Wildcats Take On UW-Green Bay In Season Opener

GAME - 1
Kansas State (0-0)  vs. UW-Green Bay (0-0)
Friday, November 10, 2006  7 p.m.
Bramlage Coliseum (13,340), Manhattan, Kan.

Television: None
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Internet: Live Stats on k-statesports.com

GAME PREVIEW: The Wildcats will host University of Wisconsin-Green Bay in their 2006-07 season opener on Friday, Nov. 10th at 7 p.m. in Bramlage Coliseum.  K-State will raise the 2006 WNIT Championship banner and will distribute championship rings in a pregame ceremony.
It is also a “Wildcat Weekend” beginning with the women’s basketball game on Friday night followed by men’s basketball season opener Saturday afternoon against William & Mary at 1 p.m. and final home football game Saturday night against Texas at 7 p.m.  Bring your men’s basketball ticket against William & Mary or your football ticket from the Texas game to Bramlage and receive entry to the women’s game for just a $1.

THE SERIES: Kansas State and University of Wisconsin-Green Bay have met four times with K-State leading the series, 3-1.  After losing their first meeting (59-50) on Dec. 21, 1991, the Wildcats have won three straight against UW-Green Bay.   Both teams last met during the 2002-03 season with the Wildcats winning, 80-75, in Green Bay.  K-State has won the previous two meetings, 85-66 (12/6/01) and 66-57 (12/8/99).

THE PHOENIX: UW-Green Bay returns all five starters and 10 letterwinners from a squad which finished 23-7 and advanced to the WNIT Tournament.  The Phoenix is picked to finish first in the 2006-07 Horizon League preseason poll.  Senior Niclole Soulis earned preseason Player of the Year honors.  She averaged 18.4 ppg and 6.8 rpg last season.

K-STATE IN SEASON OPENERS: Since its inaugural season in 1968-69,  K-State is 29-8 in season openers.  The Wildcats have won 12 of the last 13 season home openers held at Bramlage Coliseum.  They are 30-7 all-time in home openers and 14-2 all-time in season openers held at Bramlage Coliseum.

The Last 10 K-State Season Openers
*1996-97 Memphis W, 68-60
1997-98 Illinois State W, 66-55
1998-99 Ohio State L, 62-63
1999-00 Drake W, 59-57
2000-01 UMKC W, 62-49
2001-02 at Georgia Tech W, 74-70
2002-03 Ball State W, 71-61
2003-04 at #7 Purdue L, 69-79
2004-05 Wyoming W, 84-42
2005-06 Detroit W, 91-55
* Head Coach Deb Patterson’s first season

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

WILDCATS VS. HORIZON: K-State has played five of the nine schools in the Horizon League and owns a 10-3 (.769) record against them.  The Wildcats have played Cleveland State, Detroit, Illinois-Chicago, Loyola-Chicago and Wisconsin-Green Bay.  The last time K-State faced a Horizon League foe was last year when the Wildcats defeated Detroit in the season opener, 91-55.