K-State Hosts Iowa in Big 12/Big Ten Challenge

Tasha Dickey has scored more points this season through 5 games than she did in her last two seasons at Arizona.

Dec. 1, 2011

Kansas State Game Notes (PDF)

Game 6

Iowa (5-2, 0-0 Big Ten) vs. Kansas State (3-2, 0-0 Big 12)
December 3, 2011 | 7 p.m. | Bramlage Coliseum (12,528) | Manhattan, Kan.

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

“Wildcat Weekend”
- Fans who present either their football ticket from the Dec. 3 game against Iowa State will receive a general admission ticket for $3

Clay Center Night

FS Kansas City
Play-by-Play: Brian Smoller; Color Analysis: Missy Heidrick

K-State Sports Network
Play-by-Play: Matt Walters; Color Analysis: Danielle Zanotti

Free Gametracker live stats and free live audio at www.kstatesports.com

Series History and Notes
Kansas State leads the series, 3-1.. The Wildcats are 2-0 against the Hawkeyes in Manhattan... Iowa won the last meeting between the schools, a 68-62 decision in Iowa City on Dec. 5, 2010... Head coach Deb Patterson is 2-1 against Iowa... This will be the second of K-State’s three meetings against a Big Ten school this season (Purdue and Northwestern)... The Wildcats are 68-56 against schools from the Big Ten.


MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State returns to Bramlage on Saturday for the first of two home games in the month of December, as the Wildcats host Iowa at 7 p.m., for the Big 12/Big Ten Challenge. Fans can take part in the “Wildcat Weekend,” as general admission tickets can be purchased for $3 when fans show a football game ticket from the Dec. 3 Iowa State game.

Saturday evening’s contest will be broadcast on FS Kansas City, as Brian Smoller and Missy Heidrick call the action. This will be the 150th K-State women’s basketball game to be broadcast on television, with K-State holding an all-time record of 91-58 (.611) in televised games, including a 1-0 mark in televised contests this season. The Wildcats are 58-40 (.592) on the FSN family of networks, including a 8-2 mark in 2010-11.

The contest will also be available on the K-State Sports Network, as Matt Walters delivers the play-by-play and former Wildcat Danielle Zanotti will handle the color analysis.

K-State will look to shake off a pair of losses from the Cancun Challenge on Nov. 24-25. The Wildcats fell to Hofstra in its opening game, 64-54, then fell in overtime to No. 15/17 Purdue, 46-42. K-State was led in the two games in Mexico by senior forward Jalana Childs. The product of Orlando, Fla., averaged 21.5 points per game and 7.5 rebounds. Against Hofstra, Childs recorded her third career double-double with 20 points and 11 rebounds. Against the Boilermakers, Childs carded a career-high 23 points on 11-of-20 shooting. For the season, Childs is averaging 15.8 points per game and 7.6 rebounds.

Joining Childs in double figures this season are junior Brittany Chambers and senior Tasha Dickey. Chambers is averaging 11.6 points per game and needs 40 points to become the 37th 1,000-point scorer in school history. Against Purdue, Chambers notched her fifth career double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds. During the Cancun Challenge, she also climbed the career assist chart, as she now owns a total 175 career assists to rank 29th.

Dickey, a transfer from Arizona, is averaging 10.2 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.2 steals per game. Against Hofstra, Dickey tallied her third double figure scoring game this season with 15 points.

Following Saturday night’s game against the Hawkeyes, the Wildcats will close out its two-game home stand against Wichita State. K-State will host the Shockers at 7 p.m.

At a Glance: Iowa
Iowa (5-2, 0-0 Big Ten) hits the road for a pair of games against Big 12 opponents. The Hawkeyes will face K-State on Saturday, followed by a trip to in-state rival Iowa State on Dec. 7. In the squad’s last game, Iowa defeated Virginia Tech in Iowa City, 58-47, in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge on Wednesday night.

The Hawkeyes are led on the sidelines by head coach Lisa Bluder, who is in her 12th season with the program. The 1983 graduate of Northern Iowa has posted a record of 216-134 (.617) with the Hawkeyes and has guided the program to 10 postseason appearances, including eight NCAA Tournaments. Following the 2010 season, Bluder was named the Big Ten Coach of the Year which is a distinction she has earned three times.

On the floor, the Hawkeyes’ diverse attack is led by Jaime Printy and Morgan Johnson. Printy, a junior guard and preseason All-Big Ten selection, paces the squad with 17.6 points per game and also contributes 5.1 rebounds and a team-best 3.4 assists. The 2011 Associated Press honorable mention All-American notched 16.8 points per game last season and carded 20 against the Wildcats in last season’s matchup in Iowa City.

Johnson, a 6-5 junior center, is second on the team in scoring and rebounding with averages of 12.3 and 5.3, respectively. Against Virginia Tech on Wednesday evening, Johnson tallied a game-high 23 points, eight rebounds and two blocks.

Wildcats Turning Steals into Baskets
Kansas State has been adept through the first five games this season in taking the ball away from its opponents. The Wildcats are averaging 10.4 steals per game and have tallied a total of 52 steals in the first five contests. K-State ranks 5th in the Big 12 in steals and 108th in the nation. The Wildcats have notched double figures in steals in three of the first five games, including a season-high 17 against Dartmouth in the season-opener.

The last time K-State had at least 50 steals following the first five games of a season was in 2004-05 when the Wildcats notched 63 thefts. In the Deb Patterson era, K-State has tallied 50 or more steals after five games just four times.

K-State has taken advantage of the extra possessions by scoring 75 points off its opponents turnovers this season (15 ppg).

Childs Reaches 800 Points for Her Career    
Jalana Childs has continued her strong post play from the 2010-11 season into the early stages of the 2011-12 campaign. Childs leads the Wildcats in scoring with 15.8 points per game and in rebounding with 7.6 per game. Her scoring average ranks seventh in the Big 12 and 134th in the nation.

In the Cancun Challenge, the senior from Orlando, Fla., was nearly unstoppable as she averaged 21.5 points and 7.5 rebounds. She tallied her third career double-double with 20 points and 11 rebounds against Hofstra on Nov. 24. Childs followed that performance by scoring a career-high 23 points against Purdue on Nov. 25.

For her career, Childs has scored 830 points and has scored in double figures in 39 career games and scored at least 20 points in six contests.

Childs, a 2011 All-Big 12 second team honoree, was K-State’s second-leading scorer in 2010-11 and ranked 19th in the Big 12 with a career-best scoring average of 12.8 points (411 points) for all games and ranked 12th for league-only games and led the Wildcats with 15.7 points per game (251 points). Her field goal percentage of .454 for all games ranked 15th in the Big 12 and 104th in the nation.

Chambers Looking Towards 1,000-Point Mark
Brittany Chambers is closing in on a career milestone, as she needs 40 points to become the 37th player in the program’s history to reach the 1,000-point mark.

For her career, Chambers has scored 960 points in 69 career games (13.9 ppg). The 2011-12 preseason All-Big 12 honorable mention selection has scored in double figures in 50 career games including 14 games with 20 or more points.

For the 2011-12 season, Chambers ranks 21st in the Big 12 in scoring with her 11.6 points per game. She gave her scoring average a boost with a 25-point effort against Missouri State on Nov. 18. Entering the game, she was averaging 7.0 points per game.

In 2010-11, Chambers’ point total of 514 ranked fourth in school history for points by a sophomore. The unanimous All-Big 12 first team honoree was the fourth player in school history to record 500+ points in their sophomore season and the first since the 2002-03 campaign (Kendra Wecker). Chambers led the squad, ranked 10th in the Big 12 and 95th in the nation with a scoring average of 16.1. Among the sophomore guards in the NCAA Division I final scoring rankings, Chambers ranked 10th.