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Kansas State Hosts Oregon State Sunday In Final Home Game of 2001

GO WILDCATS Freshman Megan Mahoney scored 21 points against UW-Green Bay on Thursday.
Freshman Megan Mahoney scored 21 points against UW-Green Bay on Thursday.

Dec. 7, 2001

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Games #9
Kansas State Wildcats (7-1) vs. Oregon State (3-4)
Date: Sun., Dec. 9, 2001 - 3 p.m.
Site: Bramlage Coliseum (13,500) - Manhattan, Kan.
Television: None
Radio: The Wildcat Sports Network - WIBW 580 AM in Topeka
Ed O'Donnell (play-by-play) & Erick Harper (color)
KNDY 1570 AM, KCLY 100.9 FM
Internet: FANSlive GameTracker on kstatesports.fansonly.com
Records: Kansas State is 7-1 overall. Oregon State is 3-4 overall.
Coaches: Kansas State coach Deb Patterson (Rockford (Ill.) College, '79) is 78-77 (.503) in her sixth season at K-State. Oregon State coach Jody Spoelstra (Oregon State, '83) is 81-94 (.463) in her seventh season.
Series: Oregon State leads 1-0

The Kansas State women's basketball team (7-1) wraps up its four-game home stand on Sunday, Dec. 9 when it hosts the Oregon State (3-4) Beavers at 3 p.m. in Bramlage Coliseum.

K-State, which received a vote in the Associated Press and USA Today/ESPN Coaches Polls is week, won its fourth consecutive game with a 85-66 victory over UW-Green Bay on Thursday. The victory also runs the Wildcats' modest home-winning streak to five straight dating back to last season.

The Oregon State Beavers had their two-game winning streak snapped with a heart-breaking 67-66 loss to Portland on Thursday night.

OSU is 1-2 on the road this season and lead the all-time series with Kansas State, 1-0. Following Sunday's game, the Wildcats will not play until Dec. 17 when they travel to Murfreesboro, Tenn. to take on Middle Tennessee. K-State will be in final exams next week.

Setting The Scene
Kansas State, which plays its final home game of 2001 in Bramlage Coliseum Sunday, would like to remain perfect at home this season. The Wildcats are 4-0 in the Purple Palace this year.

Oregon State will be looking for its second road win of the season Sunday. The Beavers have dropped road games to Vanderbilt and Utah.

Tempo will be a key factor Sunday as Kansas State runs the ball and averages 83.5 points per game and the Beavers play a tough defense, allowing only 61.6 points per game, but also only scoring 60.7 points a contest.

A Quick Glance at Kansas State
Kansas State continues to light up the scoreboard this season. The Wildcats have been pouring in 88.3 points per game and shooting 54.1 from the field in their last four games.

K-State has also shot 50 percent or better from the field in 11 of 16 halves this season.

The Wildcats start four freshmen and a sophomore this season and the fivesome is scoring 78.6 percent of K-State's points and grabbing 67.9 percent of the rebounds.

Four Wildcat starters are averaging double digits in scoring. Freshman Laurie Koehn took over the top scoring spot after tallying 27 points against UW-Green Bay. The Hesston, Kan. native, is posting 17.0 points per game and shooting 51.6 percent from three-point range.

Classmate Kendra Wecker is at 16.5 points per contest and K-State's leading rebounder, grabbing 8.4 boards a contest.

Last year's Big 12 Freshman of the Year, Nicole Ohlde, is third in scoring, posting 16.0 points per game and she is second in assists, averaging 2.9 per game.

The other Wildcat in double figures is freshman Megan Mahoney. The 6-foot forward is averaging 12.4 points, 6.5 rebounds and a squad-best 4.9 assists per contest.

A Look At Oregon State
Oregon State has had a rocky start to its season with wins over Loyola Marymount (65-58), Portland State (56-42) and New Mexico (77-61). The Beavers' losses have been to then-No. 3 Vanderbilt (81-55) in the Preseason WNIT, Big 12 member then-No. 8/9 Texas Tech (64-60), at Utah (58-46), which reached the Sweet Sixteen last year and most recently to Portland (67-66).

The Beavers have two starters averaging in double figures. Senior guard Felicia Ragland leads the team in scoring, averaging 19.6 points. The honorable mention All-American and Pacific-10 Conference Player of the Year is also grabbing 6.4 rebounds and leading the team and the Pac-10 with 3.6 steals per game. Sophomore forward Hollye Chapman is putting up 10.9 points per game and snaring 4.6 rebounds per game. Sophomore guard Leilani Estavan is dishing out a team-leading 6.6 assists.

Oregon State is shooting 40.6 percent from the field, 37.1 from three-point range and 52.7 percent from the free throw line.

Koehn's Three-Pointers Spark Wildcats To Win
Laurie Koehn tossed in seven three-pointers en route to 27 points as Kansas State used outstanding shooting to beat UW-Green Bay, 85-66, Thursday at Bramlage Coliseum.

Koehn led three K-State players who scored at least 20 points in the game. Megan Mahoney finished with 21 points on 7-for-9 shooting and Nicole Ohlde added 20 points and a game-high nine rebounds.

Koehn hit 7 of 9 shots from three-point range and finished with a 9-for-12 shooting night overall. Her seven three-pointers tied her for the third-most in a K-State game. Only Shawnda DeCamp, who had nine and eight in games during the 1993-94 season, hit more in a Wildcat women's game.

As a team, K-State hit 9 of 14 three-pointers and 56 percent of its shots from the field overall.

Ohlde scored six points and Koehn had a pair of three-pointers in a 20-6 run midway through the first half that gave the Wildcats a 28-15 lead with nine minutes left in the opening half. The K-State lead was never less than nine and grew as high as 18 points before K-State took a 44-32 lead into halftime.

Kansas State held a double-digit lead through the second half. The Phoenix came as close as 10 points at 70-60 with 4:56 left to play, but the Wildcats were able to thwart the comeback bid.

K-State held a 22-0 edge in fast-break points, using its running game to create offensive chances. Kendra Wecker finished with seven rebounds and five assists, while Mahoney and Koehn also had five assists in the game.

Koehn Ties Records
Freshman Laurie Koehn tied two three-point records Thursday after sinking all six of her first half three-point attempts against UW-Green Bay.

Koehn tied Shawnda DeCamp (vs. Detroit Mercy, 1st half) for the most three-pointers in a half and Kim Woodlee (4-4, 1st at Drake, 12/9/00) and Missy Decker (4-4, 2nd vs. Texas A&M, 1/25/97)) for highest three-point percentage in a half.

Mahoney Scores Career-High
Freshman Megan Mahoney scored a career-high 21 points Thursday. She hit 7 of 9 shots from the field, including a three-pointer, and 6 of 8 from the foul line. Mahoney's previous high was 16 against then-No. 21/25 Arizona State on Nov. 25.

From Downtown
Kansas State shot 75 percent (6 of 8) from beyond the three-point arc in the first half of Thursday game. This performance marks the second time this season the 'Cats have shot over 70 percent from three-point range in a half. The last time was on Nov. 19 against IUPUI.

Steady At 27
Laurie Koehn tied her career-high with 27 points on Thursday, making it her second outing this season with 20-plus points. She opened her collegiate career with 27 at Georgia Tech in the season opener.

Block Party
Freshman Brie Madden continued her streak of having a block in every game when she registered one of K-State's two blocks against UW-Green Bay. Madden leads the 'Cats with 11 blocks this season.

Series Notes
...Oregon State leads the all-time series, 1-0.
...Kansas State will be looking for its first win over Oregon State. The two squads only meeting was in the Guisti Tournament at the Portland Memorial Coliseum on Dec. 19, 1983.
...The Wildcats has hoped to play the Beavers last season in the Beaver Classic in Corvallis, Ore., on Nov. 25, but an overtime loss to Wyoming delayed the meeting until today.
...Sophomore Andrea Armstrong is the Wildcats only Oregon native. The forward is from Lakeside Ore. and attended North Bend High School.

Kansas State vs. the Pac-10
The Wildcats are 2-6 against teams from the Pac-10 Conference. The last time K-State played a Pac-10 team was in 1999 when it lost to the Oregon Ducks, 79-69, at the Women's Sports Foundation Tournament in Springfield, Mo.

Kansas State had three Wildcats score 20-plus points in Thursday's game. The last time K-State had three players score 20-plus points in a game was Feb. 14, 1990 when Nadira Hazim (24), Diana Miller (20) and Kristie Bahner (20) where all 20-point scorers in a 92-88 K-State victory over Oklahoma.

On The Take
Kansas State was on the take Thursday when it registered 22 points on it fast break. Freshman Megan Mahoney scored eight of her 21 points on open layups.

The Streak Ends
Sophomore Andrea Armstrong had made eight consecutive free throws going into Thursday's game but the Lakeside, Ore. native, made just the first of a pair of free throws to end her streak at nine.

The 6-foot-2 forward came close to breaking the school record for consecutive free throws last season when she sank 17 straight from Dec. 28 to Jan. 10. The school record of 27 by Nadira Hazim was set in 1990-91.

Wins Paying Off
Kansas State's 6-1 record at the start of this week caught the eye of a Associated Press voter. The Wildcats received a vote in this week's AP Women's Top 25 College Basketball Poll and in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll.

The last time K-State got votes was last season. The 'Cats first appeared in the Dec. 18 poll with 10 votes. Kansas State received votes for three consecutive weeks before falling out of the poll.

Exceptional Shooting
Senior Kristin Rethman is making the most of her 18.3 minutes a game by shooting an exceptional 62.5 percent from the field. The 5-foot-9 guard has hit 20 of her 32 shots, including 15 of her 26 three-point attempts.

Diaper Dandies
Kansas State's diaper dandies have been doing their stuff in the Wildcats' first eight games. The rookies are averaging 64.7 percent (432-of-668) of the 'Cats points and 61.6 percent (188-of-305) of K-State's rebounds. Additionally, Laurie Koehn is Kansas State's top scorer (17.0) and Kendra Wecker is K-State's top rebounder (8.4) and Megan Mahoney is the leading playmaker (4.9).

Peak At The Polls Reveals...
Kansas State will play six teams in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll and in the USA Today/ESPN Top 25 Coaches Poll. Oklahoma, Texas Tech, Iowa State, Colorado, Baylor and Texas appear in both polls.

The other K-State opponent receiving votes are Nebraska and Missouri in the AP poll.

Dishing The Rock
Freshman Megan Mahoney added to her assist total against UW-Green Bay with a game-high five assists. The Black Hawk, S.D. native, is averaging 4.9 assists per game, but also has an impressive 1.63 assist-to-turnover average.

Three-Point Threats
If three-point shooting was Kansas State's strong suit last year than this season should be incredible.

After hitting 189 three-pointers last year (6.75 per game), the Wildcats are on pace to tally approximately 249 treys in 2001-2002 after averaging 8.9 three-pointers in eight games.

One of the biggest reasons for the surge is freshman Laurie Koehn. The rookie is averaging four treys a game and shooting 51.6 percent from three-point range.

Stroking It
Eight Wildcats are shooting better than 50 percent from the field, Kristin Rethman (62.5 percent), Nicole Ohlde (56.0 percent), Megan Mahoney (55.2 percent), Kendra Wecker (52.9 percent), Chelsea Domenico (50.0 percent), Amy Dutmer (66.7 percent) and Kimmery Newsom (100 percent).

Pouring In The Points
The Wildcats have poured in the points thus far this season. KSU is averaging 83.5 points per game, 12.8 more points per game than last year's average after eight games.

Just Plain Good Defense
Kansas State is limiting its opponents to just 62.5 points per game and allowing the foes to shoot 39.4 percent from the field, 32.8 from three-point range and 60.1 from the foul line. This season, K-State has allowed four foes to shoot over 40 percent from the field and three to score 65 or more points.

The Wildcats are 2-0 in December and look to repeat last year's record of 7-0. The 'Cats are 129-69 all-time in December.