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No. 19 K-State Closes Out Two-Game Homestand With Pepperdine


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(#19/19) Kansas State (1-0) vs. Pepperdine (0-1)

Game #2

November 21, 2004 - 4:00 p.m.

Bramlage Coliseum (13,340)

Manhattan, Kan.

Television: None

Radio: Mid America Sports Network - Steve Webster (play-by-play) and Brian Smoller (color analyst)

Series History: K-State leads 1-0

Internet: Webcast and Audio Broadcast on www.k-statesports.com

 

GAME PREVIEW

The 19th-ranked Kansas State women’s basketball team (1-0) closes out its two-game homestand this weekend by hosting Pepperdine (0-1) on Sunday, Nov. 21 at 4 p.m. in Bramlage Coliseum. K-State fans looking to attend Sunday’s women’s basketball game can present their K-State vs. Iowa State football game ticket stub or K-State vs. Texas Tech volleyball game ticket stub for $1 admission.

 

UNDER 45

If you count exhibition games, the Wildcats’ defense has held its last three opponents to under 45 points. Last season, K-State held opponents to an average of 59.0 points per game. In the last three games, the Wildcats have surpassed the 85-point scoring mark which is not unusual. K-State comes into the season having been ranked as the ninth-best scoring offense (75.5) in the nation in 2003-04.

 

Team                          Score (Margin of Victory)

vs. Emporia State (exh.)      85-45 (+40)

vs. Athletes In Action (exh.) 97-44 (+53)

vs. Wyoming                   85-42 (+43)

 

CATCHIN’ UP WITH THE WAVES

Pepperdine is one of 13 teams on this year’s K-State schedule which advanced to postseason action in 2003-04. The Waves have made postseason appearances in four of the last five seasons. Last year, Pepperdine lost to Washington (71-59) in the WNIT First Round. Under first-year head coach Julie Rousseau, the Waves return eight letterwinners from last year’s 17-13 squad which tied for second in the West Coast Conference with a 10-4 record. In its regular season opener, Pepperdine suffered a 20-point road loss at Fresno State (58-38) on Nov. 19. Junior Kelsey Ball led the Waves with a team-high eight points and game-high eight rebounds vs. the Bulldogs.

 

PROBABLE STARTING LINEUP

No.   Name                          2004-05 Stats

3     Syreeta Stafford, G, 5-6, Sr. 4.0 ppg, 7.0 rpg

11    Kelli Spencer, F, 6-2, Sr.    3.0 ppg, 1.0 rpg

20    Lauren Wenski, G, 5-9, So.    3.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg 

21    Jennifer Lacy, F, 6-3, Sr.    4.0 ppg, 6.0 rpg

25    Kelsey Ball, F, 6-1, Jr.      8.0 ppg, 8.0 rpg

 

SERIES HISTORY

The Wildcats lead 1-0 in the all-time series vs. Pepperdine. Both teams last met during the 1980-81 season with then No. 13-ranked Kansas State claiming an 84-80 victory over Pepperdine in Malibu, Calif.

 

HIGH SCHOOL REUNION

Kansas State freshman Carolyn McCullough reunites with former high school teammate Lauren Wenski, who is currently a sophomore guard for the Waves. Both enjoyed successful four-year careers at St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Overland Park, Kan., where they were both named Street & Smith’s High School All-American honorable mentions, WBCA Top 100 High School All-Americans and McDonald’s Dream 100 High School All-Americans. McCullough holds the school’s career record for rebounds (631), while Wenski is the school’s all-time leading scorer with 1,766 career points. Both were selected as the Gatorade Player of the Year for the state of Kansas in 2003 (Wenski) and 2004 (McCullough).

 

MORE SAND AND SURF ON THE HORIZON

Sun, fun and basketball is ahead for the Wildcats as the team makes their second-straight trip to beautiful Grand Bahama Island for the Junkanoo Jam over the Thanksgiving holiday on Nov. 26-27. K-State will take on Illinois State (0-1) in the tournament’s first round and could possibly match up with No. 6-ranked Duke (3-1) or Stephen F. Austin (0-1) in the championship or consolation game of the four-team bracket. The tournament also plays host to an additional four-team bracket which includes No. 21-ranked Oklahoma, Florida, Iowa and Akron. Last year, the Wildcats went 1-1 in the Bahamas with a win over Arizona State (59-50) and a loss in the championship game to seventh-ranked Penn State (69-56).

 

WYOMING RECAP

Kendra Wecker recorded her 36th career double-double with a game-high 21 points and 10 rebounds to lead the No. 19 Wildcats to an 85-42 victory over Wyoming in both team’s season opener on Nov. 19. K-State started the game off on a 12-0 run and limited the Cowgirls to only two field goals in the first half. UW became the first K-State opponent to be held to the fewest field goals made (10) in a single game, since Sacramento State made only 10 field goals on Jan. 12, 1995. Laurie Koehn added 16 points, while Brie Madden notched a near double-double performance with 10 points and nine rebounds.

 

REACHING THE CENTURY MARK

Kendra Wecker and Megan Mahoney made their 100th career start vs. Wyoming. Both Wildcats have played and started in every game of their career since the beginning of their freshman campaigns in 2001-02. Wecker and Mahoney are currently tied for eighth all-time in career games started. Former Wildcat great Nicole Ohlde (2000-04) holds the school record with 123 consecutive career games started.

 

33 AND COUNTING ...

With an 85-42 win over Wyoming on Nov. 19, Kansas State extended its regular season home win streak to 33 consecutive games in Bramlage Coliseum. Last season, the Wildcats went an undefeated 13-0 in the venue.