K-State Begins Exhibition Play with Washburn

Oct. 25, 2013

K-State Athletics


Exhibition Game 1 | Washburn vs. Kansas State |Monday, Oct. 28, 2013 | 7 p.m. | Bramlage Coliseum (12,528) | Manhattan, Kan.

Game Information
Tickets: Visit www.kstatesports.com or call (800) 221-CATS $12 for chairbacks; $8 for general admission; $5 for students & kids

Promotions: Season Ticket Holder Kick-off event

TV: Cox/Time Warner Cable SportsChannel (PbP: Brian Smoller; Color: Missy Heidrick)

Radio: K-State Sports Network (PbP: Matt Walters; Color: Claire Coggins)

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

Team Information
Kansas State Wildcats (19-18, 5-13 Big 12)
Head Coach: Deb Patterson (Rockford ‘79)
Career Record: 339-207 (.621) 17th year
School Record: Same
Last game: L, 54-46 vs. Utah on April 3, 2013
website: www.kstatesports.com
Twitter: @kstatesports, @kstate_gameday, #KStateWBB

Washburn Ichabods  (0-0, 0-0 MIAA)
Head Coach: Ron McHenry (Washburn ‘84)
Career Record: 342-71 (.828) 14th year
School Record: Same
Last game: L, 65-58 vs. Emporia State on March 15, 2013
website: www.wusports.com
Twitter: @wusports

Series History and Notes
K-State leads the all-time series with Washburn, 5-0... The last regular season meeting between these two schools occurred on Feb. 21, 1974, which was an 50-30 win for the Wildcats in Topeka, Kan.

MANHATTAN, Kan. – K-State will begin its 46th season of women’s basketball on Monday, Oct. 28, with an exhibition matchup against Washburn at 7 p.m. The Wildcats and Ichabods will meet for the fourth straight season in exhibition play. This will be the first of two exhibition games for the Wildcats, as K-State will also host Alaska-Anchorage on Friday, Nov. 1, at 5:45 p.m., as part of a women’s and men’s basketball doubleheader that night.

Monday night’s game can be seen live on Cox Cable 22 throughout the state of Kansas to Cox Cable subscribers and on Time Warner Cable SportsChannel in the Kansas City-area. Handling the play-by-play will be the award-winning Brian Smoller and former K-State letterwinner Missy Heidrick will handle the color analysis. The game will also 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 letterwinner Claire Coggins drops in with the color analysis. Fans can also follow the live stats at kstatesports.com, and receive updates on Twitter by following @kstate_gameday.

K-State returns nine letterwinners and three starters from the fourth WNIT squad in school history. The Wildcats registered an overall record of 19-18 and a 5-13 mark in Big 12 action and played the first game in school history in the month of April by reaching the semifinals of the WNIT.

Returning for the Wildcats in 2013-14 are junior Haley Texada and sophomore Bri Craig. Texada, a guard from Frisco, Texas, tallied a career year in 2012-13 posting single game- and career-highs in every statistical category. Texada is K-State’s top returning scorer from a season ago at 11.8 ppg and top returning passer at 1.6 apg.

Craig, a guard from Lincoln, Neb., saw action in 36 of a possible 37 games in her rookie season and tallied an average of 8.3 points. She connected on  64 3-point field goals to rank third on the team and fourth in school history for 3-point field goals made by a freshman.

Head coach Deb Patterson, K-State’s all-time wins leader, returns to the sidelines for her 18th season in Bramlage Coliseum. Patterson will welcome in five  freshmen to her roster in 2013-14, including 2013 FIBA U18 European Championships for Women gold medalist Leticia Romero and the second-tallest player in the program’s history in forward Breanna Lewis.

K-State’s 2013-14 roster features five freshmen and a pair of redshirt freshmen. The five freshmen on this season’s roster are: Romero (Las Palmas, Spain), guard Kindred Wesemann (Pleasant Hill, Mo.), Lewis (Milwaukee, Wis.), forward Jessica Sheble (Olathe, Kan.) and forward Erica Young (Tampa, Fla.). This is the largest freshmen class, including the redshirt freshmen (Stacey Malone and Kelly Thomson), during the Patterson era and the most since the 1977-78 season when K-State had seven freshmen on the roster.

2013-14 Roster Youngest Since 1977-78
K-State will have one of the youngest rosters in the country this season, as seven of the 14 players on the 2013-14 roster are either freshmen or redshirt freshmen. The 2013-14 roster features five true freshmen (Breanna Lewis, Leticia Romero, Jessica Sheble, Kindred Wesemann and Erica Young) and two redshirt freshmen (Stacey Malone and Kelly Thomson).

In terms of K-State playing experience, the Wildcats’ roster features eight players that have played seven or fewer games in purple and white as senior Katya Leick has yet to play a game for the Wildcats after transferring from Nebraska prior to the start of the 2011-12 season and a knee injury sidelined her for the entire 2012-13 season. The average age of the team is 19.8 years, which makes it among the youngest rosters in the league this season.

The 2013-14 roster is the youngest K-State women’s basketball roster under head coach Deb Patterson and the youngest since the 1977-78 season had seven freshmen on the roster.

Taller K-State Team in 2013-14
K-State fans will notice a significant physical difference in the 2013-14 Wildcats, compared to the 2012-13 roster. Entering this season, K-State’s roster averages a height of 5’-11” led by freshman forward Breanna Lewis at 6’-5”. This is the tallest K-State team in terms of average height since the 2008-09 season. K-State features five players 6’-1” or taller on the roster this season and 11 of 15 are 5’-10” or taller.

In 2012-13, head coach Deb Patterson fielded her shortest roster in terms of average height at 5’-9.75”. Since taking over the program in 1996-97, Patterson has fielded eight teams with an average height of 5’-11” or taller with the top average of 5’-11.75” in the 2006-07 and 2008-09 seasons.