K-State Wins Sixth Straight on Monday


MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State survived one of the top shooting performances from three-point range in Bramlage Coliseum history, as K-State extended its season-opening win streak to six with a 66-53 win over William Jewell on Monday night.

The Basics
• Score: Kansas State 66, William Jewell 53
• Records: Kansas State (6-0), William Jewell (4-4)
• Quick Hitter: William Jewell connected on 13-of-23 from beyond the three-point line on Monday, but K-State registered a 30-8 advantage in points in the paint and a 19-2 lead in points off turnovers. The 13 connections from beyond the arc tied the K-State opponent record for all games and the Bramlage Coliseum record by a K-State opponent (Lamar, 13; Nov. 25, 1995).
• Leaders: Sophomore forward Breanna Lewis led the way for K-State with a season-high 19 points, eight rebounds, two blocks, a steal and an assist. Senior Ashia Woods checked in with 12 points, seven rebounds, five assists, three steals and a block.

First Half
• K-State built an eight-point lead, 16-8, midway through the first half as the Wildcats used an 8-0 run over a five-minute stretch.
• William Jewell cut the deficit to within three, 25-22 and 28-25, connecting on 7-of-12 (.583) from beyond the arc in the opening frame.
• The Cardinals were led in the first half by Hayli Jo Smith with 12 points on 4-of-5 shooting from beyond the arc. Smith finished with a game-high 21 points on 7-of-10 shooting from 3-point range. The seven 3-point field goals by Smith were the most by a K-State opponent since Iowa State’s Heather Ezell made eight in the Big 12 quarterfinals in Kansas City on March 12, 2008.
• Woods closed out the first stanza for K-State with a layup before the halftime buzzer for a 31-25 K-State lead. Woods carded six points and four rebounds in the opening half.
• The Wildcats shot 11-of-28 (.393) from the floor in the first half and dished out nine assists.
• Lewis led K-State with seven points and two blocks in the first frame.
• The 25 first half points allowed by the Wildcats were the most surrendered this season in an opening half.

Second Half
• K-State used a 7-0 run midway through the final half to capture a 10-point lead, 52-42, with 10:41 to play.
• William Jewell climbed back into the game with an 11-4 run, capped by Smith’s seventh 3 of the night, to close the K-State lead to three, 56-53, with 4:25 remaining.
• The Wildcats defense held back the Cardinals over the final 4:25, as K-State ended the game on a 10-0 run.
• Lewis overpowered William Jewell during the 10-0 run with six points, including a 3-point play with 1:36 remaining.
• As a team, K-State shot .377 (23-of-61), but took care of the ball dishing out 18 assists to just seven turnovers.

Noteworthy
• This is K-State’s first 6-0 start since the 2012-13 season. First 5-game win streak since Nov. 9 to Dec. 16, 2012 when K-State won seven straight.
• This was the sixth straight game K-State has held the advantage in points in the paint.
• K-State was a season-low 1-of-13 from behind the 3-point line on Thursday. The one connection extends K-State’s consecutive games with a made 3-point field goal streak to 246.
• Lewis finished with two blocks. She now has 65 in her career and ranks tied for 10th in school history for blocks in a career with Kristie Bahner (65; 1987-91). This was Lewis’s 19th career game with two or more blocked shots. Lewis has nine career games in double figures for points, including four this season. This was her highest career point total in a home game.
• Woods has scored in double figures four times this season and 22 times in her career. She has pulled in five or more rebounds 28 times and has two or more steals in a game 29 times.

Coming up Next
• K-State will play its only true road game on its non-conference schedule on Friday night, as the Wildcats travel to Wichita to face Wichita State at 7:05 p.m. The game can be seen live within the state of Kansas on Cox 22 and will be available on the K-State Sports Network.