K-State Tips Off With Old Dominion In The Sweet Sixteen On Saturday

Freshman Laurie Koehn is averaging 26 points in the NCAA Tournament.

March 19, 2002

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Game #34
No. 11/11 Kansas State (26-7)
vs. No. 15/15 Old Dominion (27-5)

Date:Saturday, March 23, 2002 - 30 min. following the 11 a.m. semifinal game
Site:U.S. Cellular Arena (11,358)
Television: ESPN2 - Michele Tafoya (play-by-play), Doris Burke (color) & Beth Mowins (sideline)
Internet: www.finalfour.net
Radio: The Wildcat Sports Network: WIBW 580 AM in Topeka. Ed O'Donnell will call the action and Erick Harper the color live.
Records:Kansas State is 26-7 overall and finished 11-5 in the Big 12. Old Dominon is 27-5 overall and finished 18-0 in the Colonial Athletic Association.
Coaches: Kansas State coach Deb Patterson (Rockford (Ill.) College '79) is 97-83 (.538) in her sixth season at K-State. Old Dominion coach Wendy Larry (ODU, '77) is 357-114 (.757) in her 14th season at Old Dominion.
Series: The series is tied at 2-2.

MANHATTAN, Kan. - The No. 11/11 Kansas State women's basketball team (26-7) makes its first appearance in the NCAA Sweet Sixteen in 19 years when the Wildcats play No. 15/15 Old Dominion (27-5) in the NCAA Mideast Regional at approximately 1:30 p.m. on Saturday at the U.S. Cellular Arena in Milwaukee, Wis.

ESPN2 will broadcast the game live with Michele Tafoya calling the play-by-play, Doris Burke providing the color commentary and Beth Mowins the sideline reports.

K-State, a No. 3 seed in the tournament, earned a third appearance in the Sweet Sixteen with a thrilling 82-68 victory over No. 6-seed Arkansas on March 17. The win was the second NCAA Tournament victory for the Wildcats since 1983 and both have come this season.

Seventh-seeded Old Dominion reached the Sweet Sixteen with a 74-70 overtime victory over No. 2-seed Purdue on Monday. The Lady Monarchs are making their sixth appearance in the Sweet Sixteen.

The winner of the Sweet Sixteen game will advance to the Elite Eight on Monday, March 25 for a 6:30 p.m. tip against the winner of the UConn/Penn State game.

Setting The Scene -The last time the 'Cats played in the regionals was 1983 when Wildcat associate head coach Kamie Ethridge led the Texas Longhorns to a 73-70 overtime victory over the 'Cats in Ruston, La., on March 25.

K-State will be battling for its second bid to the Elite Eight and once again it will do it against a veteran team. Unlike the Wildcats, who have six freshmen and five sophomores, Old Dominion sports just one freshman, five seniors and four juniors.Kansas State will be relying on a balanced attack to beat the Lady Monarchs, while ODU's strength lies in its frontcourt.

The Wildcats will look to their "big three" in sophomore Nicole Ohlde, and freshmen Laurie Koehn and Kendra Wecker. The trio has scored 72.5 percent of the Wildcats' points (127 of 175) thus far in the tournament.

Saturday's game will be the second time Kansas State and Old Dominion have played in a Sweet Sixteen game. (More infomation in the series section of the notes.)

K-State's appearance in the Sweet 16 marks the fourth-latest the Wildcats have played in March in the program's 34-year history. The 1982-83 and 1976-77 teams played their final games on March 25, 1983 and March 25, 1977, respectively, and the 1972-73 squad tipped off on March 24, 1973.

Milestone Win For Kansas State -Kansas State became just the 15th program in NCAA Division I history to reach 600 victories when it beat Arkansas on March 17. Entering the season, only 14 programs had reached the 600-win mark, including Texas which has over 700 wins. Texas Tech entered the elite group earlier this season.

A Look At The Bracket -A victory in Saturday's Sweet Sixteen game will advance the Wildcats to the Mideast Regional Final in Milwaukee, Wis., at the U.S. Cellular Arena on Monday, March 25. A victory in the Elite Eight would advance the Wildcats to their first-ever Final Four on Friday, March 29.

A Quick Glance at Kansas State -One of the nation's youngest starting lineups suits up for Kansas State. Sixth-year head coach Deb Patterson starts three freshmen, a sophomore and a senior. The fivesome is 14-4 overall. The starters make up 90.1 percent of the team scoring and 75 percent of the rebounding.

Big 12 first team all-conference selection Nicole Ohlde leads the team in scoring, field goal percentage and blocks. The 6-foot-4 center is averaging 17.8 points, 7.7 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 2.0 blocks while shooting 57.5 percent from the field.

Freshman Laurie Koehn is also K-State's leading scorer and she is the nation's top three-point threat. The 5-foot-8 guard is posting 17.8 points per game and is shooting 42.8 percent from three-point range. She is averaging 3.6 treys per game and 4.1 in the last six games.

Rookie Kendra Wecker does a little of everything for the Wildcats. The 5-foot-11 forward is third on the team in scoring (16.4) and first in rebounds (7.9). She is also dishing out 2.9 assists and making 1.7 steals. Wecker is shooting 52.6 percent from the field and 84.8 percent from the free-throw line.

Scoring under double figures are freshman Megan Mahoney and senior Kristin Rethman. Mahoney, a 6-foot forward, is averaging 8.7 points, 5.5 rebounds and a squad-best 4.7 assists per contest. Considered one of the team's best defenders, Mahoney also is second on the squad in steals (52).

Rethman, K-State's second all-time three-point shooter, is averaging 7.7 points, 2.6 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 2.0 three-pointers an outing. She is hitting a team-best 47.9 percent of her treys and ranked second in the country.

Kansas State averages 75.9 points per game, and is shooting 49.4 percent from the field, 41.1 percent from three-point range and 73.8 percent from the free-throw line.

A Quick Glance At Old Dominion - No. 7-seed Old Dominion enters the Mideast Regional semifinals with a 27-5 overall record. The Lady Monarchs beat No. 2-seed Purdue, 74-70, in overtime on Monday to reach the Sweet Sixteen for the sixth time in the program's history.

Old Dominion received the Colonial Athletic Association's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament after finishing with an 18-0 record. The Lady Monarchs advance to the Purdue game with a 68-54 victory over Georgia in the first round on March 16. ODU is currently on a 20-game winning streak with its last loss coming on Jan. 8 against Tennessee.

The Lady Monarchs have three players averaging in double digits for head coach Wendy Larry.

Senior Lucienne Berthieu is averaging 13.8 points and is second in rebounds, grabbing 7.7 an outing. The 6-foot-2 forward also has 60 steals.

Junior Okeisha Howard is posting 11.9 points an outing and dishes out 2.8 assists. She has also hit 32 three-pointers.

Hamchetou Maiga, a 6-foot-1 senior, is the third Old Dominion player scoring in double digits. She is tallying 11.6 points, a team-leading 8.3 rebounds a game and 3.5 assists an outing.

The Lady Monarchs floor leader, 5-foot-8 senior Sharron Francis, is the leading playmaker, dishing out 5.2 assists a game. She is also the leading three-point shooter, knocking down 43 treys.

Old Dominion is averaging 75.2 points a game and giving up 54.2. It is shooting 47.4 percent from the field, 33.7 percent from three-point range and 65.8 percent from the charity stripe.

A Kansas State Victory Saturday Would...
...give K-State its first season with at least 27 wins since 1975-76 when the 'Cats finished the season 28-6 and advanced to the AIAW Region VI Tournament in Moorhead, Minn.
...improve the Wildcats' NCAA Tournament record to 6-5.
...put head coach Deb Patterson's overall win-loss record at 98-83.
...improve Kansas State's all-time record to 601-386.
...be K-State's third win over Old Dominion.
...give the Wildcats their third victory in the NCAA Tournament.
...advance the Wildcats to the Elite Eight.

Series History
*Saturday's game will break a 2-2 series tie.
*The Wildcats are 1-1 vs. the Lady Monarchs on neutral courts.
*The teams last met in the 1981-82 Sweet 16 in Manhattan, Kan. The Wildcats beat the No. 1-seeded Lady Monarchs, 76-67.
*Saturday's game will be the second meeting between these two teams in postseason.
*The Wildcats and Lady Monarchs first met in 1979. K-State lost to ODU, 96-75, in the AIAW South Sectional game in Cookeville, Tenn.
*Kansas State has a 5-2 record against teams from the Colonial Athletic Association. The last CAA team the Wildcats played was UNC Wilmington in 1992.
*K-State head coach Deb Patterson and former ODU All-American Anne Donovan helped assist the USA to a gold medal at the 1998 FIBA World Championships. KSU associate head coach Kamie Ethridge was a teammate of Donovan's on the United States' gold medal-winning Olympic sqaud at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, Korea.
*The Wildcats are 0-1 in the U.S. Cellular Arena after losing to Marquette, 81-66, on Dec. 21, 1997. The gym was the Wisconsin Center in 1997.
*Kansas State will be playing its third game in the Dairy State on Saturday. The Wildcats have played at Marquette in Milwaukee (1997) and at UW-Green Bay in Green Bay (1999). K-State has also played UW-La Crosse in Normal, Ill. (1976).

Kansas State and the NCAAs -When Kansas State and Old Dominion meet Saturday, it will mark the third time the Wildcats have advanced to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen. The 1981-82 and 1982-83 teams advanced to the Sweet Sixteen, but had an easier time as the NCAA fielded only a 32-team tournament in the early '80s and the 'Cats played only a first-round game prior to the Sweet Sixteen.

K-State hosted for just the third time in the program's history. Manhattan was the site of the 1981-82 first round and Sweet Sixteen games and a first-round game in 1982-83.

The Wildcats have a 5-5 record in the NCAA Tournament and have reached an Elite Eight (1981-82), three Sweet Sixteens (1981-82, 1982-83 and 2001-2002) and participated in six first rounds (1981-82, 1982-83, 1983-84, 1987-88, 1996-97 and 2001-2002) and one second-round game (2001-2002). Kansas State is 1-1 all-time in Sweet Sixteen games.

K-State's highest seed in the tournament was a No. 3 seed in 1982-83 and 1983-84. The Wildcats' other seeds were No. 4 in 1981-82, No. 9 in 1987-88 and No. 10 in 1996-97. The highest seed Kansas State has played against in the NCAA Tournament was No. 1, when the No. 4 Wildcats beat Old Dominion, 76-67, in Manhattan in the Sweet Sixteen in 1981-82.

The last time K-State won two NCAA Tournament games was in 1981-82 when the 'Cats beat Stephen F. Austin, the No. 5 seed, 78-75 in the first round and No. 1-seed Old Dominion, 76-67 in the Sweet Sixteen.

As far as honors and records, K-State All-American Priscilla Gary was named to the Midwest All-Regional Team in 1983. Angie Bonner holds the Midwest First/Second-Round record for highest free-throw percentage when she sank all 11 of her free throws vs. Illinois State on March 19, 1983.

Only three coaches in K-State annuals have guided their teams to an NCAA Tournament berths - Deb Patterson (1996-97), Matilda Mossman (1987-88) and Lynn Hickey (1981-82, 1982-83, 1983-84).

K-State's Regional History -The Wildcats have played in three different regions in its six-year tournament history. K-State has a 2-2 record in the East Regional and a 1-3 record in the Midwest Regional. Kansas State is 2-0 in the Mideast Regional.

Wildcat Seed History
*Kansas State is the No. 3 NCAA Tournament seed for the third time in the program's history.
*The Wildcats are 3-2 all-time as the No. 3 seed, losing in the first round in 1983-84, going 1-1 in 1982-83 and 2-0 thus far this year's tournament.
*K-State has been seeded as low as 10th in the NCAA Tournament (1997-98).
*Kent State was the lowest seed the 'Cats had ever faced. Prior to the Golden Flashes, the lowest seed the Wildcats played was No. 8 Northwestern in 1987-88.
*Kansas State has a 0-1 record vs. No. 7 seed (St. Joesph's, 1996-97).

Kansas State No. 11 In Both Polls -The Kansas State Wildcats finished 11th in the final Associated Press and USA Today/ESPN Coaches' polls.

Kansas State, currently 26-7 overall, reached its highest ranking on Jan. 14 when the 'Cats jumped five spots to No. 9 in the AP poll. The Wildcats debuted in both polls on Jan. 7 at No. 14 in the AP poll and No. 18 in USA Today's poll. Prior to their Jan. 7 ranking, the Wildcats had received votes in the previous five polls.

K-State has been ranked in the AP poll 77 times in school history.Kansas State's highest AP ranking was when the 'Cats were No. 6 on Dec. 4, 11 and 18, 1983, and Dec. 5, 1982.

Against Ranked Opponents -Kansas State is 6-5 against ranked opponents and Old Dominion is 2-2.

Kansas State Opponents -K-State had 23 different opponents this season and 10 received NCAA Tournament bids (Arizona State, Harvard, UW-Green Bay, Georgia State, Iowa State, Baylor, Colorado, Texas Tech, Texas, Oklahoma) and three WNIT bids (Oregon State, Missouri, Georgia Tech).

Entering the Sweet Sixteen, four of the opponents have advanced - Colorado, Oklahoma, Texas and Texas Tech.