K-State Heads to Las Vegas for World Vision Classic

Mariah White has 11 steals in three games this season.

Dec. 18, 2012

Game Notes

Game 9 - World Vision Classic

Kansas State vs. (22/25) Texas A&M
Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012 | 2:30 p.m. (CT) | Cox Pavilion (2,500) | Las Vegas, Nev.

Game Information
TV: None

Radio: K-State Sports Network (PbP: Brian Smoller; Color: Danielle Zanotti)

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

Tickets: Visit www.unlvrebels.com or call the UNLV ticket office at (702) 739-FANS

Kansas State Wildcats (7-1, 0-0 Big 12)
Head Coach: Deb Patterson (Rockford ‘79)
Career Record: 327-190 (.632) 17th year
School Record: Same
Last game: L, 52-50 vs. UTEP on Dec. 16, 2012
website: www.kstatesports.com
Twitter: @kstatesports, @kstate_gameday, #KStateWBB

(22/25) Texas A&M Aggies (6-3, 0-0 SEC)
Head Coach: Gary Blair (Texas Tech ‘72)
Career Record: 626-256 (.710) - 28th season
School Record: 218-93 (.701) - 10th season
Last game: W, 79-61 at USC on Dec. 15, 2012
website: www.aggieathletics.com
Twitter: @AggieAthletics

Series History and Notes
Kansas State leads the series, 13-8... The teams have split the last 8 meetings in the series... Texas A&M holds a 2-1 edge in the series in neutral site contests... The Aggies won the last meeting between the schools, 67-36, on Feb. 8, 2012 in College Station... Head coach Deb Patterson is facing Texas A&M for the 19th time and owns an 11-7 mark against the Aggies... K-State is 68-60 (.531) against schools from the SEC.

World Vision Classic Schedule
Wed., Dec. 19
G1 - K-State vs. Texas A&M, 2:30
G2 - UNLV vs. Old Dominion, 7:30
G3 - Notre Dame vs. Alabama A&M, 5 p.m.

Thurs., Dec. 20
G4 - Loser G2 vs. Loser G3, 2:30 p.m.
G5 - Winner G2 vs. Loser G1, 5 p.m.
G6 - Winner G1 vs. Winner G3, 7:30 p.m.

Fri., Dec. 21 *
G7 - Loser G4 vs. Loser G5, 2:30 p.m.
G8 - Loser G6 vs. Winner G4, 5 p.m.
G9 - Winner G5 vs. Winner G6, 7:30 p.m.

* - Schedule subject to change

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State will make its third trip to Las Vegas in the last four seasons, as the Wildcats will take part in the World Vision Classic on Dec. 19-21 at the Cox Pavilion on the UNLV campus. K-State will face No. 22/25 Texas A&M on Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. (CT), in the tournament opener. Additional teams in the World Vision Classic include: No. 5/5 Notre Dame, Old Dominion, Alabama A&M and host, UNLV.  In its two previous trips to Las Vegas, K-State owns a 4-2 record including a pair of wins last season during the BTI Invitational.

All of K-State’s games at the World Vision Classic will be broadcast on the K-State Sports Network and for free online at kstatesports.com/allaccess. Providing the play-by-play and color will be the award-winning Brian Smoller and former K-State letterwinner Danielle Zanotti. Fans can also follow the free live stats at kstatesports.com and receive updates on Twitter by following @kstate_gameday.

K-State (7-1) will look to bounce back from its first loss of the season, as the Wildcats dropped a nail-biter in the 2012 home finale, 52-50, to UTEP. The Wildcats led throughout, but UTEP secured its first lead of the game with 26 seconds remaining. K-State was unable to convert on its final two possessions.

For the season, Kansas State is led by guards: senior Brittany Chambers and sophomore Haley Texada. Chambers paces the Wildcats and ranks fourth in the Big 12 in scoring with 18.5 points per game. She also leads the Wildcats in rebounds (7.3 rpg), assists (2.9 apg) and three-point field goals made and attempted.

Texada is averaging a career-best 12.1 points per game to rank15th in the Big 12. Against UTEP, the product of Frisco, Texas registered a team-high 12 points off the bench.

At a Glance: Texas A&M
After starting the season with three straight losses to teams ranked among the top-10 in the nation, Texas A&M (6-3) has won six straight games including a 79-61 win on Saturday, Dec. 15 at USC.  

The Aggies are led on the sidelines by 10th year head coach Gary Blair. The 1972 graduate of Texas Tech owns a 218-93 (.701) record during his time in College Station. Blair has led the Aggies to seven straight NCAA Tournament appearances including the program’s first national title in 2011. Blair’s career record in 28 seasons of head coaching stands at 626-258 (.708).

On the floor, Texas A&M is led by junior center Kelsey Bone. Bone, a preseason first team All-SEC selection by the media, is averaging 14.2 points and 8.7 rebounds this season. The 6-4 product of Houston, Texas recorded 15 points, nine rebounds and two blocks against the Trojans on Saturday.

K-State Casts Away from Beyond the Arc
Due to a lack of size, K-State has attacked its opponents from beyond the 3-point line. Against UTEP on Dec. 16, K-State was 9-of-36 (.250) from beyond the arc. The 36 three-point attempts set a new school record for attempts in a game.

Earlier this season, K-State made 14 three-point field goals against Arkansas-Pine Bluff on 35 attempts, which were the most since K-State made 14 against Colorado on Feb. 16, 2011.

K-State has 13 games in the Deb Patterson-era with 30 or more 3-point field goals attempted in a game. The win on Nov. 11 ended a four-game losing streak by the Wildcats in games with 30 or more three-point field goal attempts. K-State is 7-6 in games with 30 or more three-point field goals attempted.

For the season, K-State is 62-of-219 (.283) from beyond the arc. With its 10-plus connections from the 3-point line in the first two games, it marked the first time since Feb. 16 and 19, 2011 that K-State made 10 or more three-point field goals in consecutive games. K-State is averaging 7.8 made 3-point field goals per game on 27.4 attempts and has scored 186 points on 3-point field goals or 36.5 percent of its overall point total.

White on the Dishes
Mariah White has continued her ascension on the K-State career assists list during the 2012-13 season. White ranks eighth in school history for career assists with 340 and is the 10th player in school history with 300 or more. Her career assist-to-turnover ratio of 1.69 ranks third in school history and she has 29 career games with five or more assists.

The senior from Midwest City, Okla., averaged 4.8 assists per game and ranked fourth in the Big 12 and 41st in the nation in the category in 2011-12. She also checked in at third in the league and 24th in the nation for assist-to-turnover ratio at 1.92. White’s assist total of 163 in 2011-12, ranked eighth in school history for assists in a season and are the most assists by a Wildcat since Shalee Lehning tallied a school record 229 during the 2008-09 season.

White’s assist-to-turnover ratio of 1.92 ranked seventh in school history and is also a new career-best, surpassing her previous high of 1.73 from the 2010-11 season which ranks 11th in school history.
Thefts By Mariah
Mariah White has been one of K-State’s top perimeter defenders during her time with the Wildcats. Against UTEP on Dec. 16, White recorded five steals to boost her career total to 140. White has 40 career games with two or more steals, including 23 games in the 2011-12 season.

With her 69 steals in 2011-12, White surpassed her career-high for a season which she set in the 2010-11 year at 49. Her 69 steals were also the most by a Wildcat since Shalee Lehning registered 72 during the 2007-08 season and ranks as the third-highest total in the Deb Patterson era.

For the 2011-12 season, White led the team, ranked seventh in the Big 12 and 175th in the nation in steals with 2.0 per game.