(#8/9) Kansas State (0-1) vs. Western Illinois (0-0)
November 21, 2003 - 6 p.m. (CT)
Bramlage Coliseum (13,340)
Radio: Mid America Sports Network (Steve Webster, play-by-play, Missy Decker Heidrick, color)
Internet: Audio broadcast on www.k-statesports.com
Series History: K-State leads 3-0
The No. 8/9-ranked Kansas State women’s basketball team (0-1) opens the 2003-04 home season slate on Friday, Nov. 21 versus Western Illinois (0-0). In a rare doubleheader with the K-State men’s basketball team, the Wildcat women will tip-off their non-conference contest at 6 p.m. in Bramlage Coliseum.
ON THE REBOUND
The Wildcats look to rebound after suffering a tough loss to seventh-ranked Purdue in the 2003 State Farm Women’s Tip-Off Classic, 79-69, on Nov. 16. With the victory, the Boilermakers kept their home winning streak of 17 straight games intact at Mackey Arena. K-State would drop a couple of spots in both national polls this week No. 8 in The Associated Press Poll and No. 9 in the USA TODAY/ESPN Coaches Poll. The Wildcats, however, were not the only higher-ranked team to be upset in the tournament. Second-ranked Duke lost to third-ranked Texas, 85-77, in the first game of the Classic.
A LOOK AT THE OPPONENTS
Western Illinois, defending Mid-Continent Conference champions, returns preseason conference player of the year Tiffany Cornelius (Sr., 6-0, F) who led the Westerwinds with 12.6 points and 7.0 rebounds per game last season. WIU is coming off a banner year, having made its first-ever trip to the Women’s NIT (lost in the first round in double OT to Missouri, 72-69), posting a school-record 21-9 overall season and going an undefeated 12-0 at home in 2002-03. They were picked to repeat as conference champions in a preseason league poll. The Westerwinds went 2-0 in exhibition play, defeating Southern Illinois-Edwardsville (72-55) and William Woods (78-43).
PROBABLE STARTING LINEUP
No. Name 2002-03 Stats
32 Jessica Cook (G, 5-9, Jr.) 5.3 ppg, 3.8 rpg
23 Erica Zielinski (G, 5-6, Sr.) 5.9 ppg, 1.9 rpg
15 Rita Castans (G, 5-9, Jr.) 3.2 ppg, 1.0 rpg
43 Zane Teilane (C, 6-7, So.) 11.2 ppg, 6.1 rpg
33 Tiffany Cornelius (F, 6-0, Sr.) 12.6 ppg, 7.0 rpg
Kansas State dominates the all-time series versus Western Illinois, 3-0. All three contests have been won by an average scoring margin of 30.3 points. WIU’s worst loss in the series (44 points) occurred last season on Jan. 3, 2003, where the Wildcats won the program’s 1,000th game in school history.
Western Illinois KSU leads 3-0
H: 3-0 A: 0-0 N: 0-0
1-3-03 W 84-40 Manhattan, Kan.
11-21-00 W 63-54 Manhattan, Kan.
11-28-86 W 84-46 Manhattan, Kan.
AGAINST THE MID-CON
Kansas State is 13-5 all-time versus Mid-Continent Conference opponents (UMKC, Northeastern Illinois, Oral Roberts and Western Illinois). The Wildcats have never lost to a team from the Mid-Con at home, going a perfect 13-0. In those 13 victories, K-State has won by an average scoring margin of 22.2 points.
LEADER OF THE PACK
Senior Kodak All-American Nicole Ohlde became Kansas State’s all-time leading scorer after notching nine points versus seventh-ranked Purdue on Nov. 16. Ohlde currently has 1,708 career points to date. She shattered a 12-year-old record held by former Wildcat Diana Miller (1987-1991) who amassed 1,705 points over four seasons. Miller was named Co-Big Eight Player of the Year in 1990 and was a two-time first team All-Big Eight selection.
1. Nicole Ohlde (2000-Present) 1,708
2. Diana Miller (1987-91) 1,705
3. Nadira Hazim (1987-91) 1,670
3. Eileen Feeney (1976-80) 1,670
5. Tammie Romstad (1978-82) 1,548
6. Brit Jacobson (1994-98) 1,519
7. Shanele Stires (1992-95) 1,344
8. Gayla Williams (1977-81) 1,320
9. Angie Finkes (1996-2000) 1,314
10. Cassandra Jones (1982-86) 1,271
QUOTING COACH PATTERSON
“Western Illinois plays hard and they are a very physical basketball team. They won their conference championship last year and have the preseason conference player of the year returning to their team. We’ll have an opportunity to begin to take steps towards getting better against them. Our next two games in the Bahamas (after Western Illinois) will be the same way. Every game in the Big 12 will be that way. My main focus right now is all about us getting better.”
K-STATE IN HOME OPENERS
Kansas State is 24-9 all-time in home openers and 11-2 in season openers at Bramlage Coliseum, including wins in nine of the last 10.
PURPLE PALACE POWER
Bramlage Coliseum may be one of the toughest places to play in the country. Last year, Kansas State went a perfect 19-0 at home during the regular season with only one home loss in the postseason to Notre Dame in the second round of the NCAA Tournament (3/25/03). In the last two seasons, K-State has only lost three games on its home court (2002-03, 19-1 / 2001-02, 13-2).
BEST OF THE BEST
Not only is Nicole Ohlde one of the top five centers in the country and the school’s all-time leading women’s scorer, she currently is the fourth best scorer in school history (men’s and women’s combined). Former Wildcat Mike Evans (1975-78) is the only K-State basketball player to ever score in excess of 2,000 points in a career and is the men’s all-time leading scorer with 2,115 career points.
1. Mike Evans (1975-78) 2,115
2. Rolando Blackman (1978-81) 1,844
3. Askia Jones (1990-94) 1,834
4. Nicole Ohlde (2000-Present) 1,708
5. Diana Miller (1987-91) 1,705
6. Bob Boozer (1957-59) 1,685
7. Nadira Hazim (1987-91) 1,670
7. Eileen Feeney (1976-80) 1,670
9. Steve Henson (1987-90) 1,655
10. Tammie Romstad (1978-82) 1,548
Kendra Wecker registered her 24th career double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds versus seventh-ranked Purdue on Nov. 16. She currently ranks fifth all-time in career double-doubles, while Nicole Ohlde is the school leader with 33.
1. Nicole Ohlde (2000-Present) 33
2. Shanele Stires (1992-95) 27
3. Tammie Romstad (1978-82) 26
4. Carlisa Thomas (1983-87) 25
5. Kendra Wecker (2002-Present) 24
Nicole Ohlde, recently tabbed as one of the top five players in the country by ESPN.com, appears on the November/December 2003 issue of Women’s Basketball Magazine (www.WBMagazine.com). Ohlde is the first Kansas State women’s basketball player to grace the cover of the popular women’s hoops magazine, which has featured former collegiate standouts and current WNBA stars such as Becky Hammon, Sue Bird, Tamika Catchings and Stacey Dales-Schuman among other greats in the game.