Postgame Notes


Women’s National Invitation Tournament

Kansas State (17-14) 72, Southern Illinois (21-11) 46


       Kansas State won its sixth-straight WNIT game with its 72-46 victory over Southern Illinois tonight... The Wildcats are now 7-1 all time in WNIT games... K-State has now won its first WNIT game all three times the Wildcats have played in the tournament... The Cats also advanced to the third round of the WNIT for the second straight year.


       Kansas State improves to 17-14 with tonight’s win... The victory snapped a six-game losing streak for the Wildcats and was K-State’s first win since defeating Texas Tech, 66-59, in Lubbock.


       Southern Illinois scored just 12 points in the first half... It is the fewest first-half points by a K-State opponent since Dec. 1, 2006, when the Wildcats held Mississippi Valley State to just nine first-half points... The 12 points were a first-half low for SIU and just the fourth time in 32 games this season that the Salukis have been held below 20 points in the first half... SIU’s previous first-half low point total was 16 vs. Northern Iowa on Feb. 11, 2007.


       The Salukis’ 46 points tonight were also a season-low for a game, while its 26-point loss was it largest of the season... Southern Illinois 46 points were also its fewest since scoring 45 points in a 45-44 win at Creighton on Feb. 17, 2006... SIU’s 26-point loss was its largest since suffering an 81-55 setback at Drake on Feb. 19, 2006... SIU was also held to a season-low 28 percent shooting... Its previous low was 33.3 percent at Northern Iowa on Feb. 11, 2007.


       Kansas State 53.8 percent field goal percentage was its third-best of the season and the best by the Wildcats since netting a season-high 58.8 percent in a 75-34 win over Elon in Las Vegas on Nov. 25, 2006... The Wildcats shooting performance was also a season-high at home, trailing only the 57.4 percent K-State shot against Creighton on Nov. 13.


       The Wildcats 26-point victory was it largest since defeating Rice by 29 points (83-54) at the FIU Fun & Sun Classic in Miami on Dec. 29, 2006.


       K-State outrebounded SIU 40-33 tonight... Combined with its 39-37 rebounding edge against Iowa State at the Big 12 Tournament, the Wildcats have now outrebounded consecutive opponents for the first time since outboarding UMKC and Santa Clara in games nine and 10 earlier this season.


       All nine Wildcats who got into tonight’s game scored... It is the sixth time this season that every K-State player who played scored and the first time K-State has pulled off that feat since having all nine players score vs. Santa Clara.


       Head coach Deb Patterson received her second technical foul of the season with 17:04 to play in the second half... It was her first technical foul since the Wildcats’ season opener against Wisconsin-Green Bay on Nov. 10, 2006.


       Kansas State’s starting lineup this afternoon consisted of: juniors Shana Wheeler (forward) and Kimberly Dietz (guard), sophomores Shalee Lehning (guard) and Danielle Zanotti (forward), and freshman Ashley Sweat (forward)... It is the first time this season that the Wildcats have used this starting lineup... It is also the first time senior Claire Coggins has not started this season... Coggins last missed start came at Nebraska on Feb. 18, 2006... Coggins had started 40 straight games heading into tonight’s battle with Southern Illinois.


       Kimberly Dietz and Shalee Lehning have started every game in 2006-07 for the Wildcats... Lehning has now started 58 consecutive games, dating back to a 77-66 victory over Louisiana Tech on Dec. 6, 2005... Dietz has started 55 games in her Wildcat career... Wheeler has now made 35 career starts... In her freshman campaign, Sweat has started 17 games for the Cats.


       Ashley Sweat led all scores with 15 points... It is the sixth time in the last eight games that the freshman has scored in double figures and the eighth time she has lead the Wildcats in scoring.


       Kimberly Dietz finished with 13 points and has now scored in double digits in 20-of-31 games this season.


       .Kari Kincaid’s 10 points were a career high... Here previous best was six at Baylor on Jan. 20, 2007.


       Kansas State will try to extend its WNIT winning streak to seven when it hosts the winner Monday’s Utah at Illinois game on Thursday, March 22nd, at 7 p.m. in Bramlage Coliseum.