K-State Concludes 2009 at UC Davis

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State returns to action following a brief break for the holidays, as the Wildcats travel to UC Davis for a contest on Tuesday, Dec. 29. The game will mark the end of a four-game road trip with tip-off scheduled for 9 p.m. (CT). This will be the first meeting between the schools.

Tuesday's contest will be broadcast live on the K-State Sports Network, as the award-winning Brian Smoller delivers the play-by-play and former Wildcat Kristin Waller provides the color analysis.

The matchup between the Wildcats and the Aggies will be K-State's final game of the first decade in the 21st century. K-State has achieved the most wins of any decade in school history with a record of 218-103 (.679). It is the second-best winning percentage behind the 1970s (202-92, .687). The first decade of the 2000s includes seven 20-win seasons, six NCAA?Tournament appearances, a pair of Big 12 regular season titles and a Postseason WNIT crown (2006).

In K-State's last action before the holiday break, the Wildcats registered a 2-1 record at the Duel in the Desert in Las Vegas, Nev. K-State garnered wins over VCU and UTSA in the final two games of the tournament to capture fourth place.

The Cats were led by freshman Brittany Chambers, senior forward Ashley Sweat, senior guard Kari Kincaid and sophomore forward Branshea Brown. Chambers earned her second All-Tournament team honor this season after registering 15.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists in Las Vegas.

Sweat averaged 12.3 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.0 assists during the three games and became the ninth player in school history and the first since the 2004-05 season to register 1,500 points in her career.

Kincaid recorded 8.7 points, 3.7 assists and 3.0 rebounds and moved into ninth in school history for career 3-point field goals made (121).

Brown averaged 6.7 points and 6.0 rebounds and set a new career-high for points (12) and field goals made (5) and attempted (9) against UTSA.

K-State Nearing Milestone

With one more victory, K-State will become the second team in the Big 12 (Texas) and the 11th program in NCAA Division I history to reach 775 victories. The Wildcats currently own an overall record of 774-455 (.630) in its 42-year history of women's basketball.

Sweat is Offensive

Ashley Sweat has opened the 2009-10 season by improving her place on the K-State career scoring list with 211 points in the first 12 games (17.6 ppg). Sweat's career total now stands at 1,502 points to rank ninth in school history. She is the ninth player in school history to reach the 1,500-point plateau and the first since the 2004-05 season. Sweat leads the Wildcats in scoring in home games at 22.7 per game.

Sweat, a Naismith Trophy and Wooden Award candidate, ranks second in the Big 12 in points per game. She has scored in 111 career games, which is every game of her career, and ranks second for the longest consecutive games with a point streak in school history. It also ranks as the second-longest current streak in the nation and the longest current streak in the Big 12. She has also scored in double figures in 82 career games and has four career games with 30 or more points.

Her latest 30-point effort came against Washington State, as Sweat carded a new career-high with 33 points on 12-of-19 shooting. The point total was the highest by a Wildcat since Kendra Wecker scored a school record 41 against Illinois State on Nov. 26, 2004. The 33 points rank tied for 11th in school history for a single game and is the second-highest point total by any player in the Big 12 this season.

What Brown is Doing for Us

Sophomore Branshea Brown has provided K-State with an interior rebounding presence for the Wildcats in the first 12 games this season.

Brown is averaging 3.6 points and is the team's second-leading rebounder with 5.6 rebounds in 18.9 minutes per game. Of her 62 total rebounds, Brown has pulled in a team-leading 28 offensive rebounds (.452) and ranks tied for 15th in the Big 12 in the category with 2.5 per game.

The product of Walterboro, S.C., has blocked nine shots this season (1.1 bpg) and has four career games with multiple blocks, including a career-high three against Northwestern. She also tallied a career-high three steals and tied her career-high with 10 rebounds against the Big Ten's Wildcats.

Against UTSA, Brown registered a career-high 12 points with a career-best for field goals made (5) and attempted (9). She also hauled in eight rebounds, including five offensive boards.


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