Wildcats Set to Host Oklahoma City in Exhibition

Jalana Childs and the Wildcats will kick-off the 2011-12 season Thursday night with an exhibition against Oklahoma City.

Oct. 31, 2011

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Exhibition Game 1

Oklahoma City (0-0, 0-0 SAC) vs. (rv) Kansas State (0-0, 0-0 Big 12)
November 3, 2011 | 7 p.m. | Bramlage Coliseum (12,528) | Manhattan, Kan.

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MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State will host the first of two exhibition games on Thursday night, welcoming Oklahoma City University to Bramlage Coliseum for a 7 p.m., tipoff.

Thursday night’s contest 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.

K-State head coach Deb Patterson returns for her 16th season and welcomes back eight letterwinners and four starters from last season’s NCAA Tournament squad, which finished tied for third in the Big 12 standings (21-11). The eight returning letterwinners were responsible for: 71 percent of the squad’s scoring, 66 percent of the team’s rebounding and 74 percent of the team’s assists.

Leading the way for the returning Wildcats are junior Brittany Chambers and senior Jalana Childs. The duo were named honorable mention preseason All-Big 12 selections by the league’s coaches. Chambers, a unanimous All-Big 12 first team selection at the conclusion of the 2010-11 season, led K-State and ranked 10th in the Big 12 in scoring with a career-high 16.1 points per game average (514 total points). The guard from Jordan, Minn., was one of two overall players in the Big 12 last season to record 500-plus points, 180-plus rebounds and 80-plus assists and was the only sophomore guard in the country and one of 11 guards in the nation to achieve the feat. Her point total during her sophomore season ranked as the fourth-highest in school history, while she set the school record for three-point field goals made in a season by a sophomore.

Childs, an All-Big 12 second team recipient in 2010-11, finished the season as K-State’s second-leading scorer and ranked 19th in the Big 12 in the category with a career-high 12.8 points per game (411 points). The forward from Orlando, Fla., finished 15th in the Big 12 in field goal percentage (.454). During the 2010-11 season, Childs surpassed her season career-highs in six statistical categories including: points (411), assists (33), steals (22) and field goals made (168) and attempted (370).

At a Glance: Oklahoma City
Oklahoma City (27-4, 20-2 SAC-NAIA) will open its season on Thursday evening with the first of two exhibition contests against Big 12 foes. The Stars will face K-State, followed by a trip to defending NCAA champion Texas A&M on Nov. 6.

OCU enters the 2011-12 season with high hopes, as the Stars were selected as preseason favorites in the Sooner Athletic Conference (SAC) coaches’ poll and were ranked No. 3 in the preseason NAIA Division I rankings announced on Oct. 24. OCU has won or shared 12 SAC regular season championships and eight SAC tournament titles. In 2010-11, the Stars advanced to the quarterfinals of the NAIA Division I tournament.

OCU returns its top scorer from a season ago in junior Lauren Gober. A 2011 NAIA Division I All-America second team honoree,  Gober paced the squad with 12.8 points per game. The 6-2 forward also garnered 2011 All-SAC first team honors and returns as the team’s top rebounder from a season ago with 5.2 per game.

A new addition to the Oklahoma City bench will have a special homecoming on Thursday. Stars’ assistant coach and former Wildcat Claire Coggins returns to Manhattan. Coggins, in her first season with OCU, was a two-time All-Big 12 second team selection and garnered the 2006 Postseason WNIT MVP award. She finished her career with 1,236 points scored to rank 17th in school history and 213 assists to rank 20th.

K-State to Make Record 20 TV Appearances in 2011-12
Kansas State women’s basketball will make a record 20 televised appearances during the upcoming 2011-12 season, with three of those contests airing to a national audience and eight available worldwide on K-StateHD.TV. The Kansas State athletic department has also finalized game times for a majority of the home schedule.

K-State owns a 90-58 (.608) all-time record when playing on network television, including a 58-40 mark on the FSN family of networks. Since the start of the 2002-03 season, the Wildcats will have appeared on television at least 125 times. During the 2010-11 season, Kansas State played a then school record 18 games on either regional or national television networks.

Chambers Looking Towards 1,000-Point Mark
During K-State’s NCAA Tournament first round game against Purdue on March 20, 2011, Brittany Chambers surpassed the 900-point plateau for her career and became the fourth player in school history to score a combined 900+ points in their freshman and sophomore seasons. For her career, Chambers has scored 902 points in 64 career games (14.1 ppg). She has scored in double figures in 47 career games including 13 games with 20 or more points. She is the 11th player in school history to tally 300+ points in each of her first two seasons as a Wildcat.

For the season, Chambers’ point total of 514 ranked fourth in school history for points by a sophomore. She was the fourth player in school history to record 500+ points in their sophomore season and the first since the 2002-03 campaign (Kendra Wecker). Chambers led the squad, ranked 10th in the Big 12 and 95th in the nation with a scoring average of 16.1. Among the sophomore guards in the NCAA Division I final scoring rankings, Chambers ranked 10th.     

In league games, Chambers averaged 16.8 points per game to rank 11th and shot 46.7 percent from the field to rank 10th. During the last nine games of the season, Chambers averaged 19.1 points and shot 48.6 percent from the field including 40.7 percent from beyond the arc.