2015-16 Season in Review
48th season • Kansas State (19-13, 8-10 Big 12) • 6th in Big 12 • Second Round of NCAA Tournament
2015-16 K-State WBB Season in Review (PDF)
MANHATTAN, Kan. - Kansas State women’s basketball capped its 48th season of action with an overall record of 19-13 and was an at-large selection for the 2016 NCAA Tournament. This was K-State’s first NCAA Tournament appearance since the 2011-12 season and the Wildcats advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament, which was also the first time since 2012.
• Under the guidance of second year head coach Jeff Mittie, K-State equalled its overall win total from last season and registered an 8-10 mark in Big 12 play for a sixth place finish in the league. The eight wins were the most in league play since the 2011-12 season and the sixth place finish was the highest since that season as well.
• Mittie is the second coach in school history (Lynn Hickey) to guide the program to consecutive postseason appearances in their first two seasons with the program. Mittie has improved K-State’s league win total in each of his first two seasons in Manhattan.
• Mittie is the first head coach in program history to win 10 of his first 11 games to begin consecutive seasons. Mittie is one of two active head coaches’ in the Big 12 (Kim Mulkey, Baylor) to win 10 of their first 11 games to begin consecutive seasons at their current school.
• With its 87-71 win over No. 21/21 Oklahoma on Feb. 9, K-State has registered a win over an Associated Press top-25 team in 10 straight seasons.
• The Wildcats rank 22nd in the nation and fourth in the Big 12 in average attendance (4,508 average; 17 home games). In total attendance, K-State ranks 17th in the nation and third in the Big 12 (76,634).
• K-State season average of 4,508 ranks seventh in program history for average attendance and its 76,634 fans ranks seventh for total attendance. This was the 12th time K-State has ranked among the top-25 in the nation in average attendance.
• In the 2015-16 season, K-State was led by juniors Breanna Lewis and Kindred Wesemann and senior Megan Deines. Lewis, a 2016 All-Big 12 First Team honoree and a Big 12 All-Defensive Team selection, led K-State with 16.7 points on a 55.0 field goal percentage, 7.5 rebounds, 2.6 blocks per game and 1.5 steals. She set career season-highs in points (535), field goals made (231), free throws made (73), rebounds (241) and double-doubles (7).
• Lewis is the first player in program history to register a season with 500 or more rebounds, 225 or more rebounds, 80 or more blocks and 45 or more steals. She is also the first player in program history to record consecutive seasons with 80 or more blocks.
• Wesemann, a 2016 All-Big 12 Second Team recipient, registered career-highs in every statistical category in 2015-16, as she is averaged 12.1 points, 2.5 rebounds and 3.3 assists. She led the Big 12 in 3-point field goals made (84, 2.7 per game) and was seventh in 3-point field goal percentage (.397).
• Deines, who joined the Wildcats in August as a graduate transfer, set career-highs in a number of statistical categories. The product of Springfield, Missouri, averaged 9.6 points, 2.2 rebounds and 2.4 assists.
• K-State also remained successful in the classroom, as seven players earned Academic All-Big 12 honors (1st: Bri Craig, Shaelyn Martin, Kaylee Page, Antoinette Taylor, Kelly Thomson & Wesemann; 2nd: Jessica Sheble).
Team Odds & Ends from the 2015-16 Season
• K-State made its first NCAA Tournament appearance since the 2011-12 season.
• K-State has advanced at least one round in 10 of its 14 NCAA Tournament appearances (12-14).
• K-State had 13 home wins in 2015-16, tied for the fourthmost in program history. The Wildcats have reached double figures in home wins 27 times.
• Kansas State had 76,634 fans (4,508; 17 home games) come through the turnstiles in Bramlage. The 76,634 fans marked the seventh-highest total in program history.
• K-State has held its opponents to a field goal percentage of .368 and 61.4 points per game.
• K-State’s opponent field goal percentage of .368 ranks as the fourth lowest in school history since the 1981-82 season. This is the lowest opponent field goal percentage in a season since the 2004-05 team held its foes to a .365 field goal percentage.
• Kansas State was fifth in the Big 12 and 37th in the nation in blocked shots (4.9 bpg; 157 total blocks). The Wildcats blocked five or more shots in 15 games in 2015-16.
• The 157 blocks in 2015-16 marked the 10th time in school history that K-State blocked 100 or more shots in a season and are fourth-most in program history for blocks in a season.
• K-State blocked a school record 14 shots at Tulsa in the season-opening win on Nov. 13. The previous school record was 13 from Nov. 17, 2006 against Wyoming.
• The Wildcats pocketed 289 steals this season (9.0 spg) to lead the Big 12 and rank 70th in the nation. This is the fourth time in the last 11 seasons and the second straight season K-State has pocketed 275 or more steals in a season.
• K-State held the edge in rebounding in seven straight games from Nov. 25, 2015 to Dec. 30, 2015. The seven straight games of outrebounding its opponents marked the first time the Wildcats held the edge in rebounding in seven or more straight games since holding the advantage on the glass in eight straight games from Nov. 22, 2007 to Jan. 2, 2008.
• Kansas State’s offensive numbers have spiked compared to the production in 2014-15. K-State averaged 64.4 points per game and scored a total of 2,062 points this season. At the conclusion of the 2014-15 season, K-State averaged 59.6 points per game in 33 games (1,967 points).
• The 64.4 points per game marks the highest scoring average by a K-State team since the 2007-08 season (67.5 ppg). This is the first time since the 2012-13 season (2,264 points) that K-State has scored 2,000 or more points in a season.
• K-State made more field goals (738 to 694) than its opponent for the second straight season. This was the first season since the 2012-13 season K-State made 700 or more field goals.
• Kansas State drained 218 3-point field goals, which marks the 16th time in the last 17 seasons K-State has made 175 or more 3-pointers in a season. This is the first time since the 2012-13 season K-State made 200 or more 3-pointers in a season and the 10th time in program history. The 676 3-point field goal attempts were the second-most in school history and the most since the 2012-13 season.
• K-State improved its free throw percentage in Mittie’s second season (.617 in 2014-15 to .648 in 2015-16). K-State attempted 79 fewer free throws in 2015-16 and made 31 fewer free throws in 2015-16.
• The Wildcats scored 75 or more points 10 times this season, the most since the 2005-06 season (10).
• K-State scored a season-high 102 points against Florida Atlantic on Dec. 13. This marked the 24th time in program history that K-State scored 100 or more points in a game (24-0).
• The Wildcats made a season-high 39 field goals against the Owls, which were the most made field goals since making 41 on Nov. 26, 2004 against Illinois State.
• The 49-point margin of victory over Florida Atlantic was the largest by K-State since a 58-point win over Alcorn State on Dec. 5, 2008.
• The Wildcats dished out 476 assists, which were the most assists by a K-State team since the 2007-08 season (486).
• Lewis was the first player in program history to register 500 or more points, 225 or more rebounds, 80 or more blocks and 45 or more steals in a single season.
• Lewis is the first center to lead K-State in scoring since the 2003-04 season and the first center to lead K-State in rebounding since the 2002-03 season.
• Her 535 points scored were the most by a Wildcat since the 2012-13 season. She is the eighth junior to score 500 or more points in a season in school history and the first since Ashley Sweat in the 2008-09 season.
• Lewis is the ninth player in program history to record 500 or more points and 200 or more rebounds in a season.
• Lewis blocked 82 shots for the season to rank third in school history for blocks in a season. She is the first player in program history with 80 or more blocks in consecutive seasons after setting the school record of 97 in the 2014-15 season.
• Wesemann became the first Wildcat since Brittany Chambers in the 2012-13 season to registered 80 or more 3-point field goals and 100 or more assists in the same season.
Number to Know - Part I
• #KStateWBB finished the 2015-16 season with a combination of 446 blocks and steals (157 blocks/289 steals) which ranks fourth in school history. It is the second straight season K-State has recorded 400 or more combined blocks and steals in a season.
• K-State averaged a league high 9.0 steals per game and ranked fifth in the Big 12 in blocks per game with 4.8.
• K-State’s 157 blocked shots are the fourth-highest total in program history and marks the second straight season with 150 or more blocks.
K-State Nearing 900 Wins as a Program
• K-State’s record in its 48th season of women’s basketball stands at 891-556 (.616). The 891 wins are among the top-20 in NCAA Division I women’s basketball history and second among Big 12 members.
• The Wildcats have accumulated 23 20-win seasons and have secured 298 victories inside Bramlage Coliseum.
• K-State has 163 wins in the Big 12 Conference.
• In postseason play, the Wildcats have 12 wins in the NCAA Tournament and 14 wins in the WNIT.
• Kansas State has registered 211 victories when they were ranked in the Associated Press top-25 poll and achieved 73 wins against teams ranked in the AP poll.
Number to Know - Part II
• #KStateWBB’s Breanna Lewis scored 535 points this season, a new career-high.
• Her 535 points are the fourth-most by a K-State junior and the highest total by a K-State junior since Ashley Sweat tallied 545 points in the 2008-09 season.
• Lewis is the eighth junior in school history to score 500 or more points in a season.
• Lewis is the ninth player in school history to record 500 or more points and 200 or more rebounds in a season.