Wildcats Face Missouri Saturday on FSN Midwest

GAME - 16
Kansas State (13-2, 1-1)  vs. Missouri (13-3, 1-2)
Saturday, January 13, 2007  7 p.m.
Bramlage Coliseum (13,340), Manhattan, Kan.

Radio: KCLY-FM 100.9 (Clay Center); KXLS-FM 107.9 (Great Bend); KGGG-FM 94.7 (Hutchinson);  KALN-AM 1370 (Iola); KJCK-AM 1420 (Junsction City); KMAN-AM 1350 (Manhattan); KBLS-FM 102.5 (North Fort Riley); KWLS-AM 1290 (Pratt);
KWIC-FM 99.3 (Topeka); KFTI-AM 1070 (Wichita)
Television: Fox Sports Midwest
Internet: Live Stats on k-statesports.com

GAME PREVIEW: After coming off an upset win against No. 17 Texas A&M in the Big 12 home opener, the Wildcats will close out a two-game homestand when they host Missouri on Saturday, Jan. 13 at 7 p.m.  The game will be broadcast on Fox Sports Midwest with Ben Boyle and Pattie Phillips calling the action live from Bramlage Coliseum.
After the game an autograph session will be held on the concourse with head coach and players.

THE SERIES: Kansas State and Missouri have met 69 times with K-State leading the series, 36-33.  The Wildcats have won nine straight against the Tigers prior to last season.  K-State dropped both games a year ago, falling 68-42 in Columbia on Jan. 7 and 66-65 (OT) at Bramlage on Feb. 1.  The Wildcats are 21-10 at home against Missouri.

THE TIGERS: After closing out the non-conference schedule 12-1, Missouri Tigers fell to Colorado, 71-59, in the Big 12 opener in Boulder, Colo.  The Tigers rebounded to defeat Iowa State (66-56) at home on Jan. 6 before losing to No. 23 Texas, 79-77, in overtime on Jan. 10.  The only non-conference loss came at then-No. 11 Stanford (75-60).  Four players averaging in double figures for Missouri led by senior EeTisha Riddle (15.3 ppg).  She also leads the team in shooting percentage (.552), blocks (19) and rebounds (7.9 rpg).  Seniors Tiffany Brooks (13.9) and Carlynn Savant (11.9) and sophomore Alyssa Hollins (12.4) are all averaging in double figures. 

1,000 POINT CLUB: Senior Claire Coggins became the 32nd player in Kansas State women’s basketball history to top 1,000 career points as she scored 20 points in the Wildcats’ 48-45 victory over No. 17 Texas A&M on Jan. 6.  She now has 1,015 points.
Coggins has appeared in 105 games in her career while making 77 starts and averaged 9.7 points per game.  This season she is third on the team in scoring with 12.3 ppg.

AP & COACHES RANKINGS: After going five weeks without a vote, the Wildcats received 60 points in the recent AP Poll thanks to an upset win against then-No. 17 Texas A&M.  K-State is 15 points shy of Top-25 behind No. 25 Arkansas (75).  The Wildcats also received votes in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll after spending all eight weeks of the regular season with any votes.

13-0 WHEN THREE CATS REACH DOUBLE FIGURES: K-State is 13-0 when three or more Wildcats score in double figures in a game.  In both losses this season K-State had only two players reach double figures.

SHUT EM DOWN: K-State has held 14-of-15 foes under their scoring average entering their respective contest with the Wildcats this season.  K-State also held 14-of-15 opponents under their field goal percentage.

WINNINGEST COACH: Deb Patterson became the all-time winningest women's basketball coach in K-State's history when the Wildcats defeated UMKC, 64-56, on Dec. 9 at Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, Mo.
Patterson passed Judy Akers who guided K-State to a 206-94 record during a 10-year period from 1968-1979.

SWAT TEAM: The Wildcats have blocked 108 shots this season led by Marlies Gipson and Shana Wheeler with 38 and 32 blocks respectively.  At least only player has blocked three or more shots in 11 games, four or more in eight games and five or more in five games this season.  Gipson tied the school record and set the Bramlage Coliseum record by rejecting seven shots against Weber State on Dec. 15.  She also blocked five shots against Wyoming (Nov. 17).  Wheeler blocked a career-high six shots against Wyoming (Nov. 17) and Rice (Dec. 29).

SHARPSHOOTERS: K-State is filled with three-point shooters on the team and at any given point, any player can step behind the arc and make a basket.  So far this season, eight different players have connected on three-pointer. 

CRASH THE BOARDS: Claire Coggins cleared a team-high and career-high nine rebounds against Weber State on Dec. 15.  She is averaging career-best 4.3 rebounds per game this season.

HALFTIME LEAD = “W”: Since March 2nd last season the Wildcats are 16-0 when leading at halftime.  The last K-State loss after leading at halftime came against No. 9 Oklahoma on Feb. 21, 2006.  The Wildcats led 39-36 at the break but fell to the Sooners, 78-64.  K-State is 12-0 this season when ahead at the half.

BALANCE SCORING: In 13 out of 15 games this season, three or more players have scored in double figures.  In seven games four players reached double digits, while five players scored in double figures in one game (Creighton).  K-State has five players averaging at least 7.5 points per game, and eight different players have scored 10 or more points in a game at least once.

CATS FIND SUCCESS IN THE PAINT: Even without a true center, the Wildcats have outscored their opponents 458-306 in the paint this season.  K-State also has  plus 4.3 rebounding margin and blocked 108 shots.

CAPITALIZING OPPONENTS MISTAKES: The Wildcats have forced 277 turnovers this season and turned them into 250 points.  K-State is outscoring foes by 86 points (250-164) of turnovers.

PLAYING WITH THE LEAD: During K-State’s 14 games this season, the Wildcats have trailed for a grand total of 123:48 of a possible 605 minutes.  K-State led from start to finish in three games this season against Creighton, Mississippi Valley State and Santa Clara.

DEE-FENSE: The Wildcats have held opponents to just 32 percent shooting this season.  K-State has allowed 53.9 points per game while posting 427 defensive rebounds, 108 blocks and 130 steals.  On Dec. 1st the Wildcats held Mississippi Valley State to a school record five field goals made and 8.6 percent (5-for-58) shooting.  K-State has held four opponents under 30 percent this season.  Oklahoma has the highest percentage (41.4) and the only team to shoot over 40 percent against K-State this season.

3-POINT STREAK: K-State has connected on at least two three-point field goal in 102 consecutive games.  The last time the Wildcats were held without a three-point field goal was Dec. 30, 2003, by Southeast Missouri State at the UTSA New Year’s Eve Classic in San Antonio, Texas.  K-State missed all 14 attempts against the Lady Indians in a 78-42 win.

FRESHMAN MAKING A STATEMENT: After making her collegiate debut with a bang with 10 points and eight rebounds against UW-Green Bay, Ashley Sweat has continued to get better.  She is averaging 9.0 points and 4.4 rebounds in 20.7 minutes per game, while leading the team in free-throws made (34) and free-throw attempts (49).  Sweat was the team leader in points  in one game (15 vs. MVSU) and rebounds in two games (9 vs. Wisconsin and Alcorn St.) this season.

HALF-COURT HEAVE: In the overtime win against Wyoming on Friday, Nov. 17, senior Claire Coggins hit a half-court shot at buzzer to send the game into overtime.  After junior Shana Wheeler tied the game at 52 with 13 seconds remaining in regulation,  the Cowgirls converted a three-pointer with 1.3 seconds on the clock to take a 55-52 lead.  Coggins took the inbound pass from sophomore Marlies Gipson at midcourt and swished the shot at the buzzer from 50 feet to tie the game at 55.

BLOCK PARTY: The Wildcats rejected 13 shots against Wyoming on Friday, Nov. 17, breaking the school record of 10 set on four different occasions, the last on March 19, 2005 against Bowling Green.  Shana Wheeler blocked a career-high six shots while Marlies Gipson tied her career-high with five rejections.  Ashley Sweat and Kimberly Dietz each had a block against the Cowgirls.  K-State also rejected 12 shots against Santa Clara on Dec. 15 and 10 shots against Weber State on Dec. 17.

CAREER-HIGHS: Five different Wildcats either tied or posted new career-high in points this season.  Junior Kimberly Dietz tied her career-high with 23 points against Rice, while sophomore Marlies Gipson tied her career-high with 18 points in the season opener against UW-Green Bay and against Santa Clara.  Junior Carolyn McCullough twice erased her career-highs this season and posted a new high (10 points) against Rice.  Junior Shana Wheeler recorded her career-high against Wyoming with 16 points and sophomore Danielle Zanotti carded her career-high (11 points) against Santa Clara.