WVU and K-State Tipoff Saturday


By Katie Kane for WVUsports.com
February 07, 2014 01:27 PM
WVU's season scoring leader is sophomore guard Bria Holmes
Dale Sparks/All-Pro Photography photo
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The No. 17 West Virginia women’s basketball team takes on the Kansas State Wildcats at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 8, at the WVU Coliseum.
 
The Mountaineers have won six of their last seven games and with a win against K-State, WVU will have recorded its eighth 20-win season in the last 11 years. WVU is currently 19-3 overall, with an 8-2 mark in conference play, and in second place in the Big 12 standings.
 
WVU went 2-0 last week with a 67-56 win over then-No. 21 Iowa State, and took a 66-62 win at TCU on Saturday. Six different Mountaineers have led WVU’s scoring efforts in at least one game, and this season’s scoring leader is sophomore guard Bria Holmes with 13.6 points per game. Senior center Asya Bussie adds 13.5 points and is WVU’s leading rebounder with 7.7 boards per game.
 
As a team, WVU ranks third in the Big 12 for its scoring offense, averaging 75.8 points per game, while limiting opponents to only 59.4 points per game. WVU has held 14 opponents under 60 points this season.
 
The Wildcats are currently 9-12 overall and 3-7 in Big 12 play. Kansas State is 1-6 on the road with its sole win at Texas Tech. KSU dropped its last meeting with Iowa State, 84-65, in Ames on Feb. 1.
 
Freshman guard Leticia Romero leads the Wildcats in scoring and rebounding with 14.6 points and 5.9 rebounds per game. Romero holds the most field goals made (101), threes made (27), free throws made (77) and attempted (96), assists (90), steals (37) and minutes (647/30.8 per game) for K-State.
 
Behind Romero, junior guard Ashia Woods averages 10.9 points per game, shooting 51.9 percent (70-135) from the field. Senior forward Katya Leick rounds out the top three scorers with 8.1 points and is the second-leading rebounder with 4.6 rebounds per game.
 
In the Wildcats’ last game, Woods led all players with 25 points, including 19 in the closing half, and Romero added 11. Kansas State entered the season with three returning starters and six newcomers. The Wildcats were picked to finish ninth in the league’s preseason coaches poll and are currently ninth in the standings.
 
WVU leads 2-0 in the all-time series. Last season, WVU defeated Kansas State 66-57 at the WVU Coliseum on Feb. 26 and took a 66-52 win on Jan. 12 in Manhattan.
 
Saturday’s admission is $1 courtesy of United Bank. The Mountaineers will celebrate Alumni Weekend, recognizing women’s basketball alumni in attendance, and it is also Superhero Day. Coke Zero will provide superhero masks to the first 1,500 fans.



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