K-State Visits Charlotte to Face 49ers

Kendra Spresser pulled in a career-high 12 rebounds on Tuesday against Tennessee State.

Nov. 23, 2012

Game Notes

Game 4

Kansas State at Charlotte
Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012 | 6 p.m. | Halton Arena (9,105) | Charlotte, N.C.

Kansas State Wildcats (3-0, 0-0 Big 12)
Head Coach: Deb Patterson (Rockford ‘79)
Career Record: 323-189 (.631) 17th year
School Record: Same
Last game: W, 62-47 at Tennessee State on Nov. 20, 2012
website: www.kstatesports.com
Twitter: @kstatesports, @kstate_gameday, #KStateWBB

Charlotte 49ers (3-0, 0-0 Atlantic 10)
Head Coach: Cara Consuegra (Iowa ‘01)
Career Record: 19-14 (.576) - Second season
School Record: Same
Last game: W, 79-60 vs. Florida Gulf Coast on Nov. 17, 2012
website: www.charlotte49ers.com
Twitter: @Charlotte49ers

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.charlotte49ers.com or call the Charlotte athletic ticket office at (704) 687-4949

Series History and Notes
First meeting between the schools... The Wildcats are 8-3 against teams from the Atlantic 10 Conference... Head coach Deb Patterson is 4-1 against teams from the Atlantic 10... The last time K-State played a team from the A-10 was on Dec. 3, 2005 against St. Joseph’s in Manhattan, a 78-68 St. Joe’s win.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Kansas State will finish a two-game road trip on Saturday night, as the Wildcats travel to North Carolina to face Charlotte at 6 p.m. (CT) at Halton Arena. Saturday night’s matchup pits a pair of 3-0 squads against one another, as K-State will look to start a season 4-0 for the first time since the 2010-11 season and for the sixth time in the Deb Patterson era.

Saturday night’s game between K-State and Charlotte 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.

With a 16-6 run early in the second half, Kansas State opened its 2012-13 road schedule with a 62-47 win at Tennessee State on Tuesday night. The Wildcats, who improved to 3-0 for the seventh time in the last nine seasons, were led by sophomore guard Haley Texada, who poured in a career-high off the bench.

K-State’s defense was up to the challenge, as the Wildcats held the Lady Tigers without a three-point field goal (0-of-10) and to a field goal percentage of .245. This was the first time since Dec. 7, 2011 against Wichita State that K-State has held an opponent without a connection from beyond the arc. The field goal percentage of .245 was the lowest by a K-State opponent since Dec. 10, 2011 at South Dakota State. For the season, K-State is holding its opponents to 5-of-39 (.128) from beyond the arc.

Texada pulled the Wildcats out of a sluggish start to the second half by scoring nine straight points and finished with a career-high 17. The product of Frisco, Texas, registered 14 of her points in the second half to spark K-State. After not scoring in double figures in 14 games during her freshman year, Texada has scored in double figures in every game this season.

Joining Texada in double figures against Tennessee State was senior guard Brittany Chambers with 14 points. The All-America candidate also hauled in nine rebounds and dished out four assists on Tuesday night. Chambers now ranks 14th in school history for career rebounds with 605 and ranks 16th in the program’s history with 252 career assists. She is just the third guard in school history to record 1,000 career points, 600 career rebounds and 250 career assists. For the season, Chambers leads K-State with 17.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 3.7 assists.

Junior Kendra Spresser narrowly missed her first career double-double, as she carded career-highs of nine points and 12 rebounds. The product of Dresden, Kan., is averaging 6.0 points and 6.3 rebounds in her first season with K-State.

At a Glance: Charlotte
After a week-long break, Charlotte will bring a three-game win streak into Saturday’s matchup. The 49ers won their last outing 79-60 over Florida Gulf Coast on Nov. 17. Earlier this season, Charlotte traveled to TCU and defeated the Horned Frogs, 82-68. For the season, Charlotte is averaging 80.3 points while allowing 53.0.

Leading the 49ers from the sidelines in the 2012-13 season is second-year head coach Cara Consuegra. The 2001 graduate of Iowa owns a 19-14 (.576) record during her time in Charlotte. In her first season in 2011-12, Consuegra led the 49ers to the Postseason WNIT.

On the floor, Charlotte features four players averaging double figures led by senior forwards Amanda Dowe and Jennifer Hailey. Dowe paces the squad with a double-double of 15.0 points and 10.3 rebounds. Against Florida Gulf Coast on Nov. 17, Dowe tallied 12 points, seven rebounds, four assists, two steals and a blocked shot.

Hailey is just behind Dowe with averages of 14.7 points and 10.3 rebounds. Against Florida Gulf Coast, Hailey registered game-highs of 20 points, 11 rebounds and four blocked shots.

Also in double figures for the 49ers are Ny Hammonds and Jai Forney. Hammonds, a junior guard, is averaging 10.3 points and has dished out 8.0 assists per game. Forney is averaging 10.7 points, 4.0 rebound and 3.0 assists.

Wildcats’ Defense Solid to Open Season
Kansas State’s tenacity on the defensive end of the floor in 2012-13 has picked up where it left off from the 2011-12 season. K-State finished the 2011-12 season third in the Big 12 and ranked 69th in the nation in scoring defense at 57.4 points per game (1,950 total points). The 57.4 points per game rank was the fourth-lowest opponent scoring average since the 1981-82 season in the program’s history. It is the fifth straight season K-State has prevented its opponents from scoring over 2,000 points in a season and the third time in a 34 or 35 game season that K-State has held its foes from scoring 2,000 points.

To open the 2012-13 season, K-State is holding its foes to 52.0 points per game. The Wildcats held Tennessee State to 47 points in K-State’s 62-47 win on Nov. 20. This was the fewest points allowed by the Wildcats since holding Texas to 45 points on Feb. 18, 2012.

During the last 12 seasons, K-State is 71-3 (.959) when holding an opponent to 49 points or less. In the Deb Patterson-era, K-State has held opponents to 30 points or less five times.

In the 2011-12 season, K-State held 11 foes to 49-points or less, including a season-low of 20 to Dartmouth in the season-opener. It was the first time since the 1975-76 season that a K-State team held 11 or more foes to 49-points or less. The Wildcats held five straight opponents to 49-points or less from Dec. 7 to Dec. 20, which was the longest stretch since Feb. 21-March 8, 1975.

Goose Egg From Distance for Lady Tigers
The Wildcats’ perimeter defense has been stout to start the 2012-13 season, as K-State has held its first three opponents to 5-of-39 (.128) shooting from beyond the arc. Kansas State held Tennessee State on Nov. 20, 2012 without a connection from behind the three-point line (0-of-10). The Wildcats have now held opponents without a three-point field goal nine times in the last seven seasons, including the seven times in the last four seasons.

Before K-State’s win at Tennessee State, the last time K-State held an opponent without a made three-point field goal was Dec. 7, 2011 against Wichita State. The Wildcats achieved the feat twice in the 2011-12 season, also holding Dartmouth without a connection from beyond the arc.

In the 2011-12 season, the Wildcats held its foes to a 3-point field goal percentage of .281 to rank second in the Big 12 and 52nd in the nation. It is the lowest opponent 3-point field goal percentage since the 1997-98 season and tied for the third-lowest in the program’s history.

Chambers 12th in Big 12 For Career 3-PT FGs Made
Brittany Chambers continues to be a marksman from beyond the arc, as she is 10-of-25 from deep in the first three games of the season, including a 5-of-8 effort against Idaho State in the season-opener. Her five makes were her highest number of connections from behind the three-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.

For her career, Chambers is the fifth player in school history with 200 three-point field goals made. She is 243-of-689 (.353) from beyond the arc and ranks fourth in school history for career 3-point field goals made and second in 3-point field goals attempted. She ranks 12th in Big 12 history for career 3-point field goals made. Of her 1,429 career points, 51.0 percent of her points (729) have come from beyond the arc.

Chambers has made a 3-point field goal in 85 of the 101 career games she has played. She has 23 career games with four or more connections from beyond the arc and 68 career contests with two or more made 3-point field goals.

Chambers adjusted to the deeper three-point line in 2011-12, as she was 80-of-257 (.311) from beyond the arc and led the Big 12 and was 50th in the nation in 3-point field goals made per game (2.4) and was 100th in the nation in three-point field goal percentage. She had the most 3-point field goals made and attempted of any player in the Big 12 in 2011-12. By reaching 80 made 3-point field goals, Chambers became just the second player in school history to make 80 or more 3-point field goals in consecutive seasons (Laurie Koehn). Her 80 connections from beyond the arc rank seventh in school history and her 257 attempts for the season ranks second in the program’s history and fourth in Big 12 history.

She tallied a career-high and the third-highest single-game total in school history with eight connections from deep against Northwestern on Dec. 19. This was the highest single-game total since Kendra Wecker made eight against Illinois State on Nov. 26, 2004.

Texada Provides Bench Spark    
After playing in just 14 games in her freshman season, sophomore Haley Texada has made the most of her 2012-13 season by carding career-highs in a number of categories. She has also scored in double figures in every game this season.

At Tennessee State, Texada registered a career-high 17 points on 7-of-10 shooting off the bench including 14 in the second half. She also tied her career-high for rebounds with five while also carding her first career blocked shot.  

In the season-opener, Texada tallied 11 points off the bench against Idaho State, including the first two made 3-point field goals in her career. She also tied her career high in assists with three.

Against Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Texada recorded a career-high 23 minutes of action of the bench while scoring 10 points, pulling in three rebounds, dishing out three assists and notching a career-high two steals.