Kansas State Hosts Creighton Monday

GAME - 2
Kansas State (1-0)  vs. Creighton (0-1)
Monday, November 13, 2006  7 p.m.
Bramlage Coliseum (13,340), Manhattan, Kan.

Television: None
Radio: KMAN 1350 AM
Internet: Live Stats on k-statesports.com

GAME PREVIEW: The Wildcats will host Creighton on Monday, Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. in Bramlage Coliseum.  It’s the second game of the three-game homestead to open the 2006-07 season for K-State.  The Wildcats will look to start the season 2-0 for the third straight year.   K-State is on a six-game win streak at Bramlage Coliseum dating back to Mar. 17th of last season.

THE SERIES: Kansas State and Creighton have met 16 times with K-State leading the series, 13-3.  The Wildcats defeated Creighton, 94-60, last season in Omaha, Neb. on Dec. 19th.  K-State has won the last three meetings against the Bluejays.  The Wildcats are 8-1 when played in Manhattan, including 3-1 at Bramlage Coliseum.

THE BLUEJAYS: Creighton opened the 2006-07 season with a 66-55 loss at Arkansas-Little Rock on Nov. 11.  The Bluejays return just one starter and six letterwinners from a squad which finished 8-21 in 2005-06.  They are picked to finish ninth in the 2006-07 Missouri Valley Conference preseason poll.  Junior point guard Ally Thrall is the only returning starter for Creighton.  She averaged 11.3 points and 3.3 assists per game last year.  Junior Sara Cain is the top returning frontcourt player for Bluejays.  She averaged 4.9 points per game in 2005-06.

200-CLUB: Head Coach Deb Patterson won her 200th game on Friday as the Wildcats defeated UW-Green Bay, 72-67.  She currently ranks second on the all-time coaching list at Kansas State.  Patterson is just six wins shy of K-State all-time coaching leader Judy Akers, who won 206 games from 1968-79.

CAREER DAY FOR GIPSON: Sophomore Marlies Gipson had a career-high 18 points and a game-high 13 rebounds in the season opener on Friday, recording fourth double-double of her career.  The 6-foot-0 forward shot 7-for-14 from the floor and 4-for-5 from the free throw line in 36 minutes.

COLLEGIATE DEBUT: Freshman Ashley Sweat made her collegiate debut with a bang.  She started and played 26 minutes against UW-Green Bay on Friday.  Sweat is one of three players to reach double-digits in points with 10.  She also cleared eight rebounds, blocked a team-high two shots and dished out three assists.

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.

WILDCATS VS. MISSOURI VALLEY CONFERENCE: K-State has played eight of the 10 schools in the Missouri Valley Conference and owns an 87-18 (.829) record against them.  The Wildcats have played Bradley, Creighton, Drake, Illinois State, Missouri State, Northern Iowa, Southern Illinois and Wichita State.  The last time K-State faced a Horizon League foe was last year when the Wildcats defeated Creighton, 69-59, on Dec. 19, 2005.
Opponent Record
Bradley 2-0
Creighton 13-3
Drake 12-5
Illinois State 7-1
Missouri State 11-3
Northern Iowa 1-0
Southern Illinois 2-0
Wichita State 29-6

Have Not Played: Evansville and Indiana State.

2005-06 SEASON HIGHLIGHTS:
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 after her six-point performance on Friday night, she is now just  163 points away from being the program’s 32nd 1,000 point scorer.
Coggins needs to average 5.8 points per game in the remaining 28 regular season games 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

K-STATE SIGNS TWO FOR 2007-08: Wylie High School product Jackie Stanley and Shalin Spani of Metro Academy have signed letters of intent to attend Kansas State University in the fall of 2007 and play women's basketball for head coach Deb Patterson.
Stanley, a 6-foot-2 forward, was a three-time first team all-district and two-time TABC all-region selection.  She was also named TABC and TGCA all-state and 11-4A District MVP in 2006.  Last season she averaged 20.5 points per game and 9.4 rebounds per game and was named team MVP all three seasons.  Stanley earned Wylie High School athlete of the month five times and player of the week by Dallas Morning News six times in three years.  She is ranked sixth among the class of 2007 in the state of Texas by National All Star Girls Report.
Spani, a 5-foot-11 guard, led Metro Academy to NCHBC National Championship her junior year.  A three time NCHBC All-American, earned 2005 Street & Smith's High School All-American honorable mention in 2006.  She was also selected first team all-state in 2006 and first team all-region in 2004 and 2005.  Spani averaged 24.0 points, 8.9 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 4.5 steal per game as a junior.  She holds numerous school records including career points (2,467), points in a season (936) and points in a game (43).