Jan. 6, 2014
(15/13) Oklahoma State vs. Kansas State
Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014 | 7 p.m.
Bramlage Coliseum (12,528) | Manhattan, Kan.
Tickets: Visit www.kstatesports.com or call (800) 221-CATS
Promotion: Season Ticket Holder Appreciation Night
TV: FCS Central (PbP: Brian Smoller; Color: Missy Heidrick)
Radio: K-State Sports Network (PbP: Matt Walters; Color: Kristin Waller)
Internet: Free live audio & free live stats at www.kstatesports.com
Kansas State Wildcats (6-7, 0-2 Big 12)
Head Coach: Deb Patterson (Rockford ‘79)
Career Record: 345-214 (.617) 18th year
School Record: Same
Last game: L, 67-53 at Texas on Jan. 5, 2014
Twitter: @kstatesports, @kstate_gameday, #KStateWBB
Oklahoma State Cowgirls (12-1, 1-1 Big 12)
Head Coach: Jim Littell (Southwestern ‘77)
Career Record: 473-85 (.848) 16th year
School Record: 55-24 (.696) 3rd year
Last game: L, 71-67 vs. West Virginia on Jan. 4, 2014
Series History and Notes
Kansas State leads the series with Oklahoma State, 31-28... Oklahoma State won the last meeting between the teams, 80-45, on Feb. 16, 2013 in Stillwater... K-State is 16-8 in games played in Manhattan against the Cowgirls... The Wildcats have won nine of the last 11 meetings in the series including six of the last seven games in Manhattan... K-State head coach Deb Patterson owns a 12-8 mark against Oklahoma State.
MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State returns to Bramlage Coliseum to face another ranked opponent, as the Wildcats host No. 15/13 Oklahoma State on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. In its first seven Big 12 games, K-State will face five teams ranked among the Associated Press top-25 poll. The Wildcats will look to avoid its first 0-3 start in Big 12 play. The last time K-State opened conference play with three straight losses came in the 1992-93 season.
Wednesday night’s game will be available on FCS Central. Check your local listings for availability in your area. This will be the 203rd K-State women’s basketball game to be broadcast on television. K-State holds an all-time record of 122-80 (.604) in televised games. Handling the broadcast will be the award-winning Brian Smoller on play-by-play and former Wildcat letter winner Missy Heidrick with the color 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 (6-7, 0-2 Big 12) dropped its ninth straight road game, as the Wildcats fell at Texas on Jan. 5, 67-53. K-State suffered one of its worst shooting performances of the season, as K-State shot .275 from the field (14-of-51). The 14 made field goals were a season-low and the fewest since K-State made 14 field goals last season at Texas on Jan. 26. The Wildcats also dished out a season-low six assists.
Leading the way for the Wildcats on Sunday was freshman Leticia Romero. The guard from Las Palmas, Spain, recorded 15 points and six rebounds. Romero has now scored in every game this season and has reached double figures in a team-high 10 games this season, including six straight. She also registered her ninth game this season and her third straight with five or more rebounds. Over the last six games, Romero is averaging 15.8 points, 5.7 rebounds and 4.3 assists.
In her first season, Romero is averaging team-highs of 13.4 points (15th in Big12), 5.8 rebounds (18th in Big 12), 4.9 assists (5th in Big 12) and 2.1 steals (5th in Big 12). Romero is currently the only freshman in the Big 12 to average at least 10.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 2.0 steals this season. She also ranks among the league’s leaders in three-point field goal percentage (.381; 8th), free throw percentage (.807; 10th) and minutes played (29.8; 10th).
Joining Romero with a double-figure scoring average this season is junior guard/forward Ashia Woods. In the nine games she has played this season since returning from her ruptured Achilles tendon rehabilitation (which took her 310 days, Jan. 21 to Nov. 28), Woods is averaging 10.9 points, 4.7 rebounds, 2.4 steals and 2.1 assists. She has registered four games with 10 or more points and five games with five or more rebounds.
At a Glance: Oklahoma State
No. 15/13 Oklahoma State (12-1, 1-1 Big 12) will look to bounce back from its first loss of the season, as the Cowgirls dropped a 71-67 decision to West Virginia in Stillwater on Jan. 4. Wednesday night’s game will be Oklahoma State’s first true road game of the season. The Cowgirls lead the Big 12 in scoring defense (53.1), three-point field goal percentage defense (.208) and steals per game (10.6).
Oklahoma State is guided on the sideline by third year head coach Jim Littell. Littell owns a record of 55-24 (.696) during his time in Stillwater. Littell led the program to the 2012 Postseason WNIT title and an appearance in the 2013 NCAA Tournament.
On the floor, the Cowgirls have been paced by four players in double figures. Leading the way is junior forward Liz Donohoe with 14.6 points per game and 7.5 rebounds per game.
Also averaging double figures are sophomore Brittney Martin and senior Tiffany Bias. Martin is averaging 13.9 points and pulling in 6.7 rebounds.
Bias is averaging 13.7 points while also dishing out a league-leading 7.2 assists.
Filling Up the Purple Palace
K-State has continued to be one of the nation’s leaders in attendance this season, as the Wildcats have tallied 22,625 fans (3,771 average) in just six home games.
Since the start of Deb Patterson’s tenure in the 1996-97 season, K-State has seen 1,300,478 fans (avg.: 5,002 per game; 260 games) pass through the turnstiles of Bramlage Coliseum. When the crowd is 7,500 or more in Bramlage Coliseum during the Patterson-era, K-State is 40-10 (.800) including a record of 18-4 when the crowd is 10,000 or more.
The Wildcats moved into Bramlage Coliseum prior to the start of the 1988-89 season and have seen 1,391,517 fans pass through the doors.
Leick’s K-State Career Finally Arrives
After sitting out the 2011-12 season due to NCAA transfer rules and missing the entire 2012-13 season due to a torn ACL, senior Katya Leick had to put off her official K-State debut for an extra game as she was dealing with back spasms during the Tennessee State game.
Leick, a forward from Grey Cloud Township, Minn., finally took the floor against Charlotte on Nov. 10 for K-State. She responded with nine points and seven rebounds in her first official game action since March 8, 2011 against Iowa State in the Big 12 Championships when she played for Nebraska.
Leick registered her first career double-double with career-highs of 18 points and 12 rebounds in a career-high 46 minutes of action at Hampton on Dec. 21. This was K-State’s first double-double of the season and the first by a Wildcat since Brittany Chambers tallied a double-double against Utah on April 3, 2013.
For the season, Leick is averaging 6.7 points and 4.4 rebounds and has pulled in five or more rebounds in six games this season.