KANSAS STATE (3-0) vs. DELAWARE STATE (3-0)
November 30, 2005 5:30 p.m. (CT)
Bramlage Coliseum (13,340)
at Manhattan, Kan.
Radio: K-State Sports Network
Series History: First Meeting
Internet: Webcast and live statistics
The Kansas State women’s basketball team returns home to the Little Apple after a two-game road trip to Santa Clara and Wyoming. The Wildcats play host to Delaware State in a first time meeting between both schools. Game time is set for 5:30 p.m. at Bramlage Coliseum and is part of a doubleheader night as the K-State men’s basketball team takes on Cal State Fullerton at 8 p.m.
FOR THE LOVE OF BASKETBALL
The Wildcats begin a five-game homestand and will have played six games in a span of 11 days beginning with Santa Clara on Nov. 26 and ending with perennial power Louisiana Tech on Dec. 6. The last time K-State took on such an aggressive scheduling of games was during the 2002-03 and 2003-04 seasons in which the Wildcats played five contests in a span of nine days going 4-1 in each of those stretch of games. The two losses came against top 10-ranked opponents.
DELAWARE STATE AT A GLANCE
Delaware State is off to an undefeated 3-0 start with wins decided by six points or less against Monmouth (50-44), Florida Atlantic (65-59) and Columbia (62-61). With just two upperclassmen on their roster, the young and talented Lady Hornets claimed the FAU Tip-Off Classic tournament title. Against Columbia on Nov. 23, DSU had four players in double figures including a 14-point effort by leading scorer Raquel Collier who is averaging 11.7 points per game. They are the second opponent with the Lady Hornets moniker that the Wildcats will face this season, having last defeated Division II Emporia State in exhibition play (60-46) on Nov. 8.
PROBABLE STARTING LINEUP
No. Name 2005-06 Stats
14 Ashlee Burbage, G, 5-6, So. 8.0 ppg, 3.0 apg
21 Jameka Smith, G, 5-10, Fr. 8.0 ppg, 3.3 rpg
15 Ronke Adedoyin, F, 6-0, Jr. 4.7 ppg, 4.3 rpg
31 Raquel Collier, F, 5-10, So. 11.7 ppg, 1.3 rpg
52 Najmah Fauntleroy, C, 6-1, Sr. 9.7 ppg, 6.7 rpg
In each of the last three games, all 11 Wildcats on the roster have either set, tied or reset individual career highs. Sophomore Kimberly Dietz set new career-highs in points (23), assists (7), field goals made (8), field goals attempted (14), three-point field goals made (5) and three-point field goals attempted (14) at Santa Clara on Nov. 26, leading the Wildcats to a season-best 59.4 percent shooting performance from the field (38-64). Freshman Marlies Gipson also brought down a career-high 16 rebounds against the Broncos, which was four boards short of tying the school and freshman single-game record (20) held by former Wildcat great Kendra Wecker.
WILDCAT CLASSIC UP NEXT
Houston, Saint Joseph’s and Texas-Pan American round out the field for the upcoming 11th annual Commerce Bank Wildcat Classic on Dec. 2 and 3. K-State will face UTPA and Saint Joe’s vs. Houston on the first day of tournament action. The winner and loser of both contests on Friday will meet in the consolation or championship game on Saturday.