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GO WILDCATS Branshea Brown is averaging a team-leading 1.8 blocks this season.
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Branshea Brown is averaging a team-leading 1.8 blocks this season.
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Dec. 3, 2010

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Game 7
(rv/rv) Kansas State (6-0, 0-0 Big 12) at (18/18) Iowa (7-1, 0-0 Big Ten)
Dec. 5, 2010 | 2 p.m. | Carver-Hawkeye Arena (15,500) | Iowa City, Iowa

Series History and Notes
Kansas State holds a 3-0 lead in the series with Iowa... The Wildcats won the last meeting against the Hawkeyes, 82-60, on Dec. 12, 2003 in Iowa City, Iowa... This will be K-State’s second trip to Iowa City... K-State is 22-20 (.524) against teams from the Big Ten... This will be the first time since the 2003-04 season that K-State will face at least two ranked opponents as part of its non-conference schedule (St. John’s on Nov. 13).

TV
None

Radio
K-State Sports Network
Play-by-Play: Brian Smoller; Color Analyst: Missy Heidrick

Internet
Live stats, free live audio at www.kstatesports.com

Ticket Information
Visit www.hawkeyesports.com or call the Iowa athletic ticket office at (800) IA-HAWKS


MANHATTAN, Kan. -
K-State returns to the road to make its second road trip of the season, as the Wildcats will face No. 18/18 Iowa in the Big 12/Big Ten Challenge on Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m., in Iowa City, Iowa. With a win, the Wildcats will tie for the fourth-longest win streak to open a season. The contest will be K-State’s second against a ranked non-conference opponent this season and will be the first time since the 2003-04 season that Kansas State has played at least two ranked teams during its non-conference schedule.

Sunday afternoon’s matchup between the Wildcats and Hawkeyes can be found on the K-State Sports Network and at www.kstatesports.com, as the award-winning Brian Smoller delivers the play-by-play and former Wildcat letterwinner Missy Heidrick provides the color analysis.

Kansas State improved to 6-0 for the second time in the Deb Patterson era and the fifth time in school history, as the Wildcats rallied from a 14-point first half deficit to defeat South Dakota State on Nov. 30, 56-51. K-State was boosted down the stretch by shooting 5-of-7 from the foul line in the final five minutes and by holding the Jackrabbits to just two points in the final four minutes.

For the fourth time this season and the 12th time in her career, sophomore guard Brittany Chambers led the Wildcats in scoring with 18 points. Chambers reached double figures for the sixth time this season and the 28th time in her career. The native of Jordan, Minn., added two rebounds, three assists and a pair of steals to her final stat line. For the season, Chambers leads the Wildcats and ranks sixth in the Big 12 in scoring (17.3) and is third on the team in rebounds (5.2) and assists (3.0). With eight points, Chambers will reach 500 points for her brief career.

The Wildcats were also paced by junior forward Branshea Brown on Tuesday, as she recorded 12 points, seven rebounds, three steals, four blocked shots, three steals and an assist. The product of Walterboro, S.C., leads the team in rebounds (6.3), field goal percentage (.581) and blocked shots with 11, while ranking second in steals with 11.

For the season, K-State has also been led by junior Jalana Childs and sophomore Taelor Karr. Childs, a 6-2 forward from Orlando, Fla., is K-State’s second-leading scorer at 11.0 points per game and has pulled in 4.7 boards per game.

Karr, a product of Paola, Kan., has climbed into third on the team in scoring with 9.2 points and is K-State’s fourth-leading rebounder with 4.8 boards per game. Following a season-high five assists against South Dakota State, Karr is K-State’s second-leading passer with 3.2 assists per game.

Streaks, Trends, Milestones, etc.
K-State has made at least one 3-point field goal in 113 consecutive games, dating back to Feb. 7, 2007... Brittany Chambers has scored 492 points in her career and needs just eight points for 500 in her career... Chambers registered a career-high 21 points against Grambling State (11/12)... She scored 20 against Indiana State (11/17) and has  four career games with 20 or more points... Chambers has made a 3-point field goal in 34 of her first 38 games as a Wildcat, including a current streak of 11 straight games... Chambers has scored in double figures in 28 of 38 career games... She has pulled in five or more rebounds in 22 career games, including four games this season... Chambers has six career games with five or more assists... Jalana Childs scored in double figures in three games this season, including a career-high 18 against Western Illinois and has tallied double digits in points in 17 career games... Childs has pulled in five or more rebounds in 22 career games, including four this season... Branshea Brown carded a career-high four blocked shots against St. John’s (11/13) and against South Dakota State (11/30), which were the most blocked shots by a Wildcat since Marlies Gipson tallied four blocks at Kansas on Jan. 24, 2009... She is the first Wildcat since Gipson in 2008-09 to register two games with four or more blocks in the same season Brown has 20 career games with five or more rebounds... Mariah White dished out a career-high six assists against Grambling State, which is her second career game with five or more assists... White pulled in a career-high nine rebounds against St. John’s and has eight career games with five or more rebounds... Taelor Karr has 19 career games with 10 or more points... Karr hauled in five or more rebounds in four games this season and has 20 career games with five or more boards.

Patterson in 15th Season at K-State
Deb Patterson, the all-time winningest women’s basketball coach and the longest-tenured women’s basketball coach in K-State history, has a career record of 285-164 (.635) and a record of 119-105 (.531) in the Big 12, including Big 12 regular season titles during the 2003-04 and 2007-08 seasons.

Following the 2007-08 season, Patterson was named the Big 12 Coach of the Year by the league’s coaches and a number of media outlets. She also garnered national consideration, finishing as the Russell Athletic/WBCA Region V Coach of the Year and a finalist for the WBCA and Associated Press National Coach of the Year honors.

Patterson steered the Wildcats to eight consecutive postseason appearances (2002 - 2009), including a trip to the NCAA Mideast Regional Semifinals in 2002, the 2006 WNIT Postseason crown and a second round trip during the 2008 NCAA Tournament.

Patterson has defended the floor in Bramlage Coliseum successfully during this time, posting a 163-48 (.773) record at home including an 89-9 (.908) record against non-conference foes.

The 12th Month is the Best Month for Patterson
As the calendar rolls into the final month of 2010, the Wildcats will enter December with a mark of 183-76 (.707) during the program’s history. The 12th month, statistically, has been the best month during the Deb Patterson era, as K-State has registered a 79-16 (.832) mark in December.

Cats Protect the House Against Non-Con Foes
Entering the 23rd season of action inside Bramlage Coliseum, Kansas State has protected its home floor with determination against non-conference foes with a record of 126-22 (.851) record.

In the Deb Patterson era, the Wildcats have been even better with a record of 89-9 (.908).

K-State On Brink of Milestone This Season
During the 2009-10 season, Kansas State became the 11th program in NCAA Division I women’s basketball history to reach the 775-win plateau with its 73-59 win at UC Davis on Dec. 29, 2009. K-State’s overall record in its 43-year history currently stands at 788-467 (.628).

With 12 more wins during the 2010-11 season, Kansas State will join the 800-win club which currently features just eight members.

Halftime Lead = K-State ‘W’ Since 1999-00
Having the edge after the first 20 minutes of action has proven to be prophetic since the 1999-00 season, as K-State is 193-30 (.865) when leading at the break.

During the last three-plus seasons, K-State owns a 62-6 (.912) record when leading with five minutes to play.

Wildcats in the Purple Palace
K-State has enjoyed the friendly confines of Bramlage Coliseum entering its 23rd season of existence with a record of 233-87 (.728). During the last 10 seasons, K-State is 134-39 (.775) in Bramlage Coliseum, including a 13-1 record in 2008-09. In Big 12 home contests, the Wildcats are 73-39 (.652).

Kansas State has protected its home floor with determination against non-conference foes with a record of 126-22 (.851) record. In the Deb Patterson era, the Wildcats have been even better with a record of 89-9 (.908).

Wildcats on the Road
K-State has a 230-230 (.500) record in road games during the program’s 43-year history. During the 21st century, K-State owns a 70-50 (.583) mark in road contests and are 87-84 (.509) during Deb Patterson’s 15 seasons on the K-State bench.

K-State notched a 10-5 (.667) record on the road in 2008-09 to break the previous school record of nine (1982-83 and 2001-02).

K-State Against Ranked Opponents
With its 64-53 win over No. 14/16 St. John’s on Nov. 13, K-State recorded its first win over an Associated Press top-15 opponent since Jan. 27, 2008 (at Oklahoma State, 68-63). This was the first win over an AP top-15 team at home since an 85-73 win on March 3, 2004 against No. 9 Texas Tech. The win brings K-State’s record against teams ranked No. 14 in the AP poll to 6-6 (.500).

The Wildcats improved its record against teams ranked in the AP poll to 66-146 (.311), including a 39-40 (.494) mark against AP ranked teams in Manhattan.

In the the Deb Patterson era, K-State is 40-76 (.345) against teams ranked in the AP poll and is 27-21 (.563) against AP ranked teams in Bramlage Coliseum.

Protecting the Hoop
The Wildcats have put together a solid defensive effort to start the 2010-11 season. K-State has held three of its first six foes to point totals of 49 points or less, which equals last season’s number of games of holding a foe to 49 points or less. During the last 10 seasons, K-State is 55-1 (.982) when holding an opponent to 49 points or less.

K-State has held its foes this season to a scoring average of 49.2 points, which ranksthird in the Big 12. K-State has also held its foes to a field goal percentage of .325, which ranks fifth in the Big 12.

K-State’s bench mark low for points allowed this season came against Grambling State in the season-opener, as the Lady Tigers scored 44 points. 

Helping keep opponents off the scoreboard has been K-State’s effort to block shots. The Wildcats have blocked 27 shots this season (4.5 bpg), including 13 in the last two games. The eight blocked shots at the College of Charleston were a season-high and the most since K-State blocked nine shots at Washington on Dec. 30, 2008.

K-State From Downtown
Kansas State broke out of a small slump from beyond the three-point line at the College of Charleston on Nov. 27, as the Wildcats hit a season-high eight 3-point field goals. In K-State’s previous four games, the Wildcats had made just four 3-point field goals in each of the four games.

K-State’s current pace from beyond the arc of 5.0 three-point field goals made per game trails what K-State has historically done from beyond the arc over the last 10 seasons. The Wildcats have averaged 6.7 made three-point field goals per game in the last 10 seasons and have made 2,030 from beyond the arc in the last 10 seasons.

The Wildcats are led this season from the three-point line by sophomore guards Brittany Chambers and Taelor Karr. Chambers leads the Wildcats from the three-point line, as she is 17-of-44 (.386) from long range and ranks fourth in the Big 12 in three-point field goals made per game (2.8), which includes a season-best performance of 4-of-6 at the College of Charleston. For her career, Chambers is 82-of-215 (.381) from the 3-point line.

Karr is K-State’s second-leading three-point shooter this season, as she is 7-of-27 (.259), which includes a season-best performance of 4-of-6 at the College of Charleston. For her career, Karr is 63-of-172 (.366) from deep.

Last season, the Wildcats tallied 7.25 made three-point field goals per game and made 232 over the course of the season, which were the most connections from deep since the 2005-06 season.

Everyone Gets a Second Chance
Kansas State has taken advantage of its second chance points this season, holding the edge in the stat in three of its six wins this season and a 67-50 advantage in the statistical category.

Against Indiana State, K-State tallied a season-high 20 second chance points. This was the highest total of second chance points since carding 20 at Colorado on March 3, 2010. Last season K-State totaled three games with 20 or more second chance points.

At a Glance: Iowa
(18/18) Iowa (7-1, 0-0 Big Ten) returns to Iowa City to host the Wildcats following its first loss of the season, a 79-67 decision at No. 14/15 North Carolina in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge on Thursday night.

The Hawkeyes are led on the sidelines by head coach Lisa Bluder, who is in her 11th season with the program. The 1983 graduate of Northern Iowa has posted a record of 196-124 (.613) with the Hawkeyes and has guided the program to nine postseason appearances, including seven NCAA Tournaments. Following the 2010 season, Bluder was named the Big Ten Coach of the Year which is a distinction she has earned three times.

On the floor, Iowa’s entire starting five averages double figures in points led by Jaime Printy and Kachine Alexander. Printy, a 5-11 sophomore guard, paces the squad with 15.0 points per game and leads the team in assists with 4.6. Against the Tar Heels on Thursday night, Printy recorded a team-high 17 points and seven assists.

Alexander, an All-American candidate, is the team’s second-leading scorer at 14.8 points per game and paces the Hawkeyes in rebounds at 10.0. The 5-9 senior guard recorded nine points and 10 rebounds at North Carolina.

Chambers Approaching 500 Points
Brittany Chambers picked up her offensive game right where she left off from last season, with 104 points in the first six games of the season. Her 17.3 points per game ranks sixth in the Big 12. For her career, Chambers has scored 492 and needs eight points to reach the 500-point plateau.

The product of Jordan, Minn., registered a career-high 21 points against Grambling State in the season-opener. In the third game of the season, Chambers registered 20 points against Indiana State. The effort marked the first time a K-State player recorded 20 or more points in two of the first three games of a season since Kendra Wecker tallied 21 on Nov. 19, 2004 against Wyoming and a school record 41 against Illinois State on Nov. 26, 2004. For her career, Chambers has scored in double figures in 27 games including four games with 20 or more points.

Chambers provided a boost to the K-State offense in her first season with the Wildcats, as she was K-State’s second-leading scorer (12.1 ppg). Her 388 points scored were the most by a freshman, since Nicole Ohlde scored 464 during her rookie campaign in the 2000-01 season and ranks fourth in school history for points in a season by a freshman. She was the second freshman in school history and was the only freshman in the Big 12 last season, to record at least 380 points, 180 rebounds and 80 assists in her debut season.

Chambers Knocks Them in From Deep
Brittany Chambers continues to be a sharpshooter for the Wildcats, by shooting 17-of-44 (.386) from beyond the arc in the first six games this season. For her career, she has 33 career games with a 3-point field goal including six games with four or more connections from beyond the arc. She ranks fourth in the Big 12 in three-point field goals made per game at 2.8.

The Jordan, Minn., native made her mark from beyond the 3-point line in her first season with the Wildcats with a team-leading 65-of-171 (.380) from beyond the arc. She ranked eighth in the Big 12 and 49th in the nation in 3-point field goal percentage and eighth in the league for 3-point field goals made per game at 2.1.

Her 65 made three-point field goals were the most by a freshman since Laurie Koehn set a school record with 122 during the 2001-02 season and was the third-highest by a freshman in school history.

White Hot Mariah
Sophomore guard Mariah White has displayed one of the most improved games of any of the Wildcats this season. In the first six games, White is averaging 6.0 points and leads the team with 4.2 assists and 2.3 steals. She is second on the team in rebounding with 5.7 per game. She has also made more free throws this season (16) than she attempted during her freshman campaign in 2009-10 (13). She ranks ninth in the Big 12 in assists, tied for ninth in defensive rebounds per game (5.0), fifth in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.8) and seventh in steals.

White broke out in the opening weekend during the Commerce Bank Wildcat Classic and was selected as the Big 12 co-Player of the Week and to the Wildcat Classic All-Tournament team for her efforts. The product of Midwest City, Okla., averaged 10.0 points, a team-leading 7.5 rebounds and a team-leading 5.0 assists per game.

In the season-opener against Grambling State, White tabulated three points, six rebounds, six assists and a blocked shot. Her six assists were a new career-high and was the second time in her career that she has had five or more assists in a game.

Against St. John’s in the championship game of the Commerce Bank Wildcat Classic, White displayed her all-around game with a career-high 17 points, a career-high nine rebounds, tied her career-high with two steals and played a career-best 35 minutes. White carded all 17 points in the second half, which is the highest single half scoring output since Ashley Sweat tallied 19 against Washington State on Nov. 20, 2009. It was also the first time she reached double figures in scoring.

In the final game of the homestand against Western Illinois, White finished with a diversified stat line of six points, seven rebounds, four assists, five steals and a blocked shot. Her five steals were a new career-high and were the most since Shalee Lehning recorded five against Nebraska on Jan. 27, 2009.

Karr Fires on All Cylinders 
Taelor Karr registered consecutive double figure scoring games for the first time in the 2010-11 season, as she tallied 10 points against Western Illinois and a personal season-high 16 at the College of Charleston. These were her 18th and 19th career games in double figures. Against the College of Charleston, Karr was 4-of-6 from beyond the arc which marks her seventh career game with four or more made 3-point field goals.

In the opening stages of the 2010-11 season, Karr is averaging 9.2 points, 4.8 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.3 steals.

Last season, Karr provided K-State with a strong long distance option, as she was second on the team in three-point shooting at 56-of-145 (.386). Her 56 made three-point field goals ranks fourth in school history for a single season by a freshman and she ranked seventh in the league in three-point field goal percentage.

During the 2009-10 season, Karr averaged 9.1 points, 4.5 rebounds, 1.7 assists and a team-leading 1.5 steals. She ranked 14th in the league in steals and is 12th in the league in three-point field goals made per game with 1.7.

Karr led the Wildcats in steals with 49 last season and had 16 games with two or more. She is the first freshman to lead K-State in steals since Shalee Lehning recorded 60 steals in her freshman campaign in 2005-06.

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 have continued to attack the glass for rebounds. This season, K-State’s guards have pulled in 102 of the team’s 231 rebounds this season (44.2 percent). The Wildcats’ guards are led on the boards this season by sophomore Mariah White with an average of 5.7 per game while sophomore Brittany Chambers and Taelor Karr are averaging 5.2 and 4.8, respectively.

White recorded a career-high nine rebounds against St. John’s, with eight of the nine coming on the defensive glass. White is tied for ninth in the league in defensive rebounds (5.0). This season, White has recorded four games with five or more rebounds.

In the first six games, Chambers pulled in 31 total rebounds including 11 offensive boards. For her career, she has 22 games with five or more rebounds including three games with 10 or more.

Last season, Chambers led the team in rebounds with 5.8 per game and was the first freshman to lead K-State in rebounding since Shalee Lehning during the 2005-06 season (6.6 rpg). In her last 21 games of the 2009-10 season, Chambers averaged 6.9 rebounds per contest including a career-high 14 rebounds at Colorado on March 3. This was the highest single-game rebounding total for a K-State guard since Lehning pulled in 14 at Arkansas State on Nov. 25, 2008.

Karr hauled in nine rebounds against Grambling State, with all of them coming on the defensive glass. She added five more rebounds against Indiana State and seven at the College of Charleston. For her career, she has 18 games with five or more rebounds.

The Paola, Kan., native pulled in 4.5 rebounds per game in 2009-10 and ranked fourth on the team in the category. She notched a career-high 12 against Texas Tech (3/11/10).

What Brown has Done for Us
Branshea Brown has given K-State a strong interior presence in the first six games of the season. Following the first six contests, Brown is averaging 8.5 points, a team-leading 6.3 rebounds and a team-leading 1.8 blocks in 26.8 minutes of action while starting all six games.

Against St. John’s, Brown turned in one of her best games as she touched every statistical category with a career-high 14 points on 5-of-6 shooting, six rebounds, four blocks, a steal and an assist.

In her return to her home state of South Carolina, Brown recorded 10 points, five rebounds, three steals, two assists and two blocked shots.

For her career, she has 20 games with five or more rebounds, including three games with double figures.

Brown with the Blocks
Branshea Brown has picked up where she left off last season in terms of her interior defense. She paces the Wildcats in blocked shots with 11 this season and ranks tied for fourth in the Big 12 in blocked shots per game at 1.8.

The product of Walterboro, S.C., sent back a career-high four shots against St. John’s and South Dakota State, which is the highest total by a Wildcat since Marlies Gipson tallied four blocks at Kansas on Jan. 24, 2009. She is the first player since Gipson in 2008-09 to block at least four shots in two games in a season. Brown now has eight career games with two or more blocked shots and 38 blocks for her career.

Last season, Brown was the team leader in blocked shots with a career-high 19 (0.6 bpg) and had five games with multiple blocks, including three against Northwestern and at Iowa State.

Sweet Childs of Ours 
Jalana Childs has displayed her improved post game in the early stages of the 2010-11 season. For the season, Childs is K-State’s second-leading scorer and ranked 27th in the Big 12 with a scoring average of 11.0 points. She is also pulling down 4.7 rebounds per game and has rejected 1.0 shots per game which ranks tied for 14th in the Big 12.

Against Western Illinois, Childs recorded a career-high 18 points, five rebounds, a career-high tying three blocked shots and an assist. She has now reached double figures in points in 17 career games, including three this season.

In the season-opener against Grambling State, Childs registered 16 points on a team season-high field goal shooting, 8-of-9 from the field. Her shooting percentage of .889 was the highest by a Wildcat since Shalee Lehning was 7-of-7 from the field against Missouri on March 1, 2008 (min. of seven FG attempts).

Caron Makes Strong Debut; Sets Career-high on Glass
Freshman forward Chantay Caron made a successful debut against Grambling State and has helped K-State with strong efforts off the bench for the Wildcats in the opening stages of her first season. For the season, Caron has been K-State’s top option off the bench as she is averaging 4.3 points and 2.7 rebounds in 12.3 minutes per game off the bench.

The 5-11 product of Lawrence, Kan., registered nine points and five rebounds in 16 minutes of action off the K-State bench. Caron’s nine points in her debut tied teammate Taelor Karr’s debut from last season for point production. Caron’s five rebounds were the most by a freshman in their debut since Ashley Sweat pulled in eight boards against Wisconsin-Green Bay on Nov. 10, 2006.

Against Indiana State, Caron set a new career-high with seven rebounds, including four on the offensive end of the floor. She also added seven points, an assist and a steal to her stat line against the Sycamores.

Wildcats Sign Two in Early Signing Period
Kansas State head women’s basketball coach Deb Patterson announced the signing of two players to National Letters of Intent during the early signing period from Nov. 10-17. The two new additions to the Wildcat roster in 2011-12 are: guard Haley Texada and guard Ashia Woods.

Texada is a 5-7 guard from Frisco, Texas and will enter the 2010-11 season with 1,165 points to her ledger at Wakeland High School. She enters the season ranked as the 75th best guard in the nation by ESPN Hoopgurlz. 

Following a 2010 season in which she helped the Wolverines to a state runner-up finish, Texada earned was named a TGCA All-State and TABC All-State recipient, garnered District 9-4A Offensive Player of the Year honors and was named to the All-District 9-4A first team. She also earned TABC All-Region honors after the 2010 season. For the season, she averaged 14.7 points while shooting 47 percent from the field and pulled in 4.0 rebounds per game.

Texada has also been a well-recognized player on the AAU circuit, earning all-tournament team honors at a number of events including: the Nike Music City Madness tournament in Nashville, Tenn., the Great American Shootout in Dallas, Texas, the Nike Cy-Fair Elite event and the Frisco Premier Tournament.

Woods is a 5-11 guard from Wichita, Kan., and will begin her senior season at Wichita Collegiate High School as a McDonald’s All-American candidate. She is a two-time All-State selection by the KBCA and earned All-State honors from the Wichita Eagle following the 2010 season in which she averaged 22.7 points while shooting 55 percent from the field, pulled in 7.4 rebounds and tallied 5.8 steals. Woods is also a three-time All-AVCTL first team honoree and a two-time All-Metro selection by the Wichita Eagle.