January 11, 2005 – 7:00 p.m. (CT)
Bramlage Coliseum (13,340)
Television: FSN Midwest (State of Kansas and Kansas City Metro Area Markets Only)
Radio: Mid America Sports Network
Series History: K-State leads 34-31
Internet: Audio Broadcast on www.k-statesports.com
After playing six of its last seven games on the road, the Kansas State women's basketball team (10-3, 1-1) returns to the friendly confines of Bramlage Coliseum to host Missouri (7-6, 1-1) on Tuesday, Jan. 11 at 7 p.m. (CT) in the team's Big 12 Conference home opener. The Wildcats have won the last 18-straight regular season Big 12 home games in Bramlage Coliseum. Ben Boyle (play-by-play) and Patti Phillips (color analyst) will call the action live on Fox Sports Midwest (State of Kansas and Kansas City Metro Area Markets Only).
EYEING THE TIGERS
Last season, Missouri was one of seven Big 12 schools to advance to the NCAA Tournament falling 68-44 to Stanford in the first round. The Tigers return 2003-04 starters LaToya Bond and Megan Roney who led Mizzou to a 1-1 week in league-opening play. MU defeated Oklahoma State (67-49) in its Big 12 home opener on Jan. 5, but later fell to Nebraska (81-74) on Jan. 8. The Tigers are currently eighth in the latest Big 12 standings and play their first league game on the road at K-State.
PROBABLE STARTING LINEUP
No. Name 2004-05 Stats
14 Cristelle N'Garsanet, F, 6-3, Jr. 13.5 ppg, 6.5 rpg
54 EeTisha Riddle, F, 6-3, So. 5.7 ppg, 4.9 rpg
35 Megan Roney, C, 6-3, Sr. 4.2 ppg, 3.5 rpg
10 LaToya Bond, G, 5-7, Jr. 12.5 ppg, 4.8 rpg
34 Tiffany Brooks, G, 5-11, So. 15.4 ppg, 3.6 rpg
A LOOK INTO THE SERIES
Kansas State holds a three-game advantage in the all-time series, 34-31. The Wildcats have won the last seven consecutive meetings between both schools and have not lost to Mizzou since a 63-54 loss on Feb. 7, 2001 in Manhattan. K-State is 20-9 all-time when playing the Tigers at home. This will be the fourth-straight game that a K-State vs. Missouri matchup will be televised. Since 1997, the Wildcats are 6-3 when playing the Tigers on television.
Kansas State opened Big 12 Conference play with a 1-1 week with a conference-opening 78-59 loss at Iowa State on Jan. 5 and a 63-45 victory at rival Kansas on Jan. 8. Senior All-American Kendra Wecker recorded her 41st career double-double with a game-high 18 points and 11 rebounds vs. the Jayhawks. Meanwhile, freshman Shana Wheeler became the first K-State rookie to start in a Big 12 Conference game since Wecker and Megan Mahoney did so during their freshman seasons in 2001-02. As a team, the Wildcats made a season-high 10 blocked shots vs. the Jayhawks behind a career-and season-high tying three stops from Wheeler.
HOME SWEET HOME
The Wildcats return home for a three-game Big 12 Conference homestand with Missouri on Tuesday, Jan. 11 at 7 p.m., Nebraska on Saturday, Jan. 15 at 2 p.m. and Texas A&M on Wednesday, Jan. 19 at 7 p.m. K-State went 5-1 in its last five games away (UMKC, Alabama, Villanova, Saint Joseph's, Iowa State and Kansas) from Bramlage Coliseum shooting 42.6 percent from the field and 33.1 from three-point land. They also outscored and outrebounded opponents by a margin of 13.5 points and 9.2 rebounds per game.
CLIMBING THE CHARTS
With her 18 points at KU on Jan. 8, preseason Big 12 Conference Player of the Year Kendra Wecker moved into fifth all-time among Big 12 career scoring leaders with 1,931 career points to date. She surpassed Missouri's Julie Helm who recorded 1,925 career points from 1997-2000. Wecker needs 69 more points to pass the 2,000 career-point plateau.
Big 12 Player Points
1. Nicole Ohlde (KSU, 2000-04) 2,241
2. Phylesha Whaley (OU, 1997-00) 2,187
3. Angie Welle (ISU, 1999-02) 2,149
4. LaNeishea Caufield (OU, 1999-02) 2,125
5. Kendra Wecker (KSU, 2001-Present) 1,931
THE 1,500 CLUB
Senior Laurie Koehn is six points away from turning in her 1,500th career point at K-State. Should she do so against Missouri, Koehn would join an elite club which includes Wildcat greats such as Nicole Ohlde, Wecker, Diana Miller, Nadira Hazim, Eileen Feeney, Tammie Romstad and Brit Jacobson.
Kendra Wecker recorded her 41st career double-double with a game-high 18 points and 11 rebounds vs. Kansas on Jan. 8. She has registered six double-doubles this season. Wecker is one double-double away from tying Baylor's Danielle Crockrom (1999-02) for second all-time in the league record books (42).
Big 12 Player Double-Doubles
1. Angie Welle (ISU, 1999-02) 54
2. Danielle Crockrom (Baylor, 1999-02) 42
3. Kendra Wecker (KSU, 2001-Present) 41
4. Nicole Ohlde (KSU, 2000-04) 39
5T. Evan Unrau (MU, 2001-04) 36
5T. Prissy Sharpe (TAMU, 1997-00) 36
LOOKING INTO THE RPI
In the latest WBCA/Summerville RPI Index released on Jan. 9, Kansas State is rated No. 36 and Missouri No. 87. Upcoming opponents Nebraska (58) and Texas A&M (78). By conferences, the Big 12 was rated the fourth-best league in the country behind the ACC, SEC and Pac-10.
AROUND THE LEAGUE
The Wildcats (10-3, 1-1) are currently fifth in the latest Big 12 Conference standings as of Jan. 9. Kansas State leads the league in rebounding defense (31.0), while Kendra Wecker tops all Big 12 players in scoring (20.7 ppg) and three-point field goal percentage (57.1). Laurie Koehn also leads the league in three-point field goals made (34).
School Overall Big 12
1T. Baylor 12-1 2-0
1T. Iowa State 12-1 2-0
3. Texas Tech 11-2 2-0
4. Nebraska 10-4 2-0
5. Kansas State 10-3 1-1
6. Oklahoma 9-4 1-1
7. Texas 8-4 1-1
8. Missouri 7-6 1-1
9. Texas A&M 9-3 0-2
10T. Colorado 7-6 0-2
10T. Kansas 7-6 0-2
12. Oklahoma State 5-7 0-2
KENDRA WECKER NIGHT
Marysville Public Schools will honor Kansas State senior All-American Kendra Wecker by retiring her high school jersey in a special ceremony to be held on Friday, Jan. 14 at 7:30 p.m. The ceremony will be held in the Marysville Junior/Senior High School's Dennis W. McGuire Gymnasium located at 1011 Walnut, Marysville, KS 66508. A banner and display honoring Wecker will be unveiled during the ceremony which will be held between the girls varsity and boys varsity games. During her career at Marysville High School (1997-2001), Wecker was named USA TODAY Kansas Player of the Year, Miss Kansas Basketball, Gatorade Kansas Player of the Year and Kansas Sports Hall of Fame Player of the Year. A Nike and WBCA High School All-American, she finished out her prep career with 2,305 career points which ranks sixth all-time in Kansas girls basketball history.