No. Name Position Height Class Hometown (School)
1 Haley Texada G 5-7 Sophomore Frisco, TX (Wakeland)
2 Brittany Chambers G 5-8 Senior Belle Plaine, MN (Jordan)
4 Katya Leick F 6-1 Junior Grey Cloud Township, MN (Park)
10 Heidi Brown G 5-11 Sophomore Plains (Southwestern Heights)
11 Chantay Caron G/F 5-11 Junior Lawrence (Free State)
12 Kelly Thomson G 5-10 Freshman Riley (Riley County)
13 Kendra Spresser G 5-5 RS Junior Dresden (Seward County CC)
20 Bri Craig G 5-10 Freshman Lincoln, NE (Lincoln Northeast)
21 Ashlynn Knoll F 5-11 Junior Canyon, TX (Seward County CC)
22 Mariah White G 5-7 Senior Midwest City, OK
23 Ashia Woods G 5-11 Sophomore Wichita (Wichita Collegiate)
25 Stacey Malone F 6-1 Freshman Tyler, TX (Robert E. Lee)

Champions are made when no one is watching.

10/21/13  Sports Extra: Worth the Wait for Katya Leick
Kelly McHugh has a Sports Extra everyone should read, about Katya Leick's two-year wait to play as a Cat.
10/20/13  Once-undersized Wildcats add a trio of big posts
Erica Young (6' 3"), Breanna Lewis (6' 5") and Jessica Sheble (6' 3") will change the game plan for 2013-14, says the Manhattan Mercury. (Read more.
9/01/13  Ohlde comes home!
Sports Information has a nice story on Nicole Ohlde's return to Manhattan, after her tour in the WNBA.
8/23/13  A Life-Changing Experience for K-State Women's Basketball
Kelly McHugh has written a fine Sports Extra... an interview with Coach Patterson about the Cats' trip to Italy. Don't miss it!
6/14/13  Koehn Still Shooting... Literally from Afar
Mark Janssen, as always, has a fine update on Laurie Koehn's professional career, in a K-State Sports Extra. Laurie recently set her personal record of 127 consecutive three-pointers. The YouTube video of her 132 threes in five minutes is linked below. It's at over 400,000 views now.
5/08/13  Watch Laurie Koehn hit 132 three-pointers in five minutes
The scene was K-State's Basketball Training Facility on May 8. Watch the YouTube video of her amazing performance, with play-by-play by Danielle Zanotti. Laurie only missed on shots #40, #123 and #128 enroute to 132 made in 135 attempts, over exactly five minutes. I think we should also compliment the rebounder, who gave her perfect, efficient passes. Laurie set the NCAA record for career three-pointers (392) on March 21, 2005, in her last game as a college player. Here's my video of that milestone.
4/15/13  All-American Brittany Chambers drafted #22 to the WNBA's Los Angeles Sparks
Read the release from Sports Information.
4/12/13  Megan Mahoney: Still gettin' it done
Here's an excellent update from June 2012 on Wildcat great Megan Mahoney, who's still playing, and has spent much of her time in Europe. No matter where she is, she'll never be forgotten in Manhattan.
4/06/13  Brittany Chambers: WNIT All-Tournament Team
Sports Information has announced that Brittany was selected to the all-tournament team... something to do with 130 points (26.0 ppg) while shooting .474 from the field, and .489 from beyond the arc, along with 40 rebounds (8.0 rpg) and 24 assists (4.8 apg). Add this to AP All-America honorable mention, Senior CLASS Award All-America second team, WBCA All-Region 5 and All-Big 12 First Team. Now it's a matter of which year - not if - her #2 jersey goes up in the Bramlage Coliseum rafters.
4/01/13  Good coverage of the Cats' WNIT run in area media
4/01/13  WNIT game coverage
The Topeka Capital has been reliably covering the Cats' progress through the WNIT. Here are links to their stories:
3/30/13  Cats defeat Illinois, 66-48 in the WNIT quarterfinals
Kansas State's Magnificent Seven players will be required to provide their own transportation to the semifinals game of the WNIT on Wednesday, April 3, as the location is Bramlage Coliseum, USA. They'll play Utah at home, at 7 p.m.

Brittany Chambers led all scorers with 21, including five three-pointers, but this afternoon was a breakout game for Chantay Caron. She had 19 points, hitting 7 of 13 from the field, and five of six on free throws. She had six rebounds and three steals, and was a huge part of the victory today. Haley Texada came to play. She went seven of 15 on field goals, ending with 16 points. She had five rebounds, three assists and two steals.

The Cats led from 14:14 in the first half. In the second half, often leading by about 15 points, Kansas State clearly wanted to slow the tempo of the game. On several occasions, a possession ended with a shot just before the clock expired. With only seven available players, as usual, the starting five played 188 of 200 minutes. The Cats collected a total of 14 steals. Often their opponent had given up the ball before she knew what hit her. Mariah White led in steals with four, with every other starter adding at least two. On defense, the Cats held Illinois to a season-low 48 points. Kansas State, now 19-17, is assured of a winning season. Here's a report from Illinois.

Brittany Chambers continues to set records every time she steps on the court. This afternoon, with her 14th point, she passed Jacob Pullen in career points. The significance of that is recording more career points than any Kansas State men's basketball player... ever. Here's the updated 2,000-point club chart:

  1. Kendra Wecker: 2,333
  2. Nicole Ohlde: 2,241
  3. Brittany Chambers: 2,140
  4. Jacob Pullen: 2,132
  5. Mike Evans: 2,115
3/21/13  WNIT First Round: KSU over Texas Southern 72-44 / Chambers goes nuts!
March 24, 1994: I was fortunate enough to be in the Coliseum when Askia Jones dropped 62 points on Fresno State to break the MBB points record, and on March 21, 2013, when Brittany Chambers dropped 42 on Texas Southern for the WBB points record. What a spectacular performance! Brittany had 29 points by halftime. If not for her eight minutes on the bench, Chambers might broken 50 points, as she sat for 20% of the game. Add 11 rebounds, five assists and a steal to her resume.

Coach P said, "It was an exciting first round game for us to watch Brittany (Chambers) set all kinds of records and come out with an extraordinary offensive performance. I like the assist numbers on the night. I felt like we got into a great flow. You could really just see that Brittany Chambers was at her offensive best tonight. She scored in a variety of ways, and just had a beautiful stroke."

Chambers said, "I think that I am always kind of aware of my points. I think I am just one of those players. I do not think that I get lost in the points. I did not realize that I was getting that many in the first half until I looked up at the last shot. At halftime, my teammates are dorks and they were saying all this crazy stuff. We are just trying to take care of business at this point. We are very fortunate to still be here, so we are taking the advantage being on the court and getting another opportunity."

The 2,000-point club for K-State:

  1. Kendra Wecker: 2,333
  2. Nicole Ohlde: 2,241
  3. Jacob Pullen: 2,132
  4. Mike Evans: 2,115
  5. Brittany Chambers: 2,068

Let's not forget the other six available players, who have accomplished amazing things this season. Next up for the Cats is Illinois State, on Monday, March 25 in Bramlage Coliseum.

3/18/13  K-State will host Texas Southern on March 21 at 7 P.M.
The WNIT is coming to town! Here's the announcement from Sports Information. The winner of the Kansas State-Texas Southern game will play the winner of the Illinois State-IUPUI game on either March 23, 24 or 25, at a site to be determined. Tickets will be available first-come, first-served.
3/08/13  Cats beat Texas to start the Big 12 Tournament
K-State had a strong first half, and led Texas by 10 at halftime. Shooting by Texas improved from 27% to 40%, eventually taking a small lead. With 00:04 remaining, Brittany was near the side of the court. She escaped her defender (who tried to hold her), and scampered into the lane. Chambers, in the lane, caught a pass from Mariah at 00:02, and released a nice lay-up off the glass at 00:01. Count it! Cats 51, UT 49. The Big 12 has a nice highlights video, including Brittany's 2,000th point, and her buzzer-beater lay-up. Finally, while the end of the game was awesome, Haley Texada's 19 points and Chantay Caron's 10 made the exciting finish possible. I couldn't be more proud of the way this team has handled the obstacles facing them this season.

box score      post-game interviews      Big 12 video highlights      K-STATEHD.TV highlights
3/07/13  Brittany Chambers: Scholar-Athlete of the Year + First-Team All-Big 12!
The honors keep rolling in for Brittany, who was named today the Big 12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year in Women's Basketball, in addition to making First Team All-Big 12. Here's the announcement from K-State Sports Information.
3/04/13  Brittany Chambers: Big 12 Player of the Week
How about Brittany's 67-point week! Here are announcements from K-State and the Big 12 Conference. (It's about time they named her, isn't it?) As of this Monday evening, Chambers has 1985 points. Yup... she's set to record that 2,000th point this weekend in the Big 12 Tournament. What a tremendous end to her exceptional career!
2/11/13  It's time to vote for Brittany for the Senior Class Award
Let's show our appreciation for Brittany Chambers by voting for her for the Senior Class Award. We can vote once per day. Follow details on the nominees on Twitter.

Hey... I have some extra white space here, so let's give Ms. Chambers a shout out for sliding into 3rd place on the K-State Women's Basketball career scoring list. A 34-point game vs. Iowa State on Saturday brought her to 1,824 points. She's now averaging 19.4 points per game. With a minimum of eight games remaining in her career, Brittany needs to average 22 points per game to reach 2,000 points for K-State. Again, she's #3 all-time, only behind two First Team All-Americans named Wecker and Ohlde. Very nice work.

2/01/13  Shalee's headed for the KSHSAA Hall of Fame
Sports Information has announced that Coach Shalee Lehning, who certainly needs no introduction, will be added to the Hall of Fame during the home KU game, which begins at 2 on 2/02.

A memory I have of Shalee's playing days is her assists. Always unselfish, she holds the K-State career assist record, with 800. She holds spots one through four on the season assists records. Shalee is #1 on the career assist-to-turnover list. She is second in the Big 12 in career assists.

March 5, 2008: K-State was ending a fine season (22-10), and this evening found them playing KU in Allen Field House. I was there. The Cats came out tight. Their shots weren't falling, and they were behind. Shalee put the team on her shoulders. She repeatedly drove the basket, accumulating 20 points' worth of lay-ups, and added nine points from free throws. That's right: 29 points. The Cats ultimately won, 61-50. KU guard LaChelda Jacobs said of Shalee, "I partially take the blame for this loss. Lehning scored on me all night. It was a one-man wrecking show for her." A fun by-product of that victory was transporting a brand new Big 12 Championship trophy back to Manhattan.

Leadership - both vocal leadership and always setting a great example - was evident in every game Shalee played. She was all over the court, giving every possible bit of effort. (video) After her last home game, Shalee's #5 jersey was retired. (video) Finally... and you just saw it if you watched her jersey retirement video, Shalee is an outstanding communicator. We're very fortunate to have her on our coaching staff.

2/01/13  An interview with Spresser and Brown you don't want to miss
Heidi Brown and Kendra Spresser played critical roles in the seven-woman, 76-70 victory over Oklahoma State on Jan. 23. K-STATEHD.TV has an excellent interview with them.
1/27/13  Brittany Chambers: Wildcat of the Week
On Sunday evening's The Drive, Tim Fitzgerald named Brittany Chambers Wildcat of the Week, in recognition of her 26-point game vs. #12 Oklahoma State, and her 15 points at Texas. Here's a short video of Fitz's comments. If you're following my Brittany database, you know that with her 1,762 career points, she's #4 on the career scoring list, and 44 points from #3.
1/24/13  NCAA Basketball Rule Book
Rule 3 / Section 1: The Team:

Art. 1. At the start of the game, each team shall consist of five players, one of whom shall be the captain.

Art. 2. Each team may continue to play with fewer than five players when all other squad members are not eligible or able to play.

1/23/13  Cats 76, OSU 70: A win to remember a long time...
Just before the game, the Cats ran on the court... seven of them. I counted again. Seven. Ashlynn Knoll and Ashia Woods had been lost for the season yesterday, joining Thomson, Leick, Malone and Ellis on the bench. During the game, Chantay Caron went down with what was obviously a very painful injury. Now we're down to six eligible players. Lehning, Dickey, Coggins, Rethman-Waller, Firsova, Moylan and Zanotti were in the room, but they're way too well-known in these parts to sneak onto the court.

It didn't matter much that KSU had beaten OSU in 10 of the last 12 meetings... Okie State is ranked #12, and came in 13-3. How were seven six not-especially-tall K-Staters supposed to beat a strong OSU team?

The Cats kept grinding it out. Brittany Chambers went nuts in the first half, contributing 19 points, enroute to a finish with 26 points. She moved from #5 to #4 on the career scoring list, passing the legendary Laurie Koehn. She now has 1,747 points. OSU's Toni Young ended with 22 points, and Brittney Martin had 15. Amazingly, OSU shot 65% in the first half, and had a five-point lead near halftime, but the Cats clawed back, and went to the locker room leading 43-42.

There were some crazy numbers in this game: 1) K-State set an all-time record, with 16 three-pointers. 2) There were also 16 K-State steals to OSU's 2, and 18 OSU turnovers, to KSU's nine. 3) In spite of the three-point record, K-State shot only 35.4% for the game, while Okie State shot 46%. 4) OSU dominated KSU in rebounds, at 44-30. 5) Oklahoma State did very well with free throws at 85.7%, to K-State's respectable 73.7%. 6) K-State won the first half by one; OSU won the second half by one. K-State was strong in overtime, and ultimately won, 76-70, in spite of several last-second shots in overtime. 7) K-State hasn't posted the final stats. Here they are from OSU. The Collegian has a nice feature on this spectacular victory. (Edit): Wendell Barnhouse of has posted this complimentary account of the big win.

Coach Patterson said,

"It goes without saying how proud I am of our basketball team tonight. We played a great basketball team. It just feels so good for our players to rise up with such toughness and character. We have talked all year about competing in a 40-minute game; little did we know it would take 45 minutes to get this one back. I am just extremely proud of everyone on our roster, and everyone who took the floor. This is just a great effort by a group of really tough-minded competitors of Kansas State that made their mind up to win the game. We talked about that all year, and tonight it just all came together. It is just very, very rewarding to see them have that kind of success.

I just absolutely loved our gutsy mentality on the defensive end... our willingness to run to the ball, and create steals. Tonight our kids did not want to lose. It was really special."

Oklahoma State coach Jim Littell said,
"We were going to guard them man. To guard them, you have to contain the dribble-drive, because everything they do is to spread the floor, put the ball on the floor, dribble-drive, make two play one and kick it out to the shooter. We did not stop the dribble-drive. That is what led to so many of the threes."
1/07/13  Taelor Karr's gettin' it done!
The West Coast Conference has announced that our old friend, Taelor Karr, now a senior at Gonzaga, is Player of the Week. She scored 27 points vs. San Diego, with 24 points from three-pointers. Add to that five steals, four assists and five rebounds. In her latest game vs. Santa Clara, she had 15 points and four assists. It's great to see her doing so well.
1/01/13  Hey, have a look at this...
K-State Women's Basketball has a really nice Facebook page.
12/27/12  Brittany Chambers' Points Collection
I put together a database to track Brittany's progress up the K-State Women's Basketball career scoring chart. Updates, as a PDF, will be linked under On This Site in the left-side navigation bar. Currently Brittany is #8 on the career scoring list, and is averaging 19 points per game. To put this in perspective, her 19 ppg is second in the Big 12, behind only Brittney Griner at 21 points. By the way, Griner is one foot taller. As of today, Chambers only needs to average 11 points in our minimum 20 remaining games to come in third all-time, behind consensus First Team All-Americans Ohlde and Wecker.
12/21/12  Cats have a big win over UNLV
After a difficult game vs. #5 Notre Dame the day before, K-State (8-3) bounced back with a dominating performance vs. World Vision Basketball Classic host UNLV, with a final score of 80-54.

Brittany Chambers, who suffered a bad sprained ankle five days earlier, played all three games in this classic, including 31 minutes today. This was a great testament to her determination and commitment, as her ankle, claimed Brian Smoller, was "the size of a cantaloupe" on Dec. 16. But wait... Chambers had a double-double by halftime! She made 5 of 11 three-pointers, hit three-of-three on free throws, collected 15 rebounds and had five assists. She had 28 points in 31 minutes of play. This, ladies and gentlemen, is All-American caliber work.

Bri Craig had a fine evening. She made six of 12 field goals, with three from beyond the arc, contributing 15 points. Mariah White had six rebounds and four assists. Chantay Caron had eight points and five assists.

This game should provide a real boost of confidence, after losses to two Top 20 teams. Nice work, Cats!

12/12/12  Sports Extra: Coggins back home again
Mark Janssen's latest Sports Extra is a visit with Claire Coggins, now that she has returned and settled into her role as video coordinator for the Cats. It's excellent to have people on our staff who truly want to be here. Claire has been returning in recent summers to help with Deb's camps, for example. I know she has much to contribute. Here's a link. Hey... have you watched video of The Shot lately?
12/09/12  Brittany Chambers passes 1,500 points
As the Topeka Capital-Journal reports, Brittany Chambers has become the 10th Cat to record 1,500 points. Here's K-State's top five in scoring:

Kendra Wecker: 2,333 • Nicole Ohlde: 2,241 • Ashley Sweat: 1,805 • Laurie Koehn: 1,733 • Diana Miller: 1,705

Brittany is averaging an impressive 20.7 points per game to date. With easily 24 games remaining this season, Chambers will very likely check out at #3 all-time in scoring. She has a tremendous accomplishment already, with much more to come.

11/21/12  K-State signs four freshmen during early period
Deb Patterson announced today the signing of four players who are going to make a big impact.
   • Breanna Lewis - 6' 5", Milwaukee Riverside HS, 16 ppg, 11.7 rebounds
   • Jessica Sheble - 6' 3", Olathe North HS, 15 ppg, 10 rebounds, All-6A State honorable mention
   • Erica Young - 6' 3", Tampa Bay Tech HS, 20.1 ppg, 7.6 rebounds, Class 7A All-State First Team
   • Kindred Wesemann - 5' 6", Pleasant Hill HS, 12.9 ppg, two-time Class 3 All-State honorable mention
7/20/12  Coggins is coming home!
The Women's Basketball program has announced the return of #14 Claire Coggins, 2007 grad and veteran of the WNBA, to serve as video coordinator. Here's the announcement. While you're at it, have a look at Claire's half-court shot with 0.7 seconds remaining vs. Wyoming on Nov. 17, 2006, and Brian Smoller going nuts thereafter. I know Claire will make great contributions to the program!

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