MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University women’s basketball team will face Kansas State on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the WVU Coliseum.
Kansas State enters Tuesday’s game looking to put a stop to a three-game losing skid, dropping five of its last six contests. The Wildcats are 13-14 overall and 4-11 in Big 12 play, coming off a 69-50 loss to Iowa State at home. Holding a 1-6 Big 12 record on the road, K-State’s only league road win was a 57-54 victory at TCU.
Senior guard Brittany Chambers leads the Wildcats in scoring and rebounding with 19.2 points per game and 7.4 rebounds per game. Averaging 18.8 points per league game, Chambers holds the third-highest scoring average of all Big 12 players. On the boards, Chambers averages 7.0 rebounds per league contest, the 10th-highest average in the league.
Behind Chambers, Haley Texada also averages double figure scoring numbers with 12.4 points in conference only games. As a team, Kansas State leads the league in 3-point field goals made as it averages 8.9 threes per game. Texada holds K-State’s highest 3-point field goal percentage in league play with 30.6 percent, ranking as the fourth-highest percentage in the league. Behind Texada, freshman Bri Craig and Chambers also rank in the top 10 for their respective 3-point field goal percentages at No. 6 and No. 7 with 28.3 and 28 percent, respectively. Chambers has collected the most threes for K-State with 71, including 37 in league play. Craig, who has started all league games, is the second-leading 3-point shooter with 50 total threes and 32 in league play.
Senior guard Mariah White holds the second-highest field goal percentage in the Big 12, shooting 57.3 percent (47-82) in conference only games and the third-highest steals per game average (2.3), having collected 35 league steals. White had a 17-point outing in the last game with three 3-pointers, while Chambers led the Wildcats with 18 points and three treys. Shooting 77.5 percent in Big 12 play, White holds the 12th-highest free throw percentage of all league players, converting 31-of-40 attempts.
Tuesday is the second meeting in the all-time series with Kansas State. The Mountaineers hold a 1-0 all-time series advantage, as WVU defeated Kansas State, 66-52, in Manhattan on Jan. 12, 2013.
The Mountaineers, who are 16-10 overall and 8-7 in Big 12 play, have been consistent at guarding the three, holding league opponents to only 29.3 percent from beyond the arc, the second-lowest percentage in Big 12 play. WVU averages 5.9 threes per game and had a season-high 10 team threes in the last outing at TCU. The Mountaineers defeated the Horned Frogs 66-56 on Saturday in Fort Worth, and have won three of their last five games.
Junior guard Taylor Palmer stepped up as the scoring leader with 19 points, including five 3-pointers in the last outing. Palmer matches senior Ayana Dunning as the second-leading scoring leaders with 10.2 points per game each. Junior Christal Caldwell has been the most consistent in scoring as she averages 12.9 points per game as WVU’s season scoring leader. Caldwell has had 18 double-figure scoring games this season, but has been held to only two and four points, respectively, in the last two outings.
Coach Mike Carey continues to utilize his bench as the Mountaineer bench accounts for 29 percent of all scoring in Big 12 games this season. Freshman guard Bria Holmes is the leading scorer off the bench with 5.8 points per league game and is coming off back-to-back double-figure scoring outings. Jess Halree also provides a spark as a reserve with 5.3 points per league game and 5.3 rebounds per Big 12 outing.
Tuesday’s game will be broadcast live on WAJR with Travis Jones on the call. Live stats, video stream and a recap of the game can be found at WVUsports.com.