K-State Begins Road Trip at West Virginia
K-State Begins Road Trip at West Virginia
Kansas State (11-5, 1-4 Big 12) at West Virginia (11-6, 1-4 Big 12)
Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015 • 6 P.M. (CT)
Morgantown, W. Va. (WVU Coliseum – 12,528)
Tickets: Call (800) 221-CATS or visit www.kstatesports.com/tickets
TV: wvusports.com (free live stream)
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: 11-5 (1st season)
Career Record: 465-239 (23rd season)
West Virginia Mountaineers
Head Coach: Mike Carey (Salem ‘80)
Record at West Virginia: 285-152 (14th season)
Career Record: 573-254 (26th season)
• West Virginia leads the series, 4-0.
• The Mountaineers won the last meeting between the schools, 61-40, on Feb. 22, 2014 in Manhattan.
• Head coach Jeff Mittie is 0-6 against West Virginia.
MANHATTAN, Kan. – K-State will begin a two-game road trip on Wednesday, as the Wildcats visit Morgantown, West Virginia, to face West Virginia at 6 p.m. (CT).
• With a win on Wednesday, K-State would surpass its win total from the 2013-14 season with 12 regular season games remaining in the 2014-15 campaign. A win on Wednesday would also be the 150th Big 12 win for K-State in the 300th Big 12 contest for the Wildcats.
• 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 12.3 points on a .503 field goal percentage, pulling in 5.4 rebounds and blocking 3.5 shots. In the last two games, Lewis is averaging 15.0 points on a .545 field goal percentage, 5.5 rebounds and 2.0 blocks.
• Woods is averaging 9.0 points, a team-high of 6.6 rebounds and 2.3 steals. Woods needs 20 steals to move into 10th in school history for career steals.
• Wednesday’s game can be seen for free on a live stream at wvusports.com, and heard on the K-State Sports Network and for free at kstatesports.com/allaccess as Brian Smoller (play-by-play) and Randy Peterson (color analyst) will have the call.
Number to Know
• With one win, #KStateWBB will reach 150 wins as a member of the Big 12.
• K-State would join five other programs with 150 or more wins in league action (Baylor, Iowa State, Oklahoma, Texas and Texas Tech).
• Since the inception of the Big 12 in 1996-97, K-State owns a record of 149-150.
At a Glance: West Virginia
• West Virginia (11-6, 1-4 Big 12) ended a four-game losing streak on Saturday with a 61-49 win at Oklahoma State.
• On the sideline, West Virginia is led by 14th-year head coach Mike Carey. In his time with the Mountaineers, Carey has achieved a record of 285-152 (.652).
• On the floor, West Virginia is led by junior guard Bria Holmes and senior forward Averee Fields.
• Holmes leads the Mountaineers and ranks second in the Big 12 in scoring at 21.0 points per game. In league games, Holmes is averaging 17.6 points pe game. At Oklahoma State, Holmes tallied a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds.
• Fields is second on the team on fifth in the Big 12 in scoring at 15.2 points per game. She ranks ninth in the league in rebounding at 6.5 per game and is 11th in the league in field goal percentage (.502).
Wildcats Send Back Shots This Season
• With a new defensive system in place, Kansas State is second in the Big 12 and 22nd in the nation in blocked shots (5.6 bpg; 89 total blocks). The Wildcats have blocked five or more shots in 10 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 89 blocks this season through 16 games are more than 21 seasons in school history since blocks became an official stat in the 1982-83 season, including last season’s total of 88. The 89 blocks are 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 3.5 blocks (56 blocks) and 1.6 steals (25 steals). She is second in the Big 12 and ranks 11th in the nation in blocks and is 13th in the Big 12 in steals. She has set new personal career season-highs in blocks and steals this season.
• Against Kansas, Lewis blocked a school record and career-high eight shots. The eight blocks are the most in the Big 12 this season.
• Lewis has blocked 10.9 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.
• She has blocked two or more shots in 14 of 16 games this season and has done so 27 times in her career.
• Lewis is the fifth player in school history with 50 or more blocks in a season and ranks seventh in school history with 56 blocks.
• Lewis ranks tied for fifth in school history with 100 career blocks. She is second in school history with 2.22 blocks per game in her career 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.