K-State Visits KU in Sunflower Showdown
K-State Visits KU in Sunflower Showdown
Feb. 24, 2014
Kansas State at Kansas
Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014 | 7 p.m.
Allen Fieldhouse (16,300) | Lawrence, Kan.
(PbP: Nate Bukaty; Color: Brenda VanLengen)
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.kuathletics.com or call (800) 34-HAWKS
Kansas State Wildcats (10-16, 4-11 Big 12)
Head Coach: Deb Patterson (Rockford ‘79)
Career Record: 349-223 (.610) 18th year
School Record: Same
Last game: L, 61-40 vs. (13/14) West Virginia on Feb. 22, 2014
Twitter: @kstatesports, @kstate_gameday, #KStateWBB
Kansas Jayhawks (12-15, 5-10 Big 12)
Head Coach: Bonnie Henrickson (St. Cloud State ‘86)
Career Record: 330-212 (.609) 17th year
School Record: 172-150 (.534) 10th year
Last game: L, 64-61 at Oklahoma on Feb. 22, 2014
Series History and Notes
One of the longest continuous rivalries in all of women’s college basketball, as this will be the 108th matchup between the schools... K-State leads the series, 62-45... K-State has won 21 of the last 26 meetings between the schools... The Wildcats hold a 26-25 advantage in games played in Lawrence... KU won the last meeting between the schools in Manhattan, 71-64, on Jan. 25, 2014... K-State head coach Deb Patterson owns a 24-14 mark against the Jayhawks.
MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State will begin its final two-game road trip of the season with a brief trip east to face Kansas on Wednesday night at 7 p.m., in the Dillons Sunflower Showdown. K-State has won 21 of the last 26 games in the series with the Jayhawks, but KU has captured three straight meetings. The Wildcats will look to end a four-game road losing streak.
Saturday evening’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 (10-16, 4-11 Big 12) dropped its second straight game and suffered its fifth loss in the last six games with a 61-40 loss to No. 13/14 West Virginia. K-State made a season-low 13 field goals against the Mountaineers and shot just .271. For the week, K-State shot .291 (30-of-103) from the field and turned the ball over 37 times in the two games.
K-State was led by Ashlynn Knoll, Kindred Wesemann and Leticia Romero against the Mountaineers. This trio registered 32 of K-State’s 40 points last Saturday. Knoll, in her fifth start this season and the seventh of her career, tallied a team-high 13 points and pulled in three rebounds. This was her second game this season in double figures and the fourth of her career.
Wesemann registered double figures in points for the third time this season, as she tallied 11 points, three rebounds and two assists in her second Big 12 start. Over the last seven games, Wesemann is averaging 7.4 points which includes all three of her double figure scoring efforts in 24.6 minutes per game. In the previous 19 games, she was averaging 3.3 points per game and 15.8 minutes.
Romero, a candidate for Big 12 Freshman of the Year honors, registered yet another diverse stat line with eight points, eight rebounds, four assists and a steal. Romero was responsible for 53.8 percent of K-State’s made field goals. For the season, she is responsible for 43.4 percent of K-State’s made field goals this season, as she has scored or assisted on 242 of K-State’s 557 made field goals. In Big 12 action, Romero has been responsible for 44.0 percent of K-State’s 302 made field goals. She has 12 games of 50 percent or better in field goals responsible for.
The product of Las Palmas, Spain, is the top freshman scorer and passer in the Big 12, as she is averaging team-highs of 13.9 points (9th in Big 12), 5.7 rebounds (15th in Big 12), 4.6 assists (7th in Big 12) and 1.8 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. In league action, Romero is averaging 14.9 points, 5.5 rebounds and 3.7 assists.
At a Glance: Kansas
Kansas (12-15, 5-10 Big 12) held a three-point halftime lead at Oklahoma on Feb. 22, but the Sooners rallied for a 64-61 win. Kansas has lost four of its last five games and sits in eighth place in the Big 12 standings, one game ahead of K-State.
On the sideline, Kansas is led by 10th year head coach, Bonnie Henrickson. During her time in Lawrence, Henrickson has accumulated a 172-150 (.534) record and guided the Jayhawks to a pair of Sweet 16 appearances in the NCAA Tournament in 2012 and 2013.
The Jayhawks are led on the floor by junior Chelsea Gardner and senior CeCe Harper. Gardner is averaging 16.8 points and 8.5 rebounds this season. The product of DeSoto, Texas, is fifth in the Big 12 in scoring, third in rebounding and second in field goal percentage (.571). Against the Sooners, Gardner tallied 12 points, eight rebounds and four blocks.
Harper is averaging a diverse line of 10.2 points, 4.1 rebounds and 5.3 assists. At Oklahoma, she carded 14 points and three assists.
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 26 games, Romero has been responsible for 43.4 percent of K-State’s made field goals this season, as she has scored or assisted on 242 of K-State’s 557 made field goals. In Big 12 action, Romero has been responsible for 44.0 percent of K-State’s 302 made field goals. She has 12 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 3) 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.