March 27, 2013
Game Notes | WNIT Bracket
2013 Postseason WNIT - Round of 16
Ball State vs. Kansas State
Thursday, March 28, 2013 | 7 p.m. | Bramlage Coliseum (12,528) | Manhattan, Kan.
Tickets: Visit www.kstatesports.com or call (800) 221-CATS
$15 for chairbacks; $10 for general admission; $5 for students & kids
TV: K-StateHD.TV (PbP: Brian Smoller; Color: Kristin Waller)
Radio: K-State Sports Network (PbP: Brian Smoller; Color: Kristin Waller)
Internet: Free live video on K-StateHD.TV; free live audio & free live stats at www.kstatesports.com
Kansas State Wildcats (17-17, 5-13 Big 12)
Head Coach: Deb Patterson (Rockford `79)
Career Record: 337-206 (.621) 17th year
School Record: Same
Last game: W, 57-48 vs. Illinois State on March 25, 2013
Twitter: @kstatesports, @kstate_gameday, #KStateWBB
Ball State Cardinals (17-15, 12-4 MAC)
Head Coach: Brady Sallee (Thomas More `93)
Career Record: 153-124 (.663) - Ninth season
School Record: 17-15 (.531) - First season
Last game: W, 53-48 vs. Northern Iowa on March 24, 2013
Series History and Notes
K-State leads the series, 1-0... The Wildcats won the only meeting between the schools, 71-61, on Nov. 15, 2002, in a Preseason WNIT game in Manhattan... Kansas State head coach Deb Patterson is 1-0 against Ball State... K-State is 17-4 against teams from the Mid-American Conference... K-State's last meeting with a MAC member was Dec. 2, 2003 against Northern Illinois, a 60-41, K-State win.
MANHATTAN, Kan. - Kansas State will host Ball State on Thursday night at 7 p.m., in Bramlage Coliseum in the Round of 16 in the 2013 WNIT. This will be K-State's third straight trip to the Round of 16 in the WNIT and first since the 2007 season. The Wildcats enter Thursday's game with an 11-game home court winning streak in WNIT play. Thursday's game will mark the 35th game of the season, which ties a school record for games played in a season. This will be the third time in school history and the first time since the 1979-80 season that K-State has played 35 games in a season.
Tickets for Thursday night's game are now available online at kstatesports.com/tickets, by calling 1-800-221-CATS (2287) or in person at the ticket office, located inside the southwest entrance of Bramlage Coliseum. Tickets are priced as follows: $15 chairbacks, $10 general admission and $5 for students and kids.
Thursday's game will be broadcast for free on K-StateHD.TV and on the radio through the K-State Sports Network and for free online at kstatesports.com/allaccess. Handling the broadcasts will be the award-winning Brian Smoller on play-by-play and former Wildcat letterwinner Kristin Waller with the analysis. Fans can also follow the free live stats at kstatesports.com and receive updates on Twitter by following @kstate_gameday.
In the second round of the 2013 WNIT, K-State (17-17, 5-13 Big 12) held off Illinois State, 57-48, in Bramlage on March 25. The Wildcats were led by Brittany Chambers, who registered 28 points, eight rebounds and four assists. She has scored 20 or more points in the last seven games to set a school record. Over the seven games, she is averaging 28.6 points on a .493 field goal percentage, including a .507 three-point field goal percentage and has pulled in 8.4 rebounds and dished out 3.3 assists.
K-State has been led all season by Chambers, who is a three-time All-Big 12 First Team honoree, the inaugural Big 12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year and a 2013 WBCA All-Region 5 recipient. The 2012-13 All-America candidate has registered career season-highs in three major statistical categories and is the only player in Big 12 history to score 700 or more points (718; 21.1 ppg), grab 250 or more rebounds (260; 7.6 rpg) and dish out 100 or more assists (107; 3.1 apg). The 718 points are a school record for points in a single season.
As a team, K-State has made a school and Big 12 record 302 three-point field goals this season. K-State's 987 attempts from beyond the arc are also school- and Big 12 records.
At a Glance: Ball State
Ball State (17-15, 12-4 MAC) advanced to the Round of 16 of the 2013 WNIT with a 53-48 win over Northern Iowa on Sunday afternoon in Muncie, Ind. Ball State won its first round game against Minnesota on March 22, 54-51, in Williams Arena in Minneapolis. The Cardinals, who feature a roster with just one senior, entered Mid-American Conference play with a 3-11 record, but registered a 12-4 mark in league action secure a spot in the WNIT.
This is the fourth appearance in the WNIT and the first since the 2007 season for the Cardinals. Ball State owns an overall record of 4-3 in the WNIT.
The Cardinals are led by first-year head coach Brady Sallee. The 1993 graduate of Thomas College College owns a 153-124 (.663) in his nine seasons on the sidelines, which included an 8-year stint at Eastern Illinois.
Ball State features a pair of players averaging double figures in scoring which are Nathalie Fontaine and Brandy Woody. Fontaine, a 6-2 freshman guard from Stockholm, Sweden, is averaging a team-best 13.2 points per game and leads the squad in rebounding at 6.5 per game. Fontaine, who led all freshmen in the MAC in scoring, was named to the All-MAC Second Team and was selected to the MAC All-Freshman team. In Ball State's win over UNI, Fontaine registered 17 points and nine rebounds.
Woody, 5-4 junior guard, is second on the team in scoring with 11.1 points per game, leads the team in assists with 3.7 per game and is third on the team in rebounding with 5.8 per game. Woody was anmed to the All-MAC Third Team.
K-State Making 4th Postseason WNIT Appearance
By accepting its automatic bid into the 2013 Postseason WNIT, Kansas State is playing in its fourth WNIT in the program's history and the fourth under the guidance of head coach Deb Patterson.
K-State is 11-2 (.846) in its WNIT Tournament appearances and have advanced at least one round in its four WNIT appearances. The Wildcats captured the 2006 WNIT title for the first postseason title in school history in front of a sell-out crowd of 13,340 fans while defeating Marquette, 77-65, on March 31, 2006.
With K-State's automatic bid into the Postseason WNIT, the Wildcats are one of eight Big 12 schools to earn a women's basketball postseason bid. K-State is one of 12 athletic departments nationally to have its football team appear in a bowl game, both basketball teams and its volleyball team play in the postseason.
Cats Protect the House Against Non-Con Foes
In the 25th season of action inside Bramlage Coliseum, Kansas State has protected its home floor with determination against non-conference foes with a record of 139-23 (.858) record.
In the Deb Patterson era, the Wildcats have been even better with a record of 102-10 (.911).
Wildcats' Defense Solid to Close Season
Despite playing at a height disadvantage in most games this season, Kansas State's tenacity on the defensive end of the floor has been strong this season. K-State is holding its foes to 64.1 points per game, including seven games with 49 points or less. In non-conference action this season, K-State is allowing its foes an average of 57.2 points per game.
The last time K-State held an opponent to 49-points or less was March 25, 2013 against Texas Southern, when the Wildcats allowed 48 points. K-State has held three of its last four opponents to 49 points or less. During the last 12 seasons, K-State is 78-3 (.963) when holding an opponent to 49 points or less. In the Deb Patterson-era, K-State has held opponents to 30 points or less five times.