August 14, 2013
By Kelly McHugh
The first K-State women's basketball player to hail from the state of Wisconsin, freshman forward Breanna Lewis is happy to be a part of the Wildcat family.
"I'm excited for the games and how all the fans really get together and support the team," Lewis said about the upcoming season. "I'm ready for all of that and just for basketball in general. We have a lot of fans and a lot of support, and I really like to see that."
Lewis is 6-foot-5 and will bring some much-anticipated height to the K-State roster. Last season the tallest player on the court for the Wildcats was 5-11 forward Chantay Caron, so Lewis, the team's new tallest player, will be looked to to make things happen when basketball season rolls around.
The Milwaukee, Wis., native went to Riverside High School and led her team to a 2013 state title after a senior season where she averaged 15.5 points, 12.8 rebounds, 3.8 blocks and 2.0 steals per game.
As for Lewis's goals during her time at K-State, she said becoming the best player she can is on the top of her list. Under the guidance of head coach Deb Patterson, she said, reaching those goals is something she knows she can do.
"Well of course everyone wants to win," Lewis said, "but one of my biggest goals is to become a better player and to make my family and my hometown proud. I think (Coach Patterson) can turn me into a great player and I'm ready to develop into that player."
Comparing the Little Apple to Milwaukee, Lewis said there are some big differences, but so far, the family environment and small town feel of Manhattan make Lewis feel at home.
"It's different coming from the city and all, but I really like it because it feels small, but it isn't really that small," Lewis said. "There's a lot of things to do for a small town, and I'm really getting used to it."
While Lewis said the team's six new freshmen have been connecting with the returning players very well, it has been nice having so many new faces on the team that she can relate with.
"I think we're going to have a strong bond because there are so many of us," Lewis said about the freshmen group. "I think that we already have a good bond because we're connecting really well. Most of us are from far away, so we've been keeping each other encouraged. It's been really nice."
K-State women's basketball will head to Italy on August 9 for a 10-day, three-game trip. The practice and preparation leading into the trip have strengthened the team's bond as it looks forward to the 2013-14 season. Lewis said she is excited to travel with her new teammates and experience the basketball culture on a difference continent. However, while the experiences on the court are going to help her immensely when the season starts up, she is also excited for the time her team will have off the court.
"I'm most excited about eating the food," Lewis laughed. "It was very exciting to find out we were going to Italy because I like to travel. I've only been one place outside of the country, so to experience another it will be really fun, and I'm very excited for that."
The K-State women's basketball team tips off its 2013-14 season on Oct. 28 with an exhibition game against Washburn University, and it will be Lewis' first game on the court of Bramlage Coliseum as a K-State Wildcat.
Season tickets are available for the 2013-14 women's basketball season, for more information call 1-800-221-CATS or visit www.kstatesports.com/tickets.