K-State Hosts Sam Houston State on Saturday


GAME PREVIEW
DEC 19, 7 PM

Bramlage Coliseum
Manhattan, KS

NR/NR
SAM HOUSTON STATE
BEARKATS
4-3 (0-0 SLC)

NR/NR
K-STATE
WILDCATS
8-1 (0-0 Big 12)

ESPN3
K-State Sports Extra

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State will play the third game of a five-game home stand on Saturday night, as the Wildcats host Sam Houston State at 7 p.m.

• Kansas State extended its season-high winning streak to five games with a 102-53 win over Florida Atlantic on Dec. 13. This was the first time K-State scored 100 or more points in a game since Nov. 26, 2005 and the first time the Wildcats have scored 100 or more points at home since Jan. 5, 2003.
• The Wildcats shot a season-best 54.9 percent from the field and scored 20 or more points in all four quarters for the first time this season.
• K-State was paced by the group of junior guard Kindred Wesemann, junior center Breanna Lewis, senior guard Antoinette Taylor and senior guard Megan Deines. Wesemann scored a game-high 19 points on 7-of-9 shooting, while Lewis tallied 14 points and seven rebounds. Taylor registered a career-high 14 points off the bench with Deines adding 11 points and four rebounds.
• For the season, K-State has three players averaging double figures led by Lewis with 15.2 points and 7.0 rebounds. In the last three games, Lewis is averaging 16.7 points on a .595 field goal percentage and 8.0 rebounds. Wesemann is averaging to 13.6 points and 3.7 assists this season and Deines is averaging 11.3 points and 2.5 rebounds.
• Saturday night’s game can be seen live on ESPN3, as John Kurtz 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
5
• #KStateWBB has held the edge in rebounding for five straight games.
• This is the first time the Wildcats have held the edge in rebounding in five or more games since holding the advantage on the glass in eight straight games from Nov. 22, 2007 to Jan. 2, 2008.
• Over the last five games, K-State is outrebounding its opponents - 43.2 to 31.6 - which includes 61 offensive rebounds.
• In the last five games, K-State has scored 52 second chance points including a season-high 16 against Florida Atlantic on Dec. 13.

At a Glance: Sam Houston State
• Sam Houston State (4-3) won its second straight game, using a buzzer beater to win at Texas Southern on Monday, 53-51. Saturday’s game will be the start of a four-game road trip for the Bearkats.
• K-State and Sam Houston State share a pair of common opponent this season in TCU and Texas. The Bearkats dropped its season-opener, 85-59, at TCU and will face the Longhorns on Dec. 27 in Austin.
• Sam Houston State is led on the sidelines by ninth year head coach Brenda Welch-Nichols. Welch-Nichols is 101-171 in her time in Huntsville.
• On the floor, Sam Houston State is paced by the duo of Shernise Robertson and Angela Beadle.
• Robertson, a senior guard from Cypress, Texas, is averaging a team-high 16.4 points per game and 3.7 assists. At Texas Southern, Robertson drained the game-winning basket and finished with a game high 19 points while also hauling in five rebounds and dishing three assists.
• Beadle, a senior center from Austin, Texas, is second on the team in scoring with 12.0 points per game and leads the team in rebounding at 9.0 per game. Against Texas Southern, Beadle tallied a double-double of 11 points and 13 rebounds.

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, 183-141, in the third quarter this season (20.3 ppg to 15.7 ppg).  K-State has scored 20 or more points in the third quarter seven 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 7-0.

Magic Number is 70 Points for Wildcats
• Since the 2001-02 season, K-State is 160-15 (.914) when scoring 70 or more points in a game including a 17-3 record in the last two seasons.
• For the first time since the 2004-05 season, K-State  scored 75 or more points in each of the first three games of a season.
• K-State scored a season-high 102 points against Florida Atlantic on Dec. 13. This marked the 24th time in program history that K-State scored 100 or more points in a game. The Wildcats are 24-0 in games in which they score 100 or more points.
• The Wildcats made a season-high 39 field goals against the Owls, which were the most made field goals since making 41 on Nov. 26, 2004 against Illinois State.
• The 49-point margin of victory over Florida Atlantic was the largest by K-State since a 58-point win over Alcorn State on Dec. 5, 2008.

K-State Strong in the Lane
• The Wildcats have opened the season with 266 points in the paint this season (29.6 ppg), including a season-high 42 points twice - vs. South Dakota (Nov. 19) and vs. Florida Atlantic (Dec. 13).  
• K-State has outscored its opponents, 266-174, in the lane this season. The 266 points are 41.7 percent of K-State’s point total this season. The Wildcats have had the edge in the paint in six games this season.
• Last season, Kansas State outscored its opponents in the lane, 948-724, and held the edge in 23 games. The 948 points in the paint were 48.2 percent of the team’s overall point total.

Kansas State’s Second Unit Has Been Solid
• K-State’s bench has outscored its foes, 168-158, this season (18.7 ppg).
• The Wildcats received a season-high 43 points from the second unit against Florida Atlantic on Dec. 13. This was the highest output since K-State’s bench scored 52 points against Grambling State on Dec. 7, 2013.

Taylor Energizes Attack    
• Senior Antoinette Taylor has been a spark off the bench for the Wildcats this season. The guard from Gary, Indiana, is averaging 3.3 points and 0.8 steals in 7.1 minutes of action.
• Against Florida Atlantic, Taylor notched a career-high of 14 points in 16 minutes of action off the bench. She also buried a pair of 3-pointers, the first game of her career with multiple connections from beyond the arc.
• The 14 points were 21.5 percent of her career point total by the end of the game.