K-State Visits New York to Face Marist

Ashia Woods

Dec. 23, 2011

Kansas State Game Notes (PDF)

Game 12
Kansas State (8-3, 0-0 Big 12) at Marist (5-5, 0-0 MAAC)
December 29, 2011 | 6 p.m. (CT) | McCann Field House (3,200) | Poughkeepsie, N.Y.


K-State Sports Network
Play-by-Play: Brian Smoller; Color Analysis: Randy Peterson

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Ticket Information
Visit www.goredfoxes.com or call the Marist athletic ticket office at (845) 575-FOXX.

Series History and Notes
This is the first meeting between the two schools... Marist visited Manhattan in the 2010-11 season, as the Red Foxes participated in the Commerce Bank Wildcat Classic but did not play K-State... The Wildcats are 2-0 against teams from the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC)... The last MAAC opponent K-State faced was St. Peter’s (N.J.) on Dec. 30, 2005 in Jersey City, N.J., a 72-64 win for K-State... The Wildcats own a 5-2 record in games played in the state of New York with the last coming on Jan. 10, 1980 at Fordham (Bronx, N.Y.).

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State returns to action following the holiday break on Dec. 29, as the Wildcats travel to Poughkeepsie, N.Y., to face Marist at 6 p.m. (CT). This will be K-State’s final non-conference game of the season. The Wildcats will play their first game in the Empire State since the 1979-80 season when the Wildcats defeated Fordham in Bronx, N.Y., on Jan. 10, 1980.   

Thursday’s game 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.

Prior to the holiday break, the Wildcats recorded a 2-1 record at the BTI Invitational in Las Vegas, Nev. K-State defeated North Dakota State (70-47) and Northwestern (64-45) before having their five-game winning streak halted by host UNLV in the finale (44-38). The Wildcats have held their last five opponents to 49-points or less, which is the longest stretch since Feb. 21-March 8, 1975. During this five-game stretch, K-State is averaging 59.0 points per game while holding their opponents to 43.2 points

K-State was led in the three games by the combination of Brittany Chambers and Jalana Childs. Chambers averaged 18.7 points per game, 6.3 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.0 steals per game. The junior from Jordan, Minn., tallied a season-high 29 points against Northwestern, which included a career-high 8-of-14 performance from beyond the arc. She also tallied seven rebounds against Northwestern and UNLV.

This season, Chambers is leads the team and ranks eighth in the Big 12 in scoring (15.6 points) and ranks 20th in the league in rebounding (6.2 rebounds), while knocking down at least one 3-point field in 10 straight games, which is her longest streak since hitting 11 straight from Jan. 22 to  March 5 of last season.

Childs added 14.0 points per game and 5.7 rebounds in the three games in Las Vegas. The senior forward from Orlando, Fla., tallied a high of 18 points and six rebounds against Northwestern.

For the season, Childs is second on the team and ninth in the Big 12 in scoring with 14.6 points per game while she is tied for the team lead on the glass with 6.2 per game. With 88 more points, Childs will be the second player this season and the 38th player in school history to reach the 1,000-point mark for a career.

Following the Wildcats’ trip to New York, K-State returns to the Little Apple to host the reigning national champion Texas A&M Aggies. The game time for the contest has been changed to 5:30 p.m.

Chambers Climbs Career Scoring List
Brittany Chambers continues to climb the K-State career scoring list, which was aided by her performance at the BTI Invitational in Las Vegas on Dec. 18-20. During the three games, Chambers averaged 18.7 points per game and tallied a season-high 29 points on 9-of-18 shooting including a career-high 8-of-14 effort from beyond the arc. She is the first player since Laurie Koehn on Jan. 5, 2003 (vs. Iowa; 11-of-15; 10-of-13 from 3) to make at least nine field goals from the field with eight or more coming from beyond the arc.

Chambers became the 37th player in the program’s history to reach the 1,000-point mark, as she recorded her 1,000th point on a three-point field goal in the closing moments of K-State’s win over Wichita State on Dec. 7. With the performance, Chambers became the 12th player in school history to reach the milestone as a junior.

For her career, Chambers has scored 1,074 points in 75 career games (14.3 ppg). The 2011-12 preseason All-Big 12 honorable mention selection has scored in double figures in 56 career games including 16 games with 20 or more points. She is the 22nd player in school history and the ninth guard to record 1,000 points and 400 rebounds in a career.

During the 2011-12 season, Chambers ranks eighth in the Big 12 in scoring with her 15.6 points per game. For the month of December, Chambers is averaging 19.0 points per game on a .422 field goal percentage.

In 2010-11, Chambers’ point total of 514 ranked fourth in school history for points by a sophomore. The unanimous All-Big 12 first team honoree was the fourth player in school history to record 500+ points in their sophomore season and the first since 2002-03 (Kendra Wecker). Chambers led the squad, ranked 10th in the Big 12 and 95th in the nation with a scoring average of 16.1. Among sophomore guards in the NCAA Division I final scoring rankings, Chambers ranked 10th.

Chambers, Childs Form Inside-Out Scoring Duo
The preseason All-Big 12 honorable mention duo of Brittany Chambers and Jalana Childs continue to pair up to help K-State to  victories. This season the duo has combined to score 333 points, which is 51.2 percent of the team’s 650 total points.

The tandem registered a combined 47 points and 13 rebounds (Chambers - 29 points, 7 rebounds; Childs - 18 points, 6 rebounds) in the Wildcats’ 64-45 win over Northwestern on Dec. 19. The duo has reached double figures in the same game 31 times in the last three years with K-State owning a 20-11 (.645) record in those contests. This was just the second time the tandem has each registered 20 or more points in the same game. Through 11 games, either Chambers or Childs have paced K-State in scoring in 10 of those games.

K-State leaned heavily on the production of its two All-Big 12 performers in 2010-11, as Chambers tallied 514 points while Childs scored a career-best 411. The pair was responsible for 925 of the team’s 1,950 points last season (47.4 percent) and one of the two players paced the team in scoring in 25 of the team’s 32 contests. They are the first K-State teammates since the 2008-09 season to each score 400+ points in a season.          

Chambers and Childs sparked Kansas State to a 69-64 win at Nebraska on Feb. 19, as the tandem combined for 54 of the Wildcats’ 69 points. In the latter stages of the second half of the contest, the duo combined to score 25 of K-State’s final 27 points.

The effort by the two players was historic, as it was the 19th time in school history that two Wildcats have combined to score 50 or more points in a game, but it was the first time since Jan. 29, 2005. K-State is 19-0 when two players combine to score at least 50 points in the same game.

The output by Chambers and Childs ranked tied for the fourth-most points scored by two Wildcats in a single game since the 1986-87 season. Of the 19 games in which two Wildcats scored 50 or more points, Chambers and Childs rank first in terms of percentage of the team’s total points accounted for (78.3).

White on the Dishes
Mariah White continued her ascension on the K-State career assists list during K-State’s trip to Las Vegas for the BTI Invitational.The product of Midwest City, Okla., registered 11 assists compared to just three turnovers in the three games.

Over the last eight games, White is averaging 4.5 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 2.6.

White ranks tied for 22nd on the K-State career assists list with 207. She is the 24th player in school history to tally 200 assists in her career. Her career assist-to-turnover ratio of 1.57 ranks fourth in school history.

For the season, White is averaging 4.1 assists per game and ranks 12th in the Big 12 and 89th in the nation in the category. She also checks in at ninth in the league and 56th in the nation for assist-to-turnover ratio at 1.88.

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 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).