K-State to Face Hofstra, Purdue in Cancun Challenge

Brittany Chambers needs 59 career points to become the 37th player in school history to reach the 1,000-point mark.

Nov. 21, 2011

Kansas State Game Notes (PDF)

Game 4

Hofstra (2-1, 0-0 CAA) vs. (rv/-) Kansas State (3-0, 0-0 Big 12)
November 24, 2011 | 3 p.m. | Moon Palace Resort | Cancun, Mexico

Game 5
(15/20) Purdue (3-0, 0-0 Big Ten) vs. (rv/-) Kansas State (3-0, 0-0 Big 12)
November 25, 2011 | 9 p.m. | Moon Palace Resort | Cancun, Mexico


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Series’ History and Notes
K-State’s first meeting with Hofstra... The Wildcats are 10-3 all-time against teams from the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA)... The last time K-State played a team from the CAA was Dec. 20, 2009 in Las Vegas against VCU which was a 73-67 K-State win... K-State trails in the series to Purdue, 0-3... The Boilermakers won the last meeting between the schools was in the first round of the 2011 NCAA Tournament in Storrs, Conn., which Purdue won, 53-45, on March 20.

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State will make its first road trip of the season, as the Wildcats travel to Cancun, Mexico, for the Cancun Challenge at the Moon Palace Resort to face Hofstra on Thursday, Nov. 24 at 3 p.m., and a rematch of the Wildcats’ 2011 NCAA Tournament game with (16/20) Purdue on Friday, Nov. 25 at 9 p.m. This will be K-State’s second appearance in the Cancun Challenge with the first coming in 2007.

Both games will be available on the K-State Sports Network, as the award-winning Brian Smoller delivers the play-by-play and K-State assistant athletics communications director Randy Peterson will handle the color analysis.

The Wildcats improved to 3-0 on Nov. 18, defeating Missouri State 65-63. K-State has started a season 3-0 for the second straight year and the ninth time under head coach Deb Patterson.

K-State saw three players reach double figures in points for the second straight game, led by junior Brittany Chambers with 25 points which included six connections from beyond the arc. Also in double figures were Jalana Childs with 14 and Tasha Dickey with 10.

Following the trip to Cancun, Mexico for the Cancun Challenge , K-State returns home to host Iowa on Dec. 3 at 7 p.m.

At a Glance: Hofstra
Hofstra (2-1, 0-0 CAA) is among the top scoring teams in the country ealry this season, as the Pride are averaging 90.3 points per game including consecutive wins with 90 (at Eastern Washington) and 93 points (St. John’s) scored.

The Pride are led by the trio of sophomore guard Katelyn Loper, junior forward Shante Evans and senior guard Candice Bellocchio. Loper, a 2010-11 CAA All-Rookie team selection, leads the squad in scoring with 20.7 points per game and 3-point field goals made with 11. Against St. John’s, Loper tallied a game-high 29 points on 11-of-20 shooting including 5-of-12 from beyond the arc.

Evans is second on the team in scoring at 17.0 points per game and leads the team in rebounding at 8.7 per game. Evans, a 2010-11 AP honorable mention All-American, recorded a double-double in the win over the Red Storm of 27 points and 14 rebounds, including nine on the offensive end.

Bellocchio paces Hofstra in assists at 7.3 per contest and is the team’s third-leading scorer with 11.7 per game. Against St. John’s, Bellocchio tallied a double-double with 12 points and 12 assists.

On the sideline, Hofstra is guided by sixth-year head coach Krista Kilburn-Stevesky. The 1990 graduate of North Carolina State owns an 88-74 (.543) record with Hofstra and has led the program to two appearances in the Postseason WNIT.

At a Glance: Purdue
Purdue (3-0, 0-0 Big Ten), the Big Ten selection in the preseason to record a runner-up finish in the 2011-12 season, registered the program’s 700th win on Sunday with a 65-39 win over Tennessee-Martin. Before facing K-State, the Boilermakers will host Chicago State on Tuesday and will face Tulane on Thursday in Cancun.

The Boilermakers are led this season by guards Brittany Rayburn and Courtney Moses. Rayburn, a 2011 All-Big Ten third team selection, leads Purdue with 14.3 points per game and 2.7 assists.

Moses is second on the team in scoring with 10.3 points per game and leads the team in rebounds with 6.3. Against the Skyhawks, Mosses tallied 12 points and a team-leading eight rebounds.

Purdue is led by sixth-year head coach Sharon Versyp. The 1989 graduate of Purdue has accumulated a 114-61 (.651) record during her time in West Lafayette and has guided her alma mater to four NCAA Tournament appearances. Versyp was inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame following an outstanding playing career for the Boilermakers.

Three is not a Crowd, It’s a Benefit
The Wildcats have looked for three players to reach double figures in scoring for the last two seasons and when this happens, K-State has been victorious more times than not with a 14-4 mark. Last season when K-State had three or more players reach double figures, the Wildcats were 12-4.

In K-State’s last game against Missouri State on Nov. 18, the trio of Brittany Chambers (25), Jalana Childs (14) and Tasha Dickey (10) reached double figures. This is the first time this group reached double digits in the same game and the first time since Jan. 26 and Jan. 29, 2011 that K-State recorded consecutive games with three or more players in double digits.

On Nov. 16 against BYU, K-State received a double figure effort from the group of Childs (18), Chambers (13) and Mariah White (11) against BYU. This was the third time this trio reached double digits in the same game and first since Jan. 15, 2011 at Texas Tech.

Chambers, Childs Form Inside-Out Scoring Duo
The preseason All-Big 12 honorable mention duo of Brittany Chambers and Jalana Childs continued to pair up to help K-State to a victory. The tandem registered 39 points and 11 rebounds (Chambers - 25 points, 7 rebounds; Childs - 14 points, 4 rebounds) in K-State’s 65-63 win over Missouri State on Nov. 18. This was the 25th time in the last three years that Chambers and Childs have reached double figures in the same game with K-State owning a 16-9 (.640) record in those contests.

K-State leaned heavily on the production of its two All-Big 12 performers in 2010-11, as Chambers tallied 514 points while Childs scored a career-best 411. The pair was responsible for 925 of the team’s 1,950 points last season (47.4 percent) and one of the two players paced the team in scoring in 25 of the team’s 32 contests. They are the first K-State teammates since the 2008-09 season to each score 400+ points in a season.                     

Chambers and Childs sparked Kansas State to a 69-64 win at Nebraska on Feb. 19, as the tandem combined for 54 of the Wildcats’ 69 points. In the latter stages of the second half of the contest, the duo combined to score 25 of K-State’s final 27 points.

The effort by the two players was historic, as it was the 19th time in school history that two Wildcats have combined to score 50 or more points in a game, but it was the first time since Jan. 29, 2005. K-State is 19-0 when two players combine to score at least 50 points in the same game.

The output by Chambers and Childs ranked tied for the fourth-most points scored by two Wildcats in a single game since the 1986-87 season. Of the 19 games in which two Wildcats scored 50 or more points, Chambers and Childs rank first in terms of percentage of the team’s total points accounted for (78.3).