Wildcats, Mountaineers Tussle on Saturday

Feb. 20, 2014

K-State Athletics

Game NotesBig 12 Podcast (K-State)

Game 26
(13/14) West Virginia at Kansas State
Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014 | 5 p.m.
Bramlage Coliseum (12,528) | Manhattan, Kan.

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

Promotions: Halftime performance from Sky Squad

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

Team Information
Kansas State Wildcats (10-15, 4-10 Big 12)
Head Coach: Deb Patterson (Rockford ‘79)
Career Record: 349-222 (.611) 18th year
School Record: Same
Last game: L, 64-44 at TCU on Feb. 19, 2014
website: www.kstatesports.com
Twitter: @kstatesports, @kstate_gameday, #KStateWBB

West Virginia Mountaineers (23-3, 12-2 Big 12)
Head Coach: Mike Carey (Salem ‘80)
Career Record: 555-246 (.693) 26th year
School Record: 267-144 (.650) 13th year
Last game: W, 77-45 vs. Oklahoma State on Feb. 19, 2014
website: www.wvusports.com
Twitter: @WVUSportsBuzz

Series History and Notes
West Virginia leads the series, 3-0... The Mountaineers won the last meeting in the series, 84-44, on Feb. 8, 2014 in Morgantown... Head coach Deb Patterson is 0-3 against West Virginia.
MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State returns to Bramlage on Saturday evening to host No. 13/14 West Virginia at 5 p.m. This will be K-State’s final weekend home game of the regular season and will feature a halftime performance by the Sky Squad.

Saturday’s game will be broadcast by FCS Pacific. This will be the 212th K-State women’s basketball game to be broadcast on television. K-State holds an all-time record of 126-85 (.597) 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 4:30 p.m., to watch K-State Gameday hosted by Kelly McHugh and former Wildcat All-Americans Nicole Ohlde and Kimberly Dietz.

Saturday evening’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 (10-15, 4-10 Big 12) dropped its fourth straight road game with a 64-44 decision at TCU. K-State turned the ball over 22 times and shot just .309 from the floor. For the third time this season, K-State tallied just 13 points in the first half as TCU used a 22-1 run over the final 11 minutes of the stanza to take control of the game.

K-State was led by Breanna Lewis with 14 points, six rebounds and three blocks. This was her fourth game in double figures, her 10th with five or more rebounds and her 11th game with two or more blocks.

For the season, the freshman from Milwaukee, Wis., is averaging 5.6 points on a .492 field goal percentage, 4.5 rebounds and 1.5 blocks. She is the top freshman shot blocker in the Big 12 this season and has rejected 37 shots this season, which are the most since Marlies Gipson set the school record with 86 blocks in the 2008-09 season.

Ashia Woods contributed eight points, nine rebounds, four assists and two steals. This season in 21 games, Woods is averaging a career-best 10.5 points including, 4.0 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 2.0 steals in 29.2minutes per game with 20 starts. The junior from Wichita, Kan., has reached double figures in 12 games this season and has pulled in five or more rebounds nine times.

K-State has been led this season by Big 12 Freshman of the Year candidate, Leticia Romero. The product of Las Palmas, Spain, is the top freshman scorer and passer in the Big 12, as she is averaging team-highs of 14.2 points (9th in Big 12), 5.6 rebounds (14th in Big 12), 4.6 assists (7th in Big 12) and 1.8 steals (8th 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. In league action, Romero is averaging 15.4 points, 5.3 rebounds and 3.7 assists.

At a Glance: West Virginia
No. 13/14 West Virginia (23-3, 12-2 Big 12) has been one of the hottest teams in the nation over the last month, winning 10 of its last 11 games, including a 77-45 win over No. 12/12 Oklahoma State on Wednesday night.

Leading the Mountaineers in his 13th season is head coach Mike Carey. A 1980 graduate of Salem, Carey owns a 267-144 (.650) mark during his time in Morgantown. In his 26 seasons as a head coach, Carey has tabulated a 555-246 (.693) 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 10.5 points and 15.0, and are led by Bria Holmes and and Asya Bussie. Holmes, a sophomore guard, is averaging 14.8points and 3.8 rebounds. Against the Cowgirls, Holmes led the Mountaineers with 20 points.

Bussie, a redshirt senior forward who suffered a season-ending injury prior to the 2012-13 season, is averaging 13.2 points and team-bests of 7.8 rebounds and 2.2 blocks. Against OSU, Bussie tallied 12 points and 12 rebounds.

K-State Against Ranked Opponents
The Wildcats own a record against teams ranked in the AP poll of 72-172 (.295), including a 43-46 (.483) mark against AP ranked teams in Manhattan. With its 80-74 win over No. 13 Iowa State on Jan. 18, 2014, K-State has registered a win over an AP top-25 team in eight straight seasons.

In the the Deb Patterson era, K-State is 46-101 (.313) against teams ranked in the AP poll and is 31-27 (.534) against AP ranked teams in Bramlage Coliseum.

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 162-of-565 (.287) from 3-point range and have tallied six or more made 3-pointers in 16 of 25 games this season. The Wildcats rank second in the Big 12 in 3-point field goals made per game (6.5). This is the 14th straight season K-State has made 150 or more 3-point field goals in a season.

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.

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 25 games, Romero has been responsible for 43.2 percent of K-State’s made field goals this season, as she has scored or assisted on 235 of K-State’s 544 made field goals. In Big 12 action, Romero has been responsible for 43.6 percent of K-State’s 289 made field goals. She has 11 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.