K-State, Illinois State Tangle in WNIT on Monday

Brittany Chambers registered school records of most points in a single game (42) and most points in a half (29) on Thursday.

March 23, 2013

Game Notes

Game 34
2013 Postseason WNIT - Second Round
Illinois State vs. Kansas State
Monday, March 25, 2013 | 7 p.m. | Bramlage Coliseum (12,528) | Manhattan, Kan.

Game Information
Tickets: Visit www.kstatesports.com or call (800) 221-CATS
$15 for chairbacks; $10 for general admission; $5 for students & kids

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 (16-17, 5-13 Big 12)
Head Coach: Deb Patterson (Rockford ‘79)
Career Record: 336-206 (.620) 17th year
School Record: Same
Last game: W, 72-44 vs. Texas Southern on March 21, 2013
website: www.kstatesports.com
Twitter: @kstatesports, @kstate_gameday, #KStateWBB

Illinois State Redbirds (24-10, 13-5 MVC)
Head Coach: Stephanie Glance (Rollins College ‘85)
Career Record: 67-34 (.663) - Third season
School Record: Same
Last game: W, 63-47 vs. IUPUI on March 21, 2013
website: www.goredbirds.com
Twitter: @ISURedbirds

Series History and Notes
K-State leads the series, 7-1...  The Wildcats won the last meeting between the schools, 105-61, on Nov. 26, 2004 in Freeport, Bahamas... K-State is 4-0 against Illinois State in games played in Manhattan... Last meeting in Manhattan was Nov. 21, 1997, a 66-55 K-State win... Head coach Deb Patterson is 3-0 against Illinois State... K-State is 96-21 against the Missouri Valley Conference... K-State defeated MVC member Wichita State earlier this season in Wichita, 48-43.

MANHATTAN, Kan. – With its win on Thursday night, Kansas State has advanced to the second round of the 2013 WNIT and will host Illinois State on Monday at 7 p.m., in Bramlage Coliseum. K-State will enter Monday’s game with a 10-game home court winning streak in the WNIT and will look for its 10th home win of the season. This will be the second straight season K-State will play 34 games and the 11th time in school history the Wildcats have played 34 or more games in a season.

Monday’s game will be broadcast for free on K-StateHD.TV and on the radio through the K-State Sports Network and for free online at kstatesports.com/allaccess. Handling the broadcasts 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.

In the first round of the 2013 WNIT, K-State (16-17, 5-13 Big 12) defeated Texas Southern, 72-44, in Bramlage on March 21. The 28-point margin of victory for K-State was its largest in a WNIT game in school history. The Wildcats were led by a career-high performance from Brittany Chambers, who registered a school record 42 points on 15-of-25 shooting including 9-of-15 from beyond the arc. She also pulled down 11 rebounds and dished out five assists. Her nine made 3-point field goals tied the WNIT record for three-point field goals made in a game. She carded 29 points in the first half against the Lady Tigers, which set a school record for points in a half, surpassing the previous mark of 26 by Jennifer Jones on March 3, 1984 against Missouri.

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 Chambers. The 2012-13 All-America candidate has registered career season-highs in three major statistical categories and is the only player in the Big 12 this season to score 600 or more points (690; 20.9 ppg), grab 250 or more rebounds (250; 7.6 rpg) and dish out 100 or more assists (103; 3.1 apg). She is the second player to reach this milestone in school and league history, joining former Wildcat Nicole Ohlde as the only player to achieve these numbers in a single season. The 690 points are a school record for points in a single season.  

As a team, K-State has made a school record 291 three-point field goals this season. The mark ranks fourth in Big 12 history. The 951 attempts from beyond the arc are a school- and Big 12 record.

K-State Making 4th Postseason WNIT Appearance
By accepting its automatic 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 10-2 (.833) 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 four 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 71 wins, two NCAA Tournament appearances, a WNIT appearance and four Academic All-Big 12 honors. The duo has also tallied 2,633 points, 1,318 rebounds and 784 assists.

At a Glance: Illinois State
Illinois State (24-10, 13-5 MVC) advanced to the second round of the 2013 WNIT with a 63-47 win over IUPUI on Thursday night in Redbird Arena. Illinois State, who finished third in the regular season standings in the Missouri Valley Conference, finished as a runner-up in the conference tournament, falling to champion Wichita State, 69-65, on March 17 in St. Charles, Mo.

This is the fifth straight appearance in the WNIT and the 12th overall for the Redbirds, as Illinois State secured the Missouri Valley Conference’s automatic bid into the tournament. Illinois State is 20-17 in the WNIT, including a 13-4 record in the last five seasons and have advanced to the semifinals in three straight seasons.

The Redbirds are led by third-year head coach Stephanie Glance. The 1985 graduate of Rollins College owns a 67-34 (.663) record in her three seasons in Bloomington. Glance is the only coach to have worked for Hall of Fame women’s basketball coaches Pat Summitt and the late Kay Yow. Glance worked as an assistant coach at North Carolina State with Yow from 1994-09, then was a special assistant to Summit at Tennessee in the 2009-10 season before accepting her first head coaching position at Illinois State in 2010.

Illinois State features three players averaging double figures in points: Jamie Russell, Janae Smith and Candace Sykes. Russell, a senior guard from Rock Falls, Ill., paces the Redbirds with 14.4 points and 2.6 steals, while pulling in 5.1 rebounds and dishing 2.8 assists. Russell earned All-Valley First Team and All-Defensive Team honors for the second straight season.

Smith, a 6-2 sophomore forward from Matteson, Ill., is averaging 13.4 points and a team-high 8.0 rebounds. She also leads the Redbirds with 36 blocks this season. Smith was named All-Valley Second Team.

Sykes, a 5-10 senior guard from St. Anne, Ill., registered All-Valley Honorable Mention honors for the second straight season. Sykes is averaging 13.1 points and 5.8 rebounds. She is second on the team in rebounding and blocked shots with 24.

Chambers Combines With 2 Teammates for 50+
Senior guard Brittany Chambers has combined with two different teammates to post over 50 combined points in two separate games this season. This is the first time since the 2004-05 season that K-State has had two teammates combine for 50 or more points in two games.

On Feb. 9, Chambers and senior guard Mariah White combined to set a school record for combined points by two teammates with 59 of the Wildcats’ 71 points at Iowa State. In the first half of the contest, Chambers and White combined to score 27 of K-State’s 29 points and tallied 32 of the Wildcats’ 42 second half points. Chambers finished with 34 points, while White carded a career-high 25.

Before Chambers and White combined to break the record, the old mark for combined points by two K-State teammates was 57 by Diana Miller and Nadira Hazim at Oklahoma on Jan. 20, 1990.

On March 21, Chambers and sophomore guard Haley Texada teamed up to score 54 of K-State’s 72 points together. Chambers registered a school record 42 points while Texada added 12.

These two games were the 19th and 20th times in school history that two Wildcats have combined to score 50 or more points in a game, and it was the first time since Feb. 19, 2011, when Chambers and Jalana Childs combined for 54 points at Nebraska. K-State is 19-1 when two players combine to score at least 50 points in the same game since the 1986-87 season.

Of the 20 games in which two Wildcats scored 50 or more points, Chambers’ and White’s effort ranks first in terms of percentage of the team’s total points accounted for, 83.1 percent. The previous mark was by Chambers and Childs of 78.3 percent.