Wildcats Face Huskies with Trip to Sweet 16 at Stake

Ashia Woods and Branshea Brown attempt to pull down a rebound against Princeton.

March 17, 2012

Kansas State Game Notes (PDF)

Game 34
2012 NCAA Championships
(8) Kansas State (20-13, 9-9 Big 12) vs. (1) Connecticut (30-4, 13-3 Big East)
March 19, 2012 | 6 p.m. (CT) | Webster Bank Arena at Harbor Yard (9,500) | Bridgeport, Conn.

ESPN2 or 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

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

Free live stats at www.ncaa.com and free live audio at kstatesports.com. Live video available on ESPN3.com.

Ticket Information
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BRIDGEPORT, Conn. - Kansas State has continued to exceed expectations this season, as the Wildcats have advanced to the second round of the 2012 NCAA Tournament and achieved its 23rd 20-win season in the program’s 44-year history. K-State, the No. 8 seed in the Kingston, R.I., regional, will face No. 1 seed Connecticut on Monday, March 19 at 6 p.m. (CT) at Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, Conn. This is the first appearance in the second round for K-State since the 2009 NCAA Tournament. The matchup will feature two of the 17 schools in NCAA Division I women’s basketball history with 800 or more wins in the history of the programs.

Monday night’s game will be broadcast on ESPN2 and ESPN3.com, as Pam Ward and Rebecca Lobo call the action. This will be the 164th K-State women’s basketball game to be broadcast on television and the 21st on the ESPN family of networks. K-State holds an all-time record of 100-63 (.613) in televised games, including a 10-10 (.500) 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.

K-State advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the seventh time in its last eight NCAA Tournament appearances with a 67-64 win over No. 9 seed and No. 24-ranked Princeton on Saturday afternoon.

The Wildcats were paced by its interior senior duo of Branshea Brown and Jalana Childs. Brown notched a career and game-high 22 points on a career-best 10-of-17 shooting. The forward from Walterboro, S.C., also added seven rebounds, four assists and one blocked shot. Her scoring effort was the highest by a Wildcat in an NCAA Tournament game since Kendra Wecker recorded the school record of 29 points against Vanderbilt on March 21, 2005 in Seattle, Wash. Brown entered the contest against Princeton with just six career points in her previous two NCAA Tournament games. For the season, Brown has tallied career-highs in points (189), assists (61) and blocks (26).

Childs aided Brown’s career effort with 15 points, on 6-of-13 shooting, and eight rebounds. Childs, an All-Big 12 first team selection, leads the Wildcats in scoring and ranks fifth in the Big 12 with a career-high 480 points (14.5 ppg). She also leads the team in field goal percentage (.449), free throw percentage (.774) and offensive rebounds (74, 2.2 orpg). Over the last seven games, Childs is averaging 18.0 points per game.

Also adding to the K-State attack this season is junior Brittany Chambers. The two-time All-Big 12 first team selection is second on the team in scoring (14.1 ppg) and paces the Wildcats in rebounding (6.2 rpg) and three-point field goals made (77). Chambers and Childs are the first set of K-State teammates to tally consecutive 400-point seasons since Wecker and Nicole Ohlde (2002-03 and 2003-04).

At a Glance: Connecticut
Connecticut (30-4, 13-3 Big East), the No. 1 seed in the Kingston regional, advanced to the second round of the 2012 NCAA Tournament with an 83-47 win over Prairie View A&M on Saturday afternoon. The Huskies reached the NCAA Tournament by earning the Big East Conference’s automatic bid, winning the league’s tournament for the seventh time in the last eight seasons. UConn has reached at least the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament every year since 1993-94 including seven national titles.

On the bench, the Huskies are guided by the venerable Geno Auriemma. The 1981 graduate of West Chester owns an 801-128 (.862) career record in Storrs. Auriemma has guided the program to  19 straight 25+ win seasons dating back to the 1992-93 season.

On the floor, UConn features four players who average in double figures led by National Freshman of the Year candidate Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis. Mosqueda-Lewis leads the Huskies with 15.0 points per game and also hauls in 5. 3 rebounds per game while making all but one appearance from off the bench this season. Against Prairie View A&M, Mosquesda-Lewis tallied a game-high 21 points and seven rebounds in 34 minutes of play off the bench.

Also in doubles figures in senior guard Tiffany Hayes. The product of Lakeland, Fla., is averaging 14.9 points and 3.4 assists. Hayes played a limited role in in Saturday’s game, seeing just 17 minutes of time and recording seven points and three assists.