Cats look to sweep Missouri

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Following a victory at home this weekend against Oklahoma State in their “Pink Zone” game, the Wildcats will travel to Columbia, Mo., looking to sweep the Tigers while playing another game dedicated to breast cancer awareness.

K-State (20-3, 9-3 Big 12 Conference) will attempt to set a school record for road wins this season while also putting its third-place position in the Big 12 on the line. The Cats will wear their pink uniforms again for Missouri’s own “Pink Zone” event.

Senior point guard Shalee Lehning, who missed the Wildcats’ game against Oklahoma State on Sunday with a mononucleosis infection, missed practice on Monday and is currently out on a day-to-day basis.

According to head coach Deb Patterson, Lehning will travel with the team and a decision about playing will be made Wednesday.

The Wildcats faced Missouri previously this season in Manhattan on Feb. 4 and defeated the Tigers 58-54 after struggling in the first half offensively.

The Wildcats have struggled on the road recently, losing against Baylor and Iowa State in their previous two road trips.

“We know it is going to be a really great challenge on the road for us right now,” Patterson said. “We have got to bring a great game, and we have got to be good on the road. Our last road game was a loss we have got to find a way to get our next Big 12 road win.”

Junior forward Ashley Sweat, who led the Wildcats in scoring in their previous outing against the Tigers with 25 points, said that playing Missouri just two weeks ago will prove to be advantageous.

“A lot of the stuff that they run is fresh in our heads and the scout that we have on them is fresh in our heads,” Sweat said.

Missouri has lost six of their previous seven games in conference play, with the one win coming at home against KU. However the Tigers have proven to be a better team when playing at home this season with an 8-5 record overall at the Mizzou Sports Arena.

“We have got to be really tough on the road,” said junior guard Kari Kincaid. “Everywhere we go in the Big 12 is a hard place to play and we have got to bring even better focus and intensity than we did against Baylor.”

Despite the Wildcats’ recent road struggles, Patterson said she feels this road game is of great importance to her team’s season. Though the Wildcats have proven they can win at home this season with a perfect 11-0 record, the Wildcats are 2-3 on the road during conference play.

“If we want to stay really competitive at the very top level in this league, right now is when you have to dig in and get some wins,” Patterson said.

Tip-off for the Wildcats’ game against Missouri is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. It will be broadcast on the K-State Sports Network locally on 1350 KMAN.

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