(#8/8) Kansas State (22-4, 13-2) vs. (#9/9) Texas Tech (24-5, 10-5)
March 3, 2004 - 7 p.m. (CT)
Bramlage Coliseum (13,340)
Television: Red Raider Sports Network
Radio: Mid America Sports Network (Steve Webster, play-by-play, Missy Decker Heidrick, color analyst)
Internet: Audio broadcast and webcast on www.k-statesports.com
Series History: Texas Tech leads 8-3
Tied for first-place in the latest Big 12 Conference standings, the eighth-ranked Kansas State women’s basketball team (22-4, 13-2) closes out the regular season by hosting No. 9 Texas Tech (24-5, 10-5) on Wednesday, March 3 at 7 p.m. (CT) in Bramlage Coliseum. It’s Nicole Ohlde Night and also the last home game for three graduating seniors (Ohlde, Amy Dutmer and Kimmery Newsom). The game will be televised live by the Red Raider Sports Network and will be available only in the Lubbock, Texas, area on UPN. Wildcat fans, however, can always listen to the game live on the Mid America Sports Radio Network with Steve Webster (play-by-play) and Missy Decker Heidrick (color analyst) calling the action.
WHAT’S AHEAD AND WHAT’S ON THE LINE
With the 2004 Phillips 66 Big 12 Women’s Basketball Tournament up next on March 9-13 in Dallas, teams will be looking to finish strong in final games played on March 2 and 3 for seeding in the tournament. K-State is already guaranteed a first-round bye and either the No. 1 or No. 2 seed. If third-ranked Texas loses on Tuesday night at No. 17 Oklahoma, K-State would need a win tonight, to claim the Big 12 regular season title outright. If Texas should win, the Wildcats would have to beat Texas Tech for at least a share of the title, but would receive the No. 2 seed, because of their 65-63 loss at Austin on Feb. 29.
SCOUTING REPORT ON TEXAS TECH
Texas Tech’s current roster includes only nine active players, after having lost senior Big 12 standout Jia Perkins (medical reasons) and junior center Cisti Greenwalt (fractured right ankle) for the season. Projected in the preseason as a top contender for a national championship, the Lady Raiders have still been ranked as high as No. 1 in the nation and have gone 7-3 in their last 10 games, despite the setbacks. Freshman guard Alesha Robertson, a third-team Parade All-American and WBCA High School All-American, currently leads the team in scoring with 12.0 points per game. Tech is 8-3 this year when playing against top 25 opposition, including a recent 60-51 victory vs. No. 14 Colorado on Feb. 28.
PROBABLE STARTING LINEUP
No. Name 2003-04 Stats
5 Chesley Dabbs (F, 6-0, So.) 6.2 ppg, 3.0 rpg
32 Casey Jackson (F, 5-11, Sr.) 5.0 ppg, 6.5 rpg
33 Jolee Ayers-Curry (C, 6-2, Sr.) 5.2 ppg, 4.2 rpg
14 Erin Grant (G, 5-8, So.) 8.1 ppg, 4.1 rpg
23 Natalie Ritchie (G, 5-9, Sr.) 6.7 ppg, 1.6 rpg
Texas Tech leads 8-3 in the all-time series vs. Kansas State. The Lady Raiders have won the last two consecutive meetings between the two schools at home in Lubbock (W, 73-64) on March 6, 2003, and in last year’s Big 12 Tournament semifinals (W, 71-65). K-State is 1-3 when playing Tech at home in Bramlage Coliseum and picked up its first home victory ever vs. Tech during the 2001-02 season (W, 76-63), when the Wildcats were ranked 11th nationally and the Lady Raiders 12th.
OHLDE’S JERSEY TO BE RETIRED
The jersey of Kansas State women's basketball All-American Nicole Ohlde will be retired following her final home game against Texas Tech Wednesday night, Director of Athletics Tim Weiser announced on Feb. 25. Weiser said ceremonies to honor Ohlde, the school's all-time women's leader in scoring and rebounding, will be the first of several in the coming years to recognize the greatest men's and women's basketball players in K-State history who will have their jerseys retired and displayed in Bramlage Coliseum. Ohlde is the only K-State women’s basketball player in school history to have ever worn No. 3.