Wildcats Head to Las Vegas for BTI Invitational

Mariah White has averaged 5.0 assists per game in the last five games.

Dec. 14, 2011

Kansas State Game Notes (PDF)

Game 9 - BTI Invitational
Kansas State (6-2, 0-0 Big 12) vs. North Dakota State (2-8, 0-2 Summit)
December 18, 2011 | 9:30 p.m. | Cox Pavilion (2,500) | Las Vegas, Nev.

Game 10 - BTI Invitational
Kansas State (6-2, 0-0 Big 12) vs. (rv/--) Northwestern (8-1, 0-0 Big Ten)
December 19, 2011 | 9:30 p.m. | Cox Pavilion (2,500) | Las Vegas, Nev.

Game 11 - BTI Invitational
Kansas State (6-2, 0-0 Big 12) at UNLV (8-2, 0-0 MWC)
December 20, 2011 | 9:30 p.m. | Cox Pavilion (2,500) | Las Vegas, Nev.

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Play-by-Play: Brian Smoller; Color Analysis: Randy Peterson

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Ticket Information
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Series History and Notes
Kansas State leads the series with North Dakota State, 1-0... The only meeting between the schools came on Nov. 22, 1985 in Manhattan, a 70-59 K-State win... Northwestern leads the series with K-State, 3-2... Northwestern won the last meeting, 53-50, in Dec. 13, 2009 in Manhattan... K-State leads the series with UNLV, 3-1... The Wildcats won the last meeting between the schools, 66-63, Jan. 4, 1986 in Las Vegas.

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Following a break for fall semester finals, Kansas State will resume action on Dec. 18-20 in Las Vegas, Nev., in the BTI Invitational. The Wildcats will face North Dakota State, Northwestern and UNLV in the three-day event, with all three games contested at 9:30 p.m. (CT). This will be K-State’s second trip to Las Vegas in three years, as the Wildcats took part in the 2009 Duel in the Desert.

All three games 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.

In the Wildcats’ last game before finals, K-State traveled to South Dakota State on Dec. 10 and put the clamps on the Jackrabbits with a 63-46 win. The Wildcats held the Jackrabbits to 2-of-25 (8.0 percent) shooting from the field in the first half to tie the K-State school record for fewest field goals allowed in a half.

K-State was led by Brittany Chambers, Branshea Brown and Mariah White. Chambers tallied a game-high 18 points, while Brown added 13 points and a team-high seven rebounds. White also reached double figures with 10 points and dished out four assists.

Following the BTI Invitational, the Wildcats will break for the holidays for a week. K-State will conclude its non-conference schedule on Dec. 29, at Marist at 6p.m. (CT).

At a Glance: North Dakota State
North Dakota State (2-8, 0-2 Summit) will look to end a four-game losing streak when the Bison face the Wildcats in Las Vegas. NDSU’s last victory came on Nov. 26 against NAIA foe, Valley City State, and the last NCAA Division I win came on Nov. 19 against Nevada. North Dakota State is currently in the middle of a seven-game road trip which included a pair of Summit League contests.

The Bison are led by fourth year head coach Carolyn DeHoff. The 1991 graduate of Arizona State is 47-50 (.484) during her time in Fargo.

NDSU is paced by redshirt senior forward Abby Plucker. The product of Parker, S.D., is averaging team-highs in points (11.4 ppg) and rebounds (8.7). In North Dakota State’s last game, Plucker led the Bison with 11 points at Northern Iowa on Dec. 10.

At a Glance: Northwestern
Northwestern (8-1, 0-0 Big Ten) has won four straight a win against Morgan State on Dec. 14, 87-74.

The Wildcats are guided by fourth year head coach Joe McKeown. The 1979 graduate of Kent State is 52-52 (.500) during his time in Evanston, but owns a 561-226 (.713) career record which included a successful tenure at George Washington.

On the court, Northwestern has a roster of 13 players that includes seven players 6 feet or taller. The Wildcats have played 10 players this season with four players averaging 30.0 or more minutes this season.

The Wildcats are led by junior forwards Kendall Hackney and Danielle Diamant and freshman guard Morgan Jones. Hackney leads the team in scoring with 16.7 points per game. She has carded three straight games with 20 or more points including 29 against Morgan State.

Jones has been versatile in her first season in Evanston with 14.8 points per game, a team-leading 6.6 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game.

Diamant, a native of Las Vegas, Nev., is third in scoring at 14.1 points per game and second in rebounding with 6.2 per contest.

At a Glance: UNLV
UNLV (8-2, 0-0 MWC) has alternated between wins and losses in the last four games following a 6-0 start to the year.

The Lady Rebels are led from the bench by fourth year head coach  Kathy Olivier. The 1982 graduate of UNLV is 46-58 (.442) since taking the reins of her alma mater.

On the court, UNLV is led by junior guard Kelli Thompson and senior forward/center Lenita Sanford. Thompson is averaging 13.9 points.

Sanford is second in both scoring (11.1 ppg) and rebounding (7.2 rpg). In UNLV’s last game, Sanford recorded a double-double with a game-high 17 points and 10 rebounds.

Three is not a Crowd, It’s a Benefit
The Wildcats have looked for three players to reach double figures in scoring for the last two seasons and when this happens, K-State has been victorious more times than not with a 16-4 mark. Last season when K-State had three or more players reach double figures, the Wildcats were 12-4.

In K-State’s last game at South Dakota State on Dec. 10, the trio of Brittany Chambers (18), Branshea Brown (13) and Mariah White (10) reached double figures. This is the first time this group reached double digits in the same game this season and the second time since Nov. 13, 2010 against St. John’s.

White Hot Mariah
Mariah White continued her ascenion on the K-State career assists list during K-State’s win over Wichita State.The product of Midwest City, Okla., registered four assists at South Dakota State, compared to one turnover.

Over the last five games, White is averaging 5.0 assists per game which includes a career-high tying effort of eight against Hofstra on Nov. 24. In the same span, her assist to turnover ratio is 2.3.

White ranks 25th on the K-State career assists list with 196. With four assists she will become the 24th player in school history to tally 200 assists in her career. Her career assist-to-turnover ratio of 1.5 ranks fourth in school history.

For the season, White is averaging 4.3 assists per game and ranks ninth in the Big 12 and 102nd in the nation in the category. She also checks in at 10th in the league for assist-to-turnover ratio at 1.6.

In 2010-11, White displayed one of the most improved games of any of the Wildcats during the 2010-11 season. In the 32 games, White averaged a career-high 4.8 points and led the team with 3.9 assists and 1.5 steals. She finished fifth on the team in rebounding with 4.1 per game. Her assists per game ranked ninth in the Big 12 for all games and was tied for 10th in league contests (3.5 apg) and she was fourth in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.7) for all games. Her assist-to-turnover ratio ranked 47th in the nation.

At the conclusion of last season, White had reset her career-highs for points in a game (17), points in a season (152), rebounds in a game (9), rebounds in a season (132), assists in a game (8), assists in a season (126), steals in a game (5) and steals in a season (49). She also made more free throws (43) than she attempted during her entire freshman campaign in 2009-10 (13).