Wildcats Close Out Non-Con Home Schedule with Shockers
Wildcats Close Out Non-Con Home Schedule with Shockers
Dec. 5, 2011
Wichita State (3-4, 0-0 MVC) vs. Kansas State (4-2, 0-0 Big 12)
December 7, 2011 | 7 p.m. | Bramlage Coliseum (12,528) | Manhattan, Kan.
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“Wildcat Weekday 4 Pack”
- For $30 fans receive the following: 4 GA tickets, 4 hot dogs and 4 drinks
K-State Sports Network
Play-by-Play: Brian Smoller; Color Analysis: Danielle Zanotti
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Series History and Notes
Kansas State leads the series, 39-6.. The Wildcats are 19-3 against the Shockers in Manhattan...Kansas State won the last meeting between the schools, 65-64, on Dec. 15, 2000 in Wichita, Kan. Head coach Deb Patterson is 2-1 against Wichita State... K-State has won four of the last five meetings with the Shockers... K-State owns an all-time record of 94-21 (.817) against schools from the Missouri Valley Conference.
MANHATTAN, Kan. – For the first time in 11 years, Kansas State will face Wichita State in the Wildcats final non-conference home game of the 2011-12 schedule. Action in Bramlage Coliseum will tip-off at 7 p.m. Fans have the opportunity to take advantage of a “Wildcat Weekday 4 Pack” promotion. For just $30, fans will receive four general admission tickets, four hot dogs and four drinks.
Wednesday night’s contest can be seen live on K-StateHD.TV and will be broadcast on the K-State Sports Network. Audio for both will be provided by the award-winning Brian Smoller on the play-by-play and former K-State letterwinner Danielle Zanotti on the color analysis.
Kansas State shook off a pair of losses in Cancun to record its fourth home win of the season last Saturday with an 81-78 overtime decision over Iowa in the Big 12/Big Ten Challenge. The 81 points scored by the Wildcats were a season-high and the most since K-State scored 87 against Grambling State on Dec. 4, 2009. K-State tallied its 81 points on .491 field goal percentage, which includes a season-high shooting percentage for a half of .667 in the second stanza.
The Wildcats were led by the trio of Brittany Chambers, Jalana Childs and Tasha Dickey, who all reached double figures in scoring. Chambers registered a game-high 23 points and added six rebounds and three assists against the Hawkeyes. For the season, the junior guard from Jordan, Minn., is averaging 13.5 points per game and 6. 2 rebounds. She needs just 17 points for 1,000 in her career.
Childs notched 20 points, which was her third straight game with 20 or more points. Over the last three contests, Childs is averaging 21.0 points and 5.7 rebounds. The senior forward from Orlando, Fla., leads the Wildcats in scoring and ranks eighth in the Big 12 this season with 16.5 points. Childs also leads the Wildcats and ranks 14th in the league in rebounds with 6.7.
Dickey reached double figures in points for the fourth time this season with 12 points against Iowa. The guard from Sandy, Utah ranks 26th in the Big 12 and third on the team in scoring with 10.5 points per game.
Following Wednesday night’s game against the Shockers, K-State will hit the road for its final five non-conference games of the 2011-12 schedule. The Wildcats begin the trip at three-time NCAA Tournament participant South Dakota State on Saturday evening at 5 p.m.
At a Glance: Wichita State
Wichita State (3-4, 0-0 MVC) begins a two-game road trip on Wednesday night in Manhattan against the Wildcats. The Shockers will face K-State followed by a game on Friday night at UTSA. Wichita State has alternated between wins and losses in their last four games including a 63-43 win over SMU on Saturday afternoon in Wichita.
The Shockers are guided on the bench by fourth year head coach Jody Adams. The 1993 graduate of Tennessee has turned in a record of 51-52 in her tenure in Wichita.
On the court, Wichita State has been led by Jessica Diamond and Haleigh Lankster. Diamond, a junior guard from Houston, Texas, leads the team with 13.1 points per game and 2.7 assists. She has also chipped in with 4.4 rebounds per contest. In the win over the Mustangs, Diamond tallied eight points, seven rebounds and two steals.
Lankster is second on the team in scoring and assists with averages of 12.0 and 2.3, respectively. The senior guard from Tulsa, Okla., carded a game-high 17 points and six steals in the win over SMU.
Wildcats Working Overtime
Kansas State has punched the overtime clock twice this season, splitting the result in the two games. For the first time in the program’s 44-year history, K-State played consecutive overtime games. The Wildcats fell 46-42 on Nov. 25 against Purdue in Cancun and defeated Iowa, 81-78, on Dec. 3. The 81 points were the most in a single overtime game since Jan. 19, 1996 against Oklahoma State.
K-State owns an all-time record of 21-20 in overtime games which includes a 9-3 record in overtime games played in Manhattan.
Chambers, Childs Form Inside-Out Scoring Duo
The preseason All-Big 12 honorable mention duo of Brittany Chambers and Jalana Childs continued to pair up to help K-State to a victory. The tandem registered 43 points and 8 rebounds (Chambers - 23 points, 6 rebounds; Childs - 20 points, 2 rebounds) in K-State’s 81-78 overtime win over Iowa on Dec. 3. The duo has reached double figures in the same game 27 times in the last three years with K-State owning a 17-10 (.620) record in those contests. This was just the second time the tandem has each recorded 20 or more points in the same game.
K-State leaned heavily on the production of its two All-Big 12 performers in 2010-11, as Chambers tallied 514 points while Childs scored a career-best 411. The pair was responsible for 925 of the team’s 1,950 points last season (47.4 percent) and one of the two players paced the team in scoring in 25 of the team’s 32 contests. They are the first K-State teammates since the 2008-09 season to each score 400+ points in a season.
Chambers and Childs sparked Kansas State to a 69-64 win at Nebraska on Feb. 19, as the tandem combined for 54 of the Wildcats’ 69 points. In the latter stages of the second half of the contest, the duo combined to score 25 of K-State’s final 27 points.
The effort by the two players was historic, as it was the 19th time in school history that two Wildcats have combined to score 50 or more points in a game, but it was the first time since Jan. 29, 2005. K-State is 19-0 when two players combine to score at least 50 points in the same game.
The output by Chambers and Childs ranked tied for the fourth-most points scored by two Wildcats in a single game since the 1986-87 season. Of the 19 games in which two Wildcats scored 50 or more points, Chambers and Childs rank first in terms of percentage of the team’s total points accounted for (78.3).