Wildcats Head To Las Vegas For UNLV Shootout

GAME - 4
Kansas State (3-0)  vs. Wisconsin (4-0)
Friday, November 24, 2006  4 p.m.
Thomas & Mack Center (18,500), Las Vegas, Nev.

Radio: KCLY-FM 100.9 (Clay Center); KMAN-AM 1350 (Manhattan); KBLS-FM 102.5 (N. Fort Riley); KWIC-FM 99.3 (Topeka); KFTI-AM1070 (Wichita)
Television: None
Internet: None

GAME - 5
Kansas State (3-0)  vs. Elon (2-1)/UNLV (1-2)
Saturday, November 25, 2006  3/5:30 p.m.
Thomas & Mack Center (18,500), Las Vegas, Nev.

Radio: KGGG-FM 94.7  (Hutchinson); KMAN-AM 1350 (Manhattan); KBLS-FM 102.5 (N. Fort Riley); KWIC-FM 99.3 (Topeka)
Television: None
Internet: None

GAME PREVIEW: The Wildcats will spend their thanksgiving holidays in Las Vegas, Nev. as they hit the road for the first time this season to play in UNLV Lady Rebel Shootout.  K-State will take on Wisconsin on  Friday, Nov. 24 at 4 p.m. (CST) to open the tournament and will face either the host UNLV or Elon in the second day of action on Saturday, Nov. 25, at 3 or 5:30 p.m. (CST).  Both games can be heard live on the K-State Sports Network.

THE SERIES: Kansas State has never faced Wisconsin or Elon.  The Wildcats and UNLV have met four times with K-State leading the series, 3-1.  Kansas State has won the last two meetings against UNLV, including 66-63 win on Jan. 4, 1986 in Las Vegas.  The only K-State loss to UNLV came on Jan. 18, 1978 when they fell 113-84 on the Rebels home court.

THE BADGERS: Wisconsin opened the 2006-07 season with four-straight wins.  The Badgers are led by junior Jolene Anderson, who is averaging 19.3 points and 7.5 rebounds per game.  Junior Janese Banks (15.5 ppg) and sophomore Caitlin Gibson (12.8 ppg) are also averaging in double figures for Wisconsin.  The Badgers were picked to finish sixth out of 11 teams in the Big Ten preseason poll.  They return three starters and five letterwinners from a squad which finished 11-18 last season.

THE PHOENIX: Elon is 2-1 on the season with wins over Campbell (60-46) and Montreat (104-59).  The one loss came at No. 2 North Carolina (90-36) in Chapel Hill, N.C.  The Phoenix is led by junior Tierra Bumbrey, who is averaging 13.7 points per game.  Freshman Amber Wall is the top rebounder with 9.0 boards per game.  Elon returns three starters and seven letterwinners from last years team which finished 12-16.

THE REBELS: After losing the first two games to open the 2006-07 season, UNLV (1-2) defeated Cal State Bakersfield, 60-52, on Monday.  Junior Sequoia Holmes leads the team with 20.0 points per game while senior Faye Muller is the top rebounder (10.3 rpg).  UNLV returns two starters and seven letterwinners from the team that finished 18-12 a year ago.

HALF-COURT HEAVE: In the overtime win against Wyoming on Friday, Nov. 17, senior Claire Coggins hit a half-court shot at buzzer to send the game into overtime.  After junior Shana Wheeler tied the game at 52 with 13 seconds remaining in regulation,  the Cowgirls converted a three-pointer with 1.3 seconds on the clock to take a 55-52 lead.  Coggins took the inbound pass from sophomore Marlies Gipson at midcourt and swished the shot at the buzzer from 50 feet to tie the game at 55.

BLOCK PARTY: The Wildcats rejected 13 shots against Wyoming on Friday, Nov. 17, breaking the school record of 10 set on four different occasions, the last on March 19, 2005 against Bowling Green.  Junior Shana Wheeler blocked a career-high six shots and is now tied with Nicole Ohlde for the third-highest single-game blocks.  Sophomore Marlies Gipson tied her career-high with five rejections.  Freshman Ashley Sweat and junior Kimberly Dietz each had a block against the Cowgirls.

NEW CAREER-HIGHS: Three different Wildcats posted new career-high in points in the first three games this season.  Sophomore Marlies Gipson scored a career-high 18 points in the season opener against UW-Green Bay.  Junior Carolyn McCullough came off the bench and scored a career-high eight points against Creighton.  Junior Shana Wheeler recorded her career-high against Wyoming with 16 points.

COLLEGIATE DEBUT: Freshman Ashley Sweat made her collegiate debut with a bang.  She started and played 26 minutes against UW-Green Bay on Friday, Nov. 10th.  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.

200-CLUB: Head Coach Deb Patterson won her 200th game on Friday, Nov. 10th 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 four wins shy of K-State all-time coaching leader Judy Akers, who won 206 games from 1968-79.

3-POINT STREAK: K-State has connected on at least one three-point field goal in 90 consecutive games.  The last time the Wildcats were held without a three-point field goal was Dec. 30, 2003, by Southeast Missouri State at the UTSA New Year’s Eve Classic in San Antonio, Texas.  K-State missed all 14 attempts against the Lady Indians in a 78-42 win.

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. BIG TEN CONFERENCE: K-State has played nine of the 11 schools in the Big Ten Conference and owns a 20-17 (.541) record against them.  The Wildcats have played Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Northwestern, Ohio State, Penn State and Purdue.  The last time K-State faced a Big Ten foe was during 2003-04 season when the Wildcats fell to Minnesota, 80-61, in the NCAA Tournament second round game. 
Opponent Record
Illinois 1-0
Indiana 0-1
Iowa 3-0
Michigan 1-1
Minnesota 11-6
Northwestern 1-2
Ohio State 2-4
Penn State 1-1
Purdue 0-2
Have Not Played: Michigan State and Wisconsin.

WILDCATS VS. SOUTHERN CONFERENCE: K-State has played two of the 11 schools in the Southern Conference and has a 1-1 record against them.  The Wildcats won at Chattanooga, 69-55, on Dec. 28, 1999 but fell to Western Carolina, 43-38, on March 13, 1970 at the NIWIB Tournament in Boston, Mass.  K-State has not faced Appalachian State, College of Charleston, The Citadel, Davidson, Elon, Furman, Georgia Southern, UNC-Greensboro, and Wofford College.

WILDCATS VS. MOUNTAIN WEST CONFERENCE: K-State has played eight of the nine schools in the Mountain West Conference and owns an 15-9 (.625) record against them. The Wildcats have played BYU, Colorado State, New Mexico, San Diego State, TCU, Utah, UNLV and Wyoming. The last time K-State faced a Mountain West foe was last Friday when the Wildcats defeated Wyoming, 68-62 (OT).
Opponent Record
BYU  1-0
Colorado State  1-0
New Mexico  2-2
San Diego State  2-1
TCU  0-1
Utah  2-3
UNLV  3-1
Wyoming  4-1
Have Not Played: Air Force.

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.
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.
K-State put together a 10-1 record in non-conference play, marking its best pre-Big 12 starts in the Deb Patterson era.
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 came into the season with 831 career points and she is now just  135 points away from being the program’s 32nd 1,000 point scorer.
Coggins needs to average 5.2 points per game in the remaining 26 regular season games to reach the 1,000 point mark in the regular season.  In her three years at K-State, Coggins has averaged 9.3 points per game, including team-best 13.5 points per game last season.

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.

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 THREE FOR 2007-08: Head coach Deb Patterson announced that Kelsey Hill (Overland Park, Kan./St. Thomas Aquinas), Shalin Spani (Lee’s Summit, Mo./Metro Academy) and Jackie Stanley (Wylie, Texas/Wylie High School) have signed national letters of intent to attend K-State and play for the Wildcats.
Hill, a 5-foot-7 point guard, averaged 10.0 points, 3.9 assists and 3.0 rebounds per game last season.  She was named KBCA all-state honorable mention and Topeka Capitol Journal second team all-state her junior year. Hill also earned second team All-Eastern Kansas League honors and helped the team to second place finish at Kansas 5A State Tournament.  She was named St. Thomas Aquinas newcomer of the year and Eastern Kansas League scholar athlete in 2004-05.
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).
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.