Wildcats End 2012 Home Schedule Against UTEP

Bri Craig and the Wildcats host UTEP on Sunday to end the 2012 home schedule.

Dec. 13, 2012

Game Notes

Game 8

Kansas State vs. UTEP
Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012 | 1 p.m. | Bramlage Coliseum (12,528) | Manhattan, Kan.

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

Promotions: First 300 kids 14 and under receive a growth chart; First 300 fans will receive a K-State holiday ornament

TV: COX 22 & Metro Sports (PbP: Brian Smoller; Color: Missy Heidrick) Cox Cable: 22 or 2022

Radio: K-State Sports Network (PbP: Matt Walters; Color: Kristin Waller)

Internet: Free live audio & free live stats at www.kstatesports.com

Kansas State Wildcats (7-0, 0-0 Big 12)
Head Coach: Deb Patterson (Rockford ‘79)
Career Record: 327-189 (.634) 17th year
School Record: Same
Last game: W, 68-54 vs. South Dakota on Dec. 9, 2012
website: www.kstatesports.com
Twitter: @kstatesports, @kstate_gameday, #KStateWBB

UTEP Miners (8-1, 0-0 C-USA)
Head Coach: Keitha Adams (Southwestern College ‘89)
Career Record: 192-147 (.566) - 12th season
School Record: Same
Last game: W, 71-34 vs. Eastern New Mexico on Dec. 8, 2012
website: www.utepathletics.com
Twitter: @UTEPAthletics

Series History and Notes
Kansas State leads the series, 2-1... K-State has won the last two meetings in the series... The Wildcats are 1-0 against the Miners in Manhattan... Kansas State won the last meeting between the schools, 65-44, on Nov. 14, 2008 in El Paso... Head coach Deb Patterson is facing UTEP for the fourth time... K-State owns an all-time record of 10-4 (.714) against schools from Conference USA.

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State will conclude its 2012 home schedule on Sunday, Dec. 16, as the Wildcats host UTEP at 1 p.m. K-State, which is one of 11 undefeated teams remaining in the nation, will look to start the season 8-0 for the first time since the 2008-09 season, for the second time in the Deb Patterson era and for the fourth time in the program’s 45-year history.

For Sunday afternoon’s game, the first 300 kids ages 14 and under through the doors of Bramlage will receive a free growth chart featuring Willie the Wildcat. Also, the first 300 fans will receive a free K-State holiday ornament.

Sunday’s game between K-State and UTEP will be broadcast on Cox 22 throughout the state of Kansas and on Metro Sports in the Kansas City area. The game will also be available on the radio on the K-State Sports Network and for free online at kstatesports.com/allaccess. Providing the play-by-play and color for the television broadcast will be the award-winning Brian Smoller and former K-State letterwinner Missy Heidrick. 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.

Senior guard Brittany Chambers and the Wildcats rolled to a 68-54 victory over South Dakota on Dec. 9 that saw Chambers take control of the contest and score a season-high 29 points and pull in a season-high 13 rebounds.

With those 29 points Chambers became the 10th player in school history to score 1,500 career points and has a career total of 1,523 points. Five of those players are from the Patterson era. Chambers, a 2012-13 All-America candidate, also moved into 13th on the all-time rebounding list during the game and has hauled in 638 for her career.

By reaching her new scoring milestone, Chambers joins an elite group of Wildcats. She is now one of only three players in school history to tally at least 1,500 points, 625 rebounds and 250 assists, joining Nicole Ohlde and Kendra Wecker.

For the season, Chambers leads K-State with 20.7 points and 8.1 rebounds. She ranks second in the Big 12 in scoring and 17th in the nation in the category. The product of Jordan, Minn., and two-time All-Big 12 First Team selection ranks fourth in the league in rebounding and is ahead of 6-8 preseason Big 12 Player of the Year Brittney Griner in the rankings. Chambers is also second in defensive rebounding (6.0 drpg), 10th in the league in assists (3.1 apg) and paces the Big 12 in minutes played (35.6).

At a Glance: UTEP
UTEP (8-1) comes to Manhattan for just the second time in the history of the series. The Miners enter the contest with a three-game win streak in tow, including a 71-34 smacking of Eastern New Mexico on Dec. 8. In UTEP’s eight wins this season, the Miners have defeated their opponents by an average margin of 16.1 points per game. UTEP returned six of the top seven scorers and four of the top five rebounders from last season’s Conference USA title winning squad.

Leading the Miners from the bench is 12th year head coach Keitha Adams. The 1989 graduate of Southwestern College owns a 192-147 (.566) career record in El Paso. Adams guided UTEP to the Conference USA regular season and postseason titles in 2012 and an appearance in the 2012 NCAA Tournament. Adams has led the program to two NCAA Tournaments and three 20-win seasons, including a school record 29-4 mark in 2011-12.

On the floor, UTEP is led by junior forward Kayla Thornton and senior center Anete Steinberga. Thornton leads the Miners with 13.1 points per game and 8.1 rebounds. Against Eastern New Mexico, Thornton notched a diverse stat line of nine points, 11 rebounds, two assists, two blocks and two steals in a brief 18 minutes of action.

Steinberga is averaging 12.7 points and 5.1 rebounds. The 6-2 product of Ikskile, Latvia, is a returning starter from last season’s C-USA title winning team.

The Miners were dealt a blow early in the season, as senior 6-4 center Kristine Vitola was lost for the season with a torn ACL. At the time of her injury, Vitola led UTEP in scoring and rebounding with averages of 16.0 points and 8.3 rebounds.

K-State Converting Turnovers to Offense
The Wildcats have opened the 2012-13 season by forcing its first seven opponents into 146 turnovers (20.9 per game), with 86 coming by way of K-State steals. The 86 steals are the second-most after seven games under Deb Patterson with the 2004-05 team notching 87 after seven contests.

K-State has tallied 146 points off its opponents’ turnovers for an average of 20.9 points per game on turnovers or 31.7 percent of K-State’s overall point production. K-State is 5-0 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 seven or more consecutive games with double figures in steals. K-State has four players with 10 or more steals this season, with four players ranked among the top-15 in the Big 12 in steals per game after seven games and 10 of the 11 active players on the roster 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.

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 in 2012-13. Against South Dakota on Dec. 9, the Wildcats received 27 (77.1 percent) of the team’s 35 rebounds from its backcourt players. After seven games this season, K-State’s guards have pulled in 69.6 percent of K-State’s total rebounds (190-of-273). At the end of the 2011-12 season, K-State guards had 623 rebounds for an average of 18.3 per game which was 53.2 percent of the team’s total of 1,172 rebounds.

Leading the K-State guards in attacking the glass this season is Brittany Chambers with a team-leading average of 8.1 per game. Chambers ranks fourth in the Big 12 in rebounding and is second in the league for defensive rebounds per game (6.0 drpg).

Chambers notched a career-high on the glass in 2011-12, with 211 rebounds to set a new career season-high, surpassing her previous efforts of 185 rebounds in both her freshman and sophomore seasons. Her 211 rebounds are the most by a Wildcat guard since Shalee Lehning pulled in a team-leading 211 during the 2008-09 season.

For her career, Chambers has 69 games with five or more rebounds including 13 games with 10 or more and has 638 career rebounds to rank 13th in school history in the category. She has the fourth-highest rebound total by a guard in school history.