K-State Faces West Virginia on Wednesday


GAME PREVIEW
JAN 6, 7 PM

Bramlage Coliseum
Manhattan, KS

NR/NR
WEST VIRGINIA
MOUNTAINEERS
12-3 (1-1 Big 12)

NR/NR
K-STATE
WILDCATS
10-3 (0-2 Big 12)

FCS Central
K-STATEHD.TV
K-State Sports Network

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State will play three of its next four games in Bramlage Coliseum, as the Wildcats begin the stretch against West Virginia on Wednesday at 7 p.m.
 
• K-State suffered its second straight loss with an 87-73 decision at TCU on Jan. 2. This is the first time K-State has lost consecutive games since Feb. 15-25, 2015.
• K-State had four players score in double figures, led by junior guard Kindred Wesemann with 21 points, five assists and five steals. This season, the guard from Pleasant Hill, Missouri, is averaging 14.5 points and is shooting .451 from three-point range and is third in the nation in free throw percentage at .932. In the last five games, Wesemann is averaging 17.0 points and 3.6 connections from 3-point range.
• Junior center Breanna Lewis added 17 points, seven rebounds and three blocks. She leads K-State in scoring with 17.2 points per game and is second in rebounding with 6.9 per game. In the last seven games, Lewis is averaging 19.6 points on a .635 field goal percentage and 7.3 rebounds.
• Sophomore forward Kaylee Page reached double figures for the fifth time this season with 14 points. The product of Wamego, Kansas is averaging 8.8 points and 5.4 rebounds this season.
• Senior guard Antoinette Taylor scored 12 points off the bench, her second effort of 10 or more points this season.  
• Wednesday night’s game can be seen live on FCS Central. The game can also be heard live on the K-State Sports Network and for free at kstatesports.com.

Number to Know
55
• #KStateWBB’s Breanna Lewis has a combined 55 blocks and steals this season.
• The 2015 Big 12 All-Defensive Team selection is the only player in the Big 12 and one of seven player in the nation with 30 or more blocks and 20 or more steals.
• She has combined for five or more blocks and steals in a game six times this season.
• Lewis ranks third in the Big 12 in blocks per game (2.5) and is 11th in the league in steals per game.

At a Glance: West Virginia
• West Virginia (12-3, 1-1 Big 12) has split its first two games in league play this season - falling at home to (5/6) Texas and winning at Kansas on Sunday.
• On the sideline, West Virginia is led by 15th-year head coach Mike Carey. In his time with the Mountaineers, Carey has achieved a record of 309-164 (.653) and captured a share of the 2014 Big 12 regular season title.
• On the floor, West Virginia features three players scoring in double figures led by senior guard Bria Holmes, sophomore forward Teana Muldrow and redshirt junior Lanay Montgomery.
• Holmes leads the Mountaineers and ranks fifth in the Big 12 in scoring at 16.9 points per game. She also paces the team in assists with 3.5. Against the Jayhawks, Holmes tallied 13 points and three assists.
• Muldrow is second on the team with 10.8 points and leads the squad in steals with 28.
• Montgomery is third on the team in scoring (10.0) and leads in rebounding (9.0). She leads the Big 12 in blocks with 3.0 per game.

Wildcats Secure 293rd Win in Bramlage
• K-State is 293-113 (.722) all-time inside Bramlage Coliseum, which is in its 28th season of existence.
• Kansas State has protected its home floor with determination against non-conference foes with a record of 163-26 (.862) record.
• The Wildcats won nine straight home games to open 2014-15, the longest home win streak since 2010-11 (11).
• K-State had 15 home wins in 2014-15, the most since the 2002-03 season and tied for the second most in program history. The Wildcats have reached double figures in home wins 26 times.
• In his career in games played in his home venue, head coach Jeff Mittie is 297-71 (.807).

Third Quarter Has Been Difference For K-State
• With the transition to quarters in NCAA Division I women’s basketball this season, K-State has made the most of halftime adjustments this season.  
• The Wildcats have outscored their opponents, 263-220, in the third quarter this season (20.2 ppg to 16.9 ppg).  K-State has scored 20 or more points in the third quarter 10 times this season.
• The Wildcats have “lost” the third quarter this season four times and came back from one of those deficits to win (at Tulsa). When leading entering the fourth quarter this season, K-State is 9-0.

Wildcats Solid From Beyond the Arc
• K-State has opened the season with an efficient .356 three-point field goal percentage (111-of-311) which includes 8.5 made 3-point field goals per game. Kansas State has scored 35.0 percent of its points from beyond the arc this season.
• The Wildcats lead the Big 12 and rank 19th in the nation in 3-point field goals made per game.
• K-State has 13 games this season with five or more connections from beyond the arc, including five games with 10 or more made 3-pointers.
• The Wildcats registered a season-high 14 made 3-pointers against Florida Atlantic on Dec. 13. K-State also connected on a season-high 58.3 percent of its attempts against Florida Atlantic. The 14 connections were the most since March 4, 2013 at Baylor when K-State made 15.
• K-State has maded 175 or more 3-point field goals in 15 of the last 16 seasons.
• 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).

Lewis on the Defensive
• Lewis has thrived in the Wildcats’ defensive system and picked up where she left off last season with 33 (2.5 bpg) to begin the 2015-16 campaign. She ranks third in the Big 12 and 28th in the nation for blocks per game.
• Lewis, a 2015 Big 12 All-Defensive Team selection, has also pocketed 22 steals (1.7 spg) this season to rank 11th in the Big 12. She is the only player in the Big 12 and one of seven in the nation with 30 or more blocks and 20 or more steals.
• She has blocked two or more shots in her career 45 times and is second in school history for career games with five or more blocks (11).
• Lewis is third in school history with 174 career blocks. She is first in school history with 2.32 blocks per game. She ranks 18th among active NCAA DI players for career blocks and 11th among NCAA DI players for career blocks per game.
• Last season, Lewis was the first player in program history to receive Big 12 All-Defensive Team honors.
• Lewis averaged career-highs of 2.9 blocks (97 blocks) and 1.5 steals (50 steals). She set new personal career season-highs in blocks and steals in 2014-15 with her school single season record 97 blocks.
• She was second in the Big 12 and ranked 14th in the nation in blocks and was 12th in the Big 12 in steals.
• Against Kansas on Jan. 11, Lewis blocked a school record and career-high eight shots.
• Lewis has pocketed a career-high four steals three times in her career, including four against UTRGV on Dec. 7. She has tallied two or more steals in 22 career games.

Page is the Road Warrior    
• Sophomore Kaylee Page has been one of K-State’s best players away from Bramlage Coliseum this season.
• In the four road games, Page is averaging 13.5 points highlighted by a 13-of-28 effort from beyond the arc and has pulled in 4.8 rebounds and dished out 2.0 assists.
• Of her five double figure scoring efforts this season, three have come in road games, including her career-high of 21 at Tulsa to open the season.

Taylor Energizes Attack    
• Senior Antoinette Taylor has been a spark off the bench for the Wildcats this season. The guard from Gary, Indiana, is averaging 4.2 points, 1.1 assists and 1.0 steals in 9.2 minutes of action.
• Against Florida Atlantic, Taylor notched a career-high of 14 points in 16 minutes of action off the bench. She also buried a pair of 3-pointers, the first game of her career with multiple connections from beyond the arc.
• The 14 points were 21.5 percent of her career point total by the end of the game.
• Taylor has already recorded new career season-highs in points, field goals made, 3-point field goals made and assists. She has tied her career season total with her 13 steals this season.