Feb. 23, 2012
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(--/rv) Kansas State (18-9, 9-6 Big 12) at Missouri (11-15, 1-14 Big 12)
February 25, 2012 | 12 p.m. | Mizzou Arena (15,061) | Columbia, Mo.
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Series History and Notes
K-State leads the series with Missouri, 45-35... The Wildcats captured the last meeting between the schools on Jan. 11, 2012 in Manhattan, 72-46... The Wildcats won the last meeting with the Tigers in Columbia, 60-55 in overtime, on Feb. 5, 2011... K-State is 13-21 against the Tigers in games played in Columbia... Head coach Deb Patterson owns a career mark of 23-9 against Missouri.
MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State returns to the road to begin a two-game road trip on Saturday afternoon, as the Wildcats head east on I-70 to face Missouri. Tip-off in Mizzou Arena is set for 12 p.m. A win by the Wildcats would be the seventh road win this season for the Wildcats and would guarantee K-State a winning road mark in Big 12 action (4-3).
Saturday afternoon’s game will be available on the K-State Sports Network, as the award-winning Brian Smoller delivers the play-by-play and former Wildcat letterwinner Missy Heidrick handles the color analysis.
Kansas State secured its 10th home win this season with a 53-50 victory over Oklahoma State on Wednesday night. This is the 12th time under head coach Deb Patterson that K-State has won 10 or more games at home and the 24th time in the program’s 44-year history.
K-State was led on Wednesday night by the trio of Jalana Childs, Brittany Chambers and Branshea Brown. The trio accounted for 42 of the Wildcats’ 53 points on Wednesday against the Cowgirls. Childs recorded a game-high 22 points, including 18 of K-State 22 first half points, on 11-of-20 shooting from the field. The senior from Orlando, Fla., is second on the team and ninth in the Big 12 in scoring with 13.9 points per game.
Chambers finished with a final stat line of 10 points, eight rebounds and four assists. The junior guard leads K-State and ranks sixth in the Big 12 in scoring (15.1 ppg) and leads the team in rebounding and ranks 16th in the league (6.2 rpg). She also paces the team and the Big 12 in 3-point field goals made per game (2.6). With her 10 points against Oklahoma State on Feb. 22, she became the 12th player in school history to score 400 or more points in consecutive seasons. She is the 17th player in school history to score 400 or more points in her junior season.
Brown registered her third double figure scoring effort in league action this season with 10 points and blocked a pair of shots. Her two blocked shots improved her career total to 75 and moved her into seventh in school history. Her season total of 26 are the most blocked shots by a Wildcat since Marlies Gipson set the school record with 86 in the 2008-09 season.
Also pacing K-State against the Cowgirls was Mariah White. The junior from Midwest City, Okla., carded six points, including the tiebreaking 3-pointer with under a minute to play, seven rebounds, seven assists and two steals. With her seven assists, White became the 10th player in school history to dish out 300 or more assists ina career. Over the last four games, she is averaging 6.5 assists per game and is pulling in 6.5 rebounds a game.
Following Saturday afternoon’s game, the Wildcats conclude their two-game road trip on Wednesday night at 7 p.m., in Ames, Iowa against Iowa State. This will be K-State’s final Big 12 road game this season.
At a Glance: Missouri
Missouri (11-15, 1-14 Big 12) suffered another close loss on Tuesday night, falling in overtime at Iowa State, 66-59. The Tigers have lost seven games in league action by single digits. Missouri picked up their first win in league action on Feb. 18 with a 70-65 decision at Kansas.
The Tigers are led on the sideline by second-year head coach Robin Pingeton. The 1990 graduate of St. Ambrose owns a 362-190 (.656) record during her 17 seasons as a head coach, including a 144-81 (.640) record in seven seasons at Illinois State. Durin her time in Columbia, Pingeton is 24-33 (.421).
On the floor, Missouri is paced by Christine Flores and BreAnna Brock. Flores leads the team and is second in the Big 12 in scoring (17.5 ppg) and leads the Tigers in blocked shots and is second in the league (3.0 bpg). She is second on the team in rebounding and seventh in the Big 12 (7.5 rpg). At Iowa State on Tuesday, the senior forward from San Antonio, Texas, carded a team-leading 16 points and added five rebounds, four assists and two blocks. Over the last two games, Flores is averaging 20.0 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.5 blocks.
Brock is second on the team and 11th in the Big 12 in scoring (13.6 ppg). The senior forward from San Antonio paces the Tigers on the glass and ranks sixth in the Big 12 (7.8 rpg). Against the Cyclones, Brock tallied 12 points and a team-high seven rebounds.
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 continue to attack the glass for rebounds in 2011-12. Through 27 games, K-State guards have 504 rebounds for an average of 18.7 per game which is 53.0 percent of the team’s total of 951 rebounds. Against Oklahoma State on Feb. 22, the Wildcats received 22 (75.9 percent) of the team’s 29 rebounds from its backcourt players.
The K-State guards who are attacking the glass this season are Brittany Chambers and Mariah White with averages of 6.2 and 4.6, respectively.
Chambers, who is averaging a career-high on the glass this season, leads the team and ranks 16th in the Big 12 in rebounding. She has also crashed the defensive boards this season, as she ranks 10th in the league and leads the team with 4.7 per game on the defensive side and has a total of 127 defensive rebounds to lead the Wildcats. She is the only guard to rank among the top-15 in the Big 12 in defensive rebounds.
Chambers is one of only three players in the nation (Taylor Wurtz, Wisconsin; Jordan Hooper, Nebraska) to lead their teams in rebounding and 3-point field goals made per game (min. - 6.0 rpg & 2.0 3-pt FG made/game).
For her career, she has 57 games with five or more rebounds including 11 games with 10 or more and has 537 career rebounds to rank 22nd in school history in the category.
White is fourth on the team in rebounding with her career-high average. She boosted her season total with her second effort of 10 boards against Texas on Feb. 18. The junior from Midwest City, Okla., has 30 career games with five or more rebounds including 13 this season.
Chambers Looking at Top-10 on Career Scoring List
Brittany Chambers continues to climb the K-State career scoring list this season and has an opportunity to reach the top-10 before the end of the 2011-12 season. In league action, Chambers ranks fifth in scoring with 14.7 points per game and overall ranks sixth in the Big 12 with her scoring average of 15.1. With her 10 points against Oklahoma State on Feb. 22, she became the 12th player in school history to score 400 or more points in consecutive seasons. She is the 17th player in school history to score 400 or more points in her junior season.
At Oklahoma State on Jan. 28, Chambers registered her third 20-point effort in league play this season by tying her season-best with 29 points. Her effort was the highest scoring performance in Stillwater by a Wildcat in the program’s history.
The Jordan, Minn., native earned Big 12 Player of the Week honors for Jan. 9 after scoring 20 or more points in the first 2 Big 12 games this season.
For her career, Chambers was the 37th player in school history to reach the 1,000-point plateau on Dec. 7 and was the 12th player in school history to achieve the feat in her junior season. Chambers has scored 1,310 points in 91 career games (14.4 ppg) to rank 15th in school history.
The 2011-12 preseason All-Big 12 honorable mention selection and 2011 unanimous All-Big 12 first team recipient has scored in double figures in 70 games (76.9 percent of her career games) including 19 games with 20 or more points. She is the ninth player in school history and the fifth guard to record 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 200 assists in a career.