K-State, KU Meet in Sunflower Showdown
K-State, KU Meet in Sunflower Showdown
Jan. 23, 2014
Kansas at Kansas State
Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014 | 1 p.m.
Bramlage Coliseum (12,528) | Manhattan, Kan.
Tickets: Visit www.kstatesports.com or call (800) 221-CATS
Promotion: Willie’s Birthday Halftime: Alexandria Aces
TV: FSN (PbP: Bob Licht; Color: Brenda VanLengen)
Ch. Info: Cox - 34 or 2034 (state of Kansas); DirecTV - 680 or 680-1; Dish - 447 (HD 9517, Hopper 412-35)
Check local listings for channel or availability in your area.
Radio: K-State Sports Network (PbP: Brian Smoller; Color: Kristin Waller)
Internet: K-State Gameday (Host: Kelly McHugh; Analyst: Kimberly Dietz); Free live game audio & free live stats at www.kstatesports.com
Kansas State Wildcats (8-10, 2-5 Big 12)
Head Coach: Deb Patterson (Rockford ‘79)
Career Record: 347-217 (.615) 18th year
School Record: Same
Last game: L, 71-48 at (12/10) Baylor on Jan. 22, 2014
Twitter: @kstatesports, @kstate_gameday, #KStateWBB
Kansas Jayhawks (9-10, 2-5 Big 12)
Head Coach: Bonnie Henrickson (St. Cloud State ‘86)
Career Record: 327-207 (.612) 17th year
School Record: 169-145 (.538) 10th year
Last game: L, 64-56 vs. (8/9) Oklahoma State on Jan. 22, 2014
Series History and Notes
One of the longest continuous rivalries in all of women’s college basketball, as this will be the 107th matchup between the schools... K-State leads the series, 62-44... K-State has won 21 of the last 25 meetings between the schools... The Wildcats hold a 30-14 advantage in games played in Manhattan, including wins in 11 of the last 12 meetings... KU won the last meeting between the schools in Manhattan, 89-80 (2ot), on Feb. 2, 2013... K-State head coach Deb Patterson owns a 24-13 mark against the Jayhawks.
MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State will open a two-game home stand to end the month of January on Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m., as the Wildcats host in-state rival Kansas in the Dillons Sunflower Showdown. K-State has won 21 of the last 25 meetings in the series with the Jayhawks, but KU captured the two meetings last season. In addition to the rivalry game, fans will be entertained at halftime by the “World’s Greatest Ball Handling Kids,” the Alexandria Aces from Alexandria, Minn.
Saturday’s game will be available to a national audience on the FOX Sports family of networks. Check your local listings for the channel in your area. This will be the 207th K-State women’s basketball game to be broadcast on television. K-State holds an all-time record of 124-82 (.602) in televised games. Handling the broadcast will be Bob Licht on play-by-play and Brenda VanLengen with the color analysis.
Saturday afternoon’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 Kristin Waller drops in with the color analysis. Fans can follow the live stats at kstatesports.com, and receive updates on Twitter by following @kstate_gameday. Subscribers to K-StateHD.TV, can tune in at 12:30 p.m., to K-StateHD.TV prior to the game to watch K-State Gameday hosted by K-State Sports Extra’s Kelly McHugh and former Wildcat All-American Kimberly Dietz.
After becoming the second Big 12 program to win 850 games in its history, Kansas State (8-10, 2-5 Big 12) was unable to secure its third straight league win as No. 12/10 Baylor defeated the Wildcats 71-48 on Wednesday in Waco.
Pacing the Wildcats on Wednesday night were the tandem of Breanna Lewis and Bri Craig. Lewis tallied a career-high 14 points, pulled in eight rebounds and tied her career-high with four blocks. Lewis leads the Wildcats this season with 28 blocks (1.6 bpg), which are the most since Marlies Gipson set the single season school record of 86 in 2008-09.
Craig came off the bench to card a personal season-high 13 points while pulling in five rebounds and dishing out a career-high five assists. This was Craig’s second straight double figure scoring game and her 17th this season. For the season, the sophomore from Lincoln, Neb., is averaging 5.9 points and 2.5 rebounds and is connecting on 1.3 3-points field goals per game.
Leading the Wildcats this season is freshman Leticia Romero. The reigning Phillips 66 Big 12 Freshman of the Week for Jan. 20, is the top freshman scorer and passer in the Big 12 as she is averaging team-highs of 14.2 points (8th in Big 12), 5.8 rebounds (16th in Big 12), 4.4 assists (t6th in Big 12) and 1.8 steals (8th in Big 12). She is the only freshman in the Big 12 to average 10+ points, 5+ rebounds, 4.0+ assists and 1.5+ steals. In league games, Romero is averaging 16.6 points to rank fourth, while her field goal percentage is eighth in the league at .494.
At a Glance: Kansas
Kansas (9-10, 2-5 Big 12) held a six-point halftime lead over No. 8/9 Oklahoma State on Wednesday night in Lawrence, but the Cowgirls rallied for a 64-56 win. Kansas has won two of its last four games, fighting through a three-game losing streak to open Big 12 action.
On the sideline, Kansas is led by 10th year head coach, Bonnie Henrickson. During her time in Lawrence, Henrickson has accumulated a 169-145 (.538) record and guided the Jayhawks to the a pair of Sweet 16 appearances in the NCAA Tournament in 2012 and 2013.
The Jayhawks are led on the floor by junior Chelsea Gardner. The reigning Phillips 66 Big 12 Player of the Week is averaging 16.3 points and 7.8 rebounds this season. The product of DeSoto, Texas, is fifth in the Big 12 in scoring, fourth in rebounding and third in field goal percentage (.594). Against the Cowgirls, Gardner notched her second straight double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds.
Joining Gardner in double figures this season is junior guard Asia Boyd. The native of Detroit, Mich., is averaging 11.6 points and 5.5 rebounds.
Lewis in the Lane
Breanna Lewis has made her presence felt in the paint in the in her debut season. For the season, she is averaging 4.9 points on a .542 field goal percentage, 4.5 rebounds and 1.6 blocks. She ranks seventh in the Big 12 and 55th in the nation for blocked shots per game. She is the top freshman shot blocker in the Big 12.
Lewis, a 6’5” forward from Milwaukee, Wis., was the first freshman under Deb Patterson to block at least 16 shots in her first eight career games and was the first player since Marlies Gipson in the 2008-09 season to notch seven straight games with a blocked shot. Lewis’s 28 blocked shots this season are the most by a Wildcat since Gipson sent back a single season school record 86 shots in 2008-09. Lewis has eight games this season with two or more blocks.
At Baylor on Jan. 22, Lewis tallied a career-high 14 points and tied her career-best with four blocks while pulling in eight boards. For the season, she has pulled in five or more rebounds seven times.