K-State Travels to Bahamas for Junkanoo Jam

Nov. 26, 2013

K-State Athletics

Game Notes

Games 5 & 6
SMU vs. Kansas State
Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013 | 3:15 p.m. (CT)

Kansas State vs. Virginia/No. 3/4 Tennessee
Friday, Nov. 29, 2013 | 4:45 p.m./7 p.m.
Grand Lucayan Resort | Freeport, Bahamas

Game Information
TV: None

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 (2-2, 0-0 Big 12)
Head Coach: Deb Patterson (Rockford ‘79)
Career Record: 341-209 (.620) 18th year
School Record: Same
Last game: L, 69-46 vs. Wichita State on Nov. 20, 2013
website: www.kstatesports.com
Twitter: @kstatesports, @kstate_gameday, #KStateWBB

SMU Mustangs  (6-0, 0-0 AAC)
Head Coach: Rhonda Rompola (SMU ‘83)
Career Record: 407-263 (.607) 23rd year
School Record: Same
Last game: W, 82-79 vs. Lamar on Nov. 25, 2013
website: www.smumustangs.com
Twitter: @smumustangs or @SMUBasketballW

Tennessee Volunteers (5-0, 0-0 SEC)
Head Coach: Holly Warlick (Tennessee ‘81)
Career Record: 27-8 (.800) 2nd year
School Record: Same
Last game: W, 84-50 vs. Oakland on Nov. 24, 2013
website: www.utsports.com
Twitter: @LadyVol_Hoops

Virginia Cavaliers (3-2, 0-0 ACC)
Head Coach: Joanne Boyle (Duke ‘85)
Career Record: 273-131 (.676) 12th year
School Record: 44-27 (.620) 3rd year
Last game: L, 68-58 at West Virginia on Nov. 24, 2013
website: www.virginiasports.com
Twitter: @VirginiaSports

Series History and Notes
Kansas State leads the series, 1-0.. K-State won the last meeting between the schools, 69-59, on Dec. 29, 1990 in Manhattan... K-State owns an all-time record of 6-5 (.545) against schools from the newly formed American Athletic Conference.

Next Round Opponent History and Notes
K-State has never faced Virginia... K-State is 5-7 (.417) against teams from the ACC... Tennessee leads the series with the Wildcats, 4-0... The last meeting between the schools came on Dec, 6, 1985, a 68-56 UT win in DeKalb, Ill... K-State is 68-61 (.527) against teams from the SEC.

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State will look to halt a two-game skid, as the Wildcats travel to Freeport, Bahamas for the Junkanoo Jam - Grand Bahama Island at the Grand Lucayan Beach & Golf Resort. K-State will face SMU on Thursday, Nov. 28 at 3:15 p.m. (CT), and then will play either Virginia or No. 3/4 Tennessee on Friday, Nov. 29 at either 4:45 p.m. The 2013 Junkanoo Jam features three programs that rank among the top-25 in NCAA Division I history for program wins, as Tennessee (1,223; 1st), K-State (844; 16th) and Virginia (830; 22nd) all check in with more than 825 victories.

This will be K-State’s first tournament outside the lower 48 states since Nov. of 2011 when the Wildcats played in the Cancun Challenge in Cancun, Mexico. Kansas State will look to end a five-game losing streak in out of the country tournaments, as K-State is 3-7 all-time in such events. K-State’s last win came at the 2004 Junkanoo Jam on Nov. 26, 2004 when the Wildcats defeated Illinois State, 105-61. The Wildcats are 2-2 all-time at the Junkanoo Jam, playing in the 2003 and 2004 editions of the tournament.

K-State’s two games at the Junkanoo Jam will be available on the K-State Sports Network and for free at kstatesports.com, as the award-winning Brian Smoller delivers the play-by-play and former K-State letterwinner Claire Coggins drops in with the color analysis. Fans can also follow the live stats at kstatesports.com, and receive updates on Twitter by following @kstate_gameday. For updates on entire the Junkanoo Jam, follow @JunkanooJam on Twitter.

Kansas State (2-2) came out with a sluggish start for the second straight game and Wichita State took full advantage on Nov. 20 at Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan. The Shockers drubbed the Wildcats 69-46 for K-State’s first home loss of the season. The loss to the Shockers ended a 14-game home win streak in the month of November for the Wildcats.

The Wildcats’ defense registered a season-high 11 steals and tallied four blocked shots against the Shockers. The 11 steals were the most since K-State tallied 14 against Illinois on March 30, 2013 in the WNIT quarterfinals. K-State notched  double digits in steals 17 times last season on their way to pocketing 320 steals which were the most for a Deb Patterson led team and the most since the 1988-89 season (346).

K-State was led against Wichita State by freshman Leticia Romero. The guard from Las Palmas, Spain tallied 10 points, six assists, a career-high three steals and two rebounds. For the season, Romero is averaging 13.3 points, 5.0 rebounds and 5.3 assists. After four games, Romero has tallied three games with 10 or more points, two games with six or more assists and two games with five or more rebounds.

At a Glance: SMU
SMU (6-0) comes to the Junkanoo Jam with a six-game win streak in tow to open the season. The Mustangs used a late game rally to escape with an 82-79 win over Lamar on Monday night. Earlier this season, SMU defeated TCU 72-68 in overtime. SMU was selected for a fifth-place finish in the newly formed American Athletic Conference (AAC). In their final season in Conference USA last year, SMU captured the regular season crown.

Leading the Mustangs from the sidelines in the 2013-14 season is 23rd-year head coach Rhonda Rompola. The 1983 graduate of SMU owns a 407-263 (.607) record during her time in Dallas. Rompola has guided her alma mater to 12 postseason appearances including seven NCAA Tournament appearances and five WNIT berths including an appearance in last season’s WNIT.

On the floor, SMU is paced by senior guard Keena Mays. Mays, a transfer from Kansas, is averaging 20.0 points, 5.8 rebounds and 5.8 assists. Against Lamar, Mays registered a team-high 22 points with five rebounds, six assists, a blocked shot and a steal.

Also averaging double figures are senior senior forward Akil Simpson and junior forward Destynee Hives-McCray. Simpson is second in scoring with 14.7 points and paces the team with 9.3 rebounds. Hives-McCray is averaging 12.2 points and 7.0 boards.

At a Glance: Virginia
Virginia (3-2) will look to bounce back from a 68-58 loss at West Virginia on Nov. 24. The loss halted a three-game win streak for the Cavaliers.

On the floor, Virginia features three players averaging double figures led by sophomore guard Faith Randolph with 12.4 points per game and 3.4 assists. Also in double figures are senior guard Ataira Franklin with 11.8 points per game and junior forward Sarah Imovbioh with 11.0 points and a team-high 8.8 rebounds.

At a Glance: Tennessee
No. 3/4 Tennessee (5-0) rolls into the Bahamas with a five-game winning streak, dropping Oakland, 84-50, in its last outing on Nov. 24.

On the court, the Volunteers feature five players averaging double figures in scoring led by junior guard and Naismith Award candidate Ariel Massengale with 14.0 points, 5.6 assists and 2.4 steals.

Also averaging in double figures are a pair of Wooden and Naismith Award candidates in sophomore forward Bashaara Graves and senior guard Meighan Simmons. Graves is averaging 12.2 points and a team-high 9.6 rebounds. Simmons is averaging 10.8 points, 1.2 assists and 1.2 steals.

Freshmen Scoring in Bunches to Open Season
K-State’s freshmen class this season, which consists of five true freshmen and one redshirt freshman, has shouldered the scoring load for the Wildcats in the first four games of the season. The group has tallied 146 points after four games, which is 60.1 percent of K-State’s overall total of 243 points. The 60.1 percent of scoring by the freshmen is the highest percentage for a freshmen class in the Deb Patterson era. The 146 points are second behind the six freshmen class of 2001-02 that tallied 187 points after the first four games. A freshman, true or redshirt, has led K-State in scoring in all four games this season.

Wildcats Sending Back Shots to Open Season
K-State has already benefitted from its extra length in the paint this season, as the Wildcats have blocked 16 shots this season for 4.0 per game. K-State ranks fifth in the Big 12 in blocked shots. The Wildcats finished last in the league last season with 1.57 blocks per game.

The 16 blocks are the most since the Wildcats blocked 18 shots in the first four games of the 2007-08 season. K-State blocked a season-high six shots against Tennessee State in the season-opener on Nov. 8. This was the highest total of blocks in a game since Jan. 25, 2012 when K-State rejected seven shots against Iowa State.