April 5, 2013
MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State senior Brittany Chambers garnered another national honor for her trophy case on Friday, as she was named to the Senior CLASS All-America second team in an announcement by the organization. Chambers becomes the fifth player in school history to earn Senior CLASS Award All-American honors.
The 2013 Senior CLASS award winner was Delaware forward Elena Delle Donne. Joining Delle Donne on the first team were: Layshia Clarendon of California, Skylar Diggins of Notre Dame, Drey Mingo of Purdue and Chelsea Poppens of Iowa State. Joining Chambers on the second team were: Jacqui Kalin of Northern Iowa, Kevi Luper of Oral Roberts, Anna Martin of DePaul and Jaime Printy of Iowa.
The award, chosen by a nationwide vote of Division I women’s basketball coaches, national basketball media and fans, is given annually to the most outstanding senior student-athlete in Division I women’s basketball. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence – classroom, community, character and competition.
An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School,® the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.
Chambers joins former Wildcats Nicole Ohlde (2004), Kendra Wecker (2005), Shalee Lehning (2009) and Ashley Sweat (2010) as Senior CLASS Award All-Americans. Wecker captured the Senior CLASS Award in her season of eligibility.
Chambers adds Friday’s honor to her Associated Press All-America honorable mention honor from earlier this week, her WBCA All-Region 5 citation and her third career All-Big 12 First Team honor.
For the season, Chambers registered career season-highs in three major statistical categories and became the first player in Big 12 history to score 750 or more points (778; 21.03 ppg), grab 250 or more rebounds (281; 7.6 rpg) and dish out 100 or more assists (122; 3.3 apg). In addition to leading the Wildcats in scoring and rebounding this season, Chambers paced the Wildcats in three-point field goals made and attempted (117-of-310, .377) and free throws made and attempted (115-of-149, .772).
The 778 points this season were a career-high for Chambers, a school record for points in a single-season and ranks eighth in Big 12 history. The product of Jordan, Minn., scored in double figures in 35 of the 37 games this season, including a school record 22 games of 20 or more points with a school record run of nine straight games with 20 or more points.
For her career, Chambers is one of just four players at current Big 12 schools to register 2,000 career points, 850 career rebounds and 350 career assists. She scored in a school record 134 consecutive games and has reached double figures in 109 career games to rank tied for 17th 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 (2,156, third), rebounds (862, fifth), assists (363, eighth), three-point field goals made (350, second), three-point field goals attempted (974, first), field goals made (751, fourth), field goals attempted (1,845, third), free throws made (304, ninth), minutes played (4,738, first), games played (135, first) and games started (130, first).
Chambers ranks second in school and Big 12 history for career three-point field goals made. She ranks ninth 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 one of two program’s 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 this season, Chambers was recognized as the inaugural Big 12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year for women’s basketball recipient and earned her third career Academic All-Big 12 First Team honor. Chambers holds a 3.5 grade point average as a pre-med major.
K-State will host its annual banquet on Sunday, April 14 at 1 p.m., in the main ballroom of the Kansas State Alumni Center. 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.
The afternoon’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. 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.
Senior CLASS First-Team All-Americans
Layshia Clarendon, California
Elena Delle Donne, Delaware
Skylar Diggins, Notre Dame
Drey Mingo, Purdue
Chelsea Poppens, Iowa State
Senior CLASS Second-Team All-Americans
Brittany Chambers, Kansas State
Jacqui Kalin, Northern Iowa
Kevi Luper, Oral Roberts
Anna Martin, DePaul
Jaime Printy, Iowa