K-State Steals Its Way Past ACU


MANHATTAN, Kan. – Paced by a season-high 24 steals and 28 points off turnovers, Kansas State cruised to a 68-53 win on Monday night in Bramlage Coliseum. K-State is now 8-0 at home this season and has won 10 straight in Manhattan against non-conference opponents.

The Basics
• Score: Kansas State 68, Abilene Christian 53
• Records: Kansas State (9-1), Abilene Christian (8-2)
• Quick Hitter: K-State registered a Big 12-high 24 steals and the most since Jan. 12, 1999 against Baylor (25). The Wildcats converted 29 Abilene Christian turnovers into 28 points, including a season-best 20 fast break points.
• Leaders: Sophomore forward Breanna Lewis led K-State in scoring for the sixth time this season with 16 points on 8-of-9 shooting. Lewis added a career-high four steals, two blocks and two assists to her final stat line.

First Half
• K-State raced out to a 17-7 lead with 11:33 to play in the opening frame. The Wildcats recorded seven steals in the first eight minutes and scored 13 points off Abilene Christian turnovers.
• A late 8-3 run by K-State extended the Wildcats’ lead to 42-25 with under a minute to play gave K-State its largest lead of the opening frame. ACU carded a late jumper to narrow the halftime deficit to 15, 42-27.
• The 42 first half points were the most in an opening stanza since scoring a season-high 43 against UTEP on Nov. 25 in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
• Of the 17 made field goals in the first half, K-State dished out 15 assists.
• Both teams shot .500 from the floor, but the Kansas State forced 14 ACU turnovers resulting in 18 points for the Wildcats.

Second Half
• K-State was able to increase its lead to 23, 50-27, with 12:32 remaining the second frame. Kansas State, the nation’s number one scoring defense, held Abilene Christian off the scoreboard for the first 7:45 of the second half.
• The Wildcats would build their lead to 25, 61-40, with 7:25 remaining, as Antoinette Taylor pocketed a steal and fast break layup.
• Abilene Christian was able to narrow the game to 13, 63-50, with 2:13 to play, as ACU strung together an 16-4 run over a five-minute stretch late in the second half.
• Kansas State shot .500 in the second half (11-of-22) and held Abilene Christian to .409 (9-of-20).
• K-State pocketed 12 steals in the second frame and forced 15 ACU turnovers total in the second half.

Game Totals
• Kansas State finished the night with 22 assists on 28 made field goals. The Wildcats had six players with three or more assists on Monday night, led by junior Deborah Meeks and freshman Shaelyn Martin with four each.
• K-State shot .500 from the field for the second time this season.
• Abilene Christian outrebounded K-State, 30-28.

Noteworthy
• This was the first meeting between K-State and Abilene Christian.
• Monday’s game marked K-State first home game before the holiday break since the 2006-07 season.
• K-State won before the holiday break for the first time since the 2012-13 season and for the sixth time in the last 10 years.
• The Wildcats used a new starting lineup on Monday, with an opening five of Bri Craig, Kindred Wesemann, Shaelyn Martin, Ashia Woods and Breanna Lewis. This was the first start for Craig since Jan. 29, 2014 against Oklahoma.
• Kansas State made six 3-point field goals on Monday night. K-State has now made a 3 in 251 consecutive games dating to Feb. 7, 2007.
• This was the 10th straight game K-State has held the advantage in points in the paint (42-22). The 42 points in the paint marked the second-highest total this season behind the 44 points in the lane against SIUE in the season-opener.
• This was the ninth game K-State has held the advantage in points off turnovers (28-10). The 28 points off turnovers were the most since K-State scored 28 against Grambling State on Dec. 7, 2013.
• K-State finished with a season-high 20 fast break points on Monday night. Combined with the 10 fast break points from Saturday afternoon’s game against Grambling State, Kansas State recorded the first consecutive double figure effort in fast break points this season and the first since Dec. 19 and 20, 2012.
Breanna Lewis finished with two blocks. She now has 79 in her career and ranks sixth in school history for blocks in a career. Lewis has 12 career games in double figures for points, including seven this season.

Coming up Next
• K-State concludes its four-game home stand and its regular season non-conference schedule on Tuesday, Dec. 30 against Samford at 7 p.m.