K-State Opens Home Stand Against South Dakota

Brittany Chambers will look to become the 10th player in school history with 1,500 or more career points on Sunday.

Dec. 7, 2012

Game Notes

Game 7

Kansas State vs. South Dakota
Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012 | 2 p.m. | Bramlage Coliseum (12,528) | Manhattan, Kan.

Game Information
TV: FOX Sports Midwest/K-StateHD.TV (PbP: Brian Smoller; Color: Danielle Zanotti)
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

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

Promotions: Operation Santa Claus - Bring a new toy to donate for Fort Riley’s Operation Santa Claus toy drive and purchase a general admission ticket for only $3

Ugly Holiday Sweater Contest – Fans are encouraged to wear their ugly holiday sweaters for a chance to win a prize package from K-State

Kansas State Wildcats (6-0, 0-0 Big 12)
Head Coach: Deb Patterson (Rockford ‘79)
Career Record: 326-189 (.633) 17th year
School Record: Same
Last game: W, 48-43 vs. South Dakota on Dec. 4, 2012
website: www.kstatesports.com
Twitter: @kstatesports, @kstate_gameday, #KStateWBB

South Dakota Coyotes (4-5, 0-0 Summit)
Head Coach: Amy Williams (Nebraska ‘98)
Career Record: 101-72 (.584) - Sixth season
School Record: 4-5 (.444) - First season
Last game: W, 90-35 vs. Dakota State on Dec. 6, 2012
website: www.goyotes.com
Twitter: @SDCoyotesSID

Series History and Notes
Kansas State leads the series, 3-0... The Wildcats are 2-0 against the Coyotes in Manhattan... Kansas State won the last meeting between the schools, 81-37, on Dec. 4, 1994 in Manhattan... Head coach Deb Patterson is facing South Dakota for the first time... K-State owns an all-time record of 23-3 (.885) against schools from the Summit League.

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State starts a two-game home stand on Sunday at 2 p.m., as the Wildcats host South Dakota. The Wildcats will look to start the season 7-0 for the first time since the 2008-09 season and for the second time in the Deb Patterson era and for the fifth time in the program’s 45-year history.

Fans are encouraged to bring a new toy to donate for Fort Riley’s Operation Santa Claus toy drive. Fans without a ticket that donate a new toy can purchase a general admission ticket for only $3. All fans are also encouraged to take part in K-State’s “Ugly Holiday Sweater” promotion. The fan judged to have the ugliest sweater will win a prize package from K-State.

Sunday afternoon’s game between K-State and South Dakota 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 Danielle Zanotti. 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.

Kansas State (6-0) used a strong defensive effort and an 11-0 run to open the second half to defeat Wichita State on Dec. 4, 48-43. The Wildcats are now 6-0 for the third time under Patterson and the sixth time in school history.

Aiding the Wildcats’ defensive performance was 21 turnovers forced by K-State, which included 13 steals. K-State has now forced 10 or more turnovers in all six games this season, which is the first time this has been achieved in Patterson’s 17 seasons. The Wildcats have forced its opponents into 20 or more turnovers in three games this season and are averaging 20.3 turnovers forced this season. K-State has registered 76 steals this season (12.7 spg), which ranks second in the Patterson era for steals after six games (2004-05, 77).

Brittany Chambers paced the Wildcats with a game-high 18 points against Wichita State. She also added six rebounds, three steals and an assist to her final stat line. The senior from Jordan, Minn., and 2012-13 All-America candidate needs just six points (1,494) to become the 10th player in school history with 1,500 career points and three rebounds to move into 13th in school history (625). For the season, Chambers leads the Wildcats in scoring (19.3 ppg), rebounding (7.3 rpg), assists (3.0 apg) and three-point field goals made and attempted (19-of-47, .404).

At a Glance: South Dakota
South Dakota, located in Vermillion, S.D., makes its first appearance in Manhattan since Dec. 4, 1994. This will be the first time South Dakota visits Bramlage Coliseum as a full Division I member of the Summit League, after making the transition from an NCAA Division II institution. The Coyotes enter Sunday’s matchup with a two-game winning streak, defeating Utah Valley State on Dec. 1 and Dakota State on Dec. 6.

Leading the Coyotes from the sidelines in the 2012-13 season is first year head coach Amy Williams. The 1998 graduate of Nebraska owns a 101-72 (.584) career record, picking up her 100th career win on Dec. 1 against Utah Valley State. Williams served as the head coach at Rogers State in Oklahoma for the last five seasons before accepting the position at South Dakota in June of 2012. Williams is familiar with the Big 12, as she played at Nebraska from 1994-98 and was an assistant coach at Oklahoma State from 2001-05.

On the floor, South Dakota is led by sophomore guard Nicole Seekamp and junior forward Polly Harrington. Seekamp has surpassed 20 points in the last two games including a career-high 27 against Utah Valley State and 20 against Dakota State. The product of Renmark, Australia, Seekamp is averaging 14.7 points and 4.2 rebounds this season.

Harrington has notched a double-double in the last two games, carding 16 points and 11 rebounds against Utah Valley State and 16 points and 10 rebounds against Dakota State. For the season, the native of Kansas City, Mo., is averaging 13.8 points and 7.1 rebounds.

K-State Converting Turnovers to Offense
The Wildcats have opened the 2012-13 season by forcing its first six opponents into 122 turnovers (20.3 per game), with 76 coming by way of K-State steals. The 76 steals are the second-most after six games under Deb Patterson with the 2004-05 team notching 77 after six contests.

K-State has tallied 121 points off its opponents’ turnovers for an average of 20.2 points per game on turnovers or 30.9 percent of K-State’s overall point production. K-State is 4-0 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 first time in the Patterson era that K-State has notched six or more consecutive games with double figures in steals. K-State has four players with 10 or more steals this season after six games and 10 of the 11 active players have registered two or more steals this season.

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.

Chambers Among top-10 on Career Scoring List
Brittany Chambers, a 2012 All-Big 12 First Team selection and 2012-13 preseason All-Big 12 honorable mention selection, climbed onto the career scoring list at K-State and ascended into the top-10 during the 2011-12 season, etching her name amongst the great scorers in the program’s 45-year history. This season, Chambers leads the Wildcats and ranks third in the Big 12 in scoring with 19.3 points per game. Chambers tallied a season-high 25 points which was her highest point output since Jan. 28, 2012 at Oklahoma State when she notched 29 points. The Jordan, Minn., product owns 22 career games with 20 or more points and has two games with 30 or more.

For her career, Chambers was the 37th player in school history to reach the 1,000-point plateau on Dec. 7, 2011 and was the 12th player in school history to achieve the feat in her junior season. Chambers has scored 1,494 points in 104 career games (14.4 ppg) to rank 10th in school history. After not scoring in her first career game on Nov. 14, 2009, she has scored in every game since (103 consecutive). The 2012-13 All-America candidate has scored in double figures in 80 games (76.9 percent of her career games). She is the seventh player in school history and the third guard to record 1,000 points, 600 rebounds and 250 assists in a career.

White on the Dishes
Mariah White has continued her ascension on the K-State career assists list during the 2012-13 season. White ranks eighth in school history for career assists with 329 and is the 10th player in school history with 300 or more. Her career assist-to-turnover ratio of 1.69 ranks third in school history and she has 27 career games with five or more assists.

The senior from Midwest City, Okla., averaged 4.8 assists per game and ranked fourth in the Big 12 and 41st in the nation in the category in 2011-12. She also checked in at third in the league and 24th in the nation for assist-to-turnover ratio at 1.92. White’s assist total of 163 in 2011-12, ranked eighth in school history for assists in a season and are the most assists by a Wildcat since Shalee Lehning tallied a school record 229 during the 2008-09 season.

White’s assist-to-turnover ratio of 1.92 ranked seventh in school history and is also a new career-best, surpassing her previous high of 1.73 from the 2010-11 season which ranks 11th in school history.

In 2011-12, White assisted on 30.0 percent of K-State’s field goals while she has been on the floor during her career-high average of 33.8 minutes per game which ranks seventh in the Big 12 this season. Her 30.0 assist percentage is the highest since Shalee Lehning registered a 46.8 during the 2008-09 season.