K-State Locks Down TCU for Second Straight Win
11-6 (3-3 Big 12)
12-5 (2-4 Big 12)
Alix: 13 pts, 2 rebs, 2 stls
Medley: 8 pts, 7 rebs, 4 assts
Thompson: 8 pts, 5 rebs, 2 assts
Lewis: 25 pts, 9 rebs, 2 blks
Deines: 8 pts, 4 rebs, 3 stls
Martin: 7 pts, 10 rebs, 5 assts
MANHATTAN, Kan. – For the second time this week, Kansas State used a strong defensive performance to secure a league win, as the Wildcats sent a season-high crowd home happy with a 58-49, win over TCU.
• Score: Kansas State 58, TCU 49
• Quick Hitter: K-State (12-5, 2-4) held the TCU (11-6, 3-3) offense to 28.3 percent shooting from the field, including a 25.0 percent effort from beyond the arc. The Wildcats have held seven opponents to 49 points or less this season and are 98-3 (.970) over the last 15 seasons when holding an opponent to fewer than 49 points.
• Leaders: Kansas State was led by junior center and All-Big 12 candidate Breanna Lewis with a game-high 25 points, nine rebounds, two blocks and two steals. Sophomore guard/forward Shaelyn Martin added seven points, 10 rebounds and five assists. TCU was led by AJ Alix with 13 points.
• The Wildcats started the game with a strong defensive effort, holding TCU to 1-of-8 shooting in the first five minutes. Lewis helped K-State build an 8-2 lead during this time with six points and three rebounds.
• K-State ended the quarter with a 13-8 lead, as Lewis carded eight points in the opening frame. The Wildcats held TCU to 23.1 percent shooting in the first quarter.
• TCU narrowed the K-State lead to three, 15-12, early in the second quarter, as Veja Hamilton drained a pair of jumpers.
• K-State answered with a 12-2 run to push the lead to 13, 27-14, with 4:48 remaining in the frame. Kindred Wesemann and Kelly Thomson each drained a 3-point field goal to highlight the run.
• During the K-State run, the Wildcats held TCU to 1-of-12 shooting which spanned the final seven minutes of the quarter.
• Megan Deines opened the third quarter by stealing the inbounds pass a racing in for a layup to increase K-State’s lead to 29-14.
• After TCU closed to within 10, Kayla Goth and Kaylee Page registered 3-pointers on consecutive possessions to give K-State a 40-26 lead with 3:36 to play in the third stanza.
• The Horned Frogs ended the third quarter on an 11-4 run to narrow the K-State lead to 44-37.
• TCU trimmed the K-State lead to three, 48-45, with 4:54 to play, as Alix beat the shot clock with a jumper.
• K-State returned to the post, as Lewis converted on the next two offensive possessions to give K-State a 52-45 lead with 3:22 remaining.
• After a steal and layup by Jada Butts with 1:39 to play, the Wildcats iced the game from the foul line as they converted six free throws in the final 1:13.
• The Wildcats registered 18 assists on 21 made field goals (39.6 field goal percentage).
• K-State entered Saturday’s game leading the Big 12 in steals per game (10.3) and pocketed 11 steals while forcing 19 Horned Frog turnovers.
• TCU leads the series, 5-4, however K-State has won two straight meetings in Manhattan.
• The Wildcats have an all-time record of 225-160 (.584) in the month of January.
• The attendance on Saturday night of 7,525 marked a season-high. K-State owns a 42-11 (.792) record when the attendance is 7,500 or more.
• Kansas State secured the program’s 27th season with 10 or more home wins with Saturday night’s win over TCU.
• K-State’s starting lineup of: guards – Megan Deines and Kindred Wesemann; forwards - Kaylee Page and Shaelyn Martin; center - Breanna Lewis. This is the 14th time this lineup has started together this season (11-3). This was the 14th career K-State start for Deines. This was the 17th career K-State start for Page. Martin has started all 50 games in her career. Wesemann has played in 79 career games and started 58. Lewis has played in 79 career games and started 74.
• K-State has made a three-point field goal in 291 straight games. The streak dates back to Feb. 7, 2007.
• K-State held a 27-14 lead at the half. It was the first lead K-State has held in league play this season. Since the 2001-02 season, the Wildcats are 247-34 (.879) when leading at the half, including a 22-1 mark in the Jeff Mittie era.
• Lewis tallied her 40th career game with 10 or more points, including 16 games this season. This was her 50th career game with five or more rebounds and her 16th this season. She has nine career games with 20 or more points, including six this season. She blocked two shots, her 49th career game with two or more blocks. Lewis finished with two steals and has 24 career games with two or more steals.
• Martin pulled in 10 rebounds for her 31st career game with five or more rebounds and her 13th this season. This was her fifth career effort of 10 or more rebounds and her fourth this season. She dished out five assists on the night for her 13th career game with five or more assists.
Coming up Next
• K-State remains in the state of Kansas on Wednesday, as the Wildcats travel to Lawrence to face KU at 7 p.m. Wednesday’s game will be broadcast to a national audience on FOX Sports Networks and will be available on the K-State Sports Network.