K-State Opens Big 12 Schedule against 9/9 Baylor

Jan. 1, 2014

K-State Athletics

Game Notes

Game 12
(9/9) Baylor at Kansas State
Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014 | 7 p.m.
Bramlage Coliseum (12,528) | Manhattan, Kan.

Game Information
Tickets: Visit www.kstatesports.com or call (800) 221-CATS

TV: FOX Sports Kansas City (PbP: Brian Smoller; Color: Missy Heidrick)

Channel Info:
DirecTV - 672-1; Dish - 9580 or 412-38
Check local listings for availability in your area.

Radio: K-State Sports Network (PbP: Matt Walters; Color: Kristin Waller)

Internet: Free live audio & free live stats at www.kstatesports.com

Team Information
Kansas State Wildcats (6-5, 0-0 Big 12)
Head Coach: Deb Patterson (Rockford ‘79)
Career Record: 345-212 (.619) 18th year
School Record: Same
Last game: W, 74-42 vs. UC Riverside on Dec. 30, 2013
website: www.kstatesports.com
Twitter: @kstatesports, @kstate_gameday, #KStateWBB

Baylor Lady Bears  (10-1, 0-0 Big 12)
Head Coach: Kim Mulkey (Louisiana Tech ‘84)
Career Record: 382-82 (.823) 14th year
School Record: Same
Last game: W, 82-57 vs. McNeese State on Dec. 28, 2013
website: www.baylorbears.com
Twitter: @BaylorAthletics

Series History and Notes
Baylor leads the series, 21-9, and has won 16 straight in the series... K-State’s last win over Baylor came on Jan. 27, 2004, an 85-65 decision in Manhattan... The Lady Bears won the last meeting between the teams, 80-47, on March 9, 2013 in Dallas... Head coach Deb Patterson is 7-20 against Baylor.

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State will open its Big 12 schedule on Thursday night, as the Wildcats host the defending Big 12 champion No. 9/9 Baylor Lady Bears at 7 p.m., in Bramlage Coliseum. The Wildcats have won two straight at home and four of five this season.

Thursday night’s game will be available to a national audience on a number of the FOX Sports regional networks. Check your local listings for availability in your area. This will be the 201st K-State women’s basketball game to be broadcast on television and the 121st on the FSN family of networks. K-State holds an all-time record of 122-78 (.610) in televised games. Handling the broadcast will be the award-winning Brian Smoller on play-by-play and former Wildcat letterwinner Missy Heidrick with the analysis.

The game will also be available on the K-State Sports Network and for free at kstatesports.com, as the award-winning Matt Walters delivers the play-by-play and former K-State letterwinner Kristin Waller drops in with the color analysis. Fans can also follow the live stats at kstatesports.com, and receive updates on Twitter by following @kstate_gameday.

Kansas State (6-5) ended a two-game skid and closed out its regular season non-conference schedule with a 74-42 win over UC Riverside in the consolation game of the Surf N’ Slam Classic in San Diego, Calif. The 42 points were a season-low for a K-State opponent and the fewest the Wildcats have allowed since Dec. 7, 2011 when K-State held Wichita State to 34 points.

For the second time this season, K-State registered 20 or more assists in a game with 20 assists on 24 made field goals against UC Riverside.  

K-State was led in the Surf N’ Slam Classic by freshman guard Leticia Romero. The product of Las Palmas, Spain, averaged 15.5 points per game, 8.5 assists, 4.5 rebounds and 3.5 steals while earning All-Tournament Team honors. Against UC Riverside, Romero registered her first career double-double with 16 points, a career-high 10 assists, five rebounds and three steals.

In her first season, Romero is averaging team-highs of 12.6 points (17th in Big12), 5.9 rebounds, 5.8 assists (5th in Big 12 and 46th in the nation) and 2.3 steals (3rd in Big 12). Romero is currently the only freshman in the Big 12, and the first freshman in the Deb Patterson era, to average at least 10.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 2.0 steals after the first 11 games of the season. She also ranks among the league’s leaders in three-point field goal percentage (.394; 9th), free throw percentage (.800; 12th), assist-to-turnover ratio (1.4; 13th) and defensive rebounds (4.4; 14th).

At a Glance: Baylor
Baylor (10-1, 0-0 Big 12), the 2013 Big 12 regular season and tournament champions, enter Thursday night’s Big 12 season-opener with a 40-game win streak in Big 12 regular season games dating back to Feb. 19, 2011 at Texas Tech. The Lady Bears, who defeated McNeese State on Dec. 28, 82-57, lead the Big 12 in scoring offense (99.2 ppg), scoring margin (+35.0), assists (22.9 apg), turnover margin (+7.6) and rebound margin (+16.5). Thursday night’s game will be Baylor’s first game outside of the state of Texas this season, as the Lady Bears have played 10 home games and one neutral site game in Dallas.

Baylor is led by 14th-year head coach Kim Mulkey. The 1984 graduate of Louisiana Tech has accumulated a 382-82 (.823) record during her time in Waco and has led the Lady Bears to three straight Big 12 regular season titles and 12 NCAA Tournament appearances, including the 2005 and 2012 NCAA titles.

The Lady Bears are led by senior guard Odyssey Sims. Sims, the two-time All-American and preseason Big 12 Player of the Year, is averaging a career-best, NCAA Division I and Big 12-leading 30.1 points per game while also dishing out 5.0 assists. Against McNeese State, Sims recorded 27 points on 10-of-19 shooting including a 5-of-7 effort from beyond the arc.

Freshmen Scoring in Bunches to Open Season
K-State’s freshmen class this season, which consists of five true freshmen and one redshirt freshman, has shouldered the scoring load for the Wildcats in the first 11 games of the season. The group has tallied 351 points after 11 games, which is 49.2 percent of K-State’s overall total of 714 points. The 49.2 percent of scoring by the freshmen is the second-highest percentage for a freshmen class in the Deb Patterson era. The 351 points are second behind the six freshmen class of 2001-02 that tallied 587 points after the first 11 games. A freshman, true or redshirt, has led K-State in scoring in eight of the 11 games this season.

Wildcats’ Defense Solid to Open Season
K-State’s defense turned in a strong performance on Dec. 30 in its final non-conference game of the season. The Wildcats held UC Riverside to 42 points, while limiting the Highlanders to a .286 field goal percentage. The 42 points marked the lowest opponent output this season and the fewest points surrendered by the Wildcats since Dec. 7, 2011, when K-State allowed 34 points to Wichita State. During the last 13 seasons, K-State is 82-3 (.965) when holding an opponent to 49 points or less. In the Deb Patterson-era, K-State has held opponents to 30 points or less five times.

This season, the Wildcats are holding its opponents to 64.0 points per game. K-State’s defense is holding opponents to a .352 field goal percentage which ranks 49th in the nation and includes a .257 three-point field goal percentage which ranks second in the Big 12 and 27th in the nation.