K-State Ends Non-Con Play with Western Illinois


GAME PREVIEW
DEC 21, 7 PM

Bramlage Coliseum
Manhattan, KS

NR/NR
WESTERN ILLINOIS
LEATHERNECKS
6-5 (0-0 Summit)

NR/NR
K-STATE
WILDCATS
9-1 (0-0 Big 12)

ESPN3
K-State Sports Network

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State will conclude its non-conference regular season schedule on Mon-day, as the Wildcats face Western Illinois at 7 p.m.

• Kansas State extended its season-high winning streak to six games with a 78-50 win over Sam Houston State on Dec. 19. The six-game winning streak is tied for the longest winning streak in the Jeff Mittie era, as the Wildcats won the first six games of the 2014-15 season.
• The Wildcats registered a season-high 32 points in the fourth quarter against Sam Houston State, turn-ing a nine-point lead into a 28-point win by outscoring the Bearkats 32-13 in the final period.
• K-State was paced by the duo of junior center Breanna Lewis and junior guard Kindred Wesemann. The pair combined for 43 points, as Lewis recorded 24 points, including 18 in the second half, and six re-bounds while Wesemann added 19 points, four rebounds, three assists and two steals.
• For the season, K-State has three players averaging double figures led by Lewis with 16.1 points and 6.9 rebounds. In the last four games, Lewis is averaging 18.5 points on a .635 field goal percentage and 7.5 rebounds. Wesemann is averaging 14.1 points and is shooting .492 from three-point range to rank third in the Big 12 this season. Senior guard Megan Deines is averaging 10.6 points and 2.8 assists.
• Monday night’s game can be seen live on ESPN3, as Brian Smoller and Kristin Waller will have the call. The game will can also be heard live on the K-State Sports Network and for free at kstatesports.com.

Number to Know
29
• #KStateWBB’s Kindred Wesemann has drained 29 three-point field goals through the first 10 games of the season. Her 29 connections rank 23rd in the nation.
• Wesemann is shooting 49.2 percent from beyond the arc, which ranks third in the Big 12 and 11th in the nation.
• She has three games this season with five or more made 3-pointers and five games in her career.
• In the last two games, Wesemann is 10-of-13 (.769) from 3-point range.
• Her previous high through 10 games was 10 connections last season.

At a Glance: Western Illinois

• Western Illinois (6-5) will look to snap a two-game skid following a week off for finals. In their last game, the Leathernecks lost at home to UIC, 78-70.
• For the season, the Leathernecks are averaging 82.4 points per game which is bolstered by 11.6 made 3-point field goals and 33.5 3-point field goals attempted per game. Western Illinois features five players that have made 15 or more 3-pointers this season.
• The Leathernecks lead the nation in 3-point field goals made (85) and attempted (232).  
• Western Illinois is led on the sidelines by fifth year head coach JD Gravina. Gravina is 63-69 in his time in Macomb.
• On the floor, Western Illinois features three players averaging double figures: Sophie Reichelt, Taylor Higginbotham and Michelle Maher.
• Reichelt, a senior forward from Mill Creek, Washington, leads the team in scoring at 15.1 points per game and rebounds per game at 7.3.
• Higginbotham, a freshman guard from Germantown, Wisconsin, is second on the team in scoring with 14.5 points per game and third on the team in rebounding at 5.6 per game.
• Maher, a senior guard from Park Ridge, Illinois, is third on the team in scoring with 13.9 points per game.

12th Month of the Calendar Reaches 200 Wins
• In the 48th year of women’s basketball at K-State, the Wildcats have accumulated a record of 210-86 (.709) in the month of December.
• Under head coach Jeff Mittie, K-State is 11-1 (.917) in the month of December including a current nine-game winning streak.

Halftime Lead = K-State ‘W’ Since 2001-02
• Since the 2001-02 season, K-State is 245-34 (.878) when leading at the break.
• K-State is 20-1 when leading at the break under head coach Jeff Mittie.
• Since the start of the 2007-08 season, K-State is 139-12 (.921) when leading with five minutes to play including a 14-0 record last season.

Lewis in the Lane

• 2015-16 Preseason All-Big 12 Honorable Mention selection Breanna Lewis has opened the season with averages of 16.1 points, on a .576 field goal percentage, 6.9 rebounds and 2.7 blocks. She ranks sev-enth in the Big 12 in scoring, ninth in field goal percentage and 11th in rebounding. She is one of two players in the Big 12 to lead her team in scoring, blocks and steals (Brittney Martin, Oklahoma State).
• She scored in double figures in five straight games to open the 2015-16 season and has reached dou-ble figures in nine games.
• In her career, Lewis has reached double figures in points 33 times including six games with 20 or more points. She has also pulled in five or more rebounds 43 times.
• Lewis achieved her season-high of 24 points on 11-of-15 shooting against Sam Houston State on Dec. 19.
• Last season, Lewis was named an All-Big 12 Second Team selection as she led the team with a career-high 11.5 points (380 points) and four double-doubles last season. She scored in double figures in a team-leading 19 games and led the Wildcats in scoring a team-high 11 times.
• 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.

Wesemann Dials up her Own Number    
• Junior guard Kindred Wesemann registered a career-high effort with 28 points against South Dakota on Nov. 19. It was her third career game and first this season with 20 or more points.
• Against South Dakota, Wesemann was 12-of-12 from the foul line. This marked a career-high for free throws made and attempted and was the fourth time in program history that a player was perfect on 12 or more free throw attempts. Wesemann is 30-of-31 (.968) from the foul line this season and leads the Big 12 and ranks second in the nation in free throw percentage.
• Against Sam Houston State on Dec. 19, Wesemann was 5-of-7 from beyond the arc. She has 10 career games with four or more connections from the 3-point line, including four this season and a career best of eight against Texas last season. The eight made 3-point field goals were the most in a Big 12 game last season and the most in a conference game in school history.
• For the season, Wesemann is averaging 14.1 points and 3.6 assists. She is shooting 46.6 percent from the field including 49.2 percent from beyond the arc. She scored in double figures in five straight games from Nov. 19 to Dec. 7, which was the first time since she had scored in double figures in five straight from Feb. 22 to March 7, 2014.
• She ranks 11th in the Big 12 in scoring and is second in the Big 12 in 3-point field goals made per game (2.9) and is third in 3-point field goal percentage (.492). She ranks 11th in the nation in 3-point field goal percentage and 23rd in the nation in 3-point field goals made (29).
• For her career, Wesemann has drained 118 three-point field goals and needs 17 made 3-point field goals to tie for 12th in school history.