Oct. 30, 2013
Exhibition Game 2
Alaska-Anchorage vs. Kansas State
Friday, Nov. 1, 2013 | 5:45 p.m.
Bramlage Coliseum (12,528) | Manhattan, Kan.
Tickets: “Wildcat Weekend” – Purchase a GA ticket for just $3 when showing your MBB ticket from game against Pittsburg State. Visit www.kstatesports.com or call (800) 221-CATS
Promotions: Junior Wildcat Giveaway
Radio: K-State Sports Network
(PbP: Brian Smoller; Color: Claire Coggins)
Internet: Free live audio & free live stats at www.kstatesports.com
Kansas State Wildcats (0-0, 0-0 Big 12)
Head Coach: Deb Patterson (Rockford ‘79)
Career Record: 339-207 (.621) 17th year
School Record: Same
Last game: W, 85-64 vs. Washburn on Oct. 28, 2013
Twitter: @kstatesports, @kstate_gameday, #KStateWBB
Alaska-Anchorage Seawolves (0-0, 0-0 GNAC)
Head Coach: Ryan McCarthy (Northwest Nazarene ‘06)
Career Record: 31-23 (.574) 3rd year
School Record: 17-10 (.630) 2nd year
Last game: L, 65-60 vs. NW Nazarene on March 6, 2013
Series History and Notes
First meeting, exhibition or regular season.
MANHATTAN, Kan. – The Wildcats will conclude its 2013-14 exhibition schedule on Friday night, as the Wildcats welcome in Alaska-Anchorage at 5:45 p.m., for a “Wildcat Weekend” women’s and men’s basketball exhibition doubleheader. K-State will officially begin the 46th season of women’s basketball with a two-game weekend home stand against Tennessee State on Friday, Nov. 8 (5:45 p.m.) and Charlotte on Sunday, Nov. 10 (12:30 p.m.).
Friday night’s exhibition game against the Seawolves can be seen live on K-StateHD.TV. Handling the play-by-play will be the award-winning Brian Smoller and former K-State letterwinner Claire Coggins will handle the color analysis. The game audio will also be available on the K-State Sports Network and for free at kstatesports.com. Fans can also follow the live stats at kstatesports.com, and receive updates on Twitter by following @kstate_gameday.
In K-State’s exhibition opener on Monday, the Wildcats defeated Washburn 85-64. K-State had four players reach double figures in scoring and 66 of the 85 points (77.6 percent) were scored by freshmen or players who returned from season-ending injuries in the 2012-13 season.
The Wildcats did their fair share of damage in the paint, on second chance opportunities and in transition. K-State scored 38 of their 85 points in the paint, with just 21 points coming from the 3-point line. K-State was able to turn 15 offensive rebounds into 21 second chance points and held a 12-point edge over Washburn in the category. The Wildcats also held a 12-point edge in fast break points, 18-6, including a 12-4 advantage in the second half.
Leading the way for the Wildcats on Monday was freshman Leticia Romero, as she tallied 25 points, 12 rebounds and four steals – all team highs –, while also dishing out four assists in just 26 minutes of play. Romero was 7-of-10 from the field and was 10-of-11 from the free throw line.
Joining Romero in double figures were junior Haley Texada who added 15 points and three rebounds and freshmen Kelly Thomson and Erica Young, who recorded 14 and 10 points, respectively. Texada registered 22 double digit scoring games in 2012-13. Thomson and Young paced a K-State bench that tallied 31 points for the night.
Head coach Deb Patterson, K-State’s all-time wins leader, returns to the sidelines for her 18th season in Bramlage Coliseum. Patterson, a two-time Big 12 Coach of the Year selection, will guide the youngest lineup of her tenure at K-State, with an average age of 19.8 years.
The Wildcats’ 2013-14 non-conference schedule includes six games against teams that reached a postseason tournament during the 2012-13 season. The Wildcats will host five non-conference opponents in Bramlage including: Tennessee State (Nov. 8), Charlotte (Nov. 10), Wichita State (Nov. 20), Grambling State (Dec. 7) and UC Santa Barbara (Dec. 15).
At a Glance: Alaska-Anchorage
Alaska-Anchorage will look to improve on its 2012-13 season, during the upcoming 2013-14 slate. The Seawolves completed the Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC) season tied for third with an 11-7 league record and an overall mark of 17-10. This is UAA’s first ever visit to Manhattan.
To open its 2013-14 season, the Seawolves were selected for a sixth place finish in the GNAC in the preseason coaches poll. Alaska-Anchorage welcomes back three starters and five returning letter winners, as well as a pair of junior college transfers from Gillette College (Wyo.) including National Junior College Coaches Association of America All-American KeKe Wright.
Leading the Seawolves from the sideline will be second-year head coach Ryan McCarthy. The 2006 graduate of Northwest Nazarene owns a career record of 31-23 (.574).
On the floor, Alaska-Anchorage is led by senior forward Kylie Burns. The product of Kansas City, Kan., is UAA’s leading returning scorer at 10.6 points per game, and ranked sixth in the GNAC in rebounding last year with 7.3 rpg. Burns, a 2013-14 preseason All-GNAC selection, also ranked fifth in the league with 33.4 minutes per game, scoring double figures on 13 occasions.
The Seawolves’ only senior, Burns enters her final season with UAA career top-20 ranks in three-pointers made (15th, 68) and free-throw percentage (12th, .736), and is a two-time All-GNAC Academic Team honoree.
Joining Burns as a returning starter this season for UAA are sophomore guards Jessica Madison and Jenna Buchanan. Madison, a product of Seattle, Wash., registered 9.6 points and 3.4 rebounds in her debut season.
Buchanan, a native of Galena, Alaska, notched 7.6 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.9 assists in her rookie season with the Seawolves. Buchanan will miss Friday night’s game due to injury.
Wildcats’ Defense Solid to Close 2012-13 Season
Despite playing at a height disadvantage in most games in the 2012-13 season, Kansas State’s tenacity on the defensive end of the floor was strong. K-State held its foes to 62.9 points per game, including nine games with 49 points or less. In non-conference action, K-State allowed its foes an average of 56.1 points per game.
The last time K-State held an opponent to 49-points or less was March 30, 2013 against Illinois, when the Wildcats allowed 48 points. K-State held four of its five opponents in the WNIT to 49-points or less and held five of its last seven opponents to 49 points or less. During the last 12 seasons, K-State is 80-3 (.964) when holding an opponent to 49 points or less. In the Deb Patterson-era, K-State has held opponents to 30 points or less five times.
Busy Summer for Romero
Freshman guard Leticia Romero stepped on the K-State campus on Aug. 29 for the first time after a full summer of international competition for a pair of Spanish national teams. Romero started her summer in June with the Spanish U19 national team at the 2013 FIBA U19 World Championships for Women in Ukraine. She helped the squad to a fourth place finish as she tallied 12.1 points on a .494 field goal percentage and a free throw percentage of .870. She also notched 4.3 assists, 3.3 rebounds and 2.7 steals. She ranked second in the tournament in steals and fourth in assists.
The product of Las Palmas, Spain, then played for the Spanish U18 national team at the 2013 FIBA U18 European Championships for women in Croatia in August. Romero led the team to a gold medal while earning tournament MVP honors and all-tournament team honors. She averaged 13.1 points, 5.1 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 2.7 steals during the tournament. Ironically, while Romero was in training camp with the Spanish U18 team, her team was just one hour away from the K-State team she has joined while both teams were in Italy.