K-State Defense Overpowers UT Arlington
3-4 (0-0 SBC)
5-1 (0-0 Big 12)
B. Clark: 9 pts, 3 stls
L. Green: 7 pts, 6 rebs, 3 assts
Two tied w/ 6 pts
K. Wesemann: 19 pts, 4 rebs, 3 stls
K. Page: 8 pts, 4 rebs
B. Lewis: 7 pts, 5 rebs, 4 blks
MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State used one of its best defensive efforts of the season on Thursday night to begin a stretch of three games in five days with a 61-41 win over UT Arlington on Thursday night in Bramlage Coliseum.
• Score: Kansas State 61, UT Arlington 41
• Quick Hitter: K-State held its second straight opponent below 49 points and held the advantage on the boards for the second straight game.
• Leaders: Kindred Wesemann led K-State with her fourth straight game in double figures with 19 points. Shaelyn Martin pulled in 10 rebounds and dished out five assists for K-State.
• Limited possessions in the first quarter resulted in K-State leading 15-6 at the end of the first quarter. The six points were the fewest allowed by K-State in a quarter this season.
• Breanna Lewis and Wesemann started to click late in the quarter, scoring all seven points during a 7-2 run to end the opening frame.
• Both teams’ struggles on offense continued into the second quarter, as the teams combined for two made field goals in the first five minutes.
• K-State ended its drought, outscoring the Lady Mavericks 8-3 in the final 2:15 of the quarter to hold a 25-12 lead at the half. Kaylee Page started the run with a mid-range jumper, while Wesemann added a pair of 3-pointers.
• The Wildcats shot 33.3 percent in the opening half (9-of-27), while holding UT Arlington to 22.7 percent (5-of-22). The 12 first half points allowed by K-State are the fewest in a half since K-State held Kansas to 12 first half points on March 6, 2015 at the Big 12 Championships.
• K-State used a 7-2 run to open the third quarter to expand its lead to 18, 32-14, with 6:58 to play. Wesemann recorded five points during the run, including her fourth connection from beyond the arc.
• A 9-2 burst by the Wildcats extended the lead to 41-18 with 3:42 to play and forcing a UT Arlington timeout. The nine points came off three straight 3-pointers, as Kelly Thomson, Page and Wesemann all connected from deep.
• The Lady Mavericks outscored K-State in the final quarter, 18-16. Pacing K-State in the final frame were Erica Young and Anna Hammaker with five points apiece.
• K-State shot 35.7 percent (20-of-56) from the field, including 9-of-23 (39.1 percent) from 3-point range. The Wildcats held the Lady Mavericks to 27.3 percent (15-of-55), including 4-of-19 from three.
• The Wildcats registered 13 steals and eight blocks.
• Kansas State registered a season-high 12 second chance points, as the Wildcats outrebounded the Lady Mavericks, 40-39.
• K-State leads the series, 3-0. K-State is 11-6 all-time against teams from the Sun Belt Conference.
• The Wildcats have an all-time record of 207-86 (.706) in the month of December.
• K-State’s starting lineup of: guards - Kindred Wesemann and Megan Deines; forwards - Shaelyn Martin and Kaylee Page; center - Breanna Lewis. This is the fifth time this lineup has started together this season (4-1). Fifth career K-State start for Deines. Sixth career K-State start for Page. Martin has started all 39 games in her career. Wesemann has played in 68 career games and started 47. Lewis has played in 68 career games and started 63.
• K-State has made a three-point field goal in 280 straight games. The streak dates back to Feb. 7, 2007.
• Since 2001-02, K-State is 241-34 (.876) when leading at the half. Thursday was the second time this season K-State led at the half.
• Wesemann tallied her 21st career game and her fourth straight with 10 or more points. She was 5-of-7 from the 3-point line, marking her 30th career game with two or more connections and her eighth career game with four or more connections from beyond the arc.
• Lewis posted her 42nd career game and her fourth this season with two or more blocks. Lewis posted her 39th career game with five or more rebounds and her sixth this season. She also tallied 3 steals which is the 18th time in her career and the third time this season she has recorded two or more steals.
• Martin has three career games with 10 or more rebounds including two straight. She has 23 career games with five or more rebounds. She also handed out a five assists, which is the eighth time she has dished out five or more assists in a game including the third time this season.
• Erica Young registered her fourth career game with two or more blocks.
Coming up Next
• The Wildcats travel to Chicago to face Chicago State on Saturday at 2 p.m. The game will be available on the K-State Sports Network.
• K-State returns to Bramlage on Monday to host UT Rio Grande Valley at 7 p.m. To purchase tickets to Monday’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.