Kansas State Postgame Notes

Kansas State is now 9-1 all-time in the WNIT after Sunday afternoon’s 67-54 win against Auburn... This was the first meeting between the Wildcats and Tigers... K-State is 9-14 (.391) against the Southeastern Conference.

 

Kansas State advances to the semifinals of the WNIT and will travel to the winner of Wyoming/South Dakota State on Wednesday night.

 

K-State is now 10-0 against non-conference opponents in Bramlage Coliseum this season and 20-1 (.952) over the last two seasons... During the Deb Patterson era (1996-present), the Wildcats are 68-6 (.919) against non-conference foes in Bramlage.

 

The Wildcats’ starting lineup Sunday afternoon consisted of: junior guard Kimberly Dietz, sophomore guard Shalee Lehning, sophomore forward Danielle Zanotti, junior forward Shana Wheeler and freshman Ashley Sweat... Lehning and Dietz are the only two Wildcats to start every game this season... Dietz has started 42 straight games and 57 in her career... Lehning has started 61 consecutive games dating back to Dec. 6, 2005 against Louisiana Tech... This was Zanotti’s third straight start and the 28th of her career... This was Wheeler’s 15th start this season and 37th of her career... Sweat has started 19 games in her debut season and the 13th consecutive start dating back to Jan. 31 at Colorado.

 

Kansas State finished with a 34-33 edge in rebounding over the Tigers... Auburn entered the game with a sizable height advantage over the Wildcats with eight of their 13 players over six feet, while K-State has just four of its active nine players above six feet... Entering this afternoon’s contest, Auburn had out-rebounded its foes by 108, which is a +3.2 rebounding margin... Entering today’s contest, K-State had been out-rebounded by its opponents this season by 41, which is a margin of -1.3 per game.

 

Kansas State tallied 24 made field goals and distributed 21 assists on those makes... This the highest assist total since Dec. 15, 2006 against Santa Clara, when the Wildcats dished out 22... This is the fifth time K-State has tallied 20-or more assists in a game.

 

K-State connected on 9-of-22 (40.9 percent) three-point attempts on Sunday... This is the highest amount of 3-point makes since Feb. 28 against Oklahoma State, when the Wildcats also hit nine.

 

K-State held a 37-18 lead at the half; the Wildcats are 18-2 this season when leading at the half... The halftime point total by Auburn was the fourth straight opponent K-State has held under 30-points in the first half and the 20th time this season... This is the second time in the WNIT the Wildcats have held a foe below 20 points and the third time this season.

 

Sweat recorded a game-high 21 points on 8-of-14 shooting, including 3-of-4 from beyond the arc... This is ninth time she has led the team in scoring and the third time she has carded 20-or more points... Sweat has registered 15-or more points in seven contests this season.

 

Dietz connected on three 3-point field goals to move past Kendra Wecker for sixth in school history in career threes made... Dietz finished the game with 19 points on 5-of-14 shooting... She has reached double figures in scoring 23 times this season and 39 occasions in her career.

 

Lehning neared her second career triple-double with a final line of 9 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists... Despite being a point guard at 5-9, Lehning has grabbed seven or more boards in a team-leading 13 games... She has handed out five-or more assists in 18 games this season.

 

Wheeler provided a strong post presence for K-State with four blocks despite giving up almost five inches in height at times to KeKe Carrier... Wheeler blocked Carrier twice including an impressive block in which she recovered from being knocked to the floor by Carrier to send her subsequent shot sailing into the first row... Wheeler finished with eight points on 4-of-7 shooting and nine rebounds.

 

Zanotti tallied eight points on 3-of-3 shooting, including 2-of-2 from beyond the arc... This was her highest output since notching her career-high of 11 points on Dec. 15, 2006 against Santa Clara.