K-State to play NC State Saturday

By The Mercury

Kansas State will conclude its 2013 non-conference schedule in San Diego, Calif., as the Wildcats will take part in the Surf & Slam Classic on Dec. 28 and 30.

K-State will face North Carolina State on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. (CT). The Wildcats will face either San Diego State or UC Riverside on Monday, Dec. 30 at either 5:30 p.m. (CT) or 8 p.m. The games will be played at San Diego State’s Viejas Arena.

K-State’s games in the Surf & Slam Classic will be available on the K-State Sports Network and for free at, as Dave Riggert delivers the play-by-play and former K-State letterwinner Claire Coggins drops in with the color analysis.

Fans can also follow the live stats at, and receive updates on Twitter by following @kstate_gameday.

Kansas State (5-4) saw its three-game win streak ended in a hard fought double overtime loss at Hampton on Dec. 21.

The Wildcats have now lost eight straight true road games, with the last road win coming at TCU on Jan. 19, 2013. Despite the loss, the Wildcats’ outscored the opponents’ bench for the eighth time this season, 23-13.

K-State’s bench has outscored its opponents’ bench, 247-127, this season. The 247 bench points are the most through nine games since the 2005-06 squad registered 332 bench points after nine games.

For the third time this season, K-State had three players reach double figures in scoring against the Lady Pirates with Katya Leick, Leticia Romero and Ashia Woods leading the way.

Leick, a senior from Grey Cloud Township, Minn., tallied her first career double-double with career-bests of 18 points and 12 rebounds in a career-high 46 minutes played. Leick is averaging 7.0 points and 5.1 rebounds in her lone season of action for the Wildcats.

Romero, a freshman guard from Las Palmas, Spain, notched 14 points, nine rebounds and four assists at Hampton. In her first season, Romero is averaging team-highs of 12.0 points (18th in Big12), 6.2 rebounds (19th in Big 12), 5.2 assists (6th in Big 12) and 2.0 steals (5th in Big 12).

Romero is currently the only freshman in the Big 12, and the first freshman in the Deb Patterson era, to average at least 10.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 2.0 steals after the first nine games of the season. She also ranks among the league’s leaders in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.1; 12th) and defensive rebounds (4.6; 11th).

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