Wildcats End 2012 with Trip to UC Santa Barbara

Mariah White ranks seventh on the K-State career assist list with 350.

Dec. 27, 2012

Game Notes

Game 12

Kansas State vs. UCSB
Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012 | 4 p.m. (CT) | UCSB Thunderdome (6,000) | Santa Barbara, Calif.

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.ucsbgauchos.com or call the UCSB ticket office at (805) 893-8272

Kansas State Wildcats (8-3, 0-0 Big 12)
Head Coach: Deb Patterson (Rockford ‘79)
Career Record: 328-192 (.631) 17th year
School Record: Same
Last game: W, 80-54 at UNLV on Dec. 21, 2012
website: www.kstatesports.com
Twitter: @kstatesports, @kstate_gameday, #KStateWBB

UCSB Gauchos (4-7, 0-0 Big West)
Head Coach: Carlene Mitchell (Kansas State ‘96)
Career Record: 21-23 (.477) - 2nd season
School Record: Same
Last game: L, 66-38 vs. (7/6) Kentucky on Dec. 21, 2012
website: www.ucsbgauchos.com
Twitter: @UCSBgauchos

Series History and Notes
Kansas State leads the series, 1-0... K-State won the last meeting between the schools, 57-48, on Dec. 29, 1986 in Santa Barbara... Head coach Deb Patterson is facing UCSB for the  first time... K-State is 6-4 against schools from the Big West Conference... The last time K-State faced an opponent from the Big West was UC Davis on Dec. 12, 2010 in Manhattan, a 61-41 K-State win.

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Following a brief break for the holidays, Kansas State will conclude the 2012 calendar year and the non-conference portion of its 2012-13 schedule with a trip to the west coast. The Wildcats will visit UC Santa Barbara on Saturday, Dec. 29 for a 4 p.m. (CT) tip at the UCSB Thunderdome. This will be the second meeting between the schools and the first since Dec. 29, 1986.

Saturday afternoon’s game 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.

The Wildcats avenged last season’s loss to UNLV with an 80-54 win to close out its week at the World Vision Classic in Las Vegas. With the win, K-State ended a three-game losing streak.

For the 11th straight game this season, K-State reached double figures in steals with a season-high 18. For the season, the Wildcats have 138 steals (12.5 spg) which are the most through 11 games in the Deb Patterson era.

K-State (8-3) was led by senior and All-America candidate Brittany Chambers with 28 points and a career-high 15 rebounds. Chambers, who was named to the World Vision Classic All-Tournament team, averaged 20.3 points, 9.7 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 2.7 steals, despite playing with a high ankle sprain she suffered on Dec 16 against UTEP.

Chambers, carded her 10th career double-double and third this season by halftime, as she had 11 points and 11 rebounds at the break. She has scored 20 or more points in five games this season and K-State has now won 18 straight games when Chambers scores 20 or more points in a game. Chambers also added 5 assists and four steals to her final stat line.

For the season, Chambers leads the Wildcats and ranks second in the Big 12 in scoring (19.0 ppg). She also paces the squad in rebounding (7.9), assists (3.0 apg), three-point field goals made and attempted (31-of-77, .403) and free throws made and attempted (22-of-26; .846). She ranks sixth in the league in rebounding and fourth for defensive rebounds per game (5.7 drpg).

Joining Chambers in double figures against UNLV was freshman Bri Craig. Craig tallied a career-high 15 points and reached double figures for the fourth time in the last five games.

Also averaging double figures this season is sophomore Haley Texada. The product of Frisco, Texas, is averaging 12.1 points and has scored in double figures in eight of the first 10 games.

The 12th Month is the Best Month for Patterson
As the calendar rolls into the final month of 2012, the Wildcats will enter December with a mark of 196-83 (.703) 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 92-23 (.800) mark in December.

Wildcats on the Road
K-State has a 245-242 (.503) record in road games during the program’s 45-year history. During the 21st century, K-State owns an 85-62 (.578) mark in road contests and are 102-96 (.515) during Deb Patterson’s 17 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).

Chambers Among top-10 on Career Scoring List
Brittany Chambers, a two-time All-Big 12 First Team selection and 2012-13 preseason All-Big 12 honorable mention selection, continues to climb the career scoring list at K-State and etch her name among the great scorers in the program’s 45-year history. This season, Chambers leads the Wildcats and ranks second in the Big 12 in scoring with 19.0 points per game. Chambers tallied a season-high 29 points against South Dakota on Dec. 9, which was her highest point output since Jan. 28, 2012 at Oklahoma State when she notched 29 points.     

The Jordan, Minn., product owns 23 career games with 20 or more points and has two games with 30 or more. K-State has won 18 straight games when Chambers has scored 20 or more points and the Wildcats are 20-3 during Chambers’ career when she notches 20 or more points in a game. In the 23  career games she has scored 20 or more points, Chambers is averaging 24.5 points per game and 7.3 rebounds in those contests.

For her career, Chambers was the 37th player in school history to reach the 1,000-point plateau on Dec. 7, 2011, and became the 10th player in school history to tally 1,500 career points on Dec. 9, 2012. Chambers has scored 1,587 points in 109 career games (14.6 ppg) to rank eighth in school history.

After not scoring in her first career game on Nov. 14, 2009, she has scored in every game since (108 consecutive). The 2012-13 All-America candidate has scored in double figures in 84 games (77.1 percent of her career games). She is the third player in school history and the first guard to record 1,500 points, 650 rebounds and 250 assists in a career.

White on the Dishes
Mariah White has continued her ascension on the K-State career assists list during the 2012-13 season. During the World Vision Classic from Dec. 19-21, White moved into seventh on the K-State career assists list with 350 and is the seventh player in school history with 350 or more. Her career assist-to-turnover ratio of 1.66 ranks third in school history and she has 29 career games with five or more assists.

After sitting out the first five games, White has returned to average 4.2 assists in the six games she has played this season. She has notched a season-high of six against UTEP on Dec. 16.

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.