K-State Selected for 2013 Postseason WNIT
MANHATTAN, Kan. – For the third straight season and the 11th time in the last 12 years, Kansas State women’s basketball will participate in postseason play as the Wildcats have accepted a bid to play in the 2013 Postseason WNIT and will host Texas Southern in the first round on Thursday. This will be K-State’s third appearance in the Postseason WNIT and the first since reaching the semifinals of the 2007 WNIT.
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 and both basketball teams and its women’s volleyball team play in the postseason.
The Wildcats (15-17, 5-13 Big 12) will be opposed by Texas Southern (20-11, 16-2 SWAC) on Thursday in Bramlage Coliseum. The time for the game between K-State and Texas Southern will be announced on Tuesday by the WNIT committee. K-State leads the all-time series with Texas Southern, 1-0. The Wildcats defeated the Lady Tigers, 84-41, on Dec. 1, 2000, in Manhattan. Texas Southern is coached by women’s basketball legend, Cynthia Cooper-Dyke, who was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2010 and the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in 2009.
The winner of the Kansas State-Texas Southern game will play the winner of the Illinois State-IUPUI matchup on either March 23, 24 or 25 at a site to be determined.
Tickets for K-State’s first round matchup with Texas Southern will be available Tuesday morning at 8:30 a.m., by calling the K-State Ticket Office at (800) 221-CATS, visiting wwwkstatesports.com/tickets or by stopping by the K-State Athletic Ticket Office in Bramlage Coliseum. Tickets are priced at $15 for chair backs, $10 for adult general admission and $5 for student and children. Priority seating for season ticket holders will not be available for the WNIT, with all tickets made available on a first come first serve basis.
The contest will be available on the K-State Sports Network and for free on kstatesports.com.
K-State is 9-2 in its previous three WNIT Tournament appearances in 1999, 2006 and 2007. 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.
Despite suffering through five season-ending injuries which depleted the roster to seven players for the final 14 games of the season, K-State exceeded the preseason predicted Big 12 finish from the league’s coaches for the ninth time in the last 16 seasons. Kansas State advanced at least one round at the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championships for the 13th time and for the fifth-straight season with a thrilling 51-49 win over Texas in the first round.
The Wildcats were paced during the 2012-13 season by All-Big 12 First Team selection Brittany Chambers and her senior backcourt running mate Mariah White. Earlier this season, Chambers and White teamed up to set the school record for combined points by two players with 59 at Iowa State on Feb. 9.
Chambers has registered career season-highs in three major statistical categories and is the only player in the Big 12 to score 600 or more points (648; 20.3 ppg), grab 200 or more rebounds (241; 7.5 rpg) and dish out 90 or more assists (98; 3.1 apg). Chambers, a three-time All-Big 12 First Team selection, is the fourth player to reach this milestone in league history and it is the fifth time this has been achieved. She joins former Wildcat Nicole Ohlde as the only player in school history to achieve these numbers in a single season.
The 648 points are a career-high for Chambers and ranks as a school record for points by a senior and is the second-highest overall point total for a single-season in program history (Tammie Romstad, 686; 1979-80).
Chambers scored in double figures in 30 of the 32 games this season, including a career-high 18 games of 20 or more points. The 18 games with 20 or more points are the most by a Wildcat in the Deb Patterson era.
In league action, Chambers averaged 20.6 points, 7.2 rebounds and 3.2 assists. She ranked second in the league in scoring, 10th in rebounding, 11th in assists and paced the league in minutes played per game. She scored in double figures in 17 of the 18 league contests and scored 20 or more points in 10 league games.
For her career, Chambers is one of just four players at Big 12 schools to register 2,000 career points, 800 career rebounds and 325 career assists. Chambers became the third player in school history to record 2,000 career points (2,026). She has scored in 129 consecutive games to rank second in school history and has reached double figures in 104 career games to rank 23rd in NCAA Division I history and second in program history behind Ohlde’s school record of 117 career games with 10 or more points.
She ranks among the top-10 in 11 career categories including: points, rebounds (822, fifth), assists (339, ninth), three-point field goals made (327, second), three-point field goals attempted (927, second), field goals made (706, fourth), field goals attempted (1,750, third), free throws made (287, ninth), minutes played (4,543, first), games played (130, tied for fifth) and games started (125, third).
Chambers ranks second in Big 12 history for career three-point field goals made and attempted. She also ranks 16th in NCAA history for career three-point field goals made. With former Wildcat Laurie Koehn holding the career NCAA
Division I record with 392 made 3-point field goals, K-State is the first program in NCAA Division I women’s basketball history to have two players with 300 or more made 3-point field goals in a career.
In addition to her on-court honors, Chambers was recognized as the inaugural Big 12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year for women’s basketball. Beginning with the current academic year, the Big 12 is honoring a student-athlete in each sport for their dedication in the classroom as well as to their respective sport. Chambers, a pre-med major, holds a 3.5 grade point average.
Earlier this season, Chambers earned Academic All-Big 12 First Team honors for the third time in her career. She is also one of 10 national finalists for the Senior CLASS Award. Fan voting for the Senior CLASS Award continues through March 25 at the Senior CLASS Award website (www.seniorclassaward.com) or on the Senior CLASS Award Facebook fan page. Fan votes will be combined with media and Division I head coaches’ votes to determine the winner.
White tallied her third straight season with 100 or more assists by leading the Wildcats with 110 assists (4.1 apg). The product of Midwest City, Okla., also set career-highs for points (190, 7.0 ppg), three-point field goals made (19), three-point field goal percentage (.487), free throws made (43) and free throw percentage (.782). She has also registered her second straight season with 65 or more steals. White also secured her first Academic All-Big 12 First Team honor this season.
For her career, White ranks fourth in school history for career assists (435) and eighth for career steals (194). She is the fourth player in school history with 500 career points, 400 career assists and 175 career steals.
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