No. 11 Wildcats Look For First Road Win Of the Season at Iowa

(#11/11) Kansas State (5-2) vs. Iowa (5-2)
Game #8
December 12, 2003 - 7 p.m. (CT)
Carver-Hawkeye Arena (15,500)
at Iowa City, Iowa

Television: None
Radio: Mid America Sports Network (Steve Webster, play-by-play)
Internet: Audio broadcast on
Series History: K-State leads 2-0

Moving up a couple of spots in both national polls after posting a 3-0 record last week, the Kansas State women’s basketball team (5-2) travels to Iowa (5-2) for a non-conference matchup on Friday, Dec. 12 at 7 p.m. (CT), before returning home to host Creighton (3-3) on Sunday, Dec. 14 at 2 p.m. in Bramlage Coliseum. Both games will be the last for the Wildcats before heading into the Christmas holiday break. The team will return to action on Dec. 30-31 at the UTSA New Year’s Classic in San Antonio, Texas.

Even after enduring five games in nine days, Kansas State still posted an impressive 4-1 record. In that particular stretch, they outscored and outrebounded opponents by a margin of 23.6 points and 15.0 rebounds and held them to just 29 percent shooting from the field (45-157). The Wildcats also shot a combined 47 percent from the floor, including a season-high 59.4 percent against Saint Louis on Dec. 6. K-State is currently on a three-game winning streak and looks for its first win on the road this season (lost at Purdue in its season opener on Nov. 16).

The Hawkeyes return home to the friendly confines of Carver-Hawkeye Arena (.819 all-time winning percentage in the venue) after going 4-1 in their last five-straight road outings. Most recently, Iowa picked up victories at Marquette (65-62) on Dec. 5 and at Northern Iowa (76-67) on Dec. 8. Senior guard Kristi Faulkner currently leads the team in scoring with 16.4 points per game. Last season, the Hawkeyes earned a bid to the postseason Women’s NIT, where they lost to Creighton in the quarterfinals of the tournament.

No. Name 2003-04 Stats
20 Lindsay Richards (G, 5-7, So.) 7.9 ppg, 2.7 rpg
22 Kristi Faulkner (G, 5-7, Sr.) 16.4 ppg, 4.1 rpg
50 Jennie Lillis (F, 6-1, Sr.) 14.4 ppg, 6.0 rpg
34 Johanna Solverson (F, 6-2, So.) 6.7 ppg, 6.3 rpg
52 Jamie Cavey (C, 6-3, Jr.) 16.0 ppg, 5.1 rpg

The Wildcats have met two opponents from the Big Ten Conference this year and their only losses of the season have come against teams (Purdue and Penn State) from the third best league in the country. The Big 12 Conference, which trails the Pac-10 as the strongest league in the nation, currently has five of its members ranked among the Associated Press Top 25, as does the Big Ten. K-State is 18-16 all-time vs. the Big Ten.

The Wildcats are rated No. 33 in the latest WBCA/Summerville RPI Index. They currently rank 21st in the nation in scoring margin (19.4) and 18th in scoring defense (53.1). Iowa is rated No. 57 in the RPI ratings, while Creighton is 122.

Kansas State is an undefeated 2-0 versus Iowa and will make its first road trip to Iowa City in the all-time series. Last year, the then No. 4-ranked Wildcats handed the Hawkeyes one of their worst losses in school history, 103-60, in Manhattan. Laurie Koehn scored a career-high 33 points setting a new school record in three-pointers made in a single game (10). Against Creighton, K-State leads the all-time series, 11-3. Both teams last met during the 1998-99 season in the first round of the WNIT, the Wildcats’ first-ever appearance in the postseason tournament.

Iowa KSU leads 2-0
H: 2-0 A: 0-0 N: 0-0
1-5-03 W 103-60 Manhattan, Kan.
1-8-79 W 93-80 Manhattan, Kan.

Creighton KSU leads 11-3
H: 7-1 A: 4-2 N: 0-0
3-11-99 W 71-60 Manhattan, Kan.*
11-30-91 L 77-57 Manhattan, Kan.
12-15-90 L 83-75 Omaha, Neb.
12-17-89 W 89-50 Manhattan, Kan.
12-10-88 W 69-45 Omaha, Neb.
12-2-87 W 67-60 (ot) Manhattan, Kan.
12-13-86 L 62-59 Omaha, Neb.
1-12-85 W 71-64 Manhattan, Kan.
12-10-83 W 66-50 Manhattan, Kan.
2-20-82 W 89-36 Manhattan, Kan.
2-11-82 W 79-49 Omaha, Neb.
12-21-82 W 81-62 Omaha, Neb.
1-30-81 W 77-53 Manhattan, Kan.
12-6-80 W 73-63 Omaha, Neb.

* Women’s National Invitation Tournament

“Iowa has played all of their last opponents close and it’s time for us to take what we pulled together this past weekend (3-0 week) and bring it on the road with us. Looking ahead, Creighton is very, very talented. They know how to score the ball, they get to the line and they shoot a lot of threes. They are a basketball team that will definitely play us hard. What they may lack in some athleticism, they make up for in their system with their full court aggressive play and their willingness to cause commotion over the course of 40 minutes.”

The K-State women’s basketball team posted a 3-0 week with wins over Northern Illinois (60-41), Sacramento State (94-31) and Saint Louis (94-54) to win its eighth Commerce Bank Wildcat Classic championship trophy. That same weekend, the No. 13-ranked Kansas State football team upset No. 1 Oklahoma in the Big 12 Championship Game to earn a BCS berth to the Fiesta Bowl, while the No. 6-ranked volleyball team advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16 with wins over Ohio University and Arkansas in the first and second rounds.

Kendra Wecker is averaging a team-leading 16.9 points and 9.4 rebounds per game. She currently is seventh in the Big 12 Conference in scoring and ranks third in rebounding. In three games played last week, Wecker averaged a double-double with 19.3 ppg, 11.3 rpg and 3.0 spg. For the second time of her career, she was named MVP of the Commerce Bank Wildcat Classic averaging a tournament-high 19.0 ppg and 11.5 rpg. Wecker surpassed former Wildcats Angie Finkes and Gayla Williams on the school all-time scoring list and is currently eighth with 1,321 career points to date.

Megan Mahoney recorded her first career triple-double with 12 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists vs. Saint Louis on Dec. 6 to become only the second Kansas State player to record a triple-double in school history and only the fourth player all-time to do so in the Big 12 Conference. Texas A&M’s Toccara Williams was the last league player to master the feat (13 pts., 10 reb., 11 asts. in 2002).

Player (Season vs. Opponent) P-R-A
Carlisa Thomas (1986-87 vs. UMKC) 10-14-13
Carlisa Thomas (1986-87 vs. OU) 12-16-13
Megan Mahoney (2003-04 vs. SLU) t 12-10-12

The Wildcats will be the third top 25 team this season that Creighton has faced in its last seven games. Playing in the Duke Classic on Nov. 29, the Bluejays lost to No. 25 Auburn by just seven points (79-72) and gave No. 9 Minnesota a run for its money (82-71) in a hard-fought loss on Dec. 4. Senior guard Christy Neneman, an All-America candidate, is averaging 12.5 points and a team-leading 5.2 rebounds per game. Last season, the Jays advanced all the way to the postseason WNIT semifinals (lost to Auburn) posting a 24-9 overall record in head coach Jim Flanery’s inaugural season at Creighton.

No. Name 2003-04 Stats
32 Codi Walker (F, 5-10, Jr.) 7.5 ppg, 2.8 rpg
33 Angie Janis (F, 6-1, So.) 11.8 ppg, 4.8 rpg
21 Laura Spanheimer (G, 5-9, Jr.) 13.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg
22 Christy Neneman (G, 5-10, Sr.) 12.5 ppg, 5.2 rpg
23 Dayna Finch (G, 5-6, Sr.) 15.2 ppg, 4.2 rpg