First Road Trip Takes K-State to UTEP
First Road Trip Takes K-State to UTEP
Nov. 13, 2013
Kansas State at UTEP
Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013 | 3 p.m.
Don Haskins Center (12,000) | El Paso, Texas
Radio: K-State Sports Network (PbP: Wade Gerstner; Color: Claire Coggins)
Internet: Free live audio & free live stats at www.kstatesports.com
Tickets: Visit www.utepathletics.com or call (915) 747-5234
Kansas State Wildcats (2-0, 0-0 Big 12)
Head Coach: Deb Patterson (Rockford ‘79)
Career Record: 341-207 (.622) 17th year
School Record: Same
Last game: W, 73-65 vs. Charlotte on Nov. 10, 2013
Twitter: @kstatesports, @kstate_gameday, #KStateWBB
UTEP Miners (2-0, 0-0 C-USA)
Head Coach: Keitha Adams (Southwestern College ‘89)
Career Record: 208-157 (.570) 13th year
School Record: Same
Last game: W, 94-69 vs. New Mexico State on Nov. 12, 2013
Series History and Notes
The series is tied, 2-2... UTEP won the last meeting in the series, 52-50, in Manhattan on Dec. 16, 2012... The Wildcats are 1-0 against the Miners in El Paso... Kansas State won the last meeting between the schools in El Paso, 65-44, on Nov. 14, 2008... Head coach Deb Patterson is facing UTEP for the fifth time... K-State owns an all-time record of 19-15 (.559) against schools from Conference USA... This will be K-State’s second straight game against an opponent from Conference USA.
MANHATTAN, Kan. – For the first time in the 2013-14 season, Kansas State will face the test of a road game with its young lineup as the Wildcats travel to El Paso, Texas to challenge UTEP on Saturday at 3 p.m. (CT). K-State will look to start the season 3-0 for the eighth time in the last 10 seasons.
After Saturday’s game, 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 Miners can be heard on the K-State Sports Network and for free on kstatesports.com/allaccess. Handling the play-by-play will be Wade Gerstner and former K-State letterwinner Claire Coggins will handle the color analysis. Fans can also follow the live stats at kstatesports.com, and receive updates on Twitter by following @kstate_gameday.
With its 73-65 win over Charlotte on Nov. 10, K-State improved to 2-0 for the fourth straight season and the ninth time in the last 10 seasons. The Wildcats opened the game against the 49ers with a 15-0 run and built a 24-point lead in the first half. The Wildcats held off a late charge from the 49ers and carded a 27-of-36 performance from the foul line. The 27 made free throws were the most by a Wildcat team since March 17, 2002 against Arkansas, when the Wildcats made 27 free throws on 33 attempts.
K-State was led against the 49ers by freshman guard Leticia Romero. The product of Las Palmas, Spain, registered game-highs of 25 points, including a 7-of-7 performance from the field and a 10-of-14 effort from the foul line. She also pulled in a game-high and eight rebounds while also dishing out three assists.
For her efforts in her first weekend, Romero was named Phillips 66 Big 12 Freshman of the Week by averaging 20.5 points on a .765 field goal percentage (13-of-17), including a perfect 3-of-3 from beyond the arc and a .750 free throw percentage (12-of-16). She pulled in 7.5 rebounds per game and dished out 5.5 assists. Romero is the first K-State freshman to record 40 or more points in her first two career games since Laurie Koehn tallied 43 points to open the 2001-02 season. Romero is the top freshman scorer in the Big 12 after the opening weekend and ranks sixth overall in the category. Romero ranks among the top 10 in the league in 3-point field goal percentage (1.000, 1st), field goal percentage (.765, 3rd), minutes played (32.0, 6th), assists (5.5, 7th) and 3-point field goals made (1.5, 9th).
Also averaging double figures for K-State is junior Haley Texada. The guard of Frisco, Texas, is averaging 11.0 points and 5.0 rebounds after the first two games. Texada ranks 24th in the Big 12 in scoring. Her consecutive games with five rebounds mark her 13th and 14th career games with five or more rebounds.
At a Glance: UTEP
UTEP (2-0) hosts K-State for just the second time in the history of the series. The Miners enter the contest following a 94-69 win over New Mexico State on Nov. 12. UTEP was selected for second place finish in Conference USA by the league’s coaches.
Leading the Miners from the bench is 13th year head coach Keitha Adams. The 1989 graduate of Southwestern College owns a 207-157 (.569) career record in El Paso. Adams has led the program to two NCAA Tournaments and four 20-win seasons, including a school record 29-4 mark in 2011-12.
On the floor, UTEP is led by senior forward Kayla Thornton and junior guard Stacie Telles. Thornton, a two-time All-Conference USA second team selection, is averaging a double-double of 15.5 points and 10.5 rebounds this season. Against New Mexico State on Tuesday, Thornton registered game-highs of 22 points and 12 rebounds.
Telles, a product of El Paso, is averaging 14.0 points and is 6-of-8 from beyond the arc. Against the Aggies, Telles notched 16 points off the bench.
K-State Connects at the Foul Line
Against Charlotte on Nov. 10, K-State took advantage of continued trips to the foul line by connecting on 27-of-36 from the charity stripe. The 27 made free throws were the most by a K-State team since March 17, 2002 against Arkansas in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, when the Wildcats made 27 free throws on 33 attempts. The 36 attempts are the second-most in the Big 12 after the opening weekend of action and are the most since K-State attempted 39 free throws against San Diego State on Dec. 5, 1998. K-State has attempted 35 or more free throws in a game 13 times in its history.
For the season, K-State is shooting .719 from the foul line to rank seventh in the Big 12. Three Wildcats are tied for the league lead in free throw percentage, as Kelly Thomson (6-of-6), Chantay Caron (5-of-5) and Ashlynn Knoll (4-of-4) are all perfect from the line. Leticia Romero leads the team in free throws made (12) and attempted (16) after the first two games.
Romero Makes Stellar Impression in Debut
Freshman guard Leticia Romero made her K-State debut weekend a memorable one. Romero was named Phillips 66 Big 12 Freshman of the Week by averaging 20.5 points on a .765 field goal percentage (13-of-17), including a perfect 3-of-3 from beyond the arc and a .750 free throw percentage (12-of-16). She pulled in 7.5 rebounds per game and dished out 5.5 assists. Romero is the first K-State freshman to record 40 or more points in her first two career games since Laurie Koehn tallied 43 points to open the 2001-02 season.
Her 25 points against Charlotte were the most by a Wildcat since Brittany Chambers tallied 28 points against Illinois State in the WNIT second round on March 25, 2013.
The most points after the first three games of a K-State career are 61 by Koehn, while the most points after the first four games is 70 by Kendra Wecker.
Leick’s Debut Finally Arrives
After sitting out the 2011-12 season due to NCAA transfer rules and missing the entire 2012-13 season due to a torn ACL, senior Katya Leick had to put off her official K-State debut for an extra game as she was dealing with back spasms during the Tennessee State game.
Leick, a forward from Grey Cloud Township, Minn., finally took the floor against Charlotte on Nov. 10 for K-State by checking in off the bench with 15:53 to play in the first half. She responded with nine points and seven rebounds in her first official game action since March 8, 2011 against Iowa State in the Big 12 Championships. Her nine points and seven rebounds marked the most points and rebounds since notching 10 points and nine rebounds against Texas Tech on Jan. 29, 2011 for Nebraska.