Second Half Rally Sparks K-State to Win

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State overcame a nine-point second half deficit on Sunday afternoon to to secure its 10th home win of the season with a 58-52 victory over in-state rival Kansas at Bramlage Coliseum.


The Basics
• Score: Kansas State 58, Kansas 52
• Records: Kansas State (11-3, 1-2 Big 12), Kansas (9-7, 0-3 Big 12)
• Quick Hitter: Sophomore Breanna Lewis set the school record for blocks in a game with eight on Sunday. She is the fifth player in school history with 50 or more blocks in a season with her 52. She ranks eighth in school history for blocks in a season.
• Leaders: Senior Ashia Woods led the Wildcats with 15 points, nine rebounds and five steals, including 10 points and eight rebounds in the second half. Bri Craig added 13 points, including 3-of-6 from beyond the arc. Kindred Wesemann added 11 points and four assists off the bench. KU was led by Chayla Cheadle with 15 points.

First Half
• Kansas used a 14-0 run to secure a 14-2 lead with 14:39 to play in the first half.
• The Wildcats clawed back into the game with a 10-2 run, 20-14, highlighted by consecutive three-point field goals from Craig and Shaelyn Martin.
• A 7-0 run by the Wildcats cut the KU lead to three, 28-25, with 4:30 remaining in the opening stanza.
• After the Jayhawks rebuilt their lead to nine, Martin converted a baseline layup with 31 seconds remaining to bring K-State to with seven at the half, 35-28.
• The Wildcats were led in the opening frame by Lewis and Craig with six points each. Lewis blocked four shots in the first half.
• K-State was 9-of-22 (.409) including 3-of-6 from beyond the arc. Kansas was 12-of-26 (.462) and 5-of-9 from three. Both teams turned the ball over nine times.

Second Half
• After KU took a nine-point lead, 39-30 with 18:19 to play, K-State strung together a 10-0 run over a three and a half minute stretch to secure a 40-39 lead with 15:11 to play. Woods registered five points during the rally.
• After the Jayhawks retook the lead at 44-41 with six minutes to play, K-State used an 8-0 run to secure the lead for the remainder of the game.
• Cheadle converted a four-point play with 1:19 to play in the half, but Craig answered with her third 3-pointer of the afternoon to give K-State a comfortable 55-49 lead with 58 seconds remaining.
• K-State held Kansas to 17 points in the second half and 6-of-23 (.261) shooting including 2-of-9 from three. The Wildcats were 9-of-25 (.360) from the floor as they recorded 30 second half points.

Game Totals
• K-State shot .383 from the field for the game and shot a season-high .773 (17-of-22) from the foul line.
• KU outrebounded K-State, 34-29, and held the edge in points in the paint, 20-18.
• K-State pocketed 10 steals on Sunday. For the season, K-State has 11 games with 10 or more steals.

Noteworthy
• This was the 110th meeting between K-State and Kansas. The Wildcats lead the series, 64-46.
• Sunday’s crowd of 6,362 was a season-high for K-State.
• K-State has now made a 3 in 255 consecutive games dating to Feb. 7, 2007.
• Lewis finished with a school record and career-high eight blocks. She now has 96 in her career and ranks sixth in school history for blocks in a career. She needs five blocks to move into fifth in school history. She now has five career games with five or more blocks and ranks third in school history.
• Woods reached double figures in points for the seventh time this season and the 25th time in her career.  Woods has pulled in five or more rebounds 34 times in her career. She has pocketed five or more steals in a game seven times to rank third in school history. She has 33 career games with two or more steals.
• Craig reached double figures for the third time this season and the 20th time in her career. She has made two or more 3-point field goals in a game 31 times in her career. She has 116 made 3-point field goals in her career and needs 20 connections to move into 10th on the K-State career list.
• Martin pocketed four steals on Sunday. For the season, she has 10 games with two or more steals.

Coming up Next
• K-State travels to Stillwater, Oklahoma, on Wednesday to face No. 16/16 Oklahoma State at 7 p.m. The game can be heard on the K-State Sports Network and for free at kstatesports.com.