Wildcats, Horned Frogs Meet on Wednesday

Feb. 17, 2014

K-State Athletics

Game Notes

Game 25
Kansas State at TCU
Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014 | 7 p.m.
Daniel-Meyer Coliseum (7,201) | Fort Worth, Texas

Game Information
TV: FOX Sports Southwest Plus
(PbP: Chuck LaMendola; Color: Janice Dziuk)

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.gofrogs.com or call (817) 257-3764

Team Information
Kansas State Wildcats (10-14, 4-9 Big 12)
Head Coach: Deb Patterson (Rockford ‘79)
Career Record: 349-221 (.612) 18th year
School Record: Same
Last game: W, 60-54 vs. Texas Tech on Feb. 15, 2014
website: www.kstatesports.com
Twitter: @kstatesports, @kstate_gameday, #KStateWBB

TCU Horned Frogs (14-11, 5-8 Big 12)
Head Coach: Jeff Mittie (Missouri Western ‘89)
Career Record: 450-231 (.661) 22nd year
School Record: 299-172 (.635) 15th year
Last game: L, 61-57 at West Virginia on Feb. 16, 2014
website: www.gofrogs.com
Twitter: @TCU_athletics

Series History and Notes
K-State leads the series between the schools, 2-1... K-State won the last meeting between the schools, 57-54, on Jan. 19 in Fort Worth... The first ever meeting between the schools came on Dec. 11, 1999 in Springfield, Mo., a 71-62 TCU win... Head coach Deb Patterson is 2-1 against TCU.

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State will make a quick mid-week road trip to Fort Worth, Texas on Wednesday night, as the Wildcats face TCU in a 7 p.m., tip-off at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. K-State will look to halt a three-game road skid and secure its second road win this season.

Wednesday’s game will be broadcast by FOX Sports Southwest Plus. This will be the 211th K-State women’s basketball game to be broadcast on television. K-State holds an all-time record of 126-84 (.600) in televised games. Handling the broadcast will be Chuck LaMendola on play-by-play and Janice Dziuk with the color analysis.

Wednesday 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 (10-14, 4-9 Big 12) ended a three-game losing streak and guaranteed itself at least a .500 record at home with a 60-54 win over Texas Tech on Feb. 15. The Wildcats rallied from a six-point deficit with 4:11 remaining in the game and closed out the contest on a 10-0 run. K-State held the Lady Raiders to just two field goal attempts and forced four turnovers in the final four minutes.

For the eighth time this season, Kansas State saw three players reach double figures led by the trio of Leticia RomeroAshia Woods and Katya Leick. This group recorded 39 points, 19 rebounds and eight assists in the win.

Romero approached a triple-double with 19 points on 7-of-14 shooting, six rebounds, six assists and two steals. The freshman guard from Las Palmas, Spain was responsible for 61.9 percent of K-State’s 21 made field goals on Saturday. This was the ninth time this season she has been responsible for 50 percent or more of K-State’s made field goals.

For the season, Romero is the top freshman scorer and passer in the Big 12, as she is averaging team-highs of 14.4 points (8th in Big 12), 5.8 rebounds (14th in Big 12), 4.6 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.  

Woods registered 10 points, seven rebounds, two assists, two steals and a blocked shot against the Lady Raiders. This season in 20 games, Woods is averaging a career-best 10.7 points including, 3.8 rebounds and 2.0 steals in 28.8 minutes per game with 19 starts.

Leick finished with 10 points and six rebounds. This was Leick’s sixth game in double figures this season and her fifth straight home game in double digits.

In her lone season with the Wildcats, Leick is averaging 8.2 points and 4.7 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 13 games this season.

At a Glance: TCU
TCU (14-11, 5-8 Big 12) will look to end a two-game skid and losses in five of their last seven games. In their last game on Sunday, Feb. 16, the Horned Frogs were defeated at West Virginia, 61-57. TCU ranks second in the Big 12 in scoring defense at 57.8 points per game.

On the sideline, the Horned Frogs are led by 15th year head coach, Jeff Mittie. During his time in Fort Worth, Mittie has achieved a record of 299-172 (.635) and is the career wins leader at TCU. He has guided the program to 12 postseason appearances, including nine NCAA Tournament bids.

The Horned Frogs are led on the floor by sophomore Zahna Medley and junior Natalie Ventress. Medley, a 5-6 guard from Springfield, Ill., is averaging 16.5 points and 3.8 assists per game. She ranks sixth in the Big 12 in scoring and third for 3-point field goals made per game (2.2). At West Virginia, Medley tallied a game-high 23 points on 8-of-18 shooting including 5-of-13 from beyond the arc.

Ventress, a 5-10 guard from Fort Worth, is averaging 11.1 points and 4.7 rebounds per game.

Where are the Close Games?
Through 24 games of the 2013-14 season, Kansas State has played just one game decided by five points or less winning 49-46 over Virginia on Nov. 29. Over the last four seasons including this one, K-State is 23-5 (.821) in games decided by five points or less including a 9-3 record in the 2011-12 season.

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 24 games, Romero has been responsible for 42.9 percent of K-State’s made field goals this season, as she has scored or assisted on 226 of K-State’s 527 made field goals. In Big 12 action, Romero has been responsible for 43.0 percent of K-State’s 272 made field goals. She has 10 games of 50 percent or better in field goals responsible for.

Romero is the first freshman in school history, the only freshman in the Big 12 and was the first freshman guard in NCAA Division I this season (1 of 2) to record the combination of 300 or more points, 100 or more rebounds and 100 or more assists.

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.