Who: K-State (6-7/0-2) vs. #15/13 Oklahoma St. Cowboys (12-1/1-1)
When: January 8, 2014 | 7:00 p.m. CT
Where: Manhattan, Kan. | Bramlage Coliseum (12,528)
Media: 1350 KMAN | FCS Central
The Lady Cats have never opened conference play 0-3, but they're staring that in the face tonight as they host the Cowgirls tonight.
It's been an exceptionally rough year for K-State, as things just aren't falling into place despite having talent on the roster. Spanish freshman Leti Romero is leading the way with 13.4 points per game, and Ashia Woods is adding just under 11, but they need more help.
Without meaning to be insensitive in anyway, there's a stark contrast with Oklahoma State. After the tragedy that befell their program in 2011, they've managed to pick up the pieces and move right back toward the top of the league under third-year boss Jim Littell. Littell, who spent 14 years at Seward County CC following a five-year stint at Friends, is in his first big-time coaching gig. He's put together a 55-26 record since taking over in Stillwater, and the team's moved up a rung every season: winning the WNIT in 2012 and making the big dance last year. Liz Donohoe leads the Cowgirls, scoring nearly 15 points a game; three other Cowgirls average double figures, including Brittney Martin (who grabs 6.7 boards a game) and Tiffany Bias (who dishes 7.2 assists per contest, leading the Big 12).
The Lady Cats lead the all-time series 31-28, and 16-8 in Manhattan. Deb Patterson is 12-8 all-time against Oklahoma State.