Strong Second Half Sends K-State to Win
2-2 (0-0 SWAC)
3-1 (0-0 Big 12)
Green: 9 pts, 5 rebs
Purnell: 8 pts, 4 rebs
Cowart: 7 pts, 2 rebs
Lewis: 16 pts, 9 rebs, 3 blks
Wesemann: 16 pts, 4 assts
Page: 10 pts, 2 assts, 2 stls
MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State used a solid second half to record a 59-47 win over Southern on Wednesday afternoon at Bramlage Coliseum. The Wildcats have now won six straight home games in the month of November.
• Score: Kansas State 59, Southern 47
• Quick Hitter: K-State registered 16 assists on 19 made field goals on Wednesday.
• Leaders: For the fourth time this season, the Wildcats had three players reach double figures in scoring. Junior guard Kindred Wesemann and junior center Breanna Lewis each scored 16 points, while sophomore forward Kaylee Page added 10. Southern was led by Briana Green with nine points.
• K-State shot cool 33.3 percent in the first quarter on the way to a 16-13 lead. Jessica Sheble and Kelly Thomson each help the Wildcats build a pair of four-point leads in the opening period, as Sheble connected on a layup and Thomson buried a 3-pointer from the corner.
• The Wildcats cold shooting continued into the second quarter, as K-State was held without a made field goal for the first six minutes of the period.
• Southern secured an 18-16 lead with 8:53 remaining in the quarter. K-State managed three free throws to climb back into a 19-18 lead with 4:41 to play in the second quarter. The Wildcats held the Jaguars without a made field goal for seven minutes of the second quarter.
• The Jaguars ended the quarter on a 7-0 run to take a 25-23 lead at the break. The 23 first half points were the fewest points in an opening for K-State this season and the fewest in a first half since scoring 23 against Kansas on March 6, 2015.
• The Wildcats were held to one made field goal in the entirety of the second quarter while scoring a season-low for a quarter of seven points.
• Five straight points, a layup and a 3-pointer, from Wesemann pushed K-State into a 30-27 lead with 5:40 to play in the third quarter.
• A 7-1 run by Southern gave the Jaguars a 34-31 lead with 2:10 to play. K-State ended the third quarter on a 7-3 run to secure a 38-37 lead entering the fourth quarter. Bri Craig tallied five points during the run, including her first 3-pointer of the afternoon.
• After a Southern free throw narrowed K-State’s lead to 43-41 with 6:19 to play in the fourth quarter, the Wildcats raced out on an 13-2 run to build a 56-43 lead with 1:38 remaining. During the run, Page scored five of her seven fourth quarter points.
• The K-State defense rose to the challenge in the fourth frame, holding Southern to 10 points on 4-of-16 shooting.
• K-State was 19-of-53 (.358) from the field which included a 12-of-26 (.462) performance in the second half. Southern was 17-of-55 (.309) from the floor for the game.
• The Wildcats held the advantage on the boards for the first time this season, outrebounding Southern, 42-30.
• Both teams turned the ball over 14 times, with K-State pocketing five steals.
• K-State leads the series, 2-0. K-State is 22-0 all-time against the SWAC.
• The Wildcats have an all-time record of 121-45 (.729) in the month of November and have won six straight home games in the month of November.
• K-State’s starting lineup of: guards - Kindred Wesemann and Kayla Goth; forwards - Shaelyn Martin and Kaylee Page; center - Breanna Lewis. This is the first time this lineup has started together this season. First career start for Goth. Fifth career K-State start for Page. Martin has started all 38 games in her career. Wesemann has played in 67 career games and started 46. Lewis has played in 67 career games and started 62.
• K-State has made a three-point field goal in 279 straight games. The streak dates back to Feb. 7, 2007.
• Wesemann tallied her 20th career game with 10 or more points and her third this season. She was 2-of-4 from the 3-point line, marking her 29th career game with two or more connections from beyond the arc.
• Lewis posted her 29th career game with 10 or more points, including all five games this season. This was her 41st career game with two or more blocks and her third this season. Lewis posted her 38th career game with five or more rebounds and her fifth this season.
• Martin posted a season-high by a Wildcat with 11 rebounds. She also handed out a career-high seven assists, which is the seventh time she has dished out five or more assists in a game including the second time this season.
• Goth pulled in a career-high five rebounds. It was her first career game with five or more rebounds.
Coming up Next
• The Wildcats conclude its two-game home stand on Thursday, Dec. 3, as K-State hosts UT Arlington at 7 p.m. To purchase tickets to next Thursday’s game, 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.