Women's Basketball Set to Get Underway

NO. 19 WILDCATS OPEN EXHIBITION SLATE WITH DII EMPORIA STATE......


(#19/18) Kansas State (0-0) vs. Emporia State (0-0)

Exhibition #1
November 9, 2004 - 7:00 p.m.
Bramlage Coliseum (13,340)
Manhattan, Kan.
Television: None
Radio: None
Series History: K-State leads 8-0

GAME PREVIEW

The preseason nationally-ranked Kansas State women's basketball team hosts NCAA Division II opponent Emporia State on Tuesday, Nov. 9, in one-of-two exhibition games of the 2004-05 season. The Wildcats and Lady Hornets tip-off at 7 p.m. in Bramlage Coliseum.

11 AND COUNTING…

Over the last six seasons, Kansas State has won 11 exhibition games in a row. Under head coach Deb Patterson, the Wildcats have gone 12-3 in her eight-year tenure. Last season, the Wildcats defeated Division II power Washburn (73-51) and Sparta Praha (103-47). K-State is 16-8 all-time in exhibition play.

SCOUTING EMPORIA STATE

Last season, the Lady Hornets finished 24-5 overall and won their fifth MIAA title and advanced to the NCAA Division II Tournament for the seventh time in eight years. ESU was picked to finish second behind Washburn in a preseason coaches poll. The Lady Hornets are currently ranked No. 6 in the Women's Division II Bulletin Preseason Top 25 Poll. K-State Director of Athletics Tim Weiser received his bachelor's degree in psychology in 1981 and master's degree in counseling from Emporia State in 1982, while competing on a baseball scholarship.

PROBABLE STARTING LINEUP

No. Name 2003-04 Stats

3 Nicole Patry, G, 5-10, Sr. 10.2 ppg, 3.7 rpg
5 Michelle Brown, G, 5-5, Sr. 5.9 ppg, 3.4 rpg
10 Andi McAlexander, G, 5-10, Jr. 10.6 ppg, 2.4 rpg
15 E. Vargas-Sanchez, C, 6-3, Sr. 8.3 ppg, 8.0 rpg
33 Casey Henningsen, F, 6-1, So. 11.7 ppg, 6.2 rpg

SERIES FLASHBACK

It has been more than 10 years since both schools last met during the 1985-86 season at Ahearn Field House in Manhattan. As members of the Big Eight Conference and led by all-league performers Cassandra Jones and Carlisa Thomas, the Wildcats took a 76-47 victory over Emporia State. K-State is an undefeated 8-0 in the all-time series vs. the Hornets.

DEFENDING BIG 12 CHAMPS

Just eight months ago, Bramlage Coliseum was the setting for the program's first-ever Big 12 Conference title celebration. An 85-73 win over ninth-ranked Texas Tech on March 3, 2004, sealed the Wildcats' first league title since 1987. K-State would tie league rival Texas with a 14-2 league record. As defending Big 12 Conference co-champions, the Wildcats were picked third in preseason media and coaches polls released by the Big 12.

PRESEASON TOP 25 BILLING

For the third-straight year, the Wildcats were selected as a preseason top 25 team by several major publications and in both preseason national polls. K-State was picked 18th in the preseason USA TODAY/ESPN/WBCA Coaches Top 25 Poll and 19th in The Associated Press Top 25 Poll. The Wildcats were also selected 17th by Athlon's Magazine and 19th by Lindy's College Basketball Annual.

WECKER WATCH

Already a preseason favorite for the Wade Trophy, Naismith and John R. Wooden National Player of the Year Awards, senior All-American Kendra Wecker was also chosen as an Athlon's and Lindy's preseason first team All-America along with LSU's Seimone Augustus, Minnesota's Janel McCarville, DePaul's Khara Smith and Tennessee's Shyra Ely. Wecker currently ranks second all-time at K-State in career scoring (1,724), third all-time in career rebounding (795) and second all-time in career double-doubles (36).

THREE TIMES THE CHARM

Good things do come in threes, especially for the Wildcats. Kendra Wecker became the third consecutive K-State player to be named preseason Big 12 Conference Player of the Year by a vote of the league's coaches and media. Former Wildcat standout Nicole Ohlde (2000-04) won the coveted award in 2003 and 2004.

CHASING THE RECORD

Senior Laurie Koehn needs 98 more three-pointers to break the NCAA all-time record for career three-pointers made held by BYU's Erin Thorn (391). As a freshman in 2001-02, Koehn led the nation in three-pointers made (122), the second most in a single season in NCAA history. She is currently the school's and Big 12's all-time leader in the category (294). Last season, Koehn finished fifth nationally in three-point field goals per game (3.2 avg) and eighth in three-point field goal percentage (43.5).

SENIOR PRESENCE

For the first time in the Deb Patterson Era, this year's starting lineup presents an entire senior lineup with Kendra Wecker at forward, Megan Mahoney at forward, Brie Madden at center, Laurie Koehn at guard and Chelsea Domenico at guard. Madden currently ranks third all-time in career blocked shots (84), Mahoney second all-time in career assists (483) and Domenico first all-time in career assist-to-turnover ratio (1.68).

THE BIG THREE

With the loss of four-year All-American starter Nicole Ohlde, K-State still returns the dynamic threesome of Kendra Wecker, Laurie Koehn and Megan Mahoney. In 2003-04, the trio accounted for 51.2 percent of the team's scoring and 46.1 percent of the team's rebounding. Wecker led the Wildcats in rebounds (250) and steals (58), Koehn in three-pointers made (100) and Mahoney in assists (162).

NO, NOT IN OUR HOUSE

Last season, Bramlage Coliseum continued to be one of the toughest places to play in the country. The Wildcats ended the regular season an undefeated 13-0. Over the last three years, K-State has only lost three games in the "Purple Palace", going an unprecedented 45-3.

POLL POSITION

K-State made its third appearance in the preseason Associated Press Top 25 Poll released on Nov. 8 and USA TODAY/Coaches/WBCA Top 25 Poll released on Nov. 3. With their preseason selections, the Wildcats have now appeared in the AP Poll for 50 consecutive weeks and in the Coaches Poll for 51 consecutive weeks.

KANSAS STATE IN THE POLLS

Date AP Coaches

Preseason 19 18

THE PATTERSON LEDGER

Entering her ninth season at Kansas State, head coach Deb Patterson has taken the Wildcat program to a level of nothing short of excellence with five postseason appearances and one Big 12 Conference regular season title. Since her arrival in 1996, more than 600,000 fans have packed Bramlage Coliseum and have contributed to seven sellout games. With 151 career victories, Patterson is currently the second all-time winningest coach at K-State. She is just 55 wins behind Kansas State Hall of Famer Judy Akers, who won 206 games from 1968-79. Patterson agreed to a multi-year contract extension on April 24, 2004, securing the services of the 2002 Big 12 Conference Coach of the Year through the 2006-07 season.

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