K-State Hosts KU Sunday in Sunflower Showdown
K-State Hosts KU Sunday in Sunflower Showdown
Kansas State (10-3, 0-2 Big 12) vs. Kansas (9-6, 0-2 Big 12)
Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015 • 1 P.M.
Manhattan, Kan. (Bramlage Coliseum – 12,528)
Promotion: Zooperstars! perform at halftime
Tickets: Call (800) 221-CATS or visit www.kstatesports.com/tickets
TV: FOX Sports Networks – Play-by-Play: Ron Thulin; Color Analyst: Brenda VanLengen
Radio: K-State Sports Network – Play-by-Play: Brian Smoller; Color Analyst: Kristin Waller
Kansas State Wildcats
Head Coach: Jeff Mittie (Missouri Western ’89)
Record at K-State: 10-3 (1st season)
Career Record: 464-237 (23rd season)
Head Coach: Bonnie Henrickson (St. Cloud State ‘86)
Record at Kansas: 180-160 (11th season)
Career Record: 340-222 (18th season)
• K-State leads the series, 63-46.
• Over the last 20 meetings, K-State is 14-6 against the Jayhawks.
• KU won the last meeting between the teams, 87-84 (ot) in the first round of the 2014 Big 12 Championships in Oklahoma City on March 7, 2014.
• Head coach Jeff Mittie is 3-5 against KU.
MANHATTAN, Kan. – One of the longest continuous rivalries in all of women’s college basketball will resume on Sunday, as K-State hosts Kansas for the 110th installment of the Dillons Sunflower Showdown at 1 p.m., in Bramlage Coliseum.
• Both programs are the oldest in the Big 12, with 47 seasons of action beginning in the 1968-69 season.
• K-State will look to snap a two-game league skid and pick up its 10th home win for the first time since the 2012-13 season.
• Defense continues to be the Wildcats’ identity, as K-State is second in the nation in scoring defense (49.1 ppg), 16th in field goal percentage defense (.339) and fourth in steals (13.5 spg). In addition to leading the Big 12 in scoring 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 12.2 points on a .519 field goal percentage, pulling in 5.5 rebounds and blocking 3.4 shots. Woods is averaging 8.8 points and a team-high of 6.8 rebounds.
• Sunday’s game can be seen on FOX Sports Net, as Ron Thulin (play-by-play) and Brenda VanLengen (color analyst) will have the call.
Number to Know
• Through just 13 games, sophomore forward and Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year candidate Breanna Lewis has tied her block total from last season of 44.
• Lewis is second in the Big 12 in blocked shots per game at 3.4.
• With six blocks, Lewis will become just the fifth player in school history with 50 blocks in a season.\
At a Glance: Kansas
• Kansas (9-6, 0-2 Big 12) visits Manhattan following a 69-57 home loss to Oklahoma on Wednesday in their Big 12 home opener. The Jayhawks have lost four of their last six games.
• The Jayhawks enter Sunday afternoon’s game with an 0-3 record in true road games this season.
• On the sideline, Kansas is led by 11th-year head coach Bonnie Henrickson. In her time with the Jayhawks, Henrickson has led the program to a 180-160 (.529) record.
• Leading Kansas this season is senior forward Chelsea Gardner and senior guard Natalie Knight.
• Gardner, a 2014 All-Big 12 First Team selection, ileads the team with 15.5 points, 7.6 rebounds and 2.3 blocks.
• Knight is second on the team at 12.4 points per game, 5.3 rebounds and 3.7 assists. In the loss to the Sooners, Knight tallied 15 points, nine rebounds and three steals.
Wildcats Send Back Shots This Season
• With a new defensive system in place, Kansas State is second in the Big 12 and 17th in the nation in blocked shots (5.8 bpg; 76 total blocks). The Wildcats have blocked five or more shots in nine games this season.
• K-State blocked a season-high 10 shots against Hampton on Nov. 21, which marked the most blocks since Dec. 20, 2008 at Indiana State (10).
• The 76 blocks this season through 13 games are more that 16 seasons in school history since blocks became an official stat in the 1982-83 season.
• The Wildcats blocked 88 shots last season, which were the most since the 2011-12 season, when the team blocked 97 shots.
Lewis on the Defensive
• Sophomore forward Breanna Lewis has emerged as a Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year candidate this season in the Wildcats’ new defensive system.
• For the season, Lewis is averaging 3.4 blocks and 1.8 steals. She is second in the Big 12 and ranks 12th in the nation in blocks and is 11th in the Big 12 in steals. Lewis is the only player in the Big 12 among the top-10 in both blocks and steals.
• Against Grambling State, Lewis blocked a career-high six shots. Her six blocks are tied for fourth in school history for a single game and were the most since Marlies Gipson blocked six shots at Washington on Dec. 30, 2008.
• She has blocked two or more shots in 12 of 13 games this season and has done so 25 times in her career.
• Lewis needs one block to surpass her total from last season of 44. With one block she will move into sole possession of 10th on the single season block list in school history.
• Lewis ranks sixth in school history with 88 career blocks. She is second in school history with 2.10 blocks per game and is third in school history for career games with five or more blocks (4).
• Against Abilene Christian, Lewis pocketed a career-high four steals. She has tallied two or more steals in seven games this season.
Texada Returns After Injury Riddled 2013-14
• Senior Haley Texada has returned to the K-State lineup for her final season, following an injury shortened 2013-14.
• Texada is averaging 8.2 points, 1.7 assists and 1.8 steals this season. She ranks 11th in the Big 12 in steals.
• Texada recorded her sixth double figure scoring effort of the season with 12 points against Baylor on Jan. 6.
• She scored in double figures in four straight games from Nov. 18 to Dec. 8. The last time she scored in double figures in four straight games was March 21, 2013 to Nov. 10, 2013 (six games).
• Texada has played in 63 games over the last three seasons and she has scored in double figures in 37 of those games (58.7 percent).
• Texada’s 2013-14 season ended on Jan. 14 at Texas Tech, as she rolled her ankle while attempting to run out the clock at the end of the game. Texada had missed the previous game on Jan. 11 at Oklahoma with a stress fracture in the ankle.
• Texada averaged 7.5 points per game and 4.3 rebounds per game in the 15 games she played in last season.
• Texada joined teammate Bri Craig by surpassing the 100 career 3-point field goals made barrier this season. She has 102 for her career.