Jan. 9, 2014
Kansas State at (rv/22) Oklahoma
Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014 | 7 p.m.
Lloyd Noble Center (12,000) | Norman, Okla.
TV: Sooner Sports TV (PbP: Chad McKee; Color: Dan Hughes; Sideline: Jessica Coody)
Radio: K-State Sports Network (PbP: Brian Smoller; Color: Claire Coggins)
Internet: Free live audio & free live stats at www.kstatesports.com
Tickets: Visit www.soonersports.com or call (405) 325-2424
Kansas State Wildcats (6-8, 0-3 Big 12)
Head Coach: Deb Patterson (Rockford ‘79)
Career Record: 345-215 (.616) 18th year
School Record: Same
Last game: L, 58-51 vs. (15/16) Oklahoma St. on Jan. 8, 2014
Twitter: @kstatesports, @kstate_gameday, #KStateWBB
Oklahoma Sooners (10-6, 1-2 Big 12)
Head Coach: Sherri Coale (Oklahoma Christian ‘87)
Career Record: 391-185 (.679) 18th year
School Record: Same
Last game: L, 79-74 (ot) at Texas on Jan. 8, 2014
Series History and Notes
Oklahoma leads the series, 32-23... Oklahoma has won 12 straight in the series and 19 of the last 23 meetings... K-State is 8-16 all-time against the Sooners in Norman... The Sooners won the last meeting, 72-57, on Feb. 23 in Norman... K-State’s last win over Oklahoma came on Jan. 31, 2004 in Manhattan, 74-65... Head coach Deb Patterson is 4-18 against the Sooners.
MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State will hit the road for three of its next four games, as the Wildcats will begin a two-game, five-day road trip on Saturday at 7 p.m., in Norman, Okla., as K-State faces (rv/22) Oklahoma at the Lloyd Noble Center. The Wildcats will look to snap a nine-game road losing streak and will also look to end a three-game skid in Big 12 action. Following its game at Oklahoma, the Wildcats will remain on the road and travel to Lubbock, Texas to face Texas Tech on Tuesday at 7 p.m.
Wednesday night’s game will be available on Sooner Sports TV. Check your local listings for availability in your area. This will be the 204th K-State women’s basketball game to be broadcast on television. K-State holds an all-time record of 122-81 (.601) in televised games. Handling the broadcast will be Chad McKee on play-by-play, Dan Hughes with the color analysis and Jessica Coody with sideline reports.
The game will also be available on the K-State Sports Network and for free at kstatesports.com, as the award-winning Brian Smoller delivers the play-by-play and former K-State letter winner Claire Coggins 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 (6-8, 0-3 Big 12) built a 31-27 lead early in the second half over No. 15/16 Oklahoma State on Wednesday night, but a 23-6 run by the Cowgirls sent the Wildcats to their third straight league loss, 58-51. K-State has now lost its first three Big 12 games for the first time since the 1992-93 season when K-State competed in the Big 8.
The K-State defense recorded five blocked shots on Wednesday and now have a total of 46 this season (3.3 bpg). K-State has blocked three or more shots in a game 10 times this season, which are the most since the 2011-12 team (16).
Leading the way for the Wildcats on Wednesday was junior guard/forward Ashia Woods. Woods tallied a game-high 17 points on a 7-of-11 effort from the field to go with four rebounds, three assists and a steal. In the 10 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 11.5 points, 4.6 rebounds, 2.3 steals and 2.2 assists. She has already surpassed her career season-highs for points (115), field goals made (42), 3-point field goals made (8) and free throws made (23). In league play, Woods ranks fifth in the Big 12 for points per game (16.7) and seventh for field goal percentage (.563).
Joining Woods with a double-figure scoring average this season is freshman Leticia Romero. The first year guard from Las Palmas, Spain, is averaging team-highs of 13.0 points (14th in Big12), 5.9 rebounds (17th in Big 12), 4.7 assists (7th in Big 12) and 1.9 steals (5th in Big 12). She also ranks among the league’s leaders in 3-point field goal percentage (.370; 9th) and free throw percentage (.810; 8th).
In the first three Big 12 games, Woods and Romero have been responsible for 55.7 percent of K-State point production (93 points out of 167 total points). The tandem has shot a combined .492 (32-of-65) from the field over this stretch.
At a Glance: Oklahoma
Oklahoma (10-6, 1-2 Big 12) will look to bounce back following consecutive overtime defeats to Iowa State on Jan. 5 (82-75) and at Texas on Jan. 8 (79-74).
The Sooners are led on the bench by 18th year head coach Sherri Coale. The 1987 graduate of Oklahoma Christian owns a 391-185 (.679) record during her time in Norman and guided the Sooners to the 2010 Final Four.
On the floor, Oklahoma is paced by four players who average double figures in scoring. Leading the way is senior guard Aaryn Ellenberg with an average of 18.9 points per game which ranks third in the Big 12. Ellenberg leads the Big 12 in three-point field goals made per game with 2.9. At Texas on Wednesday, Ellenberg tallied 37 points on 13-of-27 shooting while pocketing three steals.
Joining Ellenberg in double figures are junior Sharane Campbell and seniors Nicole Griffin and Morgan Hook. Campbell is averaging 12.8 points and 5.0 rebounds.
Hook is averaging 11.4 points, 3.6 rebounds and a team-leading 5.6 assists this season. The 5-10 guard from Lowell, Ark., ranks fourth in the Big 12 for assists.
Griffin, a 6-6 center from Milwaukee, Wis., is averaging 11.3 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.4 blocks.
Wildcats Sending Back Shots This season
K-State has already benefitted from its extra length in the paint this season, as the Wildcats have blocked 46 shots this season for 3.3 per game. K-State has blocked three or more shots in a game 10 times this season, which are the most since the 2011-12 team recorded 16 games with three or more blocks.
Last season, K-State blocked 58 shots in 37 games (1.6 bpg) with a significantly shorter roster.
Romero Doing Heavy Lifting in First Season
Freshman guard Leticia Romero has taken on a large dose of the offense, while also adjusting to a new culture and language in her first season in Manhattan. Through the first 14 games, Romero has been responsible for 40.1 percent of K-State’s made field goals this season, as she has scored or assisted on 125 of K-State’s 312 made field goals.
In comparison, three-time All-Big 12 First Team and 2013 Associated Press All-America honorable mention selection Brittany Chambers was responsible for 49.0 percent of K-State’s made field goals with either a made field goal or assist on 395 of K-State’s 806 field goals last season. In her freshman season in 2009-10, Chambers was responsible for just 30.0 percent of K-State’s made field goals.
Additionally, Romero could lean to the bench for advice on offensive responsibility as Shalee Lehning was responsible for 31.1 percent of K-State’s made field goals at the end of her freshman year in 2005-06. At the by the conclusion of her senior year in 2008-09, Lehning was responsible for 44.7 percent of K-State’s made field goals.