MANHATTAN, Kan. – For the first time in 11 years, Kansas State will face Wichita State in the Wildcats final non-conference home game of the 2011-12 schedule. Action in Bramlage Coliseum will tip-off at 7 p.m. Fans have the opportunity to take advantage of a “Wildcat Weekday 4 Pack” promotion. For just $30, fans will receive four general admission tickets, four hot dogs and four drinks.
Wednesday night’s contest can be seen live on K-StateHD.TV and will be broadcast on the K-State Sports Network. Audio for both will be provided by the award-winning Brian Smoller on the play-by-play and former K-State letterwinner Danielle Zanotti on the color analysis.
Kansas State shook off a pair of losses in Cancun to record its fourth home win of the season last Saturday with an 81-78 overtime decision over Iowa in the Big 12/Big Ten Challenge. The 81 points scored by the Wildcats were a season-high and the most since K-State scored 87 against Grambling State on Dec. 4, 2009. K-State tallied its 81 points on .491 field goal percentage, which includes a season-high shooting percentage for a half of .667 in the second stanza.
The Wildcats were led by the trio of Brittany Chambers, Jalana Childs and Tasha Dickey, who all reached double figures in scoring. Chambers registered a game-high 23 points and added six rebounds and three assists against the Hawkeyes. For the season, the junior guard from Jordan, Minn., is averaging 13.5 points per game and 6. 2 rebounds. She needs just 17 points for 1,000 in her career.
Childs notched 20 points, which was her third straight game with 20 or more points. Over the last three contests, Childs is averaging 21.0 points and 5.7 rebounds. The senior forward from Orlando, Fla., leads the Wildcats in scoring and ranks eighth in the Big 12 this season with 16.5 points. Childs also leads the Wildcats and ranks 14th in the league in rebounds with 6.7.
Dickey reached double figures in points for the fourth time this season with 12 points against Iowa. The guard from Sandy, Utah ranks 26th in the Big 12 and third on the team in scoring with 10.5 points per game.
Following Wednesday night’s game against the Shockers, K-State will hit the road for its final five non-conference games of the 2011-12 schedule. The Wildcats begin the trip at three-time NCAA Tournament participant South Dakota State on Saturday evening at 5 p.m.
Wildcats Working Overtime
Kansas State has punched the overtime clock twice this season, splitting the result in the two games. For the first time in the program’s 44-year history, K-State played consecutive overtime games. The Wildcats fell 46-42 on Nov. 25 against Purdue in Cancun and defeated Iowa, 81-78, on Dec. 3. The 81 points were the most in a single overtime game since Jan. 19, 1996 against Oklahoma State.
K-State owns an all-time record of 21-20 in overtime games which includes a 9-3 record in overtime games played in Manhattan.