K-State Hosts 6/5 Baylor on Tuesday
K-State Hosts 6/5 Baylor on Tuesday
Kansas State (10-2, 0-1 Big 12) vs. 6/5 Baylor (12-1, 1-0 Big 12)
Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015 • 7 P.M.
Manhattan, Kan. (Bramlage Coliseum – 12,528)
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Tickets: Call (800) 221-CATS or visit www.kstatesports.com/tickets
TV: FOX Sports Kansas City – Play-by-Play: Brian Smoller; Color Analyst: Missy Heidrick
Radio: K-State Sports Network – Play-by-Play: Matt Walters; Color Analyst: Kristin Waller
Kansas State Wildcats
Head Coach: Jeff Mittie (Missouri Western ’89)
Record at K-State: 10-2 (1st season)
Career Record: 464-236 (23rd season)
Baylor Lady Bears
Head Coach: Kim Mulkey (Louisiana Tech ‘84)
Record at Baylor: 416-87 (15th season)
Career Record: Same
• Baylor leads the series, 23-9.
• The Lady Bears have won 18 straight in the series, with K-State’s last win against Baylor coming on Jan. 27, 2004 in Manhattan (85-65).
• Head coach Jeff Mittie is 1-5 against Baylor.
MANHATTAN, Kan. – K-State will play three of its next four games at home in Bramlage Coliseum, as the Wildcats host No. 6/5 Baylor on Tuesday at 7 p.m.
• Since the 1996-97 season, this will be the third time K-State will face Baylor in its home opener includ-ing the second straight season.
• Prior to last season’s loss to No. 9 Baylor, K-State had won 12 straight Big 12 home openers beginning in 2002 with a win over the Lady Bears.
• Defense continues to be the Wildcats’ identity, as K-State leads the nation in scoring defense (47.0 ppg), second in field goal percentage defense (.324) and fourth in steals (13.8 spg). In addition to leading the Big 12 in scoring defense field goal percentage defense and steals, K-State is second in the Big 12 in blocks (5.8 bpg).
• K-State is led this season by sophomore forward Breanna Lewis and senior forward Ashia Woods. Lewis is averaging a team-high 12.1 points on a .529 field goal percentage, pulling in 5.7 rebounds and blocking 3.4 shots. Woods is averaging 9.6 points and a team-high of 6.8 rebounds.
• Tuesday’s game can be seen on FOX Sports Kansas City, as Brian Smoller (play-by-play) and Missy Heidrick (color analyst) will have the call.
Number to Know
• Since the start of the Big 12 in 1996-97, #KStateWBB has six wins in Big 12 road openers (6-11).
• K-State enters Saturday’s game looking to snap a two-game skid and losses in seven of the last 10 Big 12 road openers.
• K-State’s last Big 12 road opening win came on Jan. 7, 2012 at Kansas (63-57).
At a Glance: Baylor
• No. 6/5 Baylor (12-1, 1-0 Big 12) travels to Manhattan following a 61-45 win over No. 18/14 Oklahoma State in Waco on Saturday in their Big 12 opener. Baylor has won 11 straight following their only defeat of the season, a 74-64 decision at then No. 11/10 Kentucky on Nov. 17.
• Tuesday night’s game in Manhattan will be Baylor’s second true road game of the season.
• On the sideline, Baylor is led by 15th-year head coach Kim Mulkey. In her time with the Lady Bears, Mulkey has led the program to a 416-87 (.827) record. She has led Baylor to four straight Big 12 regular season titles, 13 NCAA Tournament appearances and a pair of NCAA titles (2005 and 2012).
• Nina Davis, a 5-11 sophomore forward, is averaging team-highs of 22.5 points per game and 8.8 rebounds. Against Oklahoma State, the 2014 Big 12 Freshman of the Year registered 22 points and 11 rebounds.
• Khadijiah Cave, a 6-2 sophomore post, is second on the team with 13.4 points and leads the squad with a .651 field goal percentage. She is also second on the team in rebounding with 6.1 per game.
Wildcats Secure 275th Win in Bramlage
• K-State is 279-107 (.723) all-time inside Bramlage Coliseum, which is in its 27th season of existence.
• The Wildcats have won nine straight home games, the longest home win streak since the 2010-11 sea-son (11).
• K-State has reached double figures in home wins 25 times, with the last occurence coming in 2012-13.
• In his career in games played in his home venue, head coach Jeff Mittie is 283-64 (.816).
Wildcats’ Defense Forges New Identity
• K-State leads the nation in scoring defense (47.0 ppg allowed) and is second in field goal percentage defense (.324), fourth in steals (13.8 spg) and 16th in blocked shots (5.8 bpg).
• K-State’s defense ranks first in the Big 12 in: scoring defense, field goal percentage defense and steals. The Wildcats are second in the league in blocked shots.
• During the last 14 seasons, K-State is 88-3 (.967) when holding an opponent to 49 points or less.
• K-State has held seven opponents to 49 points or less this season, including four straight opponents from Nov. 18 to Dec. 8, marking the first time since March 21 to April 3, 2013 that K-State has achieved this.
• The 2014-15 team needs to hold two foes to 49 points or less to tie the school record set by the 2011-12 team (11).
• The Wildcats held UMKC to 36 points on Nov. 18, which marked the lowest opponent output this sea-son and the fewest points surrendered by the Wildcats since Dec. 7, 2011, when K-State allowed 34 points to Wichita State.
Woods Ups Scoring Average Over 3 Seasons
• Senior Ashia Woods was K-State’s top returning scorer entering the 2014-15 season.
• Woods is averaging 9.6 points per game and has six games in double figures this season.
• In the Big 12 opener at Iowa State, Woods tallied a stat line of 21 points on 8-of-12 shooting, six re-bounds, five assists and a steal.
• Her effort of 21-6-5, marks her first career effort of 20 or more points, five or more rebounds and five or more assists. She is the first Wildcat to achieve this line this season and first since Feb. 26, 2014.
• Woods tallied a career-best 10.1 points per game last season, including a 10.4 points per game in Big 12 action.
• This marked the third straight season Woods had improved her scoring average from one season to the next.
• In her freshman season, Woods averaged 2.1 ppg and increased that to 5.9 ppg in an injury-shortened sophomore season in 2012-13.
• For her career, Woods has scored 548 points for an average of 6.2 points per game on a .450 field goal percentage.