K-State Faces Texas Tech on Tuesday

Jan. 12, 2014

K-State Athletics

Game Notes

Game 16
Kansas State at Texas Tech
Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014 | 7 p.m.
United Spirit Arena (15,050) | Lubbock, Texas

Game Information
TV: FOX Sports Southwest + (PbP: Robert Giovannetti; Color: Andy Penney; Sideline: Courtney Davis)

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.texastech.com or call (806-742-TECH

Team Information
Kansas State Wildcats (6-9, 0-4 Big 12)
Head Coach: Deb Patterson (Rockford ‘79)
Career Record: 345-216 (.615) 18th year
School Record: Same
Last game: L, 61-50 at (rv/22) Oklahoma on Jan. 11, 2014
website: www.kstatesports.com
Twitter: @kstatesports, @kstate_gameday, #KStateWBB

Texas Tech Lady Raiders (6-9, 0-4 Big 12)
Head Coach: Candace Whitaker (Texas Tech ‘02)
Career Record: 76-91 (.455) 6th year
School Record: 6-9 (.400) 1st year
Last game: L, 67-46 at Kansas on Jan. 11, 2014
website: www.texastech.com
Twitter: @TechAthletics

Series History and Notes
The series between the schools is tied, 12-12... K-State won the last meeting between the schools, 68-62, on March 2, 2013... K-State is 5-6 in contests played in Lubbock... K-State has won nine of the last 13 meetings between the two schools... Head coach Deb Patterson is 11-12 against Texas Tech.

LUBBOCK, Texas – Kansas State will close out its two-game, five-day road trip on Tuesday night at 7 p.m., in Lubbock, Texas, as K-State faces Texas Tech at the United Spirit Arena. The Wildcats will look to snap a 10-game road losing streak and will also look to end a four-game skid to begin Big 12 action.

Tuesday night’s game will be available on FOX Sports Southwest+. Check your local listings for availability in your area. This will be the 205th K-State women’s basketball game to be broadcast on television. K-State holds an all-time record of 122-82 (.598) in televised games. Handling the broadcast will be Robert Giovannetti on play-by-play, Andy Penney with the color analysis and Courtney Davis 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 letter winner 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 (6-9, 0-4 Big 12) was unable to end its skid on Saturday night, as the Wildcats fell at Oklahoma, 61-50. The Wildcats have now lost 10 straight road games and have lost its first four Big 12 games for the first time since the 1992-93 season when K-State competed in the Big 8.

Pacing the Wildcats on Saturday night was the tandem of Leticia Romero and Ashia Woods. Romero recorded her second career double-double with 19 points and 11 rebounds. She also added a team-high four assists and three steals to her final stat line.

The first year guard from Las Palmas, Spain, is averaging team-highs of 13.4 points (13th in Big12), 6.2 rebounds (16th in Big 12), 4.7 assists (6th in Big 12) and 2.0 steals (5th in Big 12). She also ranks among the league’s leaders in 3-point field goal percentage (.392; 7th), 3-point field goals made per game (1.3; 15th), defensive rebounds per game (4.5; 12th) and free throw percentage (.817; 7th).

Woods tallied 10 points, three rebounds, three steals and  two assists. In the 11 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 11.4 points, 4.5 rebounds, 2.4 steals and 2.2 assists. She has already surpassed her career season-highs for points (125), field goals made (46), 3-point field goals made (9) and free throws made (24). In league play, Woods ranks seventh in the Big 12 for points per game (15.0), 13th for field goal percentage (.489) and leads the league in steals (2.5).

In the first four Big 12 games, Romero and Woods have been responsible for 56.2 percent of K-State’s point production (122 points out of 217 total points). The tandem has shot a combined .462 (43-of-93) from the field over this stretch.

At a Glance: Texas Tech
Texas Tech (6-9, 0-4 Big 12) enters Tuesday night’s game on a five-game losing streak following a 67-46 loss at Kansas on Saturday night. The Lady Raiders have picked up all six wins at United Spirit Arena this season.

From the bench, head coach Candace Whitaker is in her first season leading the Lady Raiders. The 2002 graduate of Texas Tech owns a career record of 76-91 (.455). Prior to her appointment at her alma mater, she was the head coach at UMKC for six seasons and was the associate head coach at Oklahoma State last season.

On the floor, Texas Tech is led by junior guard Amber Battle. The product of Albuquerque, N.M., is averaging 17.3 points and 8.3 rebounds. Battle ranks fourth in the Big 12 in scoring and second in the league in rebounding. At Kansas on Saturday, Battle tallied a team-high 15 points and also pulled in five rebounds.

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 15 games of the season. The group has tallied 428 points after 15 games, which is 46.0 percent of K-State’s overall total of 931 points. The 46.0 percent of scoring by the freshmen is the second-highest percentage for a freshmen class in the Deb Patterson era. The 428 points are second behind the six freshmen class of 2001-02 that tallied 790 points after the first 15 games. A freshman, true or redshirt, has led K-State in scoring in 10 of the 15 games this season.