K-State Opens 2010-11 Season with 16th Wildcat Classic

Jalana Childs and the Wildcats will host a pair of games this weekend during the 16th Annual Commerce Bank Wildcat Classic.

Nov. 10, 2010


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Games 1 & 2 - Commerce Bank Wildcat Classic
Grambling State (0-0, 0-0 SWAC) vs. Kansas State (0-0, 0-0 Big 12)
(14/16) St. John’s (0-0, 0-0 Big East) vs. (-/rv) Marist (0-0, 0-0 MAAC)
Nov. 12 & 13, 2010 | 12 p.m. & 2 p.m. | Bramlage Coliseum (12,528) | Manhattan, Kan.


K-State Sports Network
Play-by-Play: Brian Smoller
Color: Kristin Waller

Live stats and free audio at www.kstatesports.com

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

“Lunch with the Cats”
Faculty/Staff Appreciation Day
Senior Citizen Appreciation Day
All kids in grades K-12 will receive free admission

"Wildcat Weekend" - Purchase a general admission ticket for $3 when you show your men's basketball ticket from the James Madison game on Friday, Nov. 12 or your K-State volleyball ticket for the Saturday match against Baylor.

Series History and Notes
K-State leads the all-time series with Grambling State, 7-0, including last year’s meeting (Dec. 4, 2009) in Manhattan, 87-62... Kansas State is 5-0 against the Lady Tigers in games played in Manhattan... The Wildcats have never faced Marist or St. John’s... K-State is 2-0 against schools in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC)... The Cats are 5-5 against schools in the Big East.

MANHATTAN, Kan. - For the second time and the first since the inaugural event in 1995, Kansas State will host the 16th annual Commerce Bank Wildcat Classic as its season opener. The Wildcats will face Grambling State for the second straight season in its opening game of the Wildcat Classic, with the teams set to tipoff at 12 p.m. The game will be the 1,250th in the 43-year history of the K-State program.

The second game of the Commerce Bank Wildcat Classic on Friday will feature a pair of teams from New York, (14/16) St. John’s against Marist at 2 p.m. Saturday’s action begins with the consolation game at 12 p.m., and concludes with the championship game at 2 p.m.

The K-State fan experience and sales office is offering a number of promotions for K-State’s game on Friday afternoon. The first is “Lunch with the Cats,” as fans can purchase a vocuher at all of the concession stands to receive a hot dog, chips and a drink for $5. The second is Faculty/Staff Appreciation Day, as K-State staff members will receive free admission with a valid K-State ID. The third is Senior Citizen Appreciation Day, as all senior citizens can purchase a chairback seat for just $8 which will also include a voucher for lunch. Also, all children grades K-12 receive free admission to Friday’s action.

Both of K-State’s games this weekend can be found on the K-State Sports Network, as the award-winning Brian Smoller provides the play-by-play and former Wildcat Kristin Waller gives the color analysis.

K-State in the Wildcat Classic
For the 16th straight season, Kansas State will host the Commerce Bank Wildcat Classic and this year’s edition is the earliest the event has been slated and marks the second time it has served as K-State’s season and home-opener (Nov. 24-25, 1995).

All-time, K-State owns a 27-3 (.900) record in the Wildcat Classic and have won 12 of the 15 titles. The Wildcats currently own an eight-game winning streak in the event and have reached the title game in every edition of the classic.

Wildcats Dominate Exhibition Action
K-State turned in a strong effort in its two exhibition games, as the Wildcats tallied a 2-0 mark and averaged 91.0 points and held its two NCAA Division II foes (Fort Hays State and Washburn) to 36.0 points.

The Wildcats flexed its muscle by shooting .511 from the field and .824 from the foul line, while holding its opponents to a .211 field goal percentage. K-State’s defense forced 42 turnovers, including nine steals and blocked 10 shots.

K-State tallied 49.5 rebounds in the two games and notched a rebounding margin of +17.0. The Cats also shared the ball amongst themselves extremely well, with 44 total assists and just 25 turnovers.

The K-State bench provided a strong boost, with 40.0 points per game, including 45 against Washburn.

Kansas State had four players average double figures in the two games, led by sophomore guard Brittany Chambers and freshman forward Brianna Kulas. Chambers carded 16.5 points per game on a .542 field goal percentage and paced the Wildcats with 5.0 assists and 2.0 steals.

Kulas debuted with 19 points against Fort Hays State and averaged 15.5 points in just 16.0 minutes of action. The product of Mission, Kan., was 12-of-16 from the field and averaged 4.5 rebounds.

Also averaging double figures were junior forward Jalana Childs and sophomore guard Taelor Karr. Childs notched 13.5 points, while shooting .550 from the field. She also pulled in 5.0 rebounds and dished out 3.5 assists.

Karr registered 10.5 points on a .533 field goal percentage. She was also a force on the glass with 5.5 rebounds and handed out 2.5 assists and snatched 1.5 steals.

K-State was paced on the boards by junior forwards Branshea Brown and Alina Voronenko. Brown secured 6.5 rebounds per game, including five offensive boards. Brown also carded 2.5 assists, 1.5 blocks and 1.5 steals. Voronenko fought for 6.0 rebounds, including nine defensive. She also notched 2.0 blocks per game.

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 K-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 foes.

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 33-9 (.786) in openers and have won nine of the last 11 season openers. Head coach Deb Patterson is 11-3 (.786) in season-openers since taking the reins of the program in 1996.

K-State in Home Openers
Kansas State has won 16 of its last 18 home openers in Bramlage Coliseum. The Wildcats are 32-9 (.780) all-time in home openers and 18-4 (.818) in openers in Bramlage. Head coach Deb Patterson is 12-2 (.857) in home openers since taking the reins of the program in 1996.

Remember, Remember the Month of November
Entering the 43rd year of women’s basketball at K-State, the Wildcats have accumulated a record of 96-39 (.711) in the month of November. In the Patterson era, the Wildcats are 47-19 (.712) in the 11th-month.

Cats Protect the House Against Non-Con Foes
Entering the 23rd season of action inside Bramlage Coliseum, 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).

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. 

At a Glance: Grambling State
Grambling State (13-15, 10-8 SWAC) will make its fourth appearance in the Wildcat Classic and its second straight. The Lady Tigers are 2-4 in the event, with its last win coming on Dec. 1, 2001 against Idaho State.

The Lady Tigers are guided by third-year head coach Donnita Rogers. The 1990 graduate of Northwest Oklahoma State has tallied a record of 21-36 during her previous two seasons in Grambling, La.

Grambling State enters the 2010-11 season with 11 returning letterwinners from a season ago, including all five starters . Leading the way is senior forward/center Secrett Anderson. The 5-11 product of Arlington, Texas averaged 10.0 points and 7.0 rebounds last season.

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).