K-State, KU to Open Big 12 Championships

March 6, 2014

K-State Athletics

Game Notes

Game 30
Kansas vs. Kansas State
Friday, March 7, 2014 | 6 p.m.
Chesapeake Energy Arena (9,801) | Oklahoma City, Okla.

Game Information
TV: FOX College Sports Central (PbP: Ron Thulin; Color: Brenda VanLengen)

Radio: K-State Sports Network (PbP: Brian Smoller; Color: Kristin Waller)

Internet: Free live audio & free live stats at www.kstatesports.com

Tickets: Visit www.ticketmaster.com

Team Information
Kansas State Wildcats (11-18, 5-13 Big 12)
Head Coach: Deb Patterson (Rockford ‘79)
Career Record: 350-225 (.609) 18th year
School Record: Same
Last game: L, 51-46 vs. TCU on March 3, 2014
website: www.kstatesports.com
Twitter: @kstatesports, @kstate_gameday, #KStateWBB

Kansas Jayhawks  (12-18, 5-13 Big 12)
Head Coach: Bonnie Henrickson (St. Cloud State ‘86)
Career Record: 330-215 (.606) 17th year
School Record: 172-153 (.529) 10th year
Last game: L, 67-60 at West Virginia on March 4, 2014
website: www.kuathletics.com
Twitter: @KUathletics

Series History and Notes
One of the longest continuous rivalries in all of women’s college basketball, as this will be the 109th matchup between the schools... K-State leads the series, 63-45... K-State has won 22 of the last 27 meetings between the schools... The Wildcats hold a 6-5 advantage in games played at a neutral site, including a 2-1 mark in the Big 12 Championships... K-State won the last meeting between the schools in Lawrence, 76-68, on Feb. 26... K-State head coach Deb Patterson owns a 25-14 mark against the Jayhawks.
MANHATTAN, Kan. – For the third time this season, one of the longest continuous rivalries in women’s basketball will be played as Kansas State will face Kansas in the first round of the 2014 Phillips 66 Big 12 Women’s Basketball Championship in Oklahoma City, Okla., at Chesapeake Energy Arena. K-State has won 22 of the last 27 games in the series with the Jayhawks and ended a three-game win streak by KU in the last meeting. This will be the first meeting between the teams in the Big 12 Championships since March 7, 2006 in Dallas - a 72-52 K-State win.

Entering the 2014 event, K-State has advanced at least one round 13 times in the history of the league championship, including an active streak of five straight seasons.

Friday night’s game will be broadcast by FOX College Sports Central. This will be the 214th K-State women’s basketball game to be broadcast on television. K-State holds an all-time record of 126-87 (.592) in televised games. Handling the broadcast will be Ron Thulin on play-by-play and Brenda VanLengen with the color analysis.

Friday’s game will also 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 Kristin Waller handles the color analysis. Fans can follow the live stats at kstatesports.com, and receive updates on Twitter by following @kstate_gameday.

K-State has maneuvered through this season with the youngest roster in the Big 12 in terms of age and experience as Deb Patterson’s roster features seven freshmen (five true and two redshirt) and one sophomore. Kansas State has been led by the trio Leticia Romero, Ashia Woods and Kindred Wesemann. Romero, an All-Big 12 Second Team selection and member of the Big 12 All-Freshman Team, is the top freshman passer in the Big 12 this season, as she is averaging team-highs of 14.2 points (10th in Big 12), 5.8 rebounds (15th in Big 12), 4.8 assists (6th in Big 12) and 1.9 steals (7th in Big 12). She is the first freshman in school history and only freshman guard in NCAA Division I this season to register the combination of 400 or more points, 100 or more rebounds, 100 or more assists and 50 or more steals.

Woods has registered a career year, as she has registered career season-highs in 11 statistical categories including: games started (20), minutes played (699), field goals made and attempted (91-of-186), 3-point field goals made and attempted (16-of-48), free throws made and attempted (44-of-73), assists (57), steals (46) and points (242).

Over the last 10 games, Wesemann has emerged for the Wildcats as a solid pairing with Romero in the K-State back court. The freshman guard from Pleasant Hill, Mo., is averaging 5.4 points on a .303 field goal percentage, 1.8 rebounds and 1.3 assists for the season but has spiked those numbers to 9.2 points on a .346 field goal percentage including a .407 effort from 3-point range. She has tallied all six of her double figure scoring efforts this season during the last 10 contests.

At a Glance: Kansas
Kansas (12-18, 5-13 Big 12) enters the 2014 Phillips 66 Big 12 Championships with a five-game losing streak and losses in seven of their previous eight games with three of those losses coming by three points or less.

On the sideline, Kansas is led by 10th year head coach, Bonnie Henrickson. During her time in Lawrence, Henrickson has accumulated a 172-153 (.529) 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 juniors Chelsea Gardner and senior CeCe Harper. Gardner is averaging 16.6 points and 8.5 rebounds this season. The product of DeSoto, Texas, is fourth in the Big 12 in scoring, third in rebounding and second in field goal percentage (.567).

Harper is averaging a diverse line of 10.7 points, 4.0 rebounds and 5.5 assists. At West Virginia, she carded a team high 19 points and seven assists.

K-State in the Big 12 Championships
The Wildcats own a 16-17 (.485) record in the Big 12 Championships and have advanced at least one round in 13 of the 17 championships. Kansas State is 1-2 when taking the floor in the Big 12 Championships in Oklahoma City. In K-State’s last appearance in the Big 12 Championships in Oklahoma City, the Wildcats were a 5-seed and advanced to the quarterfinals.   

The Wildcats and head coach Deb Patterson are 16-17 (.485) in the Big 12 Women’s Basketball Championship and are making their second appearance as the number-nine seed (2009-10).