Postgame Notes

Kansas State is now 7-1 all-time in the WNIT after Thursday night’s 66-51 decision with Illinois... The Wildcats are now 2-0 against the Illini and 21-18 all-time against the Big 10 Conference, including a 1-1 mark this season.

 

K-State is now 9-0 against non-conference opponents in Bramlage Coliseum this season and 19-1 (.950) over the last two seasons... During the Deb Patterson era (1996-present), the Wildcats are 67-6 (.918) against non-conference foes in Bramlage.

 

The Wildcats’ starting lineup Thursday night consisted of: junior guard Kimberly Dietz, sophomore guard Shalee Lehning, sophomore forward Danielle Zanotti, junior forward Shana Wheeler and freshman Ashley Sweat... Dietz has started 41 straight games and 56 in her career... Lehning has started 60 consecutive games... This was Zanotti’s second straight start and the 27th of her career... This was Wheeler’s 14th start this season and 36th of her career... Sweat has started 18 games in her debut season and the 12th consecutive start dating back to Jan. 31 at Colorado.

 

K-State held a 27-26 lead at the half; the Wildcats are 17-2 this season when leading at the half... The halftime point total by Illinois was the third straight opponent K-State has held under 30-points in the first half and the 19th time this season.

 

The Wildcats recovered from an 18-8 deficit in points in the paint at the half, to tally 22 points in the second half to even up the points in the paint at 30, including 10 points from Shana Wheeler.

 

The Wildcats’ defense forced Illinois into 20 turnovers, while only committing seven of their own... These are the most turnovers K-State has forced since Feb. 7 against Nebraska and the lowest number of turnovers committed this season and the lowest since Jan. 22, 2005 at Texas Tech when they committed six.

 

K-State connected on 7-of-17 (41.2 percent) 3-point field goals... This is the highest total made since Feb. 28 against Oklahoma State when the Wildcats hit nine.

 

Kansas State received 23 points from its bench on Thursday night, led by Coggins with 12... The Wildcats are now 14-0 when outscoring its opponents’ bench. 

 

With her fast-break lay-up at 5:03 of the first half, Coggins passed Janet Reusser for 14th in school history in career scoring... Coggins finished the night with 12 points, the 24th time this season she has reached double figures in scoring and the 64th in her career.

 

Dietz registered 19 points on 7-of-17 from the field including 5-of-9 from beyond the arc... She has now surpassed double figures in 38 career games and the 22 occasions this season and scored 15 or more points 12 times... This is the second time this season Dietz has connected on exactly five 3-point field goals.

 

Wheeler approached a double-double on Thursday night with 10 points and eight boards... She has now tallied double-figures in points 10 times this season and 12 times in her career.

 

Kari Kincaid provided the Wildcats with a lift off the bench for the second straight game with six points on 3-of-6 shooting and chipped in with a career-high tying four rebounds and three assists.

 

Kansas State advanced to the quarterfinals of the WNIT for the second straight year... K-State will host Auburn on Sunday at 2 p.m.