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S: Kelsey Hill a True Wildcat

BC: Once a Wildcat Always a Wildcat!

FC: class of | KELSEY HILL # 10

1: "The surest way not to fail is to determine to succeed." ~Richard Brinsley Sheridan | ill | Women's Basketball Signs Kelsey Hill | MANHATTAN, Kan. Kansas State head women’s basketball coach Deb Patterson announced today that Kelsey Hill (Overland Park, Kan./St. Thomas Aquinas) has signed national letter of intent to attend K-State and play for the Wildcats. Hill joins Jackie Stanley (Wylie, Texas/Wylie HS) and Shalin Spani (Lee’s Summit, Mo./Metro Academy) as Kansas State’s freshmen class for the 2007-08 season. “Kelsey is a tremendous addition to our basketball program,” said Patterson. “She has excellent court awareness, and brings great basketball intelligence to the floor. Her ability to stretch defenses with the three point shot as well as her competitive disposition as a floor leader will add quality depth to our perimeter game.” | Hill a 5-foot-7 point guard, averaged 10 points, 3.9 assists and 3 rebounds per game last season. She was named KBCA All State Honorable-Mention and Topeka Capital Journal all state her junior year. Hill also earned Second team all Eastern Kansas Team honors and helped the team to second place finish at Kansas 5A State Tournament. She was named St. Thomas Aquinas New-Comer of the year and Eastern Kansas League Scholar Athlete in 2004-05. K-State Website | The Journey Begins

2: Champs! | Wildcats | We were so excited when Kelsey became a Wildcat! Now we had a truly special reason to make the drive to Manhattan: to see our very own Wildcat play!

3: 2007-2008 Season Highlights | 22-Wins 10 Losses | Traveled to Cancun Mexico for Caribbean Classic | Beat KU Twice! 64-58 & 61-50 | Big 12 Conference Champs | K-State Women's Basketball Named 2nd on National Honor Roll with a 3.652 GPA! | Conference Record: 13-3

4: 2008 K-State Camp | This year the girls attended their first sleepover camp. Hal & I were nervous about leaving them so far away, but Kelsey helped them feel right at home! | Hudson 1st, Hunter 3rd & Hope 5th grade summer. | Danielle and Marlese are their Hall Coaches

5: This summer we all fell in love with the Wildcats! Especially Kelsey! | Hunter wins the Wildcat Award! | My Dad played here a long time ago!

6: Childs, Sweat Lead Cats Over Cowgirls MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) - Ashley Sweat scored 31 points and Jalena Childs had 14 points and 16 rebounds to lead No. 20 Kansas State to a 79-71 win over Oklahoma State. Childs' double-double Sunday was the first of her career with the Wildcats (20-3, 7-3 Big 12) and her 16 rebounds were the most by a freshman since Shalee Lenning grabbed 20 on December 6, 2005, against Louisiana Tech. Kelsey Nelson added 13 points from the Wildcats' bench en route to helping K-State win its 13th consecutive game at home (11-0 this season). Andrea Riley led Oklahoma State (14-9, 3-7) with 30 points. Kansas State jumped out to a 17-12 lead in the opening period, but a basket from Oklahoma State's Shyvon Spears sparked an 8-2 run that put the Cowgirls ahead 20-19. Oklahoma State extended its lead to four, but Kansas State closed out the half with a 7-2 run. The Wildcats led 36-35 at halftime and extended their lead to 11 points after the break. Riley's five straight points got the Cowgirls within six. But Sweat hit two free throws with 1:07 remaining to stop the comeback. K-State Web Site | February 15, 2008 KSU vs OSU 79-71 Win

7: Think Pink | 2008 Breast Cancer Awareness Game We loved this game all in pink! | "Sisters are angels who lift us to our feet when our wings have trouble remembering how to fly."

8: 2008-2009 Season Highlights | 25 Wins - 8 Losses | Big 12 All Academic 1st Team Wildcats to earn the Academic All-Big 12 first team honor were: senior Marlies Gipson (elementary education), senior Shalee Lehning (electronic journalism), senior Kelsey Nelson (elementary education), senior Danielle Zanotti (psychology), junior Ashley Sweat (kinesiology), junior Kari Kincaid (elementary education), sophomore Kelsey Hill (agricultural communications) and sophomore Shalin Spani (kinesiology). K-State Web Site | KSU defeats KU 72-39 & 59-50 | #13 on National Academic Honor Roll | 11th NCAA Tournament | Shalee Lening Signs with WNBA Atlanta Dream | 10 - 6 Big 12 Conf.

9: Q&A with Kelsey Hill 1.) Favorite saying: It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog. 2.) Who would play you in a movie of your life and why? Angelina Jolie, because she's tough but feminine. She likes to help other people and loves children. 3.) Who is your celebrity crush? Brody Quinn and Shane Battier 4.) What are your future goals on and off the court? On the court, I want to have a successful year and be the best player I can be for my coaches and teammates. Off the court, I want to be an accomplished business woman and eventually have a family. 5.) What is your secret food craving? Mexican- chips and queso! 6.) The reason I picked my jersey number is... My dad wore the #10 in college and I was a huge Sue Bird fan growing up. 7.) Favorite things Coach P says: Whenever she says she is happy with our effort. 8.) The reality show I'd like to be on is.... Dancing With the Stars- everyone seems to have a lot of fun on that show. 9.) 3 reasons I chose K-State: The coaching staff, the fans, the spirited atmosphere of the university and Manhattan. 10.) Most people don't know but I.... I went out for my football team in grade school but when my dad found out he made me quit. 11.) My best non-athletic talent: Interior decorating 12.) My favorite college class is... Any of my agriculture classes K-State Web Site

10: 2009-2010 Season | Latest from CatZone October 29, 2009 By Jeffery Rake MANHATTAN - Deb Patterson took one look at the Big 12 Conference preseason coaches poll, saw her Kansas State team was picked to finish eighth, and couldn't believe what she was seeing. "I looked at it and thought, 'How are they not picking us 12th?'" said Patterson, the 14th-year coach who has led the Wildcats to consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances. "I mean, I really did. I thought, 'Are you serious?'" Patterson made it clear that she's not downplaying expectations. The goal, as usual, is to qualify for postseason play, which is where the Wildcats have finished the last eight seasons. But she's also realistic, and that means recognizing that her roster looks much different than it did a year ago. The Wildcats lost four seniors to graduation, including Shalee Lehning and Marlies Gipson, a pair of All-Big 12 players. This year's squad has just two seniors, two juniors and a group of underclassmen - including three freshman guards who will all be asked to contribute immediately. With that type of inexperience, Patterson knows her patience will be tested and that she has a challenging season ahead of her. "My expectations are very day by day," Patterson said. "Figuring out what we're going to look like is the first question. How are we going to evolve? I'm as open-minded about it as anybody, anywhere. I look at our team and I say, 'What can we be, let's figure it out.'" Patterson doesn't have all the answers yet, but for now, she sees herself coaching this team in a way that she hasn't done in previous years. "I am a hockey coach this year," she said. "Anybody that has watched us coach over the years knows very rarely is a player in and out in three or four minutes. I look at our personnel, particularly on the perimeter, and I see the game that way." K-State's backcourt will be headed by senior guard Kari Kincaid, who averaged 8 points per game in 2008-09, and junior Shalin Spani, who missed the final eight games last season because of a knee injury. Freshmen Mariah White, Brittany Chambers and Taelor Karr will also be in the mix. The Wildcats were expecting big things out of junior guard Kelsey Hill, who Patterson said had made more progress in the offseason than any other player. But Saturday, Hill, who figured to play a prominent role at the point guard position, tore the anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee after coming down hard on a layup. She was on crutches Thursday at K-State media day and will miss the season, further complicating the Wildcats' backcourt situation. "There's no question, losing her was a huge blow," Patterson said. "As we approach this season, there's a real sense of urgency about young players having to step up before their time just for us to be competitive." Kincaid has seen the newcomers in practice, and so far, she likes what she sees. "They're still learning offense and how our program works, but our freshmen are so impressive," said Kincaid, who split time at the point and shooting guard positions last season. "They come in and try to get better every day, and they have."

11: We were so disappointed for Kelsey when she injured her knee. Like the champion she is though, she still supported her team from the bench and worked hard the entire next year to be ready to play 2010-2011. | 14 Wins 18 Losses | 1 KU Win 2 Mizzou Wins | Bramlage Coliseum

12: 2010 Wildcat Camp | Free Throw Runner Up | 3 on 3 Champs 5th grade summer | The Best Wildcat Camp Coach! | Kelsey's team partner becomes Hunter's new friend!

13: This had to be one of the funniest skits of all time! | Everybody in the gym laughed until they cried!

14: 2010-2011 Wildcat Classic Champs | 64-53 Win against St. John's | Our Favorite part of the game, Congratulating our friends!

15: K-State Upsets No. 14 St. John's K-State Web Site Wildcats win 13th title in Commerce Bank Wildcat Classic Nov. 13, 2010 MANHATTAN, Kan. – Behind a career-high performance from Mariah White, Kansas State was able to pull the upset of No. 14/16 St. John’s in Saturday afternoon’s championship game of the Commerce Bank Wildcat Classic, 64-53. K-State (2-0) has now won 13 of the 16 Wildcat Classics, while also extending their winning streak in the event to 10 games. St. John’s (1-1) dropped their first contest of the 2010-11 season after defeating Marist in its first round game on Friday. The win marked the first time K-State defeated a ranked opponent since taking down No. 18 Iowa State on January 31, 2010. Defense was the key to victory for the Wildcats, who held St. John’s to just 27.1 percent from the field on 19-of-70 shooting. The Red Storm did not hit their mark on any 3-pointers in the contest, going 0-for-7 from beyond the arc. Despite St. John’s having 24 more field goal attempts than the Wildcats, K-State was able to convert on 20 of their 46 attempts to provide the difference against the Red Storm. White posted career high numbers in both points (17) and rebounds (9) to lead the Wildcats in both categories, marking the first time in her career that she has led the team in either category. Eight of her 17 points came on free throws, where White put the game on ice for the Wildcats, with all 11 of her attempts from the charity stripe coming in the last five minutes of the contest. K-State spread the ball around on offense with three players joining White in double figures. Branshea Brown tallied a career-high 14 points, while blocking a career-best four shots. Also in double figures were sophomore guard Brittany Chambers with 12 and junior forward Jalana Childs with 10. St. John’s Nadirah McKenith led all scorers with 24 points on 9-of-16 shooting from the field. She was the only Red Storm player to break into double digits, with Shenneika Smith chipping in nine points.

16: KSU vs Nebraska 64-37 | We were amazed and thrilled that Kelsey was able to work her way back after knee surgery to play her senior year.

17: Kelsey had 6 points, 2 assists and 1 rebound. | Always encouraging her team!

18: Wildcats Beat Jayhawks in Lawrence 56-51 | This was the teams last conference game and a super exciting win!

20: Big 12 Championship Kansas State vs Iowa State Municipal Auditorium, Kansas City, MO March 9, 2011 MANHATTAN, Kan. - Kansas State will make its 2011 Phillips 66 Big 12 Women's Basketball Championship debut as the No. 4 seed on Wednesday afternoon at 1:30 p.m., as the Wildcats will take on Iowa State in Kansas City's Municipal Auditorium. The Wildcats earned the program's sixth opening round bye in the Big 12 Championships and the first since the 2007-08 season. With a win in the quarterfinals, K-State head coach Deb Patterson will record her 300th win as head coach of the Wildcats. 56-53 Win "Today was another classic, gritty, possession-by-possession Big 12 basketball game," said Patterson, who is now 300-172 as head coach. "I know we beat a great team and a great program and I cannot say enough about the toughness and special play we got from Brittany and Jalana. It was not a pretty game on the offensive end in the second half, but I thought our defense made the difference in the contest."

21: Kansas State (21-10, 10-6) 53 – Baylor (30-2, 15-1) 86 Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship Semifinals Municipal Coliseum – Kansas City, Mo. Miscellaneous Notes Today’s game was the 6th time the Wildcats and Lady Bears have met in the Big 12Conference Championship K-State is now 2-4 in those games The last time K-State and Baylor faced off in this tournament was in 2006 when the No. 2-seeded Lady Bears defeated the Wildcats 79-74 in overtime in the quarterfinals. K-State is 14-15 all-time in the Big 12 Tournament after today’s loss. The Wildcats are now 9-15 against the Lady Bears, including 7-14 in the Deb Patterson era The Wildcats have lost 10 straight to Baylor. The starting lineup for tonight’s contest consisted of sophomore guard Brittany Chambers, sophomore guard Taelor Karr, sophomore guard Mariah White, junior forward Jalana Childs and junior forward Branshea Brown This is the 20th time this season this starting lineup has been used with a record of 13-7. K-State is now 2-8 when trailing at half this year. Team Notes The Wildcats have hit at least one 3-pointer in 139 consecutive games shooting 11-of-25 It is the sixth time this season K-State has had 10 or more 3’s. Individual Notes Kelsey Hill provided a spark off the bench for the Wildcats hitting three shots from deep to cut Baylor’s lead to single digits quickly after arrival to the game She finished the day with 14 points for a new career-high on 4-of-8 shooting from 3-point range. Taelor Karr posted 13 points for the Wildcats and is now averaging 11.6 over the last five games for K-State Karr was 3-of-7 from long range, her most makes from deep since hitting five against Colorado on Feb. 16. Brittany Chambers scored 8 points this afternoon bringing her season total to 496. Alina Voronenko tallied 9 points off the bench for K-State and led the team with 6 rebounds. | We were so proud and excited to see Kelsey play such a great game in KC!

22: Hill's Trophy Case Named to 2010-11 Academic All-Big 12 first team 2008-09 Academic All-Big 12 first team Six-time Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll selection SENIOR (2010-11) Appeared in a career-high 32 games... Scored in a career-high six straight games from Jan. 19-Feb. 13... Registered a career-high in every statistical category this season... Dished out two assists and recorded her first steal of the season againstWestern Illinois (11/21)... Scored six points on 2-of-4 shooting from beyond the arc against South Dakota State (11/30)... Made her first three-point field goal since Jan. 10, 2009 against Kansas and had her first contest with two or more made 3-point field goals since Dec. 5, 2008 against Alcorn State... Recorded six points, on 2-of-2 shooting from beyond the arc, and dished out a pair of assists against North Dakota (12/8).. Carded six points, an assist and a rebound againstVermont (12/30)... Scored six points, including a career-high 3-of-4 from the foul line against Missouri (1/19)... Tallied six points, two assists, two steals and a rebound againstNebraska (1/22)... Scored 12 points in 28 minutes off the bench at Colorado (1/26)... The effort was her first career double figure scoring effort... Scored four points, all on free throws, and tallied two assists and a steal at Missouri (2/5)... Tallied six points, tied a career-high three rebounds and dished out two assists against Texas (2/9)... Notched four points, two rebounds and two assists against Colorado (2/16)... Knocked down a pair of three-point field goals at Nebraska (2/19)... Recorded a career-high 14 points, including a career-best 4-of-8 from beyond the arc, against Baylor (3/11). JUNIOR (2009-10) Missed entire 2009-10 season after suffering a torn ACL in an October practice... Named to Fall 2009 Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll. SOPHOMORE (2008-09) 2008-09 Academic All-Big 12 first team... Three-time Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll recipient... Carded 0.9 points per game (18), 0.4 rebounds (8) and 0.2 assists (4) per game... Registered career-highs in minutes (15), points (9), field goals made and attempted (3-of-4) and 3-point field goals made and attempted (3-of-4) against Alcorn State (12/5/08)... Saw action in a career-high 20 games, including nine Big 12 contests... Averaged 4.5 minutes per game (89)... Registered five points against Kansas (1/10/09) with 2-of-2 shooting from the field... Pulled in two rebounds in two games at Northwestern (11/17/08) and against Alcorn State... Notched three points and an assist against UTSA (11/23/08). FRESHMAN (2007-08) Played in 12 games during her rookie campaign, averaging 5.9 minutes... Tallied 1.3 points per game and shot .375 from the field (6-of-16), including .364 from beyond the three-point line (4-of-11)... Connected on a three-point field goal in four games, including one in three straight appearances... Registered a career-high five points on two occasions, against Lipscomb (11/30/07) and against Iowa State (1/23/08)... Named to the Fall 2007 Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll. K-State Web Site | RECORD: OVERALL HOME AWAY NEUTRAL ALL GAMES........... (21-11) (13-2) (6-6) (2-3) CONFERENCE.......... (10-6) (6-2) (4-4) (0-0) NON-CONFERENCE...... (11-5) (7-0) (2-2) (2-3)


24: Free Throw Champ | Whistle Dance! | Work it Girl! | Both Kelsey and I were proud of Hunter for challenging herself and playing against the High school girls.

25: Skit Night! | Slacker! | Strategy Meetings | Not Like that - Like This! | Coaches working hard. | Another hilarious skit!

26: Wildcat by Hudson | Team Signatures | We loved seeing you during Football Season too!

27: Dear Kelsey, In all the time I've known you, I have learned a lot of things, but one important thing is to always think positive and always be positive on and off the court! I'm doing my best to be as nice, positive and loving as you! I Love You! Hunter | Dear Kelsey, You are one of my role models and have taught me so much . You are always positive and nice to everyone . One thing you really helped me with is cheering on my team mates all the time . On or off the court you were there for a high five or "good job." I've used your example to cheer on my team mates no matter what, and it helps a lot . Thanks Kels! Lots of Love, Hope | Kelsey, We have so enjoyed watching you grow into the lovely person you are while cheering on the Wildcats, too. Sometimes our lives don't unfold quite like we may have dreamed they would. Injuries, coaching styles or time and place can play a factor in the paths we take. We have been so proud of the way you handled each hurdle placed in front of you with grace and kindness. Congratulations on a fabulous career as a true leader for the Kansas State Wildcats. Thank you for letting us share a small part of your life. We hope you enjoy a look back at part of your time at K-State through our eyes! Love you, Holly , Hal & Kids

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