Wildcats Square Off with Owls on Sunday


GAME PREVIEW
DEC 13, 4 PM

Bramlage Coliseum
Manhattan, KS

NR/NR
FLORIDA ATLANTIC
OWLS
5-1 (0-0 C-USA)

NR/NR
K-STATE
WILDCATS
7-1 (0-0 Big 12)

ESPN3
K-State Sports Network

MANHATTAN, Kan. – The Wildcats continue their five-game home stand on Sunday afternoon, as K-State hosts Florida Atlantic at 4 p.m.

• Kansas State extended its winning streak to a season-high four games with a 61-43 win over UT Rio Grande Valley on Dec. 7. This was the fourth opponent this season that K-State has held to 49 points or less.
• The Wildcats shot 62.5 percent in the third quarter and outrebounded the Vaqueros, 49-37, marking the fourth straight game K-State has had the advantage on the boards. The 49 rebounds were a season-high and included a season-high 36 defensive rebounds.
• K-State was paced by the trio of junior center Breanna Lewis, sophomore forward Kaylee Page and senior guard Megan Deines. Lewis tallied 15 points, nine rebounds and tied her season-high with six blocks and equaled her career-high with four steals. Page registered K-State’s first double-double of the season with 13 points and 12 rebounds. Deines notched 12 points, four rebounds and three assists.
• For the season, K-State has three players averaging double figures led by Lewis with 15.4 points and 7.0 rebounds. Junior guard Kindred Wesemann is averaging to 12.9 points and 3.4 assists. Deines is averaging 11.3 points and 2.3 rebounds.
• Sunday afternoon’s game can be seen live on ESPN3, as Brian Smoller and Kristin Waller will have the call. The game will can also be heard live on the K-State Sports Network and for free at kstatesports.com.

Number to Know
41
• #KStateWBB’s Breanna Lewis has 41 combined blocks and steals (25 blocks; 16 steals) through the first 8 games this season.
• Lewis leads the Big 12 in combined blocks and steals. She ranks second in the league for blocks per game (3.1 bpg; 25) and is tied for fourth in steals (2.0 spg; 16).
• The 2015 Big 12 All-Defensive Team selection registered 40 combined blocks and steals through eight games last season (27 blocks; 13 steals).
• Last season, Lewis set the school record for combined blocks and steals in a single season with 147 (97 blocks; 50 steals), as she was the first player with 90 or more blocks & 50 or more steals in one season in program history.

At a Glance: Florida Atlantic
• Florida Atlantic (5-1) has had a week off following its last game, a 74-52 win over Keiser on Dec. 6. In their only road game of the season, the Owls won 62-55 at Florida Gulf Coast on Nov. 17.
• K-State and Florida Atlantic share a common opponent this season in South Dakota. K-State defeated South Dakota on Nov. 19, 84-81 in overtime, while FAU lost to the Coyotes on Nov. 28, 76-53.
• The Owls are led on the sidelines by fourth year head coach Kellie Lewis-Jay. Lewis-Jay is 58-64 in her time at FAU.
• On the floor, Florida Atlantic is led by guards Ali Gorrell and Morgan Robinson.
• Gorrell is averaging a team-high 15.5 points and 4.5 assists. She is second on the team in rebounding with 6.2 per game. Against Keiser, Gorrell notched 15 points, seven rebounds, three assists, two steals and a blocked shot.
• Robinson is second on the team in scoring with 10.0 points per game and steals with 1.5 per game.

Wildcats Secure 290th Win in Bramlage
• K-State is 290-112 (.721) all-time inside Bramlage Coliseum, which is in its 28th season of existence.
• Kansas State has protected its home floor with determination against non-conference foes with a record of 160-26 (.860) record.
• The Wildcats won nine straight home games to open 2014-15, the longest home win streak since 2010-11 (11).
• K-State had 15 home wins in 2014-15, the most since the 2002-03 season and tied for the second most in program history. The Wildcats have reached double figures in home wins 26 times.
• In his career in games played in his home venue, head coach Jeff Mittie is 294-70 (.808).

Halftime Lead = K-State ‘W’ Since 2001-02
• Since the 2001-02 season, K-State is 243-34 (.877) when leading at the break.
• K-State is 18-1 when leading at the break under head coach Jeff Mittie.
• Since the start of the 2007-08 season, K-State is 137-12 (.919) when leading with five minutes to play including a 14-0 record last season.

Third Quarter Has Been Difference For K-State
• With the transition to quarters in NCAA Division I women’s basketball this season, K-State has made the most of halftime adjustments this season.  
• The Wildcats have outscored their opponents, 161-123, in the third quarter this season (20.1 ppg to 15.4 ppg).  K-State has scored 20 or more points in the third quarter six times this season.
• The Wildcats have “lost” the third quarter this season just twice and came back from one of those deficits to win (at Tulsa). When leading entering the fourth quarter this season, K-State is 6-0.

Wildcats Send Back Shots; Set Record
• K-State has opened the season with a Big 12-leading 6.3 blocks per game (50 blocks) and ranks seventh in the nation in the category.
• K-State features six players with two or more blocks this season, including junior center Breanna Lewis’s team-leading 3.1 blocks per game (25 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.