Matchup: Washburn (0-0) vs Kansas State (0-0)
Date: Thursday, Nov. 1, 2007
Time: 7 p.m.
Site: Bramlage Coliseum (12,528)
Radio: KTPK 106.9 FM / Topeka with play by play Mark Elliott and color by Bruce Steinbrock
Online Audio: Through wusports.com
Live Stats: through K-Statesports.com
Video Webstream: not available
Coaches: Washburn head coach Ron McHenry is 188-37 (.836) in his eighth season - McHenry is 0-1 in exhibition games against K-State.
K-State’ Deb Patterson is in her 12th season on the bench for the Wildcats. She enters the season with a career record of 218-128 (.630) and a record of 91-85 (.517) in the Big 12.
Rankings: The Lady Blues were ranked No. 8 in the D2Bulletin National Poll. The WBCA/USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll will be released later this week.
Series Record: Kansas State leads 6-0 (K-State also has an exhbition win on Nov. 5, 2003 in a 73-51 win in Manhattan.
Last Meeting: KSU 73-51 on Nov. 5, 2003 in Manhattan in exhibition game
Last WU win: n/a
Last KSU win: 50-30, 2/21/74 in regular season game
Worth noting: This will be the second straight season the Lady Blues will have played a Big 12 opponent as the season opener in an exhibition game.
Preseason No. 8 Lady Blues to open 2007-08 season at Kansas State . . .
The Preseason No. 8 Washburn Lady Blues will open a new season for the second straight time against an in-state Big 12 opponent in exhibition play as they travel to Manhattan, Kan., to take on Kansas State at 7 p.m. Last season, the Lady Blues opened the year with a 68-62 loss to Kansas on Nov. 5, 2006. Thursday’s meeting will be the second exhibition game with Kansas State as KSU topped the Lady Blues 73-51 on Nov. 5, 2003.
Lady Blues on radio . . .
Lady Blues games will be broadcast on 106.9 FM Country Legends radio with former Washburn quarterback Mark Elliott calling all the action. Bruce Steinbrock will provide color analysis for the games. The games will also be streamed live online at http://images.radcity.net/5089/1543578.asx.
2007-08 Season preview . . .
Falling one win short of the NCAA Division II Elite Eight and losing a quartet of seniors who were part of 122 wins in a Lady Blues uniform, questions are brewing about how the Lady Blues will respond this season.
After finishing the 2006-07 season with a 29-4 overall record while winning its third straight MIAA postseason championship, Washburn will look to replace six seniors and four, four-year members of the Lady Blues who won more games over a career than any other class in Washburn history.
However, the Lady Blues will look to replace and reload for the upcoming season with eight talented newcomers who look to write their own history in a Lady Blues uniform.
Washburn returns not a single starter in their backcourt, but two players who each played in 33 games. The Lady Blues will lose nearly 18 points a game production from last season’s guards including starters Cindy Keeley and Jessica Aebi along with reserves Holly Henrichs and Stephanie Wittman.
Senior Corkey Stiger is the leading Washburn returning scorer after averaging 13.4 points per game last season without starting a game for the Lady Blues. Stiger scored a career-high 25 points at Pittsburg State hitting 11 of 16 field goal attempts while earning second team all-MIAA honors. During the Lady Blues’ run to the MIAA Tournament title, Stiger scored 55 points in three games earning MIAA Tournament MVP honors. She also earned honorable mention All-American honors.
Junior Jessica Mainz will also join the Lady Blues after the soccer season ends as she is the leading scorer for the Washburn soccer team. Mainz played in all 33 games averaging 4.2 points, 3.0 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.2 steals per game. Mainz scored the go-ahead free throw in Washburn’s 71-70 win over Missouri Western in the MIAA Tournament championship game. Mainz scored in 31 of 33 games last season.
Two other guards are coming back from injuries in redshirt junior Karla Tailele and redshirt freshman Hope Gregory. Tailele played in two games averaging 4.0 points per game hitting all three of her field goal attempts. Tailele is coming back from a knee injury.
Gregory played in five games before suffering a stress fracture missing the remainder of the season.
Joining the backcourt will be a Division I transfer, an all-region junior college selection, a college transfer and a prep player.
Junior Janice Bright joins the Lady Blues after finishing seventh in the country in scoring average at Cleveland State scoring 22.4 points and 5.2 rebounds per game. Coming out of Los Angeles, Calif., and Lynnwood High School, Bright was a McDonald’s High School All-American earning all-state honors as a junior and senior.
Sophomore Brette Ulsaker is transferring to Washburn from Utah after starting 28 of 29 games for the Utes. She averaged 3.4 points, 2.6 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game as Utah reached the second round of the Women’s NIT scoring 11 points against Wyoming. The McPherson, Kan., native earned high school honorable mention All-American honors as a junior and all-state honors as a senior.
Joining the Lady Blues from north of the border is Jacki Tipping from Orangeville, Ontario, Canada. Tipping played one season at Brock University after attending Edison Academic in Florida where she averaged 15 points per game and was team captain.
New to the Lady Blues backcourt from the prep ranks is freshman Hadleigh Meek. At Park Hill South High School, Meek earned first team all-conference honors after averaging 13 points, four assists, three steals and three rebounds per game as a senior.
In the Lady Blues frontcourt, Washburn returns a second team all-MIAA pick and a key reserve, who will look to fill the void left by All-American Brooke Ubelaker and two-year starter Megan Sullivan.
Senior Amanda Holmes earned MIAA all-Tournament team honors after scoring 16.7 points per game en route to the tournament championship. Holmes led the Lady Blues with nine double-doubles and a team-high 7.3 rebounds per game. She scored a career-high 22 points against Emporia State in the MIAA Tournament semifinals.
Junior Renata Germano played in 27 games after transferring in from Southeastern Illinois College. Germano averaged 3.9 points and 2.3 rebounds per game. Against Central Missouri in the regular season finale, Germano came off the bench to hit four straight free throws in the final 14 seconds to turn back the Jennies. She scored a career-high 16 points against Benedictine.
The Lady Blues will have four newcomers with a Division I transfer, a junior college transfer and two all-state prep selections.
Junior Kalee Silovsky joins the Lady Blues after playing one season at Southern Mississippi while playing soccer for the Golden Eagles. Silovsky, as a high school star at Topeka’s Hayden High, averaged 17 points and 5.8 rebounds a game earning all-state honors finishing her career as the Wildcats’ all-time leading scorer. Silovsky was a McDonald’s All-American nominee after leading Hayden to three state championships.
Junior Regiane Araujo, a 6-4 center transfer from Northeastern Oklahoma A&M averaged 13.2 points and 7.8 rebounds per game. Her squad won the region tournament and finished 11th in the national tournament.
Two freshman newcomers who earned all-state honors will also provide depth to the Lady Blues frontcourt.
Emily Gibson averaged 10.8 points, 7.6 rebounds, 4.0 blocks and 3.2 steals per game at Bishop Miege High School. She was a finalist for top high school player in Kansas City while playing in the Greater Kansas City Basketball Coaches Association all-star game earning second team all-state as a junior and senior.
Alyssa Mullen was a high school McDonald’s All-American nominee after finishing her prep career as a three-year starter earning first team and second team all-state honors during her career at Lee’s Summit West High School. She led her team in points, rebounds and assists.
The Lady Blues will open the season on Nov. 1 with the first of their three exhibition games at Kansas State. Washburn will return home to face Livin’ the Dream on Nov. 9 and then the annual battle of the sexes with the Ichabod Golf team on Nov. 13.
The Lady Blues’ regular season lid lifter will be against Southwestern College from Winfield, Kan., on Nov. 17. Washburn will take on Baker on Nov. 20 with both games taking place in Lee arena.
Washburn will then host the Capitol Plaza/AM 580 WIBW Holiday Tournament as the Lady Blues will take on C.W. Post on Nov. 22 and Texas A&M-Commerce the following afternoon. The Lions of Commerce ended the Lady Blues’ season last year in the NCAA Regional Finals in St. Joseph. The other school represented will be Rockhurst.
Washburn will then take on Evangel in Topeka on Nov. 26.
The Lady Blues will go the entire month of December without a home game as they will travel to St. Louis, Mo. to take on UMSL on Dec. 4 with new head coach and former Washburn assistant coach Lisa Curliss-Taylor and her assistant, former Washburn player Lora Westling. On Dec. 8, the Lady Blues will travel to take on Drury in Springfield, Mo.
Right before Christmas, Washburn will travel to the Cruzin’ Classic in Miami, Fla., for two regional games against Cameron and Central Oklahoma.
Washburn will open its MIAA slate against defending MIAA champions Missouri Western on Jan. 2 before returning home on Jan. 5 to take on Central Missouri in its MIAA home opener.
The MIAA Tournament will be March 6-9 in Kansas City. Washburn will look to win its fourth straight conference tournament championship and its fifth in the last six seasons. The women’s NCAA South Central Regional Tournament will be March 14-17 and Nebraska-Kearney will play host to the Elite Eight March 26-29.
The coaches . . .
Washburn head coach Ron McHenry has posted a 188-37 (.836) record overall and 98-26 (.790) record in the MIAA with four consecutive MIAA regular season championships from 2003-06 and the 2005 NCAA National Championship. He was named the Lady Blues head coach prior to the 2000-01 season. He is second among active women's NCAA Division II Coaches in winning percentage . McHenry was named the MIAA’s Coach of the Year in 2005 and in 2006 and the Division II Bulletin National Coach of the Year in 2005. (complete bio on page 2 of notes.)
Kansas State Deb Patterson, the all-time winningest coach in Kansas State women’s basketball history, is set to begin her 12th season on the bench for the Wildcats. She enters the season with a career record of 218-128 (.630) and a record of 91-85 (.517) in the Big 12, including a Big 12 title in 2003. Patterson has steered the Wildcats to six consecutive postseason appearances, including a trip to the NCAA Mideast Regional Semifinals in 2002, the 2006 WNIT Postseason crown and a return visit to the WNIT semifinals in 2007. She is the only current head coach at K-State to guide his/her team to six straight postseason appearances. While guiding the Wildcats to six straight postseason appearances, Patterson has defended the floor in Bramlage Coliseum successfully during this time, posting an 83-15 (.847) record at home.
Washburn/Kansas State Series notes . . .
The Lady Blues are 0-6 all-time against the Wildcats in regular season games. Washburn is also 0-1 against KSU in exhibition games. The Lady Blues also split a pair of games against Kansas State’s junior varsity team during the 1975 season.
Last time out vs the Wildcats . . .
MANHATTAN, Kan. - The Washburn Lady Blues fell 73-51 to Kansas State in their exhibition opener in Bramlage Coliseum on Nov. 5, 2003.
The Lady Blues were cold from the field early, while Kansas State took a 26-8 lead with 7:54 left in the first half. The Wildcats stretched the lead to 30-11 before Washburn responded.
Lora Westling hit two 3-pointers and Juwanna Rivers added a layup to pull the Lady Blues within 30-19 with 2:07 left in the opening half. Westling scored all 10 of her points in the half, as Washburn shot 26.9 percent (7-for-26).
Washburn opened the second half by scoring two early baskets, including a 3-pointer by Brooke Ubelaker to pull within 37-28 at the 18:32 mark. Washburn couldn’t get any closer as Kansas State pulled away down the stretch.
Ubelaker led Washburn with 14 points by hitting 5 of 6 shots from the field. The Lady Blues finished the game 16 of 48 (33.3 percent) from the field, including 6 of 23 (26.1 percent) from beyond the arch. Nicole Ohlde led all scorers for K-State with 16 points.
About the Wildcats . . .
Head coach Deb Patterson welcomes back six players who started at least 15 games in 2006-07 return, as well as eight total letterwinners from a team that finished 19-15 and advanced to its second straight WNIT semi-final appearance. The Wildcats also welcome in four fresh faces with the addition of junior Kelsey Nelson and freshmen Kelsey Hill, Shalin Spani and Jackie Stanley.
Heading up the list of returners for K-State are senior Kimberly Dietz, juniors Shalee Lehning and Marlies Gipson and sophomore Ashley Sweat.
Dietz paced the Wildcats in scoring a season ago with a career-high average of 13.3 points per game. The guard from Boulder, Colo., is poised to become the 33rd member of the 1,000-point club as she enters the season with 873 points for her career. Lehning paced the Wildcats in rebounds (6.9 rpg) and assists (5.26), finishing second in the conference in assists per game and assists/turnover ratio (1.70) on her way to honorable mention All-Big 12 honors. The perennial All-Big 12 candidate from Sublette, Kan., ranks fifth in school history in career assists (368) and 26th on the career rebounds chart (460).
Gipson looks to bounce back from an injury shortened 2006-07 season with a strong effort this year. The forward from McPherson, Kan., was on pace for All-Big 12 honors as she was averaging 12.8 points per game, 8.3 rebounds per game and 2.4 blocks per game in 16 contests before a knee injury in mid-January derailed her season.
Sweat enters her second season with the Wildcats after earning All-Big 12 rookie team honors and being named to the WNIT All-Tournament Team. After a slow start to her rookie campaign, the forward from McPherson, Kan., finished strong with an average of 11.4 ppg and pulling down 4.9 rebounds per contest.
Other Wildcats set to make an impact are seniors Shana Wheeler and Carolyn McCullough, junior Danielle Zanotti and sophomore Kari Kincaid.
Lady Blues notes . . .
^3 – Brette Ulsaker – Transfer from Utah who started 28 of 29 games as a true freshman
^4 – Amanda Holmes – Second team all-MIAA last season, needs 422 points to reach 1,000
^11 – Renata Germano – Played in 27 games after transferring from Southeastern Illinois
13 – Jessica Mainz – All-American soccer player will miss as WU in MIAA tournament
14 – Alyssa Mullen – A three-year starter at Lee’s Summit West High School
20 – Hadleigh Meek – Averaged 13 points, four assists, three steals and three rebounds as senior
^21 – Corkey Stiger – Returning honorable mention all-American without starting last season
23 – Jacki Tipping – Transfer from Brock University in Canada
24 – Karla Tailele – Returning from knee injury suffered last season
^32 – Janice Bright – A McDonald’s High School All-American out of high school
30 – Kalee Silovsky – Transfer from Southern Mississippi reunited with prep teammate Holmes
33 – Hope Gregory – Returning after stress fracture in foot missing all but 5 games as freshman
44 – Emily Gibson – Averaged 10.8 ppg, 7.6 rpg … finalist for the DiRenna Award in Kansas City for top high school player.
50 – Regiane Araujo – Averaged 13.2 points and 7.8 rebounds at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M
Lady Blues in lee arena . . .
Entering their 24th season in Lee Arena, the Lady Blues are 288-55 (.836) overall at home. The longest winning streak was 44 games from Dec. 1, 1990 to March 20, 1993.
The Lady Blues were 15-0 in Lee Arena in the 2004-05 season, out scoring opponents by a 78.2-49.9 average. The Lady Blues were 13-1 in Lee Arena in 2003-04, 16-1 in 2002-03 and 15-1 in 2001-02. The Lady Blues have won 30 straight regular season non-conference games in Lee Arena. The last defeat by a non-conference team in the regular season was to Missouri-St. Louis in a 59-51 setback on Dec. 30, 2000.
Washburn is 96-10 (.901) in home games under Ron McHenry.
Lady Blues history . . .
Washburn is 669-320 (.678 in 989 games) in its 38th season of intercollegiate action.
Lady Blues in the national poll . . .
The Washburn Lady Blues finished at No. 8 in the final WBCA/USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll which was released today. The Lady Blues have been ranked in 87 straight weeks of the national poll dating back to the 2002-03 season. The Lady Blues have been ranked in the top 25 after being ranked in each poll the last four seasons, plus the last 15 of the 2002-03 season entering the poll on Dec. 11, 2002. Washburn spent the entire 2005-06 season as the No. 1 ranked team in the land before falling in the NCAA South Central Regional finals to Emporia State. In the 2006-07 season, the Lady Blues were ranked no lower than six during the regular season, finishing in the No. 8 slot in the final poll.
Up Next . . .
Washburn will return to action on Nov. 9 in Lee Arena with an exhibition game against Livin’ the Dream at 7 p.m. Following the game, the Lady Blues will open the regular season on Nov. 17 against Southwestern College from Winfield, Kan. at 7 p.m.