K-State, (23) Auburn Square Off in SEC/Big 12 Challenge
K-State, (23) Auburn Square Off in SEC/Big 12 Challenge
DEC 1, 7:30 PM
6-1 (0-0 SEC)
6-0 (0-0 Big 12)
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MANHATTAN, Kansas – In a matchup featuring two programs ranked among the top 25 in women’s basketball history for all-time wins, Kansas State hosts (23/rv) Auburn in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge on Thursday at 7:30 p.m.
• The game will be available on COX Channel Kansas and K-StateHD.TV, as Brian Smoller (play-by-play) and Kimberly Sauber (color analyst) will have the call.
• Kansas State enters the game with 897 wins in program history and ranked 20th in NCAA Division I history for all-time wins, while Auburn has tallied 886 wins and ranks 23rd.
• The Wildcats went unbeaten in the Paradise Jam and won the Island Division. K-State is 6-0 for the eighth time in the 49-year history of the program and the second time in three seasons under head coach Jeff Mittie.
• The Wildcats were led in the Paradise Jam by the senior duo of Kindred Wesemann and Breanna Lewis. Wesemann was named MVP of the Paradise Jam Island Division, while Lewis garnered All-Tournament Team honors.
• Wesemann averaged 20.0 points per game, including a K-State season-high 24 points against LSU. For the season, Wesemann leads the Wildcats in scoring at 15.8 points per game and is shooting 90.0 percent (18-of-20) from the foul line.
• Lewis recorded 13.7 points per game on a 73.9 field goal percentage and 7.3 rebounds per game during the Paradise Jam. Lewis is averaging 13.8 points on a .717 field goal percentage and 8.3 rebounds this season.
Number to Know
• After winning the Paradise Jam, #KStateWBB ranks first in the nation in field goal percentage defense holding opponents to a .281 effort.
• K-State is one of three teams in the nation allowing a field goal percentage under 30 percent.
• The Wildcats rank third in the nation in scoring defense at 47.0 points per game allowed and are 17th in the nation in 3-point field goal percentage defense (.234).
At a Glance: Auburn
• (23/rv) Auburn (6-1) played just its second home game of the season on Sunday and defeated Indiana, 71-67. After being outscored 22-9 in the third quarter, the Tigers roared back with a 32-14 fourth quarter to down the Hoosiers.
• This will be Auburn’s second game against a Big 12 opponent this season, falling 56-52 to West Virginia on Nov. 24 in Savannah, Georgia.
• Entering the 2016-17 season, Auburn was picked to finish seventh in the Southeastern Conference preseason coaches poll following a second round appearance in the 2016 NCAA Tournament.
• Auburn is led on the sidelines by fifth-year head coach Terri Williams-Flournoy. Williams-Flournoy owns a mark of 77-62 during her time with the Tigers.
• On the floor, the Tigers are paced by senior guard Brandy Montgomery and senior guard/forward Katie Frerking.
• Montgomery leads the team in scoring at 16.1 points per game. The product of Port St. Lucie, Florida, tallied 28 points on 9-of-18 shooting and 6-of-8 from the foul line against Indiana. For her career, the 2016-17 preseason All-SEC Second Team selection ranks 16th on the Auburn career scoring list with 1,331 points.
• Frerking is second on the team in scoring (13.9 ppg), leads the team in rebounding (8.9 rpg), assists (3.3 apg) and steals (3.6 spg). Against the Hoosiers, Frerking notched 21 points, seven steals and six rebounds.
Mittie Approaching 500 Career Wins
• Jeff Mittie, one of the winningest active coaches in NCAA Division I with more than 490 career wins, enters his third season at the helm of the K-State program in 2016-17.
• Mittie, the ninth head women’s basketball coach in K-State history, owns an overall career record of 498-262 (.655) in his 25 years as a head coach, including a 44-27 (.620) mark in three seasons at K-State.
• Mittie needs six wins to become the fifth head coach in program history to reach 50 or more wins at the helm of the Wildcats.
• He has averaged 21 wins per season and experienced only one losing season in his previous 24 seasons.
• Mittie is the second coach in school history (Lynn Hickey) to guide the program to consecutive postseason appearances in their first two seasons with the program.
• Mittie has improved K-State’s league win total in each of his first two seasons in Manhattan.
• Mittie is the first head coach in program history to win 10 of his first 11 games to begin consecutive seasons. Mittie is one of two active head coaches in the Big 12 (Kim Mulkey, Baylor) to win 10 of their 11 games to begin consecutive seasons at their current school.
• Mittie has 17 postseason appearances (NCAA or WNIT Tournaments), in which he has a combined record of 17-15.
• Under Mittie in 2014-15, K-State improved its overall record by eight wins from the 2013-14 season (11 to 19), which was the third-largest win improvement from one season to the next in school history.
K-State Against Ranked Opponents
• The Wildcats are 74-185 (.286) against teams ranked in the Associated Press (AP) poll including a 45-50 (.474) mark against AP ranked teams in Manhattan.
• With its 87-71 win over No. 21 Oklahoma on Feb. 9, K-State has registered a win over an AP top-25 team in 10 straight seasons.
• Kansas State is 1-5 against teams ranked number 23 in the AP poll with the win coming against Nebraska on Feb. 12, 1997 in Bramlage.
12th Month of the Calendar Reaches 200 Wins
• In the 49th year of women’s basketball at K-State, the Wildcats have accumulated a record of 211-87 (.708) in the month of December.
• Under head coach Jeff Mittie, K-State is 12-2 (.857) in the month of December.
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 seven single-digit efforts including in five of six games.
• 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.
• In the 2015-16 season, K-State carded 18 quarters of single digit points allowed including a school record low of two points surrendered at Kansas on Jan. 20, 2016.
• Kansas State is 17-3 when holding an opponent to single digits in any quarter in a game.
Wesemann Approaching Career Milestone
• Kindred Wesemann has set her sights on a career milestone, as she is on the precipice of becoming the 40th player in program history to score 1,000 career points.
• Wesemann needs 84 points to join K-State’s 1,000-point club. She has opened the season averaging 15.8 points per game, increasing her average by 4.1 points (11.7 ppg) at the Paradise Jam where she averaged 20 points per game.
• She has scored in double figures in all six games this season. For her career, the Pleasant Hill, Missouri, product has reached double figures in scoring 41 times.
• On her way to earning Paradise Jam MVP honors, Wesemann tallied a season-high 24 points against LSU on Nov. 25, her sixth career game with 20 or more points.
• Wesemann achieved career-highs in nearly every statistical category in the 2015-16 season. Wesemann, a 2016 All-Big 12 Second Team, averaged 12.1 points and 3.3 assists. She shot 36.9 percent from the field including 39.7 percent from beyond the arc. She ranked 12th in the Big 12 in scoring. Her 12.1 points per game were four points higher than her previous career-high of 8.0 points in 2014-15.
Lewis has Increased Efficiency
• Breanna Lewis has continued to be an effective scorer around the basket and has joined the top 10 in program history for career field goal percentage.
• Lewis has tallied a 38-of-53 (.717) effort from the field in the first six games of the season and ranks third in the Big 12 and fourth in the nation in field goal percentage.
• Last season, Lewis finished with a career-high .550 field goal percentage with a career-best 231 made field goals on 420 attempts.
• For her career, the 2016-17 All-America candidate ranks ninth in program history for career field goal percentage at .521 (499-of-957). With one made field goal, Lewis will become the 18th player in program history with 500 or more made field goals in a career.