Kansas State Hosts No. 16 Iowa State On Saturday Evening
Kansas State Hosts No. 16 Iowa State On Saturday Evening
Feb. 1, 2002
No. 9/10 Kansas State (20-2, 8-1)
vs. No. 16/12 Iowa State (16-5, 4-5)
Date: Sat., Feb. 2 - 7 p.m.
Site: Bramlage Coliseum (13,340)
Radio: The Wildcat Sports Network - WIBW 580 AM in Topeka - Ed O'Donnell (play-by-play) & Erick Harper (color) KNDY 1570 AM, KCLY 100.9 FM
Internet: FANSlive GameTracker on kstatesports.fansonly.com
Records: Kansas State is 20-2, 8-1 overall. Iowa State is 16-5, 4-5 overall.
Coaches: Kansas State coach Deb Patterson (Rockford (Ill.) College, '79) is 91-78 (.538) in her sixth season at K-State. Iowa State coach Bill Fennelly (William Penn, '79)) is 154-54 (.740) in his seventh season at Iowa State.
Series: K-State leads the series, 36-17
MANHATTAN, Kan. - The No. 9/10 Kansas State women's basketball team put its 11-game home winning streak on the line once again when it returns to the friendly confines of Bramlage Coliseum Saturday to play the No. 16/12 Iowa State Cyclones at 7 p.m.
The Wildcats, 20-2 overall and 8-1 in the Big 12, won their third straight game with an 80-76 double overtime victory over No. 14/14 Texas on Wednesday. The win was K-State's fifth consecutive victory over a ranked opponent and secured the 'Cats first 20-win season since 1989-90.
Iowa State enters the game with a 16-5 overall record and 4-5 mark in the Big 12. The Cyclones are on a two-game winning streak after defeating Missouri, 81-67, on Wednesday. ISU is currently seventh in the Big 12 standings.
Setting The Scene - Kansas State not only will be protecting its 11-game home winning streak, but also the top spot in the Big 12 standings. The Wildcats are 8-1 in the league and are a game ahead of the Oklahoma Sooners who are 7-1.
K-State is playing its third of three straight ranked teams and has a 5-1 record versus ranked foes, including a 3-0 mark in the Purple Palace.
The Wildcats will be looking for its first sweep of the KSU-ISU series since 1995. The 'Cats snapped ISU's 26-game home winning streak with a 69-63 victory in Ames on Jan. 2.
Iowa State will be out for revenge on Saturday after the Wildcats' victory in Ames. The Cyclones haven't lost a series with a Big 12 opponent since Kansas swept ISU in 2000.
ISU is playing its first ranked opponent since losing to Colorado, 86-73, in Boulder on Jan. 23. The Cyclones are 2-4 against ranked teams this season, including 0-2 on the road. A win Saturday for Iowa State would put them at .500 in the Big 12.
A Quick Glance at Kansas State - One of the nation's youngest starting lineups suits up for Kansas State. Sixth-year head coach Deb Patterson has started four freshmen and a sophomore (Laurie Koehn, Chelsea Domenico, Megan Mahoney, Kendra Wecker and Nicole Ohlde) in the last two games and the fivesome are 4-0 overall and 2-0 in the Big 12. The starters make up 80.9 percent of the team scoring and 71.3 percent of the rebounding.
Freshman Laurie Koehn not only leads the team in scoring but also is the nation's top three-point threat. The 5-foot-8 guard leads the 'Cats by posting 18.6 points per game and is shooting 45.3 percent from three-point range. She is averaging 3.9 treys per game and 3.4 in Big 12 games.
Last year's Big 12 Freshman of the Year and all-conference candidate, Nicole Ohlde, is second in scoring and tied for first in rebounding, posting 17.9 points and 8.2 rebounds per outing. Additionally, she is first in blocks (47) and field goal percentage (.582).
Rookie Kendra Wecker is doing a little of everything for the Wildcats. The 5-foot-11 forward is third on the team in scoring (17.9) and is tied with Ohlde in rebounds (8.2). She is also dishing out 2.9 assists and making 1.5 steals. Wecker is 10th in scoring (17.1), seventh in rebounding (8.3), fourth in field goal percentage (.560), sixth in free throw percentage (.880) and fourth in three-point percentage in Big 12 play.
The other Wildcat in double figures is freshman Megan Mahoney. The 6-foot forward is averaging 10 points, 5.7 rebounds and a squad-best 4.5 assists per contest. Considered one of the team's best defenders, Mahoney also leads the squad in steals (37).
Kansas State averages 78.7 points per game, and is shooting 51.4 percent from the field, 42.5 percent from three-point range and 72.3 percent from the free-throw line. Additionally, the 'Cats have shot 50 percent or better from the field in 12 of 21 games and in 25 of 42 halves this season.
A Glance At Iowa State - Iowa State is 16-5 overall and 4-5 in the Big 12. The Cyclones have three starters averaging in double figures.
Junior point guard Lindsey Wilson leads the team in scoring, averaging 20 points per game. She is also dishing out a team-leading 6.1 assists per game. Wilson has also hit 56 three-pointers.
Senior all-american Angie Welle is tallying 19.9 points an outing and grabbing a team-best 10.3 rebounds.
Also in double figures is senior guard Tracy Gahan. She is scoring 15.0 points per game and grabbing 7.3 rebounds a contest.
Iowa State is shooting 48.7 percent from the field, 38.7 percent from three-point range and 70.8 percent from the foul line. The Cyclones are scoring 78.8 points per game and giving up 68 an outing.
Kansas State Jumps Back Into AP Top 10 - After falling out of the top 10 in the Associated Press poll for one week, the Kansas State Wildcats returned to their previous No. 9 ranking on Jan. 28.
The Wildcats also moved up from No. 15 to No. 10 in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches' poll.
Kansas State, currently 19-2 overall and 7-1 in the Big 12 Conference, reached the top 10 on Jan. 14 by jumping five spots to No. 9 in the AP poll. The Wildcats debuted in both polls on Jan. 7 at No. 14 in the AP poll and No. 18 in USA Today's poll. Prior to their Jan. 7 ranking, the Wildcats had received votes in the previous five polls.
This week's ranking in the AP poll is the 70th ranking in school history for K-State.Kansas State's highest AP ranking was when the 'Cats were No. 6 on Dec. 4, 11 and 18, 1983, and Dec. 5, 1982.
Tough Schedules - Now that Kansas State is just over the mid-point of the Big 12 portion of its schedule, the Wildcats will likely have only three more games against ranked opponents - Iowa State, 2/2, Oklahoma, 2/13 and at Colorado, 2/23.
Kansas State is 5-1 against ranked teams this season. The Wildcats have beaten No. 4/4 Iowa State on Jan. 2, No. 7/8 Baylor on Jan. 5, No. 21/19 Colorado on Jan. 9, No. 12/13 Texas Tech on Jan. 27 and No. 14/14 Texas on Wednesday. KSU's lone loss to a ranked foe was at the St. Thomas Paradise Jam when it lost to then-No. 21/25 Arizona State on Nov. 25.
Looking For Six - Kansas State has won five games vs. ranked opponents in a row and will be looking for its sixth on Saturday. The Wildcats have never beaten five ranked teams consecutively until this week.
The last time the Wildcats beat five ranked teams in a season was 1989-99 when they beat No. 24 Santa Clara, No. 24 Nebraska, No. 6 Texas, No. 16 Iowa State, and No. 22 Kansas.
Over-Overtime - Kansas State played just its second double overtime game in school history on Wednesday and came up with the school's second double overtime victory.
The Wildcats' first double overtime win was on Feb. 26, 1979, when the 'Cats beat rival Kansas in Lawrence, 92-91.
Millennium Mark - Senior Kristin Rethman became the 27th Wildcat to score 1,000 career points when she sank her second three-pointer in the second half against Texas. With two more points, Rethman will move into 26th, past Susan Green (1983-87).
Sophomore Nicole Ohlde could become the Wildcats' 28th 1,000 point scorer. She currently has 858 points and is 28th on K-State's all-time scoring list. Ohlde averages 17.5 points per game for her career and could reach the millennium mark with some more 20-point games.
Ohlde needs four points to pass Missy Decker (1994-97) for 27th on the scoring chart.
*Kansas State leads the all-time series with Iowa State, 36-17.
*In the last meeting on Jan. 2, unranked Kansas State beat then-No. 4/4 Iowa State, 69-63, in Hilton Coliseum.
*K-State is 19-6 all-time versus Iowa State in Manhattan.
*The Wildcats won all but four games from the Cyclones in the 1980s, while they had a 12-11 advantage in the 1990s and are 2-3 in 2000s.
*The two squads finished 1-2 in three-point shooting percentage in conference play the last two seasons.
*Big 12 Freshman of the Year Nicole Ohlde averaged 19 points and 8.5 rebounds against the Cyclones last season.
*The Wildcats and the Cyclones first met in 1974.
*Deb Patterson is 4-9 all-time against Iowa State including a 3-3 mark in Manhattan.
*Seniors Kristin Rethman and Angie Welle (ISU) were teammates on the Big 12 All-Stars Foreign Tour this summer.
Last Time They Met - Kendra Wecker had 19 points and 11 rebounds, and Kansas State upset No. 4 Iowa State 69-63 to snap the Cyclones' 26-game home winning streak.
The Wildcats (13-1) never trailed in the Big 12 opener for both teams and handed Iowa State its first loss at home since a 79-71 setback to Kansas on Feb. 16, 2000.
Lindsey Wilson led Iowa State (12-1) with 21 points.
The Wildcats used only six players - including four freshmen and a sophomore - and the only reserve saw just one minute of playing time.
Kansas State survived a furious comeback by the Cyclones, who trailed by 14 points with 9:15 left and by 10 points with less than five minutes to play.
A three-pointer by Melanie Bremer capped an 8-0 run by Iowa State and pulled the Cyclones within 62-60 with 1:10 left. But Laurie Koehn hit two free throws, and Nicole Ohlde one to push the Wildcats' lead back to 65-60 with 30.7 seconds left.
Another three-pointer by Bremer cut the margin to 65-63 with 21.9 seconds left, but the Cyclones didn't score again while Kristin Rethman and Megan Mahoney hit two free throws apiece in the final 17.5 seconds.
The Wildcats shot 48.1 percent from the field, including 50 percent in the second half. Their zone defense held Iowa State to a season-low 33.9 percent shooting, including 29 percent in the first half.
Iowa State outrebounded Kansas State, 40-33. Angie Welle had 11 rebounds and Bremer nine. Welle also had four blocked shots. Ohlde had 11 rebounds for Kansas State.
Kansas State scored the game's first five points and bolted to a 15-6 lead. It grew to 23-12, but the Cyclones ran off 11 consecutive points.
The Wildcats made it 33-23 as Iowa State went nearly seven minutes without a field goal.
Mahoney added 15 points for Kansas State, while Ohlde had 14 and Koehn had 13. Tracy Gahan had 16 points, Welle 15 and Bremer 11 for Iowa State.
A Kansas State Victory Saturday Would...
...give K-State its first season with at least 21 wins since 1986-87 when the 'Cats finished the season 22-9 and reached the NCAA Midwest Regional.
...put head coach Deb Patterson's overall win-loss record at 92-78.
...improve Kansas State's all-time record to 595-381.
...sweep the series with Iowa State for the first time since 1995.
...sweep any series for the first time since beating Missouri twice in 1998-99.
...extend the Wildcats winning streak to four games.
Seventh Heaven - Freshman Laurie Koehn recorded seven three-point field goals for the fifth time this season when she sank seven of 14 against Texas on Wednesday.
Mini Streak - Freshman Laurie Koehn has made nine straight free throws after sinking all seven attempts on Wednesday.
Career-High - Sophomore Amy Dutmer played a season-high nine minutes on Wednesday and grabbed a career-high four rebounds. The forward also registered her first steal of the season.
Mirror Image - All-american candidate Nicole Ohlde scored 24 points and grabbed 11 rebounds and dished out three assists on Wednesday. The Clay Center, Kan., native also had 24 points, 11 rebounds against Texas Tech, but she added a few more assists with a career-high eight against the Lady Raiders.
Nifty Fifty - It's one thing to play an entire game, but it's another to play an entire game and two overtime periods. Well, freshman guard Laurie Koehn did just that on Wednesday. The Hesston, Kan., native played 50 minutes vs. Texas, the most ever in K-State history.
From Highest To Lowest - After shooting the highest field goal percentage in a half this season in the second period against Texas Tech on Jan. 27, Kansas State shot the lowest field percentage in a half this year in the first period against Texas.
The Wildcats shot 30 percent, including 9-of-30 from the floor and 6-of-15 from three-point range. Just three days earlier, K-State shot 81.8 percent (18-of-22) vs. the Lady Raiders.
Rookie Of The Week, Again - Freshman Laurie Koehn was named Big 12 Rookie of the Week for the third time this year on Jan. 28. With her third honor, Koehn is now tied with Nicole Ohlde as the only Big 12 freshman to have been named rookie of the week three times in a season.
Koehn averaged 17 points, 3.0 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 3.5 three-pointers and 37 minutes per game in victories over Kansas and No. 12/13-ranked Texas Tech. The 5-8 freshman guard shot 73.3 (11 of 15) percent from the field, 77.8 (7 of 9) percent from three-point range and 71.4 (5 of 7) percent from the foul line.
All-Conference Performer - Last year's Big 12 Rookie of the Year Nicole Ohlde is putting together another all-conference type season and possibly an all-american campaign this year.
Ohlde, a third-team all-conference selection last season, is the Wildcats' second leading scorer (17.9) and rebounder (8.2), while leading the 'Cats in field goal percentage (.582) and blocks (47).
More on Ohlde:
* She ranks third in scoring (19.4) and in rebounding (9.6), first in blocks (24) and seventh in field goal percentage (.553) in the Big 12 games.
* She is the only Wildcat to score in double figures in 21 of 22 games this season. She has scored in double digits in 43 of 49 career games.
* Ohlde has nine (3rd) double-doubles in overall games this season and five (2nd) in Big 12 games.
Ohlde But A Goodie - Sophomore Nicole Ohlde recorded her 15th career double-double on Wednesday with 24 points and 11 rebounds. She is now tied for fifth on the season chart with nine and tied for fourth on the all-time list with 16.
Double Digit Diva - All-American candidate Nicole Ohlde has turned into double digit diva over the Wildcats' 22 games.
She has scored in double-figures in 21 of 22 games this season. Western Michigan on Nov. 26 in the Paradise Jam in St. Thomas was the only team to limit Ohlde to single digits in points (seven).
Not to be left out, freshmen Laurie Koehn has tallied double figures in scoring in 20 of 22 games.
Who's Hot? - Sophomore Nicole Ohlde has had the hot hand of late. In the last five games, Ohlde has averaged 19.4 points, 9.2 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 2.0 blocks.
Block Party - Center Nicole Ohlde has been a force in the paint when it comes to blocking shots this season. She has 47 blocks, more than double her mark of last season. Ohlde has eight games with three or more rejections and three of those performances rank among the top 10 in school history. She also leads the Big 12 with 24 blocks in league games.
Block Party II - Nicole Ohlde's two blocks on Jan. 30 moved her into fourth on the career blocks (64) list. She now needs two blocks to pass Kristie Bahner (1987-91) on the career list and three to surpass Olga Firsova (1998-99) for second on the season chart (47). With seven more blocks, Ohlde will be the all-time shot blocker in a season, passing Firsova. She also trails Firsova, the all-time shot blocker, by 37 career blocks.
TV Time - The Wildcats won their second straight game while being televised this season with their victory on Jan. 27. K-State is 2-0 on TV and makes two more TV appearances this season.
Kansas State will play another Fox Sports Net game on Feb. 10 at Nebraska and host Oklahoma on Feb. 13 on Metro Sports.
Since 1997, K-State has a 12-12 television record (7-10 on Fox and 5-2 on Metro).
Sizzling Shooting - Kansas State was on fire in the second half against Texas Tech on Jan. 27. The Wildcats shot a school record 81.8 percent (18 of 22) from the field, 50 percent from three-point range (2 of 4) and 83.3 percent (5 of 6) from the free-throw line.K-State's second half shooting percentage from the floor topped the old school record of 79.3 percent (23 of 29) shot in the first half vs. Missouri on March 3, 1984.
Don't Foul The Wildcats - Kansas State has five players shooting over 80 percent from the foul line, including three of the five starters.
Koehn For Three - Laurie Koehn broke the Kansas State freshman record for three-pointers in a season on Jan. 16. She has 87 three's entering Saturday's game. Koehn passed all-time three-point shooter Kim Woodlee, who had 67 treys in 1997-98.
With her seven three-pointers on Jan. 30, Koehn moved into fourth on the Big 12 single season list past Iowa State's Stacy Frese (86, 2000). With two more Koehn will pass Frese (88, 1999) again for third. The all-time single season leader is Rene Hanebutt of Texas Tech, who sank 107 three-pointers in 1999.
Chart Mover - Senior Kristin Rethman is looking to move into the top three in all-time three-point field goals made at Kansas State, men or women. She has 237 and needs just one to pass Askia Jones (1990-94) for third. With four more Rethman will pass Steve Henson (1987-90).
In the K-State women's record book Rethman has no where to go but up when it comes to career three-point records. Rethman is second in makes (237), in attempts (553) and first in percentage (.428) in the Kansas State record book. She needs 48 treys and 129 attempts to overtake Kim Woodlee in both categories.
Earlier this season, Rethman became just the fourth Wildcat in school history to have 200 career three-pointers.
Three-Point Threats - If one thought three-point shooting was Kansas State's strong suit last year, then this season one would be amazed this season.
After hitting 189 three-pointers last year (6.75 per game), the Wildcats are on pace to tally approximately 236 treys in 2001-2002 after averaging 7.9 three-pointers in 21 games.
The Wildcats have shot 50 percent or better from three-point range in eight of 21 games and in 17 of the last 42 halves this season.
One of the biggest reasons for the surge is freshman Laurie Koehn. The rookie has sank almost half (87) of the Wildcats' 192 three's, averaging 3.8 treys a game and shooting 44.9 percent from three-point range. Koehn leads the country in three-pointers and is ranked 19th in three-point percentage.
Ohlde A Playmaker? - Sophomore Nicole Ohlde is turning some heads when is comes to dishing assists. The 6-foot-4 center dished out a career-high eight assists vs. Texas Tech and joins freshman Megan Mahoney (3 times) as the only Wildcats to have eight assists this season.
For the season, Ohlde has 63 assists, second to Mahoney, and ranks 14th in the Big 12 with 30 assists.
To give some perspective on a 6-foot-4 center dishing out so many assists, Genia Beasley (6-foot-2) and Rhonda Mapp (6-foot-3) each had 101 assists during one of their seasons at NC State while UConn's Rebecca Lobo had 129 in 1994-95.
Dishing The Rock - Senior Kristin Rethman moved into ninth place on the career assists chart when she surpassed Gayla Williams (1979-81) with five assists on Jan. 16. She needs eight assists to move past Susan Green (1983-87) into eighth.
Dishing The Rock II - Freshman Megan Mahoney added to her assist total with four in a win over Texas Tech. A native of Black Hawk, S.D., Mahoney averages 4.4 assists per game, but also has an impressive 1.40 assist-to-turnover average. Mahoney has had six or more assists in seven games this season.
More On Assists - While Kansas State has had to make due with rotating its guards at the point position this season, but the output hasn't been affected.
Assist-To-Turnover Ratio - Kansas State had a 1.46 (22 to 15) assist-to-turnover ratio vs. Texas Tech, marking the 12th time this season the Wildcats have had more assists than turnovers.
Unselfish - The Kansas State starters are unselfish when it comes to passing the ball. Four of the five starters have 50 or more assists this season or average at least 2.5 assists a game.
Oh My Ohlde! - Sophomore Nicole Ohlde produced one of the finest basketball performances in recent K-State history this weekend when the 6-foot-4 center had game-highs of 24 points and 11 rebounds, and a career-high eight assists.
The Clay Center, Kan., native was just two assists shy of registering Kansas State's third triple-double. Carlisa Thomas is the only Wildcat to have accomplished a triple-double when she had 10 points, 14 rebounds and 13 assists on Dec. 19, 1986 vs. UMKC and 12 points, 16 rebounds and 13 assists on Feb. 4, 1987 vs. Oklahoma.
20-Something - Sophomore Nicole Ohlde tallied 24 points on Jan. 30 to record her ninth 20-plus point game.
Double Duty - Kansas native Nicole Ohlde recorded their ninth double-double of the season and fifth in Big 12 play on Jan. 30. Ohlde had game-highs of 24 points and 11 rebounds.
With nine double-doubles this season, Ohlde is now tied with Kathy O'Toole (1976-77) and Shanele Stires (1992-93) for fifth on the all-time season double-doubles list.
Iron Women - Freshman Laurie Koehn has played five 40-minute games this season.
Koehn played 40 minutes against Middle Tennessee, Northern Arizona, Iowa State, Oklahoma State and Texas. She averages a team-leading 35.7 minutes per game.
RPI's - Kansas State is ranked 10th in this week's Sagarin RPI rankings. Additionally, the Wildcats are 10th in the CollegeRPI.com, and 7th in Collegiate Basketball News and WBCA/Summerville RPI rankings.
Flirting With More Records - If the season stopped prior to Saturday's game, Kansas State would break school records for three-point percentage (42.4), free-throw percentage (.722) and rank first in best home record (10-0) and third in scoring average (78.8) in a season.
Individually, Nicole Ohlde would be ranked fourth on the season chart for field goal percentage (.582) and Laurie Koehn would be second in three's (87), third in three-point field goal attempts (192) and first in three-point percentage (.453).
Kansas State In The NCAA - Two Wildcats and K-State are ranked in the latest NCAA statistics as of Jan. 29.
Individually, freshman Laurie Koehn ranks first in the country in three-point field goals (3.8), 14th in three-point field goal percentage (44.9 percent), and 49th in points (18.1).
Sophomore Nicole Ohlde is ranked 24th in the country in field goal percentage (.575 percent) and 30th in blocks (2.1).
Kansas State is tied for fourth in the country in win/loss percentage with a 19-2 record.
The Wildcats are second in the nation behind BYU in three-point percentage (42.3 percent), fourth in field goal percentage (51.4 percent), seventh in three-pointers per game (7.9), 14th in scoring offense (78.7), 20th in scoring margin (+14.3) and 39th in field goal defense (37.6 percent).
Diaper Dandies - Kansas State's diaper dandies have been doing their stuff in the Wildcats' 22 games. The rookies are averaging 63.6 percent (1,103-of-1,733) of the 'Cats points and 57.4 percent (469-of-816) of K-State's rebounds. Additionally, Laurie Koehn is Kansas State's top scorer (18.6) and Kendra Wecker is K-State's top rebounder (8.2) and Megan Mahoney is the leading playmaker (4.5).
Just Plain Good Defense - Kansas State is limiting its opponents to just 64.7 points per game and allowing the foes to shoot 37.2 percent from the field, 30.3 from three-point range and 68.0 from the foul line. This season, K-State has allowed only eight foes to shoot over 40 percent from the field and eight to score 65 or more points.
Kansas Connection - The Kansas Connection continues to make an impact on the Wildcat lineup this season. Senior Kristin Rethman, sophomore Nicole Ohlde and freshmen Laurie Koehn and Kendra Wecker (junior Danielle Hutton is injured) have scored 76.6 percent (1328 of 1733) of K-State's points and grabbed 60.2 percent (492 of 816) of the Wildcats' rebounds.
- Deb Patterson ranks third all-time at K-State with 91 wins.
- Kansas State has had a three-pointer in 145 consecutive games. The last time Kansas State failed to sink a three-pointer was on Feb. 26, 1997, in a 64-60 win over Missouri. The Wildcats were 0-6.
- Kansas State's all-time record is 594-381.
- Sophomore Nicole Ohlde is 21-1 on the opening tip.
- K-State is 5-0 in games decided by five or fewer points.
- Freshman Laurie Koehn has made at least one three-point field goal in 21 of 22 games this season.
- Kansas State has drawn four charges this season.
- Kansas State has used three different lineups this season -
1. Kari Hanson, Laurie Koehn, Megan Mahoney, Kendra Wecker and Nicole Ohlde for eight games this season.
2. Chelsea Domenico, Laurie Koehn, Megan Mahoney, Kendra Wecker and Nicole Ohlde for four games.
3. Kristin Rethman, Laurie Koehn, Megan Mahoney Kendra Wecker and Nicole Ohlde for 10 outings.
Sold Out - Kansas State has sold out three games this season - Nebraska and Texas Tech - and the upcoming Iowa State game on Saturday.
Fans, Fans, Fans - Wildcats fans set five of the top 10 attendance marks in school history the last five home games. Combined, 53,013 'Cat fans have watched the last five KSU games, an average of 10,602.
Home Sweet Home - Kansas State is making Bramlage Coliseum an unfriendly place for visitors.
The Wildcats have a 11-game home winning streak dating back to last season and are putting up big numbers in the Purple Palace.
KSU is averaging 85.2 points per game and is shooting 53.3 percent from the field, 48.0 percent from three-point range and 78.1 percent from the free-throw line. The 'Cats are limiting their opponents to 63.4 points a game and allowing them to shoot only 37.2 percent from the floor and 31.3 percent from beyond the three-point arc.
Second-Largest - Wildcat fans packed Bramlage Coliseum on Jan. 27 and the crowd of 13,340 was the second-largest in women's basketball history. The crowd was also the 15th-largest in school history since KSU joined the Big 12.
Additionally, the Jan. 27 crowd ranks as the 17th-largest in Division I according to the unofficial 2001-2002 National Women's Basketball Division I Home Attendance List.
Record Attendance - Ten games into a 13-game home schedule, the Wildcats have already had 65,239 fans attend games, snapping the school record for fans at home games.
Additionally, Kansas State is primed to break the overall women's basketball attendance record. A total of 9,350 fans need to see the Wildcats play over the next eight games (1,038 per game) to break the record of 113,608 set in 1999-2000.
School Record - Kansas State set the women's basketball school record for attendance when 13,466 fans attended the Jan. 12 game vs. Nebraska.
The mark is also the 14th-largest Bramlage Coliseum crowd since K-State joined the Big 12 (men vs. Kansas on Feb. 22, 1992, 13,762). Additionally, the crowd ranks as the 12th-largest among Big 12 women's attendances (Oklahoma at Texas Tech, Feb. 19, 2000, 15,050).
Additionally, in the unofficial 2001-2002 National Women's Basketball Division I Home Attendance List, the Jan. 12 crowd was the second-largest that day (Miami at Connecticut) and ranks as the 15th-largest this season in all of Division I.
Youthful Wildcats - How young is this Kansas State team? Consider that 10 players on the roster are in their first or second year with the Wildcats.
More importantly, of the 10 youngsters, four of them have game experience, and six are freshmen.
Patterson Climbing Kansas State Coaching Charts - Head coach Deb Patterson ranks third on K-State's all-time wins list. In her sixth season at Kansas State, Patterson is 91-78.
Fan-tastic Numbers - Kansas State is ranked 10th in the country in the recent unofficial women's basketball Division I home attendance figures.
The Wildcats have had 65,239 fans attend 10 home games is season for an average of 6,524 'Cat fans. Kansas State third among Big 12 teams on the list.
K-State will try to make it six years in a row in the top 30 after it ranked 28th in the official home attendances compiled by the NCAA last year.
Home Cookin' - Kansas State is 10-0 at home this season and have a 124-60 (67.3 percent) all-time record in Bramlage Coliseum.
In non-conference games, K-State has won 84.3 percent (75-14) of its games in the Purple Palace.
Since Deb Patterson took over as head coach, the Wildcats have posted a 53-22 mark at home, including an 11-1 campaign in 1996-97, the fourth-best home record in school history. Kansas State has posted its ninth straight winning record at home in and the 30th in 34 seasons of Wildcat women's basketball.
Did You Know? - Philadelphia Inquirer sports writer and women's basketball legend Mel Greenberg provided this 'Did You Know?'
Kansas State's entry in the Associated Press poll produced what commonality between the Wildcats, Baylor and Old Dominion, who are also ranked?
Answer, all three teams were the only teams on the current list who were ranked in the very first AP poll. Baylor No. 13, Kansas State No. 19, Old Dominion No. 20.
Up Next - Kansas State starts a two-game road swing on Feb. 5 when it plays Missouri on at 7 p.m. in the Hearnes Center in Columbia, Mo.
Missouri leads the series over Kansas State, 31-27, after sweeping the Wildcats last season 65-60 in Columbia on Jan. 20 and 63-54 in Manhattan on Feb. 7. K-State is 6-18 in the Hearnes Center and last won there on Jan. 6, 1999, 72-60.