K-State Completes Exhibiton Play Against Pittsburg State


GAME PREVIEW
NOV 9, 7 PM

Bramlage Coliseum
Manhattan, KS

NR
PITTSBURG STATE
GORILLAS
0-0 (0-0 MIAA)

NR/NR
K-STATE
WILDCATS
0-0 (0-0 Big 12)

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MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State will finish its exhibition schedule on Monday, Nov. 9, as the Wildcats host Pittsburg State at 7 p.m., in Bramlage Coliseum.
 
• K-State head coach Jeff Mittie enters his 24th season of coaching and his second in Manhattan with a career record of 473-249 (.655), including a 19-14 record at K-State.
• The Wildcats opened their 2015-16 exhibition slate on Nov. 2, with a 75-48 win over Washburn. K-State shot .500 from the field and notched 46 of its 75 points from the paint.
• Defensively, K-State held Washburn to 22 points in the second half and a .271 field goal percentage for the game. The Wildcats pocketed 12 steals and blocked six shots.
• K-State was led by junior center Breanna Lewis and senior Megan Deines in the win over the Ichabods. Lewis, a 2015-16 preseason All-Big 12 honorable mention selection, tallied 22 points on 11-of-14 shooting, with five rebounds and three blocks in 23 minutes of action.
• Deines made her first appearance in a Wildcat uniform and notched 16 points, including 3-of-4 from beyond the arc. The native of Springfield, Missouri, also added three steals to her final line.
• Monday night’s game can be seen live on COX Channel Kansas by COX Cable subscribers in the state of Kansas and on K-StateHD.TV, as Brian Smoller (play-by-play) and Missy Heidrick (color analyst) will have the call.

Number to Know
52
• #KStateWBB freshman center Cheyenne Hooper is the first Wildcat since Stephanie Lane (1987-90) to wear the number 52.
• The only available number to never have been worn in program history is 55.
• The most popular number in program history is 23, worn 11 times and currently worn by freshman guard Anna Hammaker.

At a Glance: Pittsburg State
• Entering the 2015-16 season, Pittsburg State was picked to finish fourth in the MIAA by the league’s coaches.
• Finished the 2014-15 season with a 27-7 overall record and ranked 16th in the final national coaches’ poll. The program achieved its third NCAA Division II Tournament appearance in the last four seasons.
• Pittsburg State dropped its exhibition opener at Kansas on Sunday, Nov. 1, 80-54.  
• The Gorillas are led on the sidelines by Lane Lord. Lord, entering his eighth season with Pittsburg State, owns a career record at Pitt State of 154-83 (.650).
• Pitt State returns three of its top five scorers from last season including seniors Kylie Gafford and Cathy Brugman.
• Gafford averaged 10.4 points and 5.6 rebounds a game last season.
• Brugman tabulated 8.5 points and 3.9 rebounds per contest.
• Gafford and Brugman were also one-two last season for the Gorillas in blocked shots with 61 and 46, respectively.

Mittie Enters Second Season at K-State
Jeff Mittie, one of the winningest active coaches in NCAA Division I with more than 470 career wins, enters his second season at the helm of the K-State program in 2015-16.

• Mittie is the 9th head women’s basketball coach in K-State history.
• Mittie owns an overall career record of 473-249 (.655) in his 24 years as a head coach.
• Mittie has averaged 21 wins per season and experienced only one losing season in his previous 23 years of head coaching.
• Mittie has 16 postseason appearances (NCAA or WNIT Tournaments), in which he has a combined record of 16-14.
• 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.
• Mittie’s 19 wins in 2014-15 at K-State are the most wins in his career in his first season at a new school.
• He was the first K-State head coach since 1968-69 to win 10 of the first 11 games he coached at K-State.

Preseason Poll Not the Final Verdict for Cats
• Kansas State was slotted for a seventh-place finish by the Big 12 coaches in the annual preseason poll. This is the first time since the 2008-09 season that K-State was predicted to finish higher than eighth.
• Despite the prediction, K-State has a history of exceeding the expectations of the league’s coaches.
• K-State leads the Big 12 in exceeding the preseason predictions, finishing on average +1.39 positions higher than its preseason prediction in the 18 polls that have a preseason prediction and a final standing attached to it, including the 2014-15 season.
• The Wildcats have finished 13 of 18 seasons above its preseason prediction and owns the largest deviation in league history from its preseason prediction and its final place with a +7 by winning the Big 12 in 2007-08.

Wildcats’ Defense Forges Identity
• 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) in 2014-15.
• K-State’s defense ranked first in the Big 12 in steals, second in scoring defense and third in blocked shots.
• The 58.2 points per game was the lowest since the 2011-12 season (57.4 oppg) and the 1,919 total points allowed marked the fewest total points allowed in a season since the 2010-11 season (1,802).
• K-State was 17-1 in 2014-15 when holding opponents to 59 points or less.
• During the last 14 seasons, K-State is 91-3 (.968) when holding an opponent to 49 points or less.
• K-State held 10 opponents to 49 points or less in 2014-15, including four straight opponents from Nov. 18 to Dec. 8, marking the first time since March 21 to April 3, 2013 that K-State has achieved this. The 2014-15 team fell a game short of tying the school record for holding foes to 49 points or less, set in 2011-12 (11).
• The Wildcats held UMKC to 36 points on Nov. 18, 2014, which marked the lowest opponent output in 2014-15 and the fewest points surrendered by the Wildcats since Dec. 7, 2011, when K-State allowed 34 points to Wichita State.

Wildcats Send Back Shots in 2014-15
• With a new defensive system in place, Kansas State was third in the Big 12 and 43rd in the nation in blocked shots (4.7 bpg; 156 total blocks). The Wildcats blocked five or more shots in 16 games in 2014-15.
• K-State blocked a season-high 10 shots against Hampton on Nov. 21, which marked the most blocks since Dec. 20, 2008 at Indiana State (10).
• The 156 blocks in 2014-15 marked the ninth time in school history that K-State blocked 100 or more shots in a season and are fourth-most in program history for blocks in a season.

Wesemann Directing the Offense    
• Kindred Wesemann dished out a career-high 87 assists (2.7 apg) in 2014-15, which is double her total from her freshman season (38).
• Wesemann also carded career-highs with 264 points (8.0 ppg) and tied for the team lead with 52 connections from beyond the arc. She ranked eighth in the Big 12 in 3-point field goals made per game (1.6) and ninth for 3-point field goal percentage (.284).
• Wesemann also set a career season-high in steals with 54 in 2014-15. She is 15th in the Big 12 in assists and eighth in steals (1.6).
• Over a two-game span, Wesemann averaged 23.0 points on .552 shooting including .650 effort from beyond the arc. She was the first Wildcat since January 2014 to record consecutive games of 20 or more points.
• Against Texas, Wesemann reset her career-high with 25 points on a career-best 8-of-11 shooting from beyond the arc. The eight connections are the most in the Big 12 this season and tied for fourth in school history.

Martin Has Strong Freshman Campaign    
• Shaelyn Martin tallied a diverse stat line of 4.6 points, 5.2 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 2.0 steals while starting all 33 games to begin her career. She was one of two Wildcats to start every game in 2014-15 (Breanna Lewis).
• In her first postseason, Martin averaged 6.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 2.0 steals.
• Martin led the team in assists with 90 in 2014-15. She dished out a career-high six assists against TCU on Feb. 11 and had five games with five or more assists.
• She was second on the team and fifth in the Big 12 in steals. She led all Big 12 freshmen in steals. Martin had 19 games last season with two or more steals, including a career-high five against UT-Arlington and at Texas Tech.
• Against Grambling State, Martin notched a career-high 11 points on a career-best 5-of-8 shooting.
• Martin pulled in a career-high 11 rebounds against Oklahoma State on Jan. 28. She had 18 games with five or more rebounds this season.