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Game 10

Kansas State (8-1) vs. Abilene Christian (7-2)
Monday, Dec. 22, 2014 • 7 P.M.
Manhattan, Kan. (Bramlage Coliseum – 12,528)

Game Information
“Bring Your ‘A’ Game” – Kids age 13 and under receive free admission by showing a test or project that they received an ‘A’ on in the first semester
Tickets:  Call (800) 221-CATS or visit www.kstatesports.com/tickets
TV: FOX Sports Kansas City – Play-by-Play: Brian Smoller; Color Analyst: Kimberly Sauber
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: 8-1 (1st season)
Career Record: 462-235 (23rd season)

Abilene Christian
Head Coach: Julie Goodenough (UT Arlington)
Record at Abilene Christian: 46-21 (3rd season)
Career Record: 335-241 (.582; 21st season)

Series History
• This is the first meeting in the series.
• K-State is 10-3 against teams from the Southland Conference.
• Head coach Jeff Mittie is 3-0 in his career against Abilene Christian.

            
MANHATTAN, Kan. – Before K-State takes a break for the holidays, the Wildcats will host Abilene Christian on Monday night at 7 p.m.

• The Wildcats will look to continue its unbeaten start at home, as K-State is 7-0 in Bramlage this season, which is the longest home win streak since 2011-12 (7). K-State has won nine straight home games against non-conference foes.
• Defense continues to be the Wildcats’ identity, as K-State leads the nation in scoring defense (45.6 ppg) and is second in field goal percentage defense (.310). In addition to leading the Big 12 in scoring defense and field goal percentage defense, K-State leads the Big 12 in steals (12.2 spg) and is second in blocks (6.3 bpg).
• K-State is led this season by sophomore forward Breanna Lewis and senior forward Ashia Woods. Lewis is averaging a team-high 12.6 points on a .539 field goal percentage, pulling in 6.3 rebounds and blocking 3.7 shots. Woods is averaging 8.7 points and  team-highs of 7.2 rebounds and 2.7 steals.
• Monday night’s game can be seen live on FOX Sports Kansas City, as Brian Smoller (play-by-play) and Kimberly Sauber (color analyst) will have the call.

Number to Know
.310
• #KStateWBB has held its opponents to a .310 field goal percentage this season.
• K-State leads the Big 12 in field goal percentage defense and ranks second in the nation.
• The Wildcats have held eight of nine opponents below a .400 field goal percentage this season.

At a Glance: Abilene Christian
• Abilene Christian (7-2) enters Monday’s game following an 80-44 win over Air Force on Saturday. The Wildcats have won five of their last six games and have scored 80 or more points in four of those wins.
• Abilene Christian is a reclassifying Division I program, as they are making the transition from NCAA Division II. The Wildcats are members of the Southland Conference.
• On the sideline, Abilene Christian is led by third-year head coach Julie Goodenough. In her 21 seasons as a head, Goodenough owns a career mark of 335-241, including a 46-21 mark in Abilene.
• On the floor, the Wildcats feature five players averaging double figures, led by sophomore guard Alexis Mason
• Mason is averaging 15.8 points and is 21-of-69 (.304) from beyond the arc.

Wildcats’ Defense Solid to Open Season
• K-State leads the nation in scoring defense (45.6 ppg allowed) and is second in field goal percentage defense (.310), 10th in blocked shots (6.3 bpg) and 20th in steals (12.2 spg).
• K-State’s defense ranks first in the Big 12 in: scoring defense, field goal percentage defense and steals. The Wildcats are second in the league in blocked shots.
• During the last 14 seasons, K-State is 87-3 (.967) when holding an opponent to 49 points or less.
• K-State has held six opponents to 49 points or less this season, including four straight opponents from Nov. 18 to Dec. 8, marking the first time since March 21 to April 3, 2013 that K-State has achieved this.
• The Wildcats held UMKC to 36 points on Nov. 18, which 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.

Anything But Meek
• Junior guard Deborah Meeks had a career afternoon against Grambling State.
• Meeks, a junior college transfer from Trinity Valley, entered the day averaging 1.6 points, 1.7 rebounds and 0.9 assists in 7.9 minutes per game.
• Against the Lady Tigers, Meeks notched a game-high 16 points on 4-of-10 shooting, including 4-of-8 from beyond the arc. She also pulled in six rebounds and dished out four assists.
• With the performance, she increased her averages to 3.4 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.3 assists.

Martin Debuts Strong    
Shaelyn Martin has tallied a diverse stat line of 5.2 points, 5.2 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 2.1 steals while starting all nine games to begin her career.
• She is second on the team and 15th in the Big 12 in assists and ranks eighth in steals.
• Against Grambling State, Martin notched a career-high 11 points on a career-best 5-of-8 shooting.
• Martin has recorded two games of nine rebounds this season (SIUE; Oral Roberts).

Lewis in the Lane
• Sophomore forward Breanna Lewis has showcased her improved game in the first eight games this season.
• Lewis leads the team with 12.6 points on a .539 field goal percentage, 3.7 blocks and 1.4 steals. She has scored in double figures in six of the nine games this season.
• Against Oral Roberts, Lewis registered a career-high 22 points on a career-best 10-of-18 shooting while also recording five blocks and three steals.
• Against Grambling State, Lewis blocked a career-high six shots and pulled in nine rebounds. Her six blocks are tied for fourth in school history and are the most since Marlies Gipson blocked six shots at Washington on Dec. 30, 2008.
• She has blocked two or more shots in eight of nine games this season.
• She is second in the Big 12 and ranks 14th in the nation in blocks and is seventh in the Big 12 and 35th in the nation in field goal percentage.
• Lewis ranks sixth in school history with 77 career blocks. She is second in school history with 2.02 blocks per game and is third in school history for career games with five or more blocks (4).
• In her career, Lewis has pulled in five or more rebounds 18 times, blocked two or more shots 21 times and reached double figures in points 11 times.