K-State Travels to West Virginia on Saturday
K-State Travels to West Virginia on Saturday
Feb. 6, 2014
Kansas State at (17/20) West Virginia
Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014 | 1 p.m.
WVU Coliseum (14,000) | Morgantown, W. Va.
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.wvusports.com or call (304) 293-3541
Kansas State Wildcats (9-12, 3-7 Big 12)
Head Coach: Deb Patterson (Rockford ‘79)
Career Record: 348-218 (.615) 18th year
School Record: Same
Last game: L, 84-65 at (23/21) Iowa State on Feb. 1, 2014
Twitter: @kstatesports, @kstate_gameday, #KStateWBB
West Virginia Mountaineers (19-3, 8-2 Big 12)
Head Coach: Mike Carey (Salem ‘80)
Career Record: 551-246 (.691) 26th year
School Record: 263-144 (.646) 13th year
Last game: W, 66-62 at TCU on Feb. 1, 2014
Series History and Notes
West Virginia leads the series, 2-0... The Mountaineers won the last meeting in the series, 66-57, on Feb. 26, 2013 in Morgantown... Head coach Deb Patterson is 0-2 against West Virginia.
MANHATTAN, Kan. – After a midweek break from competition, Kansas State will end a two-game road trip with a visit to Morgantown, W. Va., to face (17/20) West Virginia at 1 p.m. (CT), on Saturday. K-State will look to pick up its first win in the brief series against the Mountaineers.
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 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 (9-12, 3-7 Big 12) lost at Iowa State for the sixth straight time, 84-65. The Wildcats endured a sluggish first half shooting performance, scoring 19 first half points on .273 field goal percentage including a 1-of-10 effort from beyond the arc.
Kansas State was led by the tandem of Ashia Woods and Leticia Romero against the Cyclones. Woods finished with a game-high 25 points on 10-of-15 shooting, including 19 points in the second half. In addition to her 25 points, Woods also tallied three rebounds and four steals.
The junior guard from Wichita, Kan., reached double figures for the ninth time this season. She is averaging a career-best 10.9 points and has already surpassed her career season-highs for points (186), field goals made (70), 3-point field goals made (12), free throws made (34) and assists (37).
Romero notched 11 points, four rebounds, four assists and two steals at Iowa State. With her four helpers on Feb. 1, Romero became the fourth freshman in school history to reach the 100 assist mark. She has scored in double figures 16 times this season.
For the season, Romero is the top freshman scorer and passer in the Big 12 as she is averaging team-highs of 14.6 points (8th in Big 12), 5.9 rebounds (14th in Big 12), 4.8 assists (6th in Big 12) and 1.8 steals (7th in Big 12). She is the only freshman in the Big 12 to average 10+ points, 5.5+ rebounds, 4.5+ assists and 1.5+ steals. Her 306 points are the most by a K-State freshman since Brittany Chambers registered 388 points in her rookie campaign in 2009-10. Romero’s 306 points rank 11th in school history for points by a freshman. She is the first freshman in school history and the first freshman this season to register the combination of 300 or more points, 100 or more rebounds and 100 or more assists.
In the 10 Big 12 games, Romero and Woods have been responsible for 45.6 percent of K-State’s point production (288 points out of 632 total points). The tandem has shot a combined .498 (102-of-205) from the field over this stretch.
At a Glance: West Virginia
No. 17/20 West Virginia (19-3, 8-2 Big 12) has won six of its last seven games, including a 66-62 win at TCU on Feb. 1. Half of the wins have come away from WVU Coliseum.
Leading the Mountaineers in his 13th season is head coach Mike Carey. A 1980 graduate of Salem, Carey owns a 263-144 (.646) mark during his time in Morgantown. In his 26 seasons as a head coach, Carey has tabulated a 551-246 (.691) mark. He has led the Mountaineers to four straight NCAA Tournament appearances and five in the last six seasons.
On the floor, West Virginia features a diverse attack that has four players averaging between 11.0 points and 13.6, and are led by Bria Holmes and and Asya Bussie. Holmes, a sophomore guard, is averaging 13.6 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists.
Bussie, a redshirt senior forward who suffered a season-ending injury prior to the 2012-13 season, is averaging 13.5 points and team-bests of 7.7 rebounds and 2.2 blocks. At TCU, Bussie tallied her sixth double-double of the season with 19 points and 15 rebounds.
K-State Continues to Shoot From Deep
After setting a number of school and Big 12 records from beyond the arc in 2012-13, K-State has continued to attack opponents from deep in the 2013-14 season. The Wildcats are 137-of-479 (.286) from 3-point range and have tallied six or more made 3-pointers in 13 of 21 games this season. The Wildcats rank second in the Big 12 in 3-point field goals made per game (6.5).
The Wildcats made a season-high 11 three-point field goals against UC Riverside (11-of-21, .524) on Dec. 30 and against Oklahoma (11-of-22, .500) on Jan. 29). This was the highest total since K-State made 12 against Ball State on March 28, 2013. The percentage of .524 was the highest since K-State notched a .545 at Kansas on Jan. 7, 2012.