Kansas State's Brittany Chambers gets hold of a rebound as she scrambles on the floor with guard Veja Hamilton during the game Saturday. (AP Photo/The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Bob Haynes)
MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State senior Brittany Chambers was named to Women’s National Invitational Tournament (WNIT) All-Tournament team on Saturday, in an announcement by the tournament’s organizers, Triple Crown Sports, following the championship game.
While helping the Wildcats to a third appearance in the WNIT semifinals, Chambers registered 130 points (26.0 ppg) while shooting .474 from the field including .489 from beyond the arc, 40 rebounds (8.0 rpg) and 24 assists (4.8 apg). She led the Wildcats in scoring in all five games of the tournament, while pacing the team on the glass in three of the five games.
In the Wildcats’ tournament opening win against Texas Southern, Chambers set the K-State single-game scoring record with 42 points while shooting 15-of-25 from the field including 9-of-15 from beyond the arc. She also pulled in 11 rebounds and dished out five assists in the opening game.
She followed that performance with three more games of 20 or more points in wins over Illinois State, Ball State and Illinois. In the Wildcats’ semifinal overtime loss to Utah on April 3, Chambers carded her 15th career double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds.
Chambers joins Ashley Sweat (2007), Kimberly Dietz (2006) and Claire Coggins (2006) as former Wildcats to earn WNIT All-Tournament team honors. Coggins was named the Most Valuable Player of the 2006 WNIT as the Wildcats captured the title over Marquette.
Chambers adds Saturday’s honor to her Associated Press All-America honorable mention honor, her Senior CLASS Award All-America second team citation, her WBCA All-Region 5 honor and her third career All-Big 12 First Team honor.
For the season, Chambers registered career season-highs in three major statistical categories and became the first player in Big 12 history to score 750 or more points (778; 21.03 ppg), grab 250 or more rebounds (281; 7.6 rpg) and dish out 100 or more assists (122; 3.3 apg). In addition to leading the Wildcats in scoring and rebounding this season, Chambers paced the Wildcats in three-point field goals made and attempted (117-of-310, .377) and free throws made and attempted (115-of-149, .772).
The 778 points were a career-high for Chambers, a school record for points in a single-season and ranks eighth in Big 12 history. The product of Jordan, Minn., scored in double figures in 35 of the 37 games this season, including a school record 22 games of 20 or more points with a school record run of nine straight games with 20 or more points.
For her career, Chambers is one of just four players at Big 12 schools to register 2,000 career points, 850 career rebounds and 350 career assists. She scored in a school record 134 consecutive games and reached double figures in 109 career games to rank tied for 17th 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 12 career categories including: points (2,156, third), rebounds (862, fifth), assists (363, eighth), three-point field goals made (350, second), three-point field goals attempted (974, first), field goals made (751, fourth), field goals attempted (1,845, third), free throws made (304, ninth), minutes played (4,738, first), games played (135, first) and games started (130, first).
Chambers ranks second in school and Big 12 history for career three-point field goals made. She ranks ninth 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 one of two program’s 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 this season, Chambers was recognized as the inaugural Big 12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year for women’s basketball recipient, earned her third career Academic All-Big 12 First Team honor. Chambers holds a 3.5 grade point average as a pre-med major.
K-State will host its annual banquet on Sunday, April 14 at 1 p.m., in the main ballroom of the Kansas State Alumni Center. Tickets for the banquet are available for $40 per person and fans are encouraged to make their reservations by Monday, April 8 at 5 p.m., or until the event is sold out.
The afternoon’s festivities will include a review of the 2012-13 season, a highlight video and presentation of awards and senior gifts. A meal is included in the ticket price. Fans interested in ordering tickets for the banquet may contact Danielle Zanotti at (785) 532-6970 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please provide your name, number of attendees and contact information.