K-State Hosts Texas Southern in 1st Round of WNIT

Mariah White (above) along with Brittany Chambers, will make their third straight postseason appearance beginning Thursday night in Bramlage.

March 20, 2013

Game Notes

Game 33
2013 Postseason WNIT
Texas Southern vs. Kansas State
Thursday, March 21, 2013 | 7 p.m. | Bramlage Coliseum (12,528) | Manhattan, Kan.

Game Information
Tickets: Visit www.kstatesports.com or call (800) 221-CATS
-    $15 for chairback seats
-    $10 for general admission seats
-    $5 for students and children

TV: K-StateHD.TV (PbP: Brian Smoller; Color: Kristin Waller)

Radio: K-State Sports Network (PbP: Brian Smoller; Color: Kristin Waller)

Internet: Free live video on K-StateHD.TV; free live audio & free live stats at www.kstatesports.com

Kansas State Wildcats (15-17, 5-13 Big 12)
Head Coach: Deb Patterson (Rockford ‘79)
Career Record: 335-206 (.619) 17th year
School Record: Same
Last game: L, 80-47 vs. (1/1) Baylor on March 9, 2013
website: www.kstatesports.com
Twitter: @kstatesports, @kstate_gameday, #KStateWBB

Texas Southern Lady Tigers (20-11, 16-2 SWAC)
Head Coach: Cynthia Cooper-Dyke
Career Record: 150-105 (.588) - 8th season
School Record: 20-11 (.645) - First season
Last game: L, 62-58 vs. Prairie View A&M on March 15, 2013
website: www.tsuball.com
Twitter: -

Series History and Notes
K-State leads the series between the schools, 1-0... The Wildcats won the last meeting between the schools, 84-41, on Dec . 1, 2000 in Manhattan... Head coach Deb Patterson is 1-0 against Texas Southern... K-State is 18-0 against the Southwest Athletic Conference... K-State defeated SWAC members Arkansas-Pine Bluff and Mississippi Valley State earlier this season in Bramlage.

MANHATTAN, Kan. – For the third straight season and the 11th time in the last 12 years, Kansas State women’s basketball will participate in postseason play as the Wildcats have accepted a bid to play in the 2013 Postseason WNIT and will face Texas Southern on Thursday at 7 p.m. This will be K-State’s third appearance in the Postseason WNIT and the first since reaching the semifinals of the 2007 WNIT.

Thursday’s game will also be broadcast on the radio through the K-State Sports Network and for free online at kstatesports.com/allaccess. Handling the radio broadcast will be the award-winning Brian Smoller on play-by-play and former Wildcat letterwinner Kristin Waller with the analysis. Fans can also follow the free live stats at kstatesports.com and receive updates on Twitter by following @kstate_gameday.

Kansas State (15-17, 5-13 Big 12) has fought through five season-ending injuries to its roster and seven active players to finish in eighth place in the Big 12 standings. The Wildcats were predicted for a ninth place finish in the Big 12 by the leagues’ coaches in the preseason poll. This marks the ninth season of the 16 league seasons that have had a preseason poll and a final league standing that K-State has finished ahead of its preseason predicted finish.

This season K-State has been led by three-time All-Big 12 First Team, inaugural Big 12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year and 2013 WBCA All-Region 5 recipient Brittany Chambers. Chambers, a 2012-13 All-America candidate, has registered career season-highs in three major statistical categories and is the only player in the Big 12 to score 600 or more points (648; 20.3 ppg), grab 200 or more rebounds (241; 7.5 rpg) and dish out 90 or more assists (98; 3.1 apg). She is the fourth player to reach this milestone in league history and it is the fifth time this has been achieved. She joins former Wildcat Nicole Ohlde as the only player in school history to achieve these numbers in a single season. The 648 points are a career-high for Chambers and ranks as the second-highest point total in school history and a school record for points in a season by a senior. She needs 39 points to pass Tammie Romstad’s single-season scoring record of 686 points in the 1979-80 season. She ranks 16th in the nation in points per game and is the fourth-highest scoring player in terms of average in the WNIT.  

As a team, K-State has made a school record 279 three-point field goals this season. The mark ranks fourth in Big 12 history. The 920 attempts from beyond the arc are a school- and Big 12 record.

K-State Making 4th Postseason WNIT Appearance
By accepting its bid into the 2013 Postseason WNIT, Kansas State will play in its fourth WNIT in the program’s history and the fourth under the guidance of head coach Deb Patterson.

K-State is 9-2 (.818) in its previous three WNIT Tournament appearances in 1999, 2006 and 2007. The Wildcats captured the 2006 WNIT title for the first postseason title in school history in front of a sell-out crowd of 13,340 fans while defeating Marquette, 77-65, on March 31, 2006. K-State has advanced at least one round in its previous three WNIT appearances.

With K-State’s automatic bid into the Postseason WNIT, the Wildcats are one of eight Big 12 schools to earn a women’s basketball postseason bid. K-State is one of 12 athletic departments nationally to have its football team appear in a bowl game, both basketball teams and its volleyball team play in the postseason.

Senior Class to Make Third Postseason Appearance
The Kansas State senior class of Brittany Chambers and Mariah White will make their third straight postseason appearance. This senior class has combined for 70 wins, two NCAA Tournament appearances, a WNIT appearance and four Academic All-Big 12 honors. The duo has also tallied 2,589 points, 1,299 rebounds and 774 assists.

At a Glance: Texas Southern
Texas Southern (20-11, 16-2 SWAC), the 2013 SWAC regular season champions, enter the WNIT looking to bounce back from a 62-58 defeat to Prairie View A&M in the semifinals of the SWAC Championships. The Lady Tigers garnered the automatic bid for the WNIT from the SWAC and will be making its first-ever appearance in the WNIT.

The Lady Tigers are led by first-year head coach Cynthia Cooper-Dyke. The 2010 Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame and 2009 Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame inductee has achieved a 150-105 (.588) record in eight seasons on the sidelines with stops at North Carolina-Wilmington and Prairie View A&M. She has guided all three schools to postseason appearances, leading Prairie View A&M to their first NCAA Tournament appearance in school history in 2007 and WNIT appearances at UNCW and TSU.

Texas Southern features three players averaging double figures in points: Te’era Williams, Brianna Sidney and Kayla West. Williams, a freshman guard from Oklahoma City, Okla., paces the Lady Tigers in scoring with 13. 1 points per game. She ranks second on the team in rebounding at 6.4 per game and assists at 3.0 per contest. Williams was named the SWAC Freshman of the Year by the league’s head coaches and earned All-SWAC Third Team honors.

Sidney, a freshman guard from Brooklyn, N.Y., is second on the team in scoring with 10.2 points per game and is tied for the team-lead in three-point field goals made with 43. Sidney was named to the All-SWAC Second Team by the league’s coaches.

West, a sophomore guard from North Augusta, S.C., is third on the team in scoring at 10.1 points per game and leads the squad in assists with 3.6 per game.

K-State Sets School Record From Beyond the Arc
Due to a lack of size in 2012-13, K-State has attacked its opponents from beyond the 3-point line. For the season, K-State is 279-of-920 (.303) from beyond the arc. The 279 made three-point field goals this season are a school record and rank fourth in Big 12 history. The 2012-13 season is the ninth season in the program’s history with 200 or more made 3-point field goals and is the first since the 2009-10 season. The 920 attempts from beyond the arc are a school record and a Big 12 record. K-State is the first team in league history to attempt 900 or more 3-point field goals in a season.

K-State is averaging 8.7 made 3-point field goals per game to lead the Big 12 and rank fifth in the nation. In Big 12 games, K-State led the league with 9.4 three-point field goals made per game. The Wildcats have made five or more 3-point field goals in a game 30 times this season, including a current streak of 26 straight games.

The Wildcats have five players with 10 or more made three-point field goals this season, including three with 50 or more (Brittany Chambers, 94; Bri Craig, 59; Haley Texada, 56). This is the third season in the program’s history (2009-10 & 2002-03) that K-State has had three players make 50 or more three-point field goals.

This season, K-State has scored 837 points on 3-point field goals or 42.6 percent of its overall point total. This is the highest percentage of K-State’s overall point total from 3-point field goals in school history. K-State has completed six seasons with a percentage of 30-percent or higher, including a record high of 35.3 percent in the 2009-10.

Against Oklahoma State on Jan. 23, K-State set a school record with a 16-of-41 (.390) performance from beyond the arc. The 16 made 3-point field goals set a school record, a Bramlage Coliseum record, tied for ninth in Big 12 history and at the time was the fifth-highest total in the nation this season. K-State has made 10 or more 3-point field goals in a game 11 times this season. This marks the most games with 10 or more 3-point field goals made in a season in school history.  

The Wildcats set a new school record against Baylor on Jan. 16 with 44 three-point attempts, which is tied for second in Big 12 history for 3-point field goals attempted in a single game. K-State has 25 games in the Deb Patterson-era with 30 or more 3-point field goals attempted, including 15 this season. K-State is 12-13 in games with 30 or more 3-point field goals attempted.