Dec. 26, 2013
Games 10 & 11
Kansas State vs. NC State
Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013 | 6:30 p.m. (CT)
Viejas Arena (12,414) | San Diego, Calif.
Radio: K-State Sports Network
(PbP: Dave Riggert; Color: Claire Coggins)
Internet: Free live audio & free live stats at www.kstatesports.com
Tickets: Visit www.goaztecs.com or call (619) 283-7378
Kansas State Wildcats (5-4, 0-0 Big 12)
Head Coach: Deb Patterson (Rockford ‘79)
Career Record: 344-211 (.620) 18th year
School Record: Same
Last game: L, 86-75 (2ot) at Hampton on Dec. 21, 2013
Twitter: @kstatesports, @kstate_gameday, #KStateWBB
North Carolina State Wolfpack (11-1, 0-0 ACC)
Head Coach: Wes Moore (Tennessee ‘86)
Career Record: 569-170 (.770) 25th year
School Record: 11-1 (.917) 1st year
Last game: W, 89-79 vs. (12/12) LSU on Dec. 20, 2013
Series History and Notes
NC State leads the series, 1-0... The Wolfpack won the last meeting between the schools, 73-72, on Nov. 27, 1999 in Cancun, Mexico... Head coach Deb Patterson is facing NC State for the second time... K-State is 6-7 against schools from the ACC, including a 1-0 mark this season.
Next Round Opponent History and Notes
K-State is 2-1 against San Diego State... Patterson is 1-1 against San Diego State...K-State won the last meeting with the Aztecs, 77-56 on Dec. 5, 1998 in Manhattan... K-State is 17-9 against schools from the Mountain West... K-State and UC Riverside have never met.
MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State will conclude its 2013 non-conference schedule in San Diego, Calif., as the Wildcats will take part in the Surf & Slam Classic on Dec. 28 and 30. K-State will face North Carolina State on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. (CT). The Wildcats will face either San Diego State or UC Riverside on Monday, Dec. 30 at either 5:30 p.m. (CT) or 8 p.m. The games will be played at San Diego State’s Viejas Arena.
K-State’s games in the Surf & Slam Classic will be available on the K-State Sports Network and for free at kstatesports.com, as Dave Riggert delivers the play-by-play and former K-State letterwinner 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 (5-4) saw its three-game win streak ended in a hard fought double overtime loss at Hampton on Dec. 21. The Wildcats have now lost eight straight true road games, with the last road win coming at TCU on Jan. 19, 2013. Despite the loss, the Wildcats’ outscored the opponents’ bench for the eighth time this season, 23-13. K-State’s bench has outscored its opponents’ bench, 247-127, this season. The 247 bench points are the most through nine games since the 2005-06 squad registered 332 bench points after nine games.
For the third time this season, K-State had three players reach double figures in scoring against the Lady Pirates with Katya Leick, Leticia Romero and Ashia Woods leading the way. Leick, a senior from Grey Cloud Township, Minn., tallied her first career double-double with career-bests of 18 points and 12 rebounds in a career-high 46 minutes played. Leick is averaging 7.0 points and 5.1 rebounds in her lone season of action for the Wildcats.
Romero, a freshman guard from Las Palmas, Spain, notched 14 points, nine rebounds and four assists at Hampton. In her first season, Romero is averaging team-highs of 12.0 points (18th in Big12), 6.2 rebounds (19th in Big 12), 5.2 assists (6th in Big 12) and 2.0 steals (5th in Big 12). Romero is currently the only freshman in the Big 12, and the first freshman in the Deb Patterson era, to average at least 10.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 2.0 steals after the first nine games of the season. She also ranks among the league’s leaders in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.1; 12th) and defensive rebounds (4.6; 11th).
Woods reached double figures for the third time in her five games this season with 15 points and also hauled in two rebounds, dished out two assists and pocketed two steals. In the five games since she returned from her ruptured Achilles tendon rehabilitation (which took her 310 days, Jan. 21 to Nov. 28), Woods is averaging 10.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 1.6 assists.
At a Glance: North Carolina State
North Carolina State (11-1) enters Saturday’s game with a five-game winning streak and are off to their best start since the 1999-2000 season. In their last outing, the Wolfpack upset No. 12-ranked LSU, 89-79 in Raleigh on Dec. 20.
The Wolfpack are led on the sidelines by first year head coach Wes Moore. The 1986 graduate of Tennessee owns a 569-170 (.770) career record after spending the previous 19 seasons at Tennessee-Chattanooga. He led the Lady Mocs to 12 Southern Conference regular season titles, nine SoCon tournament titles and nine NCAA Tournament appearances.
NC State is led this season by senior center Markeisha Gatling. The Raleigh, N.C., product is averaging 15.0 points on a .717 field goal percentage and 5.2 rebounds. Against LSU, Gatling registered 25 points on 11-of-13 shooting and eight rebounds.
At a Glance: San Diego State
San Diego State (2-6) hosts the Surf N’ Slam Classic fresh off a 75-64 win over Miami (Ohio) on Dec. 19. The win put an end to a stretch of six losses in the first seven games for the Aztecs. A season ago, San Diego State registered a 27-7 overall record and a 15-1 mark in the Mountain West Conference (MWC). The Aztecs fell in the Mountain West Conference tournament and then lost to BYU in the first round of the WNIT to end their season.
SDSU is guided on the sideline by first year head coach Stacie Terry. Terry served as an assistant the last five years under Nikki Caldwell at UCLA and LSU.
On the floor, the Aztecs are led by senior center Cierra Warren. The transfer from Louisville is averaging 14.4 points while shooting .600 from the field and has pulled in 5.3 rebounds per game.
At a Glance: UC Riverside
UC Riverside (4-7) enters the Surf N’ Slam Classic with a four-game losing streak and have lost five of their last seven games. In their last outing, the Highlanders lost at Arizona on Dec. 21, 75-59.
The Highlanders are led on the sidelines by 10th year head coach John Margaritis. Margaritis has carded a 142-145 (.495) record during his time at UC Riverside.
On the floor, the Highlanders are led by sophomore guard Brittany Crain. Crain is averaging 18.9 points and 6.1 rebounds.
Magic Number is 70 Points for Wildcats
Kansas State has looked to jump start its offense this season with its young roster and reach the 70-point mark in games, as recent history shows the Wildcats have been victorious when reaching this mark in games. Since the 2001-02 season, K-State is 147-13 (.919) when scoring 70 or more points in a game including a 4-1 record this season. In the entirety of the Deb Patterson era. K-State is 176-18 (.907) when scoring 70 or more points in a game.
Since scoring 49 points to defeat Virginia on Nov. 29 at the Junkanoo Jam, K-State has registered three straight games of 70 or more points including 83 against Grambling State. The last time K-State scored 70 or more points in three straight games was Nov. 14-20, 2009.
Over the last three games, K-State is averaging 77.0 points per game. In K-State’s five wins this season, K-State is averaging 72.6 points per game.