K-State Wins Home-Opener Over ACU


GAME RECAP

45

76

NR/NR
ABILENE CHRISTIAN
WILDCATS
1-1 (0-0 SLC)

NR/NR
K-STATE
WILDCATS
2-0 (0-0 Big 12)

LEADERS:
Mason: 17 pts, 3 rebs, 1 assts
Shelstead: 11 pts, 11 rebs, 1 blk
S. Dimba: 6 pts, 6 assts, 3 blks

LEADERS:
Deines: 20 pts, 2 assts, 3 stls
Lewis: 19 pts, 5 rebs, 5 blks
Craig: 9 pts, 3 rebs, 1 asst

TEAM 1 2 3 4 F
Abilene Christian 18 7 10 10 45
K-State 17 20 25 14 76

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State cruised past Abilene Christian on Monday night, as the Wildcats opened the home portion of its non-conference schedule with a 75-46 win at Bramlage Coliseum.

The Basics
• Score: Kansas State 75, Abilene Christian 46
• Quick hitter: K-State has now won 22 of its last 24 home openers and secured the 475th career win for head coach Jeff Mittie.
• Leaders: Kansas State was led by the tandem of Megan Deines and Breanna Lewis, as the duo scored 39 points to lead the Wildcats. Deines finished with 20 points and three steals, while Lewis added 19 points, five rebounds and five blocks to her final line.

First Half
• The first quarter featured seven lead changes, with neither team leading by more than four points. Abilene Christian held an 18-17 lead at the end of one.
• Deines carded K-State’s second 4-point play of the season, knocking down a three and making a free throw with 2:28 to play in the quarter.
• Lewis led the Wildcats early with eight points, four rebounds, a block and a steal in the opening period.
• Deines led the Wildcats to a 20-7 second quarter, scoring 12 of her 18 points in the second frame. For the first two and a half minutes of the second period, Deines outscored Abilene Christian 10-2.
• K-State held Abilene Christian without a field goal for five and a half minutes of the second quarter to build a 37-25 lead at the half.

Second Half
• Kansas State extended its lead to 18, 48-30, with 4:39 to play in the third quarter. Bri Craig knocked down her second 3-pointer of the game and added a putback layup to aid an 11-5 run in the third quarter.
• Lewis registered nine of her 19 points in the third period, including eight straight for K-State.
• K-State registered its second straight quarter with 20 or more points, outscoring ACU 25-10 in the third.
• Kansas State would build its lead to a high of 36 before the final margin of 76-45 was decided.

Game Totals
• K-State shot .492 (29-of-59), including .400 (8-of-20) from beyond the arc. The Kansas State defense held Abilene Christian to a .212 (14-of-66) field goal percentage, including 7-of-33 (.212) from behind the 3-point line.
• Kansas State dished out 23 assists while forcing 23 Abilene Christian turnovers.
• The Wildcats blocked nine shots and improved their season total to 23.

Noteworthy
• Kansas State owns a 2-0 record against Abilene Christian in the series and are 12-3 all-time against the Southland Conference.
• The Wildcats are 39-9 (.813) in home openers and have won 22 of its last 24 home openers. K-State is 24-4 (.857) all time in home openers in Bramlage Coliseum. Head coach Jeff Mittie is 22-2 (.917) in his career in home openers.
• Kansas State is 286-112 (.719) all-time inside Bramlage Coliseum, including a 156-26 (.857) mark against non-conference opponents.
• The Wildcats have an all-time record of 119-44 (.730) in the month of November, including a seven-game winning streak dating back to Nov. 29, 2013 against Virginia in Freeport, Bahamas.
• K-State’s starting lineup of guards: Kindred Wesemann and Megan Deines; forwards: Shaelyn Martin and Kaylee Page; center: Breanna Lewis. This is the second time this lineup has started together. Second career K-State starts for Deines and Page. Martin has started all 35 games in her career. Wesemann has played in 64 career games and started 43. Lewis has played in 64 career games and started 59.
• K-State has made a three-point field goal in 276 straight games. The streak dates back to Feb. 7, 2007.
• Kansas State held a 37-25 lead at the half. Since the 2001-02 season, K-State is 239-34 (.875) when leading at the break.
• Deines reached double figures for the second straight game for K-State. Her 20 points were a new personal season-high.
• Lewis registered her 40th career game with two or more blocked shots and the 17th game of her career with four or more and her 10th with five or more to rank second in school history for games with five or more blocks. With her five blocks, she remains third in program history for career blocks with 152. She also posted her 26th career game with 10 or more points.
• Craig recorded 2-of-3 from beyond the arc. With her two connections from the 3-point line, Craig remained in 10th on the K-State career 3-point field goals list with 141. Craig has 37 career games with two or more made 3-point field goals.
• Kelly Thomson made her first 3-point field goal since Dec. 20, 2014 against Grambling State.

Coming up Next
• K-State concludes its two-game home stand on Thursday, as the Wildcats host South Dakota at 7 p.m. To purchase tickets to Thursday’s game, contact the K-State Athletics Ticket Office at (800) 221-CATS, visiting the ticket office in Bramlage Coliseum or purchase them online at www.kstatesports.com/tickets.