Wildcats Begin Two-Game Road Trip at Iowa State
Wildcats Begin Two-Game Road Trip at Iowa State
Jan. 30, 2014
Kansas State at (23/21) Iowa State
Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014 | 8 p.m.
Hilton Coliseum (14,356) | Ames, Iowa
TV: Cyclones.TV (online - subscription required)
(PbP: Rich Fellingham; Color: Molly Parrott)
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.cyclones.com or call (515) 294-1816
Kansas State Wildcats (9-11, 3-6 Big 12)
Head Coach: Deb Patterson (Rockford ‘79)
Career Record: 348-218 (.615) 18th year
School Record: Same
Last game: W, 84-78 vs. Oklahoma on Jan. 29, 2014
Twitter: @kstatesports, @kstate_gameday, #KStateWBB
Iowa State Cyclones (15-5, 4-5 Big 12)
Head Coach: Bill Fennelly (William Penn ‘79)
Career Record: 577-240 (.706) 26th year
School Record: 411-187 (.687) 19th year
Last game: L, 67-56 at West Virginia on Jan. 29, 2014
Series History and Notes
Kansas State leads the series with Iowa State, 48-33... The Wildcats won the last meeting between the teams, 80-74, on Jan. 18 in Manhattan... Head coach Deb Patterson is 16-23 against the Cyclones... K-State is 16-19 in games played in Ames... K-State’s last win over the Cyclones in Ames came on Feb. 13, 2008, by a score of 45-42.
MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State will start the month of February with a two-game road trip, as the Wildcats travel to Ames, Iowa to face Iowa State at 8 p.m., on Saturday. K-State will look to halt a five-game skid in Hilton Coliseum.
Saturday 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 handles the color analysis. Fans can follow the live stats at kstatesports.com, and receive updates on Twitter by following @kstate_gameday.
In the Wildcats’ last game, K-State (9-11, 3-6 Big 12) ended a 13-game losing streak to Oklahoma as the Wildcats split the season series with the Sooners with an 86-78 win at Bramlage Coliseum on Wednesday night. Kansas State tied its season high with 11 connections from beyond the arc. The Wildcats secured its first victory this season when trailing at the half (1-10) and sealed the win by going 9-of-11 from the foul line in the final five minutes.
For the first time this season, four player reached double figures for the Wildcats. Leading the way was the duo of Leticia Romero and Katya Leick. Romero narrowly missed her first career triple-double and K-State’s first since Shalee Lehning’s fifth and final triple-double at Colorado on March 7, 2009. Romero finished with a team-high 23 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists. She also blocked a shot and pocketed two steals.
For the season, Romero is the top freshman scorer and passer in the Big 12 as she is averaging team-highs of 14.8 points (7th in Big 12), 6.0 rebounds (13th in Big 12), 4.8 assists (6th in Big 12) and 1.8 steals (8th in Big 12). She is the only freshman in the Big 12 to average 10+ points, 6+ rebounds, 4.5+ assists and 1.5+ steals. In league games, Romero is averaging 17.3 points to rank fourth, while her field goal percentage is fifth in the league at .505.
For the second time this season, Leick joined Romero with 20 or more points, as she recorded 22 points on 7-of-13 shooting including a career-high 5-of-9 effort from beyond the arc. She has reached double figures four times this season. Over the last four games, Leick is averaging 15.0 points and 4.5 rebounds.
This season, Leick is averaging 8.2 points and 4.6 rebounds. In league action, she has increased her averages to 10.1 points and 4.9 boards.
Joining Romero and Leick in double figures were freshman Kindred Wesemann and junior Ashia Woods. Wesemann came off the bench to score a career-high 14 points on 4-of-6 shooting from the field and 3-of-4 from behind the 3-point line.
Woods reached double figures for the eighth time this season, as she tallied 12 points on 5-of-6 shooting, three assists and a steal. The product of Wichita, Kan., is averaging a career-best 10.1 points and has dished out a career-best 36 assists.
At a Glance: Iowa State
Iowa State (15-5, 4-5 Big 12) will look to bounce back from a road loss at West Virginia on Wednesday. The Cyclones dropped a 67-56 decision to the Mountaineers, as Iowa State shot .283 from the field. For the season, Iowa State is first in the league in free throw percentage (.795) and 3-point field goals made per game (9.1).
On the sidelines, Iowa State is led by 19th-year head coach Bill Fennelly. The 1979 graduate of William Penn owns a 411-187 (.687) mark during his time in Ames.
The Cyclones are led on the floor this season by senior Hallie Christofferson and junior Nikki Moody. Christofferson, a 2013 All-Big 12 First Team selection, leads the team and is second in the Big 12 in scoring with 19.8 points and is second on the squad in rebounding with 7.7 boards per game. Against the Mountaineers, Christofferson tallied a team-leading 20 points.
Moody paces the team in assists at 5.5 per game and is second in scoring at 12.0 points per game.
Magic Number is 70 Points for Wildcats
Kansas State has looked to jump start its offense this season with its young roster and reach the 70-point mark in games, as recent history shows the Wildcats have been victorious when reaching this mark in games.
Since the 2001-02 season, K-State is 151-13 (.921) when scoring 70 or more points in a game including an 8-1 record this season. In the entirety of the Deb Patterson era, K-State is 180-18 (.909) when scoring 70 or more points in a game. In K-State’s nine wins this season, K-State is averaging 75.0 points per game.
After scoring 49 points to defeat Virginia on Nov. 29 at the Junkanoo Jam, K-State registered 70 or more points in three straight games from Dec. 7 to Dec. 21. The last time K-State scored 70 or more points in three straight games was Nov. 14-20, 2009.
Romero Doing Heavy Lifting in First Season
Freshman guard Leticia Romero has taken on a large dose of the offense, while also adjusting to a new culture and language in her first season in Manhattan. Through 20 games, Romero has been responsible for 43.1 percent of K-State’s made field goals this season, as she has scored or assisted on 194 of K-State’s 424 made field goals. In Big 12 action, Romero has been responsible for 43.6 percent of K-State’s 195 made field goals. She has eight games of 50 percent or better in field goals responsible for.
In comparison, three-time All-Big 12 First Team and 2013 Associated Press All-America honorable mention selection Brittany Chambers was responsible for 49.0 percent of K-State’s made field goals last season with either a made field goal or assist on 395 of K-State’s 806 field goals. In her freshman season in 2009-10, Chambers was responsible for just 30.0 percent of K-State’s made field goals.
Additionally, Romero could lean to the bench for advice on offensive responsibility as Shalee Lehning was responsible for 31.1 percent of K-State’s made field goals at the end of her freshman year in 2005-06. At the conclusion of her senior year in 2008-09, Lehning was responsible for 44.7 percent of K-State’s made field goals.