K-State Begins Two-Game Road Swing at La Tech

GAME - 8
Kansas State (6-1)  vs. Louisiana Tech (2-5)
Tuesday, December 5, 2006  7 p.m.
Thomas Assembly Center (8,000), Ruston, La.

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GAME PREVIEW: Kansas State women’s basketball team will play its first road game of the season when they travel to Ruston, La. to take on Lady Techsters of Louisiana Tech on Tuesday, Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. in Thomas Assembly Center.  This is the first of the two-game road swing for the Wildcats.  K-State will head to Kansas City on Saturday, Dec. 9 to face UMKC.

THE SERIES: Kansas State and Louisiana Tech have met seven times with La Tech leading the series, 6-1.  The Wildcats defeated La Tech, 77-66, in Bramlage Coliseum last season for their only win against the Lady Techsters.  K-State lost all three games played in Ruston, La. 
THE LADY TECHSTERS: Under second-year head coach Chris Long the Lady Techsters are 2-5 on the season with victories over Iowa (77-59) on Nov. 21 and Grambling State (70-50) on Nov. 25.  La Tech is currently on a two-game losing skid and is 0-2 at home this season.  Ty Moore leads the Lady Techsters averaging 13.1 points and 9.3 rebounds per game while teammate Shan Moore (13.0 ppg) is also averaging double figures.   La Tech returns three starters and eight letterwinners from the squad that finished 26-5 last season and advanced to the NCAA Tournament. 

WILDCAT CLASSIC: K-State defeated Alcorn State, 81-41, in the title game at the 12th annual Commerce Bank Wildcat Classic.  This is the first Wildcat Classic title for K-State since the 2003-04 season and ninth overall.
The Wildcats scored a season-low 26 points in the first half and held a slim three-point lead on the Lady Braves. This was as close as Alcorn State would be for the remainder of the contest, as K-State went on a 25-6 run to open the second half.

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 one win shy of K-State all-time coaching leader Judy Akers, who won 206 games from 1968-79.

COUNTDOWN TO 1,000: Senior Claire Coggins came into the season with 831 career points and she is now just  94 points away from being the program’s 32nd 1,000 point scorer.
Coggins needs to average 4.3 points per game in the remaining 22 regular season games to reach the 1,000 point mark in the regular season.  In her first three years at K-State, Coggins has averaged 9.2 points per game, including team-best 13.5 points per game last season.  This season she has averaged 10.7 points per game.

RECORDS BROKEN: K-State erased numerous team records in 77-18 win against Mississippi Valley State on Friday, Dec. 1 in the Commerce Bank Wildcat Classic.  The 18 points scored by the Deviletts is the lowest opponent point total allowed by K-State in school history, the lowest point total by an opponent in Bramlage Coliseum history and the lowest point total by an opponent in Commerce Bank Wildcat Classic history.  The Wildcats also held MVSU to the lowest number of field goals by an opponent with five and the lowest field goal percentage at 8.6 percent (5-of-58).  The nine first half points by MVSU tied the lowest point output by a K-State opponent in the Wildcat Classic.  It is the lowest point output by a K-State opponent in the first half of a game in over four years.  Other Wildcat Classic records set on Friday, Dec. 1 include, most rebounds (61) and fewest assists allowed (1).  K-State also tied the record for most blocks (8).

ALL-TOURNAMENT HONORS: Sophomore Marlies Gipson was named Commerce Bank Wildcat Classic Most Valuable Player after averaging 14.5 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.5 blocks.  She also had .632 field goal percentage.  Sophomore Shalee Lehning was named to the All-Tournament team.  She recorded the double-double in the championship game with 10 points and 11 assists.  Lehning averaged 9.5 points, 6.0 rebounds and 9.0 assists in two games.  This is her second consecutive Commerce Bank Wildcat Classic All-Tournament team 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.

SHOOTING OVER 500: In the first seven games this season seven of the nine Wildcats that’s dressed have shot 50 percent or better from the floor. Sophomore Shalee Lehning leads the team with .579 (22-for-38) field goal percentage.

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.

3-POINT STREAK: K-State has connected on at least one three-point field goal in 94 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.

PLAYING SOME DEFENSE: The Wildcats have held opponents to just 29 percent shooting this season.  K-State has allowed 51.0 points per game while posting 214 defensive rebounds, 47 blocks and 58 steals.  On Dec. 1st the Wildcats held Mississippi Valley State to a school record five field goals made and 8.6 percent (5-for-58) shooting.  K-State has now held its opponents under 30 percent shooting in four straight games.  Creighton posted the highest percentage (.393) against K-State this season.

WILDCATS VS. WAC: K-State has played five of the nine schools in the Western Athletic Conference and owns a 7-6 (.538) record against them.  The Wildcats have played Boise State, Fresno State, Idaho, Louisiana Tech and Nevada. The last season K-State faced two teams from the WAC and won both games.  The Wildcats defeated Louisian Tech (77-66) on Dec. 6 and Fresno State (64-61) on March 22 in the WNIT Tournament.