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K-State hosts Coyotes

By Kelly McHugh

The K-State women’s basketball team returns to Bramlage Coliseum today at 2 p.m. to take on the South Dakota Coyotes.

South Dakota (4-5) travels to Manhattan fresh off a 90-35 win over Dakota State. The Wildcats (6-0) are also coming off of a win, however their low-scoring 48-43 victory at Wichita State last Tuesday left a lot for K-State to work on before returning to its home court.

“We’d better be really accountable on the defensive end of the floor and with our rebounding,” K-State head coach Deb Patterson said, “Ninety points is a whole lot of points no matter who you’re playing, and coming off a game where we struggled to score 50, that ought to really get the attention of our team.”

The Coyotes are coming off a two-game winning streak in which consistent play from junior forward Polly Harrington and sophomore guard Nicole Seekamp led their team to back-to-back high-scoring victories. Seekamp scored more than 20 points in the Coyote’s past two games, while Harrington recorded a double-double in both.

“They’re a shooting team,” K-State senior guard Brittany Chambers said. “They love to shoot the ball, they play concepts really well, just fundamental basketball.”

Chambers has the opportunity to become the 10th player in K-State women’s basketball history to score 1,500 points. Chambers currently sits at 1,494 points in her collegiate career with K-State, and has averaged 19.3 points per game this season.

“I’ve had the opportunity to play with some really great players, and Coach P has given me the opportunity to be the player that I want to be and allow me to take some crazy shots at times,” Chambers said. “I’ve just really thrived in her program and what she’s done. I’m very lucky.”

Senior guard Mariah White returned to the court against Wichita State after suspension from the first five games this season. White debuted her senior campaign with five points, four rebounds and two steals in 27 minutes against the Shockers. 

“It’s really exciting to have Mariah back,” Patterson said. “She’s physical, she’s strong, she’s smart, she and Brittany have a good feel for one another’s game. It was a hard game to come back to because I don’t think as a team we played our system real well, but it’s just great to have that physical aggressive leader out there.”

White hasn’t played in a game with K-State since March 19, when the Wildcats lost to Connecticut in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

“It felt great,” White said about getting back on the court. “I was just counting the months - the last game I played was UConn, so if felt really good getting back out there and being with my team.”

K-State athletics is getting in to the Christmas Spirit as they team up with Fort Riley’s Operation Santa Clause at this afternoon’s game. Fans are encouraged to bring a new toy to donate, and fans without a ticket that donate a new toy can purchase a general admission ticket for only $3.

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