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Wildcats Take To The Road With A 1 p.m. Game At Nebraska On Sunday


GO WILDCATS Freshman Megan Mahoney got back on track when she scored 11 points against Missouri on Tuesday.
GO WILDCATS
Freshman Megan Mahoney got back on track when she scored 11 points against Missouri on Tuesday.
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Feb. 8, 2002

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Game #25
No. 11/10 Kansas State (21-3, 9-2)
vs. Nebraska (12-11, 2-8)

Date: Sun., Feb. 10 - 1 p.m.
Site: Devaney Sports Center (13,500)
Television: Fox Sports Net - Bill Land (play-by-play) & Brenda VanLengen (color)
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: none
Records: Kansas State is 21-3, 9-2 overall. Nebraska is 12-11, 2-8 overall.
Coaches: Kansas State coach Deb Patterson (Rockford (Ill.) College, '79) is 92-79 (.538) in her sixth season at K-State. Nebraska coach Paul Sanderford (Methodist, '72) is 86-64 (.573) in his fifth season at Nebraska.
Series: K-State leads the series, 33-24

MANHATTAN, Kan. - The No. 11/10 Kansas State women's basketball team finishes its two-game road swing when it travels to Lincoln, Neb., to play the Nebraska Cornhuskers on Sunday, Feb. 10 at 1 p.m. in the Devaney Sports Center.

The game will be broadcast live on Fox Sports Net. Bill Land will call the game with Brenda VanLengen providing color commentary.

The Wildcats, 21-3 overall and 9-2 in the Big 12, will be looking to stay in the race for the Big 12 regular season title after defeating Missouri, 79-61, in Columbia on Feb. 5. The win continues K-State's modest three-game road winning streak. Kansas State trails Oklahoma (9-1) by a half game and is being chased by Colorado (8-3).

Nebraska enters the game with a 12-11 overall record and 2-8 mark in the Big 12. The Cornhuskers were blasted by Colorado, 95-60, in Boulder on Wednesday. NU is currently 11th in the Big 12 standings.

Setting The Scene -Kansas State has a few things riding on Sunday's game with Nebraska.

First, a win keeps the Wildcats in the race for the Big 12 regular season title. The 'Cats trail first place Oklahoma by a half game.

A victory on Sunday would also continue K-State's modest three-game road winning streak and hope to improve its Big 12 road record on Sunday. The 'Cats are 11-34 (.244) on the road in six seasons, but sport a 4-1 mark this season.

A series sweep is also at stake this weekend. The Wildcats won the first meeting between these two teams and look to sweep their first series since 1998-99 when the 'Cats swept Missouri. K-State last swept the Nebraska series in 1995.

The Wildcats would also recorded their 22nd win of the season with a victory in Lincoln. The last time the 'Cats won 22 games was in 1986-86 when K-State finished the season 22-9.

Nebraska will be looking to shake a four-game losing streak on Sunday. The Cornhuskers have an 8-3 home record, but have lost the last two of three games in the Devaney Center.

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 starts three freshmen, a sophomore and senior and the fivesome are 10-2 overall and 7-2 in the Big 12. The starters make up 89.8 percent of the team scoring and 75.5 percent of the rebounding.

Last year's Big 12 Freshman of the Year and all-conference candidate, Nicole Ohlde has taken over the scoring and rebounding leads for the Wildcats after averaging 25.2 points and 9.0 rebounds in the last four games. The 6-foot-4 center is averaging 18.6 points, a team-leading 8.1 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 2.1 blocks. In Big 12 play, she is averaging 20.7 points, 9.1 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 2.5 blocks per contest.

Freshman Laurie Koehn is K-State's second-leading scorer and she is the nation's top three-point threat. The 5-foot-8 guard is posting 18.1 points per game and is shooting 44.8 percent from three-point range. She is averaging 3.7 treys per game and 3.1 in Big 12 games.

Rookie Kendra Wecker is doing a little of everything for the Wildcats. The 5-foot-11 forward is third on the team in scoring (16.5) and tied for first in rebounds (8.1). She is also dishing out 3.0 assists and making 1.5 steals. Wecker is shooting 53.6 percent from the field and 85.3 percent from the free-throw line.

Kansas State averages 78.5 points per game, and is shooting 50.8 percent from the field, 42.3 percent from three-point range and 73.1 percent from the free-throw line. Additionally, the 'Cats have shot 50 percent or better from the field in 13 of 24 games and in 28 of 48 halves this season.

A Glance At Nebraska -Nebraska is 12-11 overall and 2-8 in the Big 12. Fifth-year head coach Paul Sanderford has one of his starters averaging in double figures, but five others scoring over seven points an outing.

Junior guard Keasha Cannon leads the team in scoring, averaging 13.1 points per game. She is also dishing out a team-leading 4.7 assists per contest and grabbing a squad-best 7.9 rebounds an outing.

Freshman Katie Robinette and sophomore Shannon Howell are averaging 9.0 and 8.9 points per game respectively. Robinette is also the Cornhuskers second-leading rebounder, snaring 5.7 a contest while Howell is second in assists, dishing out 2.8 an outing.

Nebraska is shooting 41.8 percent from the field, 31 percent from three-point range and 69.5 percent from the foul line. The Cornhuskers are scoring 71.3 points per game and giving up 67.6 an outing.

Kansas State Drops Out Of AP Top 10 -After jumping into the top 10 in both polls last week, the Kansas State Wildcats fell to No. 11 in the Associated Press poll and remained No. 10 in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches' poll.

Kansas State, currently 21-3 overall and 9-2 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 72nd 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 over the mid-point of the Big 12 portion of its schedule, the Wildcats will likely have only two more games against ranked opponents - Oklahoma, 2/13 and at Colorado, 2/23.

Kansas State is 5-2 against ranked teams this season. The Wildcats have beaten No. 4/4 Iowa State on Jan. 2, No. 7/8 Baylor on Jan. 5, No. 21/19 Colorado on Jan. 9, No. 12/13 Texas Tech on Jan. 27 and No. 14/14 Texas on Jan. 30. KSU's losses have been to then-No. 21/25 Arizona State on Nov. 25 at the St. Thomas Paradise Jam and then-No. 16/12 Iowa State on Feb. 2.

After A Loss -Kansas State continues to dominate opponents following a loss. The Wildcats have outscored their next opponent by an average of 20 points and shot over 50 percent from the field.

Series History -
* Kansas State leads the all-time series 33-24.
* The Wildcats are 3-8 versus the Cornhuskers since the inaugural season of the Big 12 in 1996-97.
* In the first meeting, Kansas State beat Nebraska, 85-71, in Manhattan.
* Kansas State is 19-8 at home, 9-15 on the road and 5-1 at neutral sites against Nebraska.
* K-State has lost seven of the last nine meetings with the Cornhuskers and nine of the last 15 outings.
* Against Nebraska, K-State is 12-0 in the 70s, 12-7 in the 80s, 9-12 in the 90s and 1-4 in 2000-01.
* The Wildcats lost to the Cornhuskers once between 1975 and 1984 (1/20/79, 68-65).
* The Kansas State-Nebraska series is the second-longest series in terms of years (28) and the third-longest in number of games (57) in K-State history.
* The Wildcats and the Cornhuskers first met in 1975.
* Deb Patterson is 4-8 all-time against Nebraska, including a 0-6 mark in Lincoln.
* Three of K-State's 18 100-point outings have come against Nebraska, including a thrilling 104-103 overtime victory in Lincoln on Jan. 18, 1983. K-State set its school record for field goal shooting in that game, hitting 71.4 percent of its attempts (40 for 56).
* Kansas State has one player from the Cornhusker State - sophomore Amy Dutmer (York).
* In the K-State game with Nebraska on Jan. 18, 1983, the Wildcats set the school record for field goal percentage, hitting 71.4 percent of their attempts (40-for-56).

Last Time They Met - Laurie Koehn scored 26 points to lift 14th-ranked Kansas State to an 85-71 victory over Nebraska in a Big 12 Conference women's basketball game Saturday played before a school-record crowd of 13,466 at Bramlage Coliseum.

The victory lifted the Wildcats to 16-1 overall and 4-0 in the Big 12, while the Cornhuskers fell to 11-6 and 1-3. K-State has won 13 straight games this season.

The crowd was announced as a sellout, the first for women's basketball in the history of Bramlage Coliseum. The previous high for attendance for a K-State women's game was 9,736, set on Feb. 22, 1997, at a game against Kansas. It was also the largest crowd a Wildcat women's team had ever played before either home or away.

Kendra Wecker added 21 points and 12 rebounds for the Wildcats, while Nicole Ohlde finished 18 points and nine boards.

Katie Robinette scored 16 points on 7-for-18 shooting from the floor to lead four Nebraska players in double figures. K.C. Cowgill scored 15 points for the Huskers, all from three-point range, with Stephanie Jones adding 14 points and Keasha Cannon scoring 10.

Kansas State iced the victory by hitting 22 of 25 free throws in the game, including a 19-for-22 effort in the second half.

Kristin Rethman scored five points and Wecker added four in an early 9-0 run that put K-State ahead 14-5 with 13:46 left in the first half. Nebraska cut the lead to four once before halftime. The lead was six with 6:06 remaining in the half when back-to-back three-pointers by Koehn and Wecker pushed the Wildcats' edge to 33-21.

K-State led 45-32 at the break, as Koehn had 14 points and Wecker finished the first half with 13.

Nebraska used a 9-0 run early in the second half to cut the deficit to 49-45 with 14:19 to play. But the K-State lead was never less than four points the rest of the way. The 'Cats led 65-59 with 7:16 left when Koehn buried a three-pointer and Ohlde hit two free throws to increase the lead to 11 with 6:21 remaining.

Kansas State led by at least 10 points the rest of the game.

Koehn's six three-pointers were the most ever by a Wildcat in a conference game. She hit 6 of 9 behind the arc and also went 6-for-6 from the free-throw line.

Nebraska held a 46-42 edge in rebounding, as all but one Husker who played had at least one rebound. Cannon finished with five assists for Nebraska.

A Kansas State Victory Sunday Would...
...give K-State its first season with at least 22 wins since 1986-87 when the 'Cats finished the season 22-9 and reached the NCAA Midwest Regional.
...improve the Wildcats' Big 12 record to 10-2, the most conference wins since 1989-90 when the 'Cats finished the Big Eight season 10-4.
...put head coach Deb Patterson's overall win-loss record at 93-79.
...improve Kansas State's all-time record to 596-382.
...extend the Wildcats' road winning streak to a modest three games.

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 Sunday 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).

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