Kansas State Visits Texas Tech on Saturday
Kansas State Visits Texas Tech on Saturday
Kansas State (12-7, 2-6 Big 12) at Texas Tech (13-7, 3-5 Big 12)
Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015 • 3 P.M.
Manhattan, Kan. (Bramlage Coliseum – 12,528)
Tickets: Call (806) 742-TECH or visit www.texastech.com for more information
TV: FOX Sports Southwest – Play-by-Play: Robert Giovannetti; Color Analyst: Andy Penney
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: 12-7 (1st season)
Career Record: 466-241 (23rd season)
Texas Tech Lady Raiders
Head Coach: Candace Whitaker (Texas Tech ‘02)
Record at Oklahoma State: 19-31 (2nd season)
Career Record: 89-113 (7th season)
• K-State leads the series, 14-12.
• K-State has won three straight, including a 60-54 win in Manhattan on Feb. 15, 2014.
• K-State is 6-6 in games played in Lubbock.
• Head coach Jeff Mittie is 4-3 against Texas Tech.
MANHATTAN, Kan. – K-State travels to Lubbock, Texas, on Saturday to face Texas Tech at 3 p.m. The Wildcats will look to halt a five-game road losing skid and pick up the program’s 250th road victory.
• K-State is led by sophomore forward Breanna Lewis and senior forward Ashia Woods. Lewis is averaging a team-high 11.5 points on a .473 field goal percentage, pulling in 5.3 rebounds and blocking 3.5 shots. Lewis is just one of nine players in NCAA Division I with the averages of 10 points, five rebounds, three blocks and one steal.
• Woods is averaging 9.0 points, a team-high of 6.8 rebounds and 2.3 steals. Against Oklahoma State, Woods tallied her second effort this season of 15 or more points, 10 or more rebounds and five or more assists (18 points, 11 rebounds and five assists).
• Since returning from injury, senior guard Haley Texada has emerged for the K-State offense. Over the last three games, Texada is averaging 11.3 points. For the season, Texada is averaging 8.4 points per game.
• Saturday’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 19 games, #KStateWBB has pocketed 228 steals (12.0 spg) to lead the Big 12 and rank 5th in the nation.
• The Wildcats have 35 more steals than the next closest team in the Big 12, TCU (193; 10.2 spg).
• K-State features a league-high five players among the Big 12 top-15 for steals per game (Shaelyn Martin & Ashia Woods, t4th, 2.3 spg; Kindred Wesemann, 8th, 1.7 spg; Breanna Lewis, 12th, 1.6 spg; Haley Texada, 14th, 1.5 spg).
At a Glance: Texas Tech
• Texas Tech (13-7, 3-5 Big 12) enters Saturday’s tilt following a 73-57 home win over West Virginia on Wednesday. Prior to that victory, the Lady had lost three straight.
• Texas Tech is guided on the sideline by second year head coach Candace Whitaker. The 2002 graduate of Texas Tech owns a record of 19-31 (.380) during her time in Lubbock.
• The Lady Raiders feature two players averaging double figures this season: senior guard Amber Battle and senior forward Kelsi Baker.
• Battle, a 2014 All-Big 12 Second Team selection, leads the team with 16.8 points and 6.2 rebounds. In league games, Battle is averaging 17.1 points per games which ranks third in the Big 12. Against West Virginia, Battle led the Lady Raiders with 33 points on 11-of-15 shooting, including 6-of-6 from beyond the arc.
• Baker is second in scoring and rebounding with 10.0 points and 5.6 rebounds. She leads the team in assists with 2.2 per game. Baker missed the 2013-14 season due to a knee injury. Against the Mountaineers, Baker tallied nine points, nine rebounds and seven assists.
Wildcats on the Road
• K-State has a 249-264 (.485) record in road games during the program’s 47-year history.
• Since the 2000-01 season, K-State owns an 89-84 (.514) 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 125-142 (.468).
Halftime Lead = K-State ‘W’ Since 2001-02
• Since the 2001-02 season, K-State is 235-34 (.874) when leading at the break.
• K-State is 10-1 this season when leading at the break.
• Since the start of the 2007-08 season, K-State is 126-12 (.913) when leading with five minutes to play including a 10-0 record this season.
Three is not a Crowd, It’s a Benefit
• Since the 2011-12 season, when three or more players reach double figures in scoring in the same game, K-State is 45-23 (.662) mark.
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 9.0 points per game and has eight 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 rebounds, five assists and a steal. This was 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.
• Against Oklahoma State she tallied her second career double-double with 18 points, 11 rebounds, five assists and four steals. She is the first Wildcat since Jan. 29, 2014, to tally 15 or more points, 10 or more rebounds and five or more assists in a game.
• 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 604 points for an average of 6.3 points per game on a .442 field goal percentage.