Kansas State fell to 41-23 in the all-time series against Iowa State, including the last three... K-State holds a 21-9 mark in Manhattan... After winning the first matchup 73-68 on Jan. 27, the Cyclones swept the season series from the Wildcats for the first time since the 2000-01 season... It is the first three-game winning streak in the series for Iowa State since winning the last game between the two teams in 1997 and taking both games in the 1997-98 season... K-State is now 10-4 at home this season and 80-14 at home since the 2001-02 season.
The Wildcats’ starting lineup Saturday afternoon consisted of: senior guard Claire Coggins, junior guard Kimberly Dietz, sophomore guard Shalee Lehning, sophomore forward Shana Wheeler and freshman forward Ashley Sweat... This is the eighth-straight start for this group, which has gone just 1-7 in those eight games... Coggins, Dietz and Lehning have started every game in 2006-07 for the Wildcats... Lehning has now started 55 consecutive games, dating back to a 77-66 victory over Louisiana Tech on Dec. 6, 2005... Tonight’s game marked Coggins’ 36th-straight start and her 89th overall... Dietz has started 52 games in her Wildcat career... In her freshman campaign, Sweat has started nine games for the Cats... The Wildcats are now 2-10 without the presence of injured sophomore forward Marlies Gipson.
Kansas State and Iowa State combined to nail 10 three pointers in the first half this afternoon... The last time K-State and its opponent combined to hit 10 or more three’s in a half was the first half between K-State and Iowa State earlier this season in Ames... Kansas State went 5-of-9 (55.6%) from behind the arc in the first half against Iowa State... The five three pointers by the Wildcats were the most three’s in a half since hitting seven in the first half at Colorado (1/31).
Kansas State’s 40 points in the first half was the highest first-half total in Big 12 play this season, and the most since dropping 43 on Louisiana Tech (12/5/06).
Kansas State lost just its second game when trailing at the half... The Wildcats were up 40-35 going into the locker room, but was outscored 29-21 in the second frame... K-State is now 15-2 when leading at halftime.
With 15 points and 11 rebounds, Lehning recorded her second double-double this year... She scored 10 points and grabbed 11 rebounds against Alcorn State (12/2/06)... Lehning now has five career double-doubles, including a triple-double in last year’s WNIT Championship against Marquette.
Sweat scored a game- and career-high 25 points, besting her old high of 20 just a week ago at Kansas (2/28)... She also drilled a career-high four three-pointers, going 4-of-4 from beyond the arc... Over the last five games, the McPherson, Kan., native, is averaging 19.4 points and is shooting 39-of-76 (51.3%) from the field.
Wheeler also reached double-figures, scoring 10 points... It was the seventh time this season she has scored 10-plus... She was also one rebound shy of a double-double, grabbing nine boards.
The Wildcats scored 30 of their 61 points in the paint this afternoon... In the 14 home games this season, K-State is outscoring its opponents in the paint 506-362.
This afternoon’s attendance was 5,547.