K-State Set for Big 12 Quarterfinal Matchup

Mariah White

March 8, 2011

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Game 30
2011 Phillips 66 Big 12 Championships
(rv/--) Kansas State (20-9, 10-6 Big 12) vs. (rv/rv) Iowa State (22-9, 9-7 Big 12)
March 9, 2011 | 1:30 p.m. | Municipal Auditorium (9,308) | Kansas City, Mo.

Play-by-Play: Brenda VanLengen; Color Analysis: Debbie Antonelli; Sideline: Cindy Stein

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

Live stats, live blog and free live audio at www.kstatesports.com

Ticket Information
Visit www.big12sports.com or call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000 or visit www.ticketmaster.com. Tickets can also be purchased at the Municipal Auditorium box office.

Series History and Notes
Kansas State leads the series with Iowa State, 45-29... This will be the third meeting between the teams this season and the third time these teams have met in the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championships... The Cyclones won the last meeting between the teams on Feb. 26, 2011, 58-51, in Manhattan... K-State head coach Deb Patterson is 13-19 against Iowa State.

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Kansas State will make its 2011 Phillips 66 Big 12 Women's Basketball Championship debut as the No. 4 seed on Wednesday afternoon at 1:30 p.m., as the Wildcats will take on Iowa State in Kansas City's Municipal Auditorium. The Wildcats earned the program's sixth opening round bye in the Big 12 Championships and the first since the 2007-08 season. With a win in the quarterfinals, K-State head coach Deb Patterson will record her 300th win as head coach of the Wildcats.

Wednesday's matchup between the Wildcats and Cyclones will be televised live to a national audience on FSN, as Brenda VanLengen and Debbie Antonelli call the action. K-State owns an all-time record of 88-57 (.607) in televised games, including a 10-5 mark in televised contests this season. The Wildcats are 57-39 (.594) on the FSN family of networks, including a 8-1 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.

In its last outing on March 5, K-State (20-9, 10-6 Big 12) recorded the 20th win of the season and the 10th win in Big 12 action with a 56-51 decision over in-state rival Kansas. It is the 22nd 20-win season in school history and the eighth in the  Patterson era. K-State was paced by three players in double figures led by junior Jalana Childs with a game-high 15 points. Childs was joined in double figures by sophomores Mariah White and Taelor Karr with 14 and 12 points, respectively. Karr added eight rebounds to her stat line, while White provided four rebounds, three assists and two blocks.

This season, Kansas State has been led by Brittany Chambers, Childs and Karr. Chambers, a unanimous All-Big 12 first team selection this season, leads K-State and ranks 11th in the Big 12 in scoring with a 16.1 point per game average. The guard from Jordan, Minn., is one of two players in the Big 12 this season to record 450+ points, 150+ rebounds and 80+ assists. Chambers, the reigning Big 12 Player of the Week, also leads K-State in three-point shooting (81-of-211; .384) and is second in the Big 12 in three-point field goals made per game at 2.8. She ranks second on the team in rebounding (5.7 rpg) and is second in assists (2.8 apg).

Childs, an All-Big 12 second team recipient, is K-State's second-leading scorer and ranks 18th in the Big 12 in the category with a career-high 13.6 points per game. In league action, the product of Orlando, Fla., has been even better by averaging 15.7 points per game.

Karr is the Wildcats' third-leading scorer and is 25th in the Big 12 with 10.2 points per game. The native of Paola, Kan., has scored in double figures in three straight games and has reached double digits in 16 games this season.

K-State in the Big 12 Championships
The Wildcats own a 13-14 (.481) record in the Big 12 Championships and have advanced at least one round in 10 of the previous 14 championships. K-State will enjoy its sixth opening round bye and its first since the 2007-08 season. Kansas State is 9-9 when taking the floor in the Big 12 Championships in Kansas City. K-State's two deepest runs in the Big 12 Championships have taken place in Kansas City's Municipal Auditorium, as the Wildcats reached the finals in 1996-97 and 2004-05. 

The Wildcats and head coach Deb Patterson are 13-14 (.481) in the Big 12 Women's Basketball Championship and are making their second appearance as the number-four seed (2001-02).

Chambers, Childs Named to All-Big 12 Teams
For the first time since the 2008-09 season, Kansas State placed at least two players on the All-Big 12 teams as sophomore Brittany Chambers was unanimously selected by the league's coaches to the All-Big 12 first team while junior Jalana Childs was named to the All-Big 12 second team.

Chambers is the first K-State sophomore to earn All-Big 12 first team honors since the 2002-03 season and is the eighth player in school history to be named to the All-Big 12 first team. The native of Jordan, Minn., was one of two players in the Big 12 to register 450+ points, 150+ rebounds and 80+ assists this season, as she has recorded a career-high 468 points (16.1 ppg) and tied her career-high for assists with 80. Her point per game average ranks 11th in the league this season, while she ranks second in the league in three-point field goals made per game (2.8), eighth in the league for three-point field goal percentage (.384) and fourth in the league for minutes played per game (35.0).

Chambers was a two-time Phillips 66 Big 12 Player of the Week this season, including the March 6 honor which was bestowed upon her following a career-high effort of 35 points against No. 5 Texas A&M which was her second 30+ point effort this season against a conference opponent. This season, Chambers has set a career-high for three-point field goals made in a season with 81 which is a new school record for three-point field goals by a sophomore and ranks as the sixth-highest total for a season in school history.

In addition to her on court honors, Chambers was recognized for her work in the classroom as well, earning a Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-District VII third team citation and Academic All-Big 12 first team honors.

Childs earned her first career all-league honor after displaying one of the most improved games in the league this season. The forward from Orlando, Fla., has scored a career-high 393 points (13.6 ppg) in the campaign and ranks 18th in the league in the category. In league action, she has been even better as she has notched an average of 15.7 points per game to rank 12th in the league.

Patterson One Win Shy of 300 at K-State
Deb Patterson, the all-time wins leader in K-State women's basketball history and the longest-tenured women's basketball coach in school history, has a career record of 299-173 (.633) and a record of 129-111 (.538) 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 attention, finishing as the Russell Athletic/WBCA Region V Coach of the Year and a finalist for the WBCA and AP National Coach of the Year honors.

Patterson steered the K-State 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.

At a Glance: Iowa State
Iowa State (22-9, 9-7 Big 12) will face Kansas State in the  Phillips 66 Big 12 Championships for the third time and the first time since the 2008 season. The No. 5 seeded Cyclones survived a first round scare from No. 12 seed Nebraska, winning 69-61 on Tuesday afternoon. Iowa State was paced by junior guard Lauren Mansfield with a career-high 23 points.

On the sidelines, Iowa State is led by 16th-year head coach Bill Fennelly. The 1979 graduate of William Penn owns a 354-158 (.691) mark during his time in Ames. Last season, Fennelly guided Iowa State to a Sweet 16 appearance where they lost to eventual national champion Connecticut.

On the floor this season, the Cyclones have been led by senior guard Kelsey Bolte. Bolte, a unanimous All-Big 12 first team selection, leads the team a scoring average of 17.1 points per game. Against the Huskers in the first round, Bolte recorded 15 points on 5-of-13 shooting from the field, with all five connections coming from beyond the arc.

Three is not a Crowd, It's a Benefit
The Wildcats have looked for three players to reach double figures in scoring this season and when this happens, K-State owns a 12-4 mark. Last season when K-State had three or more players reach double figures, the Wildcats were 12-11.

This season of the 16 times, the most popular combination has been Brittany Chambers, Jalana Childs and Taelor Karr with eight occurrences. The last game K-State saw three or more players reach double figures was on March 5 at Kansas as Childs, Karr and Mariah White achieved the feat.