K-State Begins Five-Game Trip at South Dakota State

Mariah White and the Wildcats will look for their second 3-game winning streak of the season on Saturday.

Dec. 8, 2011

Kansas State Game Notes (PDF)

Game 8
Kansas State (5-2, 0-0 Big 12) at South Dakota State (6-3, 2-0 Summit)
December 10, 2011 | 5 p.m. | Frost Arena (6,500) | Brookings, S.D.


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Series History and Notes
Kansas State leads the series, 4-0... The Wildcats will play its first game against the Jackrabbits in South Dakota... The first three meetings came on neutral courts in 1973, 1975 and 1976... K-State won the last meeting between the schools on Nov. 30, 2010 in Manhattan, 56-51... K-State women’s basketball has played in Brookings, S.D., in its 44-year history... The Wildcats played in the 1974 AIAW Region VI tournament and went 2-1 in the event (Wins: M.L. King [62-41] and Dickinson State [67-33]; Loss: William Penn [52-46])... In the history of the program, the Wildcats have played a regular season or postseason tournament game in 40 of the 50 states.

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State will close out its non-conference schedule with a five-game road trip that will take the team to three different cities and span the holidays. The Wildcats begin the trip on Saturday evening at South Dakota State, as K-State faces the Jackrabbits at 5 p.m., in Frost Arena. This will be the first trip to Brookings, S.D., for K-State since the 1974 AIAW Region VI tournament and the first time playing South Dakota State in their home arena.

Saturday night’s contest will be available on the K-State Sports Network, as the award-winning Brian Smoller delivers the play-by-play and K-State assistant athletics communications director Randy Peterson will handle the color analysis.

K-State finished the non-conference portion of its home schedule with a perfect 5-0 record, as the Wildcats defeated Wichita State, 60-34, on Wednesday night. This was the fourth time in seven games this season that K-State has held an opponent to 49 points or less. Kansas State leads the Big 12 in scoring defense this season with 50.1 points allowed per game.

The Wildcats were able to force the Shockers into 20 turnovers, K-State notching 13 steals. The Wildcats also registered a season-high eight blocks which aided in Wichita State shooting .190 from the field for the night.

On the offensive end, K-State was led by junior guard Brittany Chambers and senior forward Jalana Childs. Chambers carded a game-high 17 points and a team-leading eight rebounds to go with a career-high tying three steals. Chambers, a native of Jordan, Minn., became the 37th player in school history to reach 1,000 points in her career with a three-point field goal in the second half. For the season, Chambers is averaging 14.0 points and 6.4 rebounds per game to rank 11th and 14th, respectively, in the Big 12.

Childs supplemented the K-State offense with 12 points, five rebounds and two assists. The product of Orlando, Fla., is averaging 17.8 points per game during the last six games for the Wildcats. For the season, she leads K-State in scoring (15.9 ppg) and rebounding (6.4 rpg) and is ranked seventh in the Big 12 in scoring and 14th in rebounding.

Following Saturday night’s game in Brookings, S.D., the Wildcats will have a week off from competition to complete the fall semester final exams. K-State will resume action Dec. 18-20, at the BTI Invitational in Las Vegas, Nev. The Wildcats will face North Dakota State, Northwestern and host UNLV during the three-day event. All games are set for a 9:30 p.m. (CT), tip in the Cox Pavilion.

At a Glance: South Dakota State
South Dakota State (6-3, 2-0 Summit) will host the Wildcats following a 60-49 win at UALR on Tuesday night. The Jackrabbits have won three straight following consecutive losses at the Cancun Challenge.

Since moving to Division I in the 2004-05 season, the Jackrabbits have registered an impressive 84-12 (.875) record in games played at Frost Arena.  South Dakota State is currently in the midst of a seven-game home court winning streak and have pieced together streaks of 15, 15 and 22 during the last seven-plus years. K-State is the third member of the Big 12 to visit Frost Arena.

The Jackrabbits are guided on the bench by 12th year head coach Aaron Johnston. The 1996 graduate of Gustavus Adolphus has turned in a record of 272-93 (.745) and has guided the program to three straight NCAA Division I Tournament appearances and three straight Summit League tournament titles.

On the court, South Dakota State is led by senior forward Jennie Sunnarborg and senior guard Jill Young. Sunnarborg, a 2011 preseason All-Summit League first team selection, is averaging a team-high 12.7 points and 6.3 rebounds. Against UALR, Sunnarborg was held to seven points but recorded a game-high 11 rebounds. For her career, Sunnarborg ranks seventh in South Dakota State history with 102 career blocked shots.

Young is second on the team in scoring with 10.8 points and has chipped in with 3.7 rebounds. The product of Mitchell, S.D., registered a team-leading 13 points at UALR and improved her career point total to 1,050 to rank 28th in South Dakota State history. She also ranks third in school history for career three-point field goals made with 242 and needs nine connections to become the career leader.

South Dakota State and K-State have one thing in common, as each program has a junior from Jordan, Minn. South Dakota State’s Leah Dietel and K-State’s Brittany Chambers were high school teammates at Jordan High School. Dietel is averaging 4.2 points and 3.1 rebounds this season.

Chambers 37th Player to Score 1,000 Career Points
Brittany Chambers became the 37th player in the program’s history to reach the 1,000-point mark, as she recorded her 1,000th point on a three-point field goal in the closing moments of K-State’s win over Wichita State. With the performance, Chambers became the 12th player in school history to reach the milestone as a junior.

For her career, Chambers has scored 1,000 points in 71 career games (14.1 ppg). The 2011-12 preseason All-Big 12 honorable mention selection has scored in double figures in 52 career games including 15 games with 20 or more points.

For the 2011-12 season, Chambers ranks 13th in the Big 12 in scoring with her 13.5 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 2002-03 (Kendra Wecker). Chambers led the squad, ranked 10th in the Big 12 and 95th in the nation with a scoring average of 16.1. Amongst sophomore guards in the NCAA Division I final scoring rankings, Chambers ranked 10th.

Chambers, Childs Form Inside-Out Scoring Duo
The preseason All-Big 12 honorable mention duo of Brittany Chambers and Jalana Childs continue to pair up to help K-State to  victories. This season the duo has combined to score 209 points, which is 50.9 percent of the team’s 415 total points.

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 28 times in the last three years with K-State owning a 18-10 (.643) 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).