K-State Set to Host Commerce Bank Wildcat Classic

COMMERCE BANK WILDCAT CLASSIC
Friday-Saturday, December 1-2, 2006
Bramlage Coliseum (13,340), Manhattan, Kan.

Friday, December 1
Game-1: Alcorn St. (1-1) vs. University of Idaho (1-3), 4 p.m.
Game-2: Kansas State (4-1)  vs. Mississippi Valley St. (2-1), 6 p.m.

Saturday, December 2
Consolation, 4 p.m.
Championship, 6 p.m.

Television: None
Radio: KCLY-FM 100.9 (Clay Center); KMAN-AM 1350 (Manhattan); KBLS-FM 102.5 (North Fort Riley); KWIC-FM 99.3 (Topeka); KFTI-AM 1070 (Wichita)
Internet: Live Stats on k-statesports.com

GAME PREVIEW: Kansas State women’s basketball team will host the 12th annual Commerce Bank Wildcat Classic this weekend as they take on Mississippi Valley State in game-two on Friday, Dec. 1 at 6 p.m. in Bramlage Coliseum.  Game-one features Alcorn State and University of Idaho at 4 p.m.
The winners will advance to Saturday’s championship game at 6 p.m. while the other two teams will play in the consolation game at 4 p.m.

THE SERIES: Kansas State has only faced one team in the field of the Commerce Bank Wildcat Classic prior to this weekend.  K-State and University of Idaho have met three times with Wildcats winning all three games.  KSU defeated the Vandals, 81-69, last time they met in the 1999 Commerce Bank Wildcat Classic championship game on Dec. 4.

THE DEVILETTS: Mississippi Valley State opened the 2006-07 season with two-straight wins against Tougaloo College (66-62) and Stillman College (67-57) before fall to Mississippi State, 51-80, on Nov. 26th.  The Deviletts are led by junior forward Portia Wilson, who is averaging 18.7 points per game.  Junior forward Jessica Williams leads the team in rebounding with 8.7 rebounds per game while senior guard Karmethia Mazique is the team leader in assists (6.0 apg) and steals (4.0 spg).  Mississippi Valley State returns all five starters and seven letterwinners from a squad which finished 17-11 last season.  The Deviletts were picked to finish third out of 10 teams in the Southwestern Athletic Conference preseason poll.

ALL-TOURNAMENT HONORS: Junior Kimberly Dietz was selected to the All-Tournament team at the UNLV Lady Rebel Shootout after she averaged 16.0 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game.  She shot 60 percent from the floor and 50 percent from the three-point arc while leading the team with 14 points against Wisconsin and 18 points against Elon.  This is Dietz’s third all-tournament honors in her career at Kansas State.  She was selected to the Saint Peter’s Holiday Classic All-Tournament team and WNIT All-Tournament team last season after helping the Wildcats capture both titles.

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 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 then a career-high eight points against Creighton.  She erased that mark and posted a new high (nine points) against Elon.  Junior Shana Wheeler recorded her career-high against Wyoming with 16 points.

PLAYING SOME DEFENSE: The Wildcats have held opponents to just 34 percent shooting this season.  K-State has allowed 59.6 points per game while posting 142 defensive rebounds, 35 blocks and 36 steals.  At the UNLV Lady Rebel Shootout last weekend the Wildcats held their both opponents (Wisconsin, .291 and Elon, .230) under 30 percent shooting.  Creighton posted the highest percentage (.393) against K-State this season.

SHOOTING OVER 500: In the first five games this season eight of the nine Wildcats that’s dressed have shot 50 percent or better from the floor.  Sophomore Shalee Lehning leads the team with .600 (15-for-25) field goal percentage.

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 three 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 92 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.

COUNTDOWN TO 1,000: Senior Claire Coggins comes into the season with 831 career points and she is now just  113 points away from being the program’s 32nd 1,000 point scorer.
Coggins needs to average 4.7 points per game in the remaining 24 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.  In the first five games this season she has averaged 11.2 points per game.