K-State Welcomes in South Dakota on Thursday


GAME PREVIEW
NOV 19, 7 PM

Bramlage Coliseum
Manhattan, KS

NR/NR
SOUTH DAKOTA
COYOTES
0-2 (0-0 SUMMIT)

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

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K-State Sports Network

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State will conclude its two-game home stand on Thursday night, as the Wildcats host South Dakota at 7 p.m.

• K-State will look to open a season 3-0 for the second straight season and for the fifth time in the last six seasons.
• With a 76-45 win over Abilene Christian on Monday, the Wildcats secured its 22nd win in its last 24 chances in home-openers and recorded the 475th career coaching win for head coach Jeff Mittie.
• K-State shot just under 50 percent and dished out 23 assists on 29 made field goals in the win over ACU.  
• Kansas State’s defense held Abilene Christian to a .212 field goal percentage while pocketing 15 steals and blocking nine shots. K-State has blocked 23 shots to open the season, the most in program history after two games.
• Offensively, K-State was paced by senior guard Megan Deines and junior center Breanna Lewis. The duo combined for 39 points on 16-of-22 shooting.
• For the season, K-State features four players averaging double figures led by Deines and Lewis with 16.0 points per game. Sophomore forward Kaylee Page checks in a 12.0 points per game, while senior guard Bri Craig is averaging 10.0 points off the bench.
• Thursday night’s game can be seen live on FOX College Sports Central and on K-StateHD.TV, as Brian Smoller (play-by-play) and Missy Heidrick (color analyst) will have the call.

Number to Know
.212
• #KStateWBB held Abilene Christian to a field goal percentage of .212 (14-of-66) and a 3-point field goal percentage of .212 (7-of-33), resulting in 45 points.
• The .212 field goal percentage by Abilene Christian was the lowest by a K-State opponent since Nov. 12, 2011 (.132; Dartmouth).
• Through two games this season, K-State has held its opponents to 56.0 points per game and a field goal percentage of .310.
• During the last 15 seasons, K-State is 92-3 (.968) when holding an opponent to 49 points or less.

At a Glance: South Dakota
• South Dakota (0-2) comes to Manhattan after a 64-43 loss at Northern Iowa on Tuesday night.
• Entering the 2015-16 season, South Dakota was selected for a second place finish in the Summit League preseason poll.
• The Coyotes return three starters from last season’s regular season Summit League title team, including preseason Summit League Player of the Year, Nicole Seekamp.
• South Dakota finished the 2014-15 season with a 26-8 overall record and a second round appearance in the WNIT.
• On the sideline, the Coyotes are led by fourth year head coach Amy Williams. The 1998 graduate of Nebraska is 64-40 in her time in Vermillion.
• Seekamp will make her 2015-16 debut after being granted a fourth year of eligibility following an NCAA appeal and was required to sit out the first two games of the season. Last year, Seekamp averaged 15.6 points, 5.1 assists and 3.6 rebounds.
• In the first two games, South Dakota has been paced by junior guard Caitlin Duffy with 12.0 points and 5.5 rebounds.

Remember, Remember the Month of November
• In the 48th year of women’s basketball at K-State, the Wildcats have accumulated a record of 119-44 (.730) in the month of November.
• K-State has won seven straight games in the month of November dating back to a 49-46 win over Virginia on Nov. 29, 2013.

Wildcats’ Defense Forges Identity
• Through two games this season, K-State has held its opponents to 56.0 points per game and a field goal percentage of .310.
• 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.
• 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).
• During the last 15 seasons, K-State is 92-3 (.968) when holding an opponent to 49 points or less.
• 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.

Defense Stellar When Combining Steals & Blocks
• K-State is 17-0 over the last 11 seasons when achieving a combination of 20+ steals and blocks in the same game.
• The Wildcats recorded a combination totalling 24 (15 steals/9 blocks) against Abilene Christian. This was the eighth time under head coach Jeff Mittie that K-State tallied 20 or more steals and blocks in a game.

Wildcats Solid From Beyond the Arc
• K-State has opened the season with an efficient .429 three-point field goal percentage which includes 9.0 made 3-point field goals per game on 42 attempts.
• 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).

New Wildcat Scores in Bunches    
• Senior Megan Deines has been on a hot streak since the fourth quarter of the season-opener at Tulsa on Nov. 13.
• Since the fourth quarter at Tulsa (five quarters of action), Deines has tallied 30 points on 10-of-15 shooting, including 7-of-7 from the free throw line. She also has three assists and three steals during those five quarters of play.