Women's Basketball Open Season After AIA
(#19/18) Kansas State (0-0) vs. Athletes In Action (0-0)
November 14, 2004 - 1:00 p.m.
Bramlage Coliseum (13,340)
Series History: None
The Kansas State women's basketball team wraps up the exhibition season by hosting Athletes In Action on Sunday, Nov. 14 at 1 p.m. in Bramlage Coliseum. The Wildcats are currently ranked No. 19 and No. 18 in both preseason top 25 national polls.
With a 40-point margin of victory (85-45) over No. 6 preseason-ranked Division II Emporia State on Nov. 9, the Wildcats extended their current win streak against exhibition opponents to 12 dating back to the 1998-99 season. K-State has gone 13-3 over the last nine seasons under head coach Deb Patterson and is 17-8 all-time in exhibition play.
EMPORIA STATE RECAP
Preseason All-American and National Player of the Year candidate Kendra Wecker led Kansas State to an 85-45 win over Emporia State with 19 points, seven rebounds and four steals. The Wildcats opened the game on a 25-5 run and outshot the Lady Hornets from the field (47.7 percent-34.8 percent) and outrebounded them on the glass (39-24).
THE BOOK ON AIA
For the past 36 years, Athletes in Action has been known throughout the U.S. for its high profile fall basketball exhibition teams that have competed around the country against some of the nation's top teams. AIA continues to use basketball to share the gospel in 16 college arenas throughout this year's women's basketball exhibition season. They are currently 7-3 with games still scheduled at SMS and Wichita State, prior to their matchup with K-State. AIA began its 2004 tour on a five-game win streak, before losing three of their last five.
PROBABLE STARTING LINEUP
32 Jenny Crouse, 6-2, F, North Dakota ‘00
34 Julie Veilleux, 6-1, F, Maine ‘03
52 Jessie Stomski, 6-3, C, Wisconsin ‘02
20 Jess Hansen, 5-8, G, UCSB ‘03
30 Katie Voigt, 6-1, G, Wisconsin ‘98
Kendra Wecker was recently selected to the Associated Press preseason All-America team. Wecker was third in voting (33) behind leading vote-getter Seimone Augustus of LSU (44) and Janel McCarville of Minnesota (35). Tennessee's Shyra Ely (20) and Notre Dame's Jacqueline Batteast (19) rounded out the five-member preseason team. It marked the second-straight year in which a K-State player was selected as one of the nation's top five preseason players (Nicole Ohlde in 2003). She 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).
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