K-State Begins Road Trip at (4) Baylor
FEB 3, 7:00 PM
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21-1 (8-1 Big 12)
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MANHATTAN, Kan. – K-State will begin a two-game road trip on Wednesday, as the Wildcats travel to Waco, Texas, to face (4/4) Baylor at 7 p.m. This will be Kansas State’s second game of four straight contests against Associated Press ranked opponents.
• The Wildcats had their four-game win streak ended on Jan. 30, as (6/6) Texas defeated K-State in Manhattan, 66-51. Kansas State held a 15-12 lead after the first quarter, but were held to 15 total points over the next two quarters as the Longhorns captured the lead.
• The Wildcats were paced by junior center and All-American candidate Breanna Lewis with her 19th game this season in double figures as she finished with 12 points and four rebounds. Over the last six games, she is averaging 16.8 points and 7.8 rebounds
• For the season, the All-Big 12 First Team candidate leads K-State with 16.8 points on a .563 field goal percentage, 7.4 rebounds and 2.7 blocks per game. She ranks 17th in the nation in field goal percentage and needs nine rebounds to become the 30th player in program history with 500 career rebounds.
• Joining Lewis in double figures against Texas was junior forward Jessica Sheble. The product of Olathe, Kansas, poured in 10 points on 4-of-4 shooting, pulled in two rebounds, pocketed two steals, blocked a shot and handed out an assist in nine minutes off the bench. Sheble is averaging 3.1 points and 1.1 rebounds in 6.5 minutes in league play this season.
• Wednesday night’s game can be seen live on FOX Sports Southwest Plus and heard live on the K-State Sports Network.
Number to Know
• #KStateWBB is 12-0 this season when holding opponents to 59 points of less.
• In the Jeff Mittie era, Kansas State is 29-1 when holding opponents to 59 points or less.
• For the season, K-State is allowing 59.6 points per game.
At a Glance: Baylor
• No. 4/4 Baylor (21-1, 8-1 Big 12) improved its winning streak to eight with a 71-61 win at (24/rv) West Virginia on Saturday.
• On the sideline, Baylor is led by 16th-year head coach Kim Mulkey. In her time with the Lady Bears, Mulkey has led the program to a 458-91 (.834) record. She has led Baylor to five straight Big 12 regular season titles, 14 NCAA Tournament appearances and a pair of NCAA titles (2005 and 2012).
• On the floor, the Lady Bears are guided by the reigning Big 12 Player of the Year Nina Davis and transfer Alexis Jones.
• Davis, a junior forward from Memphis, Tennessee, paces the Lady Bears with 16.5 points per game and is also pulling in 6.2 rebounds per contest.
• In her first season with Baylor, Jones is averaging 15.1 points, 4.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game.
February a Heartbreaker in K-State History
• K-State is 200-164 (.549) in the second month, which percentage-wise, is the lowest month for K-State.
• The last time K-State had a .500 or better record in the month of February was 2008-09 (3-3).
• The Wildcats are 3-5 under head coach Jeff Mittie in the month of February.
Wildcats on the Road
• K-State has a 255-270 (.486) record in road games during the program’s 48-year history.
• Since the 2000-01 season, K-State owns an 95-90 (.514) mark in road contests.
• K-State has four road victories this season, which are the most since 2012-13 when K-State won six road contests.
• K-State notched a 10-5 (.667) record on the road in 2008-09 to break the previous school record of nine (1982-83 and 2001-02).
• In his career in games played on the road, head coach Jeff Mittie is 131-148 (.470).
K-State Against Ranked Opponents
• The Wildcats are 73-180 (.289) against teams ranked in the Associated Press (AP) poll including a 44-49 (.473) mark against AP ranked teams in Manhattan. K-State is 2-5 (.286) against teams ranked No. 4 in the AP poll.
• With its 66-57 win over No. 20 Texas on Feb. 4, 2015, K-State has registered a win over an AP top-25 team in nine straight seasons.
Wildcats’ Defense Forges Identity
• K-State has held its opponents to a field goal percentage of .351 and 59.6 points per game. The Wildcats rank 24th in the nation in field goal percentage defense.
• Kansas State is 12-0 this season when holding opponents to 59 points or less. The Wildcats are 2-6 when its opponent scores 60 or more.
• The Wildcats have held eight opponents to 49 points or less this season. K-State surrendered a season-low 41 points to UT Arlington on Dec. 3.
• K-State held Texas Tech to 11 first half points on Jan. 24, which were the fewest points allowed since Nov. 12, 2011 against Dartmouth when K-State allowed just 10 points.
• During the last 15 seasons, K-State is 99-3 (.971) when holding an opponent to 49 points or less.
• Last season, K-State was 44th in the nation in scoring defense (58.2 ppg allowed), 12th in steals (11.3 spg) and 42nd in blocked shots (4.7 bpg). K-State’s defense ranked first in the Big 12 in steals, second in scoring defense and third in blocked shots.
Wildcats Send Back Shots; Set Record
• K-State has opened the season with 5.6 blocks per game (112 blocks) and ranks 16th in the nation and fourth in the Big 12 in the category.
• The 112 blocks this season mark the 10th time in school history and the second straight season that K-State has blocked 100 or more shots in a season.
• K-State features four players with 10 or more blocks this season, including junior center Breanna Lewis’s team-leading 2.7 blocks per game (53 blocks).
• K-State blocked a school record 14 shots at Tulsa in the season-opening win on Nov. 13. The previous school record was 13 from Nov. 17, 2006 against Wyoming.
• Last season, K-State blocked 156 shots and recorded five or more blocked shots in 16 games.
Lewis in the Lane
• 2015-16 All-America candidate Breanna Lewis leads K-State with career-best averages of 16.8 points, on a .563 field goal percentage, 7.4 rebounds and 2.7 blocks. She ranks fourth in the Big 12 in scoring, fifth in field goal percentage and eighth in rebounding. She ranks 17th in the nation in field goal percentage.
• Lewis is one of only four players in the nation and the only player in the Big 12 with 300 or more points, 125 or more rebounds and 50 or more blocks. This is the second straight season Lewis has achieved these statistical milestones.
• She has scored in double figures in 19 games, including a current streak of 14 straight games.
• In her career, Lewis has reached double figures in points 43 times including 10 games with 20 or more points. This season she has scored 20 or more points seven times, which marks the most by a Wildcat since Brittany Chambers tallied 22 games with 20 or more points in 2012-13. She has also pulled in five or more rebounds 52 times.
• Lewis achieved her career-high of 30 points on 14-of-19 shooting against Western Illinois on Dec. 21. She also registered seven rebounds and three blocks against the Leathernecks.
• Lewis was the 22nd player and the 47th time in program history to score 30 or more points in a game. She is the first player since Nicole Ohlde on Dec. 14, 2003 to record 30 or more points, five or more rebound and three or more blocks in a game.
• Last season, Lewis was the first player in program history with 300 or more points, 200 or more rebounds, 90 or more blocks and 50 or more steals in a season.