K-State Hosts UT Arlington on Thursday
DEC 3, 7 PM
3-3 (0-0 SUN BELT)
4-1 (0-0 Big 12)
FCS Central & K-STATEHD.TV
K-State Sports Network
MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State ends its two-game home stand on Thursday, as the Wildcats host UT Arlington at 7 p.m. Thursday’s game begins a busy stretch for K-State, as the Wildcats will play three games in five days.
• The Wildcats bounced back from their first loss of the season to end the month of November with a 59-47 win over Southern. K-State has won six straight home games in the month of November, a stretch that spans the last two seasons.
• K-State dished out 16 assists on 19 made field goals and held the edge in rebounding for the first time this season (42-30).
• Offensively, K-State was paced by the trio of junior guard Kindred Wesemann, junior center Breanna Lewis and sophomore forward Kaylee Page. The group combined for 42 of K-State’s 59 points. Lewis and Wesemann each tallied 16 points, with Page adding 10 points. Sophomore guard/forward Shaelyn Martin paced K-State on the boards with a career-high 11, while also dishing out a career best seven assists.
• For the season, K-State features four players averaging double figures led by Lewis with 16.0 points and 6.8 rebounds. Wesemann is averaging to 13.2 points and 4.4 assists. Senior guard Megan Deines is averaging 13.0 points, while Page is averaging 10.0 points and 4.0 rebounds.
• Thursday night’s game can be seen live on FCS Central and K-StateHD.TV, as John Kurtz (play-by-play) and Missy Heidrick (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
• K-State has opened the season with 85 assists on 123 made field goals (69.1 percent) for an average of 17.0 per game.
• The Wildcats have assisted on 70.0 percent or more of K-State’s made field goals in two games this season including 16 of 19 (84.2 percent) against Southern.
• This season, K-State is paced by Kindred Wesemann, Shaelyn Martin and Kaylee Page with 58 combined assists. The trio has assisted on 47.2 percent of K-State’s made field goals with Wesemann and Martin ranking tied for fourth in the Big 12 (4.4 apg).
At a Glance: UT Arlington
• UT Arlington (3-3) enters Thursday’s game with two straight wins after dropping three of their first four games.
• The Lady Mavericks are led on the sidelines by third year head coach Krista Gerlich. Gerlich is 24-41 in her time in Arlington. In her career, Gerlich owns a record of 192-93 in nine seasons.
• On the floor, UT Arlington has featured a balanced offensive attack as three players lead the team with 9.3 points per game. Leading the way for the Lady Mavericks are sophomore center Rebekah VanDijk, junior guard Kamy Cole and sophomore guard Cierra Johnson.
• VanDijk, a product of Nazareth, Texas, is averaging 9.3 points and 7.2 rebounds. At Stephen F. Austin on Tuesday, VanDijk registered 18 points and 13 rebounds.
• Cole is averaging 9.3 points and 1.5 rebounds with two starts in six games. Cole is familiar with the Big 12 and K-State head coach Jeff Mittie, as she played for TCU in the 2012-13 season.
• Johnson is putting up 9.3 points, 3.7 rebounds and 2.2 assists.
Wildcats’ Defense Forges Identity
• Through five games this season, K-State has held its opponents to a field goal percentage of .384 and 67.4 points per game.
• K-State surrendered 45 points to Abilene Christian on a .212 field goal percentage. It was the lowest opponent field goal percentage since K-State held Dartmouth to a .132 effort on Nov. 12, 2011.
• The Wildcats have held two opponents to 49 points or less this season.
• During the last 15 seasons, K-State is 93-3 (.969) when holding an opponent to 49 points or less.
• Last season, 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). 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 held 10 opponents to 49 points or less in 2014-15, including four straight opponents from Nov. 18 to Dec. 8, 2014. 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 Solid From Beyond the Arc
• K-State has opened the season with an efficient .360 three-point field goal percentage which includes 8.2 made 3-point field goals per game.
• Kansas State is third in the Big 12 and ranks 36th in the nation in 3-point field goal percentage. The Wildcats lead the Big 12 in 3-point field goals made per game (8.2).
• The Wildcats registered a season-high 10 made 3-pointers twice - at Tulsa on Nov. 13 and at UConn on Nov. 23.
• 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).
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 21-of-22 (.955) from the foul line this season and leads the Big 12 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.
• For the season, Wesemann is averaging 13.2 points and 4.4 assists. She is shooting 41.5 percent from the field including 42.3 percent from beyond the arc. She has scored in double figures in three straight games, which is the first time since she scored in double figures in five straight from Feb. 22 to March 7, 2014.
• 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).
• For her career, Wesemann has drained 100 three-point field goals, which includes 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.
Lewis in the Lane
• 2015-16 Preseason All-Big 12 Honorable Mention selection Breanna Lewis has opened the season with averages of 16.0 points, on a .590 field goal percentage, 6.8 rebounds and 3.0 blocks. She ranks seventh in the Big 12 in scoring, ninth in field goal percentage and 12th in rebounding.
• She has scored in double figures in five straight games and eight of her last nine games dating back to the final four games of the 2014-15 season.
• In her career, Lewis has reached double figures in points 29 times including four games with 20 or more points. She has also pulled in five or more rebounds 38 times.
• In three home games this season, Lewis is averaging 19.0 points on 27-of-39 (.692) shooting, 7.0 rebounds and 2.7 blocks.
• Lewis achieved her season-high of 22 points on 11-of-15 shooting against South Dakota.
• 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.