K-State Opens Big 12 Schedule With Sunflower Showdown

By: KSU, posted by Kinch O'Kelley
By: KSU, posted by Kinch O'Kelley

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State will look to win its sixth straight Big 12 opener, when the Wildcats travel to Lawrence to face No. 22/20 Kansas on Wednesday at 7 p.m., in the Dillons Sunflower Showdown. K-State has won 21 of the last 23 meetings in the series with the Jayhawks.

Wednesday night’s game will be broadcast on Metro Sports in the Kansas City-area and Cox 122 on the Cox Cable system in the state of Kansas. The game will also be available on the radio through the K-State Sports Network and for free online at kstatesports.com/allaccess. Providing the play-by-play and color for the K-State radio broadcast will be the award-winning Brian Smoller and former K-State letterwinner Danielle Zanotti. Fans can also follow the free live stats at kstatesports.com and receive updates on Twitter by following @kstate_gameday.

K-State (9-3) concluded the non-conference portion of its schedule with a 60-45 win on Dec. 29 at UCSB. This was the fifth straight road win for the Wildcats this season.

The Wildcats were led by the pair of Brittany Chambers and Ashia Woods with a combined 38 points. Chambers, a 2013 All-America candidate, registered a game-high 27 points and hauled in nine rebounds. She also dished out three assists and pocketed three steals. With her three conversions from beyond the arc, Chambers moved into third on the K-State career 3-point field goals made list and eighth on the Big 12 career 3-point field goal made list with 267. Her three assists moved her into a tie for 13th on the K-State career assists list with 277 during her four years with the Wildcats.

She has scored 20 or more points in six games this season and K-State has won 19 straight games when Chambers scores 20 or more points in a game during her career.

For the season, Chambers ranks among the top-10 in the Big 12 in eight categories including: second in scoring (19.7 ppg), third in defensive rebounds (5.8 drpg), third in 3-point field goal percentage (.405), third in 3-point field goals made per game (2.8), third in minutes played per game (32.1 mpg), sixth in overall rebounding (8.0 rpg) and seventh in steals (2.0 spg).

Woods tallied a career-high 11 points on 4-of-5 shooting against the Gauchos. The sophomore from Wichita added four rebounds and four steals to her final stat line. For the season, Woods is averaging 6.4 points per game but has scored in double figures in two of the last three games. Woods also leads the Wildcats with 2.5 steals per game and has tied her career season-high from last year of 30 steals.

At a Glance: Kansas
Kansas (9-2, 0-0 Big 12) will look to shake the rust off following a 12-day break for the holidays after an 88-79 loss at California on Dec. 21. After an unbeaten month of November, KU was 3-2 in in the month of December with both losses coming on the road.

On the sideline, Kansas is led by ninth year head coach, Bonnie Henrickson. During her time in Lawrence, Henrickson has accumulated an 147-123 (.544) record and guided the Jayhawks to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament in 2012 and a fourth straight appearance in the Postseason WNIT in the 2011 season.

The Jayhawks are led on the floor by seniors Carolyn Davis and Angel Goodrich. Davis, a 6-3 senior forward, leads the team with 15.7 points per game. At Cal, Davis scored 16 points and hauled in four rebounds. In last season’s meeting against K-State in Manhattan, Davis suffered a significant knee injury that sidelined her for the remainder of the season.

Goodrich is averaging 13.4 points and a team-high 6.5 assists. Against Cal, Goodrich led the Jayhawks with 21 points and three steals while also dishing out five assists.

Wildcats on the Road
K-State has a 246-242 (.504) record in road games during the program’s 45-year history. During the 21st century, K-State owns an 86-62 (.581) mark in road contests and are 103-96 (.518) during Deb Patterson’s 17 seasons on the K-State bench. The Wildcats are 5-0 in road games this season.

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).

Wildcats Shoot Season-High From Field
In its Dec. 29 win at UC Santa Barbara, K-State tallied a season-high field goal percentage of .523 (23-of-44). This was the highest field goal percentage by the Wildcats since Jan 14, 2012 at Texas Tech when the Wildcats carded a .532 (25-of-47) field goal percentage in a 62-61 road win. It was the first non-conference game K-State has shot over .500 in since Dec. 8, 2010 against North Dakota (.532, 33-of-62).

In the last three halves of basketball K-State has played (second half at UNLV and both halves at UC Santa Barbara), the Wildcats are shooting .541 from the field (40-of-74).

When K-State shoots .500 or better from the field in the last five seasons, the Wildcats are 12-2.

20 Is the Magic Number for Chambers, K-State
Brittany Chambers has provided a dynamic scoring punch for the Wildcats this season. With 12 games in the books, the Jordan, Minn., native has tallied 20 or more points in six of those games and is tied with two other players for the league lead in 20-point games this season. For her career, she owns 24 career games with 20 or more points and has two games with 30 or more. K-State has won 19 straight games when Chambers has scored 20 or more points and the Wildcats are 21-3 during Chambers’ career when she notches 20 or more points in a game. In the 24 career games she has scored 20 or more points, Chambers is averaging 24.6 points per game (590 points), 7.4 rebounds (177 rebounds), and 3.1 assists (74 assists) in those contests.

Chambers tallied a 2012-13 K-State season-high 29 points against South Dakota on Dec. 9, which was her highest point output since Jan. 28, 2012 at Oklahoma State when she notched 29 points.

Sticky Fingers for Woods
Using her long wingspan, Ashia Woods has recorded a team-leading 30 steals in K-State’s first 12 games. The 30 thefts tie her career season-high from the 2011-12 season when she notched 30 in 34 games.

In K-State’s game at UC Santa Barbara on Dec. 29, Woods tallied four steals. Against Idaho State in the season-opener, she pocketed five steals. She has seven games this season with two or more steals and ranks fifth in the Big 12 in steals per game (2.5 spg).

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