Wildcats Take on Weber State Sunday

GAME - 11
Kansas State (9-1)  vs. Weber State (4-6)
Sunday, December 17, 2006  6:30 p.m.
Bramlage Coliseum (13,340), Manhattan, Kan.

Radio: KINZ-FM 95.3 (Chanute); KGGG-FM 94.7 (Hutchinson);  KMAN-AM 1350 (Manhattan); KBLS-FM 102.5 (North Fort Riley); KWLS-AM 1290 (Pratt); KWIC-FM 99.3 (Topeka); KFTI-AM 1070 (Wichita)
Television: None
Internet: Live Stats on k-statesports.com

GAME PREVIEW: K-State will host its final home game of the 2006 calender year on Sunday, Dec. 17 against Weber State at 6:30 p.m. 
Fans can receive free admission to the game by bringing an unwrapped gift worth $5 or more for Riley’s Operation Santa Claus.

THE SERIES: Kansas State and Weber State have met once before in the 2002 Commerce Bank Wildcat Classic championship game  on Dec. 7, 2002.  The Wildcats captured a 60-36 victory over Weber State.
ABOUT WEBER STATE: Under 19th year head coach Carla Taylor Weber State Wildcats are 4-6 on the season.  Weber State started the year 3-0 before dropping six of its next seven games.  The Wildcats are currently on a five-game losing streak, including 79-42 loss at Brigham Young on Thursday, Dec. 14.  Junior guard/forward, Sara Tuomi leads the team in scoring (16.5 ppg) and rebounding (6.7 rpg) while senior guard Chelsey Warburton is second with 13.7 points per game.  Warburton is also team leader in steals (19).  Senior forward Shantee Releford is top shot blocker with 25 for the Wildcats.  Weber State returns all five starters and eight letterwinners from the squad that advanced to the Big Sky Conference Tournament championship game and posted a 15-15 overall record  last season.  The Wildcats are picked to finish fourth out of nine teams in the Conference pre-season poll.

WINNINGEST COACH: Deb Patterson became the all-time winningest women's basketball coach in K-State's history when the Wildcats defeated UMKC, 64-56, on Dec. 9 at Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, Mo.
Patterson has compiled a 208-114 (.646) record during her 11 seasons as Kansas State head women's basketball coach.  Friday's victory over Santa Clara puts her two wins above Judy Akers who guided K-State to a 206-94 record during a 10-year period from 1968-1979.

TOSSING IN THE THREES: Santa Clara, known for one of the best three-point shooting teams in the nation, came into the game against K-State on Friday with 100 three-point field goals (10.0 per game) and .420 three-point field goal percentage this season.  But the Wildcats, who tied the school record with 15 three-pointers at Santa Clara last season, knocked in a season-high seven triples against the Broncos while holding them to just three (20.0%).

SWAT TEAM: The Wildcats have blocked 70 shots this season led by Marlies Gipson and Shana Wheeler with 22 and 21 blocks respectively.  Gipson recorded at least one block in every game and has three or more blocks in four games.  She tied her career-high with five rejections against Wyoming (Nov. 17).  Wheeler posted at least one block in nine games this season.  She blocked a career-high six shots against Wyoming (Nov. 17) and is now tied with Nicole Ohlde for the third-highest single-game blocks.  She also rejected five against Santa Clara (Dec. 15).

BRAMLAGE TOUGH ON NON-CONFERENCE FOES: During Deb Patterson era (1996-present) the Wildcats have posted 64-6 (.914) record against non-conference opponents in Bramlage Coliseum.  K-State finished 10-1 record last season and has a perfect 6-0 record this season.

HALFTIME LEAD = “W”: Since March 2nd last season the Wildcats are 13-0 when leading at halftime.  The last K-State loss after leading at halftime came against #9 Oklahoma on Feb. 21, 2006.  The Wildcats led 39-36 at the break but fell to the Sooners, 78-64.  K-State is 9-0 this season when ahead at the half.

BALANCE SCORING: In nine out of 10 games this season, three or more players have scored in double figures.  In six games four players reached double digits, while five players scored in double figures in one game (Creighton).  K-State has five players averaging at least 8.5 points per game, and seven different players have scored 10 or more points in a game at least once.

CATS FIND SUCCESS IN THE PAINT: Even without a true center, the Wildcats have outscored their opponents 336-190 in the paint this season.  K-State also has  plus 9.8 rebounding margin and blocked 70 shots.

CAPITALIZING OPPONENTS MISTAKES: The Wildcats have forced 188 turnovers this season and turned them into 169 points.  K-State is outscoring foes by 70 points (169-99) of turnovers.

PLAYING WITH THE LEAD: During K-State’s 10 games this season, the Wildcats have trailed for a grand total of 45:26 of a possible 405 minutes.  K-State led from start to finish in three games this season against Creighton, Mississippi Valley State and Santa Clara.

COUNTDOWN TO 1,000: Senior Claire Coggins came into the season with 831 career points and she is now just 53 points away from being the program’s 32nd 1,000 point scorer.
Coggins needs to average 2.8 points per game in the remaining 19 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 11.6 points per game.

DEE-FENSE: The Wildcats have held opponents to just 31 percent shooting this season.  K-State has allowed 52.6 points per game while posting 288 defensive rebounds, 70 blocks and 89 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 opponents under 30 percent this season.  Creighton posted the highest percentage (.393) against K-State this season.

3-POINT STREAK: K-State has connected on at least two three-point field goal in 97 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.

WILDCATS VS. BIG SKY: K-State has played seven of the nine schools in the Big Sky Conference and owns a 11-1 (.917) record against them.  The Wildcats have played Sacramento State, Eastern Washington, Idaho State, Montana, Northern Arizona Portland State and Weber State.  The last time K-State faced a Big Sky foe was last year when the Wildcats defeated Idaho State, 88-68, in the first round of the WNIT tournament.

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 8.6 points and 5.0 rebounds in 20.7 minutes per game, while leading the team in free-throw attempts (35) and free-throws made (27).  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.

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.

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.  Shana Wheeler blocked a career-high six shots while Marlies Gipson tied her career-high with five rejections.  Ashley Sweat and Kimberly Dietz each had a block against the Cowgirls.  K-State also rejected 12 shots against Santa Clara on Dec. 15.

NEW CAREER-HIGHS: Four 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 and against Sanat Clara.  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 while sophomore Danielle Zanotti carded her career-high (11 points) against Santa Clara.