K-State Hosts William Jewell on Monday
K-State Hosts William Jewell on Monday
Kansas State (5-0) vs. William Jewell (4-2, 1-0 GLVC)
Monday, Dec. 8, 2014 • 7 P.M.
Manhattan, Kan. (Bramlage Coliseum – 12,528)
Promotions and Tickets: Admission and parking are free. Fans are asked to bring a canned food item to donate to the Flint Hills Breadbasket. Call (800) 221-CATS or visit www.kstatesports.com/tickets to order season tickets.
TV: K-StateHD.TV – Play-by-Play: Brian Smoller; Color Analyst: Kristin Waller
Radio: K-State Sports Network – Play-by-Play: Brian Smoller; Color Analyst: Kristin Waller
Kansas State Wildcats
Head Coach: Jeff Mittie (Missouri Western ’89)
Record at K-State: 5-0 (1st season)
Career Record: 459-234 (23rd season)
William Jewell Cardinals
Head Coach: Jill Cress (Northwestern College ‘93)
Record at William Jewell: 370-225 (19th season)
Career Record: Same
• First meeting in the series
• Head coach Jeff Mittie is 1-0 in his career against William Jewell.
MANHATTAN, Kan. – Due to a pair of cancelled games in Mexico, Kansas State will face William Jewell on Monday night at 7 p.m., in Bramlage Coliseum. Admission and parking are free to all fans. Fans are encouraged to bring a canned food item or make a monetary donation at the door for the Flint Hills Breadbasket.
• The Wildcats are off to their best start since the 2012-13 season, entering Monday night’s game with a five-game win streak.
• First-year K-State head coach Jeff Mittie is the first K-State coach to begin his/her tenure with five straight wins since Lynn Hickey in the 1979-80 season.
• K-State’s defense has been solid this season, leading the nation in scoring defense (44.2 ppg). The Wildcats lead the Big 12 in field goal percentage defense (.285), blocks (7.0 bpg) and steals (13.6 spg).
• The Wildcats have been paced recently by senior guard Haley Texada. Texada is averaging 9.6 points this season, but has tallied four straight games in double figures and is averaging 11.5 points in the last four games.
• Monday night’s game against William Jewell can be seen live on K-StateHD.TV (subscription required), as Brian Smoller (play-by-play) and Kristin Waller (color analyst) will have the call.
Number to Know
• #KStateWBB has held four straight opponents to 49 points or less.
• K-State leads the nation in scoring defense at 44.7 ppg allowed.
• During the last 14 seasons, K-State is 85-3 (.966) when holding an opponent to 49 points or less.
At a Glance: William Jewell
• William Jewell (4-2), from the Great Lakes Valley Conference in NCAA Division II, enters Monday’s game playing its third game in days. As of this writing, the Cardinals defeated conference foe Rockhurst on Thursday, 75-58. William Jewell is scheduled to play Central Missouri in Warrensburg, Mo., on Sunday afternoon.
• The Cardinals are led by 19th year head coach Jill Cress. Cress, a 1993 graduate of Northwestern (Iowa) College, is 370-225 in her time at William Jewell.
• On the floor, William Jewell is paced by sophomore Maddie Nelson and senior Aeriel Smith.
• Nelson, a guard from Smithville, Mo., is averaging a team-high 14.5 points and has pulled in 5.5 rebounds and dished out 2.5 assists. Nelson recorded a double-double of 18 points and 12 rebounds against Rockhurst.
• Smith, a guard from Overland Park, Kan., is putting up a diverse stat line with 13.8 points, 6.2 rebounds and a team-high 4.7 assists. Against Rockhurst, Smith tallied 10 points, 10 assists, four steals and two blocks.
Wildcats Strong in the Paint Early This season
• After five games, K-State holds a +80 advantage in points in the paint (174-94). The Wildcats are averaging 34.8 points per game in the paint.
• The Wildcats scored a season-high 44 points in the lane on Nov. 14 against SIUE - the most since K-State tallied 44 points in the paint against Texas A&M on Jan. 4, 2012.
• K-State’s post players have a combined field goal percentage of .535 (69-of-129) this season. Two of K-State’s five post players rank among the top-15 in the Big 12 in field goal percentage - Breanna Lewis (.571; 10th) and Ashia Woods (.541; 12th).
• K-State has held the edge in points in the paint in every game this season. K-State held the edge in the paint in 15 of the 30 games last season.
• In the 2013-14 season, K-State notched 805 points in the paint as a team for an average of 26.8 points per game.
Wildcats Convert Turnovers to Offense
• K-State will look to bounce back in the points off turnovers category this season.
• The Wildcats have scored 100 points off opponent turnovers this season (20.0 ppg and 0.97 points per turnover).
• Against UT Arlington, the Wildcats outscored the Lady Mavericks 21-9 in the category. This was the fifth straight game K-State has held the edge in the category.
• 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.
Martin Debuts Strong
• Shaelyn Martin has made her presence felt in the K-State lineup to start the season.
• Martin, a product of Salina, Kansas, has tallied a diverse stat line of 5.0 points, 5.6 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 2.0 steals while starting all five games to begin her career.
• She is second on the team and 11th in the Big 12 in assists and ranks 15th in assist-turnover ratio (1.1).
• Against UT Arlington, Martin notched a career-high eight points and five steals while also pulling in five rebounds.
• Her team-leading nine boards against SIUE in the opener marked the second straight season a freshman has led K-State on the boards in the season-opener (Breanna Lewis, 10 vs. Tennessee State).
• She was the sixth true freshman in the last three seasons to make her career debut in the starting lineup.