K-State Victorious in Mittie's Debut

MANHATTAN, Kan. – K-State women’s basketball opened its 47th season of action on Friday night in Bramlage Coliseum, and the Wildcats recorded the first win in the Jeff Mittie era with an 81-55 victory over SIUE. This was the 21st win in the last 23 seasons for K-State.

The Basics
• Score: Kansas State 81, SIUE 55
• Records: Kansas State 1-0, SIUE 0-1
• Quick Hitter: A strong first half shooting performance and a team-effort in the second half propelled K-State to the win.
• Leaders: Sophomore forward Breanna Lewis led five Wildcats in double figures with 13 points, five rebounds, four blocks, three steals and an assist. Senior Ashia Woods also reached double figures with 11 points while pulling in six rebounds and pocketing a career-high tying six steals.

First Half
• K-State used a 7-0 run midway through the first half to build a 20-9 lead. Shaelyn Martin started the scoring with a 3-pointer, followed by a jumper and two free throws from Breanna Lewis.
Ashley Jones recorded six straight points off the bench, as the Wildcats built a 15-point lead, 31-16 with 4:26 remaining. Jones finished with 11 points.
• A steal and layup late in the half by Antoinette Taylor gave K-State its halftime lead of 39-24. K-State was 9-3 last season when leading at the half.
• The Wildcats were bolstered in the opening frame by 15 points in transition and forced 18 SIUE turnovers.

Second Half
• After a quiet first half, Ashia Woods registered seven of K-State’s first nine points of the second half, boosting K-State’s lead to 20, 46-26, with 18:08 to play.
• The Cougars narrowed the game to 12, 48-36 with 16:11 remaining, on a Tierny Austin three-pointer. Austin led SIUE with 17 points.
• The Wildcats were able to put the game out of reach over the next eight minutes with a 23-9 run.
• During the run, sophomore Erica Young emerged off the bench to tally eight of her career-high 10 points during the run.

Noteworthy
• The 39 first half points by K-State were the most in an opening half since scoring 43 against UC Riverside on Dec. 30, 2013 in San Diego.
• Since the 2001-02 season, K-State is 153-14 when scoring 70 or more points. K-State was 9-2 last season when scoring 70 or more points.
• K-State had five players score in double figures, which marks the second straight game the Wildcats have achieved this. Five Wildcats scored in double figures in K-State’s final game of the 2013-14 season against Kansas in the Big 12 Tournament first round.
• The Wildcats scored 41 bench points on Friday. This marked the highest bench total since Dec. 7, 2013 against Grambling State when K-State tallied 52 bench points.
• Junior Bri Craig reached double figures in scoring for the 18th time in her career and the first time since Jan. 22, 2014 at Baylor.

Coming up Next
• K-State will continue its three-game home stand on Tuesday, Nov. 18 against UMKC at 7 p.m. Tickets are available through the K-State Athletics Ticket Office at (800) 221-CATS or at www.kstatesports.com/tickets.