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USF VS. KANSAS ST.

WHEN/WHERE: 7; USF Sun Dome, Tampa.

RECORDS: Kansas State 9-1, USF 2-7.

COACHES: KSU _ Deb Patterson (68-61, fifth season). USF _ Jose Fernandez (first season).

KEY PLAYERS: KSU _ Nicole Ohlde, F/C, 6-4 Fr. (16.4 ppg, 8.2 rpg); Kim Woodlee, G, 5-8 Sr. (13.9 ppg, 4.2 rpg); Kristin Rethman, G, 5-9 Jr. (12.8 ppg, 4.9 rpg). USF _ Aiya Shepard, G, 5-7 So. (18.2 ppg, 4.9 rpg); Shannon Layne, G, 5-8 Sr. (11.6 ppg, 5.4 rpg); Lindsey Smith, F, 6-0, So. (5.7 ppg, 4.0 rpg).

NOTES: This is the first meeting between the Bulls and Wildcats. South Florida will be trying to stop a three-game losing skid, led by Shepard, who is fourth in scoring in Conference USA. Kansas State comes into Tampa on a seven-game winning streak. The Wildcats are off to their best start since the 1968-69 season, whenthe team opened 11-0. Kansas State has three players averaging in double figures, including Ohlde, who has been Big 12 rookie of the week twice this season, including last week. Besides being hampered by youth, South Florida has struggled with injuries this season. The Bulls have dressed nine players in eight games and just eight Dec. 7 against Jacksonville. Freshman forward Sarah Lochmann and freshman center Rochelle Cherry are scheduled to return in January. This game will feature two players who have distinguished themselves from three-point range. Layne became USF's career three-point leader on Dec. 15 when she hit No. 160, then set the school's single-game record with eight two nights later against Western Kentucky. Woodlee became K-State's all-time three-point shooter (men's or women's) when she hit her 241st on Dec. 17.

_ Compiled by Antonya English.

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