K-State Visits Chicago State on Saturday

DEC 5, 2 PM

Jones Convocation Center
Chicago, Ill.

5-1 (0-0 Big 12)

1-6 (0-0 WAC)

WAC Digital Network
K-State Sports Network

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State will embark on its final road game of the non-conference schedule on Saturday, as K-State travels to Chicago to face Chicago State at 2 p.m.

• K-State used one of its strongest defensive efforts of the season to win its second straight game, a 61-41 win over UT Arlington on Thursday. This was the second straight game and the third this season that K-State held an opponent to 49 points or less.
• The Wildcats held the Lady Mavericks to 12 first half points, which included consecutive quarters of six points each. K-State combined for 21 steals and blocks (13 steals/8 blocks). K-State is 9-0 under head coach Jeff Mittie when K-State combines for 20 or more steals and blocks in a game.
• Offensively, K-State was paced by junior guard Kindred Wesemann with a game-high 19 points. Wesemann has reached double figures in four straight games and is averaging 18.5 points in that stretch. Sophomore guard/forward Shaelyn Martin registered her second straight game with 10 or more rebounds and dished out a game-high five assists.
• For the season, K-State features three players averaging double figures led by junior center Breanna Lewis with 14.5 points and 6.5 rebounds. Wesemann is averaging to 14.2 points and 3.7 assists. Senior guard Megan Deines is averaging 11.4 points.
• Saturday afternoon’s game can be seen live online at the WAC Digital Network (wacsports.com) or heard live on the K-State Sports Network and for free at kstatesports.com, as Wade Gerstner and Randy Peterson will have the call.

Number to Know
• K-State is 18-0 over the last 11 seasons when achieving a combination of 20+ steals and blocks in the same game.
• The Wildcats recorded a combination totalling 24 (15 steals/9 blocks) against Abilene Christian. This was the eighth time under head coach Jeff Mittie that K-State tallied 20 or more steals and blocks in a game.

At a Glance: Chicago State
• Chicago State (1-6) will conclude a three-game home stand on Saturday against K-State. The Cougars are coming off a 66-60 loss to Bradley on Wednesday.
• The Cougars are led on the sidelines by 13th year head coach Angela Jackson. Jadckson is 128-235 in her time in Chicago.
• On the floor, Chicago State is led by a pair of double figure scorers in freshman Kaylee Allen and senior Layne Murphy.
• Allen is averaging a team-high 14.8 points while also pulling in 5.0 rebounds. Against Bradley, Allen poured in 21 points off the bench.
• Murphy is putting up 11.7 points and a team-high 9.3 rebounds and 2.4 assists. Against Bradley, Murphy recorded 12 points, five assists, four rebounds and three blocks.

K-State Picking Opponent’s Pockets
• Kansas State has opened the season with 60 steals in six games (10.0 spg), including a season-high 15 against Abilene Christian on Nov. 16. The Wildcats are second in the Big 12 in steals per game.
• Of the 107 opponent turnovers, 56.1 percent have come from a K-State steal this season.
• The Wildcats registered the second-most steals in program history with 374 steals in 2014-15 (11.3 spg) to lead the Big 12 and rank 12th in the nation.
• Of the 603 opponent turnovers, 62.0 percent came from K-State steals. Of the 2,186 offensive possessions by K-State opponents, 17.1 percent ended in a Wildcat steal.
• The 374 steals were the most since 1983-84 when K-State notched a school record 399 in 31 games (12.9 spg).
• The Wildcats had a league-high five players among the top-15 in the Big 12 steal rankings.

Wildcats Send Back Shots; Set Record
• K-State has opened the season with a Big 12-leading 41 blocked shots (6.8 bpg) in six games.
• The Wildcats have blocked five or more shots four times this season and is second in the Big 12 and rank 11th in the nation in blocks per game.  
• K-State features six players with two or more blocks this season, including junior center Breanna Lewis’s team-leading 3.2 blocks per game (19 blocks).
• K-State blocked a school record 14 shots at Tulsa in the season-opening win on Nov. 13. The previous school record was 13 from Nov. 17, 2006 against Wyoming.
• Against Tulsa, four Wildcats registered two or more blocked shots led by Lewis with a game-high of six.
• In 2014-15, 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).
• Last season, K-State recorded five or more blocked shots in 16 games.
• The 156 blocks in 2014-15 marked the ninth time in school history that K-State blocked 100 or more shots in a season and are fourth-most in program history for blocks in a season.

Wesemann Dials up her Own Number    
• Junior guard Kindred Wesemann registered a career-high effort with 28 points against South Dakota on Nov. 19. It was her third career game and first this season with 20 or more points.
• Against South Dakota, Wesemann was 12-of-12 from the foul line. This marked a career-high for free throws made and attempted and was the fourth time in program history that a player was perfect on 12 or more free throw attempts. Wesemann is 25-of-26 (.962) from the foul line this season and leads the Big 12 in free throw percentage.
• Also against South Dakota, Wesemann was 4-of-8 from beyond the arc. This was her seventh career game with four or more connections from the 3-point line.
• For the season, Wesemann is averaging 14.2 points and 3.7 assists. She is shooting 44.0 percent from the field including 48.5 percent from beyond the arc. She has scored in double figures in four straight games, which is the first time since she scored in double figures in five straight from Feb. 22 to March 7, 2014.
• She ranks 11th in the Big 12 in scoring and leads the Big 12 in 3-point field goals made per game (2.7) and is sixth in 3-point field goal percentage (.485).
• Last season, Wesemann recorded career-highs with 264 points (8.0 ppg) and tied for the team lead with 52 connections from beyond the arc. She ranked eighth in the Big 12 in 3-point field goals made per game (1.6) and ninth for 3-point field goal percentage (.284).
• For her career, Wesemann has drained 105 three-point field goals, which includes a career best of eight against Texas last season. The eight made 3-point field goals were the most in a Big 12 game last season and the most in a conference game in school history.

Martin is K-State’s Swiss Army Knife    
• Sophomore guard/forward Shaelyn Martin has put up a multi-faceted stat line this season. The product of Salina, Kansas, is averaging 3.5 points, 7.7 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 0.7 blocks and 1.7 steals.
• Over the last two games, Martin is averaging 10.5 rebounds which includes a career-high 11 against Southern.
• Martin appears among the Big 12 league leaders in rebounds (9th), assists (4th), steals (t10th) and defensive rebounds per game (t2nd).
• She is the only player in the Big 12 with 45 or more rebounds and 25 or more assists this season.
• For her career, Martin has 23 games with two or more steals, including a career-high five against UT-Arlington and at Texas Tech last season.
• She has 23 career games with five or more rebounds.
• In her freshman season, Martin tallied a diverse stat line of 4.6 points, 5.2 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 2.0 steals while starting all 33 games to begin her career. She was one of two Wildcats to start every game in 2014-15 (Breanna Lewis).
• In her first postseason, Martin averaged 6.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 2.0 steals.
• Martin led the team in assists with 90 in 2014-15. She dished out a career-high six assists against TCU on Feb. 11 and had five games with five or more assists.
• She was second on the team and fifth in the Big 12 in steals. She led all Big 12 freshmen in steals.