Wildcats Travel to Waco to Face No. 12/7 Baylor

Jan. 20, 2014

K-State Athletics

Game Notes

Game 18
Kansas State at (12/7) Baylor
Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014 | 7 p.m.
Ferrell Center (10,284) | Waco, Texas

Game Information
TV: None

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.baylorbears.com or call (254) 710-1000

Team Information
Kansas State Wildcats (8-9, 2-4 Big 12)
Head Coach: Deb Patterson (Rockford ‘79)
Career Record: 347-216 (.616) 18th year
School Record: Same
Last game: W, 80-74 vs. No. 13/11 Iowa State on Jan. 18, 2014
website: www.kstatesports.com
Twitter: @kstatesports, @kstate_gameday, #KStateWBB

Baylor Lady Bears  (14-3, 4-1 Big 12)
Head Coach: Kim Mulkey (Louisiana Tech ‘84)
Career Record: 386-84 (.821) 14th year
School Record: Same
Last game: L, 76-60 at Kansas on Jan. 19, 2014
website: www.baylorbears.com
Twitter: @BaylorAthletics

Series History and Notes
Baylor leads the series, 22-9, and has won 17 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, 92-63, on Jan. 2, in Manhattan... Head coach Deb Patterson is 7-21 against Baylor.

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State will look for its first three-game winning streak in Big 12 play since Jan. 4-17, 2012, as K-State travels to Waco, Texas to face No. 12 Baylor on Wednesday night at 7 p.m., in the Ferrell Center. The Wildcats will also look to secure consecutive road victories for the first time since Dec. 21-29, 2012 and consecutive wins over Associated Press ranked opponents for the first time since Jan. 4 and Jan. 14, 2012.

Wednesday night’s game will 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 follow the live stats at kstatesports.com, and receive updates on Twitter by following @kstate_gameday.

Kansas State (8-9, 1-4 Big 12) secured its first win over a ranked opponent this season and ended a seven-game losing streak to teams ranked in the AP top-25 with an 80-74 win over No. 13/11 Iowa State on Jan. 18. K-State has now defeated a ranked opponent in eight straight seasons. The win was the 850th in program history, making K-State the 16th program in NCAA Division I women’s basketball history with 850 or more victories.

Pacing the Wildcats on Saturday night was the tandem of Leticia Romero and Katya Leick. The duo combined for 50 points and 11 rebounds. This was the 21st time since 1986-87 that two Wildcats have combined for 50 or more points in a game, with K-State holding a 20-1 mark in those contests.

Romero, the Phillips 66 Big 12 Freshman of the Week for Jan. 20, registered a career-high 27 points in a career-best 39 minutes of action. Romero also added six rebounds, five assists and a steal to her final stat line against the Cyclones.

The first year guard from Las Palmas, Spain, is the top freshman scorer and passer in the Big 12 as she is averaging team-highs of 14.6 points (7th in Big 12), 5.9 rebounds (17th in Big 12), 4.6 assists (6th in Big 12) and 1.9 steals (7th in Big 12). She is the only freshman in the Big 12 to average 10+ points, 5+ rebounds, 4.5+ assists and 1.5+ steals.

Leick notched a career-high 23 points on 6-of-11 shooting from the field, including 4-of-8 from beyond the arc. For the season, Leick is averaging 7.4 points and 4.7 rebounds.

Joining Romero in double figures for scoring this season is Ashia Woods. The junior from Wichita, Kan., is averaging 11.0 points, 4.6 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.2 steals. She has already surpassed her career season-highs for points (143), field goals made (53), 3-point field goals made (9), free throws made (28) and assists (32).

In the first six Big 12 games, Romero and Woods have been responsible for 50.9 percent of K-State’s point production (188 points out of 369 total points). The tandem has shot a combined .500 (66-of-132) from the field over this stretch.

At a Glance: Baylor
Baylor (14-3, 4-1 Big 12), the 2013 Big 12 regular season and tournament champions, enter Wednesday night’s game following the end of its 44-game win streak in Big 12 regular season games, as the Lady Bears fell at Kansas on Sunday, 76-60. Baylor has lost two straight, as BU dropped a 66-55 decision to No. 1/1 Connecticut on Jan. 13 which ended Baylor’s 69-game home court winning streak. The Lady Bears lead the Big 12 in scoring offense (90.1 ppg), scoring margin (+26.9), assists (20.2 apg), turnover margin (+5.2) and rebound margin (+13.9).

Baylor is led by 14th-year head coach Kim Mulkey. The 1984 graduate of Louisiana Tech has accumulated a 386-84 (.821) 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 31.1 points per game. At KU, Sims recorded 31 points on 13-of-37 shooting, while also pulling in 12 rebounds.

K-State Secures 850th Win
With an 80-74 win over No. 13/11 Iowa State on Jan. 18, 2014, Kansas State became the 16th program in NCAA Division I women’s basketball history to record 850 or more wins. K-State’s record in its 46th season of women’s basketball stands at 850-519 (.621).

The Wildcats have accumulated 23 20-win seasons and have secured 268 victories inside Bramlage Coliseum. K-State has 145 wins in the Big 12 Conference, 11 in the NCAA Tournament and 13 in the Postseason WNIT. The Cats have registered 211 victories when they were ranked in the Associated Press top-25 poll and achieved 72 wins against teams ranked in the AP poll. K-State head coach Deb Patterson has achieved the most wins of any of K-State’s eight head coaches with 347.

Romero Scoring at High Rate for Freshman    
Freshman guard Leticia Romero has provided a solid scoring punch in her debut season in Manhattan. The rookie is the Big 12’s top freshman scorer and ranks seventh in the league with 14.6 points per game. In Big 12 games, Romero is averaging 18.3 points per game to rank third in the league while shooting .434 from the field including .397 from behind the 3-point line. Over the last three games, Romero is averaging 22.3 points on a .590 (23-of-39) field goal percentage and a .833 (15-of-18) free throw percentage.

For the season, Romero has tallied 249 points which are the most points by a K-State freshman through the first 17 games of their career since Laurie Koehn (323) and Kendra Wecker (288) in the 2001-02 season.

She has carded four games of 20 or more points, including consecutive games with 20 or more points at Texas Tech (Jan. 14) and against Iowa State (Jan. 18). Romero’s four games of 20 or more points are the most by a K-State freshman since Ashley Sweat tallied four games with 20 or more points in the 2006-07 season.