K-State Visits Texas for Midweek Matchup
K-State Visits Texas for Midweek Matchup
Kansas State (15-9, 5-8 Big 12) at Texas (16-8, 5-8 Big 12)
Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015 • 7 P.M.
Austin, Texas (Frank Erwin Center – 16,775)
Tickets: Call (800) 982-BEVO or visit www.texassports.com
TV: Longhorn Network – (play-by-play) Fran Harris; (color analyst) Nell Fortner
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: 15-9 (1st season)
Career Record: 469-243 (23rd season)
Head Coach: Karen Aston (UALR ‘87)
Record at Texas: 50-38 (3rd season)
Career Record: 151-101 (8th season)
• Texas leads the series, 13-15.
• The teams have split the last 10 meetings in the series. K-State won the last meeting against Texas.
• K-State will look to sweep the season series with Texas for the first time since the 2012 season.
• K-State is 3-9 against Texas in Austin.
• Head coach Jeff Mittie is 2-5 against Texas.
MANHATTAN, Kan. – K-State begins the final five game stretch of the regular season on Wednesday, as the Wildcats travel to Austin, Texas to face Texas at 7 p.m. K-State will play three of its final five games away from Bramlage Coliseum.
• The Wildcats are led by the interior duo of sophomore forward Breanna Lewis and senior forward Ashia Woods.
• Lewis is averaging team-highs of 12.2 points and 3.3 blocks. She is also pulling in a career-high 6.2 rebounds. Lewis is just one of 9 players in NCAA Division I with the averages of 10 points, 5 rebounds, 3 blocks and 1 steal. In the last six games, Lewis is averaging 14.3 points, 8.7 rebounds, 3.0 blocks and 2.2 steals and has an active streak of two straight games with double-doubles.
• Woods is averaging 10.0 points and a team-high of 6.5 rebounds. In her last six games, Woods is av-eraging 14.3 points and 6.0 rebounds.
• In addition to Lewis and Woods, senior Haley Texada has added an offensive spark over the last three games by averaging 12.0 points.
• Wednesday’s game can be seen on the Longhorn Network, as Fran Harris (play-by-play) and Nell Fort-ner (color analyst) will have the call.
Number to Know
• #KStateWBB recorded 98 points in the paint last week.
• The 98 points were bolstered by a season-high 54 points in the paint against TCU on Feb. 11. The 54 points in the paint were the most for K-State since scoring 54 points against Alcorn State on Dec. 2, 2006.
• K-State is averaging 30.0 points per game in the paint this season & have scored 35 or more points in the paint eight times this season.
At a Glance: Texas
• Texas (16-8, 5-8 Big 12) enters Wednesday’s game following a 74-63 win at Kansas on Saturday. The win snapped a four game losing streak for the Longhorns.
• Texas is guided on the sideline by third year head coach Karen Aston. The 1987 graduate of UALR owns a record of 50-38 (.568) during her time in Austin.
• The Longhorns are led by two active players averaging double figures, Kelsey Lang and Ariel Atkins, after the loss of All-Big 12 selection Nneka Enemkpali to a season-ending knee injury.
• Lang, a sophomore center, leads the team with 11.0 points on a .567 field goal percentage and 6.5 rebounds per game. In league action, Lang is averaging 9.1 points and 6.5 rebounds.
• Atkins, a freshman guard, is averaging 10.3 points including 10.0 points in Big 12 action. At Kansas, Atklins registered 15 points, six rebounds and three assists.
Wildcats Send Back Shots This Season
• With a new defensive system in place, Kansas State is third in the Big 12 and 36th in the nation in blocked shots (5.0 bpg; 120 total blocks). The Wildcats have blocked five or more shots in 12 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 120 blocks this season marks the ninth time in school history that K-State has blocked 100 or more shots in a season and the first time since the 2008-09 season (129).
K-State Picking Opponent’s Pockets
• The Wildcats have recorded 275 steals this season (11.5 spg) to lead the Big 12 and rank 14th in the nation.
• Of the 439 opponent turnovers, 275 have come by K-State steals (62.6%). The Wildcats ended 2013-14 with 46.9% of opponent turnovers coming from Wildcat steals.
• The 275 steals are the most since the 2012-13 season when K-State notched 320 in 37 games (8.6 spg).
• K-State has 17 games this season with 10 or more steals.
• The Wildcats have a league-high four players among the top-15 in the Big 12 steal rankings.
Wildcats Strong in the Paint This Season
• After 24 games, K-State holds a +188 advantage in points in the paint (720-532). The Wildcats are aver-aging 30.0 points per game in the paint.
• K-State has scored 35 or more points in the paint in eight games this season. The Wildcats scored a season-high 54 points in the lane on Feb. 11 against TCU - the most since K-State tallied 54 points in the paint against Alcorn State on Dec. 2, 2006.
• K-State has held the edge in points in the paint in 16 games this season. K-State held the edge in the paint in just 15 of the 30 games last season.
• The Wildcats have scored 55.2 percent of its points this season on 2-point field goals, compared to last season’s 49 percent.
• In 2013-14, K-State notched 805 points in the paint as a team for an average of 26.8 points per game.