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KWU Women Look to Rebound at Saint Mary

KSAL Sports - February 6, 2014 6:30 am

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The Kansas Wesleyan Women’s Basketball team heads to Leavenworth on Thursday to take on the Saint Mary Spires at 6 p.m. at the Ryan Sports Center.

Wesleyan is looking to rebound from a hard fought 90-87 loss to No. 11 ranked Southwestern on Saturday in Winfield, while Saint Mary is trying to snap a 6-game losing streak after an 83-39 loss to Friends.

LISTEN AND WATCH LIVE
The game can be heard live in Salina on Classic Hits 104.9 with the ‘Voice of the Coyotes’ Mike Hammett with the call along with Justin Dean. Fans can also listen online atwww.1049classichits.com. Live stats will be available by clicking on the Live Stats link on the KWU Athletics website at www.kwucoyotes.com and live video will be available through the KCAC Digital Network by visiting http://kwucoyotes.ihigh.com. Saint Mary will be managing the video stream. Updates will also be posted on Twitter (@kwucoyotes).

THE LAST MEETING AND SERIES
Wesleyan leads the all-time series between the teams 18-11 including the Coyotes’ 71-56 win in the last meeting between the teams on December 14 in Salina. The Coyotes jumped out to a 10-3 lead in the game but Saint Mary came back to tie things up at 24-all with 4:25 to go in the first half. The Coyotes would regain control taking a 38-30 lead into the half. Wesleyan pushed its lead out to 49-33 and later 57-38 with 10:16 to go in the game. The Coyotes led 60-38 with 9:21 to go and 67-46 with 3:43 to go in the game. Alecia Smith led the Coyotes with 20 points and pulled down six rebounds while Christian Cassity had 15 points and eight rebounds as the Coyotes shot 40.7 percent from the field. Korbynn Stallbaumer and Mariah Marusak had 11 points each to lead Saint Mary as the Spires shot 30.4 percent from the field in the game.

PROBABLE STARTERS FOR KANSAS WESLEYAN (11-12, 6-6)
NO. NAME PPG RPG APG/SPG
12 Christian Cassity (G, 5-11, Sr.) 13.7 6.6
25 Kalie LeShore (G, 5-7, Jr.) 4.5 1.7 2.7 APG
31 Vanessa Kresin (G, 5-9, Jr.) 16.0 5.7 2.0 SPG
32 Alecia Smith (G, 5-10, Sr.) 14.4 8.2
34 Caley Greving (F, 6-1, So.) 4.0 4.4
PROBABLE STARTERS FOR SAINT MARY (3-18, 2-10)
NO. NAME PPG RPG APG/SPG
2 Shanice Palmer (5-9, Jr., G) 9.0 6.4
4 Mariah Marusak (5-7, Jr., G) 8.0 3.3
12 Adrianna Brown (5-7, Jr., G) 4.2 1.1
32 Jennifer Harmon (5-6, Sr., G) 6.4 3.4
53 Korbynn Stallbaumer (5-10, Sr., F) 7.8 4.8

LOOKING AT THE COYOTES
Wesleyan is 11-12 overall and 6-6 in the KCAC coming off a 90-87 loss to No. 11 ranked Southwestern on Saturday. Christian Cassity had an incredible night with 38 points, obliterating her previous career high of 22 set earlier this season and just missed Wesleyan’s 36-year-old single game record of 40 points. The 38-point effort was also the single best effort by a women’s player in the conference this season. Fellow senior Alecia Smith grabbed her 600th career rebound in the game for the Coyotes. Southwestern didn’t score for the first 5:09 of the game as the Coyotes built an 8-0 lead before leading 37-27 at the half. Southwestern took its first lead of the game with 10:23 to go but the Coyotes regained the lead and push out to a 68-62 lead with 3:17 to go. Wesleyan would not score again as Southwestern closed the gap and came away with the win. Cassity was the only Wesleyan player in double figures as the Coyotes shot 42 percent from the field. Shaffer led Southwestern with 18 points.

Vanessa Kresin continues to lead the Coyotes in scoring at 16.0 points per game and ranks second in the KCAC in scoring.Alecia Smith ranks third in the conference in scoring at 14.4 per game, but leads the Coyotes in rebounding, averaging 8.2 per game which ranks third best in the conference. The Coyotes shoot 39.4 percent from the field on the way to averaging 68.7 points per game. Wesleyan also pulls down 41.7 rebounds per game. Wesleyan holds its opponents to 37.9 percent shooting while averaging 67.4 points per game and pulling down 41.5 rebounds per game.

Wesleyan ranks No. 19 in defensive 3-point percentage (.280), No. 24 in defensive rebounds per game (29.174), No. 25 in blocks (81) and blocks per game (3.522), No. 33 in rebounding average (41.739), No. 36 in defensive field goal percentage (.380), No. 42 in total rebounds (960) and No. 49 in scoring defense (67.391).

Alecia Smith ranks No. 32 in defensive rebounds per game (5.957), No. 44 in rebounds (188) and No. 47 in rebounding average (8.174). Vanessa Kresin ranks No. 39 in total points (369). Christian Cassity ranks No. 43 in total blocks (25). 

MILESTONE ALERTS
Several Coyotes are approaching milestones in their careers at KWU. Alecia Smith needs just 56 points to hit 1000 for her 3-year career at Wesleyan. Kresin is averaging a career best 16.0 points per game this season helping her to close in on the 1000-point milestone as a junior. Kresin needs 77 points to reach the mark and a good finish to the season could give her a golden opportunity to break the Wesleyan all-time career scoring record that has stood for 29 years next season. Senior Christian Cassity also has a chance to reach 1000 points this season, needing 98 to reach the mark.

LOOKING AT SAINT MARY
Saint Mary enters Thursday’s game on a six-game losing streak and a 3-18 overall record including a 2-10 record in the conference. The Spires are coming off an 83-39 loss to Friends on Saturday. Friends led 44-16 at the half and held Saint Mary to 17.9 percent shooting in the game, including going 4-of-22 from 3-point range. Saint Mary did go to the line 38 times, connecting on 25. Korbynn Stallbaumer had 10 points to lead Saint Mary.

The Spires rank No. 42 in 3-pointers made per game (6.286).

UP NEXT
The Coyotes return home on Saturday to face Friends University at 5 p.m. at Mabee Arena.

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