K-State Hosts Abilene Christian Monday Night
NOV 16, 5:30 PM
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MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State will open the home portion of its 2015-16 non-conference schedule on Monday night at 5:30 p.m., against Abilene Christian.
• K-State has won 21 of its last 23 home openers in Bramlage Coliseum.
• The Wildcats extended their season-opening win streak to six and have won in 15 of the last 17 season openers with a 75-67 win at Tulsa on Nov. 13. The win was the first in a non-conference road game since Dec. 29, 2012 at UC Santa Barbara, ending a three-game non-conference road losing streak.
• K-State overcame a 9-point third quarter deficit by outscoring the Golden Hurricane, 28-15, in the fourth quarter on the strength of 64 percent from the field.
• The Wildcats’ comeback was also spurred by its defense, as K-State blocked six of its school record 14 shots in the fourth quarter.
• Four Wildcats reached double figures in the opener led by sophomore forward Kaylee Page with 21 points on 8-of-11 shooting, including 4-of-6 from beyond the arc, seven rebounds and two assists. She is the first Wildcat with 20 or more points and five or more rebounds in her K-State debut since Tasha Dickey in the 2011-12 season.
• Also in double digits were junior center Breanna Lewis with 13 points, seven rebounds, six blocks and two assists; senior guard Megan Deines with 12 points and five rebounds and senior guard Bri Craig with 11 points off the bench.
• Monday night’s game can be seen live on FOX College Sports Atlantic and on K-StateHD.TV, as Brian Smoller (play-by-play) and Kristin Waller (color analyst) will have the call.
Number to Know
• #KStateWBB blocked a school record 14 shots at Tulsa in the season-opening win.
• The 14 blocks broke the previous school record of 13 from Nov. 17, 2006 against Wyoming.
• Against Tulsa, four Wildcats registered two or more blocked shots led by junior center Breanna Lewis’s game-high of six.
• 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).
• Last season, K-State recorded five or more blocked shots in 16 games.
• 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.
At a Glance: Abilene Christian
• Entering the 2015-16 season, Abilene Christian was selected for a ninth place finish in the Southland Conference coaches’ poll.
• The Wildcats finished the 2014-15 season with a 17-12 overall record and a 9-9 mark in the Southland Conference for a ninth place finish.
• Abilene Christian is led on the sidelines by fourth-year head coach Julie Goodenough. Goodenough owns a mark of 57-31 during her time in Abilene.
• On the floor, Abilene Christian returns eight letter winners from last season’s 17-12 team, including all five starters who all averaged double figures in points last season.
• Leading the way for the Wildcats is junior forward Suzzy Dimba. Dimba was named to the preseason All-Southland Conference Second Team. In the 2014-15 season, Dimba averaged 11.6 points per game and 8.6 rebounds.
K-State in Home Openers
• Kansas State has won 21 of its last 23 home openers in Bramlage Coliseum.
• The Wildcats are 38-9 (.809) all-time in home openers and 23-4 (.852 in openers in Bramlage.
• Head coach Jeff Mittie is 21-2 (.913) in home openers in his previous 23 seasons.
Wildcats Secure 285th Win in Bramlage
• K-State is 285-112 (.718) 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 155-26 (.856) record.
• The Wildcats won nine straight home games to open the 2014-15 season, 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 289-69 (.807).
Three is not a Crowd, It’s a Benefit
• Since the 2011-12 season, when three or more players reach double figures in scoring in the same game, K-State is 52-26 (.667), including a 12-4 record in the 2014-15 season.
• With four players in double figures in the win at Tulsa, K-State has now had consecutive seasons with four or more players in double figures.