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Fri, Dec. 7, 2012 - [Women's Basketball]

(LIVE VIDEO | LIVE STATS | LIVE AUDIOThe Kansas Wesleyan Women's Basketball team looks to build on the momentum of Thursday night's win over Saint Mary as the Coyotes host Friends University on Saturday night at 5 p.m., at Mabee Arena.

The game can be heard live in Salina on Classic Hits 104.9 with the "Voices of the Coyotes" Mike Hammett and Justin Dean with the call. 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. Live updates will also be posted on Twitter (@kwucoyotes) and on Facebook (www.facebook.com/kwucoyotes). 

PROBABLE STARTERS FOR KANSAS WESLEYAN
NO.NAMEPPGRPGAPG/SPG
5Stephanie Frost (5-10, Sr., F)11.05.0 
11Jessica Olson (5-5, Fr., G)7.72.02.3 APG
12Christian Cassity (5-10, Jr., G)9.04.02.2 APG
31Vanessa Kresin (5-9, So., F)12.56.03.0 SPG
32Alecia Smith (5-9, Jr., F)15.98.4 
     
PROBABALE STARTERS FOR FRIENDS
NO.NAMEPPGRPGAPG/SPG
1Whitney Bates (5-5, Jr. G)7.43.13.6 APG
10Mykel Boyd (5-8, Jr., G)5.12.31.6 SPG
13Minta Whetstone (5-4, Sr., G)5.51.9 
15Sarah Munds (5-11, Jr., G)7.05.12.4 APG
25Jordan Wiltse (6-0, So., F)1.50.9 
 

THE LAST MEETING AND RECENT HISTORY
Since 1999-2000 Friends holds an 18-8 lead in the all-time series between the Coyotes and Falcons. Friends won both meetings last season, including the controversial 63-62 decision in Wichita, in which the Coyotes were called for a foul at the end of the game.

SCOUTING THE COYOTES
Wesleyan is fresh off a 78-53 win over Saint Mary on Thursday night in Leavenworth. Stephanie Frost led the way with 26 points, just missing her career high of 27, while Vanessa Kresin had 20 and Alecia Smith had a "double-dozen" with 12 points and 12 rebounds. The Coyotes shot 50 percent in the first half and pushed their lead out to as many as 28 points during the game.

Thursday's win elevated Wesleyan's record to 4-6 overall and 2-1 in the KCAC. Junior Alecia Smith leads the Coyotes, averaging 15.9 points and 8.4 rebounds in nine games. Frost's 26 points on Thursday is a team season best and while Smith had a team best 14 rebounds at Oklahoma Christian on November 6. Smith leads the KCAC in rebounding, while Vanessa Kresin leads the league in steals, averaging 3.0 per game.

Wesleyan shoots 36.5 percent from the field as a team, and 30.5 percent from 3-point range. The Coyotes score 67.2 points per game, but allow 73.7 per contest. The Coyotes average 39.5 rebounds per game, but allow 40.4 to their opponents. Wesleyan's opponents are shooting 43.4 percent from the field and 34 percent from 3-point range this season.

Smith ranks No. 19 in the NAIA in 3-point field goal percentage (.447) and No. 48 in the country in scoring average (15.9). Kresin ranks No. 21 in steals average (3.0) and No. 13 in total steals (30). Smith also ranks No. 26 in total rebounds (84) and No. 42 in rebounding average (8.4).

Wesleyan ranks No. 23 in the NAIA in total 3-pointers made (64) and No. 26 in 3-pointers made per game (6.4).

SCOUTING THE FRIENDS FALCONS
Friends is coming off a 71-45 win over Bethel on Thursday night. Tina Fakahafua had 15 points and five rebounds for the Falcons, while Inekka Stevenson had 11 points. Abril Marshall had six rebounds. The Falcons shot 45 percent from the field in the game, but struggled at the line, hitting just 12 of 21 free throws.

The Falcons are 7-4 overall and 2-1 in the KCAC after Thursday's win. Friends is led by Abril Marshall who averages 14.6 points per game off the bench, while Fakahafua leads the Falcons with 5.2 rebounds per game. Marshall had a team season best 21 points in Friends' season opener against Oklahoma Wesleyan. She also scored 21 points two other times against Benedictine on November 17 and against Southwestern in the KCAC opener on November 29. Fakahafua had a team season best 10 rebounds on November 8 against Hastings.

The Falcons are led by third year head coach RaeAnne Booth. Booth is 40-23 in her two previous seasons leading Friends, and led the Falcons to a KCAC Co-Championship last season.

Marshall ranks No. 16 in the NAIA in field goal percentage (.553). Sydnee Henderson ranks No. 32 in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.0) and Whitney Bates ranks No. 47 in total assists (36). The Falcons rank No. 10 in the NAIA in total rebound defense (32.8), No. 14 in scoring defense (56.5) and No. 22 in field goal percentage defense (.352).

NEXT UP FOR THE COYOTES
Wesleyan is off until December 18 when they host Hastings (Neb.) at 6 p.m., in Mabee Arena. The Coyotes are then off for another ten days for the Christmas Break before hosting the Kansas Wesleyan Coyote Classic on December 28 and 29. Wesleyan faces Southwestern Christian on December 28 at 6 p.m., and Midland (Neb.) on December 29 at 4 p.m., at Mabee Arena.

 
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