K-State, Princeton Meet in First Round of NCAA Tournament

Head coach Deb Patterson has guided K-State to nine NCAA Tournament appearances.

March 14, 2012

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Game 33
2012 NCAA Championships
(8) Kansas State (19-13, 9-9 Big 12) vs. (9) Princeton (24-4, 14-0 Ivy League)
March 17, 2012 | 10:20 a.m. (CT) | Webster Bank Arena at Harbor Yard (9,500) | Bridgeport, Conn.

ESPN2 and ESPN3.com

Cox Cable: Ch. 33 or 2033
DirecTV: Ch. 209 or Ch. 782-785 (home market games)
Dish Network: Ch, 144, alternate Ch. 145-148, or Ch. 462-465

Play-by-Play: Pam Ward; Color Analysis: Rebecca Lobo

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Play-by-Play: Brian Smoller; Color Analysis: Missy Heidrick

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Ticket Information
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Series History and Notes
Kansas State leads the series with Princeton, 1-0... K-State won the only meeting between the schools, 63-51, on Nov. 25, 2000 in Corvallis, Ore.... The Wildcats are 7-1 against schools from the Ivy League, including a 54-20 win over Dartmouth on Nov. 12, 2011 in K-State’s season-opener... Under head coach Deb Patterson, K-State is 7-8 in the NCAA Tournament.

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. K-State, the No. 8 seed in the Kingston, R.I., regional, will face No. 9 seed Princeton on Saturday, March 17 at 10:20 a.m. (CT) at Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, Conn.

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.

Saturday morning’s game will be broadcast on ESPN2 and ESPN3.com, as Pam Ward and Rebecca Lobo call the action. This will be the 163rd K-State women’s basketball game to be broadcast on television and the 20th on the ESPN family of networks. K-State holds an all-time record of 99-63 (.611) in televised games, including a 9-10 (.474) mark on the ESPN 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.

This is the 10th postseason appearance for the Wildcats in the last 11 years, as K-State has appeared in eight NCAA Tournaments and two postseason WNITs in the last 11 seasons. This will be K-State’s third trip to Connecticut for the NCAA Tournament in the last four NCAA appearances and its second trip to Bridgeport, Conn., as the Wildcats were advanced to the second round of the 2008 tournament.

The Wildcats have been led during the 2011-12 season 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 in a career and the first since the 2010 season. The junior guard from Jordan, Minn., is one of two players in the Big 12 and one of 15 guards in the nation to register 400 or more points, 200 or more rebounds and 70 or more assists this season. Chambers ranks second on the team with her 459 points (14.3 ppg) and has set a new career-high for rebounds with 203 (6.3 rpg). 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 and is second in the league for minutes played per game (36.6).

Childs earned her second career all-league honor and first All-Big 12 first team citation with a strong post game this season. The senior 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.

At a Glance: Princeton
Princeton earn an automatic bid into the 2012 NCAA Tournament, winning the 2012 Ivy League title. On March 12, Princeton registered the program’s first-ever ranking in the Associated Press poll at No. 24. This was the first time in Ivy League history a team has appeared in the AP top-25 poll.

This will be 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. The 2000 graduate of Dartmouth owns a  95-49 (.660) mark during her time with Princeton.

On the floor, Princeton is led by the trio of Niveen Rasheed, Lauren Edwards and Devona Allgood. Rasheed, the 2012 Ivy League Player of the Year ranked second in the league with a team-leading 16.8 points per game and led the Ivy League in rebounding with 8.8 per contest and was second in the league in steals with 2.4. Rasheed, a junior forward from Danville, Calif., did all of this after returning from an ACL injury that robbed her of the 2011 season.

Edwards, an All-Ivy League first team member, is second on the team in scoring with 11.5 points per game and leads the Tigers in three-point shooting with 51 on the season.

Allgood, an All-Ivy League second team selection, is third on the team in scoring (10.0 ppg) and second in rebounding (5.9 rpg). The senior center led the Ivy League in field goal percentage (.486) for the third straight season.

K-State in the NCAA Tournament
Kansas State was awarded its 13th bid into the NCAA Tournament and its 10th postseason appearance in the last 11 years. The Wildcats are 10-12 (.455) in its previous 12 appearances and have advanced to at least the second round in six of the last NCAA appearances.

K-State head coach Deb Patterson has now guided the Wildcats to nine NCAA Tournament appearances and has registered a 7-8 (.467) mark.

Chambers Among top-10 on Career Scoring List
Brittany Chambers, a 2012 All-Big 12 first team selection, has climbed into the top-10 of the K-State career scoring list this season and has etched her name among the great scorers in the program’s 44-year history. This season, Chambers ranks seventh in the Big 12 and second on the team with her overall scoring average of 14.3 points per game and is one of two players in the Big 12 this season and one of just 15 guards in the country to register 400 or more points, grab 200 or more rebounds and dish out 70 or more assists. She is the 12th player in school history to score 400 or more points in consecutive seasons and is 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 1,361 points in 96 career games (14.2 ppg) to rank 10th 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 73 games (76.0 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 Moves into Top-20 for Career Points    
Over the last two seasons, Jalana Childs has been a strong post presence for the Wildcats. This season, Childs leads the team in scoring with a career-high average of 14.5 points per game and ranks fifth in the Big 12 in the category. For the season, she is shooting .449 from the field and a career-best .768 from the foul line. She ranks 11th in the league with her field goal percentage and 10th with her free throw percentage.

With her career-high 465 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 consecutive 400-point seasons since Kendra Wecker and Nicole Ohlde in the 2002-03 and 2003-04 seasons. 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.

Against Iowa State on March 8, Childs recorded a career-high 31 points on a career-best 13-of-23 from the field. The effort set the school record for a Big 12 tournament game and is tied for the ninth-highest scoring output in Big 12 tournament history. She is the 20th player in school history to register a 30-point effort and was the 41st game with 30 or more points scored and the fifth in the month of March.

The product of Orlando, Fla., has tallied 25 games in double figures this season including nine 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 18.5 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 1,216 points to rank 20th in school history. Childs has scored in double figures in 60 career games including at least 20 points in 13 contests.

Earlier this season, 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.