Wildcats Face Cyclones in Big 12 Quarterfinals

2012 All-Big 12 first team member Jalana Childs leads K-State to Kansas City for the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championships.

March 5, 2012

Kansas State Game Notes (PDF)

Game 31
2012 Phillips 66 Big 12 Championships
Kansas State (18-12, 9-9 Big 12) vs. Iowa State (18-11, 9-9 Big 12)
March 8, 2012 | 12 p.m. | Municipal Auditorium (9,308) | Kansas City, Mo.

Play-by-Play: Ron Thulin; Color Analysis: Cindy Stein

K-State Sports Network
Play-by-Play: Brian Smoller; Color Analysis: Missy Heidrick

Free live stats at www.big12sports.com and free live audio at ww.kstatesports.com

Ticket Information
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Series History and Notes
Kansas State leads the series with Iowa State, 46-31... The Wildcats lost the last meeting between the teams, 57-33, on Feb. 29 in Ames... K-State’s last win over Iowa State came on March 9, 2011, in the Big 12 Championship quarterfinals, 56-53... Head coach Deb Patterson is 14-21 against the Cyclones... K-State is 14-15 in the Big 12 Championships and have advanced beyond the quarterfinals six times.

IRVING, Texas – After exceeding its preseason predicted ninth-place finish by the league’s coaches by at least four places for the second straight season, No. 5 seed Kansas State will open play in the 2012 Phillips 66 Big 12 Women’s Basketball Championships on Thursday at 11 a.m., against No. 4 seed Iowa State in Municipal Auditorium. This will be the second straight season K-State and Iowa State will matchup in the quarterfinals and the fourth time in the last six Big 12 Championships the two schools will face each other. For ticket information, visit www.ticketmaster.com or contact Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000.

Thursday morning’s game will be broadcast on FSN, as Ron Thulin and Cindy Stein call the action. This will be the 161st K-State women’s basketball game to be broadcast on television and the 106th on the FSN family of networks. K-State holds an all-time record of 98-62 (.613) in televised games, including a 64-41 (.610) mark on the FSN family of networks.

The game will also be available on the K-State Sports Network and for free at www.kstatesports.com, as the award-winning Brian Smoller handles the play-by-play and former Wildcat letterwinner Missy Heidrick handles the color analysis.

K-State has been led this season by a pair of All-Big 12 first team selections in junior Brittany Chambers and senior Jalana Childs. For the second straight season, Chambers has led the Wildcats in scoring in all games (14.3 ppg) and league contests (13.4 ppg). The guard from Jordan, Minn., ranks eighth in the Big 12 in scoring for all games and league games and leads the Big 12 in 3-point field goals made per game (2.5). Chambers also leads K-State and ranks 16th in the Big 12 in rebounding for all games (6.2 rpg) and 13th in the league for conference games (6.3 rpg). She is one of just three players in the nation to lead her team in rebounding and 3-point field goals made per game (minimum: 6.0 rpg & 2.0 made 3-point fgs). For the season, Chambers is one of just two player in the Big 12 to register 400 or more points, 180 or more rebounds and 60 or more assists.

Childs is K-State’s second-leading scorer and ranks ninth in the Big 12 this season by recording a career-high 14.1 points per game for all contests. On her way to carding a career-high scoring average, the forward from Orlando, Fla., has tallied a .443 field goal percentage to rank 13th in the Big 12 and a career-best free throw percentage of .764 to rank ninth in the league.

Also aiding the Wildcats this season has been senior Tasha Dickey. Dickey made a strong case for Big 12 Newcomer of the Year honors this season, exceeding career season-highs in nine statistical categories. The senior from Sandy, Utah, is third on the team and 25th in the Big 12 in scoring with a career-high effort of 10.1 points per game. Her 304 points this season are more than the combined total of her three seasons of action at Arizona.

With a win on Thursday, K-State will advance to the semifinals for the second straight season and the seventh time in school history. The semifinal round game will tip at 12 p.m., and will be broadcast live on FSN and throughout the K-State Sports Network.

At a Glance: Iowa State
Iowa State (18-11, 9-9 Big 12) concluded its regular season with a loss at 2012 Big 12 regular season champion Baylor on Saturday, March 3, 77-53. The Cyclones were tied with the Lady Bears at halftime, 32-32, but Baylor tallied 45 second half points to finish the Big 12 regular season undefeated.

On the sidelines, Iowa State is led by 17th-year head coach Bill Fennelly. The 1979 graduate of William Penn owns a 373-171 (.686) mark during his time in Ames.

The Cyclones are led on the floor this season by junior Chelsea Poppens, sophomore Hallie Christofferson and freshman Nikki Moody. Poppens, a unanimous All-Big 12 first team selection, leads Iowa State in both scoring and rebounding with averages of 14.4 and 10.1, respectively. The 6-2 forward from Aplington, Iowa, is second in the Big 12 in rebounding, is fourth in scoring and is fifth in the league in field goal percentage at .467.

Christofferson is second on the team in scoring and rebounding with averages of 10.2 and 6.0.

Moody was named to the Big 12 All-Freshman team, as she has recorded averages of 9.4 points per game and 4.3 assists per game in her first season in Ames. Against Baylor on Saturday, Moody tallied 12 points, four assists and two steals.

Chambers Just Shy of top-10 on Career Scoring List
Brittany Chambers, a 2012 All-Big 12 first team selection, continues to climb the K-State career scoring list this season and has an opportunity to reach the top-10 before the end of the 2011-12 season. Chambers ranks eighth in the Big 12 with her overall scoring average of 14.3 points per game. She is one of two players in the Big 12 this season to register 400 or more points, 180 or more rebounds and 60 or more assists. She was the 12th player in school history to score 400 or more points in consecutive seasons and was the 17th player in school history to score 400 or more points in her junior season.

In league action, Chambers finished the season ranked eighth in scoring with 13.4 points per game. This was the first time in her career that she finished among the top-10 in the league season in scoring.

At Oklahoma State on Jan. 28, Chambers registered her third 20-point effort in league play this season by tying her season-best with 29 points. Her effort was the highest scoring performance in Stillwater by a Wildcat in the program’s history.

The Jordan, Minn., native earned Big 12 Player of the Week honors for Jan. 9 after scoring 20 or more points in the first two Big 12 games this season.

For her career, Chambers was the 37th player in school history to reach the 1,000-point plateau on Dec. 7 and was the 12th player in school history to achieve the feat in her junior season. Chambers has scored 1,331 points in 94 career games (14.2 ppg) to rank 11th in school history. With 14 points, Chambers will move into the top-10 in school history.

The 2011-12 preseason All-Big 12 honorable mention selection and 2011 unanimous All-Big 12 first team recipient has scored in double figures in 71 games (75.5 percent of her career games) including 19 games with 20 or more points. She is the ninth player in school history and the fifth guard to record 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 200 assists in a career.

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 14.1 points per game and ranks ninth in the Big 12 in the category. For the season, she is shooting .443 from the field and a career-best .764 from the foul line. She ranks 13th in the league with her field goal percentage and ninth with her free throw percentage.

With her career-high 423 points scored this season, Childs became the 13th player in school history to register consecutive 400-point scoring seasons. She joined her teammate, Brittany Chambers, as the first set of teammates to achieve this feat since Kendra Wecker and Nicole Ohlde. Childs is the 17th player in the program’s history to score 400 or more points in her senior season and the first since Ashley Sweat in the 2009-10 campaign.

The product of Orlando, Fla., has tallied 23 games in double figures this season including eight 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 16.3 points per game.

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 1,174 points to rank 21st in school history. Childs has scored in double figures in 58 career games including at least 20 points in 12 contests.

Childs joined 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.

White on the Dishes
Mariah White has continued her ascension on the K-State career assists list this season. The product of Midwest City, Okla., is averaging 5.0 assists per game and ranks fourth in the Big 12 and 33rd in the nation in the category. She also checks in at third in the league and 24th in the nation for assist-to-turnover ratio at 1.9. White’s assist total this season of 150 ranks 10th in school history for assists in a season and are the most assists by a Wildcat since Shalee Lehning tallied a school record 229 during the 2008-09 season. White’s assist-to-turnover ratio this season of 1.92 ranks seventh in school history and is also a new career-best, surpassing her previous high of 1.73 from the 2010-11 season which ranks 11th in school history.

In league games, White finished third in assists with 5.4 and leads the Big 12 in conference action in assist to turnover ratio (1.9).

This season, White has assisted on 31.9 percent of K-State’s field goals while she has been on the floor during her career-high average of 33.4 minutes per game which ranks eighth in the Big 12 this season. Her 31.9 assist percentage is the highest since Shalee Lehning registered a 46.8 during the 2008-09 season.

Against Texas A&M on Jan. 4, White registered a career-high 11 assists, which was the first time a Wildcat reached double figures in assists since Kari Kincaid dished out 11 against Grambling State on Dec. 4, 2009.

White ranks ninth in school history for career assists with 312 and is the 10th player in school history with 300 or more. She needs just 11 assists to pass Betsy Sloan (1979-83; 322) for eighth in school history.

Her career assist-to-turnover ratio of 1.68 ranks third in school history. She has 26 career games with five or more assists.