Wildcats Start Two-Game Road Trip at Tennessee State

Brittany Chambers will lead K-State into its first two road games of the 2012-13 season beginning on Tuesday night.

Nov. 16, 2012

Game Notes

Game 3

Tennessee State at Kansas State
Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012 | 7 p.m. | Gentry Center (10,600) | Nashville, Tenn.

Game Information
TV: None

Radio: K-State Sports Network (PbP: Brian Smoller; Color: Danielle Zanotti)

Internet: Free live audio & free live stats at www.kstatesports.com

Tickets: Visit www.tsutigers.com or call the Tennessee State athletic ticket office at (615) 963-5841

Kansas State Wildcats (2-0, 0-0 Big 12)
Head Coach: Deb Patterson (Rockford ‘79)
Career Record: 322-189 (.630) 17th year
School Record: Same
Last game: W, 89-55 vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Nov. 12, 2012
website: www.kstatesports.com
Twitter: @kstatesports, @kstate_gameday, #KStateWBB

Tennessee State Lady Tigers  (1-1, 0-0 OVC)
Head Coach: Larry Joe Inman (Austin Peay ‘70)
Career Record: 481-318 (.602) - 12th season
School Record: 1-1 - First season
Last game: L, 59-43 at South Alabama on Nov. 12, 2012
website: www.tsutigers.com
Twitter: @tsuladytigersbb

Series History and Notes
Kansas State leads the series, 1-0... K-State won the last meeting between the schools, 72-58, in Nashville, Tenn., on Dec. 30, 1999...The Wildcats are 4-2 against teams from the Ohio Valley Conference... Head coach Deb Patterson is 3-0 against teams from the OVC... The last time K-State played a team from the OVC was on Dec. 30, 2003 against SE Missouri State in San Antonio, Texas, a 78-42 K-State win.

MANHATTAN, Kan. – For the first time in the 2012-13 season, Kansas State will face the test of a two-game road trip as the Wildcats travel to Nashville to challenge Tennessee State on Tuesday, Nov. 20 at 7 p.m. K-State will conclude the trip against Charlotte on Saturday, Nov. 24. K-State will look to start the season 3-0 for the seventh time in the last nine seasons.

Tuesday night’s game between K-State and Tennessee State will be broadcast on the K-State Sports Network and for free on kstatesports.com/allaccess. Providing the play-by-play and color for the broadcast will be the award-winning Brian Smoller and former K-State letterwinner Danielle Zanotti. Fans can also follow the free live stats at kstatesports.com and receive updates on Twitter by following @kstate_gameday.

Powered by a 23-4 run to close out the first half, Kansas State cruised to an 89-55 win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Nov. 11. The 89 points scored by the Wildcats were the most scored by K-State since Dec. 16, 2007 against Texas State, when the Wildcats won 90-52. The 34 point margin of victory was the largest since the Nov. 12, 2011 win over Dartmouth (54-20).

For the game, K-State was 14-of-35 (.400) from the 3-point line with four players making two or more from beyond the arc. The 14 connections were the most since K-State made 14 against Colorado on Feb. 16, 2011. The 35 attempts tied the school record for three-point field goals attempted, which was originally set on Jan. 31, 2007 at Colorado.

Kansas State saw all 10 available players score, including five players reach double figures in points, led by Brittany Chambers and Bri Craig. In her 100th career game, Chambers tallied a game-high 15 points, while also pulling in five rebounds and dishing out four assists. For the season, Chambers leads the Wildcats with 18.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists.

Craig reached double figures for the first time in her career with 13 points while connecting on 4-of-9 from beyond the arc. The rookie from Lincoln, Neb., is third on the team in scoring and assists with averages of 10.0 and 2.5, respectively.

Another K-State starter in double figures against the Lady Lions was Ashia Woods. The sophomore from Wichita, Kan., tallied a career-high 10 points along with four rebounds, three steals, two blocks and two assists.

The K-State bench provided a boost to the point total against Arkansas-Pine Bluff, as the Wildcats received 45 points from its reserves. Leading the way off the bench were sophomore guard Haley Texada and junior forward Ashlynn Knoll with 10 points each. After two games this season, Texada has already carded 21 points on the year, which surpasses her freshman season total of 14 in 14 games last season.

At a Glance: Tennessee State
Tennessee State will look to brush off the effects of a 59-43 road loss at South Alabama on Nov. 12. The Lady Tigers were forced into 24 turnovers while shooting just .304 from the field.

Leading Tennessee State from the bench in the 2012-13 season is first-year head coach Larry Joe Inman. The 1970 graduate of Austin Peay is the all-time winningest coach in Ohio Valley Conference history with his record of 481-318 (.602). Inman, who was inducted into the Ohio Valley Conference Hall of Fame in 2009, served as head coach of the Eastern Kentucky women’s basketball team from 1988-2008, compiling a 319-244 record and leading the Lady Colonels to two OVC Tournament championships and two NCAA Tournament appearances (1996-97, 2004-05). In being named OVC Coach of the Year eight times, he also directed EKU to fi ve OVC regular season championships. He also led the Lady Colonels to the 2002 WNIT Sweet Sixteen.

On the floor, the Lady Tigers welcome back four starters from the 2011-12 season. This season, Tennessee State has been led in the first two games by senior forward Simone Hopes. The product of Houston, Texas is averaging 11.0 points per game to go with 7.0 rebounds.

Wildcats on the Road
K-State has a 241-242 (.499) record in road games during the program’s 45-year history. During the 21st century, K-State owns an 81-62 (.566) mark in road contests and are 98-96 (.505) during Deb Patterson’s 17 seasons on the K-State bench.

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 Casts Away from Beyond the Arc
Against Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Nov. 11, K-State was 14-of-35 (.400) from beyond the arc. The 14 connections were the most since K-State made 14 against Colorado on Feb. 16, 2011. The 35 attempts tied the school record for three-point field goals attempted, which was originally set on Jan. 31, 2007 at Colorado.

It was the 11th game in the Deb Patterson-era that K-State has attempted 30 or more 3-point field goals in a game. The win on Nov. 11 ended a four-game losing streak by the Wildcats in games with 30 or more three-point field goal attempts. K-State is 6-5 in games with 30 or more three-point field goals attempted.

For the season, K-State is 24-of-62 (.387) from beyond the arc. With its 10-plus connections from the 3-point line in each of the first two games, it marked the first time since Feb. 16 and 19, 2011 that K-State made 10 or more three-point field goals in consecutive games.

Bench Adds to the Attack
In the first two games of the season, K-State’s bench has provided a boost to the offense with an average of 28 points in the two games. The Wildcats were the benefactors of 45 bench points on Nov. 11 against Arkansas-Pine Bluff, led by 10 from Haley Texada and nine apiece from Marissa Ellis and Stacey Malone. The 45 points were the most for the K-State bench since scoring 45 against Lipscomb on Nov. 30, 2007.