Wildcats Visit San Antonio Before Holiday Break

K-State will visit Stephanie Wittman' s hometown on Monday and Tuesday, as the Wildcats face UTSA and Middle Tennessee State.

Dec. 17, 2010

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Game 10 - UTSA Christmas Classic
(rv/--) Kansas State (8-1, 0-0 Big 12) at UTSA (3-6, 0-0 Southland)
Dec. 20, 2010 | 6 p.m. | Convocation Center  (4,000) | San Antonio, Texas

Series History and Notes
K-State leads the series with UTSA, 3-0... The Wildcats won the last meeting, 59-55, in Las Vegas on Dec. 21, 2009... K-State is 15-3 against Southland Conference schools.

TV
None

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

Internet
Live stats and free live audio at www.kstatesports.com

Game 11 - UTSA Christmas Classic

(rv/--) Kansas State (8-1, 0-0 Big 12) vs. MIDDLE TENNESSEE STATE (7-3, 0-0 Sun Belt)
Dec. 21, 2010 | 5 p.m. | Convocation Center  (4,000) | San Antonio, Texas

Series History and Notes
K-State leads the series with MTSU, 2-0... The Wildcats won the last meeting, 79-61, in Manhattan on Dec. 6, 2002... K-State is 9-7 against Sun Belt Conference schools.

TV
None

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

Internet
Live stats and free live audio at www.kstatesports.com

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Kansas State will begin a four-game road trip on Monday, Dec. 20 at UTSA at 6 p.m., in the Convocation Center in the UTSA Christmas Classic in San Antonio, Texas. Following K-State’s game against the Roadrunners, the Wildcats will face perennial Sun Belt power Middle Tennessee State on Tuesday, Dec. 21 at 5 p.m.

Both games in San Antonio will be available on the K-State Sports Network and for free 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 (8-1) concluded the home portion of its non-conference schedule with a 61-41 win over UC Davis on Dec. 12. The Wildcats recorded an unblemished mark in home non-conference action for the first time since the 2008-09 season and the ninth time under head coach Deb Patterson.

The Wildcats were led by sophomore guard Taelor Karr and junior forward Branshea Brown. Karr notched K-State’s first double-double of the season and the second of her career with game-highs of 17 points and 12 rebounds. The Paola, Kan., native is second on the team in scoring (11.7) and rebounding (5.6). In her last 5 games, Karr has averaged 14.6 points on a .592 field goal percentage.

Brown tallied 13 points on 5-of-6 shooting while pulling down four rebounds against the Aggies. This was Brown’s fifth effort this season in double figures and the sixth of her career. The Walterboro, S.C., product leads the Wildcats in rebounding (6.4), blocked shots (1.6) and field goal percentage (.620).

Streaks, Trends, Milestones, etc.
K-State has made at least one 3-point field goal in 116 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 30 of 41 career games... Chambers has made a 3-point field goal in 37 of her first 41 games as a Wildcat, including a current streak of 14 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 10 career games with five or more rebounds... White has already surpassed her season assist total from last season (40)... Taelor Karr has 22 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 six games this season and has 22 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 287-165 (.635) 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 165-48 (.775) record at home including an 91-9 (.910) 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 185-77 (.706) 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 81-17 (.827) 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 128-22 (.853) record, including a current streak of eight straight wins.

In the Deb Patterson era, the Wildcats have been even better with a record of 91-9 (.910).

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 790-468 (.628).

With 10 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 195-31 (.863) when leading at the break.

During the last three-plus seasons, K-State owns a 64-6 (.914) 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 235-87 (.730). During the last 10 seasons, K-State is 136-39 (.777) 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 128-22 (.853) record. In the Deb Patterson era, the Wildcats have been even better with a record of 91-9 (.910).

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).

At a Glance: UTSA
UTSA (3-6, 0-0 Southland) welcomes in K-State to the Convocation Center on Monday night and will look to halt a four-game skid. The Roadrunners dropped their most recent contest on Thursday, Dec. 16 at LSU, 74-41.

On the bench, UTSA is led by 11th year head coach Rae Rippetoe-Blair. The 1985 graduate of Oklahoma State has registered a 179-124 (.591) mark during her time in San Antonio and has guided the Roadrunners to a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances (2008 and 2009).

On the floor, UTSA has been led by senior guard Amber Gregg and junior guard/forward Ashley Gardner. Gregg, who did not play in the contest at LSU, leads the Roadrunners in scoring with 13.4 points per game. Gardner is the team’s second-leading scorer at 11.1 points per game and led the Roadrunners against LSU with 15 points and three steals.
 
At a Glance: Middle Tennessee State
Middle Tennessee State (7-3, 0-0 Sun Belt) has alternated wins and losses in its last four games, defeating James Madison on Dec. 12, 81-75. The Blue Raiders are a young squad this season, featuring seven freshmen and four sophomores.

On the sidelines, Middle Tennessee State is led by sixth-year head coach Rick Insell. The 1977 graduate of Middle Tennessee State has been extremely successful at his alma mater with a mark of 132-42 (.759) and guiding the program to four NCAA Tournament appearances.

The Blue Raiders are led this season by freshman forward Ebony Rowe and senior guard Anne Marie Lanning. Rowe paces the squad in scoring (16.3) and rebounding (9.0). In the contest against Middle Tennessee State, Rowe registered 21 points on 9-of-13 shooting and seven rebounds.

Lanning is the team’s second-leading scorer with 10.6 points per game and is second on the team in rebounding at 4.0. Against  James Madison, she carded 17 points, a game-high six assists and pulled in five rebounds.

Protecting the Hoop
The Wildcats have put together a solid defensive effort to start the 2010-11 season. K-State has held five of its first nine foes to point totals of 49 points or less, which are the most games of holding a opponent to 49 points or less since the 2008-09 season. During the last 10 seasons, K-State is 57-1 (.983) when holding an opponent to 49 points or less.

K-State has held its foes this season to a scoring average of 50.3 points, which ranks fourth in the Big 12. K-State has also held its foes to a field goal percentage of .338, which ranks fourth in the Big 12.

K-State’s bench mark low for points allowed this season came against UC Davis on Dec. 12, as the Aggies scored 41 points. This was the lowest opponent point total since K-State held Missouri to 33 points on Feb. 10, 2010. 

Helping keep opponents off the scoreboard has been K-State’s effort to block shots. The Wildcats have blocked 34 shots this season (3.8 bpg), including 17 in the last five 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.

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 eight wins this season and a 89-67 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 has totaled 110 offensive rebounds on the season, with a season-high of 18 against Indiana State.

K-State From Downtown
Kansas State has returned to normal from beyond the arc in its last five games, averaging 7.0 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 5.7 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 24-of-67 (.358) from long range and ranks fourth in the Big 12 in three-point field goals made per game (2.7), 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 89-of-238 (.374) from the 3-point line.

Karr is K-State’s second-leading three-point shooter this season, as she is 15-of-41 (.366), which includes a season-best performance of 4-of-6 at the College of Charleston. She ranks 12th in the Big 12 in three-point field goals made per game (1.7). For her career, Karr is 71-of-186 (.382) from deep.

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 153 of the team’s 347 rebounds this season (44.1 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 17.0 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 Taelor Karr with an average of 5.6 per game while Mariah White and Chambers are averaging 5.2 and 4.8, respectively.

Karr hauled in a career-high-tying 12 rebounds against UC Davis, with nine of the 12 coming on the defensive glass. For her career, she has 20 games with five or more rebounds and a pair of games in double figures. This season Karr ranks second on the team in rebounding and second for defensive rebounds per game (4.1 drpg).

The Paola, Kan., native pulled in 4.5 rebounds per game in 2009-10 and ranked fourth on the team in the category.

White recorded a career-high nine rebounds against St. John’s, with eight of the nine coming on the defensive glass. White is 10th in the league in defensive rebounds (4.8) and ranks third on the team in rebounds per game. This season, White has recorded six games with five or more rebounds. She needs just 10 rebounds to surpass her season total from her freshman campaign of 56 boards, which came in 31 games.

In the first nine games, Chambers has pulled in 43 total rebounds including 15 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). 

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 14.6 points while shooting .592 from the field, including .500 from beyond the arc (12-of-24).

During the last five games, Karr has reached her season-high of 17 points twice and recorded K-State’s first double-double of the season and the second of her career with 17 points and 12 rebounds against UC Davis on Dec. 12. This was her 22nd career game in double figures for points and her second in rebounds.

Against Iowa on Dec. 5, Karr tallied 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 against North Dakota on Dec. 8.

For the season, Karr ranks second on the team in scoring (11.7 ppg) and rebounding (5.6) and is third in assists (2.7 apg) and steals (1.4 spg).

What Brown has Done for Us
Branshea Brown has given K-State a strong interior presence in the first nine games of the season, especially during the last five contests. This season, Brown is averaging 8.9 points on a team-leading .620 field goal percentage, a team-leading 6.4 rebounds, a team-leading 1.6 blocks and is second in steals with 1.7 in 26.1 minutes of action while starting all nine games.

Since visiting her home state of South Carolina five games ago, Brown is averaging 10.2 points on a .656 field goal percentage, 6.4 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 1.8 blocks.

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 ninth in the Big 12 and 99th in the nation in blocked shots per game at 1.6.

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 139 points in the first nine games of the season. She has scored in double figures in eight games and her 15.4 points per game this season ranks tied for 12th in the Big 12. For her career, Chambers has scored 527 points in 41 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 30 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 24-of-67 (.358) from beyond the arc in the first nine games this season. She ranks fourth in the Big 12 in three-point field goals made per game at 2.7. 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 37 career games with a 3-point field goal including seven games with four or more connections from beyond the arc. She is 89-of-238 (.374) in just 41 games with the Wildcats and needs 28 made 3-point fields to move into the top-10 in school history. Her current career percentage ranks ninth in school history.

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 third-leading scorer and ranked 27th in the Big 12 with a scoring average of 10.8 points. She is also pulling down 4.4 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 nine games, White is averaging 4.8 points and leads the team with 4.4 assists and 2.1 steals. She is third on the team in rebounding with 5.2 per game.

She ranks tied for seventh in the Big 12 in assists, 10th in defensive rebounds per game (4.8), fourth in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.5) and tied for 10th in steals. White ranks 90th in the nation in assists and 18th in the nation in assist-to-turnover ratio.

This season, White has already reset her career-highs for points in a game (17), rebounds in a game (9), assists in a game (8), assists in a season (40), steals in a game (5) and steals in a season (19). She has also made more free throws this season (17) than she attempted during her entire freshman campaign in 2009-10 (13).