Wildcats Take on In-State Rival Kansas

GAME - 19
Kansas State (14-4, 2-3)  vs. Kansas (6-12, 0-5)
Wednesday, January 24, 2007  7 p.m.
Bramlage Coliseum (13,340), Manhattan, Kan.

Radio: KVSV-AM 1190 (Beloit); KINZ-FM 95.3 (Chanute); KCLY-FM 100.9 (Clay Center); KSKZ-FM 98.1 (Dodge City); KKCI-FM 102.5 (Goodland); KFIX-FM 96.9 (Hays); KGGG-FM 94.7 (Hutchinson);  KALN-AM 1370 (Iola); KJCK-AM 1420 (Junction City); KMAN-AM 1350 (Manhattan); KBLS-FM 102.5 (North Fort Riley); KSKL-FM 94.5 (Scott City); KWIC-FM 99.3 (Topeka); KFTI-AM 1070 (Wichita)
Television: Fox Sports Network Midwest
Internet: Live Stats on k-statesports.com

GAME PREVIEW: Sunflower State rivals Kansas State and Kansas go head-to-head on Wednesday, Jan. 24 at 7 p.m. in Manhattan on Fox Sports Network Midwest.  The Wildcats will look to snap a two-game losing streak while the Jayhawks are in search for their first Big 12 win after dropping all five conference games.

THE SERIES: K-State and Kansas have faced 92 times with the Wildcats leading series, 52-40.  K-State has won 11 consecutive games over the Jayhawks by an average margin of 22.5 points.  The Wildcats have a 24-13 advantage at Bramlage Coliseum.  Last time Kansas won in Manhattan was in 2001 when they defeated K-State, 65-62, on Jan. 27.

THE JAYHAWKS: Kansas Jayhawks opened the season winning four out of first five games before dropping three straight.  The Jayhawks are 2-8 in their last 10 games including 0-5 against Big 12 foes.  The two wins came against Santa Clara (78-68) on Dec. 17 and Sacramento State (69-50) on Jan. 17.  Freshman Kelly Kohn leads the team in scoring (10.7 ppg), assists (55) and steals (29).  Junior Taylor McIntosh is the team leader in the rebounds (5.6 rpg) and blocks (10) and second in steals with 26.  Freshman Danielle McCray is second in scoring for Jayhawks with 8.2 points per game.

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 were ranked No. 25 in the AP Poll on Jan. 15 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.

A TALE OF TWO HALVES: After watching Nebraska shoot 62.1 percent from the floor and build a 24-point lead in the first half the Wildcats pieced together one of their best second halves this season.  K-State held the Cornhuskers to 33.3 percent shooting and outscored them 42-25.  The Wildcats started the second half with 19-2 run to get back into the game and cut the deficit to just three points with 6:10 to go in the game, but could not capitalize  on the momentum as they fell, 70-63.
In four out of five Big 12 games this season K-State has played better defense in the second half.

LACK OF GIPSON MAKING A DIFFERENCE: In the first 16 games with Marlies Gipson in the lineup the Wildcats were clicking on all cylinders.  The two games without Gipson numbers have dropped for K-State.

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 1,065 points.
Coggins has appeared in 108 games in her career while making 80 starts and averaged 9.9 points per game.  This season she leads the team in scoring with 13.0 ppg.

SHUT EM DOWN: K-State has held 16-of-18 foes under their scoring average and field goal percentage entering their respective contest with the Wildcats.

BALANCE SCORING: In 16 out of 18 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 7.6 points per game, and eight different players have scored 10 or more points in a game at least once.

14-2 WHEN THREE CATS REACH DOUBLE FIGURES: K-State is 14-2 when three or more Wildcats score in double figures in a game.  Both losses came last week at Nebraska and at Baylor.  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 538-386 in the paint.  K-State also has  plus 2.3 rebounding margin and blocked 113 shots.

CAPITALIZING OPPONENTS MISTAKES: The Wildcats have forced 321 turnovers this season and turned them into 309 points.  K-State is outscoring foes by 107 points (309-202) of turnovers.

DEE-FENSE: The Wildcats have held opponents to just 34 percent shooting this season.  K-State has allowed 56.9 points per game while posting 493 defensive rebounds, 113 blocks and 150 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 18 games, the Wildcats have trailed for a grand total of 172:43 of a possible 725 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 105 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 4.3 rebounds in 20.7 minutes per game, while leading the team in free-throws made (42) and free-throw attempts (61).  Sweat was the team leader in points  in one game (15 vs. MVSU) and rebounds in three games (9 vs. Wisconsin and Alcorn State and 7 at Baylor).

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: Six different Wildcats either tied or posted new career-high in points this season.  Junior Kimberly Dietz  (23 points against Rice) and sophomores Marlies Gipson (18 points against UW-Green Bay, Santa Clara and Missouri) and Shalee Lehning (20 at Baylor) all tied their career-highs.  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.