First Half Surge Sends K-State to Win

MANHATTAN, Kan. – A 13-3 run to close out the first half, including a buzzer-beating three-pointer from Deborah Meeks, propelled K-State to its seventh straight home win by a score of 61-38 over Grambling State on Saturday afternoon at Bramlage Coliseum.

The Basics
• Score: Kansas State 61, Grambling State 38
• Records: Kansas State (8-1), Grambling State (3-7)
• Quick Hitter: K-State held Grambling State to 14 second half points to extend its non-conference home win streak to nine games.
• Leaders: Meeks registered a career-high 16 points, a career-best 4 three-point field goals and pulled in a career-high six rebounds on Saturday. Joining Meeks with a career-high was freshman Shaelyn Martin with 11 points.

First Half
• K-State’s interior defense was solid in the early stages, as the Wildcats held Grambling State to 0-of-4 shooting on 2-point field goals. The Lady Tigers were 4-of-6 from beyond the arc in the first eight minutes to keep the score tied at 12 with 11:24 remaining.
• After Grambling State built a two-point lead, 21-19, with 6:46 to play, K-State closed out the half on an 13-3 run and held the Lady Tigers scoreless for the final 4:07 of the half, to secure a 32-24 lead at the half.
• Meeks drained a pair of threes at the end of the stanza, including a buzzer beater to push the Wildcats into the eight-point lead. Meeks tallied 3 three-pointers in the first half, setting a new K-State career-high.
• The Wildcats forced the Lady Tigers into 16 turnovers and scored 14 points off those turnovers in the opening frame.
• K-State was 13-of-33 from the field in the opening half, while Grambling State was 9-of-18 including 5-of-8 from beyond the arc.

Second Half
• K-State continued its solid offensive flow into the second half, outscoring Grambling State 16-7 over the first nine minutes to increase its lead to 48-31 with 11:22 to play.
• The Wildcats built its lead to 20, 53-33, as Meeks connected on her fourth 3 and Jessica Sheble outran the defense for a fast break layup.
• Kansas State shot .333 in the second half, but held Grambling State to .152 (5-of-33) shooting.

Game Totals
• Kansas State outrebounded Grambling State, 46-33.
• The Wildcats shot .367 for the game, including 8-of-27 from beyond the arc. This marked the most made three-point field goals made for the Wildcats since Nov. 25 against UTEP in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico when K-State made nine.

Noteworthy
• The Wildcats used a new starting lineup on Sunday, with an opening five of Antoinette Taylor, Haley Texada, Shaelyn Martin, Ashia Woods and Breanna Lewis.
• Kansas State made eight 3-point field goals on Saturday afternoon. K-State has now made a 3 in 250 consecutive games dating to Feb. 7, 2007.
• This was the ninth straight game K-State has held the advantage in points in the paint (28-12).
• This was the eighth game K-State has held the advantage in points off turnovers (21-5).
Breanna Lewis finished with a career-high six blocks. She now has 77 in her career and ranks sixth in school history for blocks in a career. Lewis has four career games with five blocks and is third in school history for games with five or more blocks.
Ashia Woods recorded four steals on Saturday. This was her 31st career game with two or more steals, including her sixth this season.

Coming up Next
• K-State continues its four-game home stand on Monday, Dec. 22 against Abilene Christian at 7 p.m. Monday night’s game features the “Bring Your ‘A’ Game” promotion. Kids age 13 and under receive free admission by showing a test or project that they received an ‘A’ on in the first semester.