Wildcats Ready for Big 12 Semifinal with Baylor

Mariah White

March 10, 2011

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Game 31
2011 Phillips 66 Big 12 Championships
(rv/--) Kansas State (21-9, 10-6 Big 12) vs. (3/3) Baylor (29-2, 15-1 Big 12)
March 11, 2011 | 12 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 for as low as $15.

Series History and Notes
Baylor leads the series, 14-9, and has won nine straight in the series... K-State’s last win over Baylor came on Jan. 27, 2004, an 85-65 decision in Manhattan... The Lady Bears won the last meeting between the teams, a 75-48 decision on Feb. 23, 2011 in Waco... The Wildcats are 2-3 against the Lady Bears in the Big 12 Championships, last winning on March 12, 2003.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Kansas State will make its first appearance in the semifinals of the Phillips 66 Big 12 Women’s Basketball Championship  since the 2004-05 season, as the Wildcats will face 2011 Big 12 regular season champion and No. 1 seed, (3/3) Baylor.

Friday’s matchup between the Wildcats and Lady Bears 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 89-57 (.610) in televised games, including a 11-5 mark in televised contests this season. The Wildcats are 58-39 (.598) on the FSN family of networks, including a 9-1 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 first game of the 2011 Phillips 66 Big 12 Championships in Wednesday’s quarterfinal, No. 4 K-State (21-9, 10-6 Big 12) held off the No. 5 seed Iowa State, 56-53, to advance to the semifinals. The win by the Wildcats marked the 300th career victory for K-State head coach Deb Patterson, who improved her school record for women’s basketball coaching victories at K-State to 300-173 (.634) during her 15 seasons in Manhattan.

This season, Kansas State has been led by Brittany Chambers, Jalana Childs and Taelor Karr. Chambers, a unanimous All-Big 12 first team selection this season, led K-State against the Cyclones in the opening round with 20 points and seven rebounds. Chambers leads K-State and ranks 11th in the Big 12 in scoring with a 16.2 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 (83-of-219; .379) and is second in the Big 12 in three-point field goals made per game at 2.7. 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, recorded 14 points, four rebounds, three assists and three steals against Iowa State in the quarterfinals. The forward from Orlando, Fla., 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.

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. Against the Cyclones, Karr turned up her game late and added seven points to the K-State total.

Patterson Records 300th Win 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 300-173 (.634) 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. Patterson’s 300th career victory came in the quarterfinals of the 2011 Big 12 Championships against Iowa State on March 9.

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: Baylor
(3/3) Baylor (29-2, 15-1 Big 12) will look to add a Big 12 tournament crown to its 2011 Big 12 regular season title, as the Lady Bears face K-State for the second time this season. In its quarterfinal matchup with Kansas on Wednesday, the Lady Bears cruised to a 86-51 victory.

Baylor is led by 11th-year head coach Kim Mulkey. The 1984 graduate of Louisiana Tech has accumulated a 293-78 (.790) record during her time in Waco and has led the Lady Bears to nine NCAA Tournament appearances, including the 2005 NCAA title.

The Lady Bears are led by sophomore post and 2011 Big 12 Player of the Year Brittney Griner, senior guard and 2011 All-Big 12 first team selection Melissa Jones and freshman guard and 2011 Big 12 Freshman of the Year Odyssey Sims. Griner leads Baylor in scoring (22.4 ppg), rebounding (7.9 rpg) and blocks (4.5 bpg). Against the Jayhawks, the 6-8 product of Houston, Texas registered a game-high 21 points, pulled in eight rebounds and blocked a game-high five shots.

Jones is Baylor’s third-leading scorer at 8.8 points and is the team’s third-leading rebounder at 6.8 per game and the squad’s top passer at 3.7 assists per game.

Sims is the Lady Bears’ second-leading scorer at 13.8 points and is the squad’s second-leading passer at 3.2 assists.

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.

Working Over the Painted Area
K-State’s improvement of seven overall victories and five 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 795 points in the lane (26.5 points in the lane per game), while holding its foes to 706 (23.5 per game). This represents 42.9 percent of the Wildcats’ total scoring, while three-point field goals account for 28.8 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).

K-State Getting Out on the Break
The Kansas State coaching staff has instructed the Wildcats to increase the tempo this season and score easy baskets in transition. K-State has responded to a degree with a 54-point advantage in fast break points this season (160-106).

Last season, K-State scored a total of 91 points in transition in 32 games but allowed opponents to notch 164.