The win marks the 200th victory of Coach Patterson’s career... She is 200-113 (.639) in 10+ seasons with K-State.
The Wildcats move to 30-8 in season openers, including a 9-2 record under Deb Patterson... K-State improves to 31-7 in home openers, winning its last six.
Attendance for tonight’s game was 4,225, 200 more than last week’s exhibition match-up against Emporia State (4,025)
The Wildcats’ starting lineup Friday evening consisted of: senior guard Claire Coggins, junior guard Kimberly Dietz, sophomore guard Shalee Lehning, sophomore forward Marlies Gipson and freshman forward Ashley Sweat... It is Coggins’ tenth-straight start and the 63rd of her career... Lehning has now started 29-straight games, dating back to a 77-66 victory over Louisiana Tech on Dec. 6 of last year... Gipson continues a streak of 35-straight starts, starting all 34 games a season ago.
Junior Shana Wheeler saw her first action since suffering a season-ending injury against Creighton on Dec. 19, 2005... She recorded her first points since the injury at the 8:01 mark in the second half, nailing two free throws, and added a lay-up less than a minute later... She ended the evening with four points, eight rebounds and one block in 12 minutes of play.
Gipson dropped a career-high 18 points on 7-of-14 shooting... She added 13 rebounds to record the fourth double-double of her career... She also contributed two assists and one block in 36 minutes of play.
The Wildcats shot 43.8 percent (14-of-32) in the first half, their highest first-half percentage since shooting 58.3 percent against
K-State collected 47 rebounds on the evening, one better than its total from last season’s opener... It’s the seventh-straight game in which the Cats collected at least 30 boards... Gipson led the way, grabbing 13, while Sweat and Wheeler chipped in eight.