March 25, 2003
NOTRE DAME NOTES
* Notre Dame is 19-8 all-time in the NCAA Tournament. The Irish advance to the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA Tournament for the fifth time in school history.
* Notre Dame defeated its second consecutive ranked opponent and the third Top 25 opponent this season. It is the first win over a Top 10 opponent for the Irish since a 68-66 victory over No. 9/8 Purdue in the 2001 NCAA championship game.
* The Irish are the lowest remaining seed (at No. 11) in the tournament.
* Notre Dame is now 3-2 all-time against Big 12 Conference opponents in the NCAA Tournament.
* The Irish improved to 6-1 all-time in NCAA East Region contests.
* Head Coach Muffet McGraw coached her 500th game at Notre Dame tonight.
* The Notre Dame defense held Kansas State without a field goal for the first 11:06 of the second half.
* Le’ Tania Severe recorded her 11th double-figure scoring game of the season and the 18th of her career with 17 points tonight.
* Courtney LaVere registered her 21st double-figure scoring game of the season with her 14 points this evening.
* Alicia Ratay recorded her 20th double-figure scoring game of the season and the 94th of her career.
* Ratay moved into the top 35 on the NCAA career three-point list by hitting 3 three-pointers in tonight’s game.
ATTENDANCE NOTE * The crowd of 11,534 was second-best in NCAA East Region first/second round history. That figure is ninth-best overall for any region first/second round game in NCAA Tournament history. The top single-game attendance record in the first/second round is 13,617 at Ames, Iowa on March 17, 2000 in a Midwest Region first round contest between St. Francis (Pa.) and Iowa State. The two-round total at Bramlage Coliseum is 22,266. Last year’s first/second round contests in Manhattan drew a total of 22,359 fans.
KANSAS STATE NOTES
* Kansas State is 6-7 all-time in the NCAA Tournament.
* K-State had its home-court winning streak snapped at 22 games.
* K-State is now 2-2 all-time against Big East teams.
* K-State is now 4-4 as a No. 3 seed.
* The 53 points scored by the Wildcats were the lowest total this season (previous low: 57 at Stanford 11/30/02).
* The 22 second-half points by the Wildcats ties the school record for fewest second-half points in an NCAA Tournament game (previous: 22 vs. St. Joseph’s (Pa.), 3/14/97).
* Laurie Koehn’s 23 points tonight give her 103 career NCAA Tournament points, making her the K-State all-time leader. She passed Angie Bonner (1982-84), who scored 101 career points in the tournament.
* Nicole Ohlde’s 15 points tonight give her 1,699 career points, ranking her second in KSU history. She needs nine points to become the Wildcats’ career scoring leader, overtaking Diana Miller (1987-91, 1,705 points).
* Ohlde has 94 career NCAA Tournament points, ranking her third in Wildcat history.
* Ohlde scored in double figures in every game this season and has 37 consecutive double-figure games dating back to the Kent State game in the first round of the NCAA Tournament last season (3/15/02).
* Ohlde’s 10 rebounds tonight give her 787 career boards, surpassing Eileen Feeney (1976-80) for second place.
* Megan Mahoney’s four assists give her 163 for the season, third-best in KSU history. She also holds the fourth-best season performance, dishing out 157 in 2001-02. She also moved into fourth place on the career list with 320 assists.
* Kendra Wecker moved into 15th place on the career rebounding list. She has 545 career boards.