Wildcats End Road Schedule at Oklahoma State
Wildcats End Road Schedule at Oklahoma State
Feb. 27, 2014
Kansas State at (15/14) Oklahoma State
Saturday, March 1, 2014 | 2 p.m.
Gallagher-Iba Arena (13,611) | Stillwater, Okla.
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.okstate.com or call (877) ALL-4-OSU
Kansas State Wildcats (11-16, 5-11 Big 12)
Head Coach: Deb Patterson (Rockford ‘79)
Career Record: 350-223 (.611) 18th year
School Record: Same
Last game: W, 76-68 at Kansas on Feb. 26, 2014
Twitter: @kstatesports, @kstate_gameday, #KStateWBB
Oklahoma State Cowgirls (21-6, 10-6 Big 12)
Head Coach: Jim Littell (Southwestern ‘77)
Career Record: 482-90 (.843) 16th year
School Record: 64-29 (.688) 3rd year
Last game: L, 86-69 vs. Iowa State on Feb. 26, 2014
Series History and Notes
Kansas State leads the series with Oklahoma State, 31-29... Oklahoma State won the last meeting between the teams, 58-51, on Jan. 8 in Manhattan... K-State is 10-14 in games played in Stillwater... The Wildcats have won nine of the last 12 meetings... K-State head coach Deb Patterson owns a 12-9 mark against Oklahoma State... K-State is 7-10 against teams ranked No. 15 in the Associated Press poll.
MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State will conclude its final two-game road trip of the season with a brief trip south to face No. 15/14 Oklahoma State on Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. The Wildcats will look to secure consecutive road victories for the first time since Dec. 21-29, 2012.
Saturday’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 (11-16, 5-11 Big 12) ended a four-game road losing streak and a three-game skid to Kansas with a 76-68 win on Wednesday night. The Wildcats opened the game on a 21-0 run and carded a season-best .574 field goal percentage. This was the highest field goal percentage for a game by K-State since Dec. 28, 2008 at Washington State when K-State also shot .574 from the floor.
K-State was led by Leticia Romero, Kindred Wesemann, Ashlynn Knoll and Chantay Caron against the Jayhawks. These four players registered 63 of K-State’s 76 points and shot .676 (25-of-37) from the field. Romero, a candidate for Big 12 Freshman of the Year honors, approached a triple-double with 26 points on a career-best 10-of-16 shooting, eight rebounds, seven assists and three steals. Romero was responsible for 54.8 percent of K-State’s made field goals. For the season, she is responsible for 44.0 percent of K-State’s made field goals this season, as she has scored or assisted on 259 of K-State’s 588 made field goals. In Big 12 action, Romero has been responsible for 45.0 percent of K-State’s 333 made field goals. She has 13 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 14.4 points (8th in Big 12), 5.7 rebounds (15th in Big 12), 4.7 assists (7th in Big 12) and 1.8 steals (7th in Big 12). She is the first freshman in school history and one of three freshman guards in NCAA Division I this season to register the combination of 300 or more points, 100 or more rebounds and 100 or more assists.
Wesemann registered double figures in points for the fourth time this season, as she tallied a career-high 15 points, two rebounds, three assists and two steals in her third Big 12 start.
Knoll tallied 12 points off the bench on Wednesday. This was her third game this season in double figures and the fifth of her career. Over the last two games, Knoll is averaging 12.5 points and is shooting .556 from the floor in 20.0 minutes of action.
Caron reached double figures for the first time this season and the 11th time in her career with 10 points in her final game in her hometown.
At a Glance: Oklahoma State
No. 15/14 Oklahoma State (21-6, 10-6 Big 12) will look to bounce back from an 86-69 loss to Iowa State on Wednesday night in Stillwater. The Cowgirls lead the Big 12 in 3-point field goal percentage defense (.261) and are second in the league in steals per game (9.2).
Oklahoma State is guided on the sideline by third year head coach Jim Littell. Littell owns a record of 64-29 (.688) during his time in Stillwater. Littell led the program to the 2012 Postseason WNIT title and an appearance in the 2013 NCAA Tournament.
On the floor, the Cowgirls have been paced by three players in double figures. Leading the way is senior guard Tiffany Bias with 14.4 points and 6.3 assists. She ranks second in the league in assists and is tied with Romero for eighth in the league in scoring.
Also averaging double figures are sophomore Brittney Martin and junior forward Liz Donohoe. Martin is averaging 11.9 points and leads the team with 7.7 rebounds. Against the Cyclones, Martin carded a double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds.
Donohoe is averaging 11.7 points per game and 6.8 rebounds per game.
Marching Toward the Finish Line
During the third month of the year but the final month of the basketball season, K-State owns a 117-81 (.591) record in March. March became the fourth month in the program’s history to surpass the 100-win plateau with a win over Tennessee-Chattanooga in the first round of the 2008 NCAA Tournament. Head coach Deb Patterson is 50-32 (.610) in March, which includes both regular season and postseason contests.
Ending the Months With a Bang
In a schedule oddity this season, Kansas State has won the final game of every month this season. The Wildcats started by defeating Virginia in the Bahamas on Nov. 29, followed by ending December with a win over UC Riverside in San Diego on Dec. 30. The Wildcats concluded January with its first win over Oklahoma in 10 years on Jan. 29 and capped February with a 76-68 win at Kansas on Feb. 26.
This rarity has occurred nine times in the program’s 46-year history, including four times in the Deb Patterson era. Before this season, the last time K-State achieved this feat was in the 2007-08 season.
Wesemann Becoming Wise
Freshman Kindred Wesemann has grown more comfortable with her role within the K-State offense as her debut season draws to a close.
Wesemann registered double figures in points for the fourth time this season, as she tallied a career-high 15 points, two rebounds, three assists and two steals at Kansas on Feb. 26.
Over the last eight games Wesemann is averaging 8.4 points, which includes all four of her double figure scoring efforts this season, in 26.3 minutes per game. In the previous 19 games, she was averaging 3.3 points per game and 15.8 minutes.
Knoll Cashing In
Senior Ashlynn Knoll has provided K-State with an offensive spark during the last two games. On Wednesday, Knoll tallied 12 points off the bench in K-State’s win at Kansas. This was her third game this season in double figures and the fifth of her career. Against West Virginia, she tallied 13 points on 5-of-11 shooting. Over the last two games, Knoll is averaging 12.5 points and is shooting .556 from the floor in 20.0 minutes of action.
Knoll saw her 2012-13 season cut short due to a torn ACL, but has returned to log career season highs in minutes played (238), points (99), field goals made and attempted (39-of-95) and 3-point field goals made and attempted (7-of-21).