Wildcats Head South to Face Baylor on FSN

GAME - 18
#25 Kansas State (14-3, 2-2)  vs. #13/12 Baylor (15-3, 2-2)
Saturday, January 20, 2007 1 p.m.
Ferrell Center (10,284), Waco, Texas

Radio: KCLY-FM 100.9 (Clay Center); KGGG-FM 94.7 (Hutchinson);  KMAN-AM 1350 (Manhattan); KBLS-FM 102.5 (North Fort Riley); KWIC-FM 99.3 (Topeka)
Television: Fox Sports Network
Internet: Live Stats on k-statesports.com

GAME PREVIEW: The Wildcats will play their second straight road game as they head south to Waco, Texas to take on Baylor on Jan. 20 at 1 p.m. in a nationally-televised game on Fox Sports Network.  The Wildcats and Bears are both 2-2 in conference play and are tied for sixth in the league standings. 

THE SERIES: K-State and Baylor have faced 18 times with the series tied at nine.  The Bears have won four straight against the Wildcats including two last year.  K-State fell to Baylor, 79-70, at home on Feb. 25 and, 79-74 (OT), in the Big 12 Tournament on Mar. 8.  The Wildcats are 1-4 in Waco against the Bears with the only win (65-53) coming on Feb. 8, 2003.

THE BEARS: Baylor opened the 2006-07 season 15-1, including 2-0 in the Big 12 before dropping two straight to Oklahoma (76-63) at home and Texas A&M (60-52) on the road.  The Bear lost just one non-conference game this season when they fell to Purdue (69-55) in the Preseason WNIT at home.  Senior Bernice Mosby leads the team in scoring (18.1 ppg) and rebounding (9.3 rpg) while junior Angela Tisdale is averaging in double figures with 10.9 points per game.  Baylor has six players averaging seven points or better this season and leads the nation in blocks with 146.  Freshman Danielle Wilson has a team-best 59 blocks while Mosby is second with 22.  Tisdale leads the Bears with 76 assists.
TOP-25: after back-to-back wins against No. 17 Texas A&M and Missouri, K-State has achieved its first national ranking in nearly two years.  The Wildcats are No. 25 in this week’s AP Poll with 74 points.  The last time Kansas State ranked in the top-25 was in 2004-05, when the Wildcats were No. 16 in the final AP Poll and No. 19 in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll.  K-State received votes in both polls throughtout the season last year but never reached the top-25.

STREAK ENDS: Marlies Gipson has played and started in 50 consecutive games before missing her first game of collegiate career on Wednesday, Jan. 17 at Nebraska with a knee injury.  She started all 34 games her freshman year and first 16 games this season before the injury.

1,000 POINT CLUB: 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 1,045 points.
Coggins has appeared in 107 games in her career while making 79 starts and averaged 9.8 points per game.  This season she is third on the team in scoring with 12.6 ppg.

SHUT EM DOWN: K-State has held 16-of-17 foes under their scoring average and 15 teams under their field goal percentage entering their respective contest with the Wildcats.

BALANCE SCORING: In 15 out of 17 games this season, three or more players have scored in double figures.  In eight games four players reached double digits, while five players scored in double figures in two games (Creighton and Nebraska).  K-State has six players averaging at least 7.0 points per game, and eight different players have scored 10 or more points in a game at least once.

14-1 WHEN THREE CATS REACH DOUBLE FIGURES: K-State is 14-1 when three or more Wildcats score in double figures in a game.  The only loss came at Nebraska even though K-State had five players reach double digits.  In the other two losses this year K-State had only two players reach double figures.

SWAT TEAM: The Wildcats have blocked 113 shots this season led by Marlies Gipson and Shana Wheeler with 39 and 36 blocks respectively.  At least one player has blocked three or more shots in 12 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. 

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.

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 4.0 rebounds per game this season.

HALFTIME LEAD = “W”: Since March 2nd last season the Wildcats are 17-0 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 13-0 this season when ahead at the half.

CATS FIND SUCCESS IN THE PAINT: Even without a true center, the Wildcats have outscored their opponents 526-360 in the paint.  K-State also has  plus 3.0 rebounding margin and blocked 113 shots.

CAPITALIZING OPPONENTS MISTAKES: The Wildcats have forced 306 turnovers this season and turned them into 298 points.  K-State is outscoring foes by 115 points (298-183) of turnovers.

DEE-FENSE: The Wildcats have held opponents to just 33 percent shooting this season.  K-State has allowed 55.6 points per game while posting 470 defensive rebounds, 113 blocks and 144 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.  Nebraska (49.1) and Oklahoma (41.8) are the only two team to shoot over 40 percent against K-State.

PLAYING WITH THE LEAD: During K-State’s 17 games, the Wildcats have trailed for a grand total of 149:14 of a possible 685 minutes.  K-State led from start to finish in three games against Creighton, Mississippi Valley State and Santa Clara.

3-POINT STREAK: K-State has connected on at least two three-point field goal in 104 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 9.1 points and 4.2 rebounds in 20.2 minutes per game, while leading the team in free-throws made (37) and free-throw attempts (53).  Sweat was the team leader in points  in one game (15 vs. MVSU) and rebounds in two games (9 vs. Wisconsin and Alcorn State).

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 three times (UW-Green Bay, Santa Clara and Missouri).  Junior Carolyn McCullough twice erased her career-highs 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.

ALL-TOURNAMENT HONORS: Junior Kimberly Dietz was named Sun & Fun Classic Most Valuable Player after averaging 22.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists.  She was selected to the All-Tournament team at the UNLV Lady Rebel Shootout after averaging 16.0 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game.  She shot 60 percent from the floor and 50 percent from the three-point arc.  This is Dietz’s third and fourth all-tournament honors in her career at Kansas State.  She was selected to the Saint Peter’s Holiday Classic All-Tournament team and WNIT All-Tournament team last season after helping the Wildcats capture both titles.  Senior Claire Coggins was named to the Sun & Fun Classic All-Tournament team.  She averaged 14.0 points and 3.5 rebounds.
Sophomore Marlies Gipson was named Commerce Bank Wildcat Classic Most Valuable Player after averaging 14.5 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.5 blocks.  She also had .632 field goal percentage.  Sophomore Shalee Lehning was named to the All-Tournament team.  She recorded the double-double in the championship game with 10 points and 11 assists.  Lehning averaged 9.5 points, 6.0 rebounds and 9.0 assists in two games.  This is her second consecutive Commerce Bank Wildcat Classic All-Tournament team honors.

NON-CONFERENCE: The Wildcats finished the non-conference schedule with a 12-1 record and tied for second best pre-Big 12 start in the Deb Patterson era.  K-State posted a 12-1 (.923) record in 2001-02 followed by 13-1 (.929) record in 2002-03.