Postgame Notes

Kansas State is now 32-8 all-time in home openers dating back to its inaugural season in 1968-69... K-State has now won 15 of its last 16 home openers in Bramlage Coliseum, including nine straight... Beginning her 12th season in Manhattan, head coach Deb Patterson is now 11-1 in home openers.

 

Tonight marks the first time that the Wildcats and the Huskies have met... The Tia Jackson era as Washington’s head coach begins with a loss to the Wildcats... K-State has now won three of the last four games against Pac-10 opponents, improving their all-time record to 6-8 against the Pac-10... It was the first time K-State has played a Pac-10 opponent since the 2003 season when the Cats faced Arizona State.

 

The Wildcats jumped off to a 10-0 start in the first 2:23 of regulation... The last time that K-State scored 88 points or more was against Idaho State (3/17/06) on their way to the WNIT championship.

 

The Wildcats’ starting lineup Thursday evening consisted of junior Shalee Lehning, senior Kimberly Dietz, junior Danielle Zanotti, junior Marlies Gipson, sophomore Ashley Sweat... The K-State bench was responsible for 29 of the Wildcat’s 88 points.

 

Attendance for tonight’s home opener was 4,801... This number was greater than last year’s home opener game between K-State and Wisconsin-Green Bay which had 4,250 spectators at the 72-67 victory in Bramlage Coliseum.

 

K-State held a 43-30 advantage at the half... The first half featured action from all 12 members of the Wildcat squad... Dietz led all in scoring at the half with 16 on 4-7 from the field, 3-6 from three-point land and 5-7 from the line... K-State biggest lead of the half came at the 13:34 mark as Dietz completed an and-one free throw increasing the lead to 18 (24-6)... After finishing the 2006-07 season 18-2 when leading at halftime, K-State begins the season 1-0 with the advantage at the midpoint mark.

 

Junior point guard Shalee Lehning recorded a double-double with 16 points and 11 assists... This is her sixth double-double of her career... With 11 assists on the night, it forces a three-way tie for 3rd place on the career assist leader list between Cassandra Jones (1982-86) and Kendra Wecker (2001-05).

 

Freshman Jackie Stanley, a product out of Wylie, Texas, made her K-State debut with 13:47 in the first half... The 6-2 forward scored her first point as a Wildcat when she hit a jumper with 1:16 minutes left in first half... Stanley finished with 11 points, hitting 5-of-9 from the floor.

 

Junior Kelsey Nelson, a native of Riley, Kan., made her debut as a Wildcat at the 9:33 mark in the first half... The 5-9 guard, and sister of K-State wide receiver Jordy Nelson, scored five points on 2-4 shooting from the field in 10 minutes of play.

 

Freshman Kelsey Hill, a product of Lenexa, Kan., registered 8 minutes for the Wildcats, coming in at the 3:45 mark in the first half... She finished with one assist and one rebound without attempting a field goal.

 

Freshman Shalin Spani recorded three points and three rebounds in 15 minutes of action... The product checked in at the 14:27 mark in the first half.

 

K-State had four Wildcats reach double figures in scoring... Dietz and Lehning recorded a game-high 16 points on the night ... Dietz was the first player to reach double figures as she hit two three-pointers in the first four minutes of regulation... Sweat added 11 points for the Wildcats after connecting on 5-of-7 field goals... Gipson shot 5-of-9 for 10 points.

 

K-State recorded 10 steals against Washington, with Lehning leading all Wildcats with four... Kansas State grabbed 35 rebounds against Washington as Wheeler led the way with seven boards.