Lady Cats to Kick-Off Wildcat Classic

The 10th annual Commerce Bank Wildcat Classic on Dec. 3-4 presents a competitive four-team tournament field as the No. 17-ranked Kansas State (3-1) women's basketball team hosts New Hampshire (1-2), Liberty (1-2) and Tennessee State (3-1) in Bramlage Coliseum. An opening round matchup between Liberty and Tennessee State is slated for Friday, Dec. 3 at 3 p.m., while K-State takes on New Hampshire at 5 p.m.


(#19/17) Kansas State (3-1) vs. New Hampshire (1-2) Game #5
December 3, 2004 - 5:00 p.m. (CT)
Bramlage Coliseum (13,340)
Manhattan, Kan.
Television: None
Radio: Mid America Sports Network
Series History: K-State leads 1-0
Internet: Webcast and Audio Broadcast on www.k-statesports.com

TOURNAMENT PREVIEW

The 10th annual Commerce Bank Wildcat Classic on Dec. 3-4 presents a competitive four-team tournament field as the No. 17-ranked Kansas State (3-1) women's basketball team hosts New Hampshire (1-2), Liberty (1-2) and Tennessee State (3-1) in Bramlage Coliseum. An opening round matchup between Liberty and Tennessee State is slated for Friday, Dec. 3 at 3 p.m., while K-State takes on New Hampshire at 5 p.m. The winning teams will move on to the championship game of the tournament slated for Saturday, Dec. 4 at 3 p.m, while the losing teams will compete in the consolation game at 1 p.m. The Wildcats have won the last six-straight Commerce Bank Wildcat Classic tournaments and eight of the last nine.

UNH SCOUTING REPORT

With a non-conference schedule loaded with Northeastern opponents, New Hampshire makes its first and only trip west of the Mississippi this weekend. UNH has played three games thus far going 1-2 with a season-opening overtime victory over Dartmouth (75-73) and a pair of losses to Quinnipiac (68-65) and Marist (52-34). With the addition of five newcomers and only the loss of one starter, the Wildcats return the bulk of their squad which finished 11-18 overall and tied for 8th in the America East Conference last season. UNH's Lindsay Adams and Danielle Clark are currently the team's top scorers averaging 13.3 ppg.

UNH PROBABLE STARTING LINEUP

No. Name 2004-05 Stats

32 Kate Poulin, F, 5-8, Jr. 4.3 rpg, 4.3 apg
33 Lindsay Adams, F, 5-11, Sr. 13.3 ppg, 6.7 rpg
24 Kate Dillon, C, 6-1, So. 5.0 ppg, 3.7 rpg
11 Whitney Edwards, G, 5-6, So. 6.0 ppg, 5.0 apg
12 Ashley Cerniglia, G, 5-10, Fr. 8.0 ppg, 3.3 rpg

A LOOK INTO THE SERIES

UNH makes its first road trip to the Little Apple having last played the Wildcats during the 1992-93 season in the UNC-Wilmington Basketball Beach Blast tournament in Wilmington, N.C. K-State claimed a 69-60 win over the Wildcats shooting a season-high 56.8 percent from the floor on Jan. 2, 1993 to take the 1-0 lead in the all-time series.

TOURNAMENT REWIND

Last year, Kansas State's Megan Mahoney recorded 12 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds to lead the No. 12-ranked Wildcats to a 94-54 win over Saint Louis in the championship game of the 2003 Commerce Bank Wildcat Classic. Mahoney scored all of her points in the second half to become only the second K-State player all-time to record a triple-double and fourth player all-time to do so in the Big 12 Conference. Kendra Wecker added a game-high 18 points and was named tournament MVP.

LOOKING AHEAD

Defending Big South Conference champions for the last eight-straight seasons (1997-2004), a senior-led Liberty squad welcomes back its top returning player Katie Feenstra who injured her ankle in practice on Nov. 20. An AP All-America honorable mention selection a year ago, the preseason Big South Player of the Year missed only one game of the season and is averaging 14.0 points and 8.5 rebounds per game. Last year, the Lady Flames lost to third-seeded Georgia (78-53) in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. They most recently lost at Virginia (67-58) on Nov. 30. Meanwhile, Tennessee State has jump-started its season with a 3-1 record, an improvement after having finished 1-25 in 2003-04. Under interim head coach Tracee Jones, the Lady Tigers have outscored their last four opponents by a margin of 12.5 points per game. TSU recently beat Fisk University (85-50) on Nov. 30.

LIBERTY PROBABLE STARTING LINEUP

No. Name 2004-05 Stats

30 Rima Margeviciute, F, 6-2, Jr. 14.0 ppg, 5.7 rpg
45 Roli-Ann Nikagbatse, F, 5-11, Fr. 2.7 ppg, 3.3 rpg
44 Katie Feenstra, C, 6-8, Sr. 14.0 ppg, 8.5 rpg
25 Daina Staugaitiene, G, 5-10, Sr. 6.7 ppg, 5.0 apg
35 Kristal Tharp, G, 5-10, Sr. 8.0 ppg, 4.7 rpg

TSU PROBABLE STARTING LINEUP

No. Name 2004-05 Stats

21 LaToya Clay, F, 5-11, Sr. 5.3 ppg, 4.3 rpg
32 Kendra Bailey, F, 5-11, Sr. 15.3 ppg, 9.5 rpg
24 Martina Peteet, C, 6-0, Fr. 3.0 ppg, 2.5 rpg
10 KaSheena Powe, G, 5-8, Sr. 6.3 ppg, 3.3 rpg
3 LaKisha Clay, G, 5-9, Sr. 11.8 ppg, 3.8 apg

SERIES NOTES

If the Wildcats should face Liberty on Saturday it would mark a first time meeting between both schools. Should K-State and Tennessee State play each other in the tournament's championship or consolation game, the Wildcats hold a 1-0 advantage in the all-time series. Both K-State and TSU last met on Dec. 30, 1999 in Nashville, Tenn. The Wildcats prevailed with a 72-58 victory over the Lady Tigers.

DOUBLE DOSE OF WILDCAT

Kansas State isn't the only Division I school with the nickname Wildcats. Two opponents on this year's schedule, New Hampshire and Villanova, share the same school mascot. In the program's 35-year history, there have only been 17 total meetings pitting the Wildcats vs. Wildcats. K-State is 11-6 all-time when playing schools (Bethel College, Northwestern, New Hampshire, Wayne State and Weber State) nicknamed the Wildcats.

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