Jan. 1, 2002
Kansas State Wildcats (12-1) vs. No. 4/4 Iowa State Cyclones (12-0)
Date: Wed., Jan. 2 - 7 p.m.
Site: Hilton Coliseum (14,092)- Ames, Iowa
Radio:The Wildcat Sports Network - WIBW 580 AM in Topeka
Ed O'Donnell (play-by-play) & Erick Harper (color)
KNDY 1570 AM, KCLY 100.9 FM
Internet: Fansonly game tracker
Records:Kansas State is 12-1 overall. Iowa State is 12-0 overall.
C o a c h e s : Kansas State coach Deb Patterson (Rockford (Ill.) College, '79) is
83-77 (.519) in her sixth season at K-State. Iowa State coach Bill Fennelly (William
Penn, '79) is 150-50 (.750) in his seventh season.
Series: Kansas State leads 35-17.
MANHATTAN, Kan. - The Kansas State Wildcats (12-1) begin the new calendar
year and their sixth season of Big 12 Conference play with their biggest
game to date. The 'Cats play the No. 4/4 Iowa State Cyclones (12-0) Wednesday
at 7 p.m. in Hilton Coliseum in their conference opener.
K-State is off to its best start since the inception of varsity basketball at
Kansas State with a 12-1 record and on a nine-game winning streak that dates
back to Nov. 26. The Wildcats won the Loyola Holiday Tournament with a 72-
60 victory over Loyola on Sunday. KSU is receiving votes in the latest
Associated Press and USA Today/ESPN Coaches polls.
Iowa State is off to a similar start with a 12-0 record after winning the Surf &
Slam Hoop Classic with a 69-67 overtime victory over San Diego on Sunday.
The Cyclones were ranked No. 8 in the preseason AP poll and unranked in the
ESPN/USA Today Coaches poll and have steadily moved up.
Wildcat Notes - January 2, 2002
Setting The Scene
Kansas State plays only its fifth road game of the season Wednesday and the last contest
in a five-game road swing.
The Wildcats will be attempting to snap two streaks in their conference opener. Iowa
State holds a 26-game home winning streak, last losing on Feb. 16, 2000, 79-71, to
Kansas. Additionally, K-State hasn't won in Ames in its last six outings (63-51, Jan. 8,
KSU will also being trying to improve its conference road record. The 'Cats are 7-33
in Big 12 road games and haven't stole one on the road since beating Colorado, 62-54,
on Feb. 16, 2000.
A Quick Glance at Kansas State
Kansas State is off to its best start in 32 years and the Wildcats' biggest asset right
now is its ability to score. The Wildcats have been pouring in 81.6 points per game and
shooting 52.1 percent from the field and 43.4 percent from three-point range in their
last five outings.
K-State has also shot 50 percent or better from the field in eight of 13 games and in 16
of 26 halves this season.
The Wildcats start four freshmen and a sophomore this season and the fivesome is
scoring 85.7 percent of K-State's points and grabbing 70 percent of the rebounds.
Four Wildcat starters are averaging double digits in scoring. Freshman Laurie
Koehn is the top scorer averaging 19.0 points per game and shooting 46.7 percent
from three-point range and 49.1 percent from the field.
Last year's Big 12 Freshman of the Year, Nicole Ohlde, is second in scoring, posting
16.8 points per game and she is also second in rebounds (7.2) and first in blocks (23).
Rookie Kendra Wecker is at 15.9 points per contest and K-State's leading rebounder, grabbing
8.1 boards a contest.
The other Wildcat in double figures is freshman Megan Mahoney. The 6-foot forward is
averaging 11.2 points, 5.8 rebounds and a squad-best 4.5 assists per contest.
On the season, Kansas State is shooting 52.1 percent from the field, 43.4 percent from three-point range and 69 percent from the free-throw line. The Wildcats are also outscoring opponents
by 18.8 points per game and outrebounding them by 5.1 boards an outing.
A Look At Iowa State
Iowa State, the nation's fourth ranked team, enters Wednesday's game on a 12-game winning
streak and with its third nonconference tournament title.
In its last three outings, ISU has beaten Northern Iowa, 95-55, Auburn, 80-75 ot, and
San Diego, 69-67 ot. The victories over Auburn and San Diego gave the Cyclones the Surf &
Slam Hoop Classic title, Dec. 28-29.
Seventh-year head coach Bill Fennelly has three Cyclones scoring in double figures.
Senior Angie Welle is Iowa State's leading scorer and rebounder, averaging 20.5 points and 10.9
rebounds per game. Additionally, she is the Big 12's leading scorer and field goal shooter (72.6 percent). Welle is supported offensively by junior Lindsey Wilson who is averaging 20.1 points per game and 6.6 assists an outing. The guard has also hit 26 of 73 three-pointers for Iowa State. Senior guard Tracy Gahan also scores in double digits at 14.1 points a game.
Iowa State is averaging 81.4 points per game and limiting opponents to 65.7 points an outing. The Cyclones are shooting 49.6 percent from the field, 39.4 from three-point range and 72.3 percent from the foul line.
'Cats Off To Sixth-Best Start In 32 Years
Kansas State is off to the best start in school history with an 12-1 record.
The 1968-69 Wildcats opened the first year in K-State women's basketball history with an
11-0 record. Head coach Judy Akers' first team finished the season 11-3 and guided Kansas
State to its first postseason appearance by playing in the NWIT in Amarillo, Texas.
Kansas State has made life difficult for ranked teams over the past five seasons. Under head coach Deb Patterson, the Wildcats have beaten 15 teams that were either ranked or receiving votes in either of the major polls, including nine wins over Top 25 teams.
K-State has beaten 10 ranked teams at home since Patterson took over, including a win over No. 17 Texas last year. KSU has beaten Iowa State twice in Bramlage while the Cyclones were ranked.
Wins Paying Off
Kansas State's 12-1 record at the start of this week caught the eyes of some Associated Press
voters. The Wildcats received 24 votes (30th) in the AP Women's Top 25 College Basketball Poll and 70 votes (26th) in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll. This is the fifth week the 'Cats
received votes in the polls.
In 2000-2001, the 'Cats first appeared in the Dec. 18 poll with 10 votes. Kansas State
received votes for three consecutive weeks before falling out of the poll.
If Kansas State should win Wednesday, the last time a Wildcat team has won 10 straight games was in 1983-84 when the 'Cats won 10 in a row from Feb. 11 to March 10.
K-State's longest winning streak is 17 games set by the 1981-82 team. The 1968-69 'Cats won 11 straight and the 1975-76 team won 10 consecutive.
- Kansas State leads the all-time series with Iowa State, 35-17.
- In their last meeting on Feb. 10, 2001, then-No. 7/7 Iowa State beat K-State, 81-52, in
- Prior to the first meeting 2000, both teams had won on their home court the previous two
- K-State is 12-11 all-time versus Iowa State in Ames.
- The Wildcats won all but four games from the Cyclones in the 1980s, while they had a 12-11
advantage in the 1990s and is 1-3 in 2000s.
- The two squads finished 1-2 in three-point shooting percentage in conference play the
last two seasons.
- Big 12 Freshman of the Year Nicole Ohlde averaged 19 points and 8.5 rebounds against
the Cyclones last season.
- The Wildcats and the Cyclones first met in 1974.
- Deb Patterson is 3-9 all-time against Iowa State including a 0-6 mark in Ames.
- Seniors Kristin Rethman and Angie Welle (ISU) were teammates on the Big 12 All-Stars Foreign Tour this summer.
In The Previous Meeting
- Sophomore Kimmery Newsom sank three of five three-pointers against Iowa State on
Feb. 10, 2001 in Ames. Her nine points are a career high.
- The Wildcats committed a season-low eight turnovers in their game in Ames last
Last Time They Met
The K-State women's basketball dropped its sixth consecutive game and the second
straight to Iowa State, 81-52, in a Big 12 Conference women's basketball game in
K-State freshman Nicole Ohlde led the 'Cats with 28 points and 10 rebounds on
the night for her fifth double-double of the season. It was the fourth time Ohlde scored
20 or more points versus a Big 12 opponent. The Clay Center, Kan., native has also
scored in double digits 16 of the last 17 games.
The Wildcats had a season-low eight turnovers on the night. However, the team
trailed the Cyclones 48-21 at the half after shooting a season-low 24.3 percent from
the field . The 21 points scored was also the lowest halftime scoring output for K-State
Freshman Kimmery Newsom was a bright spot for the Wildcats scoring a
career-high nine points. Newsom scored all nine points on three-point field goals.
'Cats Win Second Regular- S e a s o n Tournament
Kansas State won its second regular-season title of the year on Sunday when they
beat Loyola in the Loyola Holiday Tournament, 72-60.
K-State won its own tournament, the C o m m e rce Bank Wildcat Classic at the
beginning of December and finished second to Arizona State at the Paradise Jam in St.
Thomas, Virginia Islands.
Duo Named All-Tournament
Kansas duo Laurie Koehn and Nicole Ohlde were named to the Loyola Holiday
Tournament on Dec. 30.
Koehn was named MVP after she scored 47 points (23.5 points per game) in two
games. Ohlde tallied 44 points (22 ppg) and grabbed 23 rebounds (11.5 rebounds per
Double The Fun
Sophomore Nicole Ohlde registered her fourth double-double of the season, second
in a row and the 10th of her career when she had scored 19 points and grabbed a season-
high 11 rebounds in a win over Loyola. She was 8 of 14 from the field and 3 of 8 from the charity stripe.
Freshman Kendra Wecker also recorded her fourth double-double of the season with
12 points and 11 rebounds against the Greyhounds.
Koehn Ties Career High
Freshman Laurie Koehn matched her career-high with 31 points in the win over
Georgia State. The 5-foot-8 guard scored 16 of her 31 points in the first half, including
13 in the first 9:49 of the opening stanza. She hit 10 of 20 from the field, 7 of 17 from the three-point arc and was 4 of 4 from the charity stripe.
The Hesston, Kan., native also scored 31 points in a win over Oregon State on Dec. 9.
Koehn has averaged 24.2 points and 5.2 three-pointers in her last five games.
Block leader Nicole Ohlde added to her season total and tied a career high by blocking
five Loyola shots on Sunday.
Among The Elite
Nicole Ohlde's 84.6 shooting percentage in the win over Georgia State was the seventh-
highest in school history. The percentage is tied with Angie Bonner (vs. Kansas,
2/25/84), Priscilla Gary (vs. Nebraska, 2/3/83) and Susan Green (vs. Missouri, 2/25/87).
Dishing The Rock
Laurie Koehn didn't just score on Sunday, she also dished out some assists. The guard
registered a career high with seven assists in the 'Cats win over Georgia State. The seven
assists moves Koehn into second on the team with 39. Koehn also sports a 1.39 assist-to-turnover ratio.
Off The Bench
Two Wildcats came off the bench yesterday and turned in fine performances.
Freshman Brie Madden was 5 for 5 from the field and 1 for 2 from the foul line to
tally a career-high 11 points.
Sophomore Andrea Armstrong tallied six points, the most since scoring nine in a win
over Grambling State on Nov. 30.
Kansas State head coach Deb Patterson started four Kansas players for the third
time this season. Senior Kristin Rethman made her second start of the year after starting
27 of 28 games in 2000-2001. The Corning, Kan., native joins regular starters
Nicole Ohlde (Clay Center), Kendra Wecker (Marysville), Laurie Koehn
(Hesston) and Megan Mahoney (Black Hawk, S.D.) in the starting lineup.
Rookie Laurie Koehn sank seven three-pointers on Dec. 29, marking the fourth
time she has hit seven treys in a game. Only Shawnda DeCamp (9 vs. Detroit Mercy,
11/29/93, 8 vs. Ohio State, 12/19/93), 7 vs. District of Columbia, 12/10/94) and Kim
Woodlee (7 at Drake, 11/22/98) have hit more three-pointers in a game in school
A Kansas State Vi c t o ry We d n e s d a y
...put head coach Deb Patterson's overall
win-loss record at 84-77 and move her past
Matilda Mossman for third on the all-time
coaches win chart.
...improve Kansas State's all-time record to
...extend K-State's winning streak to 10
...give KSU its first Big 12 road win since
2000 and its first victory over Iowa State in
Amers since 1995.
With its 93 points against Georgia State, Kansas State has now scored 90 or more
points in five games this season. The last time a Wildcat team did that was in 1983-
84 when the 'Cats had eight games with 90 plus points.
If The Scoring Continues...
Kansas State's 81.6 points per game is on track to break the school record for scoring
average. The record is currently held by the 1982-83 team that poured in 81.3 points
over 32 games.
Freshman Laurie Koehn needs 12 more three-pointers to set the freshman record
for treys in a season. Kansas State all-time three-point shooter Kim Woodlee sank 67
More From The Record Book
Sophomore Nicole Ohlde moved into eighth for blocks in a season with five
blocks against Loyola. She now needs three to pass Kristie Bahner (1989-90) for seventh.
Freshman Brie Madden isn't far behind. She has 15 blocks and needs four to enter
the top 10 in a season.
The Kansas State starters are unselfish when it comes to passing the ball. All five
starters have 25 or more assists this season or average at least two assists a game.
Senior Kristin Rethman (923) might not be the only Wildcat within reach of 1,000
c a reer points this season. Sophomore Nicole Ohlde currently has 683 care e r
points and is 32nd on K-State's all-time career scoring list. Ohlde is averaging 17.0
points per game for her career and could reach the millennium mark (953) with
some additionally 20-point games. Ohlde needs nine points to pass Barbara
Gilmore for 31st on the scoring chart. Rethman is currently 27th and needs 75
points to over take Susan Green (1984-87) for 26th and become the Wildcats 27th
1,000 point scorer.
Rethman Moves Into Top Five
Senior Kristin Rethman is fifth on the Big 12 Conference's career list for three-pointers.
Rethman sank one trey in a win over Georgia State to give her 217 for her career.
Freshman Laurie Koehn played her second 40-minute game of the season on Dec.
20. The 5-foot-8 guard played 40 minutes against Middle Tennessee and averages a
team-leading 33.2 minutes per game.