Wildcats Set Block Record in Opening Win


GAME RECAP

75

67

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

NR/NR
TULSA
GOLDEN HURRICANE
0-1 (0-0 AAC)

LEADERS:
K. Page: 21 pts, 7 rebs
B. Lewis: 13 pts, X blks
M. Deines: 12 pts, 5 rebs

LEADERS:
E. Wakefield: 15 pts
C. Polk: 12 pts, 6 rebs
K. Grovey: 12 pts, 5 assts

TEAM 1 2 3 4 F
K-State 16 18
13
28 75
Tulsa 20 14
18
15 67

TULSA, Okla. – With a school record 14 blocked shots, Kansas State recovered from a nine-point deficit late in the third quarter to secure a 75-67 win at Tulsa on Friday night.

The Basics
• Score: Kansas State 75, Tulsa 67
• Quick hitter: The Wildcats registered 14 blocks surpassing the previous mark of 13 set in 2006. Four Wildcats tallied two or more blocks.
• Leaders: Kaylee Page made her K-State debut a memorable one with a game-high 21 points on 8-of-11 shooting including 4-of-6 from beyond the arc. Joining Page in double figures were Breanna Lewis with 13 points and six blocks, Megan Deines with 12 points and Bri Craig with 11 points.

First Half
• K-State jumped out to a quick 8-0 lead in the first four minutes of the game. Kaylee Page recorded five of the eight points, including her first career 3-point field goal.
• Tulsa roared back with a 14-1 run to secure a 14-9 lead with 3:12 to play in the opening quarter. The Golden Hurricane were paced by Crystal Polk and Antoinet Webster with four points each.
• The Golden Hurricane would hold a 20-16 advantage at the end of the opening frame. The Wildcats shot .333 from the floor in the first quarter.
• The Wildcats jumped back into the lead at 24-22 with 7:58 to play in the second quarter, as Bri Craig drained three-point field goals on consecutive possessions.
• Page converted a rare four-point play with 5:10 to play in the second stanza, giving K-State a 28-25 lead.
• A 7-0 run by Tulsa pushed them back into the lead at 32-28 with 3:29 remaining.
• The Wildcats closed out the first half with a 5-0 run to even the game at 34.

Second Half
• K-State used a 9-2 run to begin the third quarter to build a 43-36 lead with 6:18 left.
• Similar to the first quarter, Tulsa zoomed past K-State with a 16-0 run to build a 52-43 lead with 1:45 to play in the third quarter.
• The Wildcats scored the last four points of the third quarter to trail by five, 52-47, entering the fourth.
• Page drained her third 3-point field goal of the night to bring K-State to within three, 55-52, with 7:14 to play and force a Tulsa timeout.
• Page knocked down her fourth three-pointer to tie the game at 6:17 remaining.
• A Shaelyn Martin layup with 4:30 to play tied the game at 61 and jump started a 14-6 run by K-State.
• During the run, Deines scored eight of her 12 points to help close out the win.

Game Totals
• K-State shot .410 (25-of-61) from the field, including .455 (10-of-22) from the 3-point line. Tulsa was .413 (26-of-63) from the floor and .375 (9-of-24) from the 3.
• The Wildcats dished out 15 assists and had just nine turnovers.
• K-State was 15-of-20 (.750) from the free throw line.

Noteworthy
• K-State’s starting lineup of guards: Kindred Wesemann and Megan Deines; forwards: Shaelyn Martin and Kaylee Page; center: Breanna Lewis. This is the first time this lineup has started an official game together. First career K-State starts for Deines and Page. Martin has started all 34 games in her career.
• K-State has now made a three-point field goal in 275 straight games. The streak dates back to Feb. 7, 2007.
• The Wildcats are 39-9 in season-openers and have won 15 of its last 17 season-openers. In road season-openers, K-State is 4-3.
• Lewis registered her 39th career game with two or more blocked shots and the 16th game of her career with four or more. With her six blocks, she moved into third in program history for career blocks with 147. She also posted her 25th career game with 10 or more points.
• Craig recorded 3-of-5 from beyond the arc. With her three connections from the 3-point line, Craig moved into 10th on the K-State career 3-point field goals list with 139. Craig has 36 career games with two or more made 3-point field goals.
• Martin tallied nine rebounds for her 19th career game with five or more rebounds. She also blocked two shots to tie her career-high.

Coming up Next
• K-State returns home to host its home opener of the 2015-16 non-conference schedule on Monday at 5:30 p.m., against Abilene Christian. To purchase tickets to Monday’s doubleheader, 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.