K-State Selected to Make 13th NCAA Appearance

2012 All-Big 12 first team selection Brittany Chambers and the Wildcats return to the NCAA Tournament for a second straight season.

March 12, 2012

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MANHATTAN, Kan. – After exceeding preseason expectations in the Big 12, Kansas State women’s basketball was rewarded with the program’s 13th NCAA Tournament appearance in school history and the ninth in the Deb Patterson era during Monday night’s NCAA Women’s Basketball Selection Show on ESPN. This is the 10th postseason appearance for the Wildcats in the last 11 years and the eighth bid into the NCAA Tournament.

With K-State’s at-large berth into the NCAA Women’s Championship, the Wildcats are one of four Big 12 schools and one of 11 nationally to have both basketball teams and its volleyball team in their respective NCAA Tournaments as well as its football team appear in a bowl game this season.

The Wildcats (19-13, 9-9 Big 12) were chosen as a No. 8 seed in the Kingston, R.I., regional and will be opposed by No. 9 seed Princeton (24-4, 14-0 Ivy League) on Saturday, March 17 at 10:20 a.m. (CT) in Bridgeport, Conn., at Webster Bank Arena. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and on ESPN3.com. The contest will also be available on the K-State Sports Network and for free on kstatesports.com. K-State leads the all-time series with Princeton, 1-0. The Wildcats defeated the Tigers, 63-51, on Nov. 25, 2000, in Corvallis, Ore.

The winner of the Kansas State-Princeton game will play the winner of the No. 1 Connecticut-No. 16 Prairie View A&M matchup on Monday, March 19, at 6 p.m. (CT). The top four seeds in the Kingston regional are: No. 1 Connecticut (29-4), No. 2 Kentucky (25-6), No. 3 Miami (Fla.) (25-5) and No. 4 Penn State (24-6).

Tickets for K-State’s first round matchup with Princeton will be available Tuesday morning at 8:30 a.m., by calling the K-State Ticket Office at (800) 221-CATS. Tickets are priced at $41 per session. First round tickets will include admission to the Connecticut vs. Prairie View A&M contest.  All ticket orders will be distributed at Webster Bank Arena will call beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday.

Should K-State advance to play in the second round, all first round ticket orders will be duplicated for the 7 p.m., game on Monday, March 19.

K-State is 10-12 in its previous 12 NCAA Tournament bids. The Wildcats advanced to the second round of the 2009 NCAA Tournament in Albuquerque, N.M. Kansas State entered the tournament as the No. 5 seed in the Raleigh region. K-State defeated No. 12 seed Drexel in the first round before falling to No. 4 seed Vanderbilt in the second round.  

The Wildcats have appeared in eight NCAA Tournaments and two postseason WNITs in the last 11 seasons. K-State captured the 2006 WNIT title for the first postseason title in school history and reached the semifinals of the 2007 WNIT. The Wildcats have advanced to the second round in six of the last seven NCAA Tournament appearances, including a Sweet 16 effort during the 2002 NCAA Tournament.

Under head coach Deb Patterson, K-State has now reached the NCAA Tournament nine times and registered a 7-8 record.

After being slated for ninth-place finish by the Big 12 Conference coaches in the preseason poll, K-State registered its second straight season of finishing four places or higher in the final conference standings with a tie for fourth-place effort.

The Wildcats have been led by All-Big 12 first team selections Brittany Chambers and Jalana Childs. Chambers is the fifth K-State women’s player in the Big 12 era to earn multiple All-Big 12 first team honors from the league’s coaches and the first since the 2010 season. The native of Jordan, Minn., was one of two players in the Big 12 to register 400 or more points, 180 or more rebounds and 70 or more assists this season. Earlier this season, she became the 12th player in the program’s history to score 400 or more points in consecutive seasons with her 459 points (14.3 ppg) and has set a new career-high for rebounds with 203. Her point-per-game average ranks seventh in the league this season, while she leads the league in three-point field goals made per game (2.4), ranks 15th in the league in rebounds per game (6.3) and is second in the league for minutes played per game (36.6).

This is the second career All-Big 12 first team honor for Chambers, as she was a unanimous selection at the conclusion of the 2011 season. In addition to her on court honors this season, Chambers was recognized for her work in the classroom, earning Academic All-Big 12 first team honors for the second time in her career.

Childs earned her second career all-league honor and first All-Big 12 first team citation with a strong post game this season. The forward from Orlando, Fla., has scored a career-high and team-leading 465 points (14.5 ppg) in the campaign and ranks fifth in the league in the category. Earlier this season, Childs joined Chambers with consecutive seasons of 400 or more points scored and is the 17th player to score 400 or more points in her senior season for K-State.

In league action, Childs averaged 13.7 points to rank 10th in the league. Childs turned up her production during Big 12 play as she recorded 13 games in doubles figures including a stretch of six straight contests in double digits to close out the regular season. In the quarterfinals of the 2012 Phillips 66 Big 12 Championships, Childs tallied a career-high 31 points on a career-best 13-of-23 shooting. The effort set the school record for points in a Big 12 tournament game.

Earlier this season, Childs garnered Academic All-Big 12 second team honors and was the 2012 Winter Big 12 Community of Champions recipient. Prior to the start of the season, Childs was a candidate for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award.

Both Chambers and Childs etched their names into K-State history earlier this year, as the duo became the 37th and 38th players, respectively, in school history to register 1,000 points for their careers. Chambers ranks 10th on the career scoring list with 1,361 points and ranks 18th in school history for career rebounds with 573. Childs ranks 20th in the school history for career points with 1,216 points.

Princeton finished the season as the Ivy League champion and registered the program’s first-ever ranking in the Associated Press poll this week at No. 24. This will the Tigers’ third consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament after finishing undefeated in the league for the second straight season. Princeton enters the NCAA Tournament riding a 17-game winning streak.

The Tigers are led on the sidelines by fifth-year head coach Courtney Banghart. On the floor, Princeton is led by 2012 Ivy League Player of the Year Niveen Rasheed. The junior averaged 16.8 points per game and led the Ivy League in rebounding with 8.8 per contest. Also pacing the Tigers are a pair of All-Ivy League selections, Lauren Edwards and Devona Allgood. Edwards is second on the team in scoring with 11.5 points per game, while Allgood is third on the team in scoring (10.0 ppg) and second in rebounding (5.9 rpg).