K-State Opens 2012-13 Season Against Idaho State

Brianna Craig will look to transfer her success in the exhibition season into the start of the 2012-13 regular season.

Nov. 7, 2012

Game Notes | Bri Craig Profile on K-StateHD.TV

Game 1

Idaho State at Kansas State
Friday, Nov. 9, 2012 | 5:30 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: W, 75-42 vs. Washburn on Nov. 5, 2012
website: www.kstatesports.com
Twitter: @kstatesports, @kstate_gameday, #KStateWBB

Idaho State Bengals  (0-0, 0-0 Big Sky)
Head Coach: Seton Sobolewski (Northern Arizona ‘01)
Career Record: 68-55 (.552) - 5th season
School Record: Same
Last game: W, 50-24 vs. CSU-Pueblo on Nov. 3, 2012
website: www.isubengals.com
Twitter: -

Series History and Notes
K-State leads the series with Idaho State, 1-0... The only meeting in the series came in the Postseason WNIT on March 17, 2006, an 88-68 K-State win in Bramlage Coliseum... The Wildcats are 14-1 against teams from the Big Sky Conference... Head coach Deb Patterson is 7-0 against teams from the Big Sky Conference.

Game Information
TV: K-StateHD.TV
K-StateHD.TV Gameday (Host: Brian Smoller; Analyst: Danielle Zanotti)
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Radio: K-State Sports Network (PbP: Brian Smoller; Color: Kristin Waller)

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

Promotions: Tickets for the doubleheader start at only $15 with a Wildcat 4 Pack.

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

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State opens its 45th season of women’s basketball on Friday night with the first game of a two-game weekend homestand, as the Wildcats host Idaho State at 5:30 p.m. The Wildcats bring a 13-game home court winnning streak against non-conference opponents into Friday’s season opener.
Friday night’s season opener is part of a “Wildcat Weekend,” as fans can purchase a general admission ticket for $3 for the women’s game by showing their men’s ticket from the North Dakota game later that night at the door. For more information, contact the K-State Athletics Ticket Office at 1-800-221-CATS, visit the box office in Bramlage Coliseum or log onto www.kstatesports.com.

Friday night’s game between K-State and Idaho State can be seen live on K-StateHD.TV and will be broadcast on the K-State Sports Network. Providing the play-by-play and color for both will be Brian Smoller and Kristin Waller. Prior to the start of Friday's game, Smoller and Danielle Zanotti will host Gameday on K-StateHD.TV beginning at 5 p.m. Fans can also follow the free live stats at kstatesports.com and receive updates on Twitter by following @kstate_gameday.

Hot shooting from the three-point line and a strong defensive presence propelled K-State to a 75-42 win over Washburn in the Wildcats’ final exhibition game on Nov. 5. K-State tallied a 2-0 record in exhibition play while averaging 71.5 points per game on a .405 field goal percentage.

Against Washburn, K-State was 11-of-34 from the three-point line. The Wildcats also forced Washburn into 27 turnovers with Kansas State notching 29 points off those turnovers.

Kansas State was led against Washburn by 2012-13 preseason All-Big 12 Honorable Mention selection Brittany Chambers, who narrowly missed a triple-double with game-highs of 19 points, nine rebounds and eight assists. She also added four steals to her final stat line. During the two exhibition games, Chambers averaged team-highs with 19.0 points, 9.5 rebounds and 6.5 assists.

Joining Chambers in double  against the Lady Blues were freshman Bri Craig and sophomore Ashia Woods. Craig tallied 17 points, including a 4-of-5 effort from beyond the arc, while Woods notched 12 points, seven rebounds and seven assists. Woods finished the exhibition slate with 15.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and a team-leading 5.0 steals.

At a Glance: Idaho State
Idaho State will make its second trip to Manhattan, Kan., and its first since the 2006 Postseason WNIT. The Bengals come to the Little Apple as the defending Big Sky regular season and postseason champions. The program made its third NCAA Tournament appearance in 2011-12 and finished with the second-most wins in the program’s history (24-8). The Bengals were the preseason pick to win the Big Sky Conference in 2012-13 by both the league’s coaches and media.

The Bengals will make a two-game swing through the state of Kansas, as they will also play KU on Sunday in Lawrence. In the 2011-12 season, Idaho State logged over 20,000 total miles of travel as they must bus either three hours to Salt Lake City or bus four hours to Boise to take a commercial flight for nearly all of its road games.

Guiding Idaho State from the bench will be fifth-year head coach Seton Sobolewski. The 2001 graduate of Northern Arizona owns a career record of 68-55 (.552) during his tenure in Pocatello, Idaho.

On the floor, the Bengals return the services of four starters including 2012 All-Big Sky First Team selection Kaela Oakes and 2012 All-Big Sky honorable mention recipient Ashleigh Vella. Oakes, a senior guard from Chandler, Ariz., is Idaho State’s top returning scorer with 11.3 points per game from a season ago while also dishing out 2.6 assists. Oakes enters the 2012-13 season as a Senior CLASS Award candidate.

Vella trails just behind Oakes in scoring from last season at 11.2 per game. The 6-1 senior forward from Melbourne, Australia, is Idaho State’s second-leading rebounder from the 2011-12 season at 6.4 per game and the team’s top returning passer with 2.7 assists per game.

K-State in Season Openers
The Wildcats have been dominate in season-openers since the team’s first season in 1968-69. Kansas State is 35-9 (.795) in openers and have won 11 of the last 13 season openers. Head coach Deb Patterson is 13-3 (.813) in season-openers since taking the reins of the program in 1996.

K-State in Home Openers
Kansas State has won 18 of its last 20 home openers in Bramlage Coliseum. The Wildcats are 35-9 (.795) all-time in home openers and 20-4 (.833) in openers in Bramlage. Head coach Deb Patterson is 14-2 (.875) in home openers since taking the reins of the program in 1996.

Remember, Remember the Month of November
In the 45th year of women’s basketball at K-State, the Wildcats have accumulated a record of 105-41 (.719) in the month of November. In the Patterson era, the Wildcats are 56-21 (.727) in the 11th-month.

Cats Protect the House Against Non-Con Foes
Entering the 25th season of action inside Bramlage Coliseum, Kansas State has protected its home floor with determination against non-conference foes with a record of 133-22 (.858) record, including a current streak of 13 straight wins.

In the Deb Patterson era, the Wildcats have been even better with a record of 96-9 (.914).