K-State Returns Home to Host Lady Tigers

Dec. 4, 2013


Game Notes

Game 7
Grambling State at Kansas State
Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013 | 2 p.m.
Bramlage Coliseum (12,528) | Manhattan, Kan.

Game Information
Tickets: Visit www.kstatesports.com or call (800) 221-CATS

TV: FCS Pacific
(PbP: Brian Smoller; Color: Nicole Ohlde)

Radio: K-State Sports Network
(PbP: Matt Walters; Color: Kristin Waller)

Internet: Free live audio & free live stats at www.kstatesports.com

Team Information
Kansas State Wildcats (3-3, 0-0 Big 12)
Head Coach: Deb Patterson (Rockford ‘79)
Career Record: 342-210 (.620) 18th year
School Record: Same
Last game: W, 49-46 vs. Virginia on Nov. 29, 2013
website: www.kstatesports.com
Twitter: @kstatesports, @kstate_gameday, #KStateWBB

Grambling State Lady Tigers  (2-4, 0-0 SWAC)
Head Coach: Patricia Cage Bibbs (Grambling State ‘72)
Career Record: 512-321 (.615) 29th year
School Record: 11-27 (.289) 2nd year
Last game: L, 86-68 at Texas Tech on Nov. 23, 2013
website: www.gsutigers.com

Series History and Notes
K-State leads the all-time series with Grambling State, 8-0... Kansas State is 6-0 against the Lady Tigers in games played in Manhattan... The Wildcats won the last meeting with Grambling State, 67-44, on Nov. 12, 2010... K-State is 19-0 all-time against teams from the SWAC.

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State returns to Bramlage Coliseum on Saturday to begin a two-game home stand over the next two weeks, as the Wildcats host Grambling State at 2 p.m., on Dec. 7. K-State has won 10 of its last 14 games in the final month of the year, dating back to the 2011-12 season.

Saturday’s game will be broadcast to a national audience on FCS Pacific, as the award-winning Brian Smoller and former K-State All-American Nicole Ohlde will handle the play-by-play and analysis. The game will also be available on the K-State Sports Network and for free at kstatesports.com, as the award-winning Matt Walters delivers the play-by-play and former K-State letterwinner Kristin Waller 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.

Kansas State (3-3) put an end to a three-game losing streak and a six-game losing streak in tournaments outside of the US with a 49-46 win over Virginia on Nov. 29 at the Junkanoo Jam. The win over the Cavaliers was K-State’s first victory in a tournament outside of the US since Nov. 26, 2004 in the Junkanoo Jam over Illinois State. The 46 points allowed by the Wildcats were the fewest K-State has surrendered this season and the fewest since holding Texas Southern to 44 points in the first round of the 2013 WNIT. During the last 13 seasons, K-State is 81-3 (.964) when holding an opponent to 49 points or less.

K-State was led in the Junkanoo Jam by junior guard Haley Texada, freshman guard Leticia Romero and freshman forward Breanna Lewis. Texada averaged 13.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists in the two games the Wildcats played in the Bahamas. The Frisco, Texas native pulled in a career-high nine rebounds against SMU and led the Wildcats with 13 points in the win over the Cavaliers. For the season, Texada is averaging 9.3 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game.

Romero approached a triple-double against the Cavaliers with seven points, a career-high 12 rebounds, six assists and four steals. She pocketed a career-high five steals against SMU. For the season, Romero is averaging a team-high 11.7 points, 6.3 rebounds and 5.5 assists. She ranks 41st in the nation in assists per game. Over the last three games, she has dished out 18 assists which are the most for a K-State freshman over a three-game span since Shalee Lehning handed out 21 assists from March 24-31, 2006.

Lewis turned in a pair of games with 10 or more rebounds, averaging 10.5 per game in the Bahamas. For the season, the product of Milwaukee, Wis., is averaging 5.2 points, 6.7 rebounds and 2.2 blocks per game. She ranks second in the Big 12 and 44th in the nation in blocked shots and has registered at least one block in every game this season. She is the first freshman under Deb Patterson to register 13 or more blocked shots through the first six games of a season.

At a Glance: Grambling State
Grambling State (2-4) returns to Manhattan for the ninth time in the history of the series and the first time since 2010. The Lady Tigers will look to bounce back from an 86-68 loss at Texas Tech on Nov. 23. Grambling State was chosen for a fifth place finish in the SWAC preseason coaches’ poll.

Leading the Lady Tigers from the sidelines in the 2013-14 season is second year head coach Patricia Cage Bibbs. The 1972 graduate of Grambling State owns a 512-321 (.617) career record and an 11-27 mark at her alma mater.

On the floor, Grambling State features three players averaging double figures in points. The Lady Tigers are paced by senior guard Joanna Miller, who was the 2013 Preseason SWAC Player of the Year and a 2013 preseason All-SWAC First Team selection. Miller is averaging 18.7 points, 7.2 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game. Against the Lady Raiders, Miller tallied 16 points, five rebounds and four steals.

Also averaging double figures are senior forward Victoya Ricks and freshman guard Dennisha Chambers. Ricks has carded 10.8 points, a team-high 7.8 rebounds and 1.0 assists.

Chambers is averaging 10.7 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.7 assists. The product of Plain Dealing, La., led the Lady Tigers against Texas Tech with 19 points on 6-of-11 shooting. She also registered six rebounds, three assists and two steals.

Wildcats’ Defense Solid to Open Season
K-State’s defense turned in a strong performance on Nov. 29 in its final game of the Junkanoo Jam. The Wildcats held Virginia to 46 points, while limiting the Cavaliers to a .268 field goal percentage. The 46 points marked the lowest opponent output this season and the fewest points surrendered by the Wildcats since March 21, 2013, when K-State allowed 44 points to Texas Southern.     

Despite playing at a height disadvantage in most games in the 2012-13 season, Kansas State’s tenacity on the defensive end of the floor was strong. K-State held its foes to 62.9 points per game, including nine games with 49 points or less. In non-conference action, K-State allowed its foes an average of 56.1 points per game.

During the last 13 seasons, K-State is 81-3 (.964) when holding an opponent to 49 points or less. In the Deb Patterson-era, K-State has held opponents to 30 points or less five times.

Wildcats Goose Egg Cavs From Distance
The Wildcats’ perimeter defense was stout at the Junkanoo Jam on Nov. 28-29, as K-State held SMU and Virginia to 5-of-28 (.179) shooting from beyond the arc. The Wildcats are fourth in the Big 12 and 60th in the nation in three-point field goal percentage defense (.264; 23-of-87).

On Nov. 29, Kansas State held Virginia without a connection from behind the three-point line (0-of-10). The Wildcats have now held opponents without a three-point field goal 10 times in the last eight seasons, including eight times in the last five seasons.

Before K-State’s win over Virginia, the last time K-State held an opponent without a made three-point field goal was Nov. 20, 2012 at Tennessee State.

Bench Adds to the Attack
In the first six games of the season, K-State’s bench has provided a boost to the offense with an average of 23.8 points in the six games. K-State has held the edge in bench scoring in five of the six games this season and have outscored its opponents, 143-103. The 143 total bench points are 41.0 percent of K-State’s total point production this season and are the most after the first four games since the 2005-06 season when the Wildcats tallied 239 points (39.8 bench ppg) from its bench in the first six contests.

The Wildcats were the benefactors of 32 bench points on Nov. 8 against Tennessee State, led by eight points from senior Ashlynn Knoll and seven points from freshman Jessica Sheble. The most points by an individual off the K-State bench this season came from junior Ashia Woods with her 16 points against SMU on Nov. 28.