 points) for all games and ranks 12th for league-only games and leads the Wildcats with 15.7 points per game (235 points). Her field goal percentage of .458 for all games this season ranks 107th in the nation. She is also pulling down 4.5 rebounds per game for all games and 4.5 in league games.
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 33 career games, including 19 this season and a current stretch of nine 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 717 points and is the second Wildcat this season to reach the 700-point club for a career (Brittany Chambers).
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).
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 45.1 percent from the field. For the season, Karr ranks third on the team in scoring and (10.1), rebounding (4.8 rpg) and assists (2.0 apg) and is second in steals (1.5 spg) and three-point shooting (42-of-133; .316).
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 32 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 574 career points (9.6 ppg) and was the third Wildcat this season to reach the 500-point plateau (Brittany Chambers and Jalana Childs). With 26 points, she will join Chambers and Childs as the third player to reach the 600-point mark for her career this season.
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.
Against Texas A&M on March 2, Karr notched three steals which is her 12th effort this season with two or more steals. For her career, Karr has 92 steals and has 29 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 5.6 points on a .444 field goal percentage, a team-leading 0.8 blocks and a team-leading and career-best 5.9 rebounds per game and is fourth in steals with 1.1. She ranks 15th in the Big 12 in blocks per game and sixth in offensive rebounds per game (2.8 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 77, which represents 46.7 percent of her total rebounds.
For her career, she has 31 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 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 28 games, White is averaging 4.5 points and leads the team with 3.9 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 tied for 10th in league contests (3.5 apg) and fifth in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.6) for all games. Her assist-to-turnover ratio ranks 57th in the nation.
This season, White has already reset her career-highs for points in a game (17), points in a season (125), rebounds in a game (9), rebounds in a season (119), assists in a game (8), assists in a season (110), steals in a game (5) and steals in a season (47). She has also made more free throws this season (39) 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 75 points (2.7 ppg) and dished out a career-high 28 assists. She has also knocked down a career-high 16 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).