Wildcats Host 49ers to End Home Stand

Nov. 9, 2013

K-State Athletics

Game Notes

Game 2
Charlotte vs. Kansas State
Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013 | 12:30 p.m.
Bramlage Coliseum (12,528) | Manhattan, Kan.

Game Information
Tickets: Visit www.kstatesports.com or call (800) 221-CATS

Promotions: Faculty/Staff Appreciation

TV: K-StateHD.TV

Radio: K-State Sports Network (PbP: Brian Smoller; Color: Claire Coggins)

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

Team Information
Kansas State Wildcats (1-0, 0-0 Big 12)
Head Coach: Deb Patterson (Rockford ‘79)
Career Record: 340-207 (.623) 17th year
School Record: Same
Last game: W, 85-53 vs. Tennessee State on Nov. 8, 2013
website: www.kstatesports.com
Twitter: @kstatesports, @kstate_gameday, #KStateWBB

Charlotte 49ers  (1-0, 0-0 C-USA)
Head Coach: Cara Consuegra (Iowa ‘01)
Career Record: 43-20 (.683) 3rd year
School Record: Same
Last game: W, 66-56 vs. Liberty on Nov. 8, 2013
website: www.charlotte49ers.com
Twitter: @Charlotte49ers

Series History and Notes
Kansas State leads the series, 1-0... K-State won the last meeting between the schools, 67-63, in Charlotte, N.C., on Nov. 24, 2012...The Wildcats are 18-15 against teams from Conference USA.

MANHATTAN, Kan. – After opening the season on Friday night against Tennessee State with an 85-53 win, K-State welcomes Charlotte to Bramlage Coliseum for the first time in the history of the series. Sunday afternoon’s game, which tips off at 12:30 p.m., will mark the end of K-State’s two-game home stand to open the season.

After Sunday’s game, K-State will play three of its next four games away from Bramlage Coliseum. The Wildcats will travel to El Paso, Texas, to face UTEP on Saturday, Nov. 16 at 3 p.m. K-State will return home to host Wichita State on Wednesday, Nov. 20 at 7 p.m., then will travel to the Bahamas for the Junkanoo Jam on Nov. 28-29.

K-State’s game against the 49ers can be seen live on K-StateHD.TV. Handling the play-by-play will be the award-winning Brian Smoller 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.

The 85 points scored by the Wildcats against Tennessee State were the most in a season-opener since the 2007-08 season and the highest output since notching 89 against Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Nov. 11, 2012. The Wildcats have now won13 of their last 15 season openers and have captured 20 of their last 22 home openers.

The Wildcats saw 10 of the 11 players who played on Friday register in the scoring column and were led by freshman guard Leticia Romero and junior guard Haley Texada. Romero approached a triple-double in her career debut as she finished with 16 points, eight assists and seven rebounds.

Texada carded 15 points on an efficient 6-of-9 shooting, five rebounds, two assists and two steals. Last season, Texada recorded 10 games with 15 or more points.

The Wildcats’ defense was also strong in the opener, holding the Lady Tigers to 53 points on a field goal percentage of .254. The 53 points were the fewest allowed by K-State in a season-opener since holding Dartmouth to 20 points on Nov. 12, 2011. The field goal percentage of .254 was the lowest opponent field goal percentage since K-State held Tennessee State to a .245 field goal percentage on Nov. 20, 2012 in Nashville which was the lowest opponent field goal percentage last season.

Anchoring the K-State defense was freshman Breanna Lewis. The 6-5 forward from Milwaukee, Wis., tallied four blocks and 10 rebounds including seven on the defensive end. For the game, K-State notched six blocks and eight steals while forcing 20 turnovers.

At a Glance: Charlotte
Charlotte comes to Manhattan for the first time in its history and will bring an 11-game road winning streak with it, as the 49ers closed out the 2012-13 season with 11 straight road wins to finish with a 26-6 record and 13-1 league mark in the Atlantic 10. The 49ers return to Conference USA this season after playing in the league from 1995-96 to 2004-05. The school had spent the last eight seasons in the A-10. The 49ers were selected for a fourth place finish by the C-USA coaches. Charlotte opened the season with a 66-56 win over Liberty in Hallon Arena.

Leading the 49ers from the sidelines is third-year head coach Cara Consuegra. The 2001 graduate of Iowa owns a 43-20 (.683) record during her time in Charlotte. In her first two seasons, Consuegra has led the 49ers to the Postseason WNIT twice.

On the floor, Charlotte returns two starters from the 2012-13 season in senior guard Ny Hammonds and junior guard Hillary Sigmon. Hammonds, a 2012-13 All-Atlantic 10 third team selection and the only senior on the roster, averaged 10.0 points and 6.7 assists last season. The product of Concord, N.C., and a 2013-14 Nancy Lieberman Award candidate set the school record for assists in a season with 209 last year.

Sigmon averaged  9.8 points and 1.8 rebounds last season while connecting on a career-high 67 three-pointers.

Remember, Remember the Month of November
In the 46th year of women’s basketball at K-State, the Wildcats have accumulated a record of 111-41 (.730) in the month of November. In the Patterson era, the Wildcats are 62-21 (.747) in the 11th-month.

Six Make Career Debut
Six Wildcats - five true freshmen (Breanna Lewis, Leticia Romero, Jessica Sheble, Kindred Wesemann, Erica Young) and one redshirt freshman (Kelly Thomson) made their career debuts on Nov. 8 against Tennessee State. Head coach Deb Patterson started four of the five true freshmen (Lewis, Romero, Wesemann and Young) along with a junior (Haley Texada). This marked the first time that four true freshmen have started a game for K-State since Dec. 11, 2005 against UMKC when Patterson used a starting lineup of four true freshmen (Danielle Zanotti, Shalee Lehning, Marlies Gipson and JoAnn Hamlin) and a junior (Kimberly Dietz).

The six players responded in their debuts against the Lady Tigers with 50 points (59 percent), 29 rebounds (67 percent) and 15 assists (83 percent). Romero almost registered a triple-double with 16 points, seven rebounds and eight assists.

Lewis in the Lane
Breanna Lewis made her presence felt in the paint in the season-opening win over Tennessee State. The 6-5 freshman from Milwaukee, Wis., recorded 10 rebounds and four blocks in 24 minutes of action. Lewis is the first Wildcat since Marlies Gipson on Jan. 17, 2009 at Iowa State to record at least 10 rebounds and four blocks in a game. The last time K-State had a player block four or more shots in a game was Branshea Brown with four blocks on Feb. 12, 2012 against Kansas.