K-State will look to win its third straight regular season home finale, as the Wildcats are 9-4 in regular season home finales under head coach Deb Patterson.
Saturday afternoon’s game will be broadcast live on the K-State Sports Network, as the award-winning Brian Smoller delivers the play-by-play and former Wildcat Missy Heidrick provides the color analysis.
K-State (13-16, 5-10 Big 12) halted a five-game slide with a 72-70 win at Colorado on Wednesday night. This was the second road win for the Wildcats in Big 12 play and the fourth overall this season. Trailing by one at halftime, the Wildcats were bolstered by a .647 field goal percentage in the second half to overtake the Buffaloes.
The Wildcats saw all five starters score in double figures led by Kincaid with 15 points, while sophomore forward Jalana Childs tallied 13 points and freshman guard Brittany Chambers notched her first career double-double with 13 points and a career-high 14 rebounds.
Kincaid enters her final home game ranked eighth in school history for career three-point field goals made (147) and 24th in school history for career assists with 184. This season she has tallied personal career-highs with 8.7 points per game and 81 assists.
Sweat ranks third in school history for career points with 1,768, ranks 14th in career rebounds with 591, eighth for career blocks with 69 and fifth for career minutes played with 3,983. She ranks ninth in school history for career starts with 114 and tied for eighth for career games played with 128. Earlier this season, Sweat garnered her first national honor as she was named to the CoSIDA/ESPN the Magazine Academic All-America third team. She is also a finalist for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award.
Chambers Finds Bottom of Net
Freshman Brittany Chambers has provided a boost to the K-State offense, as she has scored in double figures in 21 of her first 29 career games in a K-Sate uniform. She is K-State’s second-leading scorer (12.3 ppg) and owns an overall field goal percentage of .425 (119-of-280). Her 358 points scored this season are the most by a freshman since Ashley Sweat scored 387 during her rookie campaign in the 2006-07 season. She is the second freshman in school history to record 350 points, 150 rebounds and 60 assists in her debut season (Kendra Wecker).
The product of Belle Plaine, Minn., has made her mark from beyond the 3-point line in her first season with the Wildcats. Through 29 games, Chambers is 59-of-151 (.391) from beyond the arc and ranks seventh in the Big 12 and 52nd in the nation in 3-point field goal percentage and seventh in the league for 3-point field goals made per game at 2.0. Her 59 made three-point field goals are the most by a freshman since Laurie Koehn set a school record with 122 during the 2001-02 season.
Chambers has 24 games with a 3-point field goal this season and has tallied four games this season with four or more connections from beyond the arc. She is the first freshman to make four or more three-point attempts in four games since Laurie Koehn achieved the feat 16 times in the 2001-02 season.
Chambers, Karr Crashing the Boards
During the Big 12 slate, freshmen guards Brittany Chambers and Taelor Karr have provided a boost to K-State’s rebounding numbers. The duo have combined for 177 rebounds in the last 15 contests (11.8 rpg), with Chambers grabbing 100 and Karr hauling in 77.
Overall, Chambers leads the team in rebounds with 5.6 per game. In Big 12-only games, Chambers ranks 12th in overall rebounds (6.7 rpg) and is 10th in the league in defensive rebounds with 4.7 per game.
In her last 18 games, Chambers is averaging 6.8 rebounds per contest including a career-high 14 rebounds at Colorado on March 3. This was the highest single game rebounding total for a K-State guard since Shalee Lehning pulled in 14 at Arkansas State on Nov. 25, 2008. She has 16 games this season with five or more rebounds.
Karr has pulled in 4.3 rebounds per game this season to rank fourth on the team and has 15 games with five or more rebounds, including a career-high nine against Texas Tech (2/24/10).