April 23, 2012
MANHATTAN, Kan. – After registering one of the best seasons of her Kansas State career in 2011-12, Jalana Childs has accepted an invitation to play for the U.S. All Stars in a nine-game, three city tour of China, April 25-May 9.
The U.S. All Stars, sponsored by the United States Basketball Academy (USBA) with the trip sponsored by Atlas Sports, Inc., in Beijing, China, will play nine games in three cities and provinces of China. This will be the 29th tour for the USBA.
The team will face Junior National teams from China, Australia and New Zealand in preparation for the FIBA season later this summer. The U.S. All Stars will play April 27-29 in Qijiang. On May 1-3, the U.S. All Stars will play in Zhongzhou and conclude the competition schedule on May 5-7 in Xiangyang City. Childs was initially surprised by the opportunity.
“I found out about the trip on April 5. [Assistant coach] Shalee [Lehning] called me and said, ‘I’m going to drop a bomb on you,’ and then told me about the trip to China. I had been on a break for awhile, so I have been getting back into game shape. I don’t know any of the players, but I know of some of the teams that they are coming from.”
Joining Childs on the U.S. All-Stars team are: Katelan Redmon of Gonzaga, Katie Bussey of Montana State, Casey Garrison of Missouri State, ReZina TecleMariam of Portland, Talisa Rhea of Seattle, Rebekah Gardner of UCLA, Jasmin Holliday of Oregon, Natalie Day of Portland, Rachael Hackbarth of Drake and Kali Bennett of Arizona State. The team will be coached by former Colorado State and Santa Clara head coach Chris Denker.
Childs and her teammates will have the opportunity to play in front of coaches and administrators from the Women’s China Basketball Association, as well as coaches and scouts from professional leagues in Australia.
Childs, a 2012 All-Big 12 First Team selection, led K-State in scoring during the 2011-12 season with a career-high average of 14.3 points per game and ranked sixth in the Big 12 in the category. For the season, she shot a team-leading .445 from the field and a career-best .778 from the foul line. She ranked 10th in the league with her field goal percentage and eighth in the conference with her free throw percentage.
With her career-high 486 points scored in 2011-12, Childs became the 13th player in school history to register consecutive 400-point scoring seasons. She joined her teammate, Brittany Chambers, as the first set of teammates to achieve consecutive 400-point seasons since Kendra Wecker and Nicole Ohlde in the 2002-03 and 2003-04 seasons. Childs was the 17th player in the program’s history to score 400 or more points in her senior season and the first since Ashley Sweat in the 2009-10 campaign.
Against Iowa State on March 8, Childs recorded a career-high 31 points on a career-best 13-of-23 from the field. The effort set the school record for a Big 12 tournament game and tied for the ninth-highest scoring output in Big 12 tournament history. She is the 20th player in school history to register a 30-point game and was the 41st game with 30 or more points scored and the fifth in the month of March.
The product of Orlando, Fla., tallied 25 of her 61 career double figure scoring games in 2011-12 including nine games with 20 or more points. During a three-game stretch from Nov. 24-Dec. 7, Childs tallied three straight games with 20 or more points for an average of 21.0 points per game.
Childs concluded her career with 1,237 points and 503 rebounds. She was the 23rd player in the program’s history to record 1,000 career points and 500 career rebounds. Childs tied for second in school history for career games played with 131 and is ranked 18th in school history for career points and 28th for career rebounds. She was the 38th player in the program’s history to surpass the 1,000-point mark. Childs was the 14th forward in K-State history to reach the 1,000-point mark and the eighth forward to reach the mark in her senior season.