(#18/17) Kansas State (17-6, 8-4) vs. Colorado (8-15, 1-11)
February 19, 2005 6:00 p.m. (CT)
Bramlage Coliseum (13,340)
Television: FSN Midwest
Radio: Mid America Sports Network
Series History: CU leads 29-25
Internet: Audio Broadcast on www.k-statesports.com
The No. 18-ranked Kansas State (17-6, 8-4) women’s basketball team looks to end a two-game losing streak by hosting Colorado (8-15, 1-11) on Saturday, Feb. 19 at 6 p.m. (CT) in Bramlage Coliseum. “Senior Day” festivities honoring Chelsea Domenico, Laurie Koehn, Brie Madden, Megan Mahoney and Kendra Wecker will take place prior to the opening tip vs. the Buffaloes. The Wildcats, who are tied for fifth in the latest Big 12 standings, are looking for their 10th home victory of the season.
The game will be televised live on Fox Sports Midwest with Ben Boyle (play-by-play) and Patti Phillips (color analyst) calling the action. The broadcast will air on the entire Fox Sports Midwest coverage area which includes the state of Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois and Indiana. Radio coverage can also be heard on the Mid America Sports Network with Steve Webster (play-by-play) and Brian Smoller (color analyst).
ROCKY STRETCH FOR CU
After finishing third in the Big 12 Conference and advancing to the NCAA Tournament a year ago, Colorado has struggled to maintain its usual presence in the top tier of the league. The Buffaloes have lost their last seven-straight games and have not won a conference game since beating Missouri (56-51) on Jan. 18. With a 1-11 record in league play, CU does not have the easiest road ahead of them in its last four games of the season. Three of their last four opponents (K-State, Texas and Baylor) are ranked in the top 25. Freshman Jackie McFarland, the younger sister of K-State junior Jessica McFarland, currently leads Colorado in scoring averaging 10.2 points per game which ranks third-best among all Big 12 freshmen.
PROBABLE STARTING LINEUP
No. Name 2004-05 Stats
12 Anna Nedovic, F, 6-4, So. 9.0 ppg, 6.4 rpg
21 Jasmina Ilic, F, 6-0, So. 9.7 ppg, 3.3 rpg
45 Jackie McFarland, F, 6-3, Fr. 10.2 ppg, 6.3 rpg
05 V. Johns-Richardson, G, 5-9, Sr. 9.7 ppg, 3.7 rpg
22 Whitney Law, G, 5-11, Jr. 7.1 ppg, 4.0 rpg
Colorado leads 29-25 in the all-time series. K-State, however, has won the last five consecutive meetings between both schools including an 81-70 victory at Boulder on Jan. 29. The Wildcats hold an 11-7 advantage vs. the Buffs in Big 12 regular season and postseason play combined. They are 6-2 when playing CU in Manhattan since the league was incepted in 1996-97. A win vs. the Buffs would give K-State its third-straight sweep of the series.
Seniors Chelsea Domenico, Laurie Koehn, Brie Madden, Megan Mahoney and Kendra Wecker all have contributed to the success and national rise of the women’s basketball program at Kansas State ever since their rookie campaigns in 2001-02. The Wildcats have compiled an impressive 97-25 record (.795) over the last four years to date and have made three NCAA Tournament appearances, won their first Big 12 Conference title and been ranked in the top 25 for 65 consecutive weeks. In Big 12 regular season play, the “Fab Five” has led the Wildcats to a 47-13 record (.783) and no less than a third-place finish in the league. K-State’s NCAA Sweet 16 appearance in 2001-02 marked the program’s first in 19 years and the first time in five years to advance to the Big Dance. As sophomores in 2002-03 and with one of the nation’s youngest squads, the Wildcats won a school-record 29 games, were crowned preseason WNIT champions and were ranked as high as No. 2 in both national polls. In all, nearly 500,000 fans have watched the K-State seniors play throughout their four-year career at Bramlage Coliseum.
The Wildcats suffered their second-straight setback of the season with a 64-60 loss to No. 13 Texas on Feb. 16. Combined with their 77-61 loss at Oklahoma on Feb. 13, the Wildcats dropped back-to-back games for the first time since losing consecutive Big 12 games during the 2001-02 season, when K-State lost at Nebraska and vs. Oklahoma. The Longhorns’ victory snapped K-State’s 22-game conference home court winning streak. It was Texas’ first win in Manhattan since the league was incepted in 1996-97. Despite the loss, senior Kendra Wecker gave an All-American performance recording a game-high 28 points and 12 rebounds for her 46th career double-double.
SISTER ACT 2
For the second time this season, junior Jessica McFarland will face her younger sister, Jackie, a freshman forward for the Buffaloes on opposite ends of the court. In both siblings’ last outing, K-State won 81-70 in Boulder. Jessica brought down a career-high seven rebounds in 18 minutes of play, while Jackie came off the bench and contributed 11 points and seven rebounds. Both sisters last played together as members of the Derby (Kan.) High School girls basketball team in 2001-02. Jessica was a senior, while Jackie was a sophomore. Both sisters rank as the No. 1 (Jackie) and No. 2 (Jessica) all-time leading scorers at Derby HS.
WILDCAT BLOCK PARTY
Freshman Shana Wheeler has played in 22 games of the season with 14 starts and leads the Wildcats in blocked shots (31). She made a career-high four blocks against Iowa State on Jan. 25 and is three blocks away from surpassing the K-State freshman record for most blocks in a season held by former Wildcat Tina Dixon (33). Senior Brie Madden is two blocks away from recording her 100th career blocked shot.
AROUND THE LEAGUE
Kansas State is tied for fifth with Nebraska in the latest Big 12 Conference standings as of Feb. 17. Baylor holds a one-game lead at 10-2 over Iowa State, Texas Tech and Texas (9-3). K-State continues to lead the league in rebounding defense (32.0), while Kendra Wecker tops all Big 12 players in scoring (21.0 ppg), rebounding (9.7 rpg) and defensive rebounds (145). Laurie Koehn also leads the league in three-point field goals made (65).
School Overall Big 12
1. Baylor 20-3 10-2
2T. Iowa State 19-4 9-3
2T. Texas Tech 18-5 9-3
2T. Texas 16-7 9-3
5T. Kansas State 17-6 8-4
5T. Nebraska 16-8 8-4
7. Oklahoma 14-9 6-6
8. Kansas 11-12 4-8
9T. Texas A&M 13-10 3-9
9T. Missouri 9-14 3-9
11. Oklahoma State 7-15 2-10
12. Colorado 8-15 1-11