K-State to Wrap Up Home Non-Con Schedule Sunday

Taelor Karr has averaged 13.2 points and 4.6 rebounds in her last 5 games.

Dec. 10, 2010

Kansas State notes in PDF Format Get Acrobat Reader

Game 9
UC Davis (6-1, 0-0 Big West) at (rv/--) Kansas State (7-1, 0-0 Big 12)
Dec. 12, 2010 | 2 p.m. | Bramlage Coliseum (12,528) | Manhattan, Kan.

Series History and Notes
This is the second meeting between the schools... K-State won the last meeting, which was the 775th win in school history... The Wildcats are 5-3 against teams from the Big West Conference... UC Davis is the first Big West Conference team to visit Manhattan since Dec. 31, 1982, when Cal State Fullerton came to the Little Apple... K-State is 19-9 (.679) against teams from the state of California.

TV
None

Radio
K-State Sports Network
Play-by-Play: Brian Smoller; Color Analyst: Kristin Waller

Internet
Live stats, free live audio and live video available to K-State All-Access subscribers at www.kstatesports.com

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

Promotions
Operation Santa Claus
- Fans encouraged to bring toys to support military families in need. General admission tickets can be purchased for $3 with a $5 toy donation.

Richard Holmgren’s
“Flying Debris” Juggling Show at halftime

MANHATTAN, Kan. - The Wildcats will close out its 2010-11 home non-conference schedule on Sunday afternoon, as K-State welcomes UC Davis to the Little Apple for a 2 p.m., tipoff in Bramlage Coliseum. The Aggies are the first Big West school to visit Manhattan since Dec. 31, 1982, when Cal State Fullerton faced the Wildcats in Ahearn Field House.

Sunday afternoon’s game is available on the K-State Sports Network and at www.kstatesports.com, as the award-winning Brian Smoller delivers the play-by-play and former Wildcat letterwinner Kristin Waller provides the color analysis.

K-State rebounded well from its first loss of the season, as the Wildcats defeated North Dakota on Wednesday night, 76-49. The 76 points by the Wildcats were the highest point production of the season and the most since Jan. 2, 2010 against Yale (78 points). This was the fourth time this season that Kansas State has held an opponent to 49 points or less in a game, which is the most since the 2008-09 squad set the school record with nine. The Wildcats benefitted from its best shooting performance of the season, as head coach Deb Patterson’s squad shot .532 from the field including .621 in the second half. This was the highest field goal percentage by the Wildcats since shooting .551 at Missouri on Jan. 13, 2010.

Kansas State had 11 of its 12 active players record at least two points against the Fighting Sioux, with eight notching five or more. The 11 players to record at least a point were the most since 11 players scored against Iowa State on Jan. 23, 2008. K-State received a season-high 34 points from its bench, which was the highest bench total since Dec. 5, 2008 against Alcorn State when the Wildcats registered 38 points. 

Leading the way for K-State were sophomore Taelor Karr and junior Branshea Brown. Karr recorded a game-high 16 points on 7of-8 shooting, including 2-of-3 from beyond the arc. For the guard from Paola, Kan., it was her 21st career game in double figures and her fourth this season. Karr is K-State’s third-leading scorer, as she is averaging 11.0 points.

Brown was the other Wildcat to reach double figures on Wednesday night, as she tallied 10 points. The forward from Walterboro, S.C., also pulled in five rebounds and blocked a shot. Brown leads the Wildcats in rebounding (6.8 per game) and blocked shots (1.8 bpg) and she has blocked at least one shot in four straight games.

Pacing the Wildcats this season in scoring are sophomore Brittany Chambers and junior Jalana Childs. Chambers leads the team and ranks 12th in the Big 12 in points per game at 16.1. The native of Jordan, Minn., also leads the Wildcats in three-point shooting (22-of-60, .367) and has made at least one 3-point field goal in 36 career games including a current streak of 13 straight.

Childs checks into Sunday’s game as K-State’s second-leading scorer with 11.6 points per game. The product of Orlando, Fla., has scored in 27 straight games dating back to last season.

Streaks, Trends, Milestones, etc.
K-State has made at least one 3-point field goal in 115 consecutive games, dating back to Feb. 7, 2007... Brittany Chambers has five career games with 20 or more points... Chambers has scored in double figures in 29 of 40 career games... Chambers has made a 3-point field goal in 36 of her first 40 games as a Wildcat, including a current streak of 13 straight games... She has made four or more 3-point field goals in a game seven times in her career... She has pulled in five or more rebounds in 23 career games, including five games this season... Chambers has seven career games with five or more assists... Jalana Childs scored in double figures in four games this season, including a career-high 18 twice and has tallied double digits in points in 18 career games... Childs has pulled in five or more rebounds in 23 career games, including five this season... Branshea Brown carded a career-high four blocked shots against St. John’s (11/13) and against South Dakota State (11/30), which were the most blocked shots by a Wildcat since Marlies Gipson tallied four blocks at Kansas on Jan. 24, 2009... She is the first Wildcat since Gipson in 2008-09 to register two games with four or more blocks in the same season... Brown has 22 career games with five or more rebounds, including a career-high of 11 against Nebraska (3/6/10) and Iowa (12/5/10)... Mariah White dished out a career-high eight assists at Iowa, which is her third career game with five or more assists... White pulled in a career-high nine rebounds against St. John’s and has nine career games with five or more rebounds... Taelor Karr has 21 career games with 10 or more points... She has made four or more 3-point field goals in a game seven times in her career... Karr has hauled in five or more rebounds in five games this season and has 21 career games with five or more boards.

Patterson in 15th Season at K-State
Deb Patterson, the all-time winningest women’s basketball coach and the longest-tenured women’s basketball coach in K-State history, has a career record of 286-165 (.634) and a record of 119-105 (.531) in the Big 12, including Big 12 regular season titles during the 2003-04 and 2007-08 seasons.

Following the 2007-08 season, Patterson was named the Big 12 Coach of the Year by the league’s coaches and a number of media outlets. She also garnered national consideration, finishing as the Russell Athletic/WBCA Region V Coach of the Year and a finalist for the WBCA and Associated Press National Coach of the Year honors.

Patterson steered the Wildcats to eight consecutive postseason appearances (2002 - 2009), including a trip to the NCAA Mideast Regional Semifinals in 2002, the 2006 WNIT Postseason crown and a second round trip during the 2008 NCAA Tournament.

Patterson has defended the floor in Bramlage Coliseum successfully during this time, posting a 164-48 (.774) record at home including an 90-9 (.909) record against non-conference foes.

The 12th Month is the Best Month for Patterson
As the calendar rolls into the final month of 2010, the Wildcats will enter December with a mark of 184-77 (.705) during the program’s history. The 12th month, statistically, has been the best month during the Deb Patterson era, as K-State has registered a 80-17 (.825) mark in December.

Cats Protect the House Against Non-Con Foes
Entering the 23rd season of action inside Bramlage Coliseum, Kansas State has protected its home floor with determination against non-conference foes with a record of 127-22 (.852) record, including a current streak of six straight wins.

In the Deb Patterson era, the Wildcats have been even better with a record of 90-9 (.909).

K-State On Brink of Milestone This Season
During the 2009-10 season, Kansas State became the 11th program in NCAA Division I women’s basketball history to reach the 775-win plateau with its 73-59 win at UC Davis on Dec. 29, 2009. K-State’s overall record in its 43-year history currently stands at 789-468 (.628).

With 11 more wins during the 2010-11 season, Kansas State will join the 800-win club which currently features just eight members.

Halftime Lead = K-State ‘W’ Since 1999-00
Having the edge after the first 20 minutes of action has proven to be prophetic since the 1999-00 season, as K-State is 194-31 (.862) when leading at the break.

During the last three-plus seasons, K-State owns a 63-6 (.913) record when leading with five minutes to play.

Wildcats in the Purple Palace
K-State has enjoyed the friendly confines of Bramlage Coliseum entering its 23rd season of existence with a record of 234-87 (.729). During the last 10 seasons, K-State is 135-39 (.776) in Bramlage Coliseum, including a 13-1 record in 2008-09. In Big 12 home contests, the Wildcats are 73-39 (.652).

Kansas State has protected its home floor with determination against non-conference foes with a record of 127-22 (.852) record. In the Deb Patterson era, the Wildcats have been even better with a record of 90-9 (.909).

Wildcats on the Road
K-State has a 230-231 (.499) record in road games during the program’s 43-year history. During the 21st century, K-State owns a 70-51 (.579) mark in road contests and are 87-85 (.506) during Deb Patterson’s 15 seasons on the K-State bench.

K-State notched a 10-5 (.667) record on the road in 2008-09 to break the previous school record of nine (1982-83 and 2001-02).

K-State Against Ranked Opponents
With its 64-53 win over No. 14/16 St. John’s on Nov. 13, K-State recorded its first win over an Associated Press top-15 opponent since Jan. 27, 2008 (at Oklahoma State, 68-63). This was the first win over an AP top-15 team at home since an 85-73 win on March 3, 2004 against No. 9 Texas Tech. The win brings K-State’s record against teams ranked No. 14 in the AP poll to 6-6 (.500).

The Wildcats own a record against teams ranked in the AP poll of 66-147 (.310), including a 39-41 (.488) mark against AP ranked teams in Manhattan.

In the the Deb Patterson era, K-State is 40-77 (.342) against teams ranked in the AP poll and is 27-21 (.563) against AP ranked teams in Bramlage Coliseum.

Protecting the Hoop
The Wildcats have put together a solid defensive effort to start the 2010-11 season. K-State has held four of its first eight foes to point totals of 49 points or less, which are the most games of holding a to 49 points or less since the 2008-09 season. During the last 10 seasons, K-State is 56-1 (.982) when holding an opponent to 49 points or less.

K-State has held its foes this season to a scoring average of 51.5 points, which ranks fifth in the Big 12. K-State has also held its foes to a field goal percentage of .347, which ranks fifth in the Big 12.

K-State’s bench mark low for points allowed this season came against Grambling State in the season-opener, as the Lady Tigers scored 44 points. 

Helping keep opponents off the scoreboard has been K-State’s effort to block shots. The Wildcats have blocked 33 shots this season (4.1 bpg), including 16 in the last four games. The eight blocked shots at the College of Charleston were a season-high and the most since K-State blocked nine shots at Washington on Dec. 30, 2008.

Bench Boost Against North Dakota
Kansas State received much needed production from its bench in Wednesday night’s win over North Dakota after slumping in three of the previous four games. Entering the contest, K-State’s bench was averaging just 8.3 points per game but broke out with a season-high 34 points against the Fighting Sioux. The 34 points by the bench were the most since K-State scored 38 against Alcorn State on Dec. 5, 2008.

Leading the way for K-State off the bench on Dec. 8 against North Dakota were juniors JuliAnne Chisholm and Alina Voronenko with seven points apiece, while senior Kelsey Hill and freshmen Chantay Caron and Brianna Kulas each carded six.

The Wildcats have had the edge in bench scoring in five games this season, winning all five contests.

K-State From Downtown
Kansas State has returned to normal from beyond the arc in its last four games, averaging 7.3 connections per game. The Wildcats hit a season-high eight 3-point field goals at College of Charleston on Nov. 27 and against North Dakota on Dec. 8. In K-State’s first 4 games, the Wildcats averaged just four made 3-point field goals per game.

K-State’s current pace from beyond the arc of 5.6 three-point field goals made per game trails what K-State has historically done from beyond the arc over the last 10 seasons. The Wildcats have averaged 6.7 made three-point field goals per game in the last 10 seasons, including an average of 7.3 made three-point field goals per game in the 2009-10 season.

The Wildcats are led this season from the 3-point line by sophomore guards Brittany Chambers and Taelor Karr. Chambers leads the Wildcats from the three-point line, as she is 22-of-60 (.367) from long range and ranks third in the Big 12 in three-point field goals made per game (2.8), which includes a season-best performance of 4-of-6 at the College of Charleston and 4-of-10 at Iowa. For her career, Chambers is 87-of-231 (.377) from the 3-point line.

Karr is K-State’s second-leading three-point shooter this season, as she is 12-of-36 (.333), which includes a season-best performance of 4-of-6 at the College of Charleston. For her career, Karr is 68-of-181 (.376) from deep.

Everyone Gets a Second Chance
Kansas State has taken advantage of its second chance points this season, holding the edge in the stat in four of its seven wins this season and a 86-63 advantage in the statistical category.

Against Indiana State, K-State tallied a season-high 20 second chance points. This was the highest total of second chance points since carding 20 at Colorado on March 3, 2010. Last season K-State totaled three games with 20 or more second chance points.

K-State’s Guards Continue to Crash the Boards
Continuing a trend that developed under former K-State point guard Megan Mahoney (2001-05), Kansas State’s guards have continued to attack the glass for rebounds. This season, K-State’s guards have pulled in 131 of the team’s 302 rebounds this season (43.4 percent). Over the last five seasons, K-State’s leading rebounder has been a guard (Shalee Lehning four times; Brittany Chambers once). This season, K-State guards are averaging 16.4 rebounds per game, which is ahead of last season’s final per game average of 14.2. The 14.2 average from last season was the highest in 10 years in terms of rebounds per game from K-State guards.

The K-State guards who are attacking the boards this season are sophomore Mariah White with an average of 5.3 per game while Chambers and Taelor Karr are averaging 5.0 and 4.8, respectively.

White recorded a career-high nine rebounds against St. John’s, with eight of the nine coming on the defensive glass. White is eighth in the league in defensive rebounds (5.0) and ranks second on the team in rebounds per game. This season, White has recorded five games with five or more rebounds. She needs just 15 rebounds to surpass her season total from her freshman campaign of 56 boards, which came in 31 games.

In the first eight games, Chambers has pulled in 40 total rebounds including 14 offensive boards. For her career, she has 23 games with five or more rebounds including three games with 10 or more.

Last season, Chambers led the team in rebounds with 5.8 per game and was the first freshman to lead K-State in rebounding since Shalee Lehning during the 2005-06 season (6.6 rpg). In her last 21 games of the 2009-10 season, Chambers averaged 6.9 rebounds per contest including a career-high 14 rebounds at Colorado on March 3. This was the highest single-game rebounding total for a K-State guard since Lehning pulled in 14 at Arkansas State on Nov. 25, 2008.

Karr hauled in nine rebounds against Grambling State, with all of them coming on the defensive glass. She added five more rebounds against Indiana State and seven at the College of Charleston. For her career, she has 19 games with five or more rebounds.

The Paola, Kan., native pulled in 4.5 rebounds per game in 2009-10 and ranked fourth on the team in the category. She notched a career-high 12 against Texas Tech (3/11/10).

At a Glance: UC Davis
UC Davis (6-1, 0-0 Big West) will make its first-ever trip to Manhattan in the midst of a three-game winning streak. In the Aggies last contest on Dec. 1 against Saint Mary’s, UC Davis registered a 71-62 victory.

On the sidelines, UC Davis is led by head coach Sandy Simpson. The 1981 graduate of UC Davis is in his 13th season with the program and has accumulated a 233-145 (.616) record during this time.

On the floor, the Aggies are led by senior Paige Mintun and sophomore Vicky Deely. Mintun leads the team in scoring with 13.6 points per game while starting all seven games this season.

Deely has provided a spark off the bench for the Aggies this season, as she is the squad’s second-leading scorer at 12.3 points per game and the team’s leading 3-point shooter (18-of-33, .545). Against Saint Mary’s, Deely registered a team-high 22 points on 7-of-10 shooting from the field and 5-of-7 from the foul line in 25 minutes off the bench.

Karr Fires on All Cylinders 
Taelor Karr has found her touch from the field after a slow start to her second season with the Wildcats. In the last five games, Karr is averaging 13.2 points while shooting .574 from the field, including .435 from beyond the arc (10-of-23).

Karr registered consecutive double figure scoring games for the first time in the 2010-11 season, as she tallied 10 points against Western Illinois and 16 at the College of Charleston. Against the College of Charleston, Karr was 4-of-6 from beyond the arc which marks her seventh career game with four or more made 3-point field goals.

Against Iowa, Karr tallied a personal season-high of 17 points on 7-of-14 shooting, including 3-of-6 from beyond the arc. She followed that performance with 16 points on 7-of-8 shooting, including 2-of-3 from beyond the arc. This was her 21st career game in double figures.

In the opening stages of the 2010-11 season, Karr is averaging 11.0 points, 4.8 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.3 steals.

What Brown has Done for Us
Branshea Brown has given K-State a strong interior presence in the first eight games of the season. Brown is averaging 8.4 points on a team-leading .591 field goal percentage, a team-leading 6.8 rebounds, a team-leading 1.9 blocks and is second in steals with 1.5 in 26.5 minutes of action while starting all eight games.

Against St. John’s, Brown turned in one of her best games as she touched every statistical category with a career-high 14 points on 5-of-6 shooting, six rebounds, four blocks, a steal and an assist.

In her return to her home state of South Carolina, Brown recorded 10 points, five rebounds, three steals, two assists and two blocked shots.

At Iowa on Dec. 5, Brown hauled in a season-high and career-high-tying 11 rebounds while also scoring six points and blocking two shots. This was her first double figuring rebounding game since March 6, 2010 against Nebraska when she pulled in 11.

For her career, she has 22 games with five or more rebounds, including four games with double figures.

Brown with the Blocks
Branshea Brown has picked up where she left off last season in terms of her interior defense. She paces the Wildcats in blocked shots with 14 this season and ranks seventh in the Big 12 and 59th in the nation in blocked shots per game at 1.8. She is currently in the midst of a four-game streak with at least one blocked shot.

The product of Walterboro, S.C., sent back a career-high four shots against St. John’s and South Dakota State, which is the highest total by a Wildcat since Marlies Gipson tallied four blocks at Kansas on Jan. 24, 2009. She is the first player since Gipson in 2008-09 to block at least four shots in two games in a season. Brown now has nine career games with two or more blocked shots and 41 blocks for her career. She needs five blocks to tie her personal season-best of 19, which led the Wildcats in 2009-10.

Chambers Reaches 500 Points For Career
Brittany Chambers picked up her offensive game right where she left off from last season, with 129 points in the first eight games of the season. She has scored in double figures in seven games and her 16.1 points per game this season ranks 12th in the Big 12. For her career, Chambers has scored 517 points in 40 career games (12.9 ppg).

The product of Jordan, Minn., registered a career-high 21 points against Grambling State in the season-opener. In the third game of the season, Chambers registered 20 points against Indiana State. The effort marked the first time a K-State player recorded 20 or more points in two of the first three games of a season since Kendra Wecker tallied 21 on Nov. 19, 2004 against Wyoming and a school record 41 against Illinois State on Nov. 26, 2004. For her career, Chambers has scored in double figures in 29 games including five games with 20 or more points.

Chambers Knocks Them in From Deep
Brittany Chambers continues to be a sharpshooter for the Wildcats, shooting 22-of-60 (.367) from beyond the arc in the first eight games this season. She ranks fourth in the Big 12 in three-point field goals made per game at 2.8. This season, Chambers has three games with four or more connections from deep, including a 4-of-6 effort at the College of Charleston on Nov. 27.

For her career, she has 36 career games with a 3-point field goal including seven games with four or more connections from beyond the arc. She is 87-of-231 (.377) in just 40 games with the Wildcats and needs 30 made 3-point fields to move into the top-10 in school history. Her current percentage ranks eighth.

The Jordan, Minn., native made her mark from beyond the 3-point line in her first season with the Wildcats with a team-leading 65-of-171 (.380) from beyond the arc. She ranked eighth in the Big 12 and 49th in the nation in 3-point field goal percentage and eighth in the league for 3-point field goals made per game at 2.1.

Her 65 made three-point field goals were the most by a freshman since Laurie Koehn set a school record with 122 during the 2001-02 season and was the third-highest by a freshman in school history.

Sweet Childs of Ours 
Jalana Childs has displayed her improved low post game in the early stages of the 2010-11 season. For the season, Childs is K-State’s second-leading scorer and ranked 22nd in the Big 12 with a scoring average of 11.6 points. She is also pulling down 4.6 rebounds per game and has rejected 0.8 shots per game.

Against Western Illinois, Childs recorded a career-high 18 points, five rebounds, a career-high tying three blocked shots and an assist. She tied her career-high with 18 points at Iowa on 6-of-11 shooting and was a career-best 6-of-7 from the foul line. She has now reached double figures in points in 18 career games, including four this season.

In the season-opener against Grambling State, Childs registered 16 points on a team season-high field goal shooting, 8-of-9 from the field. Her shooting percentage of .889 was the highest by a Wildcat since Shalee Lehning was 7-of-7 from the field against Missouri on March 1, 2008 (min. of seven FG attempts).

White Hot Mariah
Sophomore guard Mariah White has displayed one of the most improved games of any of the Wildcats this season. In the first eight games, White is averaging 4.9 points and leads the team with 4.5 assists and 2.1 steals. She is second on the team in rebounding with 5.3 per game. She has also made more free throws this season (17) than she attempted during her freshman campaign in 2009-10 (13).

She ranks seventh in the Big 12 in assists, 12th in defensive rebounds per game (4.8), fourth in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.8) and tied for 10th in steals. White ranks 68th in the nation in assists and 17th in the nation in assist-to-turnover ratio.

White broke out in the opening weekend during the Commerce Bank Wildcat Classic and was selected as the Big 12 co-Player of the Week and to the Wildcat Classic All-Tournament team for her efforts. The product of Midwest City, Okla., averaged 10.0 points, a team-leading 7.5 rebounds and a team-leading 5.0 assists per game.

In the season-opener against Grambling State, White tabulated three points, six rebounds, six assists and a blocked shot. Her six assists were a new career-high and was the second time in her career that she has had five or more assists in a game.

Against St. John’s in the championship game of the Commerce Bank Wildcat Classic, White displayed her all-around game with a career-high 17 points, a career-high nine rebounds, carded two steals and played a career-best 35 minutes. White notched all 17 points in the second half, which is the highest single half scoring output since Ashley Sweat tallied 19 against Washington State on Nov. 20, 2009. It was also the first time she reached double figures in scoring.

Against Western Illinois on Nov. 21, White finished with a diversified stat line of six points, seven rebounds, four assists, five steals and a blocked shot. Her five steals were a new career-high and were the most since Shalee Lehning recorded five against Nebraska on Jan. 27, 2009.

At Iowa on Dec. 5, White improved her career-high assist number with eight against the Hawkeyes. With four more assists, she will surpass her personal season-high of 36 which she achieved in 31 games last season.