(25/rv) Kansas State Hosts Texas Tech on Saturday Night


GAME PREVIEW
  JAN 7, 7:00 PM

Bramlage Coliseum
Manhattan, KS

NR/NR
TEXAS TECH
LADY RAIDERS
10-4 (2-1 Big 12)

25/RV
K-STATE
WILDCATS
11-4 (1-2 Big 12)

ESPN3
K-State Sports Network


MANHATTAN, Kansas –
(25/rv) Kansas State begins a two-game home stand on Saturday night, as the Wildcats host Texas Tech at 7 p.m.

• Saturday night’s game will be broadcast on ESPN3, as Brian Smoller (play-by-play) and Missy Heidrick (analyst) call the action.
• Kansas State will to shake off the effects of its first overtime game this season, as the Wildcats’ upset bid at (20/24) Oklahoma fell short, 85-80, on Wednesday.
• This was the first time in the Jeff Mittie era that K-State scored 80 or more points in a game and lost.
• The Wildcats had five players in double figures against the Sooners led by junior guard Karyla Middlebrook with a career-high 27 points on 10-of-19 shooting and a 6-of-8 effort from the charity stripe. Middlebrook also hauled in seven rebounds, dished out three assists and pocketed two steals.
• Middlebrook’s 27 points were a K-State season-high. Over the last six games, the product of Blue Springs, Missouri, is averaging 14.5 points on a .483 field goal percentage and 2.8 assists.
• Joining Middlebrook in double figures were seniors Breanna Lewis with 15 points and six rebounds and Kindred Wesemann with 11 points and four assists.
• For the second straight game, junior guard/forward Shaelyn Martin reached double figures as she turned in 12 points, six rebounds, three assists, two blocks and two steals.
• Martin is averaging 11.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 2.0 steals over the last two games. She is also converting from the field at a 50.0 percent clip and is shooting 88.9 percent from the free throw line.

Number to Know
492
• At the midway point of the #KStateWBB schedule, the Wildcats have scored 492 points in the paint.
• K-State is averaging 32.8 points in the paint per game, which is 47.6 percent of K-State’s point produc-tion this season.
• The Wildcats are on pace to score 984 points in the paint, which would be a new high in the Jeff Mittie era (948; 2014-15).

Series History
17-13
• K-State leads the series with Texas Tech, 17-13.
• Head coach Jeff Mittie is 7-4 against Texas Tech.
• K-State has won four of the last five in the series.

At a Glance: Texas Tech
• Texas Tech (10-4, 2-1 Big 12) has won two straight after a 75-66 win over Iowa State in Lubbock on Wednesday night. The Lady Raiders outscored the Cyclones, 28-15, in the fourth quarter to secure the win.
• Texas Tech is guided on the sideline by fourth year head coach Candace Whitaker. The 2002 graduate of Texas Tech owns a record of 44-62 (.415) during her time in Lubbock.
• The Lady Raiders are led this season by sophomore guard Recee’ Caldwell and junior center Jada Ter-ry.
• Caldwell, a transfer from UCLA, is averaging 18.4 points and 4.4 assists this season. She ranks second in the Big 12 in scoring and fifth in the league in assists. Against Iowa State, Caldwell notched 22 points, four rebounds and four assists.
• Terry, a transfer from Texas A&M, is second on the team in scoring at 12.4 points and leads the Lady Raiders on the boards with 7.1 per game.

Kansas State Holds Foes to Single Digit Quarters
• In the second season of the quarter system in women’s college basketball, Kansas State’s defense has been able to limit its opponents point production for 10 minute durations.
• This season, the K-State defense has registered 11 single-digit efforts, including consecutive quarters against Princeton on Dec. 18.
• The Wildcats have allowed a season-low five points to three different opponents this season (Chicago State, Lamar, NC State), all in the first quarter.
• Kansas State is 19-4 when holding an opponent to single digits in any quarter in a game.
• In the 2015-16 season, K-State carded 18 quarters of single digit points allowed including a school rec-ord low of two points surrendered at Kansas on Jan. 20, 2016.

Wildcats Cashing in at the Charity Stripe
• K-State is improved from the free throw line in the first 15 games of the season.
• Kansas State is 206-of-301 (.684) from the charity stripe this season. The Wildcats rank sixth in the Big 12 in free throw percentage. K-State has made more free throws than its combined 15 opponents have attempted this season (206 made; 193 attempted by opponents).
• The made and attempted free throws by the Wildcats are the most in the Jeff Mittie era through 15 games and are the most in both categories by a K-State team since at least the 2000-01 season.
• K-State has had the edge in free throws attempted in 12 of 15 games this season and have tied its op-ponent in two of the other three contests.

Lewis in the Lane
• 2016-17 All-America candidate Breanna Lewis has continued to be a dominant player on the interior, as she is averaging 14.7 points on a .610 field goal percentage. She ranks eighth in the Big 12 in scoring and is fourth in the league in field goal percentage.
• In her career, Lewis has scored 1,302 points to rank 17th in school history for career points. She is the 10th player in program history with 1,200 or more career points and 700 or more career rebounds.
• Lewis is one of five players in Big 12 history to register 1,200 or more career points and 250 or more career blocks. She is the only active player in NCAA Division I to achieve these numbers.
• She has reached double figures in points 66 times in her career including 18 games with 20 or more points. Her scoring average has increased in each of her previous three seasons at K-State, going from 5.7 points per game in her freshman year to 16.7 in 2015-16.

Middlebrook Not Middle of the Road
• Karyla Middlebrook went through an adjustment period with her new teammates but has picked up her performances over the last six games.
• Over the last six games, the product of Blue Springs, Missouri, is averaging 14.5 points on a .483 field goal percentage and 2.8 assists. All four of her double figure scoring performances have come over the last six games.
• At Oklahoma, Middlebrook tallied a career-high of 27 points on 10-of-19 shooting and a 6-of-8 effort from the foul line. She also pulled in a career-high seven rebounds in a career-best 44 minutes of action.
• For the season, Middlebrook is averaging 7.8 points, 3.2 rebounds and 3.1 assists. She ranks 13th in the Big 12 in assists and has led K-State in assists seven times and has four games with five or more assists.

Scoring Outburst for Martin    
• Known more for her hard work on the boards and on defense, Shaelyn Martin has upped her scoring production in the last two games.
• Martin, who is averaging 4.7 points per game in her career with the Wildcats, is averaging 11.0 points on a .500 field goal percentage in the last two games. She is also handing out 5.5 assists in the last two games.
• This is the first time in her career, that Martin has scored 10 or more points in consecutive games. By scoring in double figures in the last two games, Martin has recorded 25 percent of her career total of double figure scoring efforts in the last two games.