K-State Hosts Western Illinois on Sunday

Branshea Brown and the Wildcats will look to close out its homestand with a perfect record.

Nov. 18, 2010

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Game 4
Western Illinois (0-2, 0-0 Summit) vs. (rv/rv) Kansas State (3-0, 0-0 Big 12)
Nov. 21, 2010 | 2 p.m. | Bramlage Coliseum (12,528) | Manhattan, Kan.

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Series History and Notes
K-State leads the all-time series with Western Illinois, 5-0, with all of the meetings coming in Manhattan... The Wildcats won the previous meeting, 68-53, on Jan. 2, 2008... The Wildcats are 22-5 (.815) against teams from the Summit League... K-State is 28-7 (.800) against schools from the state of Illinois.


MANHATTAN, Kan. - Kansas State will look to improve its record to 4-0 for the first time since the 2008-09 season, as the Wildcats host Western Illinois at 2 p.m., on Sunday in Bramlage Coliseum. The contest is the final game of a season-high four-game homestand.

Sunday afternoon’s matchup between the Wildcats and Leathernecks 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 improved to 3-0 for the eighth time in the Deb Patterson era, as the Wildcats used a late second-half surge to defeat Indiana State, 64-48, on Wednesday night. The Wildcats used a 19-8 run over the final 5:49 of the contest to defeat the Sycamores. This is the first time since the 1996-97 season that K-State has held two of its first three opponents to under 50 points.

The Cats turned a season-high 18 offensive rebounds into a season-high 20 second chance points and forced Indiana State into 22 turnovers. The Wildcats also outmuscled the Sycamores in the paint, as K-State registered a season-high 34 points in the paint while holding ISU to just 14.

The Wildcats were led by sophomore guard Brittany Chambers with a game-high 20 points. The native of Jordan, Minn., also dished out a game-high five assists and pulled in seven rebounds. Chambers leads the Wildcats in scoring this season at 17.7 points per game and is tied for the team lead in rebounds (7.0 rpg) and assists (4.3 apg). Of her 21 rebounds through three games, a team-leading 10 have come on the offensive end of the floor. The effort on Wednesday night was her fourth career game with 20 or more points and her second this season.

Also turning in solid performances on Wednesday night were junior forward Branshea Brown and freshman guard/forward Chantay Caron. Brown provided a diversified stat line against the Sycamores with nine points on 3-of-6 shooting, a personal season-high nine rebounds, two assists, two steals and a blocked shot. This was the second straight game that Brown has touched every statistical category. The Walterboro, S.C., product leads the team in blocked shots with 1.7 per game and is tied for the team lead in rebounds at 7.0 per game.

Caron provided a solid effort off the K-State bench with seven points on 3-of-4 shooting, a career-high seven rebounds, an assist and a steal in 15 minutes of action. This is the second time this season Caron has provided at least five points and five rebounds off the bench.

Also leading the Wildcats this season has been sophomore guard Mariah White. The product of Midwest City, Okla., is tied for the team lead in assists (4.3 apg) and paces the squad in steals per game at 1.7.

Streaks, Trends, Milestones, etc.
K-State has made at least one 3-point field goal in 110 consecutive games, dating back to Feb. 7, 2007... Brittany Chambers registered a career-high 21 points against Grambling State (11/12)... She scored 20 against Indiana State (11/17) and has  four career games with 20 or more points... She is the first K-State player since Kendra Wecker during the 2004-05 season to score 20 or more points in two of the first three games of a season... Chambers has made a 3-point field goal in 31 of her first 35 games as a Wildcat, including 13 straight games from  Nov. 16, 2009 - Jan. 2, 2010... Chambers has scored in double figures in 25 of 35 career games... She has pulled in five or more rebounds in 21 career games, including all three games this season... Chambers has six career games with five or more assists... Jalana Childs scored in double figures in two 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 17 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... Taelor Karr has hauled in five or more rebounds in all three games this season and has 19 career games with five or more boards... Karr has started the season 10-of-10 from the free throw line and dating back to March 3, 2010 at Colorado she has made 13 straight free throws.

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 282-164 (.632) 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 161-48 (.770) record at home including an 87-9 (.906) 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 99-39 (.717) in the month of November. In the Patterson era, the Wildcats are 50-19 (.725) 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 124-22 (.849) record.

In the Deb Patterson era, the Wildcats have been even better with a record of 87-9 (.906).

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 785-467 (.627).

With 15 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 191-30 (.864) when leading at the break.

During the last three-plus seasons, K-State owns a 60-6 (.909) 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 231-87 (.726). During the last 10 seasons, K-State is 132-39 (.772) 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 124-22 (.849) record. In the Deb Patterson era, the Wildcats have been even better with a record of 87-9 (.906).

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.

Everyone Gets a Second Chance
Kansas State has taken advantage of its second chance points this season, holding the edge in the stat in two of its three wins this season. Against Indiana State, K-State tallied a season-high 20 second chance points. This was the highest total of second chance points since carding 20 at Colorado on March 3, 2010. Last season K-State totaled three games with 20 or more second chance points.

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 three games this season, K-State ranks seventh in the Big 12 in three-point field goal percentage defense (.233). Last season, K-State was second in the Big 12 in three-point field goal percentage defense at .284.

At a Glance: Western Illinois
Western Illinois (0-2, 0-0 Summit) will make a two-game swing through Big 12 country, beginning on Friday night in Norman, Okla., to face the Sooners. This trip will mark the second and third games of the season for the Leathernecks against a Big 12 opponent. Western Illinois opened the season at Iowa State with a 58-32 defeat on Nov. 13. In Western’s home opener, Northern Illinois edged past the Leathernecks, 73-65 on Nov. 16.

The Leathernecks are led on the sidelines by head coach Leslie Crane. The 1986 graduate of Arkansas State is in her 13th season in Macomb and owns a 184-166 (.526) record.

On the floor, Western Illinois has been paced by junior guard Valenica Kelly and junior forward Sadie Webb. Kelly leads the team in scoring at 12.0 points per game, while also dishing out 2.5 assists. Webb is the team’s second-leading scorer at 11.5 per game and is the squad’s second-leading rebounder at 4.0.

Chambers Finds Bottom of Net
Brittany Chambers picked up her offensive game right where she left off from last season, with 53 points in the first three games of the season. Her 17.7 points per game ranks 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.

In the third game of the season, Chambers registered 20 points against Indiana State. The effort marked the first time a K-State player has recorded 20 or more points in two of the first three games of a season since Kendra Wecker tallied 21 on Nov. 19, 2004 against Wyoming and a school record 41 against Illinois State on Nov. 26, 2004. For her career, Chambers has scored in double figures in 25 games including four 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 8-of-22 (.364) from beyond the arc in the first three games this season. For her career, she has 30 career games with a 3-point field goal including five games with four or more connections from beyond the arc. She ranks ninth in the Big 12 in three-point field goals made per game at 2.7.

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 has given K-State a strong interior presence in the first three games of the season. Following the first three contests, Brown is averaging 9.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 1.7 blocks in 27.3 minutes of action while starting all three games. Her field goal percentage of .588 ranks 15th 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 17 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. She paces the Wildcats in blocked shots with five this season and ranks 10th in the Big 12 in blocked shots per game at 1.7.

The product of Walterboro, S.C., sent back a career-high 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 32 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 former K-State point guard Megan Mahoney (2001-05), Kansas State’s guards have continued to attack the glass for rebounds. This season, K-State’s guards have pulled in 60 of the team’s 130 rebounds this season. The Wildcats are led on the boards this season by sophomore guard Brittany Chambers with an average of 7.0 per game while sophomore guards Mariah White and Taelor Karr are averaging 6.0 and 5.0, respectively.

In the first three games, Chambers pulled in 21 total rebounds including 10 offensive boards. She ranks tied for 18th in the Big 12 in rebounds per game. For her career, she has 21 games with five or more rebounds including three games with 10 or more.

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 of the 2009-10 season, 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.

White recorded a career-high nine rebounds against St. John’s, with eight of the nine coming on the defensive glass. White is 10th in the Big 12 in defensive rebounds per game with 5.7.

Karr hauled in nine rebounds against Grambling State, with all of them coming on the defensive glass. She added five more rebounds against Indiana State. For her career, she has 17 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.

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.

In the Big 12 rankings, White ranks 10th in defensive rebounds (5.7), tied for 13th in assists (4.3) and 15th in assist to turnover ratio (2.2).

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.

Caron Makes Strong Debut; Sets Career-High on Glass
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.

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.

Against Indiana State, Caron set a new career-hgih with seven rebounds, including four on the offensive end of the floor. She also added seven points, an assist and a steal to her stat line against the Sycamores.

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.

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.

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.