Wildcats Host Lady Mavericks on Thursday

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Game 5
Kansas State (4-0) vs. UT-Arlington (3-1)
Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014 • 7 P.M.
Manhattan, Kan. (Bramlage Coliseum – 12,528)

Game Information
Tickets: Call (800) 221-CATS or visit www.kstatesports.com/tickets
TV: FCS Central – Play-by-Play: Brian Smoller; Color Analyst: Missy Heidrick
Radio: K-State Sports Network – Play-by-Play: Matt Walters; Color Analyst: Kristin Waller

Team Information
Kansas State Wildcats
Head Coach: Jeff Mittie (Missouri Western ’89)
Record at K-State: 4-0 (1st season)
Career Record: 458-234 (23rd season)

UT-Arlington Lady Mavericks
Head Coach: Krista Gerlich (Texas Tech ‘93)
Record at UT-Arlington: 7-26 (2nd season)
Career Record: 175-79 (8th season)

Series History
• K-State leads the series, 1-0.
• This will be UT-Arlington’s second visit to Manhattan, the first coming on Dec. 14, 2008.
• K-State defeated UT-Arlington, 73-63.
• K-State is 9-6 against schools from the Sun Belt Conference.
• Head coach Jeff Mittie is 8-0 in his career against UT-Arlington.

           
MANHATTAN, Kan. – K-State begins a stretch of five of its next six games in Bramlage Coliseum on Thursday night at 7 p.m., as the Wildcats host UT-Arlington.

• Following a week-long trip to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, for the Hardwood Tournament of Hope the Wildcats remain undefeated at 4-0 following one win (72-43, vs. UTEP) and two cancelled games (vs. Santa Clara; vs. LSU).
• K-State’s defense has been solid this season, forcing 81 turnovers including 53 by of a K-State steal. The Wildcats lead the Big 12 and rank second in the nation in scoring defense (45.0 ppg). K-State also leads the Big 12 in blocks (7.5 bpg) and steals (13.3 spg).
• K-State is led this season by sophomore forward Breanna Lewis and senior forward Ashia Woods. Lewis is averaging a team-high 12.3 points and pulling in 7.0 rebounds. Woods is averaging 10.0 points and a team-high 7.5 rebounds following her first career double-double against UTEP.
• Thursday night’s game against UT-Arlington can be seen live on FCS Central, as Brian Smoller (play-by-play) and Missy Heidrick (color analyst) will have the call.

Number to Know
+26.0
• #KStateWBB has registered a +26.0 scoring margin to begin the season.
• K-State has won each of its first four games by a margin of 20 or more points for the first time in school history.
• The +26.0 scoring margin this season ranks fifth in school history after a 4-0 start.

At a Glance: UT-Arlington
• UT-Arlington (3-1) enters Thursday’s game with three wins in their first four games.
• The Lady Mavericks have almost equaled their win total from a season ago, as UT-Arlington went 4-25 in the 2013-14 season.
• The Lady Mavericks are led on the sidelines by second year head coach Krista Gerlich. Gerlich is 7-26 in her time in Arlington. In her career, Gerlich owns a record of 175-79 in eight seasons.
• On the floor, UT-Arlington is led by freshman center Rebekah Van Dijk.
• Van Dijk, a product of Nazareth, Texas, is averaging a double-double this season with averages of 14.8 points and 11.3 rebounds.

12th Month of the Calendar Reaches 200 Wins
• In the 47th year of women’s basketball at K-State, the Wildcats have accumulated a record of 200-85 (.702) in the month of December.

Wildcats’ Defense Solid to Open Season
• K-State’s defense ranks first in the Big 12 in: scoring defense (45.0 ppg), field goal percentage defense (.284),  blocked shots (7.5 bpg) and steals (13.3 spg).
• K-State’s defense ranks leads the nation in blocked shots per game and are second in the nation in scoring defense.
• K-State’s defense turned in a strong performance on Nov. 18 against UMKC.  The Wildcats held the Roos to 36 points, including 13 points in the first half.
• The 36 points marked the lowest opponent output this season and the fewest points surrendered by the Wildcats since Dec. 7, 2011, when K-State allowed 34 points to Wichita State.
• During the last 14 seasons, K-State is 85-3 (.966) when holding an opponent to 49 points or less.

Texada Returns After Injury Riddled 2013-14
• Senior Haley Texada has returned to the K-State lineup for her final season in purple and white following an injury shortened 2013-14 campaign.
• Texada recorded her third straight double figure effort of the season with 14 points against UTEP on Nov. 25. The last time she scored in double figures in three straight games was Nov. 28 to Dec. 15, 2013.
• Texada has played in 55 games over the last three seasons and she has scored in double figures in 34 of those games (61.8 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 needs eight connections from beyond the arc to join teammate Bri Craig with 100 career made 3-point field goals.