K-State Welcomes in Utah for WNIT Semifinals

Haley Texada has scored in double figures in all four of K-State's WNIT games.

April 1, 2013

Kansas State Game Notes | Utah Game Notes

Game 37
2013 Postseason WNIT - Semifinals
Utah vs. Kansas State
Wednesday, April 3, 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: Matt Walters; Color: Kristin Waller)

Radio: K-State Sports Network (PbP: Matt Walters; Color: Kristin Waller)

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

Kansas State Wildcats (19-17, 5-13 Big 12)
Head Coach: Deb Patterson (Rockford ‘79)
Career Record: 339-206 (.622) 17th year
School Record: Same
Last game: W, 66-48 vs. Illinois on March 30, 2013
website: www.kstatesports.com
Twitter: @kstatesports, @kstate_gameday, #KStateWBB

Utah Utes (22-13, 8-10 Pac 12)
Head Coach: Anthony Levrets
Career Record: 56-46 (.549) - 3rd season
School Record: Same
Last game: W, 58-55 at St. Mary’s on March 30, 2013
website: www.utahutes.com
Twitter: @utahathletics, @utahwbasketball

Series History and Notes
K-State trails the series, 2-3...  Utah has won three straight in the series... The Utes won the last meeting in the series, 76-58, on Nov. 28, 1998 in Salt Lake City, Utah... Head coach Deb Patterson is 0-2 against Utah... K-State is 46-44 against teams from the Pac 12... K-State’s last meeting against a Pac 12 foe was Nov. 20, 2009 against Washington State, a 70-63 K-State win in Manhattan.

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Playing its first game in the month of April and a school record 37th game, Kansas State will host Utah in the semifinals of the 2013 WNIT on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. Wednesday night’s matchup features two of the top-20 all-time program wins leaders in NCAA Division I women’s basketball history, as K-State ranks 14th with 841 wins and Utah is 18th with 824 wins. K-State enters the game with a four-game winning streak and a 13-0 home record in WNIT games.

Tickets for Wednesday night’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.

Wednesday’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 Matt Walters 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 quarterfinals of the 2013 WNIT on March 30, K-State (19-17, 5-13 Big 12) cruised past Illinois, 66-48, in Bramlage Coliseum. K-State has held all four 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 2013 All-America candidate Brittany Chambers, who registered 21 points five assists and two steals. She has scored 20 or more points in the last nine games to set a school record. Over the nine games, she is averaging 27.1 points (244 points) on a .503 field goal percentage (87-of-173), including a .517 three-point field goal percentage (45-of-87) and has pulled in 7.8 rebounds (70 rebounds) and dished out 3.8 assists (34 assists).

K-State has been led in the WNIT by the duo of Chambers and sophomore guard Haley Texada. Chambers is averaging 28.5 points on a .541 field goal percentage including a .550 three-point field goal percentage, 7.5 rebounds and 5.0 assists. Texada, playing in her first career postseason games this season, is averaging 13.8 points including a high of 16 points against Illinois, 5.5 rebounds and 1.3 steals.

At a Glance: Utah
Utah (22-13, 8-10 Pac 12) registered a 58-55 win over St. Mary’s on Saturday to reach the semifinals of the 2013 WNIT. The Utes have played three of its four games in the WNIT on the road, with all three played in the state of California. Utah opened the tournament with a 56-49 win at Long Beach State, followed by a 61-50 win over San Diego in Salt Lake City and finally notched an overtime 60-55 win at Pacific in the round of 16.

The Utes are led by third-year head coach Anthony Levrets. The former Utah assistant coach has guided the Utes to a 56-46 (.549) record during his time on the sidelines. This is the third straight season Utah has reached the postseason under Levrets, including an appearance in the 2011 NCAA Tournament as a No. 15 seed following four straight wins in the Mountain West Conference Tournament. Last season, Utah reached the second round of the WNIT.

Utah features a starting lineup of three players averaging double figures in scoring including: Michelle Plouffe, Taryn Wicijowski and Iwalani Rodrigues. Plouffe, a 6-4 junior forward from Edmonton, Alberta, leads the Utes in scoring (17.2 ppg), rebounding (9.1 rpg), assists (2.7 apg), steals (2.0 spg), 3-point field goals made and attempted (54-of-155, .348) and free throws made and attempted (122-of-167, .731). The All-Pac 12 selection by the league’s coaches and the media has averaged 21.0 points on a .500 field goal percentage, and has pulled in 14.0 rebounds in the four WNIT games for the Utes. Against St. Mary’s, Plouffe led Utah with 20 points, eight rebounds and two steals.

Wicijowski, a 6-3 redshirt junior forward from Regina, Saskatchewan, is second on the team in scoring and rebounding with 14.3 points and 6.9 rebounds. In the WNIT, the All-Pac 12 honorable mention recipient is averaging 15.3 points and 7.5 rebounds.

Rodrigues, a 5-9 redshirt senior guard from Ewa Beach, Hawaii, is averaging 11.7 points, 4.6 rebounds and a team-leading 2.9 assists. The honorable mention All-Pac 12 selection tallied 14 points, seven rebounds and eight assists at St. Mary’s.

Cats Protect the House Against Non-Con Foes
In the 25th season of action inside Bramlage Coliseum, Kansas State has protected its home floor with determination against non-conference foes with a record of 141-23 (.860) record.

In the Deb Patterson era, the Wildcats have been even better with a record of 104-10 (.912).

Three is Not a Crowd, It’s a Benefit
The Wildcats have looked for three players to reach double figures in scoring for the last three seasons and when this happens, K-State has been victorious more times than not with a 34-15 (.694) mark, including a 9-7 record this season and a 13-4 mark in 2011-12.

K-State has seen a season-high five players reach double figures against Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Nov. 11, Feb. 2 against Kansas and March 4 at Baylor.

Chambers on Historic Scoring Run
During the last nine games, senior Brittany Chambers has given K-State fans plenty of entertainment as she is in the midst of a historic scoring run. Chambers has scored 20 or more points in nine straight games, which is a school record. During the nine games, the 2013 All-America candidate is averaging 27.1 points per game on a .503 field goal percentage, including a .517 three-point field goal percentage.

The current nine game stretch started with Chambers setting the school record for points against a conference opponent with 36 at West Virginia on Feb. 26. She continued with 31 against Texas Tech in the regular season home finale. The two point totals marked the first time in school history a player recorded consecutive games with 30 or more points.

Following three more games of 20 or more points, including a game-winning layup to beat Texas in the first round of the Big 12 Championships to give her exactly 20 points, Chambers set the school record for points in a game with 42 points in the first round of the  WNIT against Texas Southern. During her single-game school record 42-point game against Texas Southern on March 21, Chambers set a school record for points in a half with 29 points in the first half, breaking the old record of 26 by Jennifer Jones from March 3, 1984 against Missouri.

She followed up her 42-point performance with a 28-point effort against Illinois State to set the school record for most points in consecutive games with 70. In the WNIT, Chambers is averaging 28.5 points on a .541 field goal percentage including a .550 three-point percentage.