K-State Controls 2nd Half in Win over Samford

MANHATTAN, Kan. – An 18-0 run to begin the second half propelled Kansas State to its ninth straight home win on Tuesday night, as the Wildcats defeated Samford 60-41 in Bramlage.

The Basics
• Score: Kansas State 60, Samford 41
• Records: Kansas State (10-1), Samford (6-8)
• Quick Hitter: Kansas State finished its regular season non-conference schedule with a 10-1 record. This is the best mark following non-conference play since the 2008-09 season when K-State was 13-0 entering Big 12 action.
• Leaders: Freshman Shaelyn Martin led a balanced offensive attack with 10 points, five rebounds, four steals and three assists.

First Half
• Both teams were sluggish from the field in the first 13 minutes. K-State shot 5-of-18 from the floor, while Samford was 3-of-10 with eight turnovers as the Wildcats led 13-11.
• K-State built a five-point lead at the half, 25-20. Martin was fouled with 1.7 seconds remaining on a drive and converted both free throws for the five-point lead.
• The Wildcats pocketed 11 steals in the first half and tallied seven points off 13 Samford turnovers. K-State turned the ball over just three times while dishing out seven assists.
• K-State shot .310 (9-of-29) from the floor in the opening frame, while Samford tallied .400 (6-of-15).
• The 20 first half points allowed by K-State were fewest allowed since Nov. 25 against UTEP, when the Wildcats surrendered just 15 points.

Second Half
• K-State’s offensive struggles evaporated early in the second stanza, as the Wildcats used an 18-0 run over a five and a half minute stretch to build a 43-22 lead with 14:05 remaining. Martin registered six points and Ashia Woods five during the run.
• During the run, K-State was 8-of-13 (.615) from the field.
• A late 10-4 run by the Wildcats increased the lead to 25 points, 59-34, following a Bri Craig fast break layup with 5:53 to play.
• After struggling from the field in the first half, K-State shot .458 (11-of-24) from the floor in the second. The Wildcats held the Bulldogs to .250 (6-of-24) shooting and forced 10 turnovers.

Game Totals
• K-State finished with 14 assists on 20 made field goals.
• The Wildcats forced 23 turnovers, including 18 steals. This is the sixth game this season with 15 or more steals by K-State.

Noteworthy
• This was the first meeting between K-State and Samford.
• K-State recorded a combination of steals and blocks totaling 24 on Tuesday night (six blocks; 18 steals). This marks the sixth time this season K-State has registered 20 or more steals and blocks in the same game. In the last 10 seasons, K-State is 15-0 when reaching a combination of 20 or more steals and blocks.
• Kansas State made seven 3-point field goals on Tuesday night. K-State has now made a 3 in 251 consecutive games dating to Feb. 7, 2007.
• This was the 11th straight game K-State has held the advantage in points in the paint (26-12).
• This was the 10th game K-State has held the advantage in points off turnovers (18-5).
• Martin scored in double figures for the second time this season. This was her seventh game this season with two or more steals.
Breanna Lewis finished with four blocks. She now has 83 in her career and ranks sixth in school history for blocks in a career. Lewis has 10 career games with four or more blocks, including seven this season.

Coming up Next
• K-State begins Big 12 action on Saturday, Jan. 3 at Iowa State. Game time is set for 1 p.m., and can be heard on the K-State Sports Network.