K-State, Illinois Face Off in WNIT Quarterfinals

Head coach Deb Patterson has guided K-State to 12 straight home wins in the WNIT.

March 29, 2013

Game Notes

Game 36
2013 Postseason WNIT - Quarterfinals
Illinois vs. Kansas State
Saturday, March 30, 2013 | 4 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 (18-17, 5-13 Big 12)
Head Coach: Deb Patterson (Rockford ‘79)
Career Record: 338-206 (.621) 17th year
School Record: Same
Last game: W, 60-48 vs. Ball State on March 28, 2013
website: www.kstatesports.com
Twitter: @kstatesports, @kstate_gameday, #KStateWBB

Illinois Fighting Illini (19-13, 9-7 Big Ten)
Head Coach: Matt Bollant (Winona State ‘94)
Career Record: 301-68 (.816) - 11th season
School Record: 19-13 (.594) - First season
Last game: W, 63-55 at Toledo on March 28, 2013
website: www.fightingillini.com
Twitter: @IlliniAthletics

Series History and Notes
K-State leads the series, 2-0...  The Wildcats won the last meeting between the schools, 66-51, on March 22, 2007, in a Postseason WNIT game in Manhattan... Kansas State head coach Deb Patterson is 1-0 against Illinois... K-State is 70-56 against teams from the Big Ten... K-State’s last meeting with a Big Ten member (outside of Nebraska) was Dec. 19, 2011 against Northwestern, a 64-45, K-State win in Las Vegas, Nev.

MANHATTAN, Kan. – With its third straight win in the 2013 WNIT, Kansas State has advanced to the quarterfinals and will host Illinois on Saturday afternoon at 4 p.m., in Bramlage Coliseum. The Wildcats enter Saturday’s game with a 12-game home court winning streak in WNIT play. Saturday’s game will mark the 36th game of the season, which sets a school record for games played in a season.

Tickets for Saturday afternoon’s game are now available online at kstatesports.com/tickets, by calling 1-800-221-CATS (2287) or in person at the ticket office, located inside the southwest entrance of Bramlage Coliseum. Tickets are priced as follows: $15 chairbacks, $10 general admission and $5 for students and kids.

Saturday’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 Round of 16 of the 2013 WNIT, K-State (18-17, 5-13 Big 12) knocked off Ball State, 60-48, in Bramlage on Thursday. K-State has held all three of its WNIT opponents to 49 points or less, which is the longest such streak since holding five straight opponents to 49 points or less from Dec. 7-20, 2011. The Wildcats were led by Brittany Chambers, who registered 23 points, eight rebounds and six assists. She has scored 20 or more points in the last eight games to set a school record. Over the eight games, she is averaging 27.9 points (223 points) on a .500 field goal percentage (79-of-158), including a .526 three-point field goal percentage (40-of-76) and has pulled in 8.4 rebounds (67 rebounds) and dished out 3.6 assists (29 assists).

K-State has been led all season by Chambers, who is a three-time All-Big 12 First Team honoree, the inaugural Big 12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year and a 2013 WBCA All-Region 5 recipient. The 2012-13 All-America candidate has registered career season-highs in three major statistical categories and is the only player in Big 12 history to score 700 or more points (741; 21.2 ppg), grab 250 or more rebounds (268; 7.7 rpg) and dish out 100 or more assists (113; 3.2 apg). The 741 points are a school record for points in a single season and ranks ninth in Big 12 history for points in a season.  

As a team, K-State has made a school and Big 12 record 314 three-point field goals this season. The Wildcats rank first in the Big 12 and fifth in the nation in 3-point field goals made per game (9.0).

At a Glance: Illinois
Illinois (19-13, 9-7 Big Ten) will be playing its second straight road game, as the Fighting Illini advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2013 WNIT with a 63-55 win at Toledo on Thursday night. Illinois secured a pair of home wins in the first and second rounds to reach this point in the tournament.

Illinois ranks fifth in the nation in steals per game with 12.8 per contest and is 35th in the nation in points per game with an average of 69.6. Against Toledo on Thursday, Illinois forced 23 turnovers which included 13 steals.

The Fighting Illini are led by first-year head coach Matt Bollant. The 1994 graduate of Winona State owns a 301-68 (.816) career record in his 11 seasons on the sidelines, which includes stops at Green Bay and NAIA Division II Bryan College.

Illinois features a starting lineup of four players averaging double figures in scoring including: Karisma Penn, Adrienne GodBold, Amber Moore and Ivory Crawford. Penn, a 6-2 senior forward from Shaker Heights, Ohio, leads the team in scoring and rebounding with averages of 19.2 points and 9.6 rebounds. Against Toledo, the All-Big Ten First Team selection by the media and All-Big Ten Second Team recipient from the league’s coaches tallied23 points, 11 rebounds and three steals.

GodBold, a 5-11 senior guard from Chicago, Ill., is averaging 16.1 points and 7.1 rebounds in 21 games this season. The 2013 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year and All-Big Ten Second Team honoree from the league’s coaches is averaging 3.0 steals per game.

Moore, a 5-11 junior guard from Detroit, Mich., is averaging 12.6 points and 4.5 rebounds. Against Toledo, Moore carded 18 points including 5-of-10 shooting from beyond the arc.

Crawford, a 5-10 sophomore guard from Chicago, Ill., has averaged 11.9 points and 4.4 rebounds per game.

Wildcats’ Defense Solid to Close Season
Despite playing at a height disadvantage in most games this season, Kansas State’s tenacity on the defensive end of the floor has been strong this season. K-State is holding its foes to 63.6 points per game, including eight games with 49 points or less. In non-conference action this season, K-State is allowing its foes an average of 56.6 points per game.

The last time K-State held an opponent to 49-points or less was March 28, 2013 against Texas Southern, when the Wildcats allowed 48 points. K-State has held all three opponents in the WNIT to 49-points or less and has held four of its last five opponents to 49 points or less. During the last 12 seasons, K-State is 79-3 (.963) when holding an opponent to 49 points or less. In the Deb Patterson-era, K-State has held opponents to 30 points or less five times.

Records Set By K-State in the 2012-13 Season
The following are school and Big 12 records set by K-State and the players during the 2012-13 season.

• 3-point FGs made by team (game) - 16 vs. Okla. St. 1/23/13 (school)
• 3-point FGs attempted by team (game) - 44 vs. Baylor 1/16/13 (school)
• 3-point FGs made by team (season) - 314 (school & Big 12 records)
• 3-point FGs attempted by team (season) - 1,022 (school & Big 12 records)
• Total games - 35 - tied for most in school history
• Most points single-game (player) - 42 , Brittany Chambers vs. Texas Southern, 3/21/13 (school)
• Most points in consecutive games (player) - 70 , Brittany Chambers (school)
• Most points single-season (player) - 741 , Brittany Chambers (school)
• Most points single-season by a senior (player) - 718, Brittany Chambers (school)
• Consecutive games scored in a career (player) - 132, Brittany Chambers (school)
• Games with 20 or more points in a season (player) - 21, Brittany Chambers (school)
• Games with 30 or more points in a career (player) - 6, Brittany Chambers (school)
• Consecutive games w/ 20 or more points (player) - 8, Brittany Chambers (school)
• Consecutive games w/ 30 or more points (player) - 2, Brittany Chambers (school)
• 3-point FGs attempted in career (player) - 956, Brittany Chambers (school)
• Rebounds in a season by a guard (player) - 268, Brittany Chambers (school)
• Season with 700+ points, 250+ rebounds, 100+ assists in a season  (player) - Brittany Chambers (school & Big 12)
• Minutes played in season (player) - 1,296, Brittany Chambers (school)
• Minutes played in career (player) - 4,655, Brittany Chambers (school)
• Combined points by two teammates (game) - 59, Brittany Chambers and Mariah White, at Iowa State, 2/9/13 (school)