March 25, 2013
MANHATTAN, Kan. - The Kansas State women's basketball team will celebrate its 2012-13 season during the annual season-ending banquet on Sunday, April 14 at 1 p.m., in the main ballroom of the Kansas State Alumni Center, athletics department officials announced Thursday.
Tickets for the banquet are available for $40 per person and fans are encouraged to make their reservations by Monday, April 8 at 5 p.m., or until the event is sold out. Fans interested in ordering tickets for the banquet may contact Danielle Zanotti at (785) 532-6970 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please provide your name, number of attendees and contact information.
The evening's festivities will include a review of the 2012-13 season, a highlight video and presentation of awards and senior gifts. A meal is included in the ticket price.
Despite suffering through five season-ending injuries which depleted the roster to seven players for the final 14 games of the season, K-State (16-17, 5-13 Big 12) reached the postseason for the 11th time in 12 seasons by reaching the 2013 WNIT. The Wildcats exceeded the preseason predicted Big 12 finish from the league's coaches for the ninth time in the last 16 seasons. Kansas State advanced at least one round at the Big 12 Championships for the 13th time and for the fifth-straight season with a thrilling 51-49 win over Texas in the first round.
The Wildcats were paced during the 2012-13 season by All-Big 12 First Team selection and 2013 WBCA All-Region 5 honoree Brittany Chambers and her senior backcourt running mate Mariah White. Earlier this season, Chambers and White teamed up to set the school record for combined points by two players with 59 at Iowa State on Feb. 9.
Chambers, three-time All-Big 12 First Team and 2013 WBCA All-Region 5, has registered career season-highs in three major statistical categories and is the only player in the Big 12 this season to score 600 or more points (690; 20.9 ppg), grab 250 or more rebounds (250; 7.6 rpg) and dish out 100 or more assists (103; 3.1 apg). She is the second player to reach this milestone in school and league history, joining former Wildcat Nicole Ohlde as the only player to achieve these numbers in a single season. The 690 points are a school record for points in a single season.
The 2012-13 All-America candidate has scored in double figures in 31 of the 33 games this season, including a career-high 19 games of 20 or more points. The 19 games with 20 or more points are the most by a Wildcat in the Deb Patterson era.
In league action, Chambers averaged 20.6 points, 7.2 rebounds and 3.2 assists. She ranked second in the league in scoring, 10th in rebounding, 11th in assists and paced the league in minutes played per game. She scored in double figures in 17 of the 18 league contests and scored 20 or more points in 10 league games.
For her career, Chambers is one of just four players at Big 12 schools to register 2,000 career points, 800 career rebounds and 325 career assists. Chambers became the third player in school history to record 2,000 career points (2,068). She has scored in 130 consecutive games to rank second in school history and has reached double figures in 105 career games to rank 20th in NCAA Division I history and second in program history behind Ohlde's school record of 117 career games with 10 or more points.
She ranks among the top-10 in 12 career categories including: points, rebounds (833, fifth), assists (344, ninth), three-point field goals made (336, second), three-point field goals attempted (942, first), field goals made (721, fourth), field goals attempted (1,775, third), free throws made (290, ninth), minutes played (4,575, first), games played (131, tied for second) and games started (126, third).
Chambers ranks second in Big 12 history for career three-point field goals made and tied for the Big 12 record for three-point field goals attempted. She also ranks 14th in NCAA history for career three-point field goals made. With former Wildcat Laurie Koehn holding the career NCAA Division I record with 392 made 3-point field goals, K-State is the first program in NCAA Division I women's basketball history to have two players with 300 or more made 3-point field goals in a career.
In addition to her on-court honors, Chambers was recognized as the inaugural Big 12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year for women's basketball. Beginning with the current academic year, the Big 12 is honoring a student-athlete in each sport for their dedication in the classroom as well as to their respective sport. Chambers, a pre-med major, holds a 3.5 grade point average.
Earlier this season, Chambers earned Academic All-Big 12 First Team honors for the third time in her career. She is also one of 10 national finalists for the Senior CLASS Award. Fan voting for the Senior CLASS Award continues through March 25 at the Senior CLASS Award website (www.seniorclassaward.com) or on the Senior CLASS Award Facebook fan page. Fan votes will be combined with media and Division I head coaches' votes to determine the winner.
White has tallied her third straight season with 100 or more assists by leading the Wildcats with 115 assists (4.1 apg). The product of Midwest City, Okla., also set career-highs for points (192, 6.9 ppg), three-point field goals made (19), three-point field goal percentage (.487), free throws made (43) and free throw percentage (.782). She has also set a career-high for steals with 70 this season. White has also excelled in the classroom this season, as she secured her first Academic All-Big 12 First Team honor.
For her career, White ranks fourth in school history for career assists (440) and eighth for career steals (199). She is the fourth player in school history with 500 career points, 400 career assists and 175 career steals.
Kansas State hosts Illinois State on Monday night in the second round of the WNIT at 7 p.m. To purchase tickets to Monday night's game, contact the K-State Athletic Ticket office at (800) 221-CATS, visit www.kstatesports.com/ticket or stop by the office in Bramlage Coliseum.