Wildcats Surge in 2nd Half for 4th Straight Win


GAME RECAP

43

61

NR/NR
UTRGV
VAQUEROS
5-5 (0-0 WAC)

NR/NR
K-STATE
WILDCATS
6-1 (0-0 Big 12)

LEADERS:
A. Maldonado: 14 pts, 4 rebs
S. Goff: 9 pts, 4 assts
M. Savoy: 6 pts, 10 rebs

LEADERS:
B. Lewis: 15 pts, 9 rebs, 6 blks
K. Page: 13 pts, 12 rebs, 2 assts
M. Deines: 12 pts, 4 rebs, 3 assts

TEAM 1 2 3 4 F
UT Rio Grande Valley
10 10 9
14
43
K-State 18
6
21
16
61

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State found its offensive legs in the second half and extended its winning streak to four games with a 61-43 win over UT Rio Grande Valley on Monday night.

The Basics
• Score: Kansas State 61, UT Rio Grande Valley 43
• Quick Hitter: K-State captured the 290th win in Bramlage Coliseum history and held the edge on the boards for the fourth straight game.
• Leaders: Sophomore forward Kaylee Page recorded K-State’s first double-double of the season and the first of her career with 13 points, a career-high 12 rebounds and two assists. Junior center Breanna Lewis added a game-high 15 points, pulled in nine rebounds, tied her season-high with six blocks and equaled her career-high with four steals. Senior guard Megan Deines added 12 points, four rebounds and three assists.

First Half
• The Vaqueros took an early 8-3 lead, but K-State closed out the opening quarter on a 15-2 run to secure an 18-10 lead.
• The Wildcats 15-2 run was highlighted by three consecutive 3-point field goals, as Page drained the first and Deines connected on the next two.
• Offensively in the second quarter, both teams stalled out with K-State shooting 23.1 percent and UTRGV 25.0 percent in the frame. K-State scored a season-low for a quarter with six points in the second frame but held a 24-20 lead at the half.
• All six points were scored from the bench as Erica Young, Kayla Goth and Jessica Sheble all recorded a basket.

Second Half
• K-State shook off the rust in the third quarter and outscored the Vaqueros, 21-9, in the stanza to take a 45-29 lead. The Wildcat defense held UT Rio Grande Valley without a field goal for the final 4:38 of the quarter.
• Page registered seven points in the quarter and sparked a 13-2 run to end the quarter. Shaelyn Martin and Young added four points in the quarter.
• UTRGV climbed back into the game with an 8-2 run to start the fourth quarter and pull to within 10, 47-37.
• The Wildcats halted the UTRGV comeback attempt with a 10-0 run with Page and Kindred Wesemann each knocking down a 3-pointer to push K-State’s lead to 57-37 with 3:17 to play. Lewis tallied four points during the run.

Game Totals
• K-State pulled in a season-high 49 rebounds, including a season-best 36 defensive boards.
• The Wildcats shot 23-of-55 (.418) from the field, while UTRGV shot 17-of-64 (.266). This is the third opponent K-State has held to under 30.0 percent shooting from the field.
• The Wildcats pocketed 12 steals and blocked seven shots.

Noteworthy
• K-State leads the series, 3-0. K-State is 17-3 all-time against teams from the Western Athletic Conference.
• The Wildcats have an all-time record of 209-86 (.708) in the month of December. Head coach Jeff Mittie is 9-1 (.900) in the month of December with K-State, including a current seven-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 seventh time this lineup has started together this season (6-1). Seventh career K-State start for Deines. Eighth career K-State start for Page. Martin has started all 41 games in her career. Wesemann has played in 70 career games and started 49. Lewis has played in 70 career games and started 65.
• K-State has made a three-point field goal in 282 straight games. The streak dates back to Feb. 7, 2007.
• Since 2001-02, K-State is 243-34 (.877) when leading at the half. Monday was the fourth time this season K-State led at the half.
• K-State is 5-1 this season when three or more players score in double figures.
• Page scored in double figures for the fourth time this season. She tallied her first game in double figures on the boards and this was her third game with five or more rebounds. Page was 3-of-9 from beyond the arc, her fifth career game with two or more made 3-point field goals.
• Deines recorded her fifth game with 10 or more points. She registered her second game this season with two or more connections from beyond the arc.
• Lewis posted her 31st career game with 10 or more points, including seven games this season. She has led K-State in scoring three times this season and 17 times in her career. This was her 11th career game with five or more blocks to rank second in program history. She notched her 43rd career game with two or more blocks and her fifth this season. Lewis tallied her 41st career game with five or more rebounds and her seventh this season. She tied her career-high for steals which is the 20th time in her career and the fifth time this season she has recorded two or more steals.
• Martin has 25 career games with five or more rebounds. Martin also tallied five assists, her ninth career game with five or more.

Coming up Next
• K-State continues its five-game home stand on Sunday, Dec. 13, against Florida Atlantic. Game time is 4 p.m. To purchase tickets to Sunday’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.