K-State, Wichita State Square Off on Tuesday

Ashia Woods returns to her hometown of Wichita on Tuesday night, as the Wildcats face the Shockers at Koch Arena.

Dec. 3, 2012

Game Notes

Game 6

Kansas State at Wichita STate
Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012 | 7:05 p.m. | Koch Arena (10,506) | Wichita, Kan.

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.goshockers.com or call the Wichita State athletic ticket office at (316) 978-3267

Kansas State Wildcats (5-0, 0-0 Big 12)
Head Coach: Deb Patterson (Rockford ‘79)
Career Record: 325-189 (.632) 17th year
School Record: Same
Last game: W, 64-57 vs. Mississippi Valley State on Nov. 30, 2012
website: www.kstatesports.com
Twitter: @kstatesports, @kstate_gameday, #KStateWBB

Wichita State Shockers (3-4, 0-0 MVC)
Head Coach: Jody Adams (Tennessee ‘93)
Career Record: 92-69 (.571) - Sixth season
School Record: 71-65 (.522) - Fifth season
Last game: W, 62-44 vs. Grambling on Nov. 27, 2012
website: www.goshockers.com
Twitter: @GoShockers

Series History and Notes
Kansas State leads the series, 40-6.. The Wildcats are 20-2 against the Shockers in Wichita... Kansas State won the last meeting between the schools, 60-34, on Dec. 7, 2011 in Manhattan... Head coach Deb Patterson is 3-1 against Wichita State... K-State has won five of the last six meetings with the Shockers... K-State owns an all-time record of 95-21 (.819) against schools from the Missouri Valley Conference.

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State will remain in the Sunflower State for its next game, as the Wildcats travel to Wichita to face the Shockers on Tuesday night at 7:05 p.m. This will be K-State’s first game against Wichita State in Wichita since Dec. 15, 2000. The Wildcats will look to start the season 6-0 for the first time since the 2010-11 season and for the third time in the Deb Patterson era and for the sixth time in the program’s 45-year history.

Tuesday night’s game between K-State and Wichita State will be available on the K-State Sports Network, as the award-winning Brian Smoller and former K-State letterwinner Danielle Zanotti will handle the call. Fans can also follow the free live stats at kstatesports.com and receive updates on Twitter by following @kstate_gameday.

In its last outing, K-State (5-0) opened the game with three quick 3-pointers to jump on top of Mississippi Valley State immediately and never looked back on the way to a 64-57 win on Friday night in Bramlage Coliseum. K-State’s defense had a season-high 15 steals and have now reached double figures in steals in all five games this season. This is the second time under Patterson that K-State has tallied 10 or more steals in five straight games and the first time since Nov. 19-Dec. 3, 2004.

Brittany Chambers led the way on Friday with a season-high 25 points. Chambers, a 2012-13 All-America candidate, shot 7-of-11 from long range and also hauled in nine rebounds and dished out five assists. Her seven connections were her most since notching a career-high eight against Northwestern on Dec. 19, 2011. For her career, Chambers has made 251 three-point field goals and ranks fourth in school history and 11th in Big 12 history for career 3-point field goals made.

For the season, Chambers leads the Wildcats in scoring (19.6) and rebounding (7.6). Chambers ranks third in the Big 12 in scoring, fourth in rebounding, ninth in assists (3.4), second in 3-point field goals made per game (3.6), third in defensive rebounds (6.0) and leads the league in minutes per game (35.4).

Haley Texada tallied 12 points against Mississippi Valley State, as she and Ashia Woods also joined Chambers with double digits in scoring. Woods put 10 points on the board and pulled down seven rebounds.

For the season, Texada has registered double figures in all five games this season and is averaging 13.4 points per game. The sophomore from Frisco, Texas is second on the team and 12th in the Big 12 in scoring and is 12th in the league in steals (2.0).

Woods is averaging 7.2 points per game, while pulling in 7.0 rebounds per game. The sophomore from Wichita, Kan., ranks eighth in the Big 12 in rebounding and is fifth in the league in steals (2.6).

At a Glance: Wichita State
Following a week-long break from competition, Wichita State (3-4) returns to action by hosting K-State for the first time since Dec. 15, 2000. Wichita State is 2-0 this season in Koch Arena after a 62-44 win over Grambling on Nov. 27. Dating back to last season, Wichita State has won four straight at home. The Shockers were selected for a second-place finish in the Missouri Valley Conference preseason poll voted on by the conference’s coaches’, media members and sports information directors.

Leading the Shockers from the sidelines in the 2012-13 season is fifth-year head coach Jody Adams. The 1993 graduate of Tennessee owns a 71-65 (.522) record during her time in Wichita. Adams guided the Shockers to a Postseason WNIT appearance in 2011-12 and advanced to the second round.

On the floor, Wichita State is paced by senior guard Jessica Diamond. The product of Houston, Texas, paces the squad in scoring with 15.0 points per game while also chipping in with 4.1 rebounds and 2.3 assists. Diamond, a 2012-13 preseason first team selection, notched a game-high 19 points off the bench against Grambling.

K-State Converting Turnovers to Offense
The Wildcats have opened the 2012-13 season by forcing its first five opponents into 101 turnovers (20.2 per game), with 63 coming by way of K-State steals. K-State has tallied 101 points off those turnovers for an average of 20.2 points per game on turnovers or 29.4 percent of K-State’s overall point production. K-State is 3-0 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 15 steals against Mississippi Valley State on Nov. 30. The 15 steals were the most since Nov. 12, 2011 against Dartmouth (17). This is the second time in the Deb Patterson era and the first time since the 2004-05 season that K-State has notched five or more consecutive games with double figures in steals. The last time K-State notched five 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.