K-State Opens Big 12 Action on Wednesday

DEC 30, 7 PM

Bramlage Coliseum
Manhattan, KS

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K-State Sports Network

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State opens its Big 12 schedule on Wednesday night, as the Wildcats host Iowa State at 7 p.m.

• Since the 1996-97 season, this will be the fifth time K-State and Iowa State will open Big 12 play against each other, including the second straight season.
• Kansas State extended its season-high winning streak to seven games with an 84-45 win over Western Illinois on Dec. 21. The seven-game winning streak is the longest winning streak in the Jeff Mittie era and the longest since a seven-game streak to begin the 2012-13 season.
• K-State was paced by junior center Breanna Lewis. Lewis registered career-highs of 30 points on 14-of-19 shooting while hauling in seven rebounds and blocking three shots. Lewis is the 22nd player in program history to score 30 or more points in a game. Lewis is the first Wildcat since 2003-04 to tally 30 or more points, seven or more rebounds and three or more blocks in a game.
• For the season, K-State has three players averaging double figures led by Lewis with 17.4 points and 6.9 rebounds. In the last five games, Lewis is averaging 20.8 points on a .662 field goal percentage and 7.4 rebounds. Junior guard Kindred Wesemann is averaging 13.7 points and is shooting .470 from three-point range to rank third in the Big 12 this season. Senior guard Megan Deines is averaging 10.1 points and 2.7 assists.
• Wednesday night’s game can be seen live on ESPN3, as Brian Smoller and Missy Heidrick 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
• #KStateWBB’s Breanna Lewis is one of 11 players in a Power 5 conference to lead her team in scoring and blocks. She is the only player in the Big 12 to achieve this feat.
• Lewis has four games this season with 20 or more points scored and has seven games in her career with 20 or more points.
• Over the last two games, Lewis is averaging 27.0 points with a field goal percentage of .735.

At a Glance: Iowa State
• Iowa State (8-3) enters Wednesday’s Big 12 opener on a six-game winning streak, after a 79-63 win over Northern Arizona on Dec. 22.
• The Cyclones opened the season with a 2-3 record before running off its current six-game win streak.
• On the sideline, Iowa State is led by 21st-year head coach Bill Fennelly. In his time with the Cyclones, Fennelly has achieved a record of 442-209 (.679).
• On the floor, Iowa State has four players averaging double figures led by junior guard Seanna Johnson and freshman guard Bridget Carleton.
• Johnson leads the Cyclones with 16.8 points and 10.6 rebounds per game. Johnson, at 5-11, leads the Big 12 in rebounding and is fifth in scoring. Against Northern Arizona, the product of Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, recorded her ninth double-double of the season with 16 points and 12 rebounds.
• Carleton, a product of Chatham, Ontario, is second on the team in scoring with 13.1 points and is third on the team in rebounding with 6.3 per game.

Mittie Enters Second Season at K-State
Jeff Mittie, one of the winningest active coaches in NCAA Division I with more than 480 career wins, enters his second season at the helm of the K-State program in 2015-16.
• Mittie is the 9th head women’s basketball coach in K-State history.
• Mittie owns an overall career record of 483-250 (.659) in his 24 years as a head coach.
• Mittie has averaged 21 wins per season and experienced only one losing season in his previous 23 years of head coaching.
• Mittie is the first head coach in program history to win 10 of his first 11 games to begin consecutive seasons. Mittie is one of two active head coaches’ in the Big 12 (Kim Mulkey, Baylor) to win 10 of their 11 games to begin consecutive seasons at their current school.
• Mittie has 16 postseason appearances (NCAA or WNIT Tournaments), in which he has a combined record of 16-14.
• Under Mittie in 2014-15, K-State improved its overall record by eight wins from the 2013-14 season (11 to 19), which was the third-largest win improvement from one season to the next in school history.

12th Month of the Calendar Reaches 200 Wins
• In the 48th year of women’s basketball at K-State, the Wildcats have accumulated a record of 211-86 (.710) in the month of December.
• Under head coach Jeff Mittie, K-State is 12-1 (.917) in the month of December including a current 10-game winning streak.

K-State Among Top Programs in D-I History
• K-State’s record entering its 48th season of women’s basketball stands at 882-544 (.619) and is among the top-20 in NCAA Division I women’s basketball history and second among Big 12 members.
• The Wildcats have accumulated 23 20-win seasons and have secured 293 victories inside Bramlage Coliseum.
• K-State has 155 wins in the Big 12 Conference.
• In postseason play, the Wildcats have 11 wins in the NCAA Tournament and 14 wins in the WNIT.
• The Cats have registered 211 victories when they were ranked in the Associated Press top-25 poll and achieved 73 wins against teams ranked in the AP poll.

Halftime Lead = K-State ‘W’ Since 2001-02
• Since the 2001-02 season, K-State is 246-34 (.879) when leading at the break.
• K-State is 21-1 when leading at the break under head coach Jeff Mittie.
• Since the start of the 2007-08 season, K-State is 140-12 (.921) 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, 219-166, in the third quarter this season (19.9 ppg to 15.1 ppg).  K-State has scored 20 or more points in the third quarter eight 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 9-0.

Wildcats’ Defense Forges Identity
• Through 11 games this season, K-State has held its opponents to a field goal percentage of .334 and 56.6 points per game. The Wildcats rank fourth in the Big 12 and 18th in the nation in field goal percentage defense.
• The Wildcats have held five opponents to 49 points or less this season. K-State surrendered a season-low 41 points to UT Arlington on Dec. 3.
• During the last 15 seasons, K-State is 96-3 (.970) when holding an opponent to 49 points or less.
• Last season, K-State was 44th in the nation in scoring defense (58.2 ppg allowed), 12th in steals (11.3 spg) and 42nd in blocked shots (4.7 bpg). K-State’s defense ranked first in the Big 12 in steals, second in scoring defense and third in blocked shots.
• The 58.2 points per game was the lowest since the 2011-12 season (57.4 oppg) and the 1,919 total points allowed marked the fewest total points allowed in a season since the 2010-11 season (1,802).
• K-State held 10 opponents to 49 points or less in 2014-15, including four straight opponents from Nov. 18 to Dec. 8, 2014. The 2014-15 team fell a game short of tying the school record for holding foes to 49 points or less, set in 2011-12 (11).

Lewis in the Lane
• 2015-16 Preseason All-Big 12 Honorable Mention selection Breanna Lewis has opened the season with averages of 17.4 points, on a .592 field goal percentage, 6.9 rebounds and 2.7 blocks. She ranks fourth in the Big 12 in scoring, eighth in field goal percentage and 11th in rebounding. She is one of 11 players in the nation to lead her team in scoring and blocks and the only player in the Big 12.
• She scored in double figures in five straight games twice this season and has reached double figures in 10 games.
• In her career, Lewis has reached double figures in points 34 times including seven games with 20 or more points. She has also pulled in five or more rebounds 44 times.
• Lewis achieved her career-high of 30 points on 14-of-19 shooting against Western Illinois on Dec. 21. She also registered seven rebounds and three blocks against the Leathernecks.
• Lewis was the 22nd player and the 47th time in program history to score 30 or more points in a game. She is the first player since Nicole Ohlde on Dec. 14, 2003 to record 30 or more points, five or more rebound and three or more blocks in a game.
• Last season, Lewis was named an All-Big 12 Second Team selection as she led the team with a career-high 11.5 points (380 points) and four double-doubles last season. She scored in double figures in a team-leading 19 games and led the Wildcats in scoring a team-high 11 times.
• Lewis was the first player in program history with 300 or more points, 200 or more rebounds, 90 or more blocks and 50 or more steals in a season.