Wildcats Host Emporia State in Exhibition

Kansas State (0-0)  vs. Emporia State (0-0)
Sunday, November 5, 2006 2 p.m.
Bramlage Coliseum (13,340), Manhattan, Kan.

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Internet: Live Stats on k-statesports.com

GAME PREVIEW: The Kansas State women’s basketball team will open its 2006-07 campaign with an exhibition game against the third ranked team in Division II, Emporia State on Sunday Nov. 5 at 2 p.m.  The Lady Hornets, who advanced to the Elite Eight in the NCAA Division II Tournament last season, returns four starters and 80.1 percent of their total scoring.

THE SERIES: Kansas State and Emporia State have met 10 times with K-State leading the series, 10-0.  The Wildcats defeated Emporia State, 60-46, last season in an exhibition on Nov. 8th.  The Lady Hornets’ forward Michelle Stueve recorded a double-double with a game-high 18 points and 12 rebounds, while former Wildcat Twiggy McIntyre led K-State with 12 points.  It’s the third straight season both teams will meet in exhibition action.

GOING FOR NO. 15: The Wildcats have won their last 14 consecutive pre-season exhibition games dating back to the 1998-99 season.  In the Deb Patterson Era, K-State is 19-8 all-time in exhibition play.

THE RETURNING CAST: K-State returns four starters (a senior, a junior and two sophomores) and eight letterwinners from the 2005-06 squad.  Last season’s leader in every statistical category returns for the Wildcats this season, with the exception of field goal percentage.  More than 64 percent of their total scoring and 75 percent of their rebounding will be back in 2006-07.

Kansas State closed out the season as 2006 Postseason WNIT Champions, to mark its first postseason championship title in school history.
For the eighth-time in school history, the Wildcats hosted a sellout crowd of 13,340 at Bramlage Coliseum for the WNIT championship game against Marquette. It was the second-largest attendance mark for a
WNIT game in tournament history.
The Wildcats turned in their fifth consecutive 20-win season and made their fifth straight appearance in the postseason (four NCAA and one WNIT).
Junior combination guard/forward Claire Coggins was named an All-Big 12 Second Team selection averaging a team-leading 13.5 points per game. She was also honored as the Most Valuable Player of the Postseason WNIT.
Sophomore guard Kimberly Dietz finished second on the team in scoring (10.5 ppg) and was named to the Postseason WNIT All-Tournament Team.
Freshman forward Marlies Gipson was selected to the Big 12 All-Rookie Team and was the only Wildcat to play and start in all 34 games of the year.
K-State erased numerous individual and team records including the most blocks (163) and most three-point attempts made in a single season (664). The 'Cats also finished third all-time in most three-pointers made (233) and fourth all-time in most assists in a single season (553).
K-State put together a 10-1 record in non-conference play, marking its best pre-Big 12 starts in the Deb Patterson era.
A school-record five of K-State's 34 games of the season went into overtime.
The Wildcats played 19 home games at Bramlage Coliseum, the second-most contests played in the venue in school history.
Four of K-State's starting five were underclassmen including three freshmen and one sophomore.
Kansas State head coach Deb Patterson coached her 300th game at K-State with a
67-62 victory at Colorado on Feb. 8, 2006. In the ranks of the Big 12, Patterson is one-of-five league coaches to have won 85-or-more games in league regular season play (87).

COUNTDOWN TO 1,000: Senior Claire Coggins comes into the season with 831 career points and is just 169 points away from being the program’s 32nd 1,000 point scorer.
Coggins needs to average 5.9 points per game this year to reach the 1,000 point mark in the regular season.  In her three years at K-State, Coggins has averaged 9.2 points per game, including team-best 13.5 points per game last season.

APPROACHING 200: Head Coach Deb Patterson is one win away from her 200th career victory.  She currently ranks second on the all-time coaching list at Kansas State.  Patterson is just seven wins shy of K-State all-time coaching leader Judy Akers, who won 206 games from 1968-79.

WELCOME BACK WILDCATS: Former Kansas State women’s basketball players Kelly Moylan 94 and Andria Jones 97 are entering their first season as assistant coaches on the Wildcats staff.
Moylan, a four-year letterwinner for KSU from 1989-93, ranks 10th all-time in both career three-pointers made (108) and three-pointers attempted (281) at K-State.  Jones also a four-year letterwinner, was an Associated Press Honorable Mention All-American in 1997 while also earning Kodak All-District V honors.

CLOSE CALLS: Eighteen (11-7, .611) of K-State’s 34 games last season were decided by 10 points or less.  Additionally, nine contests (4-5, .444) were decided by five or fewer points.

BACKCOURT IS THE BACKBONE: The Wildcats backcourt is expected to be the backbone this season.  K-State will be led by senior Claire Coggins, who averaged a team-best 13.5 points last season.  She will be joined junior, Kimberly Dietz and sophomore, Shalee Lehning.   Dietz currently ranks 10th all-time in school history in three-pointers made with 79, while Lehning holds the single-season assists record with 189.

FRONTCOURT LOOKS TO GIPSON AND WHEELER: Two of the best shot blockers in the Big 12 returns for Kansas State.  Sophomore Marlies Gipson and junior Shana Wheeler will lead the way for the Wildcats’ frontcourt.  Gipson averaged 8.3 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game en route to earning Big 12 All-Rookie Team honors.  Wheeler returns to the squad after playing in just nine games a year ago due to an ACL injury.  She averaged 4.0 points, 3.9 rebounds and 1.6 blocks before the knee injury in 2005-06.

20 POINTS AND 10 REBOUNDS:  A K-State player scored 20 or more points in 18 games and cleared 10 or more rebounds in 13 games last season.  Claire Coggins led the team with eight games scoring 20 or more points including a season-high 31 points against Idaho State on Mar. 17th.  Shalee Lehning had a team-high seven games with 10 or rebounds.  She also had a season-high 20 rebounds against Louisiana Tech on Dec. 6th.

RECORDS BROKEN:  K-State erased numerous individual and team records last season, including the most blocks (163) and most three-point attempts made in a single season (664).  The Wildcats also finished third all-time in most three-pointers made (233) and fourth all-time in most assists in a single season (553).  Shalee Lehning became the school’s all-time leader in single-season assists (189).  She also broke the K-State freshman single-season record in the same category.  Marlies Gipson reset the K-State freshman single-season record in blocked shots (62).

BEST AGAINST NON-CONFERENCE:  The Wildcats posted a 16-2 non-conference record last season.  K-State was 10-1 before the start of Big 12 play, which marked the best start in Deb Patterson era.  The Wildcats posted 1-1 record in the Big 12 Conference Tournament before winning all five games in the WNIT Tournament to capture the title.  The two losses came against Saint Joseph’s on Dec. 3rd in the Commerce Bank Wildcat Classic and Baylor on Mar. 8th in the second round of the Big 12 Tournament.

TOP-15 IN NATIONAL ATTENDANCE:  For the last five consecutive seasons, Kansas State has finished in the top-15 nationally among NCAA Division I women's basketball attendance leaders.
The Wildcats finished 14th nationally averaging 6,281 fans per game at Bramlage Coliseum in 2005-06.  A year prior to that mark in 2004-05, the Wildcats finished eighth nationally averaging 7,606
fans per game.

20-WIN SEASONS:  Kansas State women’s basketball program has totaled 18 twenty-win seasons in its 37 years of existence.  With a 24-10 overall record last season the Wildcats turned in their fifth consecutive 20-win season.

NEWCOMERS:  K-State welcomes two McDonald’s High School All-America nominees this season.  Kari Kincaid (Andover, Kan.) will look to work into the backcourt rotation, while Ashley Sweat (McPherson, Kan.) will fight for playing time in the paint.
Kincaid was a three-time First Team All-State and four-time First Team All-League selection.  She averaged 18.1 points and 7.3 assists her senior year.  Sweat averaged 20.0 points and 8.0 rebounds and was named the Gatorade Kansas Player of the Year as well as Kansas “Miss Basketball” as a senior.