Kansas State Postgame Notes

KANSAS STATE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL POSTGAME NOTES
2007 Big 12 Women’s Basketball Championship
(5) Iowa State (23-7) 57, (12) Kansas State (16-14) 45

Kansas State falls to 16-14 with today’s loss to Iowa State... Baring a berth in the WNIT, K-State will fail to hit the 20-win mark for the first time since going 12-16 during 2000-01... It snaps a string of five straight 20-win seasons for the Wildcats, who advanced to the postseason in all five campaigns (4 NCAA, 1 WNIT).

Kansas State’s loss today marked the first time the Wildcats have dropped their opening game at the Big 12 Championship since falling to Baylor, 60-44, at the 2001 tournament in Kansas City... K-State is now 8-3 all time in their first game of the Big 12 Championship and 11-11 overall in Big 12 tournament games.

Today’s loss to Iowa State marked the third time this season that the Wildcats have fallen to the Cyclones... K-State was knocked off by ISU 73-68 in Ames on Jan. 27, and 64-61 in Manhattan on Feb. 24... The setback marked the first time the Wildcats have dropped three in a row in the same season to the Cyclones... Iowa State has now won four straight over the Cats dating to last season marking the first time K-State had dropped four in a row to the Cyclones... Today’s loss was also K-State’s first vs. Iowa State in the postseason... The Wildcats defeated the Cyclones in each of their five meetings in the Big 8 Tournament... Today’s game marked the first time the two programs have met at the Big 12 Championship.

Today’s setback was the sixth in a row for the Wildcats, their ninth in the last 10 games and K-State’s 12th over its final 14 games... Kansas State opened the year 14-2 before losing sophomore center Marlies Gipson to a season ending injury... The Wildcats finished the year 2-14 without her in the lineup.

Kansas State’s 45 points were its second fewest of the season... The Wildcats were limited to 34 by Texas on Feb. 3... Kansas State’s 20 first-half points were also its second fewest of the season, while its 27.3 percent shooting percentage was its lowest since being held to 25.5 percent by the Longhorns.

The Wildcats’ starting lineup this afternoon consisted of: senior guard Claire Coggins, junior guard Kimberly Dietz, sophomore guard Shalee Lehning, junior forward Shana Wheeler and freshman forward Ashley Sweat... The Wildcats finish the season 1-8 using this starting lineup this season... Coggins, Dietz and Lehning have started every game in 2006-07 for the Wildcats... Lehning has now started 57 consecutive games, dating back to a 77-66 victory over Louisiana Tech on Dec. 6, 2005... Today’s game marked Coggins’ 38th-straight start and her 91st overall... Dietz has started 54 games in her Wildcat career... Wheeler has now made 34 career starts... In her freshman campaign, Sweat has started 16 games for the Cats.

Shana Wheeler’s 17 points were a career high for the junior, topping the 16 she had earlier this season vs. Wyoming on Nov. 17, 2006... Wheeler also led all players with 10 rebounds for her first career double-double... The junior also had three blocked shots today, marking the eighth time this season she has swatted at least three shots... She now has 105 career blocked shots and today moved into second place past Brie Madden (104)... Nicole Ohlde is K-State’s all time blocks leader with 204.

Claire Coggins finishes her career with 1,211 career points after scoring a season low three points today.