Wildcats Continue Homestand Wednesday

Branshea Brown and the Wildcats will look for win number three on Wednesday night.

Nov. 15, 2010

 

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Game 3
Indiana State (2-0, 0-0 MVC) vs. (rv/--) Kansas State (2-0, 0-0 Big 12)
Nov. 17, 2010 | 7 p.m. | Bramlage Coliseum (12,528) | Manhattan, Kan.

TV
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Radio
K-State Sports Network
Play-by-Play: Brian Smoller; Color: Missy Heidrick

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

Promotions
Wildcat Weekday 4 Pack
- Fans can purchase four tickets and receive four food vouchers which includes a drink and a choice of a hot dog, nacho or pretzel. Prices are $30 for general admission, $40 for reserved bench and $50 for chairbacks.

Series History and Notes
The all-time series between K-State and Indiana State is tied, 1-1... Both teams have won at each other’s home court, as K-State took the first meeting in the series on Dec. 20, 2008, in Terre Haute, Ind., 58-43... The Sycamores won last year’s season-opener in Bramlage Coliseum on Nov. 14, 2009, 77-73... The win ended K-State’s 29-game home court winning streak against non-conference opponents... The Wildcats are 92-21 (.814) all-time against schools from the Missouri Valley Conference... K-State is 3-5 against schools from the state of Indiana.

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Kansas State will continue its season-high four-game homestand on Wednesday night, as the Wildcats welcome in unbeaten Indiana State for a 7 p.m. tipoff. The Wildcats are coming off a strong opening weekend, as K-State won its fifth straight Commerce Bank Wildcat Classic crown by upsetting (14/16) St. John's. The Wildcats are receiving votes in this week's Associated Press Poll following the two wins over the weekend.

For Wednesday night's contest, fans can take part in the "Wildcat Weekday 4 Pack." Fans can purchase four tickets and four food vouchers, which includes a drink and a choice of a hot dog, nacho or pretzel, with prices for the packages starting at $30 for general admission seats.

Wednesday night's matchup between the Wildcats and Sycamores can be found on the K-State Sports Network, as the award-winning Brian Smoller provides the play-by-play and former Wildcat Missy Heidrick gives the color analysis.

The Wildcats started the 2010-11 season on a high note by extending its win streak in the Commerce Bank Wildcat Classic to 10 games with a pair of wins to secure the event title. K-State is now 29-3 (.906) in the Wildcat Classic.

For the weekend, K-State was led by junior forwards Jalana Childs and sophomore guards Brittany Chambers and Mariah White. Childs garnered MVP honors for the weekend by averaging 13.0 points on a .684 field goal percentage and pulling in 5.0 rebounds. Against Grambling State, Childs notched a career-high 16 points on 8-of-9 shooting and grabbed five rebounds. In K-State's upset of St. John's, Childs tabulated 10 points and five rebounds.

Chambers tallied a new career-high with 21 points against Grambling State and also registered seven rebounds and six assists against the Lady Tigers. The Jordan, Minn., native reached double figures during K-State win over the Red Storm with 12 points, while also pulling in seven rebounds.

White turned a productive opening weekend into a Big 12 co-Player of the Week citation and Commerce Bank Wildcat Classic All-Tournament team honors by averaging 10.0 points, 7.5 rebounds and 5.0 assists. Against Grambling State, she notched a new career-high for assists with six and also added three points, six rebounds and a block to her final stat line. The Midwest City, Okla., product pushed K-State to the win over St. John's with a career-high 17 points, all in the second half, and hauled in a career-high nine rebounds, dished out four assists and tallied two steals.

The Wildcats also received a career-best performance from junior Branshea Brown against the Red Storm. The 6-2 forward from Walterboro, S.C., carded a career-high 14 points and four blocks. She also recorded six rebounds, a steal and an assist in a career-high 36 minutes of action.

Streaks, Trends, Milestones, etc.
The Wildcats' 64-53 win over (14/16) St. John's on Nov. 13 was K-State's first win over an Associated Press top-15 team since Jan. 27, 2008 at Oklahoma State and the first win over a top-15 AP team at home since March 3, 2004 against Texas Tech... K-State has made at least one 3-point field goal in 109 consecutive games, dating back to Feb. 7, 2007... The Wildcats held St. John's without a 3-point field goal (seven attempts), which was the first time since March 11, 2010 against Texas Tech... Brittany Chambers registered a career-high 21 points against Grambling State (11/12)... Chambers has made a 3-point field goal in 30 of her first 34 games as a Wildcat, including 13 straight games from Nov. 16, 2009 - Jan. 2, 2010... Chambers has scored in double figures in 24 of 34 career games... Jalana Childs scored in double figures in both games this season, including a career-high 16 against Grambling State and has tallied double digits in points in 16 career games... Branshea Brown carded a career-high four blocked shots against St. John's, which was the most blocked shots by a Wildcat since Marlies Gipson tallied four blocks at Kansas on Jan. 24, 2009... Brown has 16 career games with five or more rebounds... Mariah White dished out a career-high six assists against Grambling State, which is her second career game with five or more assists... White pulled in a career-high nine rebounds against St. John's, which was her sixth career game with five or more rebounds.

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 281-164 (.631) 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 160-48 (.769) record at home including an 86-9 (.905) record against non-conference foes.

Remember, Remember the Month of November
Entering the 43rd year of women's basketball at K-State, the Wildcats have accumulated a record of 98-39 (.715) in the month of November. In the Patterson era, the Wildcats are 49-19 (.721) 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 123-22 (.848) record. In the Deb Patterson era, the Wildcats have been even better with a record of 86-9 (.905).

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 784-467 (.627). With 16 more wins during the 2010-11 season, Kansas State will join the 800-win club which currently features just eight members.

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 190-30 (.864) when leading at the break.

During the last two-plus seasons, K-State owns a 59-6 (.908) 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 230-87 (.726). During the last 10 seasons, K-State is 131-39 (.771) 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 123-22 (.848) record. In the Deb Patterson era, the Wildcats have been even better with a record of 86-9 (.905).

Wildcats on the Road
K-State has a 229-230 (.499) record in road games during the program's 42-year history. During the 21st century, K-State owns a 69-50 (.580) mark in road contests and are 86-84 (.506) during Deb Patterson's 15 seasons on the K-State bench. With its 72-70 win at Colorado on March 3, K-State ended six-game road slide.

K-State notched a 10-5 (.667) record on the road in 2008-09 to break the previous school record of nine (1982-83 and 2001-02).

K-State Against Ranked Opponents
With its 64-53 win over No. 14/16 St. John's on Nov. 13, K-State recorded its first win over an Associated Press top-15 opponent since Jan. 27, 2008 (at Oklahoma State, 68-63). This was the first win over an AP top-15 team at home since an 85-73 win on March 3, 2004 against No. 9 Texas Tech. The win brings K-State's record against teams ranked No. 14 in the AP poll to 6-6 (.500).

The Wildcats improved its record against teams ranked in the AP poll to 66-146 (.311), including a 39-40 (.494) mark against AP ranked teams in Manhattan.

In the the Deb Patterson era, K-State is 40-76 (.345) against teams ranked in the AP poll and is 27-21 (.563) against AP ranked teams in Bramlage Coliseum.

K-State Controls the Boards Against Lady Tigers
The Wildcats owned the glass against Grambling State with a 53 rebound performance to open the 2010-11 season. K-State held a rebounding margin of +21 on the Lady Tigers, including 15 offensive boards which resulted in 14 second chance points.

The 53 rebounds by the Wildcats were the most since Dec. 1, 2006, when K-State hauled in 61 against Mississippi Valley State. It was also the highest number of rebounds in a season-opener since K-State pulled in 57 against Ball State on Nov. 15, 2002. The 15 offensive rebounds were the most since K-State registered 15 at Colorado on March 3, 2010.

Goose Egg From Beyond the Arc for Red Storm
Kansas State's perimeter defense was up to the challenge against St. John's in the title game of the Commerce Bank Wildcat Classic. The Wildcats held the Red Storm without a three-point field goal on seven attempts. It is the fifth time in the last five seasons, including the third time in the last two seasons, that K-State has held an opponent without a connection from beyond the arc (3/11/10 vs. Texas Tech; 1/9/10 vs. Kansas).

After the first two games this season, K-State ranks fourth in the Big 12 in three-point field goal percentage defense (.185). Last season, K-State was second in the Big 12 in three-point field goal percentage defense at .284.

K-State's perimeter defense also held Naismith Award candidate and preseason All-Big East first team selection Shenneika Smith to 4-of-21 shooting.

At a Glance: Indiana State
Indiana State (2-0, 0-0 MVC) visits Manhattan for the second straight season and enters with an unblemished mark following wins over Furman and Tennessee-Martin in the opening weekend. Last season, the Sycamores captured the season-opener with the Wildcats and halted K-State's 29-game home winning streak against non-conference opponents.

The Sycamores are guided by first-year head coach Teri Moren. The 1992 graduate of Purdue spent the previous three seasons at Georgia Tech as the associate head coach for the Yellowjackets. She helped Georgia Tech make three NCAA Tournament appearances and record three 20-win seasons. Prior to her stint at Georgia Tech, Moren was the head coach at the University of Indianapolis at the NCAA Division II level. Moren guided Indianapolis to three NCAA Division II Tournament appearances while carding a 130-73 (.640) mark.

Indiana State has been led in the first two games by junior guard/forward Deja Mattox, junior guard Brittany Schoen and sophomore guard Taylor Whitley. Mattox, a 6-0 product of Peru, Ind., led the Sycamores with 16 points against Furman, but did not play against Tennessee-Martin.

Schoen is the squad's second-leading scorer with 12.5 per game, including a game-high 20 against Tennessee-Martin.

Whitley sparked the Sycamores to its win over Tennessee-Martin with 16 points, six rebounds, nine assists, five steals and a blocked shot. For the season, Whitley is averaging 9.0 points, 4.5 rebounds and 5.0 assists.

White Hot Mariah
Sophomore guard Mariah White broke out with an outstanding weekend in the Commerce Bank Wildcat Classic and was selected as the Big 12 co-Player of the Week and to the Wildcat Classic All-Tournament team for her efforts. The product of Midwest City, Okla., averaged 10.0 points, a team-leading 7.5 rebounds and a team-leading 5.0 assists per game. She also was 2-of-4 from beyond the arc and 8-of-12 in the two games. The two made 3-point field goals are a new career season-high for White, as she made just one in 31 games last season. Her eight made free throws came against St. John's and tied her season total from last year.

White ranks first in the Big 12 in defensive rebounds per game (7.0), tied for sixth in assists, eighth in assist to turnover ratio (3.3), and tied for 14th in rebounds.

In the season-opener against Grambling State, White tabulated three points, six rebounds, six assists and a blocked shot. Her six assists were a new career-high and was the second time in her career that she has had five or more assists in a game.

Against St. John's in the championship game of the Commerce Bank Wildcat Classic, White displayed her all-around game with a career-high 17 points, a career-high nine rebounds, tied her career-high with two steals and played a career-best 35 minutes. White carded all 17 points in the second half, which is the highest single half scoring output since Ashley Sweat tallied 19 against Washington State on Nov. 20, 2009. It was also the first time she reached double figures in scoring.

Sweet Childs of Ours
Jalana Childs put her improved game on full display during the Commerce Bank Wildcat Classic, as she was named the event's MVP. For the weekend, Childs averaged 13.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.0 steals. Her field goal percentage after two games of .684 (13-of-19) ranks 11th in the Big 12, while she is 20th in the league in scoring and eighth in the league in minutes played (31.0).

In the season-opener against Grambling State, Childs registered a career-high 16 points on 8-of-9 shooting and hauled in five rebounds. Her shooting percentage of .889 is the highest by a Wildcat since Shalee Lehning was 7-of-7 from the field against Missouri on March 1, 2008 (min. of seven FG attempts).

Against St. John's, Childs recorded 10 points, five rebounds and an assist. She has now reached double figures in points in 16 career games, including 12 during the 2009-10 season.

During the last eight games of the 2009-10 season, the Orlando, Fla., product averaged 9.4 points and 4.0 rebounds.

Of Childs' career-high 142 rebounds last year, 66 of them came on the offensive glass which represented 46.5 percent of her overall total. The 66 offensive rebounds were a team-high last season.

Chambers Finds Bottom of Net
Brittany Chambers picked up her offensive game right where she left off from last season, with 33 points in the two games of the Commerce Bank Wildcat Classic. Her 16.5 points per game ranks tied for 11th in the Big 12.

The product of Jordan, Minn., registered a career-high 21 points against Grambling State. Included among her 21 points, Chambers registered 12 consecutive points to push K-State's lead into the mid-20s early in the second half. For her career, Chambers has scored in double figures in 24 games including three games with 20 or more points.

Chambers provided a boost to the K-State offense in her first season with the Wildcats, as she was K-State's second-leading scorer (12.1 ppg). Her 388 points scored were the most by a freshman, since Nicole Ohlde scored 464 during her rookie campaign in the 2000-01 season and ranks fourth in school history for points in a season by a freshman. She was the second freshman in school history and was the only freshman in the Big 12 last season, to record at least 380 points, 180 rebounds and 80 assists in her debut season.

Chambers Knocks Them in From Deep
Brittany Chambers continues to be a sharpshooter for the Wildcats, by shooting 4-of-10 from beyond the arc in the first two games this season. Against Grambling State, Chambers was 2-of-4 from deep and 2-of-6 against St. John's. For her career, she has 29 career games with a 3-point field goal including four games with four or more connections from beyond the arc.

The Jordan, Minn., native made her mark from beyond the 3-point line in her first season with the Wildcats with a team-leading 65-of-171 (.380) from beyond the arc. She ranked eighth in the Big 12 and 49th in the nation in 3-point field goal percentage and eighth in the league for 3-point field goals made per game at 2.1.

Her 65 made three-point field goals were the most by a freshman since Laurie Koehn set a school record with 122 during the 2001-02 season and was the third-highest by a freshman in school history.

What Brown has Done for Us
Branshea Brown gave K-State a strong interior presence in the opening weekend of the season. Following the first two contests, Brown is averaging 9.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, 2.0 blocks in 26.0 minutes of action while starting both games. Her field goal percentage of .636 ranks 13th in the Big 12.

Against St. John's, Brown turned in one of her best games as she touched every statistical category with a career-high 14 points on 5-of-6 shooting, six rebounds, four blocks, a steal and an assist. For her career, she has 16 games with five or more rebounds, including three games with double figures.

Last season, Brown averaged 3.1 points and was the team's fifth-leading rebounder with 4.3 rebounds in 18.0 minutes per game. Of her career-high 133 total rebounds, Brown pulled in 53 offensive rebounds which represented 39.8 percent of her total rebounds.

Brown with the Blocks
Branshea Brown has picked up where she left off last season in terms of her interior defense. The product of Walterboro, S.C., sent back four shots against St. John's, which is the highest total by a Wildcat since Marlies Gipson tallied four blocks at Kansas on Jan. 24, 2009. Brown now has six career games with two or more blocked shots and 31 blocks for her career.

Last season, Brown was the team leader in blocked shots with a career-high 19 (0.6 bpg) and had five games with multiple blocks, including three against Northwestern and at Iowa State.

K-State's Guards Continue to Crash the Boards
Continuing a trend that developed under Megan Mahoney, Kansas State's guards have continued to attack the glass for rebounds. This season, K-State's guards have pulled in 44 of the teams 88 rebounds this season. The Wildcats are led on the boards this season by sophomore guards Mariah White and Brittany Chambers with averages of 7.5 and 7.0, respectively. Also in the mix is sophomore guard Taelor Karr with 5.0 rebounds.

White recorded a career-high nine rebounds against St. John's, with eight of the nine coming on the defensive glass. White leads the Big 12 in defensive rebounds per game with 7.0 and is tied for 14th in rebounding with 7.5.

In the opening weekend, Chambers pulled in seven rebounds in both contests and has 20 career games with five or more rebounds.

Last season, Chambers led the team in rebounds with 5.8 per game and was the first freshman to lead K-State in rebounding since Shalee Lehning during the 2005-06 season (6.6 rpg). In her last 21 games, Chambers averaged 6.9 rebounds per contest including a career-high 14 rebounds at Colorado on March 3. This was the highest single game rebounding total for a K-State guard since Lehning pulled in 14 at Arkansas State on Nov. 25, 2008.

Karr hauled in nine rebounds against Grambling State, with all of them coming on the defensive glass. For her career, she has 16 games with five or more rebounds.

The Paola, Kan., native pulled in 4.5 rebounds per game in 2009-10 and ranked fourth on the team in the category. She notched a career-high 12 against Texas Tech (3/11/10).

During the Big 12 slate in 2009-10, Chambers and Karr provided a boost to K-State's rebounding numbers. The duo combined for 219 rebounds in the final 18 contests (12.2 rpg), with Chambers grabbing 123 and Karr hauling in 96.

Caron Makes Strong Debut
Freshman guard/forward Chantay Caron made a successful debut against Grambling State and helped K-State to its season-opening win. The 5-11 product of Lawrence, Kan., registered nine points and five rebounds in 16 minutes of action off the K-State bench. All of Caron's points came in the first half to stake the Wildcats to a 34-20 halftime lead.

Caron's nine points in her debut tied teammate Taelor Karr's debut from last season for point production. Caron's five rebounds were the most by a freshman in their debut since Ashley Sweat pulled in eight boards against Wisconsin-Green Bay on Nov. 10, 2006.

Karr Fires on All Cylinders
Taelor Karr continued her strong efforts on the defensive end of the floor in the first two games of the season, as she tallied a team-high four steals in the two contests and blocking a St. John's three-point attempt. For her career, Karr has 53 steals and 18 career games with two or more. She currently ranks tied for 13th in the Big 12 in steals per game at 2.0.

Last season, Karr provided K-State with another long distance option, as she was second on the team in three-point shooting at 56-of-145 (.386). Her 56 made three-point field goals ranks fourth in school history for a single season by a freshman and she ranked seventh in the league in three-point field goal percentage.

Against Texas A&M, Karr rewrote her career-high with 19 points and three steals. She registered her first career double-double with a game-high 16 points and a career-high 12 rebounds against Texas Tech in the first round of the Big 12 Championships.

Against Texas Tech, Karr was 4-of-7 from beyond the three-point line which was her sixth game last season with four or more made 3-point field goals. She was the first freshman to make four or more three-pointers in six games since Laurie Koehn achieved the feat 16 times in the 2001-02 season.

For the season, Karr averaged 9.1 points, 4.5 rebounds, 1.7 assists and a team-leading 1.5 steals. She ranked 14th in the league in steals and is 12th in the league in three-point field goals made per game with 1.7.

Karr led the Wildcats in steals with 49 on the season and had 16 games last season with two or more. She is the first freshman to lead K-State in steals since Shalee Lehning recorded 60 steals in her freshman campaign in 2005-06.