K-State, Texas Tech Meet in Play 4Kay Game
K-State, Texas Tech Meet in Play 4Kay Game
Feb. 13, 2014
Texas Tech at Kansas State
Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014 | 2 p.m.
Bramlage Coliseum (12,528) | Manhattan, Kan.
Tickets: Visit www.kstatesports.com or call (800) 221-CATS
Promotions: Play 4Kay – First 4,000 fans will receive a pink K-State t-shirt; 2004 Big 12 champions team reunion and halftime recognition
TV: FCS Pacific (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
Kansas State Wildcats (9-14, 3-9 Big 12)
Head Coach: Deb Patterson (Rockford ‘79)
Career Record: 348-221 (.612) 18th year
School Record: Same
Last game: L, 69-63 vs. Texas on Feb. 12, 2014
Twitter: @kstatesports, @kstate_gameday, #KStateWBB
Texas Tech Lady Raiders (6-18, 0-13 Big 12)
Head Coach: Candace Whitaker (Texas Tech ‘02)
Career Record: 76-100 (.432) 6th year
School Record: 6-18 (.250) 1st year
Last game: L, 75-58 vs. Baylor on Feb. 12, 2014
Series History and Notes
K-State leads the series between the schools, 13-12... K-State won the last meeting between the schools, 72-65, on Jan. 14, 2014 in Lubbock... K-State is 5-4 in contests played in Manhattan... K-State has won 10 of the last 14 meetings between the two schools... Head coach Deb Patterson is 12-12 against Texas Tech.
MANHATTAN, Kan. – Saturday will be a special day for Kansas State women’s basketball, as the Wildcats will host its annual Play 4Kay game and pay tribute to the 2004 Big 12 title team during a special weekend reunion. The Wildcats will host Texas Tech at 2 p.m., in the weekend tilt. The first 4,000 fans will receive a free pink K-State t-shirt.
Saturday’s game will be broadcast by FCS Pacific. This will be the 210th K-State women’s basketball game to be broadcast on television. K-State holds an all-time record of 125-84 (.598) 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 1:30 p.m., to watch K-State Gameday hosted by Kelly McHugh and former Wildcat All-American Nicole Ohlde.
The afternoon 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 (9-14, 3-9 Big 12) suffered its fifth loss in the last six games as the Wildcats fell to Texas, 69-63, to begin this two-game home stand.
Kansas State was led by the tandem of junior Ashia Woods and senior Katya Leick. The duo combined for 28 points on 9-of-17 shooting, including a 5-of-8 effort from behind the 3-point line.
Woods registered 15 points for her 10th game this season in double figures and the 16th of her career. She was 2-of-2 from behind the 3-point line, marking her sixth career game with two or more connection from beyond the arc.
This season in 19 games, Woods is averaging a career-best 10.7 points including 10 games in double figures, 3.6 rebounds and 2.1 steals in 28.8 minutes per game with 18 starts. She has already surpassed her career season-highs for points (203), field goals made (76), 3-point field goals made (14), free throws made (37) and assists (43). In Big 12 action, Woods has registered 11.25points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.9 steals.
Leick finished with 13 points, three rebounds and a team-high four assists. This was Leick’s fifth game in double figures this season and her fourth straight home game in double digits. She was 3-of-6 from behind the 3-point line, which was her seventh game this season with two or more made 3-point field goals.
In her lone season with the Wildcats, Leick is averaging 8.1 points and 4.6 rebounds. In league action, she has increased her averages to 9.5 points and 4.8 boards. She has pulled in five or more rebounds in 12 games this season. Over the last four home games, Leick is averaging 17.5 points on a .438 field goal percentage including a .467 effort from behind the 3-point line, 5.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists.
Special Reunion of 2004 Big 12 Title Team
At halftime of Saturday’s game, Kansas State will honor one of the greatest women’s basketball teams in the program’s 46-year history as members of the 2004 Big 12 Champions will celebrate the 10th anniversary of its title at Bramlage Coliseum.
Among the members returning to Manhattan for the event are: Claire Coggins, Chelsea Domenico, Amy Dutmer, Brie Madden, Jessica McFarland, Kimmery Newsom, Nicole Ohlde, Naytanda Smith and Kendra Wecker. Due to commitments with their professional teams in Australia and Italy, respectively, Laurie Koehn and Megan Mahoney are unable to attend.
The 2003-04 squad finished with an overall record of 25-6, including a perfect 13-0 record in Bramlage where the crowds averaged 9,365 to rank eighth nationally, and a 14-2 mark in the Big 12. The team earned its third straight NCAA Tournament appearance as a No. 2 seed, which was the highest seed in program history. The Wildcats finished the season ranked No. 8 in the Associated Press poll and No. 15 in the coaches’ poll.
Ohlde was named a consensus All-American for the second straight season, earned Big 12 Player of the Year honors and saw her No. 3 jersey raised to the rafters at the conclusion of the season. She also ended the season as the program’s all-time leader in career points and rebounds.
Joining Ohlde as an All-American, Wecker earned third team honors from the AP and was an All-Big 12 First Team selection. Wecker and Ohlde were each finalists for the Wade Trophy, Naismith and Wooden Awards.
At a Glance: Texas Tech
Texas Tech (6-18, 0-13 Big 12) enters Saturday afternoon’s game on a 14-game losing streak following a 75-58 loss to Baylor on Wednesday night in Lubbock. The Lady Raiders have picked up all six of their wins at home this season.
From the bench, head coach Candace Whitaker is in her first season leading the Lady Raiders. The 2002 graduate of Texas Tech owns a career record of 76-100 (.432). Prior to her appointment at her alma mater, she was the head coach at UMKC for six seasons and was the associate head coach at Oklahoma State last season.
On the floor, Texas Tech is led by junior guard Amber Battle. The product of Albuquerque, N.M., is averaging 17.7 points and 7.7 rebounds. Battle ranks fourth in the Big 12 in scoring and seventh in the league in rebounding. Against Baylor on Saturday, Battle tallied 13 points and eight 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 149-of-519 (.287) from 3-point range and have tallied six or more made 3-pointers in 14 of 23 games this season. The Wildcats rank third 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.