K-State to Face Purdue in 1st Round of NCAA Tournament

Brittany Chambers

March 18, 2011

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Game 32
2011 NCAA Championships - Philadelphia
(8) Kansas State (21-10, 10-6 Big 12) vs. (9) Purdue (20-11, 9-7 Big Ten)
March 20, 2011 | 1:30 p.m. (CT) | Gampel Pavilion (10,027) | Storrs, Conn.

TV
ESPN2
Play-by-Play: Mark Jones; Color Analysis: Doris Burke

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

Internet
Live stats and free live audio at www.kstatesports.com

Ticket Information
Visit www.ncaa.com or contact the K-State athletic ticket office at (800) 221-CATS or call the UConn ticket office at (877) AT-UCONN.

Series History and Notes
Purdue leads the series, 2-0... The Boilermakers won the last meeting in the series, a 79-69 decision on Nov. 16, 2003 in West Lafayette, Ind... The Wildcats are 22-21 against teams from the Big Ten Conference... This will be K-State’s third meeting against a Big Ten foe in the NCAA Tournament.


MANHATTAN, Kan. -
Kansas State will make the program’s 12th appearance in the NCAA Tournament, as the No. 8 seed Wildcats will face No. 9 seed Purdue on Sunday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. (CT), in Storrs, Conn., at Gampel Pavilion. K-State will be making its ninth postseason appearance in the last 10 seasons and the eighth NCAA Tournament appearance in the Deb Patterson era.

Sunday’s matchup between the Wildcats and Boilermakers will be televised live to a regional audience with live look-ins to the rest of the nation on ESPN2, as Mark Jones and Doris Burke call the action. K-State owns an all-time record of 89-58 (.605) in televised games, including a 11-6 mark in a school record 17 televised contests this season. The Wildcats are 9-9 (.500) on the ESPN family of networks.  

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.

During the 2010-11 season, Kansas State (21-10, 10-6 Big 12) recorded the 22nd 20-win season in school history and the eighth under Patterson’s guidance while tying for third in the Big 12 standings after being tabbed for a ninth place finish by the league’s coaches in the preseason poll. K-State also became the 13th team in NCAA Division I women’s basketball history to reach the 800-win mark, while Patterson tallied the 300th win of her career.

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, leads K-State and ranks 10th in the Big 12 in scoring with a 16.0 point per game average (496 total points). 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, a two-time Big 12 Player of the Week recipient, also leads K-State in three-point shooting (84-of-224; .375) 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 (5.6 rpg; 173 rebounds) and is second in assists (2.7 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 13.1 points per game. The forward from Orlando, Fla., is 14th in the Big 12 and 96th in the nation in field goal percentage (.460). This season, Childs has surpassed her season career-highs in six statistical categories including points (407), assists (32), steals (22) and field goals made (166) and attempted (361).

Karr is the Wildcats’ third-leading scorer and is 26th in the Big 12 with 10.2 points per game. The native of Paola, Kan., has scored a career-high 315 points this season while also pulling a career-best 149 rebounds this season (4.8). Karr has scored in double figures in four straight games and has reached double digits in 17 games this season.

K-State in the NCAA Tournament
Kansas State was awarded its 12th bid into the NCAA Tournament and its ninth postseason appearance in the last 10 years. The Wildcats are 10-11 (.476) in its previous 11 appearances and have advanced to at least the second round in six straight NCAA appearances.

During K-State’s last appearance in the tournament during the 2008 NCAA Tournament, the Wildcats were a No. 5 seed and defeated Chattanooga, 69-59, in the first round of the New Orleans region in Bridgeport, Conn. K-State fell to No. 4 Louisville in the second round, 80-63.

K-State head coach Deb Patterson has now guided the Wildcats to eight NCAA Tournament appearances and has registered a 7-7 (.500) mark.

Chambers, Childs Form Inside-Out Scoring Duo
K-State has leaned heavily this season on the production of its two All-Big 12 performers, sophomore guard Brittany Chambers  (496 points) and junior forward Jalana Childs (407 points). The pair is responsible for 903 of the team’s 1,905 points this season (47.4 percent) and one of the two players has paced the team in scoring in 24 of the team’s 31 contests this season. The pair has scored in double figures in the same game in 17 contests this season.

With 97 combined points, the duo would become the eighth tandem in school history to record 1,000 combined points and the first since the 2003-04 season. They are the first K-State teammates since the 2008-09 season to each score 400+ points in a season.

The pair sparked Kansas State to a 69-64 win at Nebraska on Feb. 19, as Chambers and Childs combined for 54 of the Wildcats’ 69 points. In the latter stages of the second half of the contest, the duo combined to score 25 of K-State’s final 27 points.

The effort by the two players was historic, as it was the 19th time in school history that two Wildcats have combined to score 50 or more points in a game, but it was the first time since Jan. 29, 2005. K-State is 19-0 when two players combine to score at least 50 points in the same game.

The output by Chambers and Childs ranks tied for the fourth-most points scored by two Wildcats in a single game since the 1986-87 season. Of the 19 games in which two Wildcats scored 50 or more points, Chambers and Childs rank first in terms of percentage of the team’s total points accounted for (78.3).

At a Glance: Purdue
Purdue (20-11, 9-7 Big Ten) finished seventh in the Big Ten and  advanced to the quarterfinals of the league’s postseason tournament with a 66-62 win over in-state rival Indiana. The Boilermakers are making their first NCAA Tournament appearance since the 2008-09 season after going 15-17 last season.

Purdue is led by fifth-year head coach Sharon Versyp. The 1989 graduate of Purdue has accumulated a 110-60 (.647) record during her time in West Lafayette. This is the fourth NCAA Tournament appearance under Versyp’s guidance at her alma mater. Versyp was inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame following an outstanding playing career for the Boilermakers. She ranks among the top 10 in eight statiscal categories and was a three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection and an Academic All-America in her senior season.

The Boilermakers have been led this season by a pair of All-Big Ten third team honorees, junior guard Brittany Rayburn and redshirt junior forward Drey Mingo. Rayburn leads the team in scoring with 14.4 points per game.

Mingo is third on the team in scoring with 11.9 points per game and paces the team in rebounding with 5.9 boards per game.