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By Katie Kane for WVUsports.com
February 21, 2014 10:28 AM
Sophomore guard Bria Holmes is coming off a 20-point outing in Wednesday’s 77-45 win over No. 12 Oklahoma State.
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. The No. 13 West Virginia women’s basketball team travels to Manhattan, Kan., for a 6 p.m. ET matchup with Kansas State, Saturday, Feb. 22, in Bramlage Coliseum.
 
The Mountaineers have won their last six games and are currently 23-3 overall and 12-2 in Big 12 play. WVU has limited four of its last five opponents to under 62 points or less. The Mountaineers have defeated opponents by 16.8 points on average, the second-highest scoring margin in the league and 16th-highest nationally.
 
As a team, WVU averages 75.6 points per game, led by four players with scoring numbers in double figures. Sophomore guard Bria Holmes is coming off a 20-point outing in Wednesday’s 77-45 win over No. 12 Oklahoma State. Holmes leads the Mountaineers with 14.8 points per game, while senior center Asya Bussie averages 13.2 points, and leads WVU’s rebounding with 7.8 rebounds per game. Seniors Christal Caldwell and Taylor Palmer round out the top four scorers with 12.1 and 10.7 points per game, respectively.  
 
Kansas State is currently 10-15 overall, 4-10 in Big 12 play, and in ninth place in the league standings. Leticia Romero leads the Wildcats in scoring with 14.2 points per game and 15.4 points per Big 12 outing. Behind Romero, Ashia Woods adds 10.5 points per game and 11.1 points per league game as the only other KSU player scoring in double figures.
 
Katya Leick rounds out the top three scorers with 8.0 points per game. Romero also guides K-State on the boards, pulling down 5.6 rebounds per game, while Leick is the second-leading rebounder with 4.5 boards per game.
 
In addition to leading the Wildcats in scoring and rebounding, Romero also has the most field goals made (119), free throws made (86), assists (116) and steals (45). As a team, the Wildcats average 6.5 threes per game, the second-most of any Big 12 team in all games. Leick, Romero and Brianna Craig led the 3-point shooting with 30, 31 and 28 threes made, respectively.
 
The Wildcats are coming off a 64-44 loss at TCU on Wednesday. Breanna Lewis led K-State with 14 points and six rebounds against the Horned Frogs, but as a team, KSU shot only 30.9 percent (17-55) from the field.
 
WVU leads 3-0 in the all-time series. On Feb. 8, 2014, WVU defeated K-State, 84-44, at the WVU Coliseum. Sophomore guard Bria Holmes’ 31 points with five threes helped the Mountaineers to the win. Senior guard Christal Caldwell chipped in 17 points, while senior center Asya Bussie had seven.
 
Saturday’s game will air live with the Mountaineer Sports Network from IMG online at WVUsports.com, with Jeff Culhane on the call. In Morgantown the game will air live on 100.9 WSZT-FM, in Cumberland, Md., on WCBC-AM 1270, in Parkersburg on WADC-AM 1050 and in Charleston on WSCW-AM 1410 and WJYP-AM 1300.



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