K-State Opens Exhibition Play against FHSU

Junior Jalana Childs and the Wildcats will open the 2010-11 season on Thursday night with an exhibition against Fort Hays State.

Nov. 2, 2010

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Exhibition Game 1
Fort Hays State (0-0, 0-0 MIAA) vs. Kansas State (0-0, 0-0 Big 12)
Nov. 4, 2010 | 7 p.m. | Bramlage Coliseum (12,528) | Manhattan, Kan.


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MANHATTAN, Kan. - Kansas State begins its 43rd season of women's basketball with an exhibition contest against Fort Hays State on Thursday, Nov. 4 at 7 p.m., in Bramlage Coliseum. This marks the second straight season that the Wildcats and Tigers will meet in the exhibition season. Fans who bring a canned food item to any of the Bramlage Coliseum ticket booths, can purchase a general admission ticket for just $2.

K-State will look to shake off the first below .500 season in nine years (14-18 overall record, 5-11 Big 12), that saw the Wildcats fight through a number of injuries which depleted the roster significantly by the end of the season. K-State's fortune could have been drastically different, as the Wildcats suffered seven losses by six or fewer points.

During the 2009-10 season, Kansas State became the 11th program in NCAA Division I women's basketball history to reach the 775-win plateau (782-467, .626). With 18 wins during the 2010-11 season, Kansas State will join the 800-win club which features just eight current members.

Returning to the Bramlage Coliseum sidelines for her 15th season is head coach Deb Patterson. The all-time winningest women's basketball coach in school history with a record of 279-164 (.630), Patterson has guided the program to 22 or more wins in seven of the last nine seasons and eight consecutive postseason appearances from 2001-02 to 2008-09 (six NCAA Tournaments and two WNITs). With 21 victories this season, Patterson will reach the 300-win plateau and become the third coach in the Big 12 to card 300 wins at their current school (Bill Fennelly, Iowa State; Sherri Coale, Oklahoma).

K-State will look to bounce back into the postseason with the return of eight letterwinners, including three starters. The Wildcats also added five newcomers to bolster its 2010-11 roster to help replace the graduation of two-time first team All-Big 12 selection, Ashley Sweat, and veteran guard Kari Kincaid.

The Wildcats will return 59.6 percent of its scoring, 66.9 percent of its rebounding, 62.9 percent of its assists and 65.9 percent of its steals.

Leading the way among the returning Wildcats will be Jalana Childs, Brittany Chambers and Taelor Karr. Childs averaged career-highs in points (7.3 ppg) and rebounds (4.4 rpg) and earned her first career Academic All-Big 12 first team honor.

Chambers led the Wildcats in rebounding (5.8 rpg) and was second on the team in scoring (12.1 ppg). She was the only freshman in the Big 12 to record 350+ points, 180+ rebounds and 80+ assists.

Karr ranked third on the team in scoring (9.1 ppg) and rebounding (4.5 rpg) while pacing the team in steals with 49 in her debut season.

Streaks, Trends, Milestones, Etc.
K-State has made at least one 3-point field goal in 107 consecutive games, dating back to Feb. 7, 2007... Brittany Chambers registered her first career double-double with 13 points and 14 rebounds at Colorado (3/3/10)... Her career-high 14 rebounds at Colorado were the most by a K-State guard since Shalee Lehning pulled in 14 at Arkansas State on Nov. 25, 2008 and the most by a freshman since Jalana Childs tallied 16 against Oklahoma State on Feb. 15, 2009... Chambers made four 3-point field goals in four games in 2009-10... Chambers made a 3-point field goal in 28 of her first 32 games as a Wildcat, including 13 straight games from Nov. 16 - Jan. 2... Chambers has scored in double figures in 22 of 32 career games... Taelor Karr registered her first career double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds against Texas Tech (3/11/10) in the first round of the Big 12 Championships... Karr had 18 games in 2009-10 with two or more made 3-point field goals, including six games with four or more made 3-point field goals... Karr has scored in double figures in 17 games, including six straight from Dec. 29 - Jan. 23... Jalana Childs scored in double figures in 12 games last season and has tallied double digits in points in 14 career games.

Patterson in 15th Season at K-State
Deb Patterson, the all-time winningest women's basketball coach and the longest tenured women's basketball coach in Kansas State history, has a career record of 279-164 (.630) and a record of 119-105 (.531) in the Big 12, including Big 12 regular season titles during the 2003-04 and 2007-08 seasons.

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 consideration, finishing as the Russell Athletic/WBCA Region V Coach of the Year and a finalist for the WBCA and Associated Press National Coach of the Year honors.

Patterson steered the Wildcats to eight consecutive postseason appearances (2002 - 2009), including a trip to the NCAA Mideast Regional Semifinals in 2002, the 2006 WNIT Postseason crown and a second round trip during the 2008 NCAA Tournament.

Patterson has defended the floor in Bramlage Coliseum successfully during this time, posting a 158-48 (.767) record at home including an 84-9 (.903) record against non-conference opponents.

K-State's New Faces in 2010-11
Kansas State will have five new student-athletes making their Wildcat debuts this season. The newcomers are juniors JuliAnne Chisholm and Emma Ostermann and freshmen Chantay Caron, Brianna Kulas and Stephanie Wittman.

Chisholm, a native of Hillsboro, Kan., is currently a member of the K-State volleyball team and will not make her first appearance until after the conclusion of the volleyball season. She will play in the second semester this season and will play the entire 2011-12 season. She is the first player in the Deb Patterson era to join the squad from another sport in midseason.

Ostermann joined the Wildcats this summer after playing two seasons at Cloud County (Kan.) Community College. The product of Abilene, Kan., averaged 9.0 points and 2.7 rebounds during her time with the Thunderbirds.

Caron, a 5-11 guard/forward from Lawrence, Kan., was a highly decorated athlete from Free State High School. She garnered a number of all-district and all-state honors for her achievements in basketball, volleyball and track. In basketball, Caron set a school record for career points (827) and career field goals made (291).

Kulas is a 6-0 forward from Mission, Kan., who attended Shawnee Mission North. During her senior campaign, Kulas carded averages of 16.7 points, 6.0 rebounds, 1.5 blocks, 1.4 steals and 1.2 assists. Kulas, Caron and K-State sophomore Taelor Karr played together on the Missouri Eclipse AAU squad.

Wittman joins the Wildcats from San Antonio, Texas. The 5-9 guard attended Alamo Heights High School and registered 15.7 points, 6.1 rebounds and 3.6 assists in her senior season. She was rated as the No. 37 guard in the nation for the class of 2010 by ESPN Hoopgurlz.

K-State On Brink of Milestone This Season
During the 2009-10 season, Kansas State became the 11th program in NCAA Division I women's basketball history to reach the 775-win plateau with its 73-59 win at UC Davis on Dec. 29, 2009. K-State's overall record in its 43-year history currently stands at 782-467 (.626).

With 18 wins during the 2010-11 season, Kansas State will join the 800-win club which currently features just eight members.

K-State to Make 9 TV Appearances in 2010-11
Kansas State women's basketball will make nine television appearances during the upcoming 2010-11 season, with four of those contests airing to a national audience on either FSN or ESPN2.

K-State owns a 79-54 (.594) all-time record when playing on television, including a 49-38 mark on FSN and a 9-8 record on the ESPN family of networks. Since the start of the 2002-03 season, the Wildcats will have appeared on television at least 105 times.

K-State will make all eight of its nine TV appearances on either FSN, FS Kansas City or FS Rocky Mountain. Kansas State will make its 2010-11 television debut during the non-conference slate, as the Wildcats host North Dakota on Dec. 8, at 7 p.m., on FS Kansas City.

Kansas State will make its first national television appearance of the 2010-11 season on FSN against Oklahoma on Sunday, Jan. 9, at 2:30 p.m. This will be the Big 12 opener for both schools and will be the third time in the last four seasons that the Wildcats and Cowgirls will play a televised matchup. This is also the second straight season that the Wildcats will open conference action on FSN.

The Wildcats will appear on FSN in their next television appearance on Saturday, Jan. 22, against Nebraska in Bramlage Coliseum. The matchup between the Wildcats and Huskers will be the fourth straight season that they will appear in a national FSN telecast when opposing one another.

K-State's next television appearance will be on Wednesday, Jan. 26 at 8 p.m. on FS Rocky Mountain at Colorado.

K-State will return to the FS Kansas City airwaves on Wednesday, Feb. 9, at 7 p.m., as the Wildcats face Texas in Manhattan. The following week on Feb. 16, FS Kansas City will broadcast the Wildcats contest against Colorado.

On Feb. 13, Kansas State will visit Iowa State and ESPN2 has chosen to broadcast the contest to a national audience at 4 p.m. This will be the first time K-State has appeared in a regular season game on ESPN2 since Feb 11, 2007 at Texas Tech. This will be the first national telecast of a K-State and Iowa State regular season matchup since Feb. 24, 2007.

Kansas State will conclude its television appearances during the final two games of the regular season, as the Wildcats host Texas A&M on March 2, at 7 p.m., with FS Kansas City televising the proceedings. K-State will travel to Kansas for the Dillon's Sunflower Showdown, which concludes the Big 12 regular season slate. FSN will televise the action at 6:30 p.m., on March 5, which will be the fifth time in the last six seasons that at least one game between the rivals will be aired to a national audience.

K-State to Unveil Four New Uniforms in 2010-11
K-State will have the option of four uniform sets during the 2010-11 season, including a pink uniform for the annual Women's Basketball Coaches' Association (WBCA) "Pink Zone" initiative.

The four uniform sets for K-State this season include a home white, a road purple, an alternate black and a pink uniform. The white, purple and black uniform templates were created specifically for K-State by Nike and feature a lightweight performance game jersey.

The home white uniforms feature purple and black stripes on the jersey tops and the shorts. The "K-State" wordmark, last names of the student-athletes and the numbers are purple and outlined in silver. On the v-collar of the jersey includes a black stripe.

The road purple uniforms feature white and black stripes on the jersey tops and shorts. The v-collar on the jersey tops includes a black stripe. The "K-State" wordmark, last names of the student-athletes and the numbers are white and outlined in silver.

For the first time since the 2001-02 season, K-State will have a black alternate uniform as an option. The uniforms have a similar design to the white and purple sets, with white and purple stripes down the jersey tops and shorts. The jersey includes a purple stripe on the collar. The "K-State" wordmark, last names of the student-athletes and the numbers are white and are outlined in silver.

In accordance with a new branding initiative by the NCAA, all three uniforms will feature a small NCAA basketball logo patch on the left shoulder of the jersey and on the right leg of the shorts.

For the third straight season, K-State will don pink uniforms for the annual WBCA "Pink Zone" initiative. This season, K-State will wear the pink uniforms in Manhattan on Saturday, Feb. 26 against Iowa State at 7 p.m.

The pink uniforms feature a similar design to its two predecessors, with the "K-State" wordmark and the numbers in purple. The shorts feature two thick white stripes on the side of each leg and a thinner purple stripe in the middle of both white stripes.

At a Glance: Fort Hays State
Fort Hays State (15-13, 8-12 MIAA) enters the 2010-11 season following the program's second straight appearance in the MIAA postseason tournament. The Tigers have one exhibition game under their belts, as Kansas defeated Fort Hays State on Sunday, Oct. 31, 83-62. Pacing the Tigers in scoring were junior Melissa Nelson with 25 points and sophomore Kara McFarland with 12.

The Tigers are guided by third-year head coach Tony Hobson. The 1981 graduate of Hastings College came to Fort Hays State following a successful seven-year stint at his alma mater. Hobson led the Lady Broncos to back-to-back NAIA National titles (2001-02 & 2002-03) in his first two seasons and led the Lady Broncos to a third national title in 2005-06.

FHSU has added six newcomers to the 2010-11 roster, including senior guard Kaniesha Pettaway and juniors Crista Bechard and Nelson. Pettaway is a transfer from Drake, while Bechard and Nelson earned NJCAA All-America honors at Johnson County (Kan.) CC.

The Tigers will look to replace four starters from the 2009-10 squad, including All-MIAA first team selection Naomi Bancroft. Of Fort Hays State's returning letterwinners, sophomore forward Traci Keyser and senior Shelby Hillman pace the squad in scoring at 5.4 points and 5.0, respectively. Keyser pulled in 2.5 rebounds and played in 27 games and started seven. Hillman played in all 28 games and started 14 as a 5-10 forward.

Halftime Lead = K-State `W' Since 1999-00
Having the edge after the first 20 minutes of action has proven to be prophetic since the 1999-00 season, as K-State is 188-30 (.862) when leading at the break.

During the last two-plus seasons, K-State owns a 57-6 (.905) record when leading with five minutes to play.

Wildcats in the Purple Palace
K-State has enjoyed the friendly confines of Bramlage Coliseum entering its 23rd season of existence with a record of 228-87 (.724). During the last 10 seasons, K-State is 129-39 (.768) in Bramlage Coliseum, including a 13-1 record in 2008-09. In Big 12 home contests, the Wildcats are 73-39 (.652).

Kansas State has protected its home floor with determination against non-conference foes with a record of 121-22 (.846) record. In the Deb Patterson era, the Wildcats have been even better with a record of 84-9 (.903).

Wildcats on the Road
K-State has a 229-230 (.499) record in road games during the program's 42-year history. During the 21st century, K-State owns a 69-50 (.580) mark in road contests and are 86-84 (.506) during Deb Patterson's 15 seasons on the K-State bench. With its 72-70 win at Colorado on March 3, K-State ended six-game road slide. 

Foul Line Success for K-State
K-State ranked as one of the Big 12's top free throw shooting teams and among the top 50 in the nation during the 2009-10 season. K-State was 347-of-474 (.732) from the foul line and ranked fourth in the league and 48th in the nation. The Wildcats' free throw percentage ranked as the third-highest in school history and the highest since the 2004-05 season.

During the 2009-10 season, K-State made 20 or more free throws in five games, including a season-high 24 against Arkansas State (Nov. 16). K-State registered a season-high percentage at Colorado (March 3), as the Wildcats were .950 from the charity stripe (19-of-20). This was the highest free throw percentage for the Wildcats since K-State set an NCAA Tournament record with a 1.000 percentage (21-of-21) against Chattanooga on March 23, 2008.

Wildcats From Downtown
K-State proved to have a number of three-point shooting options during the 2009-10 season, as K-State ranked second in the Big 12 and 21st in the nation in 3-point field goal percentage at .367 and third in the league and 23rd in the nation in 3-point field goals made per game at 7.3.

The Wildcats made 232 three-point field goals, which is the highest total since the 2005-06 season (233) and ranks fourth in school history for three-point field goals made in a season.

K-State had eight games with 10 or more made 3-point field goals, which equals the school record set in 2001-02. K-State's season-high of 13 connections from beyond the arc came at UC Davis and were the most since K-State hit 13 against Rice on Dec. 29, 2006 in Miami, Fla. The Wildcats were 5-3 when connecting on 10 or more three-point field goals.

Bombs Away from Deep for Wildcats
The Wildcats were one of 13 teams in the nation, and the only team in the Big 12, to have at least five players connect on 20 or more 3-point field goals during the 2009-10 season. This is the first time since the 2002-03 season that K-State had five players make 20 or more 3-point field goals in a season.

K-State was one of just seven teams to have four players with 30 or more made 3-point field goals and one of just four teams (Florida Gulf Coast, Morehead State and Sacramento State) to have three players with 40 or more made three-point field goals. The Wildcats are one of three schools to have three players register 50 or more three-point field goals last season (Brittany Chambers, Taelor Karr and Kari Kincaid).

Leading five players with 20 or more made 3-point field goals is Chambers at 65-of-171 (.380) from 3-point range, while Karr is 56-of-145 (.386), Kincaid is 50-of-141 (.355), senior forward Ashley Sweat is 35-of-98 (.357) and junior Shalin Spani is 24-of-67 (.358). The made three-point field goals by Sweat and Spani were personal career-highs for a season.

Chambers and Karr rank third and fourth, respectively, in school history for made three-point field goals in a season by a freshman.

Chambers, Spani and Karr each recorded five made 3-point field goals in a game last season. Karr had six games with four or more made three-point field goals while Chambers carded four games. They are the first freshmen to record multiple games with four or more made three-point field goals since Laurie Koehn registered 16 games during the 2001-02 season.

Freshmen Add to Offense
In 2009-10, K-State's three freshmen guards (Brittany Chambers, Taelor Karr and Mariah White) all saw significant action and made contributions to the lineup in their first season with the Wildcats. The trio played 2,284 of a possible 6,450 minutes (35.4 percent) of action in their debut seasons.

The freshmen were responsible for 36.5 percent of K-State's point production (720 of a possible 1,971 points scored) which ranked 14th in the nation for point production by freshmen. By comparison, the Wildcats' seniors (Ashley Sweat and Kari Kincaid) led K-State in scoring with 40.4 percent of the points (796 of 1,971).

In their rookie season in Manhattan, Chambers and Karr scored 388 and 291 points, respectively, which is the first time K-State has had two freshmen score over 200 points in the same season since the 2005-06 season.

Chambers, Karr Crash the Boards
During the Big 12 slate in 2009-10, guards Brittany Chambers and Taelor Karr provided a boost to K-State's rebounding numbers. The duo combined for 219 rebounds in the final 18 contests (12.2 rpg), with Chambers grabbing 123 and Karr hauling in 96.

Overall, Chambers led the team in rebounds with 5.8 per game and is the first freshman to lead K-State in rebounding since Shalee Lehning during the 2005-06 season (6.6 rpg). In Big 12-only games, Chambers ranked 12th in overall rebounds (6.6 rpg) and was 10th in the league in defensive rebounds with 4.8 per game.

In her last 21 games, Chambers is averaged 6.9 rebounds per contest including a career-high 14 rebounds at Colorado on March 3. This was the highest single game rebounding total for a K-State guard since Shalee Lehning pulled in 14 at Arkansas State on Nov. 25, 2008. She has 18 games this season with five or more rebounds.

Karr pulled in 4.5 rebounds per game in 2009-10 and ranked fourth on the team in the category. She had 15 games with five or more rebounds, including a career-high 12 against Texas Tech (3/11/10). In her two games against the Lady Raiders last season, Karr averaged 10.5 rebounds.

Chambers Finds Bottom of Net
Brittany Chambers provided a boost to the K-State offense in her first season with the Wildcats, as she scored in double figures in 22 of the 32 this season. She finished as K-State's second-leading scorer (12.1 ppg) and owns an overall field goal percentage of .413 (129-of-312). Her 388 points scored were the most by a freshman, since Nicole Ohlde scored 464 during her rookie campaign in the 2000-01 season and ranks fourth in school history for points in a season by a freshman. She was the second freshman in school history and was the only freshman in the Big 12 last season, to record at least 380 points, 180 rebounds and 80 assists in her debut season.

Chambers Knocks Them in From Deep
Brittany Chambers made her mark from beyond the 3-point line in her first season with the Wildcats with a team-leading 65-of-171 (.380) from beyond the arc. She ranked eighth in the Big 12 and 49th in the nation in 3-point field goal percentage and eighth in the league for 3-point field goals made per game at 2.1.

Her 65 made three-point field goals were the most by a freshman since Laurie Koehn set a school record with 122 during the 2001-02 season and was the third-highest by a freshman in school history.

Chambers had 27 games with a 3-point field goal last season and tallied four games with four or more connections from beyond the arc.

Karr Fires on All Cylinders
Taelor Karr provided K-State with another consistent long distance option last season, as she was second on the team in three-point shooting at 56-of-145 (.386). Her 56 made three-point field goals ranks fourth in school history for a single season by a freshman and she ranked seventh in the league in three-point field goal percentage.

Against Texas A&M, Karr rewrote her career-high with 19 points and three steals. She registered her first career double-double with a game-high 16 points and a career-high 12 rebounds against Texas Tech in the first round of the Big 12 Championships.

Against Texas Tech, Karr was 4-of-7 from beyond the three-point line which was her sixth game this season with four or more made 3-point field goals. She was the first freshman to make four or more three-pointers in six games since Laurie Koehn achieved the feat 16 times in the 2001-02 season.

For the season, Karr averaged 9.1 points, 4.5 rebounds, 1.7 assists and a team-leading 1.5 steals. She ranked 14th in the league in steals and is 12th in the league in three-point field goals made per game with 1.7.

Karr led the Wildcats in steals with 49 on the season and had 16 games last season with two or more. She is the first freshman to lead K-State in steals since Shalee Lehning recorded 60 steals in her freshman campaign in 2005-06.

Sweet Childs of Mine
Jalana Childs provided K-State with an inside presence to pair with Ashley Sweat last season. Childs has reached double figures in points in 14 career games, including 12 during the 2009-10 season. She is averaged 7.3 points and 4.4 rebounds. During the last eight games of the season, the Orlando, Fla., product averaged 9.4 points and 4.0 rebounds.

Of Childs' career-high 142 rebounds, 66 of them came on the offensive glass which represented 46.5 percent of her overall total. The 66 offensive rebounds were a team-high last season.

Childs reset her career-high for points and field goals made against Kansas on Jan. 9, with 15 points on 7-of-12 shooting.

What Brown has Done for Us
Branshea Brown gave K-State an interior rebounding presence off the bench in 2009-10. For the season, Brown is averaged 3.1 points and was the team's fifth-leading rebounder with 4.3 rebounds in 18.0 minutes per game. Of her career-high 133 total rebounds, Brown pulled in 53 offensive rebounds which represented 39.8 percent of her total rebounds.

During the last five games, Brown has registered 5.6 points and 4.8 rebounds in 21.8 minutes of action off the bench. Against Nebraska in the regular season finale, Brown hauled in a career-high 11 rebounds which was her second effort last season with double figure rebounds.

The product of Walterboro, S.C., was the team leader in blocked shots with a career-high 19 (0.6 bpg) and had five career games with multiple blocks, including a career-high three against Northwestern and at Iowa State.

Against UTSA on Dec. 21, Brown registered a career-high 12 points with a career-best for field goals made (5) and attempted (9). She also hauled in eight rebounds, including five offensive boards.