Wildcats Head to Kansas City to Take on UMKC

GAME - 9
Kansas State (7-1)  vs. UMKC (2-8)
Saturday, December 9, 2006  2 p.m.
Municipal Auditorium, Kansas City, Mo.

Radio: KCLY-FM 95.3 (Clay Center);  KKCI-FM 102.5 (Goodland); KGGG-FM 94.7 (Hutchinson); JKJCK-AM 1420 (Junction City); KMAN-AM 1350 (Manhattan); KBLS-FM 102.5 (North Fort Riley); KWIC-FM 99.3 (Topeka); KFTI-AM 1070 (Wichita)
Television: None
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GAME PREVIEW: Kansas State women’s basketball team, which has won four straight, will head to Kansas City to take on the Kangaroos of UMKC on Saturday, Dec. 9 at 2 p.m. in Municipal Auditorium.  The Wildcats return home next week for two games against Santa Clara (Dec. 15) and Weber State (Dec. 17).

THE SERIES: Kansas State and UMKC have met nine times with K-State leading the series, 6-3.  After splitting the first six games of the series, the Wildcats have won three straight against UMKC including 75-42 win last season in Bramlage Coliseum.  K-State is 1-3 on the road against the Kangaroos with the only win coming during the 2004-05 season.
THE KANGAROOS: Under third-year head coach Bo Overton the Kangaroos are 2-8 on the season.  UMKC opened the 2006-07 season with a home victory against Northern Colorado (71-46) before dropping seven straight games.  The Kangaroos snapped the losing streak with a 70-54 win at Oklahoma Christian on Dec. 1 before losing to St. Louis (72-59) on Dec. 6.  Junior center, Alysa Klien, leads UMKC with 13.2 points and 8.1 rebounds per game.  She is also the team leader in blocks (29), field goal percentage (.553) and free throw percentage (.818).  Junior guard Brittny Picconi is second in scoring with 9.6 ppg.  UMKC returns four starters and 10 letterwinners from the squad that finished 10-18 last season.  The Kangaroos are picked to finish fifth out of eight teams in the Mid-Continent Conference pre-season poll.

WINNINGEST COACH: Head Coach Deb Patterson is just one win away from becoming the winningest coach in Kansas State women’s basketball history.  She is currently tied with Judy Akers with 206 wins and has a 206-114 (.644) all-time record at K-State.

PLYING WITH THE LEAD: During K-State’s eight games this season, the Wildcats have trailed for a grand total of 42:18 of a possible 325 minutes.  K-State led from start to finish in two games this season against Cregihton and Mississippi Valley State.

CATS FIND SUCCESS IN THE PAINT: Even without a true center, the Wildcats have outscored their opponents 274-150 in the paint this season.  K-State also has  plus 9.2 rebounding margin and blocked 52 shots.

CAPITALIZING OPPONENTS MISTAKES: The Wildcats have forced 152 turnovers this season and turned them into 137 points.  K-State is outscoring foes by 56 points (137-81) of turnovers.

COUNTDOWN TO 1,000: Senior Claire Coggins came into the season with 831 career points and she is now just  77 points away from being the program’s 32nd 1,000 point scorer.
Coggins needs to average 3.7 points per game in the remaining 21 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 11.5 points per game.

RECORDS BROKEN: K-State erased six school records in 77-18 win against Mississippi Valley State on Dec. 1 in the Commerce Bank Wildcat Classic. 

Fewest points allowed - 18
Fewest field goals - 5
Lowest FG percentage - 8.6 (5-58)

3-POINT STREAK: K-State has connected on at least two three-point field goal in 95 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 30 percent shooting this season.  K-State has allowed 52.2 points per game while posting 234 defensive rebounds, 52 blocks and 74 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 held four of its eight opponents under 30 percent this season.  Creighton posted the highest percentage (.393) against K-State this season.

WILDCATS VS. MID-CONTINENT: K-State has played four of the eight schools in the Mid-Continent Conference and owns a 16-5 (.762) record against them.  The Wildcats have played Oral Roberts, UMKC, Valparaiso and Western Illinois. The last time K-State faced a Mid-Continent foe was last year when the Wildcats defeated UMKC, 72-48.

FRESHMAN MAKING A STATEMENT: After making her collegiate debut with a bang with 10 points and eight rebounds against UW-Green Bay, Ashley Sweat has continued to get better.  She is averaging 9.4 points and 5.6 rebounds in 21.1 minutes per game, while leading the team in free-throw attempts and free-throws made.  Sweat was the team leader in points  in one game (15 vs. MVSU) and rebounds in two games (9 vs. Wisconsin and Alcorn St.) this season.