Kansas State Returns Home to Face Devilettes

Ashlynn Knoll has provided a boost from the bench for K-State this season.

Nov. 28, 2012

Game Notes

Game 5

Mississippi Valley State vs. Kansas State
Friday, Nov. 30, 2012 | 7 p.m. | Bramlage Coliseum (12,528) | Manhattan, Kan.

Kansas State Wildcats (4-0, 0-0 Big 12)
Head Coach: Deb Patterson (Rockford ‘79)
Career Record: 324-189 (.632) 17th year
School Record: Same
Last game: W, 67-63 at Charlotte on Nov. 24, 2012
website: www.kstatesports.com
Twitter: @kstatesports, @kstate_gameday, #KStateWBB

Mississippi Valley St. Devilettes (1-4, 0-0 SWAC)
Head Coach: Elvis Robinson (Mississippi Valley State ‘04)
Career Record: 1-4 (.200) - First season
School Record: Same
Last game: L, 62-60 at Mississippi on Nov. 27, 2012
website: www.mvsusports.com
Twitter: -

Series History and Notes
K-State leads the series between the schools, 1-0... The Wildcats won the last meeting between the schools, 77-18, on Dec . 1, 2006... Head coach Deb Patterson is 1-0 against Mississippi Valley State... K-State is 17-0 against the Southwest Athletic Conference... K-State defeated SWAC member Arkansas-Pine Bluff earlier this season, 89-55, in Bramlage.

Game Information
Promotions: “Wildcat Weekend” - Purchase a GA ticket for $3 when showing your FB ticket to the Texas game on Dec. 1

Tickets: Visit www.kstatesports.com or call the K-State athletic ticket office at (800) 221-CATS

TV: FOX Sports Midwest/K-StateHD.TV (PbP: Brian Smoller; Color: Missy Heidrick)
Cox Cable: 34 & 2034; DirecTV: 671; DISH Network: 418; AT&T Uverse: 748 & 1748

Radio: K-State Sports Network (PbP: Matt Walters; Color: Kristin Waller)

Internet: Live video on K-StateHD.TV (subscription required), free live audio & free live stats at www.kstatesports.com

MANHATTAN, Kan. – After a successful two-game road trip, K-State returns to the friendly confines of Bramlage Coliseum for three of its next four games beginning on Friday, Nov. 30 against Mississippi Valley State at 7 p.m. Friday is a “Wildcat Weekend”, as fans can purchase a general admission ticket for $3, when showing their Dec. 1 Texas football ticket at the door. The Wildcats will look to start the season 5-0 for the first time since the 2010-11 season and for the fifth time in the Deb Patterson era. Kansas State will also look to extend its non-conference home-court winning streak to 16 games.

Friday night’s game between K-State and Mississippi Valley State will be broadcast on FOX Sports Midwest and K-StateHD.TV and on the K-State Sports Network. Providing the play-by-play and color for the television broadcast will be the award-winning Brian Smoller and former K-State letterwinner Missy Heidrick. Handling the call on the radio side will be Matt Walters and former K-State letterwinner Kristin Waller. Fans can also follow the free live stats at kstatesports.com and receive updates on Twitter by following @kstate_gameday.

With Haley Texada doing the heavy-lifting in the first half for K-State, Brittany Chambers put the Wildcats on her back in the closing stages of the game on Nov. 24 to push K-State to a 67-63 win at Charlotte. K-State is 4-0 for the first time since the 2010-11 season and for the sixth time in the Patterson era.

Kansas State was strong again defensively by holding Charlotte to .382 shooting, including .083 from beyond the arc (1-of-12) and forcing 19 turnovers by the 49ers including 11 steals. During the two-game road trip, K-State held its opponents to 1-of-22 shooting from the 3-point line. For the season, K-State leads the Big 12 in 3-point field goal percentage defense (.118; 6-of-51). The six made 3-point field goals have been made by six different players from three different teams this season.

Against Charlotte, Chambers recorded a game-high 22 points on 9-of-15 shooting, including seven of K-State’s final eight points in the last 2:30 of the game. It was her second 20-point effort of the season and the 101st straight game she has scored. For the season, Chambers leads the team in scoring, rebounding and assists with 18.3 points, 7.3 rebounds and 3.0 assists.  

Texada made her first career start against the 49ers and responded with career-highs of 17 points, eight rebounds, four assists and four steals in 40 minutes of playing time. During the two-game road trip, Texada averaged 17.0 points, 6.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists. This season, the Frisco, Texas, product has already surpassed her game and season career-highs in every statistical category. She is averaging 13.8 points on a team-leading field goal percentage of .553, 4.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.2 steals.

At a Glance: Mississippi Valley State
Mississippi Valley State, located in Itta Bena, Miss., makes its second appearance in Manhattan and first since the 2006-07 season. The Devilettes, 2011-12 regular season SWAC champions, will look to rebound from an 62-60 loss to Mississippi on Tuesday night in Oxford.

Leading the Devilettes from the sidelines in the 2012-13 season is first-year head coach Elvis Robinson. The 2004 graduate of Mississippi Valley State was an assistant coach at Alcorn State and Jackson State before garnering his first head coaching position.

On the floor, Mississippi Valley State is paced by senior forward Alia Frank and junior guard Joncyee Sanders. Frank leads the squad in scoring and rebounding with 12.6 points and 5.8 rebounds. Against Mississippi on Tuesday, Frank led the Devilettes with 14 points, seven rebounds. She also added five assists and four steals to her final stat line.

Sanders is third on the team in scoring (7.6), tied for second in rebounding (5.2) and paces the team in assists (6.0). Against Ole Miss, Sanders dished out a game-high 10 assists and pocketed five steals.

K-State Converting Turnovers to Offense
The Wildcats opened the 2012-13 season by forcing its first four opponents into 80 turnovers (20.0 per game), with 48 coming by way of K-State steals. K-State has tallied 83 points off those turnovers for an average of 20.8 points per game on turnovers or 29.6 percent of K-State’s overall point production. K-State is 2-0 this season when holding the edge in points off turnovers.

K-State has tallied double figures in steals in every game this season, including a season-high 14 steals against Arkansas-Pine Bluff. The 14 steals were the most since Nov. 12, 2011 against Dartmouth (17). This is the third time in the Deb Patterson era and the first time since the 2004-05 season that K-State has notched four or more consecutive games with double figures in steals. The last time K-State notched four or more games with double figures in steals was Nov. 19-Dec. 3, 2004 in five games during that period. K-State carded 63 steals during the stretch in 2004.

In 2011-12, Kansas State used an opportune defense to create additional scoring chances. The Wildcats forced its opponents into 16.5 turnovers per game (561 total turnovers), which was boosted by 8.0 steals per game. The Wildcats ranked third in the Big 12 in turnover margin at +2.2.

The 8.0 steals per contest were the highest average since the Wildcats finished the 2005-06 season with a 8.8 steals per game average (300 steals in 34 games). K-State pilfered 272 steals in 2011-12, which were the most steals since the 2005-06 season.

After an opponents’ turnover, Kansas State used the extra possessions to score 484 points off turnovers, which accounted for 24.9 percent of K-State’s points (14.2 per game). K-State  outscored its opponents in 2011-12 in the points off turnovers category by 54 points (430). K-State held the edge in points off turnovers in 19 games with a 14-5 mark in those contests.

Bench Adds to the Attack
In the first four games of the season, K-State’s bench has provided a boost to the offense with an average of 23.8 points in the four games. K-State has held the edge in bench scoring in three of the four games this season and have outscored its opponents, 95-62.

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.

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 three seasons and when this happens, K-State has been victorious more times than not with a 27-8 mark, including a 2-0 record this season and a 13-4 mark in 2011-12.

K-State had a season-high five players reach double figures against Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Nov. 11.

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 in 2012-13. At Charlotte on Nov. 24, the Wildcats received 26 (74.3 percent) of the team’s 35 rebounds from its backcourt players. After four games this season, K-State’s guards have pulled in 71.9 percent of K-State’s total rebounds (115-of-160). At the end of the 2011-12 season, K-State guards had 623 rebounds for an average of 18.3 per game which was 53.2 percent of the team’s total of 1,172 rebounds.

The K-State guards who are attacking the glass this season are Brittany Chambers and Ashia Woods with averages of 7.3 and 7.0, respectively.

Chambers, who notched a career-high on the glass in 2011-12, leads the team this year and is ranked seventh in the Big 12 in rebounding. In 2011-12, her 211 rebounds were a new career season-high, surpassing her previous efforts of 185 rebounds in both her freshman and sophomore seasons. Her 211 rebounds are the most by a Wildcat guard since Shalee Lehning pulled in a team-leading 211 during the 2008-09 season.

Chambers was one of only three players in the nation in 2011-12 (Taylor Wurtz, Wisconsin; Jordan Hooper, Nebraska) to lead their teams in rebounding and 3-point field goals made per game (min. - 6.0 rpg & 2.0 3-pt FG made/game).

For her career, Chambers has 66 games with five or more rebounds including 12 games with 10 or more and has 610 career rebounds to rank 14th in school history in the category. She has the fourth-highest rebound total by a guard in school history.