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Kansas State Travels To Austin To Play the Texas Longhorns On Wednesday

GO WILDCATS Freshman Kendra Wecker
Freshman Kendra Wecker

Jan. 29, 2002

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Game #22
No. 9/10 Kansas State (19-2, 7-1)
vs. No. 14/14 Texas (14-4, 6-2)

Date: Wed., Jan. 30 - 7 p.m.
Site: Frank Erwin Center (16,496)
Television: UT student TV (KVR-TV)
Radio: Tape Delay on 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: www.TexasSports.com
Records: Kansas State is 19-2, 7-1 overall. Texas is 14-4, 6-2 overall.
Coaches: Kansas State coach Deb Patterson (Rockford (Ill.) College, '79) is 90-78 (.535) in her sixth season at K-State. Texas coach Jody Conradt (Baylor, '63) is 663-190 (.777) in her 26th season at Texas.
Series: Texas leads the series, 6-3

MANHATTAN, Kan. - The No. 9/10 Kansas State women's basketball team takes to the road when it plays No. 14/14 Texas on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas.

The Wildcats, 19-2 overall and 7-1 in the Big 12, won their 11th straight home game, dating back to last season, with a 76-63 victory over then-No. 12/13 Texas Tech. The win was K-State's fourth consecutive victory over a ranked opponent.

Texas enters the game with a 14-4 overall record and 6-2 mark in the Big 12. The Longhorns had their four-game home winning streak snapped on Jan. 27 when Baylor beat them, 80-70. Texas is currently third in the Big 12 standings.

Setting The Scene -
Life is tough on the road and it will be even tougher for Kansas State on Wednesday. The Wildcats have never won at Texas, but K-State won last year's meeting in Manhattan when the Longhorns were ranked No. 17.

Kansas State is on a modest two-game winning streak and will be looking for its fifth victory over a ranked opponent this season. The Wildcats are 4-1 against ranked foes, including 1-0 on the road. Additionally, a victory would give the 'Cats their first 20-win season since 1989-90 when they were 20-10.

K-State is on top of the Big 12 standings and needs a win to remain in front of Oklahoma (6-1) and Texas.

The Wildcats are 6-1 on the road this season, including 2-1 in league play. Overall, in the six seasons with the Big 12, K-State has an 9-34 road record. Prior to beating Iowa State on Jan. 2, Kansas State hadn't defeated a conference foe on the road since beating Colorado, 62-54, on Feb. 16, 2000.

Texas will be battling hard on Wednesday as the Longhorns need the victory to pull into at least a tie with Kansas State in either first or second place in the Big 12.

UT is 9-2 at home and 3-1 in Big 12 games. The Longhorns have beaten ranked opponents Texas Tech (87-83 ot) and Iowa State (66-65) in the Erwin Center. Texas has a 7-4 record versus ranked teams this season.

A Quick Glance at Kansas State -
One of the nation's youngest starting lineups suits up for Kansas State. Sixth-year head coach Deb Patterson has started three freshmen, a sophomore and a senior in the last nine of the last 10 games and the fivesome are 9-1 overall and 6-1 in the Big 12. The starters make up 88.7 percent of the team scoring and 75.6 percent of the rebounding.

Freshman Laurie Koehn not only leads the team in scoring but also is the nation's top three-point threat. The 5-foot-8 guard leads the 'Cats by posting 18.1 points per game and is shooting 44.9 percent from three-point range. She is averaging 3.8 treys per game and 3.0 in Big 12 games.

Last year's Big 12 Freshman of the Year and all-conference candidate, Nicole Ohlde, is second in scoring and rebounding, posting 17.6 points and 8.0 rebounds per outing. Additionally, she is first in blocks (22) and fourth in scoring (18.9) in Big 12 games.

Big 12 Rookie of the Year candidate Kendra Wecker is doing a little of everything for the Wildcats. The 5-foot-11 small forward is third on the team in scoring (16.3) and is the team leader in rebounds (8.1). She is also dishing out 2.8 assists and making 1.6 steals. Wecker is eighth in scoring (16.9) and rebounding (8.1), fifth in free throw percentage (.557), fifth in three-point percentage (.471) and ninth in steals (2.0) in Big 12 play.

The other Wildcat in double figures is freshman Megan Mahoney. The 6-foot forward is averaging 10.4 points, 5.7 rebounds and a squad-best 4.4 assists per contest. Considered one of the team's best defenders, Mahoney also leads the squad in steals (35).

Kansas State averages 78.7 points per game, and is shooting 51.4 percent from the field, 42.5 percent from three-point range and 72.3 percent from the free-throw line. Additionally, the 'Cats have shot 50 percent or better from the field in 12 of 21 games and in 25 of 42 halves this season.

A Glance At Texas -
Texas has a balanced attack as three of the five starters are averaging in double figures. In Big 12 play, UT has four of its starters score in double digits.

Sophomore Stacy Stephens leads the Longhorn attack, averaging a team-leading 14.5 points and 9.2 rebounds. Freshman Heather Schreiber is tallying 14.3 points an outing and leads the team with 28 steals. Senior Tracy Cook averages 11.5 points a contest and sports a team-best 21 blocks.

Senior Kenya Larkin is the Longhorns' assist leader, dishing out 5.6 assists per game. She also is scoring 5.7 points a contest.

On the year, Texas is shooting 44.4 percent from the field, 37.4 percent from the three-point arc and 71.4 percent from the free-throw line.

Kansas State Jumps Back Into AP Top 10 -
After falling out of the top 10 in the Associated Press poll for one week, the Kansas State Wildcats returned to their previous No. 9 ranking on Jan. 28.

The Wildcats also moved up from No. 15 to No. 10 in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches' poll.

Kansas State, currently 19-2 overall and 7-1 in the Big 12 Conference, reached the top 10 on Jan. 14 by jumping five spots to No. 9 in the AP poll. The Wildcats debuted in both polls on Jan. 7 at No. 14 in the AP poll and No. 18 in USA Today's poll. Prior to their Jan. 7 ranking, the Wildcats had received votes in the previous five polls.

This week's ranking in the AP poll is the 70th ranking in school history for K-State.

Kansas State's highest AP ranking was when the 'Cats were No. 6 on Dec. 4, 11 and 18, 1983, and Dec. 5, 1982.

Tough Schedules -
Now that Kansas State is in the Big 12 portion of its schedule, the Wildcats will likely play four more ranked teams this season. Here are some tidbits on playing ranked teams:
u Kansas State is 4-1 against ranked teams this season. The Wildcats lost to then-No. 21/25 Arizona State on Nov. 25 in the Paradise Jam in St. Thomas, beat No. 4/4 Iowa State on Jan. 2, No. 7/8 Baylor on Jan. 5, No. 21/19 Colorado and No. 12/13 Texas Tech on Jan. 27.
u KSU is in the midst of a three-game stretch where it plays three straight ranked teams. The 'Cats beat Texas Tech on Jan. 17, travel to Texas on Wednesday and host Iowa State on Saturday.

Looking For Five -
Kansas State has won four games vs. ranked opponents in a row and will be looking for its fifth on Wednesday. The Wildcats had never beaten four ranked teams consecutively until this weekend.

A Kansas State Victory Wednesday Would...
...give K-State its first 20-win season since 1989-90.
...put head coach Deb Patterson's overall win-loss record at 91-78.
...improve Kansas State's all-time record to 594-381.
...snap a five-game losing streak to Texas.
...give the Wildcats their first win over the Longhorns in Austin.

Millennium Mark -
Senior Kristin Rethman is closing in on 1,000 career points. After tallying 15 points on Jan. 27, she now needs just six points to become the 27th Wildcat to reach the millennium mark.

Rethman, who is averaging 7.5 points per game, is expected to reach the mark this week.

The senior is currently 27th on the all-time scoring chart and needs 11 points to surpass Susan Green (1984-87) for 26th.

Sophomore Nicole Ohlde could become the Wildcats 28th 1,000 point scorer. She currently has 834 points and is 30th on K-State's all-time scoring list. Ohlde averages 17.6 points per game for her career and could reach the millennium mark with some more 20-point games.

Ohlde needs two points to pass Kristi Short (1975-78) for 29th on the scoring chart.

Series History
* Texas leads the all-time series 6-3.
* The Wildcats are 3-2 versus the Longhorns since the inaugural season of the Big 12 in 1996-97.
* Last season the Wildcats upset then-No. 17/17 Texas, 72-63, in Manhattan.
* K-State has never beaten Texas in Austin.
* Kansas State is 3-1 at home, 0-4 on the road and 0-1 at neutral sites against Texas.
* Against Texas, K-State is 0-4 in the 80s, 2-1 in the 90s and 1-1 in 2000.
* The Wildcats and Texas first met in 1982.
* K-State associate head coach Kamie Ethridge, a 1987 Texas graduate, captained the 1986 national championship team on her way to earning the Wade Trophy, the Frances Pomeroy Naismith Player of the Year award and the Broderick Cup. She was also inducted into the UT Women's Athletics Hall of Honor in 2000. Ethridge is one of eight former players, coaches and administrators named to the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2002.
* Kansas State has beaten Texas twice while the Longhorns were ranked. The Wildcats beat the No. 12 Longhorns, 68-67, on Jan. 11, 1997 and last year.

Last Time They Met -
Kristin Rethman scored a game-high 24 points to lift Kansas State to a 72-63 upset over 17th-ranked Texas before 5,117 fans.

The victory snapped a four-game losing streak by the Wildcats and lifted them to 11-5 overall and 1-4 in the Big 12. The Longhorns fell to 14-5 and 2-3 in the league.

Andrea Armstrong added a career-high 18 points for K-State, hitting 8 of 9 free throws in the game. Kim Woodlee finished with 12 points, all coming on three-pointers.

Stacy Stephens led Texas with 19 points and 12 rebounds, while Tai Dillard finished with 10 points for the Longhorns. It was UT head coach Jody Conradt's 1,000th game coached.

Kansas State trailed 28-25 at halftime, but used a 14-1 run over the opening six minutes of the second half to take control. Armstrong and Woodlee each scored six points in that stretch, giving the Wildcats a 39-29 lead with 13:57 to play.

The Wildcats' largest lead of the game was at 56-41 with 7:19 left when Woodlee hit another three-pointer. Texas cut the deficit to eight points with 2:50 remaining, but could come no closer than seven points down the stretch.

Rethman, who hit 5 of 9 three-pointers, scored more than 20 points for the second straight game, following up her 22-point performance in a loss at Kansas. Woodlee had four three-pointers for the ninth game this season, and the Wildcats improved to 8-1 when she has at least four baskets from behind the three-point line.

The victory over a ranked team was the second in two nights for a Kansas State basketball team. The Wildcat men upset 20th-ranked Missouri, 80-59, earlier in the week.

Shalondra Booker tied a career-high with eight assists for the Wildcats. Texas held a 35-32 edge in rebounding. Nicole Ohlde led K-State with seven rebounds.

K-State hit 45 percent from the floor overall and 47 percent from three-point range, hitting 9 of 19 from behind the arc. Texas was held to 39 percent shooting in the game.

Rookie Of The Week, Again -
Freshman Laurie Koehn was named Big 12 Rookie of the Week for the third time this year on Monday. With her third honor, Koehn is now tied with Nicole Ohlde as the only Big 12 freshman to have been named rookie of the week three times in a season.

Koehn averaged 17 points, 3.0 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 3.5 three-pointers and 37 minutes per game in victories over Kansas and No. 12/13-ranked Texas Tech. The 5-8 freshman guard shot 73.3 (11 of 15) percent from the field, 77.8 (7 of 9) percent from three-point range and 71.4 (5 of 7) percent from the foul line.

In a win over cross-state rival Kansas, Koehn had 21 points, five rebounds, two assists and five three-pointers. The 20-plus point performance was the seventh of her career. She shot 60 percent from the field, 71.4 percent from beyond three-point range and 66.7 percent from the charity stripe.

Against Texas Tech, Koehn had 13 points, a rebound, a steal and two three-pointers. She was perfect for the game as she hit 5-for-5 from the field, 2-for-2 from three-point range and 1-for-1 from the free-throw line. With her two treys, Koehn moved into a tie for sixth on the Big 12 single-season chart for three-pointers in a season (80).

Oh My Ohlde! -
Sophomore Nicole Ohlde produced one of the finest basketball performances in recent history this weekend when the 6-foot-4 center had game-highs of 24 points and 11 rebounds, and a career-high eight assists.

The Clay Center, Kan., native was just two assists shy of registering Kansas State's third triple-double. Carlisa Thomas is the only Wildcat to have accomplished a triple-double when she had 10 points, 14 rebounds and 13 assists on Dec. 19, 1986 vs. UMKC and 12 points, 16 rebounds and 13 assists on Feb. 4, 1987 vs. Oklahoma.

All-Conference Performer -
Last year's Big 12 Rookie of the Year Nicole Ohlde is putting together another all-conference type season and possibly an all-american campaign this year.

Ohlde, a third-team all-conference selection last season, is the Wildcats' second leading scorer (17.6), rebounder (8.0), thief (34), while leading the 'Cats in field goal percentage (.575) and blocks (45).
More on Ohlde:
* She ranks fourth in scoring (18.9), fourth in rebounding (9.4), first in blocks (22) and eighth in field goal percentage (53.2) in the Big 12 games.
* She is the only Wildcat to score in double figures in 20 of 21 games this season. She has scored in double digits in 42 of 48 career games.
* Ohlde has eight (3rd) double-doubles in overall games this season and four (2nd) in Big 12 games.

Ohlde But A Goodie -
Nicole Ohlde recorded her 14th career double-double on Jan. 27, ranking her fifth all-time. Her next double-double will tie her with Laurie Miller (1975-79) for fourth.

Double Digit Diva -
All-American candidate Nicole Ohlde has turned into double digit diva over the Wildcats' 21 games.

She has scored in double-figures in 20 of 21 games this season. Western Michigan on Nov. 26 in the Paradise Jam in St. Thomas was the only team to limit Ohlde to single digits in points (seven).

Not to be left out, freshmen Laurie Koehn has tallied double figures in scoring in 19 of 21 games.

Who's Hot? -
Sophomore Nicole Ohlde has had the hot hand of late. In the last five games, Ohlde has averaged 18.2 points, 8.8 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 2.4 blocks.

Block Party -
Center Nicole Ohlde has been a force in the paint when it comes to blocking shots this season. She has 45 blocks, more than double her mark of last season. Ohlde has eight games with three or more rejections and three of those performances rank among the top 10 in school history. She also leads the Big 12 with 22 blocks in league games.

Block Party II -
Nicole Ohlde's block on Jan. 27 moved her closer to sixth on the career blocks (62) list and into third on the season list (45). She now needs two blocks to pass Nicky Ramage (1996-00) on the career list. With seven more blocks, Ohlde will be the all-time shot blocker in a season. She trails all-time shot blocker Olga Firsova (1998-99) by 38 career blocks.

TV Time -
The Wildcats won their second straight game while being televised this season with their victory on Jan. 27. K-State is 2-0 on TV and makes two more TV appearances this season.

Kansas State will play another Fox Sports Net game on Feb. 10 at Nebraska and host Oklahoma on Feb. 13 on Metro Sports.

Since 1997, K-State has a 12-12 television record (7-10 on Fox and 5-2 on Metro).

Sizzling Shooting -
Kansas State was on fire in the second half against Texas Tech on Jan. 27. The Wildcats shot a school record 81.8 percent (18 of 22) from the field, 50 percent from three-point range (2 of 4) and 83.3 percent (5 of 6) from the free-throw line.

K-State's second half shooting percentage from the floor topped the old school record of 79.3 percent (23 of 29) shot in the first half vs. Missouri on March 3, 1984.

On Fire -
Kansas State's three-point shooters were on fire this week as the Wildcats shot 57.6 percent (15 of 26). Additionally, in the first halves, the 'Cats shot 70.5 percent (12 of 17).

K-State's 83.3 percent (5 of 6) from beyond the three-point arc in the first half against Texas Tech is the second-highest percentage in a half this season. The 'Cats shot an amazing 84.6 percent (11 of 13) in the first half against IUPUI on Nov. 19.

Impressive From The Field -
K-State shot 62 percent from the field (31 of 50) on Jan. 27, the second-highest shooting percentage this season (62.7 vs. Western Michigan).

Getting The Job Done From The Line -
Kansas State took advantage of going to the free-throw line in the last five games. The Wildcats are shooting 78.3 percent (83 of 106).

Against Nebraska on Jan. 12, the Wildcats hit 22 of 25 free throws for a season high in free throws made.

Don't Foul The Wildcats -
Kansas State has five players shooting over 80 percent from the foul line, including three of the five starters.

Koehn For Three -
Laurie Koehn broke the Kansas State freshman record for three-pointers in a season on Jan. 16. She has 80 three's entering Wednesday's game. Koehn passed all-time three-point shooter Kim Woodlee, who had 67 treys in 1997-98.

With her two three-pointers on Jan. 27, Koehn moved into a tie for sixth on the Big 12 single season list with Iowa State's Megan Taylor (80, 2001). With four more Koehn will pass K-State's Kim Woodlee (83, 2000) for fifth. The all-time single season leader is Rene Hanebutt of Texas Tech, who sank 107 three-pointers in 1999.

Chart Mover -
Senior Kristin Rethman is looking to move into the top three in all-time three-point field goals made at Kansas State. The guard has 235 and needs just three to pass Askia Jones (1990-94) for third. With six more Rethman will pass Steve Henson (1987-90).

In the K-State women's record book Rethman has no where to go but up when it comes to career three-point records. Rethman is second in makes (235), in attempts (548) and first in percentage (.428) in the Kansas State record book. She needs 51 treys and 134 attempts to overtake Kim Woodlee in both categories.

Earlier this season, Rethman became just the fourth Wildcat in school history to have 200 career three-pointers.

Three-Point Threats -
If one thought three-point shooting was Kansas State's strong suit last year, then this season one would be amazed this season.

After hitting 189 three-pointers last year (6.75 per game), the Wildcats are on pace to tally approximately 236 treys in 2001-2002 after averaging 7.9 three-pointers in 21 games.

The Wildcats have shot 50 percent or better from three-point range in eight of 21 games and in 17 of the last 42 halves this season.

One of the biggest reasons for the surge is freshman Laurie Koehn. The rookie has sank almost half (80) of the Wildcats' 165 three's, averaging 3.8 treys a game and shooting 44.9 percent from three-point range. Koehn leads the country in three-pointers and is ranked 19th in three-point percentage.

Ohlde A Playmaker? -
Sophomore Nicole Ohlde is turning some heads when is comes to dishing assists. The 6-foot-4 center dished out a career-high eight assists vs. Texas Tech and joins freshman Megan Mahoney (3 times) as the only Wildcats to have eight assists this season.

For the season, Ohlde has 63 assists, second to Mahoney, and ranks 14th in the Big 12 with 30 assists. To give some perspective on a 6-foot-4 center dishing out so many assists, Genia Beasley (6-foot-2) and Rhonda Mapp (6-foot-3) each had 101 assists during one of their seasons at NC State while UConn's Rebecca Lobo had 129 in 1994-95.

Dishing The Rock -
Senior Kristin Rethman moved into ninth place on the career assists chart when she surpassed Gayla Williams (1979-81) with five assists on Jan. 16. She needs eight assists to move past Susan Green (1983-87) into eighth.

Dishing The Rock II -
Freshman Megan Mahoney added to her assist total with four in a win over Texas Tech. The Black Hawk, S.D. native, is averaging 4.4 assists per game, but also has an impressive 1.40 assist-to-turnover average. Mahoney has had six or more assists in seven games this season.

More On Assists -
While Kansas State has had to make due with rotating its guards at the point position this season, but the output hasn't been affected.

Between seniors Kristin Rethman and Shalondra Booker and freshmen Laurie Koehn, Chelsea Domenico, Kari Hanson and Megan Mahoney, the group has a 1.23 (246 to 199) assist-to-turnover ratio.

Assist-To-Turnover Ratio -
Kansas State had a 1.46 (22 to 15) assist-to-turnover ratio vs. Texas Tech, marking the 12th time this season the Wildcats have had more assists than turnovers.

Unselfish -
The Kansas State starters are unselfish when it comes to passing the ball. Four of the five starters have 50 or more assists this season or average at least 2.5 assists a game.

Second-Largest -
Wildcat fans packed Bramlage Coliseum on Jan. 27 and the crowd of 13,340 was the second-largest in women's basketball history. The crowd was also the 15th-largest in school history since KSU joined the Big 12.

Additionally, the Jan. 27 crowd ranks as the 17th-largest in Division I according to the unofficial 2001-2002 National Women's Basketball Division I Home Attendance List.

Sold Out -
Kansas State has sold out three games this season - Nebraska and Texas Tech - and the upcoming Iowa State game on Saturday.

Record Attendance -
10 games into a 13-game home schedule, the Wildcats have already had 65,239 fans attend games, snapping the school record for fans at home games.

Additionally, Kansas State is primed to break the overall women's basketball attendance record. A total of 9,350 fans need to see the Wildcats play over the next eight games (1,038 per game) to break the record of 113,608 set in 1999-2000.

School Record -
Kansas State set the women's basketball school record for attendance when 13,466 fans attended the Jan. 12 game vs. Nebraska.

The mark is also the 14th-largest Bramlage Coliseum crowd since K-State joined the Big 12 (men vs. Kansas on Feb. 22, 1992, 13,762). Additionally, the crowd ranks as the 12th-largest among Big 12 women's attendances (Oklahoma at Texas Tech, Feb. 19, 2000, 15,050).

Additionally, in the unofficial 2001-2002 National Women's Basketball Division I Home Attendance List, the Jan. 12 crowd was the second-largest that day (Miami at Connecticut) and ranks as the 15th-largest this season in all of Division I.

Fans, Fans, Fans -
Wildcats fans set five of the top 10 attendance marks in school history the last five home games. Combined, 53,013 'Cat fans have watched the last five KSU games, an average of 10,602.

20-Something -
Sophomore Nicole Ohlde tallied a game-high 25 points on Jan. 27 to record her eighth 20-plus point game.

Freshman Laurie Koehn has seven and fellow classmate Kendra Wecker has six.

Double Duty -
Kansas native Nicole Ohlde recorded their eighth double-double of the season and fourth in Big 12 play on Jan. 27. Ohlde had game-highs of 24 points and 11 rebounds.

With eight double-doubles this season, Ohlde is now tied with Angie Bonner (1982-83), Laurie Miller (1976-77) and Shanele Stires (1994-95) for seventh on the all-time season double-doubles list.

Iron Women -
Freshman Laurie Koehn has each played four 40-minute games this season.

Koehn played 40 minutes against Middle Tennessee, Northern Arizona, Iowa State and Oklahoma State. She averages a team-leading 35 minutes per game.

Senior Kristin Rethman and freshman Kendra Wecker have each played three 40-minute games this year.

Home Sweet Home -
Kansas State is making Bramlage Coliseum an unfriendly place for visitors.

The Wildcats have a 11-game home winning streak dating back to last season and are putting up big numbers in the Purple Palace.

KSU is averaging 85.2 points per game and is shooting 53.3 percent from the field, 48.0 percent from three-point range and 78.1 percent from the free-throw line. The 'Cats are limiting their opponents to 63.4 points a game and allowing them to shot only 37.2 percent from the floor and 31.3 percent from beyond the three-point arc.

RPI's -
Kansas State is ranked 12th in this week's Sagarin RPI rankings. Additionally, the Wildcats are 11th in the CollegeRPI.com, and 10th in Collegiate Basketball News and WBCA/Summerville RPI rankings.

Flirting With More Records -
If the season stopped prior to Wednesday's game, Kansas State would break school records for three-point percentage (42.5), free-throw percentage (.723) and rank first in best home record (10-0) and third in scoring average (78.7) in a season.

Individually, Nicole Ohlde would be ranked fifth on the season chart for field goal percentage (.575) and Laurie Koehn would be third in three's (80), fifth in three-point field goal attempts (178) and second in three-point percentage (.449).

Kansas State In The NCAA -
Two Wildcats and K-State are ranked in the latest NCAA statistics as of Jan. 14.

Individually, freshman Laurie Koehn ranks first in the country in three-point field goals (4.0), 19th in three-point field goal percentage (44.4 percent), 27th in free throw percentage (86.0 percent) and 37th in points (18.8).

Sophomore Nicole Ohlde is ranked 27th in the country in field goal percentage (.577 percent) and 30th in blocks (41).

Kansas State is tied for second in the country in win/loss percentage with a 17-1 record. UConn is first at 19-0 and the 'Cats are tied with South Carolina and Stanford.

The Wildcats are fourth in the nation in field goal percentage (51.3 percent), ninth in three-pointers per game (7.9), fifth in three-point percentage (42.0 percent), eighth in scoring offense (80.3), 16th in scoring margin (+15.9) and 40th in field goal defense (37.2 percent).

Diaper Dandies -
Kansas State's diaper dandies have been doing their stuff in the Wildcats' 21 games. The rookies are averaging 63.7 percent (1,054-of-1,653) of the 'Cats points and 58 percent (448-of-772) of K-State's rebounds. Additionally, Laurie Koehn is Kansas State's top scorer (18.1) and Kendra Wecker is K-State's top rebounder (8.1) and Megan Mahoney is the leading playmaker (4.4).

Just Plain Good Defense -
Kansas State is limiting its opponents to just 64.2 points per game and allowing the foes to shoot 37.5 percent from the field, 31.1 from three-point range and 68.0 from the foul line. This season, K-State has allowed only eight foes to shoot over 40 percent from the field and seven to score 65 or more points.

January -
The Wildcats are 20-28 (41.6 percent) in January during Deb Patterson's tenure and are 160-122 (56.7 percent) all-time in the calendar year's first month.

Youthful Wildcats -
How young is this Kansas State team? Consider that 10 players on the roster are in their first or second year with the Wildcats.

More importantly, of the 10 youngsters, four of them have game experience, and six are freshmen.

Kansas Connection -
The Kansas Connection continues to make an impact on the Wildcat lineup this season. Senior Kristin Rethman, sophomore Nicole Ohlde and freshmen Laurie Koehn and Kendra Wecker (junior Danielle Hutton is injured) have scored 75.6 percent (1251 of 1653) of K-State's points and grabbed 60.3 percent (466 of 772) of the Wildcats' rebounds.

- Deb Patterson ranks third all-time at K-State with 90 wins.
- Kansas State has had a three-pointer in 144 consecutive games. The last time Kansas State failed to sink a three-pointer was on Feb. 26, 1997, in a 64-60 win over Missouri. The Wildcats were 0-6.
- Kansas State's all-time record is 593-381.
- Sophomore Nicole Ohlde is 20-1 on the opening tip.
- K-State is 4-0 in games decided by five or less points.
- Freshman Laurie Koehn has made at least one three-point field goal in 20 of 21 games this season.
- Kansas State has drawn three charges this season.
- Kansas State has used three different lineups this season -
1. Kari Hanson, Laurie Koehn, Megan Mahoney, Kendra Wecker and Nicole Ohlde for eight games this season.
2. Chelsea Domenico, Laurie Koehn, Megan Mahoney, Kendra Wecker and Nicole Ohlde for three games.
3. Kristin Rethman, Laurie Koehn, Megan Mahoney Kendra Wecker and Nicole Ohlde for 10 outings.

Patterson Climbing Kansas State Coaching Charts -
Head coach Deb Patterson ranks third on K-State's all-time wins list. In her sixth season at Kansas State, Patterson is 90-78.

Fan-tastic Numbers-
Kansas State is ranked 10th in the country in the recent unofficial women's basketball Division I home attendance figures.

The Wildcats have had 65,239 fans attend 10 home games is season for an average of 6,524 'Cat fans. Kansas State third among Big 12 teams on the list.

K-State will try to make it six years in a row in the top 30 after it ranked 28th in the official home attendances compiled by the NCAA last year.

Home Cookin'-
Kansas State is 10-0 at home this season and have a 124-60 (67.3 percent) all-time record in Bramlage Coliseum.

In non-conference games, K-State has won 84.3 percent (75-14) of its games in the Purple Palace.

Since Deb Patterson took over as head coach, the Wildcats have posted a 53-22 mark at home, including an 11-1 campaign in 1996-97, the fourth-best home record in school history. Kansas State has posted its ninth straight winning record at home in and the 30th in 34 seasons of Wildcat women's basketball.

Did You Know? -
Philadelphia Inquirer sports writer and women's basketball legend Mel Greenberg provided this 'Did You Know?'

Kansas State's entry in the Associated Press poll produced what commonality between the Wildcats, Baylor and Old Dominion, who are also ranked?

Answer, all three teams were the only teams on the current list who were ranked in the very first AP poll. Baylor No. 13, Kansas State No. 19, Old Dominion No. 20.

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Kansas State continues its string of playing ranked teams when it plays No. 16/12 Iowa State for the second time this season on Saturday, Feb. 2 at 7 p.m. in Bramlage Coliseum.

Kansas State improved its series lead over Iowa State, 36-17, with a 69-63 victory in Ames on Jan. 2. The Wildcats are 19-6 in Bramlage Coliseum vs. the Cyclones. KSU last beat ISU in the Purple Palace on Feb. 13, 2000, 69-63.

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