March 28, 2012
MANHATTAN, Kan. – The Kansas State women’s basketball team will celebrate its 2011-12 season during the annual season-ending banquet on Monday, April 16 at 6 p.m., in the main ballroom of the Kansas State Alumni Center, athletics department officials announced Wednesday.
Tickets for the banquet are available for $40 per person and fans are encouraged to make their reservations by Thursday, April 12 at 5 p.m., or until the event is sold out. Please mail payments in advance in the form of cash or check, no credit card payments will be accepted. Payments may be mailed to: Kansas State Women’s Basketball, 2323 Anderson Ave., Suite 110, Manhattan, KS 66502.
Fans interested in ordering tickets for the banquet, may contact Danielle Zanotti at (785) 532-3018 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 2011-12 season, a highlight video and presentation of awards and senior gifts. A meal is included in the ticket price.
After exceeding its preseason predicted ninth-place finish by the league’s coaches by at least four places for the second straight season, Kansas State (20-14, 9-9 Big 12) made the program’s 13th NCAA Tournament appearance and achieved its 23rd 20-win season in the program’s 44-year history. The Wildcats finished tied for fourth in the Big 12 and advanced to the semifinals of the Big 12 Championships for the second straight season. In the NCAA Tournament, No. 8 seed K-State advanced to the second round for the seventh time in its last eight NCAA Tournament appearances with a 67-64 win over No. 9 seed and No. 24-ranked Princeton.
The Wildcats were paced during the 2011-12 season by a pair of All-Big 12 first team selections in Jalana Childs and Brittany Chambers. Childs (486) and Chambers (476) were the first set of K-State teammates to tally consecutive 400-point seasons since Wecker and Nicole Ohlde (2002-03 and 2003-04). The duo also surpassed the 1,000-point mark during the 2011-12 season.
Childs, who garnered her first career All-Big 12 first team selection, led the Wildcats in scoring and ranked sixth in the Big 12 with a career-high 486 points (14.3 ppg). She also led the team in field goal percentage (.445), free throw percentage (.778) and offensive rebounds (79, 2.3 orpg).
Chambers, a two-time All-Big 12 first team selection, finished second on the team and eighth in the Big 12 in scoring (476 points, 14.1 ppg) and paced the Wildcats and ranked 14th in the league in rebounding (211, 6.2 rpg) and led the Big 12 in 3-point field goals made (80) and attempted (257). Chambers was one of only two players in the Big 12 in 2011-12 to record at least 400 points, grab 200 rebounds and dish out 70 assists. She was one of 15 guards in the nation to achieve the feat and was the first Wildcat to accomplish these numbers since Marlies Gipson in the 2008-09 season. Chambers is the sixth player in school history to achieve the feat and the second guard to accomplish this (Megan Mahoney, 2002-03).
Also aiding the K-State attack in 2011-12 was Tasha Dickey. Making the most of her only season in Manhattan, Dickey registered new career season-highs and game-highs in a number of categories including: points (335 - season; 20 - game), rebounds (138 - season; 10 - game) and steals (53 - season; 6 - game).
At the conclusion of the 2011-12 season, K-State bid a fond farewell to a five-member senior class consisting of: Branshea Brown, Childs, JuliAnne Chisholm, Dickey and Emma Ostermann. The senior class tallied 80 wins, including three 20-win seasons, and three NCAA Tournament appearances. In the 2011-12 season, the quintet was responsible for 1,088 of K-State’s 1,942 points (56 percent) and 501 of the team’s 1,172 rebounds (42.7 percent).