K-State Ready for Final Tune-Up with Washburn

Haley Texada added eight points off the bench in last Thursday's 63-51 win over Oklahoma City.

Nov. 7, 2011

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Exhibition Game 2

Washburn (3-0, 0-0 MIAA) vs. (rv/-) Kansas State (0-0, 0-0 Big 12)
November 8, 2011 | 7 p.m. | Bramlage Coliseum (12,528) | Manhattan, Kan.

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Play-by-Play: Brian Smoller; Color Analysis: Kristin Waller

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$1 Hot Dog Night

MANHATTAN, Kan. - The Wildcats will put a bow on its exhibition schedule on Tuesday night, as K-State hosts Washburn at 7 p.m., in Bramlage Coliseum. Fans attending Tuesday night’s game will have the opportunity to purchase $1 hot dogs at the Bramlage concession stands.

Tuesday 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 former K-State letterwinner Kristin Waller on the color analysis.

K-State made its exhibition debut on Thursday, Nov. 3, with a 63-51 win over Oklahoma City. The Wildcats expanded on a five-point halftime advantage by building an 18-point lead with 12:18 to play before the Stars trimmed it to the final margin of 12 in the final minutes of the contest. K-State was able to turn 16 offensive rebounds into 11 second chance points. On the defensive side, K-State blocked five shots, by five different players, and forced the Stars into 21 turnovers which resulted in 22 points for K-State.

The Wildcats were led by junior guard Brittany Chambers, senior forwards Jalana Childs and Branshea Brown. Chambers poured in a game-high 19 points, including 16 in the second half, and also tied for game-high honors with seven rebounds. Childs carded 13 points, with 11 coming in the first half. Brown added nine points, seven rebounds, two steals and a block to her final line.

Kansas State also utilized a 19-6 edge in bench scoring, led by freshman guard Haley Texada’s eight points and four rebounds.

Following Tuesday night’s final exhibition game of the season, K-State will begin a three-game home stand on Saturday, Nov. 12 against Dartmouth. Game time has been set for 8 p.m.

Childs A Senior Class Award Candidate
Kansas State senior forward Jalana Childs earned her first preseason national honor on Friday, as she was named a candidate for the 2011-12 Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award. Childs is one of 30 NCAA Division I women’s basketball players selected to the candidates list, and one of just two players from the Big 12 Conference. For a complete list of candidates, please visit seniorCLASSaward.com.

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 product of 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). Entering the 2011-12 season, Childs was named a preseason honorable mention All-Big 12 selection by the league’s coaches.

The Wildcats have had four finalists in the history of the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award, as Nicole Ohlde (2004), Kendra Wecker (2005), Shalee Lehning (2009) and Ashley Sweat (2010) were recognized by the organization. Wecker was recognized with the national award, while Ohlde, Lehning and Sweat were named to the senior All-American team.

Lowe’s, an official corporate partner of the NCAA, will present the winners with trophies during the weekends of the respective NCAA Men’s and Women’s Final Four.

An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the award was launched during the 2001-02 season to honor the attributes of college basketball seniors who remain committed to their university and pursue the many rewards that a senior season and complete college education brings. For more information, including a complete list of the 2011-12 candidates, visit seniorCLASSaward.com.

At a Glance: Washburn
Washburn (3-0, 0-0 MIAA) comes to Manhattan following a three-game stint at the Disney Tip-Off West Coast Classic in Anaheim, Calif. The Lady Blues finished as the tournament champions with scoring margins of 16, 16 and 45 points in the three games. Washburn entered the 2011-12 season ranked No. 11 in the preseason NCAA Division II national poll and was selected by the MIAA coaches and media to win the league title in 2011-12.

The Lady Blues are led on the sidelines by 12th-year head coach Ron McHenry. The 1984 graduate of Washburn has guided the program to a record of 293-60 (.830) in his previous 11 seasons in Topeka. He has led the Lady Blues to 10 straight NCAA tournament appearances, six MIAA regular season championships and six MIAA postseason tournament titles. Under McHenry, Washburn has reached three Elite Eights (2003, 2005 and 2008) and captured an NCAA Championship in 2005.

Washburn welcomes back an experienced group, as eight letterwinners return including four starters. Following the first three games of the season, the Lady Blues are led by seniors Ebonie Williams and Stevi Schultz. Williams paces the squad in points with 12.0 per game including 14 in the season opener against CSU-Dominguez Hills.

Schultz is averaging 9.3 points, 5.7 rebounds and 3.0 assists this season after recording 15.0 points per game in 2010-11. The Neodesha, Kan., native was a second team All-South Central Region recipient and an All-MIAA first team honoree in 2010-11.