K-State Closes 2013 Home Slate Against Gauchos

Dec. 12, 2013


Game Notes

Game 8
UC Santa Barbara at Kansas State
Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013 | 1 p.m.
Bramlage Coliseum (12,528) | Manhattan, Kan.

Game Information
Tickets: “Wildcat Weekend” – Purchase a GA ticket for just $3 when showing your MBB ticket from game against Troy. Visit www.kstatesports.com or call (800) 221-CATS

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TV: FCS Central (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 (4-3, 0-0 Big 12)
Head Coach: Deb Patterson (Rockford ‘79)
Career Record: 343-210 (.620) 18th year
School Record: Same
Last game: W, 83-50 vs. Grambling State on Dec. 7, 2013
website: www.kstatesports.com
Twitter: @kstatesports, @kstate_gameday, #KStateWBB

UC Santa Barbara Gauchos  (4-4, 0-0 Big West)
Head Coach: Carlene Mitchell (Kansas State ‘96)
Career Record: 37-37 (.500) 3rd year
School Record: Same
Last game: L, 79-56 vs. Northern Arizona on Dec. 5, 2013
website: www.ucsbgauchos.com
Twitter: @UCSBgauchos

Series History and Notes
Kansas State leads the series, 2-0... K-State won the last meeting between the schools, 60-45, on Dec. 29, 2012 in Santa Barbara... Head coach Deb Patterson is facing UCSB for the second time... K-State is 7-4 against schools from the Big West Conference.

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State will conclude its 2013 home schedule on Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m., as the Wildcats will host UC Santa Barbara for the first time in the history of the series between the schools. K-State will look for its first regular season three-game winning streak since opening the 2012-13 season with seven straight wins. The Wildcats have won 11 of their last 15 games in the final month of the year, dating back to the 2011-12 season.

Sunday’s game will be broadcast to a national audience on FCS Central, 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 (4-3) won its second straight game with a solid all-around effort, as the Wildcats defeated Grambling State on Dec. 7, 83-50. Of the 13 players that saw the floor, 12 registered a made field goal while the Wildcats carded 26 assists on 31 made field goals. The 26 assists were the most since Dec. 4, 2009 when K-State handed out 30 against Grambling State.

K-State was led against the Lady Tigers by redshirt freshman guard Kelly Thomson and junior guard Haley Texada. Thomson notched a team-high 14 points on a 4-of-9 performance from beyond the arc. This was her second effort this season with four or more made 3-point field goals. She paced a bench that tallied a season-high 52 points, with eight of the 10 K-State made three-point field goals coming from bench players.

Texada continued her hot three-game stretch with 12 points in a brief 22 minutes. Over the last three games, Texada is averaging 12.7 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.7 assists.

Also leading the charge this season for K-State have been freshmen Leticia Romero and Breanna Lewis. Romero is averaging team-highs of 11.3 points and 5.4 assists and is second on the team with 6.0 rebounds. She is fifth for all players in the league and is the top freshman for assists per game. Over the last four games, she has dished out 23 assists which are the most for a K-State freshman over a four-game span since Shalee Lehning handed out 25 assists from March 22-31, 2006.

Lewis tallied six points, five rebounds and three blocks in just 17 minutes against the Lady Tigers. This season, the forward from Milwaukee, Wis., is averaging 5.3 points, 6.4 rebounds and 2.3 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 16 or more blocked shots through the first seven games of a season.

At a Glance: UCSB
UC Santa Barbara (4-4) will make its first appearance in Manhattan and the Gauchos will look to bounce back from a 79-56 home loss to Northern Arizona on Dec. 5. UCSB has lost two of their last three games.

The Gauchos are led on the sidelines by third year head coach Carlene Mitchell. The 1996 graduate of K-State owns a 37-37 (.500) record during her time in Santa Barbara. In her first season, Mitchell led UC Santa Barbara to a 17-16 overall record and a Cinderella-type run through the Big West Conference tournament. The Gauchos entered as the number six seed, but won three straight games to secure the 14th Big West Conference crown in school history. UC Santa Barbara faced eventual undefeated national champion Baylor in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Last season, Mitchell guided the Gauchos to a WNIT appearance.

While with K-State, Mitchell lettered in the 1995-96 season and averaged 4.5 points and 1.5 rebounds.

On the floor, UCSB features nine players on its roster with three of those players averaging in double figures. Leading the way is senior guard Nicole Nesbit with 18.4 points, 3.4 rebounds and 3.0 assists. The product of Northridge, Calif., is second in the Big West Conference for points per game and fourth in the league in 3-point field goal percentage (.438). Nesbit paced the Gauchos against Northern Arizona with 17 points, four rebounds and two steals.

Just behind Nesbit in double figures are senior guards Destini Mason and Melissa Zornig. Mason has poured in 14.4 points per game and a team-high 6.4 rebounds, while Zornig is averaging 12.4 points, 5.4 rebounds and 3.6 assists.

Freshmen Scoring in Bunches to Open Season
K-State’s freshmen class this season, which consists of five true freshmen and one redshirt freshman, has shouldered the scoring load for the Wildcats in the first seven games of the season. The group has tallied 231 points after seven games, which is 53.5 percent of K-State’s overall total of 432 points. The 53.5 percent of scoring by the freshmen is the second-highest percentage for a freshmen class in the Deb Patterson era. The 231 points are second behind the six freshmen class of 2001-02 that tallied 370 points after the first seven games. A freshman, true or redshirt, has led K-State in scoring in five of the seven games this season.

Bench Adds to the Attack
In the first seven games of the season, K-State’s bench has provided a boost to the offense with an average of 27.9 points in the seven games. K-State has held the edge in bench scoring in six of the seven games this season and have outscored its opponents, 195-103. The 195 total bench points are 45.1 percent of K-State’s total point production this season and are the most after the first seven games since the 2005-06 season when the Wildcats tallied 279 points (39.9 bench ppg) from its bench in the first seven contests.

The Wildcats were the benefactors of a season-high 52 bench points on Dec. 7 against Grambling State, led by 14 points from redshirt freshman Kelly Thomson and nine points from senior Chantay Caron. The 52 bench points were the most scored by a K-State team since registering 54 on Dec. 2, 2005 against Texas-Pan American. 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.