Kansas State head coach Deb Patterson reacts during the first half of an NCAA tournament first-round college basketball game against Princeton in Bridgeport, Conn., Saturday, March 17, 2012. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)
MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State starts a two-game home stand on Sunday at 2 p.m., as the Wildcats host South Dakota. The Wildcats will look to start the season 7-0 for the first time since the 2008-09 season and for the second time in the Deb Patterson era and for the fifth time in the program’s 45-year history.
Fans are encouraged to bring a new toy to donate for Fort Riley’s Operation Santa Claus toy drive. Fans without a ticket that donate a new toy can purchase a general admission ticket for only $3. All fans are also encouraged to take part in K-State’s “Ugly Holiday Sweater” promotion. The fan judged to have the ugliest sweater will win a prize package from K-State.
Sunday afternoon’s game between K-State and South Dakota will be broadcast on FOX Sports Midwest and K-StateHD.TV and on the K-State Sports Network. Providing the play-by-play and color for the television broadcast will be the award-winning Brian Smoller and former K-State letterwinner Danielle Zanotti. Handling the call on the radio side will be Matt Walters and former K-State letterwinner Kristin Waller. Fans can also follow the free live stats at kstatesports.com and receive updates on Twitter by following @kstate_gameday.
Kansas State (6-0) used a strong defensive effort and an 11-0 run to open the second half to defeat Wichita State on Dec. 4, 48-43. The Wildcats are now 6-0 for the third time under Patterson and the sixth time in school history.
Aiding the Wildcats’ defensive performance was 21 turnovers forced by K-State, which included 13 steals. K-State has now forced 10 or more turnovers in all six games this season, which is the first time this has been achieved in Patterson’s 17 seasons. The Wildcats have forced its opponents into 20 or more turnovers in three games this season and are averaging 20.3 turnovers forced this season. K-State has registered 76 steals this season (12.7 spg), which ranks second in the Patterson era for steals after six games (2004-05, 77).
Brittany Chambers paced the Wildcats with a game-high 18 points against Wichita State. She also added six rebounds, three steals and an assist to her final stat line. The senior from Jordan, Minn., and 2012-13 All-America candidate needs just six points (1,494) to become the 10th player in school history with 1,500 career points and three rebounds to move into 13th in school history (625). For the season, Chambers leads the Wildcats in scoring (19.3 ppg), rebounding (7.3 rpg), assists (3.0 apg) and three-point field goals made and attempted (19-of-47, .404).