No. Name Position Height Class Hometown (School)
Brittany Chambers
Sophomore Belle Plaine, MN (Jordan)
Kelsey Hill
Senior Lenexa (St. Thomas Aquinas)
Chantay Caron
Freshman Lawrence (Free State)
Taelor Karr
Sophomore Paola
Brianna Kulas
Freshman Mission (Shawnee Mission North)
Stephanie Wittman
Freshman San Antonio, TX (Alamo Heights)
Emma Ostermann
Junior Abilene (Cloud County CC)
JuliAnne Chisholm
Junior Hillsboro
Mariah White
Sophomore Midwest City, OK
Shalin Spani
Senior Lee's Summit, MO (Metro Academy)
Alina Voronenko
Junior Sacramento, CA (Smithton, MO)
Jalana Childs
Junior Orlando, FL. (Timber Creek)
Branshea Brown
Junior Walterboro, SC (Colleton Co.)

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4/12/11  Women's Basketball Banquet
I was fortunate to attend the banquet with the Cats. While I took a few notes, I'm going to link to Randy Peterson's professional write-up, listing all the numerous award categories and recipients. Here you go.

Preseason predictions basically had our Cats accomplishing nothing. Ha! How about 21-11, and 10-6 in the Big 12? Coming in 3rd in the Big 12 behind an Elite Eight team and the national champs is pretty respectable, isn't it? Beating the national champs, #5 Texas A&M, was tremendous! Being the 13th team nationally to reach 800 wins is a benchmark of the long-term success of Deb Patterson's program. The Cats led the Big 12 in athletes named to the Big 12 All-Academic Teams. We can't fail to mention Brittany Chambers being named First Team All-Big 12, and Jalana Childs as Second Team All-Big 12.

Our amazing seniors, Shalin Spani and Kelsey Hill, have both faced a great deal of adversity with injuries, and leave K-State with our highest respect and appreciation for their character and leadership.

I was so happy that Kelsey got to play her senior season. As Coach P said last night, there were a few games this season that we flat didn't win without Kelsey on the court, nailing a three-pointer from way out there, getting a well-timed steal, or huddling the team to provide senior leadership. Kelsey's impact was felt in many ways. Also, her video board promos were the best ever! Some of her amazing three-pointers would leave Brian Smoller screaming, "Are you serious? Are you kidding me?" One way or another, you knew when Kelsey Hill walked over to the scorer's bench, she was going to find a way to make a difference.

After seeing All-American Gary Spani's entire career at K-State, I was delighted when Shalin signed with the Cats. When a game was in question, I often hollered for Coach P to get Shalin on the court, to shoot some of her awesome three-pointers. After six knee injuries, continuing to play was clearly not possible. Just as we knew she would, Shalin found every possible way to impact the program this season, and Coach P took numerous opportunities to help us understand how meaningful her contributions were. She was constantly encouraging, cheering, coaching and rebounding during warm-ups. There's no finer example of a person staying positive and finding a way to make a difference. I think it would be tremendous for Shalin to remain with the program, but we all know that wherever she is, she'll do great things.

I couldn't be prouder to be a fan of K-State Women's Basketball. Year after year, our teams have been wonderful representatives of K-State. Do we really have to wait 'til November?

3/28/11  Patterson maximized talent.
Mark Janssen has an excellent review of the Cats' fine season, in which the Cats (21-11, 10-6) tied for third place in the Big 12 behind conference champions Baylor and national champions Texas A&M.
3/09/11  Coach P for three (hundred)!
Deb Patterson won her 300th game for K-State today, in a 56-53 victory over Iowa State. She has now won more games than any K-State coach in any sport, edging the legendary Jack Hartman (294 men's + three women's wins), both in 16 seasons. Thanks to Coach P for giving us a women's program we can all be very proud of!

I want to recognize our All-Big 12 player, Jalana Childs, for playing through considerable pain at KU and today. It was truly courageous of her, and we would not have won without her. She had 14 points on 63% from the field, three steals, four rebounds and three assists, while being shoved around a lot by a very good Iowa State team. Thanks for a tremendous effort today, and throughout the season. Edit: After I posted this game report, I found that Mark Janssen had a feature on Jalana's toughness in today's K-State Sports Blog.

Brittany Chambers, now officially our All-Big 12 First Teamer, as well as Big 12 Player of the Week, strikes again! Chambers contributed 20 points, hitting 50% from the field. She had seven rebounds, and three assists. Brittany has 488 points this season (currently 10th in the Big 12).

While Taelor Karr didn't have her usual big shooting day, she had seven points, and played some very fine defense. Branshea Brown also added seven points on 100% on field goals, and 100% on free throws.

Our Cats are now 21-9, and headed for the NCAA tournament. But first they have an encounter with Baylor's co-rec team on Friday at noon. Go get 'em, Cats!

3/07/11  Brittany Chambers and Jalana Childs: All-Big 12
Today the Big 12 Conference announced its postseason awards. K-State's own sophomore Brittany Chambers was named to the first team, and junior Jalana Childs made the second team. You can check both players' season stats here. Congratulations to both of them for their much-deserved honors.

Brittany's averaging 16.1 points per game, on a .434 field goal percentage. She's recorded 81 three-pointers. Currently she has 468 points this season, and she's averaging 5.7 rebounds per game.

Jalana is making 13.6 points per game, with a .456 field goal percentage. She has 393 points this season, and 17 blocked shots.

3/06/11  Brittany Chambers: Big 12 Player of the Week, Part Two
Yes, Brittany's done it again! The Big 12 Conference has announced that Chambers earned her second Player of the Week honor this season.

Rumor has it that this selection is related to her recording 35 points in a Wednesday evening victory over #5 Texas A&M, when she went 11-of-19 from the field, and tossed in a career-high 7-of-12 on threes. The 35 points was fifth all-time, with the record held by an All-American named Wecker. Then, was KU ever on red alert on Chambers on Saturday! She was only able to attempt two three-pointers. Instead she collected nine rebounds and three steals.

Thanks to Brittany for her tremendous contributions this season!

3/05/11  K-State annoys the Squawks yet again!
First, thanks to Jalana Childs for leading the team to victory with 16 points, a block, two steals and four-of-four success at the free throw line. Mariah White had a huge night, with 14 points, shooting 62% on field goals and four-of-four on free throws, four rebounds, three assists and two blocked shots! Taelor Karr was solid as usual, adding 12 points and going three-of-three on free throws, never once leaving the game.

An indication of how versatile our Cats are would be the fact that they marched into Lawrence and beat the 19-11 Squawks with only one three-pointer, delivered by Taelor Karr.

Here's a recap from K-State Athletics, and Coach P's postgame comments.

Now, if you have a minute, let's talk about the series. K-State has defeated KU in 19 of the last 21 meetings. This includes 10 straight wins at home, one tournament win in 2006 and winning eight of the last 10 games in Lawrence. To KU's credit, they have shown up on time for each of these 21 contests.

3/04/11  Wildcats Dancing After Big Win
Mark Janssen has more on the Cats' big win over Texas A&M on Wednesday, plus a look at their chances for an NCAA bid.   (link)
3/02/11  Down goes #5 Texas A&M on Senior Night!
Before recapping the game, I want to recognize and thank two wonderful players, Kelsey Hill and Shalin Spani, for their careers as Wildcats. You won't find better role models and leaders than these two. Both have had more than their share of adversity. Kelsey spent her junior season on the bench after a knee injury. I'm so happy for her that she's been able to play this year. Shalin has had six knee operations, and playing college basketball is asking too much of her left knee. I had the privilege of seeing every home game that her All-American dad, Gary Spani, played as a Cat, and every game that Shalin played here. I'll never forget the courage and leadership of these amazing young ladies. Have a look at Mark Janssen's features: Sure to be an emotional night for Hill and Spani finds watching tougher than playing.

Brittany Chambers recorded a career-high 35 points (including seven 3s) in a 71-67 senior night victory over #5-ranked A&M, the second-place team in the Big 12. Taelor Karr had 14 points, and Branshea Brown had 10. This win was a very big deal, and as A&M's coach Gary Blair told Coach P, "Welcome to the NCAA Tournament, Kansas State, you just punched your ticket."

We send best wishes to Jalana Childs, who went down with an injury after only one minute of play, and sincere congratulations to all the Cats who stepped up in her absence.

I can't summarize this tremendous game better than Coach P, who said, "I am just extremely proud of our basketball team that is the competitive disposition that we really worked very hard to bring to the floor tonight. I thought everybody stepped up so intensely tonight. We were so unbelievably focused and accountable, which gave us a chance. We played hard and well together. We wanted the responsibility of doing our job. We had great mental toughness out there as a basketball team, and we followed it up with great physical plays. It was a great win against a great program, so I could not be happier. This is a very special moment in my mind for this group right here. For Kelsey Hill and Shalin Spani, to go out of this arena knowing that K-State beat the No. 5 team in the country. For Brittany (Chambers), Brandy (Brown), and Taelor (Karr), these are the people that have competed so hard over the course of the last two and three years, and to have a signature win, like this, is an extraordinary feeling for me. Tonight they stepped up for one another."

2/19/11  Win #800! / Cats beat Nebraska + 3 referees on the road!
Brittany Chambers recorded a career-high 32 points (including six 3s) in Lincoln, and Jalana Childs contributed 22, to deliver an awesome road win that the referees were determined to give to Nebraska. Brittany shot 13-18 (72%) from the field and 6-10 from three-point range, along with seven rebounds. Kelsey Hill had six points, hit 2-3 from the field and 2-2 on free throws, and had two steals. I'm so happy that Kelsey has been able to play her senior season, after missing all of last year!

This win established Kansas State as the 13th women's basketball program to reach 800 wins, which underscores our program's success in the Deb Patterson era. Here's the game recap from Sports Information.

Our awesome Cats are now 18-7 and 8-4 in the Big 12. They're alone in fourth place in the Big 12, and I'm very proud of what they've accomplished. Had the Iowa State game not been stolen outright from them by the zebras, they'd be tied for third place. (The Cyclones attempted 26 free throws in Ames on Feb. 13, to the Cats' 4. Obviously the officials were trying to please the partisan crowd of 11,239.)

Finally (and this is no surprise to anyone), this program is so fortunate to have Brian Smoller on play-by-play. No one does it better!

2/16/11  Win #799 for K-State's birthday!
The alternate headline could be "Cats score 42 points on three-pointers!" That's right... our Cats shot 14-24 from three-point range in a very impressive 78-51 win over Colorado, a very fun encore to the other Cats' stomping of KU on Monday. Here's the Manhattan Mercury's game story, and the Collegian's recap.

Taelor Karr, who needs no introduction, scored 19 points, thanks in no small part to 5 of 7 shooting from three-point range! Her field goal percentage was 77%! Colorado's Coach Lappe said of Taelor, "We have talked about it. If she hits the majority of her shots, she is one of the best players in the country. She has a high release, and it does not take her much time to get her shot off. She is always moving and coming off screens. When she has wide-open looks, she becomes a pretty good shooter." Here's the Manhattan Mercury's feature on Taelor's game.

Jalana Childs had a fine night, too, with 18 points in just 22 minutes. Alina Voronenko had some real nice minutes, adding nine points. She went 3 of 5 on threes. Brittany Chambers had 10 points and six rebounds.

Coach P cleared the bench tonight. The starters averaged just 26 minutes. Another fun stat is the Cats' 8 of 9 performance from the free throw line, for 88%. The women's basketball program has been asking for continued fan support. Tonight there were 3,610 happy, smiling fans walking out of the Octagon o' Doom. Next home action is vs. ISU on Feb. 26.

2/15/11  Big 12 All-Academic Team
The Big 12 Conference has announced the 2011 All-Academic Team. As usual, K-State has done well.

First Team: Brittany Chambers (So.), JuliAnne Chisholm (Jr.), Kelsey Hill (Sr.) and Shalin Spani (Sr.)
Second Team: Alina Vovonenko (Jr.) and Taelor Karr (So.)

K-State and Oklahoma led the conference with six players each. Awesome!

2/07/11  Brittany Chambers: Big 12 Player of the Week
Sports Information reports that sophomore guard Brittany Chambers is Big 12 Player of the Week, thanks in no small part to her 27-point game at Missouri. Here's the announcement from the conference. Chambers shot 57.9% from the field, and tossed in four consecutive three-pointers during the MU game. And let's not forget eight rebounds. Nice work, Brittany!
2/05/11  Cats sweep the Tigers
Kansas State Women's Basketball, now 16-5, 6-2, continue to make good things happen, today winning a fifth consecutive Big 12 game! It was a new game by halftime, with both teams tied. Missouri turned up the burners and reached a 12-point lead in the second half, but the Cats soon tired of that nonsense, and we had a tie after 40 minutes. In overtime the Cats came up with key plays that made the difference. Kelsey Hill got a well-timed steal. Mariah White got a reverse layup. Missouri got a ridiculous three-pointer near the end, but Kelsey Hill, who's been coming up big-time, stepped to the free throw line and put away the contest with two points.

The story so far is missing key characters. Jalana Childs shot 50% from the field, logged seven rebounds, played 37 minutes and contributed 19 points. Brittany Chambers had a career-high 27 points, hitting 57% from the field, with many of the baskets at critical times. She was five of 11 from three-point range, including four consecutive threes. She collected eight rebounds and, by the way, played 45 minutes. We have some players headed for All-Big 12.

Let's have fans by the thousands in the Coliseum on Wednesday when Texas comes calling.

2/04/11  Chambers, Karr growing into one
Mark Janssen's Kansas State Sports Blog has a nice write-up on the tremendous contributions of Brittany and Taelor this season.
1/29/11  11 and 10! / Cats beat the Squawks.
The Cats' 65-60 win over KU marked the 11th win at home this season (undefeated), and the 10th straight defeat of the poultry in the Octagon of Doom. Taelor Karr had a career-high 19 points, followed closely by Jalana Childs' 18. Mariah White had 10, and Brittany Chambers had nine. Taelor made some critical free throws in the second half, seriously messing with KU's last-ditch attempts to salvage the game.

The Cats are now 5-2 in Big 12 play, and 15-5 overall. They're a mere 11 points from leading the Big 12 at this point. There are some tough games ahead, of course, but this team is competing with everyone.

I want to give a shout out to Jalana Childs, who made of number of aggressive moves to the basket, and was very solid on defense, too. She showed a lot of determination, and that's just what we need. Coach P brought up the Cats' mental toughness in her postgame comments. Jalana said after the game, "It was just a grind. I knew that going into this game I wanted to bang on the inside and just take it at them. I did not care if I got blocked my first five shots, I was going to take it at them." Awesome!

Finally... this game marked the 18th victory over KU in the last 20 outings!!

1/22/11  Awesome win over the Huskers, 64-37
It was a fun Saturday afternoon in the Octagon of Doom. Brittany Chambers, in a game that had strong defense on both sides, led all scorers with 26 points, her career high. (She shot 66%.) Alina Voronenko had another strong day, with 11 points. Jalana Childs had nine points. Taelor Karr and Kelsey Hill each had six. Taelor had some awesome defensive plays, including three steals. It was great to see Kelsey get 24 minutes, after missing the entire last season. We saw numerous examples of extra effort.

To put this game in perspective, Nebraska's 37 points marked their fewest since 2/26/03 (TTU, 38). It was their second-lowest point production since a visit to Ahearn Field House on 2/17/75, when they scored 31 points.

12/15/10  Hill Competes, Defeats Odds
I'm really happy for Kelsey Hill (and for us fans) that she is able to play again this season, after a very bad knee injury. We all admire her determination in recovering from this. Mark Janssen features Kelsey in today's Kansas State Official Sports Blog. Don't miss it!

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