Wildcats Open Exhibition Play Against FHSU

Chantay Caron and the Wildcats face Fort Hays State to begin exhibition action on Thursday night.

Oct. 30, 2012

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Exhibition Game 1

Fort Hays State at Kansas State
Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012 | 7 p.m. | Bramlage Coliseum (12,528) | Manhattan, Kan.

Kansas State Wildcats (0-0, 0-0 Big 12)
Head Coach: Deb Patterson (Rockford ‘79)
Career Record: 320-189 (.629) 17th year
School Record: Same
Last game: L, 72-26 vs. Connecticut on March 19, 2012
website: www.kstatesports.com
Twitter: @kstatesports, @kstate_gameday, #KStateWBB

Fort Hays State Tigers (0-0, 0-0 MIAA)
Head Coach: Tony Hobson (Hastings College ‘81)
Career Record: 472-158 (.749) 21st year
School Record: 59-52 (.531) 5th year
Last game: L, 73-61 vs. Central Missouri on March 1, 2012
website: www.fhsuathletics.com
Twitter: @fhsuathletics

Game Information
TV: K-StateHD.TV
Visit www.kstatesports.com/allaccess to sign-up for K-StateHD.TV

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

Internet: Live video on K-StateHD.TV (subscription), free live audio & free live stats at www.kstatesports.com

Tickets: Visit www.kstatesports.com or call the K-State athletic ticket office at (800) 221-CATS

Series History and Notes
K-State leads the all-time series with Fort Hays State, 12-2... The last regular season meeting between these two schools occurred on Feb. 16, 1976, which was an 85-48 win for the Wildcats in Hays, Kan.... K-State won the last exhibition meeting between the schools, 91-25, on Nov. 4, 2010 in Manhattan.

MANHATTAN, Kan. – K-State will begin its 45th season of women’s basketball on Thursday, Nov. 1, with an exhibition matchup against Fort Hays State at 7 p.m. The Wildcats and Tigers will meet for the first time in exhibition play since Nov. 4, 2010. This will be the first of two exhibition games for the Wildcats, as K-State will also host Washburn on Monday, Nov. 5, at 7 p.m.

Thursday night’s game can be seen live on K-StateHD.TV and will be broadcast on the K-State Sports Network. Audio for both will be provided by the award-winning Brian Smoller on the play-by-play and Kristin Waller on the color analysis. Fans can also follow the live stats at kstatesports.com, and receive updates on Twitter by following @kstate_gameday.

K-State returns six letterwinners and two starters from the 13th NCAA Tournament squad in school history, including two-time All-Big 12 First Team selection and 2012-13 All-America candidate Brittany Chambers. The Wildcats registered an overall record of 20-14 and a 9-9 mark in Big 12 action which resulted in a tie for fourth in the league standings. Head coach Deb Patterson, K-State’s all-time wins leader, returns to the sidelines for her 17th season in Bramlage Coliseum. Patterson will welcome in seven newcomers to her roster in 2012-13, including 2012 WBCA junior college All-American Ashlynn Knoll.

Leading the way for the returning Wildcats is Chambers. The two-time All-Big 12 First Team selection at the conclusion of the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons and a preseason All-Big 12 honorable mention choice by the leagues’ coaches this season, led K-State in rebounding and finished 14th in the Big 12 with 6.2 per game and finished second on the team in scoring and ranked eighth in the Big 12 with 14.0 points per game. The guard from Jordan, Minn., was one of two players in the Big 12 and one of 15 guards in the nation last season to record 400-plus points, 200-plus rebounds and 70-plus assists. Chambers finished among the top-15 in six statistical categories including top-10 efforts in points, 3-point field goals made and minutes played per game. She became the 12th player in school history to register consecutive seasons of 400 or more points scored.

K-State’s 2012-13 roster features four freshmen and two junior college transfers. The four freshmen on this season’s roster are: guard Brianna Craig (Lincoln, Neb.), guard Marissa Ellis (Kansas City, Mo.), forward Stacey Malone (Tyler, Texas) and guard Kelly Thomson (Riley, Kan.). This is the largest freshmen class, in terms of number of players, since the 2008-09 season. The Wildcats will open the season with an active roster of 11 players, as junior Katya Leick and Thomson have both suffered season-ending knee injuries.

Patterson Begins 17th Season At K-State
Deb Patterson, the career wins leader in K-State women’s basketball history and the longest-tenured women’s basketball coach in school history, has a career record of 320-189 (.629) and a record of 138-120 (.535) in the Big 12, including Big 12 regular season titles during the 2003-04 and 2007-08 seasons. Patterson’s 300th career victory came in the quarterfinals of the 2011 Big 12 Championships against Iowa State on March 9.

Following the 2007-08 season, Patterson was named the Big 12 Coach of the Year by the league’s coaches and a number of media outlets. She also garnered national attention, finishing as the Russell Athletic/WBCA Region V Coach of the Year and a finalist for the WBCA and AP National Coach of the Year honors.

Patterson has steered K-State to 10 postseason appearances during the last 11 seasons, including a trip to the NCAA Mideast Regional Semifinals in 2002, the 2006 WNIT Postseason crown and a second round trip during the 2009 NCAA Tournament.

Young Wildcats to See action in 2012-13
K-State head coach Deb Patterson will rely heavily on a young roster this season that includes seven newcomers. Of the 13 players on the roster, seven have Division I experience for an average experience of 1.0 year which makes for one of the youngest rosters in the nation. In addition, three of the six returners have just one season of experience (Heidi Brown, Haley Texada and Ashia Woods).

Preseason Poll Not the Final Verdict for Wildcats
Kansas State was slotted for a ninth-place finish by the Big 12 coaches in the annual preseason poll. Despite the low prediction, K-State has a history of exceeding the expectations of the league’s coaches on a consistent basis.

K-State leads the Big 12 in exceeding the preseason predictions, finishing on average 1.2 positions higher than its preseason prediction in the 15 polls that have a preseason prediction and a final standing attached to it. The Wildcats have finished 8 of 15 seasons above its preseason prediction and owns the largest deviation in league history from its preseason prediction and its final place with a +7 by winning the Big 12 in 2007-08. In 2010-11, K-State notched a +6 deviation from the its preseason prediction to a third-place finish.