K-State Opens Big 12 Action with Kansas

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State will look to extend its season-high win streak to five games, as K-State hosts Sunflower State rival, (24/rv) Kansas, on Saturday at 11 a.m. The 99th game in the Sunflower Showdown is the Big 12 opener for both teams.

Saturday's contest will be broadcast to a national television audience, as FSN will televise the contest with Brent Stover delivering the play-by-play and Brenda VanLengen is on the color analysis. The Wildcats are 75-48 (.610) in televised games, including a 46-33 (.582) mark on FSN and the FSN affiliates. K-State will play six games during the Big 12 slate on FSN or FSN Kansas City.

The game can also be found on the K-State Sports Network, as the award-winning Brian Smoller provides the play-by-play and former Wildcat Missy Heidrick is on the color analysis.

K-State extended its win streak to four with a 78-59 win over Yale on Jan. 2. The victory marked the 225th win in Bramlage Coliseum for the women's program in the 22-year history of the building (225-82, .733). The Wildcats were led by senior forward Ashley Sweat and freshman guard Brittany Chambers with 18 and 16 points, apiece. Freshman Taelor Karr added 15 points on a career-high 5-of-8 shooting from beyond the arc.

This season K-State is led by Sweat, Chambers and senior guard Kari Kincaid. Sweat is averaging a team-leading 18.1 points per game and ranks sixth in the Big 12 and 39th in the nation. The Wooden Award and Naismith Trophy candidate also leads the K-State in rebounding at 6.1 and free throw percentage (.861).

Chambers is K-State's second-leading scorer and ranks 18th in the league at 13.3 per game. The native of Belle Plaine, Minn., leads the Wildcats in field goal percentage (.517) and 3-point field goals made (32) and attempted (65).

Kincaid paces the Wildcats in assists (54, 3.9 apg) and assist-to-turnover ratio (2.6). The Andover, Kan., product is K-State third-leading scorer at 9.9 per game.

Wildcats Hot From Downtown

In the last five games, the Wildcats have had a hot hand from beyond the 3-point line, as K-State is 53-of-118 (.449) from deep. This includes performances of 12-of-31 against Hawaii, 10-of-23 against VCU, 13-of-25 at UC Davis and 12-of-26 against Yale. K-State has had five games this season with 10 or more made 3-point field goals, which is the highest total since the 2006-07 season (6). The 13 connections from beyond the arc at UC Davis were the most since K-State hit 13 against Rice on Dec. 29, 2006 in?Miami, Fla.

For the season, the Wildcats rank third in the Big 12 and fifth in the nation in 3-point field goal percentage at .414 and are second in the league and 10th in the nation in 3-point field goals made per game at 8.4. Leading five players with 15 or more made 3-point field goals is freshman guard Brittany Chambers at 32-of-65 (.492) from 3-point range, while senior forward Ashley Sweat is 20-of-38 (.526), senior guard Kari Kincaid is 23-of-71 (.324), junior Shalin Spani is 20-of-50 (.400) and freshman guard Taelor Karr is 21-of-49 (.429). Chambers, Spani and Karr have each recorded five made 3-point field goals in a game this season.

Sweat and Chambers rank third and fourth, respectively, in the Big 12 in 3-point field goal percentage, while Karr ranks 11th and Spani ranks 15th.

Kincaid the Distributor

Kari Kincaid has displayed some impressive passing skills through the first 14 games this season, including 6.5 assists during K-State's two Commerce Bank Wildcat Classic wins.

Kincaid recorded a new career-high for assists with 11 against Grambling State on Dec. 4. This was the highest assist total since Shalee Lehning dished out 13 against Drexel in the first round of the NCAA?Tournament on March 21, 2009. Kincaid's total tied for the eighth-highest total in school history with four other players.

This season, Kincaid leads the Wildcats in assists with 54 (3.9 apg) and ranks 11th in the Big 12 in the category. She needs just one assist to surpass her career season-high total of 54 from the 2008-09 season.

Kincaid has also taken care of the ball, as she ranks second in the Big 12 and seventh in the nation in assist-to-turnover ratio at 2.5 and has six games with zero turnovers. In the last eight games, Kincaid has 37 assists and seven turnovers, which is a 5.3 assist to turnover ratio.


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