K-State Heads to Boulder to take on Colorado

GAME - 21
Kansas State (15-5, 3-4)  vs. Colorado (8-11, 2-5)
Wednesday, January 31, 2007 8 p.m. (CST)
Coors Events Center (11,064), Boulder, Colo.

Radio: KGGG-FM 94.7 (Hutchinson);  KMAN-AM 1350 (Manhattan); KBLS-FM 102.5 (North Fort Riley); KWIC-FM 99.3 (Topeka)
Television: FSN Rocky Mountain
Internet: Live Stats on k-statesports.com

GAME PREVIEW: Kansas State women’s basketball team will travel to Boulder, Colo. to face Colorado on Wednesday, Jan. 31 at 8 p.m. (CST) in Coors Events Center.  The Wildcats will look for their first win on the road against Big 12 foes this season and ninth straight against the Buffaloes.  Both teams will face again on Feb. 21 in Bramlage Coliseum.

THE SERIES: K-State and Colorado have met 57 times with the Buffaloes leading the series 29-28.  The Wildcats have won eight straight against Colorado including two last season.  K-State is 10-14 in the games played in Boulder.  Last time the Wildcats fell to Colorado (79-58) was on Feb. 23, 2002 at the Coors Events Center.

THE BUFFALOES: After opening the Big 12 season 2-0 with home wins over Missouri (71-59) and Iowa State (81-67), Colorado has dropped five straight with an average margin of 13.2 points.  Four of the last five game were on the road sandwiched by home game against Oklahoma.  Junior Jackie McFarland, one of two players to start all 19 games this season for Colorado, is averaging a double-double with team-best 18.7 points and 10.7 rebounds per game.  She also leads the team in blocks (17), field goal percentage (.634) and minutes (35.8 mpg).  Senior Jasmina Ilic, who also started all 19 games, is second in scoring with 13.5 ppg and first in steals (24) and free-throw percentage (.891).  Freshman Whitney Houston has dished out a team-best 47 assists this season and is tied for third in points with 7.5 ppg along with junior Kara Richards.

SWEET SIXTEEN: Sixteen is the magic number for upcoming game at Colorado on Wednesday.  The Wildcats are looking for their 16th win of the season while head coach Deb Patterson will be going for 16th victory against the Buffalos in her career.  Boulder native, Kimberly Dietz will look to score in double figures for the 16th time this season in her homecoming game.  It is also the 16th home game for Colorado (including Houston on Dec. 30, cancelled) since they last played K-State at Coors Events Center on Feb. 8, 2006. 

RAINING 3’S ON THE ROAD: For the fourth straight road game (all Big 12 games), K-State totaled at least 11 three-pointer in a game.  The Wildcats have hit five or more three’s in all seven road games this season.  K-State had 12 against Oklahoma and Baylor, 11 against Nebraska and Iowa State, six against Louisiana tech and UMKC and five against FIU.  The Wildcats’ season-high 13 also came away from Bramlage Coliseum at a neutral site against Rice at FIU Sun & Fun Classic.  K-State has averaged 8.5 three’s per game on the road and neutral site and 4.2 at home.

COGGINS TAKES CHARGE: After averaging 12.2 points per game while shooting just 22.5 percent from three-point range and 21.1 percent from the free-throw line during the non-conference schedule, Claire Coggins has stepped up in Big 12 play.  In seven conference games, she averaged a team-best 15.6 points per game.  Coggins has shot 51 percent from long range and 66.7 percent from the free-throw line.

SHUT EM DOWN: K-State has held 17-of-20 foes under their scoring average and field goal percentage entering their respective contest with the Wildcats.

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 1,077 points.
Coggins has appeared in 110 games in her career while making 82 starts and averaged 10.0 points per game.  This season she is second on the team in scoring with 13.4 ppg.

BALANCE SCORING: In 18 out of 20 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 7.4 points per game, and eight different players have scored 10 or more points in a game at least once.

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 out of 10 players on the roster 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.

CAPITALIZING OPPONENTS MISTAKES: The Wildcats have forced 353 turnovers this season and turned them into 334 points.  K-State is outscoring foes by 110 points (334-224) of turnovers.

DEE-FENSE: The Wildcats have held opponents to just 35 percent shooting this season.  K-State has allowed 57.6 points per game while posting 538 defensive rebounds, 121 blocks and 164 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), Iowa State (48.1) and Oklahoma (41.8) are the only three teams to shoot over 40 percent against K-State.

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 18-0 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.

3-POINT STREAK: K-State has connected on at least two three-point field goal in 107 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 4.5 rebounds in 21.4 minutes per game, while leading the team in free-throws made (47) and free-throw attempts (70).  Sweat was the team leader in points  in one game (15 vs. MVSU) and rebounds in four games (9 vs. Wisconsin and Alcorn State, 7 at Baylor and 6 vs. Kansas).

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.  Sophomores Marlies Gipson (18 points against UW-Green Bay, Santa Clara and Missouri) and Shalee Lehning (20 at Baylor) both tied their career-highs.  All three juniors on the team set new career-highs this season.  Carolyn McCullough twice erased her career-highs and posted a new high (10 points) against Rice.  Shana Wheeler recorded hers against Wyoming with 16 points while Kimberly Dietz had 25 at Iowa State.  Sophomore Danielle Zanotti carded her career-high (11 points) against Santa Clara.