K-State Opens Big 12 Championships in Dallas

Haley Texada, averaging a career-high 11.6 ppg, will make her Big 12 Championship debut on Friday night against Texas.

March 7, 2013

K-State Notes | Texas Notes

Game 31

2013 Phillips 66 Big 12 Championships - 1st round
Kansas State vs. Texas
Friday, March 8, 2013 | 6 p.m. | American Airlines Center (19,200) | Dallas, Texas

Game Information
TV: Big 12 Digital Network (PbP: Ron Thulin; Color: Brenda Van Lengen)

Radio: K-State Sports Network (PbP: Brian Smoller; Color: Kristin Waller)

Internet: Watch for free at the Big 12 Digital Network at www.big12sports.com; Free live audio & free live stats at www.kstatesports.com

Tickets: Visit www.ticketmaster.com or call (800) 745-3000

Kansas State Wildcats (14-16, 5-13 Big 12)
Head Coach: Deb Patterson (Rockford ‘79)
Career Record: 334-205 (.620) 17th year
School Record: Same
Last game: L, 90-68 at (1/1) Baylor on March 4, 2013
website: www.kstatesports.com
Twitter: @kstatesports, @kstate_gameday, #KStateWBB

Texas Longhorns (12-17, 5-13 Big 12)
Head Coach: Karen Aston (Arkansas Little Rock ‘87)
Career Record: 113-80 (.585) - 6th season
School Record: 12-17 (.414) - 1st season
Last game: W, 58-45 vs. West Virginia on March 5, 2013
website: www.texassports.com
Twitter: @UTexasWBB

Series History and Notes
Texas leads the all-time series, 13-12... K-State won the last meeting between the teams, 68-47, in Manhattan... K-State has won five of the last eight meetings... K-State is 2-0 against Texas in the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championships... Last time these teams played in the Big 12 Championships was March 10, 2005 in Kansas City, a 72-69 K-State win... Since Texas joined the Big 12 in the 1996-97 season, K-State holds a 12-9 advantage in the series... Head coach Deb Patterson is 12-9 against Texas.

MANHATTAN, Kan. – For the fourth time in the history of the Big 12, Kansas State will take the floor in the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championships in Dallas, Texas, as the eighth-seeded Wildcats will face the ninth-seed Texas in the first round on Friday night at 6 p.m., in the American Airlines Center. This will be the Big 12 Championships’ first appearance in the American Airlines Center.

Friday night’s game will be available for free on the Big 12 Digital Network. Handling the broadcast will be Ron Thulin on play-by-play and Brenda Van Lengen with the analysis. To access the Big 12 Digital Network, go to www.big12sports.com.

Friday’s game will also 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 Kristin Waller 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 (14-16, 5-13 Big 12) has fought through five season-ending injuries to its roster and seven active players to finish in eighth place in the league standings. The Wildcats were predicted for a ninth place finish in the Big 12 by the leagues’ coaches in the preseason poll. This marks the ninth season of the 16 league seasons that have had a preseason poll and a final league standing that K-State has finished ahead of its preseason predicted finish.

This season K-State has been led by three-time All-Big 12 First Team and 2012-13 Scholar-Athlete of the Year Brittany Chambers. For the season, Chambers has registered career season-highs in three major statistical categories and is the only player in the Big 12 to score 600 or more points (607; 20.2 ppg), grab 200 or more rebounds (225; 7.5 rpg) and dish out 90 or more assists (93; 3.1 apg). She is the fourth player to reach this milestone in league history and it is the fifth time this has been achieved. She joins former Wildcat Nicole Ohlde as the only player in school history to achieve these numbers in a single season. The 607 points are a career-high for Chambers and ranks as the second-highest point total by a K-State senior in school history and the sixth-highest overall point total for a single-season in program history. She needs three points to become the school record holder for points by a senior.  

Joining Chambers with a double-digit scoring average is Haley Texada. The sophomore from Frisco, Texas, is averaging career-highs of 11.3 points and 3.4 rebounds. Texada has made a career-high 50 three-point field goals this season.

As a team, K-State has made 259 three-point field goals this season,which is second in school history (262, 2001-02). The 852 attempts from beyond the arc are a school- and Big 12 record.

K-State in the Big 12 Championships
The Wildcats own a 15-16 (.484) record in the Big 12 Championships and have advanced at least one round in 12 of the 16 championships. K-State will make its first appearance in a first round game since the 2009-10 season and the 10th overall. The Wildcats are 6-3 in first round games and have won two straight first round games.

Kansas State is 3-3 when taking the floor in the Big 12 Championships in Dallas. In K-State’s last appearance in the Big 12 Championships in Dallas, the Wildcats were a 7-seed and advanced to the quarterfinals.   

The Wildcats and head coach Deb Patterson are 15-16 (.484) in the Big 12 Women’s Basketball Championship and are making their third appearance as the number-eight seed (1998-99 & 1999-00).

At a Glance: Texas
Texas (12-17, 5-13 Big 12), the nine-seed in the 2013 Big 12 Championships, closed out the 2012-13 regular season with a home win over West Virginia on March 5, 58-45. The Longhorns won three of their final five games to close out the season.

The Longhorns are guided by first-year head coach Karen Aston. The 1987 graduate of Arkansas-Little Rock owns a career record of 113-80 (.585) with stops at North Texas (2011-12) and Charlotte (2007-11). She steered Charlotte to one NCAA Tournament appearance during her time with the 49ers (2009).

On the floor, Texas has been paced by three players in double figures - Chassidy Fussell, Nneka Enemkpali and Imani McGee-Stafford. Fussell, a junior guard from Troy, Tenn., leads the team in scoring with 14.4 points per game. She ranks eighth in the Big 12 in scoring and 12th in the Big 12 in three-point field goals made per game (1.7).

Enemkpali is second on the team in scoring with 13.0 points per game and paces the squad in rebounding at 9.5 per game. The sophomore forward from Pflugerville, Texas, is third in the Big 12 in rebounding and is second in the conference in double-doubles with 13. Against West Virginia in the regular season finale, Enemkpali registered 16 points and 15 rebounds.

McGee-Stafford, a 6-7 freshman center from Los Angeles, Calif., is averaging 11.0 points and 9.3 rebounds in her first season in Austin. She ranks fifth in the league in rebounding and is third in the Big 12 in blocked shots with 2.5 per game.

K-State Four Made Threes From School Record
Due to a lack of size in 2012-13, K-State has attacked its opponents from beyond the 3-point line. For the season, K-State is 259-of-852 (.304) from beyond the arc. The 259 made three-point field goals this season are second in school history (262, 2001-02). The 2012-13 season is the ninth season in the program’s history with 200 or more made 3-point field goals and is the first since the 2009-10 season. The 852 attempts from beyond the arc are a school record and a Big 12 record. K-State is the second team in league history to attempt 800 or more 3-point field goals in a season (835, Iowa State, 2008-09).

K-State is averaging 8.6 made 3-point field goals per game to lead the Big 12 and rank seventh in the nation. In Big 12 games, K-State led the league with 9.4 three-point field goals made per game.  The Wildcats have made five or more 3-point field goals in a game 28 times this season, including a current streak of 24 straight games.

The Wildcats have five players with 10 or more made three-point field goals this season, including three with 50 or more (Brittany Chambers, 86; Bri Craig, 57; Haley Texada, 50). This is the third time in the program’s history (2009-10 & 2002-03) that K-State has had three players make 50 or more three-point field goals.

This season, K-State has scored 777 points on 3-point field goals or 41.7 percent of its overall point total. This is the highest percentage of K-State’s overall point total from 3-point field goals in school history. K-State has completed six seasons with a percentage of 30-percent or higher, including a record high of 35.3 percent in the 2009-10.

Against Oklahoma State on Jan. 23, K-State set a school record with a 16-of-41 (.390) performance from beyond the arc. The 16 made 3-point field goals set a school record, a Bramlage Coliseum record, tied for ninth in Big 12 history and at the time was the fifth-highest total in the nation this season. K-State has made 10 or more 3-point field goals in a game 10 times this season. This marks the most games with 10 or more 3-point field goals made in a season in school history.  

The Wildcats set a new school record against Baylor on Jan. 16 with 44 three-point attempts, which is tied for second in Big 12 history for 3-point field goals attempted in a single game. K-State has 23 games in the Deb Patterson-era with 30 or more 3-point field goals attempted in a game, including 13 this season. K-State is 11-12 in games with 30 or more 3-point field goals attempted.