K-State Backcourt Ready to Step Up

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Kansas State enters its 42nd season of women's basketball in the 2009-10 season fresh off the 11th NCAA Tournament appearance in school history. The Wildcats will look to replace the production of three departed senior backcourt members: Shalee Lehning, Kelsey Nelson and Danielle Zanotti. K-State returns three letterwinners from last season's roster while also bolstering this position of need with the addition of three incoming freshmen: Brittany Chambers, Taelor Karr and Mariah White.

The first person K-State will look to for a production increase in the backcourt will be senior guard Kari Kincaid. The native of Andover, Kan., played in and started all 33 games during the 2008-09 and split time at the point and shooting guard positions. Kincaid finished with a number of season career-highs including points (263; 8.0 ppg), rebounds (76; 2.3 rpg), assists (54; 1.6 apg) and 3-point field goals made (59) and 3-point field goals attempted (159).

A versatile contributor for the Wildcats, junior guard Shalin Spani will look to shake off the effects of a knee injury that halted her season after 25 games in 2008-09. The Lee's Summit, Mo., product and 2009 Academic All-Big 12 first team selection tallied a career-high for points in a season with 98 and scored in double figures on three occasions, including a career-high of 16 points against Alcorn State. Spani displayed a comfortable touch from beyond the arc last season making a career-high 21 three-point field goals on a career-best 68 attempts.

Junior guard Kelsey Hill saw action in a career-high 20 contests during her second season in the "Little Apple." Hill, an Academic All-Big 12 first team recipient, recorded a career-high nine points in a career-high 15 minutes against Alcorn State.

Chambers comes to K-State as a highly decorated prep athlete in the state of Minnesota. The native of Belle Plaine, Minn., was a two-time All-State selection and a three-time All-State Tournament team selection in basketball. During the 2008 Minnesota Class 2A state tournament, Chambers tallied a state tournament record 47 points. Chambers was also a highly sought prospect in volleyball, earning 2008 Minnesota Class 2A Girls Volleyball Player of the Year honors and finishing her career ranked second in Minnesota high school history for career and single-season kills.

Karr continues her basketball career within the state, as she comes to the Wildcats from Paola, Kan. She is a 2009 Kansas Basketball Coaches Association All-Star selection and was selected to the 2009 Greater Kansas City Basketball Coaches Association All-Star team. Karr battled back after a knee injury prior to her junior season to end her high school career with a senior season average of 14.6 points, 3.3 rebounds, 3.3 steals and 1.8 assists.

White joins the Wildcats after earning 2009 Oklahoma 6A State Tournament first team selection and is a three-time All-Mid-State Conference selection. White, a product of Midwest City, Okla., concluded her senior season by averaging a versatile 7.7 points, 4.1 assists, 3.7 rebounds and 2.7 steals.

The 2009-10 Kansas State women's basketball season begins with an exhibition game against Fort Hays State on November 3 in Bramlage Coliseum. K-State's regular season begins Nov. 14 in Manhattan against Indiana State.

Women's basketball season tickets begin at $78 for general admission, while bench and chairback seating is available for $99 and $132, respectively.

The most convenient way to order tickets is online at www.kstatesports.com. Tickets may also be purchased in person at the K-State Athletic Ticket Office in Bramlage Coliseum or by calling toll-free, (800) 221-CATS.