Wildcats Visit Longhorns on Sunday

Jan. 3, 2014

K-State Athletics

Game Notes

Game 13
Kansas State at (rv/rv) Texas
Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014 | 2 p.m.
Frank Erwin Center (16,775) | Austin, Texas

Game Information
TV: Longhorn Network (PbP: Fran Harris; Color: Nell Fortner; Sideline: Kaylee Hartung)
Channel Info:
Check local listings for availability in your area.

Radio: K-State Sports Network (PbP: Brian Smoller; Color: Claire Coggins)

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

Tickets: Visit www.texassports.com or call (800) 982-BEVO

Team Information
Kansas State Wildcats (6-6, 0-1 Big 12)
Head Coach: Deb Patterson (Rockford ‘79)
Career Record: 345-213 (.618) 18th year
School Record: Same
Last game: L, 92-63 vs. (9/9) Baylor on Jan. 2, 2014
website: www.kstatesports.com
Twitter: @kstatesports, @kstate_gameday, #KStateWBB

Texas Longhorns  (9-4, 0-1 Big 12)
Head Coach: Karen Aston (Arkansas-Little Rock ‘87)
Career Record: 122-85 (.589) 7th year
School Record: 21-22 (.488) 2nd year
Last game: L, 67-61 at (11/13) Oklahoma St. on Jan. 2, 2014
website: www.texassports.com
Twitter: @UTexasWBB

Series History and Notes
The all-time series between the schools is tied, 13-13... K-State won the last meeting between the teams, 51-49, in Dallas in the first round of the 2013 Big 12 Championships on March 8, 2013... K-State has won six of the last nine meetings, including two straight... Since Texas joined the Big 12 in the 1996-97 season, K-State holds a 13-9 advantage in the series... Head coach Deb Patterson is 13-9 against Texas.

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State will look to shake off its Big 12-opening loss, as the Wildcats travel to Austin, Texas, for a Sunday afternoon contest at Texas. Game time between the Wildcats and Longhorns is set for 2 p.m. K-State will look to snap an eight-game road losing streak, as the Wildcats’ last road victory came on Jan. 19, 2013 at TCU.

Sunday afternoon’s game will be available on the Longhorn Network. Check your local listings for availability in your area. This will be the 202nd K-State women’s basketball game to be broadcast on television. K-State holds an all-time record of 122-78 (.610) in televised games. Handling the broadcast will be Fran Harris on play-by-play, Nell Fortner with the analysis and Kaylee Hartung with sideline reports.

The game will also be available on the K-State Sports Network and for free at kstatesports.com, as the award-winning Brian Smoller delivers the play-by-play and former K-State letterwinner Claire Coggins 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 (6-6) dropped its Big 12 opener for the second straight season, as the Wildcats fell to No. 9/9 Baylor on Thursday night, 92-63. The duo of junior Ashia Woods and freshman Leticia Romero combined for 47 of K-State’s 63 points. Woods and Romero are the first Wildcat teammates to each register 20 points in a game since Brittany Chambers (34 points) and Mariah White (25 points) combined for a school record 59 points at Iowa State on Feb. 7, 2013.

Woods finished with a career-high 27 points on a career-best 9-of-14 shooting from the field including a 3-of-6 effort from beyond the arc. This was her first career 20-point game and her fourth game in double figures this season. The product of Wichita, Kan., also pocketed a career-high six steals and hauled in five rebounds.

In the eight games she has played this season since returning from her ruptured Achilles tendon rehabilitation (which took her 310 days, Jan. 21 to Nov. 28), Woods is averaging 11.5 points, 4.8 rebounds, 2.8 steals and 2.1 assists.

Romero tallied her second career 20-point game with 20 points on 7-of-12 shooting and pulled in five rebounds. The native of Las Palmas, Spain has now scored in every game this season and has reached double figures in nine games this season, including five straight. Over the last five games, Romero is averaging 16.0 points, 5.6 rebounds and 5.2 assists.

In her first season, Romero is averaging team-highs of 13.3 points (15th in Big12), 5.8 rebounds (20th in Big 12), 5.3 assists (5th in Big 12 and 46th in the nation) and 2.2 steals (4th 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 12 games of the season. She also ranks among the league’s leaders in three-point field goal percentage (.378; 10th), free throw percentage (.804; 13th) and assist-to-turnover ratio (1.2; 13th).

At a Glance: Texas
Texas (9-4, 0-1 Big 12) saw its three-game win streak snapped by No. 11/13 Oklahoma State on Thursday night in Stillwater, 67-61. The Longhorns are 6-1 at the Erwin Center this season.

The Longhorns are guided by second-year head coach Karen Aston. The 1987 graduate of Arkansas-Little Rock owns a career record of 122-85 (.589) with stops at North Texas (2011-12) and Charlotte (2007-11). She steered Charlotte to one NCAA Tournament appearance during her time with the 49ers (2009).

On the floor, Texas has been paced by Nneka Enemkpali and Chassidy Fussell. Enemkpali leads the team in scoring with 14.5 points per game and paces the squad in rebounding at 8.5 per game. The junior forward from Pflugerville, Texas, is fourth in the Big 12 in rebounding and is tied for the league lead with four double-doubles. At Oklahoma State in the Big 12 opener, Enemkpali registered 18 points and nine rebounds.

Fussell, a senior guard from Troy, Tenn., is second on the team in scoring with 10.4 points per game. Fussell did not play against the Cowgirls in the Big 12 opener, as she suffered a right knee injury against Idaho on Dec. 28.

Woods Returns from Injury    
After missing the final 19 games of the 2012-13 season and the first four games of this season due to her recovery from a ruptured Achilles tendon, junior guard/forward Ashia Woods has made up for lost time with four games in double figures for points. This season in eight games, Woods is averaging 11.5 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.8 steals in 28.0 minutes per game with seven starts.

Against Baylor on Jan. 2, Woods tallied a career-high 27 points on a career-best 9-of-14 shooting from the field and 6-of-7 effort from the foul line. She also pocketed a career-high six steals, which marked her fourth career game with five or more steals. She was the first Wildcat to record six steals in a game since Mariah White tallied six against Texas Tech on March 2, 2013.

Woods received clearance to rejoin the Wildcats prior to the Junkanoo Jam on Nov. 28-29. Woods responded by averaging 10.0 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.5 steals during the two games. Against SMU, Woods came off the bench to register 16 points in 31 minutes of action.

Romero Displays All-Around Game    
Freshman guard Leticia Romero has put her diverse game on display in the early stages of her K-State career. This season, Romero leads the Wildcats in points (13.3 ppg; 15th in Big 12), rebounds (5.8 rpg; 20th in Big 12), assists (5.3 apg; 5th in Big 12 & top freshman passer), steals (2.2 spg; 4th in Big 12). Romero is the only freshman in the Big 12 currently averaging 10+ points, 5+ rebounds, 5+ assists and 2+ steals. She is the first freshman in the Deb Patterson era to achieve these averages after the first 12 games of her career.  

Romero has added two pieces of hardware to her trophy case this season, as she was named the Phillips 66 Big 12 Freshman of the Week on Nov. 11 after the first weekend of the season by averaging 20.5 points on a .765 field goal percentage (13-of-17) and a .750 free throw percentage (12-of-16). She pulled in 7.5 rebounds per game and dished out 5.5 assists. Romero is the first K-State freshman to record 40 or more points in her first two career games since Laurie Koehn tallied 43 points to open the 2001-02 season. Her 25 points against Charlotte were the most by a Wildcat freshman since Ashley Sweat notched 31 points at Wyoming on March 28, 2007 in the semifinals of the WNIT.

Romero also earned All-Tournament Team honors at the Surf N’ Slam Classic by averaging 15.5 points, 8.5 assists, 4.5 rebounds and 3.5 steals. Against UC Riverside, Romero carded her first career double-double and K-State’s second this season with 16 points and 10 assists which was her first career double figure assist game.