K-State Opens Big 12 Play at Iowa State

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Game 12
Kansas State (10-1) at Iowa State (9-2)
Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015 • 1 P.M.
Ames, Iowa (Hilton Coliseum – 14,356)

Game Information
Tickets: Call (515) 294-1816 or visit www.cyclones.com
TV: Cyclones.tv – Play-by-Play: Rich Fellingham; Color Analyst: Molly Parrott
Radio: K-State Sports Network – Play-by-Play: Brian Smoller; Color Analyst: Randy Peterson

Team Information
Kansas State Wildcats
Head Coach: Jeff Mittie (Missouri Western ’89)
Record at K-State: 10-1 (1st season)
Career Record: 464-235 (23rd season)

Iowa State Cyclones
Head Coach: Bill Fennelly (William Penn ‘79)
Record at Iowa State: 425-195 (20th season)
Career Record: 591-248 (27th season)

Series History
48-34
• K-State leads the series, 48-34.
• Iowa State won the last meeting between the schools, 84-65, on Feb. 1, 2014, in Ames, Iowa.
• K-State will look to halt a six-game skid in Hilton Coliseum. The Wildcats’ last win in Ames came on Feb. 13, 2008, a 45-42 win.
• Head coach Jeff Mittie is 2-4 against Iowa State.

            
MANHATTAN, Kan. – K-State will open its Big 12 schedule on the road for the second time in three years, as the Wildcats travel to Ames, Iowa, on Saturday to face Iowa State at 1 p.m.

• Since the 1996-97 season, this will be the fourth time K-State and Iowa State will open Big 12 play against each other and the first time since 2004-05. This is the third time K-State will open the season in Ames in that time span.
• Defense continues to be the Wildcats’ identity, as K-State leads the nation in scoring defense (45.8 ppg) and is third in field goal percentage defense (.322). In addition to leading the Big 12 in scoring defense and field goal percentage defense, K-State leads the Big 12 in steals (13.8 spg) and is second in blocks (6.1 bpg).
• K-State is led this season by sophomore forward Breanna Lewis and senior forward Ashia Woods. Lewis is averaging a team-high 12.5 points on a .562 field goal percentage, pulling in 5.5 rebounds and blocking 3.5 shots. Woods is averaging 8.5 points and team-highs of 6.8 rebounds and 2.4 steals.
• 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
6
• Since the start of the Big 12 in 1996-97, #KStateWBB has six wins in Big 12 road openers (6-11).
• K-State enters Saturday’s game looking to snap a two-game skid and losses in seven of the last 10 Big 12 road openers.
• K-State’s last Big 12 road opening win came on Jan. 7, 2012 at Kansas (63-57).

At a Glance: Iowa State
• Iowa State (9-2) enters Saturday’s Big 12 opener on a four-game winning streak following a pair of wins in the Cyclone Challenge this week.
• The Cyclones cruised past Howard on Monday, 90-44, and UC Riverside on Tuesday, 71-54.
• On the sideline, Iowa State is led by 20th-year head coach Bill Fennelly. In his time with the Cyclones, Fennelly has achieved a record of 425-195 (.685).
• On the floor, Iowa State has four players averaging double figures led by sophomore guard Seanna Johnson and senior guard Nikki Moody.
• Johnson leads the Cyclones with 13.5 points and 9.8 rebounds per game. Johnson, at 5-11, is second in the Big 12 in rebounding and eighth in scoring. Against UC Riverside, the product of Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, recorded her fourth double-double of the season with 18 points and 13 rebounds.
• Moody, a 2014 All-Big 12 Second Team selection, is second on the team in scoring with 12.6 points and leads the squad in assists with 7.1 per game. Moody is second in the Big 12 in assists. Against UC Riverside, she tallied 19 points, six rebounds and five assists.

Mittie Takes the Reins at K-State
Jeff Mittie, one of the winningest active coaches in NCAA Division I with more than 450 career wins, will begin his first season at the helm of the K-State program in 2014-15.

• Mittie is the 9th head women’s basketball coach in K-State history.
• He is the first K-State head coach since 1968-69 (Judy Akers) to win 10 of the first 11 games he has coached at K-State.
• Owns an overall career record of 464-235 (.664) in his 23 years as a head coach.
• Mittie has averaged 21 wins per season and experienced only one losing season in his 22 years of head coaching.
• Mittie has 15 postseason appearances (NCAA or WNIT Tournaments), in which he has a combined record of 15-13.
• Mittie has received a number of accolades during his coaching career including: 2010 Mountain West Coach of the Year, 2002 Conference USA Coach of the Year, 2001 WAC Coach of the Year and 1994 and 1995 MIAA Coach of the Year. He has also led his programs to nine conference titles.

Wildcats on the Road
• K-State has a 249-260 (.489) record in road games during the program’s 47-year history.
• Since the 2000-01 season, K-State owns an 89-80 (.527) 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 125-138 (.475).

1st Month of the Year is the 1st to 200 Wins
• January was the first month in the history of K-State women’s basketball to surpass the 200-win plateau with a record of 220-151 (.593) in the first month of the year.

Wildcats Send Back Shots This Season
• With a new defensive system in place, Kansas State is second in the Big 12 and 13th in the nation in blocked shots (6.1 bpg; 67 total blocks). The Wildcats have blocked five or more shots in eight 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 67 blocks this season through 11 games are more that 15 seasons in school history since blocks became an official stat in the 1982-83 season.
• The Wildcats blocked 88 shots last season, which were the most since the 2011-12 season, when the team blocked 97 shots.

Wildcats Convert Turnovers to Offense
• K-State has scored 221 points off 228 opponent turnovers this season (20.1 ppg & 0.97 ppto).
• Against Samford, the Wildcats outscored the Bulldogs, 18-5, in the category. This was the 10th time K-State has had the edge this season.
• K-State leads the Big 12 in turnover margin, +5.8.
• 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.