K-State Opens 2013-14 Season Against TSU

Nov. 5, 2013

K-State Athletics

Game Notes

Game 1
Tennessee State vs. Kansas State
Friday, Nov. 8, 2013 | 5:45 p.m.
Bramlage Coliseum (12,528) | Manhattan, Kan.

Game Information
Tickets: “Wildcat Weekend” – Visit www.kstatesports.com or call (800) 221-CATS

Promotions: Bacon Feed for K-State students

TV: K-StateHD.TV

Radio: K-State Sports Network
(PbP: Dave Riggert; Color: Claire Coggins)

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

Team Information
Kansas State Wildcats (0-0, 0-0 Big 12)
Head Coach: Deb Patterson (Rockford ‘79)
Career Record: 339-207 (.621) 17th year
School Record: Same
Last game: W, 73-65 vs. Alaska-Anchorage on Nov. 1, 2013
website: www.kstatesports.com
Twitter: @kstatesports, @kstate_gameday, #KStateWBB

Tennessee State Lady Tigers  (0-0, 0-0 OVC)
Head Coach: Larry Joe Inman (Austin Peay ‘70)
Career Record: 493-332 (.598) 30th year
School Record: 13-15 (.464) 2nd year
Last game: W, 84-60 vs. Tenn. Temple on Nov. 1, 2013
website: www.tsutigers.com
Twitter: @tsuladytigersbb

Series History and Notes
Kansas State leads the series, 2-0... K-State won the last meeting between the schools, 62-47, in Nashville, Tenn., on Nov. 20, 2012...The Wildcats are 5-2 against teams from the Ohio Valley Conference... Head coach Deb Patterson is 4-0 against teams from the OVC.

MANHATTAN, Kan. – The Wildcats will officially begin the 2013-14 season on Friday night, as Kansas State hosts Tennessee State at 5:45 p.m., for a “Wildcat Weekend” women’s and men’s basketball doubleheader. Friday evening’s game is the first of a two-game home stand for K-State, as the Wildcats will have a quick turnaround to host Charlotte on Sunday, Nov. 10 at 12:30 p.m.

Friday night’s season opener is part of a “Wildcat Weekend,” as fans can purchase a general admission ticket for $3 for the women’s game by showing their men’s ticket from the Northern Colorado game later that night at the door. For more information, contact the K-State Athletics Ticket Office at 1-800-221-CATS, visit the box office in Bramlage Coliseum or log onto www.kstatesports.com.

K-State’s game against the Lady Tigers can be seen live on K-StateHD.TV. Handling the play-by-play will be Dave Riggert and former K-State letterwinner Claire Coggins will handle the color analysis. The game audio will also be available on the K-State Sports Network and for free at kstatesports.com. Fans can also follow the live stats at kstatesports.com, and receive updates on Twitter by following @kstate_gameday.

In K-State’s exhibition finale on Friday, the Wildcats rallied in the second half to defeat Alaska-Anchorage, 73-65. The Wildcats did their fair share of damage in the paint and on second chance opportunities. K-State scored 42 of their 73 points in the paint and tallied 80 of its 158 points in the paint in the Wildcats’ two exhibition games.

Kansas State outrebounded the Seawolves by 17, 52-35, and pulled in 25 offensive rebounds which led to 17 second chance points. K-State attacked the offensive glass in its two exhibition games, with the Wildcats pulling in 40 offensive rebounds which led to 38 second chance points.

Leading the way for the Wildcats on Friday were senior Katya Leick, freshman Leticia Romero and sophomore Bri Craig. Leick registered 24 points on 11-of-17 shooting including a 2-of-3 effort from beyond the arc and pulled in 12 rebounds. Leick keyed K-State’s second half rally, as she scored 18 of her 24 points in the second stanza including 12 straight to put the Wildcats into the lead. Including the three games K-State played in Italy in August, Leick has registered double figures in points in three of K-State’s five exhibition games.

Romero registered 15 points, nine rebounds, three assists and three steals against the Seawolves. In K-State’s two exhibition games, Romero averaged 20 points and 10.5 rebounds while shooting 12-of-13 from the foul line.

Craig tallied 11 points, three rebounds and three steals. In her freshman season in 2012-13, the native of Lincoln, Neb., reached double figures in scoring 14 times and carded two or more made 3-point field goals in a game 18 times.

At a Glance: Tennessee State
Tennessee State will look to a younger roster in 2013-14 to improve upon its 13-15 record from a season ago. The Lady Tigers welcome in eight newcomers this season and were tabbed to finish fifth in the Ohio Valley Conference East Division by the league’s coaches and sports information directors.

Leading Tennessee State from the bench in the 2013-14 season is second-year head coach Larry Joe Inman. The 1970 graduate of Austin Peay is the all-time winningest coach in Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) history with his record of 493-332 (.598) and is an eight-time OVC Coach of the Year selection. Inman, who was inducted into the OVC Hall of Fame in 2009, served as head coach of the Eastern Kentucky women’s basketball team from 1988-2008, compiling a 319-244 record and leading the Lady Colonels to two OVC Tournament championships and two NCAA Tournament appearances (1996-97, 2004-05).

On the floor, the Lady Tigers welcome back two starters from the 2012-13 season and will welcome in eight newcomers. The two starters to return this season for Tennessee State are redshirt junior forward Chelsea Hudson and junior guard Rachel Allen. Hudson averaged 6.6 points and 5.4 rebounds, while Allen dished out a team-leading 3.4 assists and scored 3.8 points.

Seven Could Make Career Debut
Seven Wildcats - five true freshmen (Breanna Lewis, Leticia Romero, Jessica Sheble, Kindred Wesemann, Erica Young) one redshirt freshman (Kelly Thomson) and one senior (Katya Leick) could make their K-State debuts Friday evening against Tennessee State. The following are the K-State debuts for 10 notable Wildcats.

Notable K-State player debuts
Laurie Koehn    Nov. 16, 2001/at Georgia Tech (W, 74-70) 27 pts, 1 rebs, 36 min.

Kendra Wecker    Nov. 16, 2001/at Georgia Tech (W, 74-70) 16 pts, 11 rebs, 39 min.

Nicole Ohlde    Nov. 21, 2000/vs. Western Illinois (W, 63-54) 14 pts, 3 rebs, 16 min.

Marlies Gipson    Nov. 20, 2005/vs. Detroit (W, 91-55) 4 pts, 3 rebs, 23 min.

Shalee Lehning    Nov. 20, 2005/vs. Detroit (W, 91-55) 13 pts, 5 rebs, 2 assts, 21 min.

Ashley Sweat    Nov. 10, 2006/vs. Green Bay (W, 72-67) 10 pts, 8 rebs, 26 min.

Jalana Childs    Nov. 14, 2008/ at UTEP (W, 65-44) 2 pts, 1 reb, 4 min.

Brittany Chambers    Nov. 14, 2009/ vs. Indiana St. (L, 77-73)* 0 pts, 1 rebs., 1 stl, 9 min.

Tasha Dickey    Nov. 12, 2011/ vs. Dartmouth (W, 54-20) 20 pts, 5 rebs., 6 stls, 28 min.

Bri Craig    Nov. 9, 2012/ vs. Idaho St. (W, 62-54) 7 pts, 3 rebs., 1 stls, 37 min.

* Scored in every game in her career after this game (school record 133 consecutive)
K-State in Season Openers
The Wildcats have been dominate in season-openers since the team’s first season in 1968-69. Kansas State is 36-9 (.800) in openers and have won 12 of the last 14 season openers. Head coach Deb Patterson is 14-3 (.824) in season-openers since taking the reins of the program in 1996.

K-State in Home Openers
Kansas State has won 19 of its last 21 home openers in Bramlage Coliseum. The Wildcats are 36-9 (.800) all-time in home openers and 21-4 (.840) in openers in Bramlage. Head coach Deb Patterson is 15-2 (.882) in home openers since taking the reins of the program in 1996.