K-State Hosts Washburn in Final Exhibition

Chantay Caron notched 14 points against Fort Hays State in Thursday's exhibition opener.

Nov. 4, 2012

Game Notes

Exhibition Game 2

Washburn at Kansas State
Monday, Nov. 5, 2012 | 7 p.m. | Bramlage Coliseum (12,528) | Manhattan, Kan.

Series History and Notes
K-State leads the all-time series with Washburn, 6-0... The last regular season meeting between these two schools occurred on Feb. 21, 1974, which was an 50-30 win for the Wildcats in Topeka, Kan.

Game Information
TV: FOX Sports Midwest (PbP: Brian Smoller; Color: Missy Heidrick
Ch. Info - Cox Cable: 34 & 2034; DirecTV: 671; Dish Network: 418

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

Internet: 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

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: W, 68-57 vs. Fort Hays State on Nov. 1, 2012
website: www.kstatesports.com
Twitter: @kstatesports, @kstate_gameday, #KStateWBB

Washburn Lady Blues  (0-0, 0-0 MIAA)
Head Coach: Ron McHenry (Washburn ‘84)
Career Record: 319-65 (.831) 13th year
School Record: Same
Last game: L, 57-35 at Kansas on Oct. 28, 2012
website: www.wusports.com
Twitter: @wusports

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State will close out its two-game exhibition schedule Monday night, as K-State hosts NCAA Division II power Washburn at 7 p.m. Following the Wildcats’ matchup with the Lady Blues, K-State will open the 2012-13 season in Bramlage Coliseum on Friday, Nov. 9, against Idaho State at 5:30 p.m.

Monday night’s game between K-State and Washburn can be seen live on FOX Sports Midwest and will be broadcast on the K-State Sports Network. Providing the play-by-play and color for FOX Sports Midwest will be Brian Smoller and Missy Heidrick. The duo handling the radio call on the K-State Sports Network and free live audio at kstatesports.com will be Matt Walters and Kristin Waller. Fans can also follow the free live stats at kstatesports.com, and receive updates on Twitter by following @kstate_gameday.

With three players reaching double figures on Thursday night, Kansas State defeated Fort Hays State, 68-57, at Bramlage Coliseum in the Wildcats’ exhibition opener.

Kansas State forced the Lady Tigers into 21 turnovers, including 13 by way of K-State steals, resulting in 21 K-State points off Fort Hays State turnovers. During the 2011-12 season, K-State notched 8.0 steals per game and scored 14.2 points off its opponents turnovers.

K-State was paced by sophomore Ashia Woods with a game-high 19 points. The guard from Wichita, Kan., also chipped in with eight rebounds, three steals and a blocked shot. Had Thursday’s game been a regular season matchup, Woods’ point total would have been a new career-high and would have been her first career game in double figures.

Joining Woods in double figures were senior Brittany Chambers and junior Chantay Caron. Chambers, a two-time All-Big 12 First Team selection, tallied a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds. She also led the Wildcats with five assists and four steals.

Caron netted 14 points, five rebounds, three steals and a block in a starting role in the frontcourt. If it had been a regular season game, Caron would have surpassed her career-high in points (13; at Dartmouth, Dec. 29, 2010) and tallied her second career game in double figures.

Also providing a scoring punch for the Wildcats on Thursday night was freshman Brianna Craig. The product of Lincoln, Neb., carded eight points and five rebounds in 37 minutes of action in a starting role.

At a Glance: Washburn
Washburn will look to duplicate its 2011-12 season, during the upcoming 2012-13 slate. The Lady Blues, who ended the 2011-12 season ranked No. 14 in the USA Today/ESPN Division II coaches poll, registered a 29-5 overall record and advanced to the NCAA South Central Region Tournament. Washburn also carded the regular season and postseason MIAA titles in 2011-12.

To open its 2012-13 season, the Lady Blues were selected to win the MIAA in both the coaches and media polls. Washburn will enter the season ranked No. 17 in the USA Today/ESPN NCAA Division II coaches poll. Washburn was defeated in its first exhibition game on Sunday, Oct. 28, at Kansas, 57-35.

Leading the Lady Blues from the bench will be 13th-year head coach Ron McHenry. The 1984 graduate of Washburn owns a career record at his alma mater of 319-65 (.831).

On the floor, Washburn will look to replace three starters from the 2011-12 squad. Despite the loss of its top three scorers from a season ago, Washburn’s roster features seven seniors and three juniors. The squad’s leading returning scorer is senior forward Tiara George with an average of 6.0 points and 4.2 rebounds in 22 games. Against the Jayhawks last Sunday, George led the Lady Blues with a double-double of 10 points, 12 rebounds and blocked four shots.

Aiding George are senior Laura Kinderknecht and Sierra Moeller. Kinderknecht is Washburn’s top returner in assists with 2.9 per game while also adding 5.8 points per game. Moeller, a transfer from Boise State prior to the 2011-12 season, registered 5.6 points and a team-leading 6.7 rebounds per game.

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).

Chambers Among top-10 on Career Scoring List
Brittany Chambers, a 2012 All-Big 12 first team selection and 2012-13 All-Big 12 honorable mention selection, climbed onto the career scoring list at K-State and ascended into the top-10 during the 2011-12 season and has etched her name among the great scorers in the program’s 45-year history.

During the 2011-12 season, Chambers ranked eighth in the Big 12 and second on the team with her overall scoring average of 14.0 points per game and was one of two players in the Big 12 and one of just 15 guards in the country to register 400 or more points, grab 200 or more rebounds and dish out 70 or more assists. Chambers was the first Wildcat since Marlies Gipson in the 2008-09 season to record 400 points, grab 200 rebounds and dish out 70 assists. Chambers is the sixth player in the program’s history to achieve the feat and the second guard to reach these numbers (Megan Mahoney, 2002-03).

She was the 12th player in school history to score 400 or more points in consecutive seasons and was the 17th player in school history to score 400 or more points in her junior season.

In league action, Chambers finished the season ranked eighth in scoring with 13.4 points per game. This was the first time in her career that she finished among the top-10 in the league season in scoring.

At Oklahoma State on Jan. 28, Chambers registered her third 20-point effort in league play in the 2011-12 season by tying her season-best with 29 points. Her effort was the highest scoring performance in Stillwater by a Wildcat in the program’s history.

The Jordan, Minn., native earned Big 12 Player of the Week honors for Jan. 9 after scoring 20 or more points in the first two Big 12 games this season.

For her career, Chambers was the 37th player in school history to reach the 1,000-point plateau on Dec. 7 and was the 12th player in school history to achieve the feat in her junior season. Chambers has scored 1,378 points in 98 career games (14.1 ppg) to rank 10th in school history.

The 2012-13 All-America candidate has scored in double figures in 74 games (75.5 percent of her career games) including 19 games with 20 or more points. She is the ninth player in school history and the fifth guard to record 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 200 assists in a career.