K-State Faces No. 1 UConn on Monday Night


GAME PREVIEW
NOV 23, 6 PM (CT)

XL Center
Hartford, Conn.

NR/NR
K-STATE
WILDCATS
3-0 (0-0 Big 12)

1/1
CONNECTICUT
HUSKIES
1-0 (0-0 AAC)

SNY & ESPN3
K-State Sports Network

           
MANHATTAN, Kan. – K-State travels to the east coast to face the three-time defending national champion (1/1) Connecticut on Monday night at 6 p.m.

• Monday night’s match-up features a pair of programs that rank among the top-20 in NCAA Division I women’s basketball history for wins, as UConn owns 944 and K-State has tallied 875.
• With an 84-81 overtime win over South Dakota on Nov. 16, the Wildcats secured its second straight 3-0 start. Head coach Jeff Mittie is the second coach in program history (Lynn Hickey) to start their first two seasons 3-0.
• Kansas State registered its third straight game with 75 or more points, which is the first time since the 2004-05 season that K-State has scored 75 or more points in the season’s first three games.  
• Offensively, K-State was paced by the trio of junior guard Kindred Wesemann, junior center Breanna Lewis and senior guard Megan Deines. The group combined for 67 of K-State’s 84 points on 23-of-39 shooting.
• For the season, K-State features three players averaging double figures led by Lewis with 18.0 points and 6.3 rebounds. Deines is averaging 16.3 points and 2.0 assists. Wesemann upped her average to 13.0 points and 5.0 assists.
• Monday night’s game can be seen live on SNY and ESPN3, as Eric Frede (play-by-play) and Meg Culmo (color analyst) will have the call. The game will also be available on the K-State Sports Network and for free at kstatesports.com.

Number to Know
50
• #KStateWBB’s Kindred Wesemann and Breanna Lewis combined for 50 of K-State’s 84 points in the Wildcats’ win over South Dakota on Nov. 19.
• This was the 22nd time two K-State players have combined to score 50 or more points in a game since 1986-87. The Wildcats are 21-1 in those games.
• This was the first time since the 2013-14 season that two Wildcats combined for 50 or more points in a game.
• This was the eighth time two K-State teammates combined for 50 or more points in a non-conference game and the first time since March 21, 2013.

At a Glance: Connecticut
• (1/1) Connecticut (1-0) opens its home schedule with K-State on Monday night, following a 100-56 win at (7/10) Ohio State on Nov. 16 to extend their current win streak to 38 games.
• On the sidelines, the Huskies are led by Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame member, Geno Auriemma. In his 31st season at UConn, Auriemma owns a career mark of 918-134 (.873) and has guided the program to 10 national titles, including the last three.
• On the floor, Connecticut returned four starters from last season’s national title squad including consensus All-American, three-time Final Four MOP and 2015-16 Wooden Award candidate Breanna Stewart.
• In the opening win over Ohio State, Stewart paced the Huskies with 24 points, nine rebounds, four assists and four blocks.
• The Huskies are also led by preseason Associated Press All-American and 2015-16 Wooden Award candidate Moriah Jefferson. Jefferson notched 21 points, three rebounds and four assists against the Buckeyes.

K-State Among Top Programs in D-I History
• K-State’s record entering its 48th season of women’s basketball stands at 875-543 (.617) and is among the top-20 in NCAA Division I women’s basketball history and second among Big 12 members.
• The Wildcats have accumulated 23 20-win seasons and have secured 287 victories inside Bramlage Coliseum.
• K-State has 155 wins in the Big 12 Conference.
• In postseason play, the Wildcats have 11 wins in the NCAA Tournament and 14 wins in the WNIT.
• The Cats have registered 211 victories when they were ranked in the Associated Press top-25 poll and achieved 73 wins against teams ranked in the AP poll.

K-State Against Ranked Opponents
• The Wildcats are 73-177 (.292) against teams ranked in the AP poll including a 44-48 (.478) mark against AP ranked teams in Manhattan.
• 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.
• K-State is 0-9 against the No. 1 team in the AP poll. The last time the Wildcats faced the No. 1 team in the AP poll was March 9, 2013 against Baylor in Dallas, Texas.

Wildcats Solid From Beyond the Arc
• K-State has opened the season with an efficient .424 three-point field goal percentage which includes 8.3 made 3-point field goals per game on 59 attempts.
• Kansas State leads the Big 12 and ranks 23rd in the nation in 3-point field goal percentage. The Wildcats are the only team in the Big 12 shooting .400 or better from deep.
• The Wildcats registered a season-high 10 made 3-pointers at Tulsa on Nov. 13.
• Last season, K-State shot .295 from beyond the arc and made 5.3 three-point field goals per game. The Wildcats had one game last season with 10 or more made 3-point field goals (10; vs. Hampton, 11/21/14).

K-State Improved at the Foul Line
• K-State has opened the season with an improved effort from the free throw line, with a Big 12-leading .746 percentage. The Wildcats have attempted 22 more free throws than their opponent this season.
• Last season, the Wildcats made the most free throws (399) since the 2005-06 season and attempted the most free throws since the 1990-91 season. K-State registered the lowest free throw percentage (.617) since the 1997-98 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 14-of-14 from the foul line this season and is tied for the NCAA DI lead in free throw percentage.
• Also against South Dakota, Wesemann was 4-of-8 from beyond the arc. This was her seventh career game with four or more connections from the 3-point line.
• Last season, Wesemann recorded 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).
• Against Texas, Wesemann recorded 25 points on a career-best 8-of-11 shooting from beyond the arc. The eight connections were the most in the Big 12 last season, the most in a conference game by a K-State player in program history and tied for fourth in school history for a single game.