Wildcats to Host Wyoming in Opener
NO. 19 WILDCATS HOST WYOMING IN REGULAR SEASON HOME OPENER
(#19/19) Kansas State (0-0) vs. Wyoming (0-0)
November 19, 2004 - 6:00 p.m.
Bramlage Coliseum (13,340)
Radio: Mid America Sports Network - Steve Webster (play-by-play) and Brian Smoller (color analyst)
Series History: Series Tied 1-1
Internet: Webcast and Audio Broadcast on www.k-statesports.com
WILDCATS IN OPENERS
K-State is 25-9 all-time in home openers and 12-2 all-time in season openers held at Bramlage Coliseum, including wins in 10 of the last 11. The Wildcats are 28-8 all-time in season openers (home or away), winning 10 of the past 12. Last season, K-State opened the year with a 79-69 loss at seventh-ranked Purdue in the State Farm Women's Tip-Off Classic on Nov. 16, 2003.
A LOOK AT THE COWGIRLS
Wyoming returns three starters to the squad which finished 11-18 overall in 2003-04. Senior Ashley Elliott is the team's top returning scorer averaging 16.9 points and 4.9 rebounds per game last season. A preseason All-Mountain West Conference selection, Elliott currently ranks third all-time for the Cowgirls in career three-pointers made (143). UW was picked to finish sixth in the MWC and won both of its exhibition games by an average margin of 27 points. The Cowgirls defeated Adams State (58-33) on Nov. 4 and the Colorado School of Mines (68-39) on Nov. 12.
PROBABLE STARTING LINEUP
No. Name 2003-04 Stats
13 Hanna Zavecz, F, 6-0, Fr. None
31 Kristen Lenhardt, F, 6-1, Sr. 8.1 ppg, 4.0 rpg
53 Sara Hippen, C, 6-3, Sr. 4.0 ppg, 3.5 rpg
23 Erin Hicks, G, 5-9, Jr. None
24 Ashley Elliott, G, 5-7, Sr. 16.9 ppg, 4.9 rpg
K-State and Wyoming are tied 1-1 in the all-time series. The Cowgirls won the last meeting between both schools with a 73-70 overtime victory at the Oregon State Beaver Classic on Nov. 25, 2000.
In only her second collegiate game of her career, former Wildcat Nicole Ohlde scored a career-high 36 points and grabbed a career-high 19 rebounds against Wyoming, scoring 20 of her points in the second half alone vs. the Cowgirls. Ohlde, then a freshman, was just two points off the school record for most points scored in a single game and one rebound shy of the school record for most rebounds in a single game. Ohlde scored with 1:43 left to pull K-State within 71-70 in overtime. Wyoming's Carly Stucky hit a pair of free throws with 17.8 seconds remaining to put the Cowgirls ahead by three. The Wildcats, who never led in overtime, missed a three-pointer at the buzzer in an effort to send the game into an extra period.
WELCOME BACK OHLDE
Former K-State All-American Nicole Ohlde (2000-04) will be signing autographs from 5-6 p.m. on the concourse of Bramlage Coliseum prior to the tip-off vs. Wyoming. Ohlde averaged 11.7 points, 5.7 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.3 blocks per game in her rookie season with the WNBA's Minnesota Lynx. She led all rookies in rebounding (5.7), blocks (45) and field goal accuracy (44.2). The Lynx claimed the league's third-best record with a franchise record-tying 18 wins and made their second consecutive appearance in the WNBA Playoffs. Ohlde was selected sixth overall by the Lynx in the 2004 WNBA Draft. The Lynx mascot "Prowl" will perform at halftime of the women's game. In addition, the first 3,000 fans in attendance will receive men's and women's basketball schedule magnets.
Wyoming head coach Joe Legerski is in his second season with the Cowgirl basketball program. Legerski previously served as an assistant coach (1991-98) and an associate head coach (1998-2003) at the University of Utah along with current K-State assistant coach Shelley Jarrard (1993-2004). Both Legerski and Jarrard helped the Utes become a perennial NCAA Tournament team and one of the nation's best defensive teams year-in and year-out.
The Wildcats scheduling could not have been better this season as five opponent head coaches are voting board members of the USA TODAY/ESPN/WBCA Coaches Top 25 Poll including Wyoming's Joe Legerski, Saint Joseph's Cindy Griffin, Colorado's Ceal Barry, Alabama's Rick Moody and Baylor's Kim Mulkey-Robertson. K-State is currently ranked No. 19 in this week's poll. The Wildcats will play against schools this season hailing from power conferences such as the Big 12, SEC, ACC and Big East.
STARTING THE SEASON OFF IN STYLE
Seniors Kendra Wecker (1,724), Laurie Koehn (1,336) and Megan Mahoney (1,018) could become the first Wildcat 1,000-point scoring trio to start off a Kansas State season. Former Wildcats Diana Miller (1,186) and Nadira Hazim (1,166) opened their senior campaigns in 1990-91 as 1,000 career point scorers. Miller and Hazim both started vs. Alabama State in the team's home opener.
Kendra Wecker led K-State to an 85-45 win over preseason No. 6-ranked Division II Emporia State with 19 points, seven rebounds and four steals on Nov. 9. K-State opened the game on a 25-5 run and outshot the Lady Hornets from the field (47.7-34.8) and outrebounded them on the glass (39-24). Against Athletes In Action on Nov. 14, the Wildcats cruised to a 97-44 win behind Megan Mahoney's 20 points and 10 rebounds double-double performance. The Wildcats shot 47.5 percent from the field in the first half, including 6-of-12 from beyond the arc, for a 46-18 halftime lead. Laurie Koehn ended the contest with a game-high 22 points.
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