K-State Ends Season-Opening Homestand Against UAPB

Ashia Woods pulled in a career-high 13 rebounds in K-State's season-opening win over Idaho State on Friday.

Nov. 10, 2012

Game Notes

Game 2
Arkansas-Pine Bluff at Kansas State
Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012 | 2 p.m. | Bramlage Coliseum (12,528) | Manhattan, Kan.

Kansas State Wildcats (1-0, 0-0 Big 12)
Head Coach: Deb Patterson (Rockford ‘79)
Career Record: 321-189 (.629) 17th year
School Record: Same
Last game: W, 62-54 vs. Idaho State on Nov. 9, 2012
website: www.kstatesports.com
Twitter: @kstatesports, @kstate_gameday, #KStateWBB

Arkansas-Pine Bluff Golden Lions (0-0, 0-0 SWAC)
Head Coach: Nate Kilbert (Mississippi Valley State ‘87)
Career Record:  122-198 (.381) - 12th season
School Record: 0-0 - First season
Last game: L, 69-46 vs. Alcorn State on March 6, 2012
website: www.uapblionsroar.com
Twitter: @UAPBAthletics

Series History and Notes
Kansas State leads the series, 1-0... K-State won the last meeting between the schools, 115-37, in Manhattan, Kan., on Dec. 2, 2002...The Wildcats are 16-0 against teams from the SWAC... Head coach Deb Patterson is 11-0 against teams from the SWAC.

Game Information
TV: FCS Pacific and K-StateHD.TV (PbP: Brian Smoller; Analyst: Danielle Zanotti)
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Radio: K-State Sports Network (PbP: Dave Riggert; Color: Kristin Waller)

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

Promotions: Youth Team and Camper Day #1: Contact Bethany Cordell at 785-532-6911 or bcordell@kstatesports.com for more information.

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

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State will look to push its home court winning streak against non-conference opponents to 15 games, as the Wildcats host Arkansas-Pine Bluff at 2 p.m., on Sunday. With a win, K-State would improve to 2-0 for the eighth time in the last nine seasons.

Sunday afternoon’s game between K-State and Arkansas-Pine Bluff can be seen live on both FOX College Sports Pacific and K-StateHD.TV and will be broadcast on the K-State Sports Network. Providing the play-by-play and color for the television broadcast will be the award-winning Brian Smoller and former K-State letterwinner Danielle Zanotti. On the radio, Dave Riggert and former K-State letterwinner Kristin Waller will have the call. Fans can also follow the free live stats at kstatesports.com and receive updates on Twitter by following @kstate_gameday.

In its season-opening win on Friday night, Kansas State built a double-digit lead early in the second half and then held off a late charge from Idaho State to secure a 62-54 win. K-State has now won 12 of its last 14 season openers.

K-State finished the night 10-of-27 from beyond the arc, which is the first time the Wildcats have made 10 or more three-point field goals in a season-opener since Nov. 14, 2008 at UTEP (10-of-20).

Leading the way for K-State was senior guard Brittany Chambers. The All-America candidate registered a double-double with an efficient game-high of 22 points on 8-of-13 shooting, including a 5-of-8 effort from beyond the arc, and 10 rebounds. She also chipped in with three assists and two steals. With her eighth career double-double, Chambers became the first Wildcat to notch a double-double in a season-opener since Shalee Lehning tallied a double-double of 11 points and 11 assists at UTEP on Nov. 14, 2008.

With her five connections from beyond the arc against the Bengals, it was Chambers’ highest number of connections from behind the 3-point line since making five at Oklahoma State on Jan. 28, 2012 and her most at home since making six against Missouri State on Nov. 18, 2011. She needs just four connections from beyond the arc to move into 12th in Big 12 history for career 3-point field goals made. Of her 1,400 career points, 51.0 percent of her points (714) have come from beyond the arc.

Aiding the K-State cause on Friday were sophomore guards Haley Texada and Ashia Woods. Texada, the second-year player from Frisco, Texas, registered a career-high 11 points off the bench and also dished out three assists. Woods hauled in a career-high 13 rebounds and picked up a career-best five steals to go with eight points.

At a Glance: Arkansas-Pine Bluff
Arkansas-Pine Bluff will look for a fresh start in 2012-13, after recording a 1-29 mark in 2011-12. The Golden Lions will make their season debut against K-State.

Guiding Arkansas-Pine Bluff from the bench will be first-year head coach Nate Kilbert. The 1987 graduate of Mississippi Valley State owns a career record of 122-198 (.381) including the previous 11 seasons at his alma mater. Kilbert, the reigning SWAC Coach of the Year, led the Devilettes to an 18-14 overall record and the 2011-12 SWAC regular season title and an appearance in the Postseason WNIT.

On the floor, the Golden Lions will be paced by senior Chigozianyi Okwumbua. The forward from Memphis, Tenn., was Arkansas-Pine Bluff’s top scorer and rebounder in 2011-12 with averages of 11.3 points and 5.4 rebounds.  

Woods Strong on the Boards    
Making her first career start to open the 2012-13 season after playing in all 34 games as a freshman off the bench last season, sophomore Ashia Woods made the most of the opportunity. Woods hauled in a career-high 13 rebounds against Idaho State, including six of K-State’s 11 offensive rebounds which resulted in 13 second chance points for the Wildcats. The Wichita, Kan., product surpassed her previous career-high of 7 in the first half with eight boards.

Woods’ 13 rebounds were the most by a Wildcat in a season-opener since Marlies Gipson hauled in 13 against Green Bay on Nov. 10, 2006.

In her freshman season, Woods pulled in 79 total rebounds (2.3 per game) including 30 on the offensive end of the floor.

Texada Provides Bench Spark    
After playing in just 14 games in her freshman season, sophomore Haley Texada made the most of her 2012-13 season debut by carding career-highs in a number of categories. Texada played a career-best 22 minutes off the bench and tallied a career-high 11 points, including the first 2 made three-point field goals in her career. She also tied her career high in assists with three and steals with one.