Wildcats Honor Three Seniors on Monday
Wildcats Honor Three Seniors on Monday
March 2, 2014
TCU at Kansas State
Monday, March 3, 2014 | 7 p.m.
Bramlage Coliseum (12,528) | Manhattan, Kan.
Tickets: Visit www.kstatesports.com or call (800) 221-CATS
Promotion: Senior Night - K-State honors the achievements of its three seniors prior to the game
TV: FOX Sports Midwest (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 (11-16, 5-11 Big 12)
Head Coach: Deb Patterson (Rockford ‘79)
Career Record: 350-224 (.610) 18th year
School Record: Same
Last game: L, 67-62 at (15/14) Oklahoma St. on March 1, 2014
Twitter: @kstatesports, @kstate_gameday, #KStateWBB
TCU Horned Frogs (16-13, 7-10 Big 12)
Head Coach: Jeff Mittie (Missouri Western ‘89)
Career Record: 452-233 (.660) 22nd year
School Record: 301-174 (.634) 15th year
Last game: W, 76-66 vs. Oklahoma on March 1, 2014
Series History and Notes
The series between the schools is tied, 2-2... TCU won the last meeting between the schools, 64-44, on Feb. 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 2-2 against TCU.
MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State will conclude its 2013-14 regular season schedule on Monday night, as the Wildcats host TCU at 7 p.m. Prior to the game, K-State will honor the contributions of three seniors - Chantay Caron, Ashlynn Knoll and Katya Leick - who have led the Wildcats to 71 wins, two NCAA Tournament appearances and a WNIT semifinal appearance.
Monday night’s game will be broadcast by FOX Sports Midwest. This will be the 213th K-State women’s basketball game to be broadcast on television. K-State holds an all-time record of 126-86 (.594) 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 6:30 p.m., to watch K-State Gameday hosted by Kelly McHugh and former Wildcat All-American Kimberly Dietz.
Monday’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 K-State’s last game, the Wildcats trailed by 13 at halftime but battled back to take a four-point lead late in the game however a 9-0 run by No. 15/14 Oklahoma State ended the upset bid as the Cowgirls won 67-62 on Saturday.
K-State was led by Leticia Romero, Knoll and Kindred Wesemann against the Cowgirls. These three players registered 50 of K-State’s 62 points and shot .529 (18-of-34) from the field. Romero, a candidate for Big 12 Freshman of the Year honors, tallied a diverse line with 19 points on 7-of-10 shooting, four rebounds, four assists and four steals.
The product of Las Palmas, Spain, is the top freshman scorer and passer in the Big 12, as she is averaging team-highs of 14.5 points (8th in Big 12), 5.7 rebounds (15th in Big 12), 4.7 assists (7th in Big 12) and 1.9 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 400 or more points, 100 or more rebounds and 100 or more assists.
Knoll tallied career-highs of 19 points on 7-of-14 shooting and eight rebounds off the bench on Saturday. This was her fourth game this season in double figures and the sixth of her career. Over the last three games, Knoll is averaging 14.7 points and is shooting .531 from the floor and has pulled in 4.0 rebounds in 20.3 minutes of action.
Wesemann registered double figures in points for the fifth time this season and the third straight game, as she tallied 12 points on 4-of-10 shooting including 4-of-8 from beyond the arc. Over the last three games, the product of Pleasant Hill, Mo., is averaging 12.7 points while shooting .440 from the floor including .476 from beyond the arc.
At a Glance: TCU
TCU (16-13, 7-10 Big 12) comes to Manhattan after closing out its home schedule with a 76-66 win over Oklahoma on Saturday. TCU ranks second in the Big 12 in scoring defense at 58.1 points per game and leads the league in blocked shots at 6.3.
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 301-174 (.634) 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 16.3 points and 3.7 assists per game. She ranks sixth in the Big 12 in scoring and third for 3-point field goals made per game (2.2).
Ventress, a 5-10 guard from Fort Worth, is averaging 11.6 points and 4.5 rebounds per game.
K-State’s Guards Continue to Crash the Boards
Continuing a trend that developed under former K-State guard Megan Mahoney (2001-05), Kansas State’s guards have continued to attack the glass for rebounds in 2013-14. At Oklahoma State on March 1, the Wildcats received 13 of the team’s 29 rebounds from its backcourt players. For the season, K-State’s guards have pulled in a total of 461 rebounds which equates to 46.4 percent of the Wildcats’ total rebounds.
The Wildcats’ top rebounder in the backcourt is freshman Leticia Romero with 5.7 rebounds per game. Romero, who leads the team in rebounding and defensive rebounds per game (4.4 drpg), hauled in a career-high 12 boards against Virginia on Nov. 29, and has 17 games with five or more rebounds.
At the end of the 2012-13 season, K-State’s guards pulled in 73.3 percent of K-State’s total rebounds (910-of-1241) for an average of 24.6 per game. The Wildcats were led by a guard on the glass in 31 games in the 2012-13 season. The 24.6 rebounds per game by K-State guards shattered the school record of 18.3 set in the 2011-12 season. Brittany Chambers led K-State in rebounding with a career-high 7.6 rebounds per game.