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Cats Open Two-Game Home Stretch Against North Dakota


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Jalana Childs tied her career-high with 18 points against Iowa on Sunday.

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Jalana Childs tied her career-high with 18 points against Iowa on Sunday.
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Dec. 6, 2010

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Game 8
North Dakota (1-5, 0-0 Great West) at (rv/rv) Kansas State (6-1, 0-0 Big 12)
Dec. 8, 2010 | 7 p.m. | Bramlage Coliseum (12,528) | Manhattan, Kan.

TV
FS Kansas City
Cox Cable: Ch. 34 or 2034; DirecTV: Ch. 671; Dish Network: Ch. 418
Play-by-Play: Brent Stover; Color Analyst: Missy Heidrick

Radio
K-State Sports Network
Play-by-Play: Brian Smoller; Color Analyst: Kristin Waller

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

Ticket Information
Visit www.kstatesports.com or call the K-State athletic ticket office at (800) 221-CATS

Promotions
Wildcat Weekday 4 Pack
- Fans can purchase four tickets and receive four food vouchers which includes a drink and a choice of a hot dog, nacho or pretzel. Prices are $30 for general admission, $40 for reserved bench and $50 for chairbacks.

Series History and Notes
This is the first meeting between Kansas State and North Dakota... The Wildcats are 5-0 all-time against teams from the Great West Conference... This is K-State's first game against a member of the Great West Conference since Dec. 2, 2005 against Texas-Pan American in Manhattan (W, 82-56).


MANHATTAN, Kan. - Kansas State will look to shake off the effects of its first loss of the season, as the Wildcats host North Dakota on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. The contest will be the first of K-State's final two non-conference home games this season.

Wednesday night's matchup between the Wildcats and Fighting Sioux will be televised live on FS Kansas City, as Brent Stover and Missy Heidrick call the action. This will be the first of a school record 13 games on television this season. K-State is 79-54 (.594) in televised games and 49-38 (.563) on the FSN family of networks.

The game is also available 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 Kristin Waller provides the color analysis.

K-State dropped its first game of the 2010-11 season, as the Wildcats fell 68-62 at No. 18/18 Iowa in the Big 12/Big Ten Challenge on Sunday. The Wildcats closed out the opening half with a 16-4 run and a 29-25 lead. The Hawkeyes took control of the contest early in the second half with a 12-5 run in the first four minutes to hold a 37-34 advantage. This was a lead Iowa would not relinquish for the remainder of the afternoon.

The Wildcats had three players reach double figures on Sunday, led by sophomore guard Brittany Chambers with 20 points. The product of Jordan, Minn., surpassed the 500-point plateau for her career with the scoring effort and now has 512 points for her career. This was her 29th career game in double figures and was her 35th career game with a three-point field goal, as she tallied four on the day. Chambers leads the Wildcats and ranks sixth in the Big 12 in scoring at 17.7 points per game.

Joining Chambers in double figures were junior forward Jalana Childs and sophomore guard Taelor Karr. Childs registered 18 points on 6-of-11 shooting and was a career-best 6-of-7 from the foul line. The product of Orlando, Fla., also pulled in six rebounds to go with her 18th career double figure scoring day and her fourth this season. Childs is K-State's second-leading scorer at 12.0 points per game.

Karr was 7-of-14 from the field, including 3-of-6 from beyond the arc, for a personal season-high 17 points. This was the Paola, Kan., native's 27th career game with a three-point field goal and her 20th career game with multiple connections from beyond the arc. This was Karr's highest point total since recording a career-high 19 at Texas A&M on Feb. 13, 2010. Karr is K-State's third-leading scorer with 10.3 points per game this season and is second in assists at 3.0 per game.

Leading the Wildcats on the boards on Sunday was junior forward Branshea Brown with a game-high and career-high tying 11. The effort was Brown's first double figure game of the season and her first since March 6, 2010 against Nebraska. Brown leads K-State in rebounding and blocked shots with 7.0 and 1.9, respectively. 

Streaks, Trends, Milestones, etc.
K-State has made at least one 3-point field goal in 114 consecutive games, dating back to Feb. 7, 2007... Brittany Chambers has five career games with 20 or more points... Chambers has scored in double figures in 29 of 39 career games... Chambers has made a 3-point field goal in 35 of her first 39 games as a Wildcat, including a current streak of 12 straight games... Has made four or more 3-point field goals in a game seven times in her career... 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 four games this season, including a career-high 18 twice and has tallied double digits in points in 18 career games... Childs has pulled in five or more rebounds in 23 career games, including five 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 21 career games with five or more rebounds, including a career-high of 11 against Nebraska (3/6/10) and Iowa (12/5/10)... Mariah White dished out a career-high eight assists at Iowa, which is her third career game with five or more assists... White pulled in a career-high nine rebounds against St. John's and has nine career games with five or more rebounds... Taelor Karr has 20 career games with 10 or more points... She has made four or more 3-point field goals in a game seven times in her career... 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 285-165 (.633) 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 183-77 (.704) 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 79-17 (.823) 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, including a current streak of six straight wins.

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 788-468 (.627).

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 193-31 (.862) 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 230-231 (.499) record in road games during the program's 43-year history. During the 21st century, K-State owns a 70-51 (.579) mark in road contests and are 87-85 (.506) 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 own a record against teams ranked in the AP poll of 66-147 (.310), including a 39-41 (.488) mark against AP ranked teams in Manhattan.

In the the Deb Patterson era, K-State is 40-77 (.342) 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 seven 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 51.9 points, which ranks fifth in the Big 12. K-State has also held its foes to a field goal percentage of .348, 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 30 shots this season (4.3 bpg), including 63 in the last three 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 has returned to normal from beyond the arc in its last three games, averaging 7.0 connections per game. The Wildcats hit a season-high eight 3-point field goals at College of Charleston on Nov. 27 and made seven at Iowa on Dec. 5. In K-State's first 4 games, the Wildcats averaged just four made 3-point field goals per game.

K-State's current pace from beyond the arc of 5.3 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. including an average of 7.3 made three-point field goals per game in the 2009-10 season.

The Wildcats are led this season from the 3-point line by sophomore guards Brittany Chambers and Taelor Karr. Chambers leads the Wildcats from the three-point line, as she is 21-of-54 (.389) from long range and ranks third in the Big 12 in three-point field goals made per game (3.0), which includes a season-best performance of 4-of-6 at the College of Charleston and 4-of-10 at Iowa. For her career, Chambers is 86-of-225 (.382) from the 3-point line.

Karr is K-State's second-leading three-point shooter this season, as she is 10-of-33 (.303), which includes a season-best performance of 4-of-6 at the College of Charleston. For her career, Karr is 66-of-178 (.371) from deep.
 
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 75-57 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.

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 115 of the team's 263 rebounds this season (43.7 percent). Over the last five seasons, K-State's leading rebounder has been a guard (Shalee Lehning four times; Brittany Chambers once). This season, K-State guards are averaging 16.2 rebounds per game, which is ahead of last season's final per game average of 14.2. The 14.2 average from last season was the highest in 10 years in terms of rebounds per game from K-State guards.

The K-State guards who are attacking the boards this season are sophomore Mariah White with an average of 5.6 per game while sophomore Brittany Chambers and Taelor Karr are averaging 5.0 and 4.7, respectively.

White recorded a career-high nine rebounds against St. John's, with eight of the nine coming on the defensive glass. White is eighth in the league in defensive rebounds (5.0) and ranks second on the team in rebounds per game. This season, White has recorded five games with five or more rebounds. She needs just 18 rebounds to surpass her season total from her freshman campaign of 56 boards, which came in 31 games.

In the first seven games, Chambers has pulled in 35 total rebounds including 13 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).

At a Glance: North Dakota
North Dakota (1-5, 0-0 Great West) will look to shake free from a slow start to the 2010-11 campaign. The Fighting Sioux are currently in the midst of a four-game losing streak. During the four games, North Dakota is averaging just 49.3 points per contest while allowing its opponents to score 77.5.

The Fighting Sioux are led on the bench by the most successful coach in school history, Gene Roebuck. The 1968 graduate of Mayville State owns a 593-123 (.828) during his 17 seasons as the head coach in Grand Forks. Roebuck took the reins of the program while it was still an NCAA Division II member and guided it tothree NCAA Division II national titles and becoming the all-time winningest coach in NCAA Division II history according to winning percentage (.857). Roebuck found success in the NCAA Division I ranks last season, as he led the Fighting Sioux to the 2010 Great West Conference title.

On the floor, North Dakota is paced by freshman forward Megan Lauck and freshman center Allyssa Wall. Lauck is the only player averaging double figures in points with 10.2 per game.

Wall registered a team-high 12 in the Fighting Sioux last game on Dec. 4 against Drake. For the season, Wall is averaging 9.2 points per game.

Chambers Reaches 500 Points For Career
Brittany Chambers picked up her offensive game right where she left off from last season, with 124 points in the first seven games of the season. She has scored in double figures in the first seven games, which ties her career-best stretch from Feb. 13-March 11, 2010. Her 124 points is her best stretch of seven games in her young career, surpassing a 106-point stretch from Nov. 16 - Dec. 5, 2009.

Her 17.7 points per game this season ranks sixth in the Big 12. For her career, Chambers has scored 512 points in 39 career games (13.1 ppg).

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 29 games including five games with 20 or more points.

Chambers Knocks Them in From Deep
Brittany Chambers continues to be a sharpshooter for the Wildcats, by shooting 21-of-54 (.389) from beyond the arc in the first seven games this season. She ranks third in the Big 12 in three-point field goals made per game at 3.0. This season, Chambers has three games with four or more connections from deep, including a 4-of-6 effort at the College of Charleston on Nov. 27.

For her career, she has 35 career games with a 3-point field goal including seven games with four or more connections from beyond the arc. She is 86-of-225 (.382) in just 39 games with the Wildcats and needs 31 made 3-point fields to move into the top-10 in school history. Her current percentage ranks tied for seventh in school history with Missy Decker (176-461, .382 - 1993-97).

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.

Sweet Childs of Ours 
Jalana Childs has displayed her improved low post game in the early stages of the 2010-11 season. For the season, Childs is K-State's second-leading scorer and ranked 22nd in the Big 12 with a scoring average of 12.0 points. She is also pulling down 4.9 rebounds per game and has rejected 0.9 shots per game.

Against Western Illinois, Childs recorded a career-high 18 points, five rebounds, a career-high tying three blocked shots and an assist. She tied her career-high with 18 points at Iowa on 6-of-11 shooting and was a career-best 6-of-7 from the foul line. She has now reached double figures in points in 18 career games, including four 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).

Karr Fires on All Cylinders 
Taelor Karr has found her touch from the field after a slow start to her second season with the Wildcats. In the last four games, Karr is averaging 12.5 points while shooting .513 from the field, including .400 from beyond the arc (8-of-20).

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 16 at the College of Charleston. 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.

Against Iowa, Karr tallied a personal season-high of 18 points on 7-of-14 shooting, including 3-of-6 from beyond the arc. This was her 20th career game in double figures.

In the opening stages of the 2010-11 season, Karr is averaging 10.3 points, 4.7 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.3 steals.

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 seven games, White is averaging 5.3 points and leads the team with 4.7 assists and 2.3 steals. She is second on the team in rebounding with 5.6 per game. She has also made more free throws this season (17) than she attempted during her freshman campaign in 2009-10 (13).

She ranks seventh in the Big 12 in assists, eighth in defensive rebounds per game (5.0), fourth in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.8) and ninth in steals. White ranks 68th in the nation in assists and 17th in the nation in assist-to-turnover ratio.

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, carded two steals and played a career-best 35 minutes. White notched 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.

Against Western Illinois on Nov. 21, 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.

At Iowa on Dec. 5, White improved her career-high assist number with eight against the Hawkeyes. With four more assists, she will surpass her personal season-high of 36 which she achieved in 31 games last season.

What Brown has Done for Us
Branshea Brown has given K-State a strong interior presence in the first seven games of the season. Following the first seven contests, Brown is averaging 8.1 points on a team-leading .568 field goal percentage, a team-leading 7.0 rebounds, a team-leading 1.9 blocks and is second in steals with 1.6 in 28.0 minutes of action while starting all seven 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.

At Iowa on Dec. 5, Brown hauled in a season-high and career-high-tying 11 rebounds while also scoring six points and blocking two shots. This was her first double figuring rebounding game since March 6, 2010 against Nebraska when she pulled in 11.

For her career, she has 21 games with five or more rebounds, including four 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 13 this season and ranks fifth in the Big 12 and 59th in the nation in blocked shots per game at 1.9.

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 nine career games with two or more blocked shots and 40 blocks for her career.

She needs six blocks to tie her personal season-best of 19, which led the Wildcats in 2009-10.