K-State Sinks Florida Atlantic, 102-53
5-2 (0-0 C-USA)
8-1 (0-0 Big 12)
K. Wright: 15 pts, 3 rebs
N. Zyryanova: 14 pts, 2 assts
D. Ford: 7 pts, 2 stls
K. Wesemann: 19 pts, 6 assts
B. Lewis: 14 pts, 7 rebs
A. Taylor: 14 pts, 3rebs, 2 stls
MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State’s offense stepped on the accelerator early in the game against Florida Atlantic on Sunday at Bramlage Coliseum and didn’t let off until the final buzzer, defeating the Owls 102-53.
• Score: Kansas State 102, Florida Atlantic 53
• Quick Hitter: K-State surpassed the 100-point mark for the first time since Nov. 26, 2005 at Santa Clara (100-71) and scored over 100 points for the first time in Bramlage Coliseum since Jan. 5, 2003 against Iowa (103-60).
• Leaders: The Wildcats had all 14 players score at least one point for the first time this season, with four player reaching double figures. Junior guard Kindred Wesemann tallied 19 points which included a 5-of-6 effort from beyond the arc. Junior center Breanna Lewis tallied 14 points on 7-of-9 shooting and seven reounds. Senior guard Antoinette Taylor came off the bench to score a career-high 14 points and senior guard Megan Deines finished with 11 points.
• K-State dashed out to a 13-6 lead with 4:49 remaining in the first quarter. During the opening five minutes, the Wildcats shot 67 percent from the field as Wesemann and Lewis paced K-State with five and four points, respectively.
• Taylor came off the bench to score four straight points and increased K-State’s lead to 19-9 with 2:57 remaining.
• The Wildcats would end the opening frame with a 28-11 lead. Kansas State shot 67 percent (12-of-18) in the first quarter. Lewis finished the quarter with 10 points, including the final six points of the quarter.
• K-State used an 11-3 run in the second quarter to increase its lead to 39-17 with 4:58 remaining.
• A 14-0 Wildcat run late in the first half pushed the K-State lead to 53-21, with 1:20 to play. Kansas State held a 54-25 at halftime.
• The 54 points in the opening half were the most in a first half since at least the 2007-08 season.
• Wesemann drained a pair of 3-pointers and Kaylee Page added her first of the day as K-State increased its lead to 67-35 with 4:53 to play in the third quarter.
• The third quarter was the closest of the afternoon, as the Wildcats outscored the Owls, 22-18, in the stanza to hold a 76-43 lead.
• K-State’s bench took over in the fourth quarter and continued to pour in baskets. Kelly Thomson, Erica Young, Taylor and Bri Craig all scored multi baskets in the final quarter.
• Thomson pushed the Wildcats over the century mark with a 3-pointer late in the game, resulting in a loud cheer from the 3,905 K-State faithful in attendance.
• The Wildcats shot a season-high 54.9 percent (39-of-71) from the field. Florida Atlantic turned in a 20-of-66 (30.3%) performance.
• K-State outrebounded its fifth straight opponent with a 48-30 advantage on the glass.
• K-State dished out a season-high 24 assists. In the last 11 seasons, K-State is 44-0 when dishing out 20 or more assists.
• K-State knocked down a season-high 14 three-pointers, shooting 58.3 percent from beyond the arc. This marked the most 3-pointers made since making 15 at Baylor on March 4, 2013.
• K-State leads the series, 1-0. K-State is 21-16 all-time against teams from Conference USA.
• The Wildcats have an all-time record of 209-86 (.708) in the month of December. Head coach Jeff Mittie is 10-1 (.909) in the month of December with K-State, including a current eight-game winning streak.
• K-State’s starting lineup of: guards - Kindred Wesemann and Megan Deines; forwards - Shaelyn Martin and Kaylee Page; center - Breanna Lewis. This is the eighth time this lineup has started together this season (7-1). Eighth career K-State start for Deines. Ninth career K-State start for Page. Martin has started all 42 games in her career. Wesemann has played in 71 career games and started 50. Lewis has played in 71 career games and started 66.
• K-State has made a three-point field goal in 283 straight games. The streak dates back to Feb. 7, 2007.
• Since 2001-02, K-State is 244-34 (.878) when leading at the half. Sunday was the fifth time this season K-State led at the half (5-0).
• K-State is 6-1 this season when three or more players score in double figures.
• Wesemann tallied her 23rd career game and her fifth straight with 10 or more points. She has led K-State in scoring five times this season and 11 times in her career. She tallied her 31st career game with two or more connections from beyond the arc. This was her ninth career game with four or more made 3-pointers.
• Lewis posted her 32nd career game with 10 or more points, including eight games this season. Lewis tallied her 42nd career game with five or more rebounds and her eighth this season.
• Taylor reached double figures for the first time in her career. This was her sixth career game with two or more steals. Taylor set a new career-high with two connections from beyond the arc, which surpassed her career total entering the game (1).
• Deines recorded her sixth game with 10 or more points.
• Martin dished a career-high tying seven assists, her 10th career game with five or more.
• Young blocked a career-high five shots. She has five career games with two or more blocks. Young pulled in six rebounds, a new season-high and the seventh time she has snagged five or more in a game.
Coming up Next
• K-State continues its five-game home stand on Saturday, Dec. 19, against Sam Houston State. Game time is 7 p.m.
• Fans can purchase a general admission bench ticket for just $3 with the donation of a new toy at entrances to Bramlage Coliseum for Operation Santa benefitting families at Fort Riley. For tickets, contact the K-State Athletics Ticket Office at (800) 221-CATS, visit the ticket office in Bramlage Coliseum or purchase them online at www.kstatesports.com/tickets.