K-State Travels to Oklahoma State on Wednesday
K-State Travels to Oklahoma State on Wednesday
Kansas State (11-3, 1-2 Big 12) at (21/16) Oklahoma State (11-3, 1-2 Big 12)
Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015 • 7 P.M.
Stillwater, Okla. (Gallagher-Iba Arena – 13,611)
Tickets: Call (877) ALL-4-OSU or visit www.okstate.com
Radio: K-State Sports Network – Play-by-Play: Brian Smoller; Color Analyst: Randy Peterson
Kansas State Wildcats
Head Coach: Jeff Mittie (Missouri Western ’89)
Record at K-State: 11-3 (1st season)
Career Record: 465-237 (23rd season)
Oklahoma State Cowgirls
Head Coach: Jim Littell (Southwestern ‘77)
Record at Oklahoma State: 79-35 (4th season)
Career Record: 497-96 (17th season)
• K-State leads the series, 31-30.
• Oklahoma State has won three straight in the series. K-State’s last win over the Cowgirls was Jan. 23, 2013 (76-70, ot) in Manhattan.
• K-State is 10-15 in games played in Stillwater with K-State’s last win in Gallagher-Iba Arena coming on Jan. 28, 2012 (67-56).
• Head coach Jeff Mittie is 3-5 against Oklahoma State.
MANHATTAN, Kan. – K-State will play three of its next four games on the road, as the Wildcats visit Stillwater, Oklahoma, on Wednesday to face No. 21/16 Oklahoma State at 7 p.m.
• The Wildcats will look for their first road win of the season and to snap a three-game road losing skid. K-State’s last road win was Feb. 26, 2014 at Kansas.
• With a win on Wednesday, K-State would surpass its win total from the 2013-14 season with 14 regular season games remaining in the 2014-15 campaign.
• Defense continues to be the Wildcats’ identity, as K-State leads the nation in scoring defense (49.3 ppg), 12th in field goal percentage defense (.341) and fourth in steals (13.3 spg). In addition to leading the Big 12 in scoring defense and steals, K-State is second in the Big 12 in blocks (6.0 bpg).
• K-State is led by sophomore forward and Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year candidate Breanna Lewis and senior forward Ashia Woods. Lewis is averaging a team-high 11.9 points on a .496 field goal percentage, pulling in 5.4 rebounds and blocking 3.7 shots. Woods is averaging 9.3 points, a team-high of 6.9 rebounds and 2.5 steals.
• Wednesday’s game can be heard on the K-State Sports Network, as Brian Smoller (play-by-play) and Randy Peterson (color analyst) will have the call.
Number to Know
• Through 14 games, #KStateWBB has pocketed 186 steals (13.3 spg) to lead the Big 12 and rank 4th in the nation.
• The Wildcats have 36 more steals than the next closest team in the Big 12, Oklahoma State (150; 10.7 spg).
• Of the 292 opponent turnovers, 186 have come by K-State steals or 63.7 percent. The Wildcats ended the 2013-14 season with 46.9 percent of opponent turnovers coming from Wildcat steals.
At a Glance: Oklahoma State
• Oklahoma State (11-3, 1-2 Big 12) welcomes in the Wildcats following a 70-66 loss at TCU on Saturday.
• The Cowgirls have lost two of their last three games, but are 9-0 in Gallagher-Iba Arena this season.
• Oklahoma State is guided on the sideline by fourth year head coach Jim Littell. Littell owns a record of 79-35 (.693) during his time in Stillwater. Littell led the program to the 2012 Postseason WNIT title and a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances.
• The Cowgirls feature five players averaging double figures this season led by junior guard Brittney Martin and senior forward Liz Donohoe.
• Martin, a 2014 All-Big 12 honorable mention selection, leads the team with 13.5 points and 7.9 rebounds. Martin ranks sixth in the Big 12 in scoring and fourth in rebounding. At TCU, Martin tallied 17 points, nine rebounds, four steals and three assists.
• Donohoe, a 2014 All-Big 12 honorable mention recipient, is second on the team in scoring with 12.8 points and third in rebounding with 4.7 per game. Against the Horned Frogs, Donohoe carded 16 points, six rebounds, three assists and a steal.
Wildcats on the Road
• K-State has a 249-261 (.488) record in road games during the program’s 47-year history.
• Since the 2000-01 season, K-State owns an 89-81 (.524) mark in road contests.
• K-State notched a 10-5 (.667) record on the road in 2008-09 to break the previous school record of nine (1982-83 and 2001-02).
• In his career in games played on the road, head coach Jeff Mittie is 125-139 (.473).
K-State Against Ranked Opponents
• The Wildcats own a record against teams ranked in the AP poll of 72-175 (.291), including a 43-48 (.473) mark against AP ranked teams in Manhattan.
• With its 80-74 win over No. 13 Iowa State on Jan. 18, 2014, K-State has registered a win over an AP top-25 team in eight straight seasons.
Wildcats Convert Turnovers to Offense
• K-State has scored 275 points off 292 opponent turnovers this season (19.6 ppg & 0.94 ppto).
• Against Kansas, the Wildcats outscored the Jayhawks, 21-20, in the category. This was the 12th time K-State has had the edge this season.
• K-State leads the Big 12 in turnover margin, +5.6.
• Last season, Kansas State allowed 585 opponent points off turnovers and only notched 381, as K-State was a -1.87 in turnover margin.
• In four of the last five seasons, K-State has held the edge in the category including a high of 581 points in the 2012-13 season.
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 3.7 blocks (52 blocks) and 1.7 steals. She leads the Big 12 and ranks sixth in the nation in blocks and is 10th in the Big 12 in steals. Lewis is the only player in the Big 12 among the top-10 in both blocks and steals.
• Lewis has blocked 11.3 percent of the 2-point field goals attempted against K-State this season. Against KU on Jan. 11, Lewis blocked 25.8 percent of the 2-point field goal attempts.
• Against Kansas, Lewis blocked a school record and career-high eight shots. The eight blocks are the most in the Big 12 this season.
• She has blocked two or more shots in 13 of 14 games this season and has done so 26 times in her career.
• Lewis is the fifth player in school history with 50 or more blocks in a season and ranks eighth in school history with 52 blocks.
• Lewis ranks sixth in school history with 96 career blocks. She is tied for first in school history with 2.23 blocks per game and is third in school history for career games with five or more blocks (5).
• Against Abilene Christian, Lewis pocketed a career-high four steals. She has tallied two or more steals in seven games this season.
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 9.3 points per game and has seven games in double figures this season. In Big 12 action, Woods has notched 12.0 points to lead the Wildcats.
• In the Big 12 opener at Iowa State, Woods tallied a stat line of 21 points on 8-of-12 shooting, six rebounds, 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 563 points for an average of 6.2 points per game on a .476 field goal percentage.
Martin Debuts Strong
• Shaelyn Martin has tallied a diverse stat line of 5.4 points, 4.8 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.6 steals while starting all 14 games to begin her career.
• She leads the team, is fourth in the Big 12 and 52nd in the nation in steals. Martin has 10 games this season with two or more steals, including a career-high five against UT-Arlington.
• Martin is second on the team and is 12th in the Big 12 in assists.
• Against Grambling State, Martin notched a career-high 11 points on a career-best 5-of-8 shooting.
• Martin has recorded two games of nine rebounds this season (SIUE; Oral Roberts).