K-State Closes Out 2010 in New Hampshire

Taelor Karr has paced the Wildcats over the last five games, averaging 14.8 points per game.

Dec. 26, 2010

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Game 12 - Big Sky Classic
Kansas State (8-3, 0-0 Big 12) at Dartmouth (3-7, 0-0 Ivy League)
Dec. 29, 2010 | 7 p.m. (CT) | Leede Arena (2,100) | Hanover, N.H.

Series History and Notes
This will be the first meeting between the schools... K-State is 5-1 against teams from the Ivy League... This will be K-State’s first visit to an Ivy League arena... The Cats’ last meeting with an Ivy League foe came on Jan. 2, 2010 against Yale in Manhattan, which was a 78-59 K-State win.

Game 13 - Big Sky Classic
Kansas State (8-3, 0-0 Big 12) vs. Vermont (0-10, 0-0 America East)
Dec. 30, 2010 | 4 p.m. (CT) | Leede Arena (2,100) | Hanover, N.H.

Series History and Notes
K-State leads the series with Vermont, 1-0... The Wildcats won the last meeting, 64-60 (ot), in Manhattan on Dec. 17, 2000... K-State is 4-1 against America East schools.


MANHATTAN, Kan. - Kansas State will end its nonconference schedule on Dec. 29-30 at the 34th annual Big Sky Classic in Hanover, N.H., as the Wildcats will make the school’s first appearance in the state of New Hampshire. K-State will face host school Dartmouth on Dec. 29 at 7 p.m. (CT), followed by a matchup against Vermont on Dec. 30 at 4 p.m. (CT). The Big Sky Classic is the longest running women’s basketball tournament in the country and K-State will be the second Big 12 team to compete in the event. 

Both games in New Hampshire 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 (8-3) stumbled into the holiday break with a pair of losses at the UTSA Christmas Classic on Dec. 20-21. The Wildcats dropped the opener to UTSA, 72-55, then fell to Middle Tennessee State, 63-49. Kansas State was slowed by a 31.0 field goal percentage and 30 turnovers.

The Wildcats were led in the two games by sophomore guard Taelor Karr. The product of Paola, Kan., averaged 12.0 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.5 steals while earning all-tournament team honors. For the season, Karr is K-State’s second-leading scorer at 11.7 points per game and has reached double figures in five straight games. She is also the squad’s second-leading rebounder at 5.5 per contest.

The Wildcats are led in scoring by sophomore guard Brittany Chambers at 14.1 points per game, while K-State is paced on the boards by junior forward Branshea Brown at 6.0 per game.

Streaks, Trends, Milestones, etc.
K-State has made at least one 3-point field goal in 118 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 43 career games... Chambers has made a 3-point field goal in 39 of her first 43 games as a Wildcat, including a current streak of 16 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 25 career games, including six games this season... Chambers has seven career games with five or more assists... Jalana Childs scored in double figures in five games this season, including a career-high 18 twice and has tallied double digits in points in 19 career games... Childs has pulled in five or more rebounds in 24 career games, including six 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 23 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 (12/5/10) and she has four career games with five or more assists... White pulled in a career-high nine rebounds against St. John’s and has 11 career games with five or more rebounds... White has already surpassed her season assist total from last season (48)... Taelor Karr has 24 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 seven games this season and has 23 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 287-167 (.632) 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 185-79 (.701) 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 81-19 (.810) 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 790-470 (.627).

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 230-232 (.498) record in road games during the program’s 43-year history. During the 21st century, K-State owns a 70-52 (.574) mark in road contests and are 87-86 (.503) 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: Dartmouth
Dartmouth (3-7, 0-0 Ivy League) will look to put an end to a three-game losing streak following an 88-33 defeat at Michigan State on Dec. 18.

On the floor, the Big Green are led by senior forward Brittney Smith with 13.1 points and 9.7 rebounds per game, but has missed the last three games.

On the bench, Dartmouth is guided by Chris Wielgus, who is in her 26th season in Hanover. Wielgus, a 1974 graduate of Springfield College, owns a 377-284 (.570) mark during her time with the Big Green.
 
At a Glance: Vermont
Vermont (0-10, 0-0 America East) will look to secure the first win in first-year head coach Lori Gear McBride’s career. The Catamounts dropped their last contest on Dec. 21 at Michigan State, 67-33.

The Catamounts are led on the floor by senior forward/center Tonya Young and sophomore forward/center Lauren Buschmann. Young is averaging 9.5 points and has blocked a team-high seven rebounds. Buschmann is Vermont’s top rebounder at 7.0 per game and is second in scoring at 7.6 per game. Against the Spartans, Buschmann tied for team-high honors with eight points while pulling in four 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 11 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 53.5 points, which ranks fifth in the Big 12. K-State has also held its foes to a field goal percentage of .354, which ranks seventh 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 37 shots this season (3.4 bpg). K-State’s season-high of eight blocked shots came at the College of Charleston and were 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 111-87 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 142 offensive rebounds on the season, with a season-high of 23 at UTSA. The 23 offensive rebounds was the first time K-State pulled in 20 or more offensive rebounds since Dec. 9, 2006 against UMKC (20 offensive rebounds).

K-State From Downtown
Kansas State has returned to normal from beyond the arc in its last seven games, averaging 6.3 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 5.5 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 26-of-76 (.342) from long range and ranks fourth in the Big 12 in three-point field goals made per game (2.4), 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 91-of-247 (.368) from the 3-point line.

Karr is K-State’s second-leading three-point shooter this season, as she is 17-of-50 (.340), which includes a season-best performance of 4-of-6 at the College of Charleston. She ranks 11th in the Big 12 in three-point field goals made per game (1.5). For her career, Karr is 73-of-195 (.374) 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 192 of the team’s 426 rebounds this season (45.1 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 17.5 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 5.5 per game while Mariah White and Chambers are averaging 5.1 and 5.0, 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 21 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 (4.2 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 ranks third on the team in rebounds per game and she has recorded seven games with five or more rebounds. She has tied her career season-high with 56 boards this season. Last season, White pulled in 56 rebounds in 31 games (1.8 rpg).

In the first 11 games, Chambers has pulled in 55 total rebounds including 19 offensive boards. For her career, she has 26 games with five or more rebounds including four 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 14.8 points while shooting .588 from the field, including .434 from beyond the arc (10-of-23).

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. She has 24 career games in double figures for points and she has two double figure efforts 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), rebounding (5.5 rpg) and steals (1.6 spg) and is third in assists (2.3 apg).

For her career, Karr needs just 80 points to reach the 500-point plateau.

Karr Theft
Taelor Karr continued her strong perimeter defense with a career-high five steals against UTSA on Dec. 20. This was the second time this season that K-State has had a player register five steals in a game, as Mariah White tallied five against Western Illinois on Nov. 21, 2010. For her career, Karr has 67 steals and has 21 career games with two or more steals.

Karr led the Wildcats in steals with 49 in 2009-10 and was the first freshman to lead K-State in steals since Shalee Lehning recorded 60 steals in her freshman campaign in 2005-06.

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 28th in the Big 12 with a scoring average of 10.5 points. She is also pulling down 4.4 rebounds per game and has rejected 0.6 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).

Childs needs just 44 points to reach the 500-point plateau in her career.

Chambers Reaches 500 Points For Career
Brittany Chambers picked up her offensive game right where she left off from last season, with 155 points in the first 11 games of the season. She has scored in double figures in eight games and her 14.1 points per game this season ranks 17th in the Big 12. For her career, Chambers has scored 543 points in 43 career games (12.6 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 deep threat for the Wildcats, shooting 26-of-76 (.342) from beyond the arc in the first 11 games this season. She ranks fourth in the Big 12 in three-point field goals made per game at 2.4. 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 39 career games with a 3-point field goal including seven games with four or more connections from beyond the arc. She is 91-of-247 (.368) in 43 games with the Wildcats and needs 26 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.

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 11 games, White is averaging 4.5 points and leads the team with 4.4 assists and 1.8 steals. She is third on the team in rebounding with 5.1 per game.

She ranks eighth in the Big 12 in assists, fourth in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.2) and 14th in steals.

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 (48), steals in a game (5) and steals in a season (20). She has also made more free throws this season (18) than she attempted during her entire freshman campaign in 2009-10 (13).

What Brown has Done for Us
Branshea Brown has given K-State a strong interior presence in the first 11 games of the season. This season, Brown is averaging 7.6 points on a team-leading .550 field goal percentage, a team-leading 6.0 rebounds, a team-leading 1.4 blocks and is third in steals with 1.5.

In a five-game stretch from Nov. 27-Dec. 12, Brown averaged 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 23 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 15 this season and ranks ninth in the Big 12 with 1.4 per game.

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 42 blocks for her career. She needs four blocks to tie her personal season-best of 19, which led the Wildcats in 2009-10.