Wildcats Visit Cougars for First Road Game

K-State will travel to Branshea Brown's home state this weekend to face the College of Charleston on Saturday.

Nov. 24, 2010

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Game 5
(rv/rv) Kansas State (4-0, 0-0 Big 12) at College of Charleston (2-3, 0-0 SoCon)
Nov. 27, 2010 | 1 p.m. | Carolina First Arena (5,100) | Charleston, S.C.

TV
None

Radio
K-State Sports Network
Play-by-Play: Brian Smoller
Color Analyst: Kristin Waller

Internet
Free live audio and available at www.kstatesports.com

Ticket Information
Visit www.cofcsports.com or call the College of Charleston athletic ticket office at (843) 953-COFC

Series History and Notes
This is the first meeting between Kansas State and the College of Charleston... This is K-State’s first trip to the state of South Carolina since Jan. 5, 1983, when K-State defeated Clemson, 92-72... The Wildcats are 3-1 against schools from the Southern Conference... K-State’s last meeting with a Southern Conference opponent came in the 2008 NCAA Tournament, as the Wildcats defeated Chattanooga in the first round, 69-59... Against schools from the state of South Carolina, the Wildcats are 4-2 all-time.


MANHATTAN, Kan. - Kansas State will gear up for its first road trip of the season, as the Wildcats travel to Branshea Brown’s home state for the first time since 1983 to face the College of Charleston on Saturday at 1 p.m. (CT). K-State will look to improve its record to 5-0 for the first time since the 2008-09 season and for the 12th time in school history.

Saturday afternoon’s matchup between the Wildcats and Cougars can be found on the K-State Sports Network and at www.kstatesports.com, as the award-winning Brian Smoller delivers the play-by-play and former Wildcat letterwinner Kristin Waller provides the color analysis.

K-State improved to 4-0 for the fifth time in the Deb Patterson era and the 15th time in school history, as the Wildcats held off a late second-half rally by Western Illinois to defeat the Leathernecks, 63-53, on Sunday afternoon.

For the second time this season, at least three Wildcats reached double figures in points and were led by junior forward Jalana Childs for the first time this season. The product of Orlando, Fla., carded a career-high 18 points while also hauling in five rebounds and tying her career-best with three blocked shots. This was the third time this season that Childs reached double figures in points and the second time she has reset her career-high.

Also in double figures were sophomore guards Brittany Chambers and Taelor Karr. Chambers reached double figures for the fourth time this season and the 26th time in her career with 16 points. She added five rebounds, an assist and a steal to her final stat line. For the season, Chambers leads the Wildcats and ranks 11th in the Big 12 in scoring (17.3) and is tied for the team lead in rebounds (6.5).

Karr secured her first double figure scoring game of the season with 10 points, while also chipping in with three rebounds, three assists and a steal. She also made a free throw to improve her consecutive free throws made streak to 14, which dates back to March 3, 2010 at Colorado.

For the second time this season, K-State was led on the boards by sophomore Mariah White. The guard from Midwest City, Okla., hauled in a game-high seven rebounds while also recording a career-high five steals, dishing out a game-high four assists and blocked a shot. White leads the team in defensive rebounds per game (6.0), assists per game (4.3) and steals per game (2.5).

Also leading the Wildcats on the glass this season is Brown. The Walterboro, S.C., product is tied for the team lead in rebounding (6.5) and is the team leader in blocked shots with five.

Streaks, Trends, Milestones, etc.
K-State has made at least one 3-point field goal in 111 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 32 of her first 36 games as a Wildcat, including a current streak of nine straight games... Chambers has scored in double figures in 26 of 36 career games... She has pulled in five or more rebounds in 22 career games, including all four games this season... Chambers has six career games with five or more assists... Jalana Childs scored in double figures in three games this season, including a career-high 18 against Western Illinois and has tallied double digits in points in 17 career games... Childs has pulled in five or more rebounds in 21 career games, including three this season... 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 18 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 and has seven career games with five or more rebounds... Taelor Karr has 18 career games with 10 or more points... Karr hauled in five or more rebounds in three games this season and has 19 career games with five or more boards... Karr has started the season 11-of-11 from the free throw line and dating back to March 3, 2010 at Colorado she has made 14 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 283-164 (.633) 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 162-48 (.771) record at home including an 88-9 (.907) 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 100-39 (.719) in the month of November. In the Patterson era, the Wildcats are 51-19 (.729) 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 125-22 (.850) record.

In the Deb Patterson era, the Wildcats have been even better with a record of 88-9 (.907).

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 786-467 (.627).

With 14 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 192-30 (.865) when leading at the break.

During the last three-plus seasons, K-State owns a 61-6 (.910) 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 232-87 (.727). During the last 10 seasons, K-State is 133-39 (.773) 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 125-22 (.850) record. In the Deb Patterson era, the Wildcats have been even better with a record of 88-9 (.907).

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.

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 four wins this season and a 51-38 advantage in statistical category.

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.

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).
 
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.

At a Glance: College of Charleston
College of Charleston (2-3, 0-0 Southern Conference) has alternated wins and losses to open the 2010-11 campaign. The Cougars are looking to shake off the effects of an 81-48 loss to USC-Aiken on Monday night. The Cougars are in the midst of a rebuilding year following the departure of four starters from the 2009-10 squad which reached the Women’s Basketball Invitational.

On the sidelines, College of Charleston is led by 17th-year head coach Nancy Wilson. The 1973 graduate of Coker owns a 296-176 (.627) mark during her time with the Cougars.

On the floor, the Cougars are led by senior Tonia Gerty. The 5-3 guard from Port Orange, Fla., is the squad’s only double figure scorer at 12.8 points per game and poured in 19 against Liberty in a 49-46 win over the Flames on Nov. 13.

Chambers Approaching 500 Points
Brittany Chambers picked up her offensive game right where she left off from last season, with 69 points in the first four games of the season. Her 17.3 points per game ranks 11th in the Big 12. For her career, Chambers has scored 457 and needs 43 points to reach the 500-point plateau.

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 10-of-30 (.333) from beyond the arc in the first four games this season. For her career, she has 31 career games with a 3-point field goal including five games with four or more connections from beyond the arc. She ranks tied for eighth in the Big 12 in three-point field goals made per game at 2.5.

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.

Sweet Childs of Ours 
Jalana Childs has displayed her improved post game in the early stages of the 2010-11 season. For the season, Childs is K-State’s second-leading scorer and ranked 21st in the Big 12 with a scoring average of 13.0 points. She has been productive when scoring the ball with a field goal percentage of .522. She is also pulling down 4.3 rebounds per game.

Against Western Illinois, Childs recorded a career-high 18 points, five rebounds, a career-high tying three blocked shots and an assist. She has now reached double figures in points in 17 career games, including three this season.

In the season-opener against Grambling State, Childs registered 16 points on a team season-high field goal shooting, 8-of-9 from the field. Her shooting percentage of .889 was 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).

White Hot Mariah
Sophomore guard Mariah White finished the season-opening four-game homestand by displaying one of the most improved games of any of the Wildcats. In the first four games, White averaged 8.3 points, 6.3 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 2.5 steals. She has also made more free throws this season (15) than she attempted during her freshman campaign in 2009-10 (13). She leads the Wildcats in assists and steals and ranks second on the team in rebounding and second in scoring. She ranks ninth in the Big 12 in assists and tied for eighth in defensive rebounds per game (6.0).

White broke out in the opening weekend during 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.

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.

In the final game of the homestand against Western Illinois, White finished with a diversified stat line of six points, seven rebounds, four assists, five steals and a blocked shot. Her five steals were a new career-high and were the most since Shalee Lehning recorded five against Nebraska on Jan. 27, 2009.

Karr Fires on All Cylinders 
Taelor Karr registered her first double figure scoring game in the 2010-11 season, as she tallied 10 points against Western Illinois. This was her 18th career game with 10 or more points. She also logged three rebounds, three assists and a steal. For her career, Karr has 54 steals and 18 career games with two or more.

In the opening stages of the 2010-11 season, Karr is averaging 8.0 points, 4.5 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.3 steals. She leads the Big 12 and the Wildcats in free throw percentage, as she is a perfect 11-of-11 from the foul line. Dating back to March 3, 2010 at Colorado, Karr has made 14 straight free throws.

Last season, Karr provided K-State with a strong 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.

During the 2009-10 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 last season and had 16 games 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.

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 77 of the team’s 167 rebounds this season (46.1 percent). The Wildcats are led on the boards this season by sophomore guard Brittany Chambers with an average of 6.5 per game while sophomore guards Mariah White and Taelor Karr are averaging 6.3 and 4.5, respectively.

In the first four games, Chambers pulled in 26 total rebounds including 10 offensive boards. For her career, she has 22 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 tied for eighth in the Big 12 in defensive rebounds per game with 6.0.

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).

What Brown has Done for Us
Branshea Brown has given K-State a strong interior presence in the first four games of the season. Following the first four contests, Brown is averaging 7.3 points, 6.5 rebounds and 1.3 blocks in 25.3 minutes of action while starting all four games.

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 18 games with five or more rebounds, including three games with double figures.

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 tied for 13th in the Big 12 in blocked shots per game at 1.3.

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.

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-high 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.