Wildcats Welcome Texas to Bramlage on Wednesday

Feb. 10, 2014

K-State Athletics

Game Notes

Game 23
Texas at Kansas State
Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014 | 7 p.m.
Bramlage Coliseum (12,528) | Manhattan, Kan.

Game Information
Tickets: Visit www.kstatesports.com or call (800) 221-CATS

Promotions: Bring Your ‘A’ Game  - Kids age 13 & under can bring an ‘A’ from a test or project and get into the game for free.

TV: FOX Sports Kansas City (PbP: Brian Smoller; Color: Missy Heidrick)

Radio: K-State Sports Network (PbP: Matt Walters; Color: Kristin Waller)

Internet: Free live audio & free live stats at www.kstatesports.com; K-State Gameday on K-StateHD.TV at 6:30 p.m. (Hosts: Tanner Barth, Nicole Ohlde and Kimberly Dietz)

Team Information
Kansas State Wildcats (9-13, 3-8 Big 12)
Head Coach: Deb Patterson (Rockford ‘79)
Career Record: 348-220 (.613) 18th year
School Record: Same
Last game: L, 84-44 at (17/20) West Virginia on Feb. 8, 2014
website: www.kstatesports.com
Twitter: @kstatesports, @kstate_gameday, #KStateWBB

Texas Longhorns  (16-7, 7-4 Big 12)
Head Coach: Karen Aston (Arkansas-Little Rock ‘87)
Career Record: 129-88 (.594) 7th year
School Record: 28-25 (.528) 2nd year
Last game: W, 71-64 vs. (rv/23) Iowa State on Feb. 8, 2014
website: www.texassports.com
Twitter: @UTexasWBB

Series History and Notes
Texas leads the series, 14-13... Texas won the last meeting between the teams, 67-53, in Austin on Jan. 5, 2014... K-State has won six of the last 10 meetings... Since Texas joined the Big 12 in the 1996-97 season, K-State holds a 13-10 advantage in the series... K-State holds a 7-4 edge in the series in games played in Manhattan... Head coach Deb Patterson is 13-10 against Texas.

MANHATTAN, Kan. – After a two-game road trip to open the month of February, Kansas State returns to Bramlage Coliseum to host Texas at 7 p.m. The Wildcats will play three of its next four games in Bramlage, where the Wildcats own a 6-4 record this season.

Wednesday’s game will be broadcast by FOX Sports Kansas City. This will be the 209th K-State women’s basketball game to be broadcast on television. K-State holds an all-time record of 125-83 (.601) in televised games. Handling the broadcast will be the award-winning Brian Smoller on play-by-play and former Wildcat letter winner Missy Heidrick with the color analysis. Subscribers to K-StateHD.TV, can tune in at 6:30 p.m., to watch K-State Gameday hosted by Tanner Barth and former Wildcat All-Americans Nicole Ohlde and Kimberly Dietz.

Wednesday night’s game will be available on the K-State Sports Network and for free at kstatesports.com, as the award-winning Matt Walters delivers the play-by-play and former K-State letter winner Kristin Waller 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 (9-13, 3-8 Big 12) suffered its fourth loss in the last five games as the Wildcats fell at No. 17/20 West Virginia, 84-44. The Wildcats registered a season-low point output for a second half this season with 20 points. The Mountaineers were hot from behind the 3-point line, carding an 11-of-19 effort.

Kansas State was led by the freshmen trio of Leticia Romero, Breanna Lewis and Kindred Wesemann against the Mountaineers. Romero notched 12 points, four rebounds and three assists. She has scored in double figures 17 times.

For the season, Romero is the top freshman scorer and passer in the Big 12, as she is averaging team-highs of 14.5 points (8th in Big 12), 5.8 rebounds (14th in Big 12), 4.7 assists (6th in Big 12) and 1.7 steals (9th 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. Romero’s 306 points rank 11th in school history for points by a freshman. She is the first freshman in school history, the first freshman this season in the Big 12 and the only freshman guard in NCAA Division I to register the combination of 300 or more points, 100 or more rebounds and 100 or more assists.

Lewis registered 10 points, six rebounds, two blocks and three steals. This was the Milwaukee, Wis., product’s third game in double figures for points and her ninth game with five or more rebounds. This was her 10th career game with two or more blocks.

For the season, Lewis is averaging 5.4 points on a .486 field goal percentage, 4.6 rebounds and 1.6 blocks. She ranks eighth in the Big 12 and is the top freshman shot blocker in the Big 12. Lewis’s 33 blocked shots this season are the most by a Wildcat since Marlies Gipson sent back a single season school record 86 shots in 2008-09.

Wesemann tallied her second career game in double figures with 10 points in her first career Big 12 start. She is averaging 4.1 points and 1.4 assists this season.

At a Glance: Texas
Texas (16-7, 7-4 Big 12) captured a 71-64 win over Iowa State on Sunday, Feb. 9. The Longhorns have won two straight and five of their last seven games.

The Longhorns are guided by second-year head coach Karen Aston. The 1987 graduate of Arkansas-Little Rock owns a career record of 129-88 (.594) with stops at North Texas (2011-12) and Charlotte (2007-11). She steered Charlotte to one NCAA Tournament appearance during her time with the 49ers (2009).

On the floor, Texas has been paced by Nneka Enemkpali. Enemkpali leads the team in scoring with 13.1 points per game and paces the squad in rebounding at 9.3 per game. The junior forward from Pflugerville, Texas, leads the Big 12 in rebounding and is 12th in scoring. Against the Cyclones, Enemkpali paced a balanced attack with 12 points and seven rebounds.

Filling Up the Purple Palace
K-State has continued to be one of the nation’s leaders in attendance this season, as the Wildcats have tallied 45,282 fans (4,528 average) in 10 home games, including a season-high of 8,221 against Iowa State on Jan. 18. K-State’s average attendance ranks 26th in the NCAA this season.

Since  the start of Deb Patterson’s tenure in the 1996-97 season, K-State has seen 1,323,135 fans (avg.: 5,012 per game; 264 games) pass through the turnstiles of Bramlage Coliseum. When the crowd is 7,500 or more in Bramlage Coliseum during the Patterson-era, K-State is 41-10 (.804) including a record of 18-4 when the crowd is 10,000 or more.

The Wildcats moved into Bramlage Coliseum prior to the start of the 1988-89 season and have seen 1,414,174 fans pass through the doors.

K-State’s Guards Continue to Crash the Boards
Continuing a trend that developed under former K-State guard Megan Mahoney (2001-05), Kansas State’s guards have continued to attack the glass for rebounds in 2013-14. At West Virginia on Feb. 8, the Wildcats received nine of the team’s 32 rebounds from its backcourt players. For the season, K-State’s guards have pulled in a total of 383 rebounds which equates to 47.2 percent of the Wildcats’ total rebounds.

The Wildcats’ top rebounder in the backcourt is freshman Leticia Romero with 5.8 rebounds per game. Romero, who leads the team in rebounding and defensive rebounds per game (4.4 drpg), hauled in a career-high 12 boards against Virginia on Nov. 29, and has 14 games with five or more rebounds.

At the end of the 2012-13 season, K-State’s guards pulled in 73.3 percent of K-State’s total rebounds (910-of-1241) for an average of 24.6 per game. The Wildcats were led by a guard on the glass in 31 games in the 2012-13 season. The 24.6 rebounds per game by K-State guards shattered the school record of 18.3 set in the 2011-12 season. Brittany Chambers led K-State in rebounding with a career-high 7.6 rebounds per game.