Wildcats Downed by Mountaineers
13-3 (2-1 Big 12)
10-4 (0-3 Big 12)
Holmes: 23 pts, 5 rebs, 5 assts
Martin: 16 pts, 2 rebs, 1 assts
Morton 8 pts, 2 rebs, 2 assts
Martin: 14 pts, 6 rebs, 4 assts
Wesemann: 13 pts, 4 assts
Lewis: 10 pts, 10 rebs, 2 blks
MANHATTAN, Kan. – A hot first half shooting performance by West Virginia on Wednesday night sent K-State to its third straight league loss, 72-53.
• Score: West Virginia 72, Kansas State 53
• Quick Hitter: K-State had a cold shooting effort on Wednesday, as the Wildcats shot under 30.0 percent in three of the four quarters.
• Leaders: The Wildcats were led by sophomore guard/forward Shaelyn Martin with 14 points, six rebounds and six assists. Junior center Breanna Lewis notched her first double-double of the season with 10 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks. Junior guard Kindred Wesemann added 13 points. West Virginia was led by Bria Holmes with a game-high 23 points, including 16 in the first half.
• West Virginia used a 19-4 run midway through the first quarter to secure a 21-7 lead, with Holmes scoring eight points during the run.
• K-State climbed back into the game with a 8-2 run to end the first quarter and pull to within eight, 23-15. Martin had a hand in all eight points, as she scored six and assisted on a backdoor layup by Bri Craig.
• The Wildcats cut the deficit to four, 25-21, with 8:21 to play in the second quarter. Wesemann converted a layup, while Lewis added a layup and hook shot.
• The Mountaineers rebuilt the lead to 10, 31-21, with 5:48 remaining in the second frame.
• West Virginia would increase its lead to 17 at the half, 44-27, as the Wildcats finished the second quarter by shooting 1-of-11 from the field with its final made field goal coming with 5:00 to play in the quarter.
• The Mountaineers were hot from beyond the arc in the opening half, going 9-of-16 from deep.
• The 44 first half points by West Virginia were tied for the most surrendered by K-State this season.
• K-State slowed West Virginia’s offensive flow in the third quarter and held the Mountaineers to 35.7 percent shooting from the field and 10 points in the quarter.
• The Wildcats registered just nine points in the quarter on 2-of-10 shooting. This was just the fourth time this season that K-State has been held to single digits in a quarter.
• K-State pulled to within 12 with 4:30 remaining in the fourth quarter, but Holmes converted an acrobatic layup and free throw with 3:57 remaining to end the Wildcats’ comeback attempt.
• West Virginia shot 54.0 percent (27-of-50), while K-State shot just 28.8 percent (17-of-59).
• The Mountaineers outrebounded K-State, 34-33, however K-State pulled in a season-high 18 offensive rebounds which led to a 16-5 advantage in second chance points.
• Both teams pocketed six steals, while West Virginia blocked seven shots to K-State’s three.
• West Virginia leads the series, 6-1.
• The Wildcats have an all-time record of 223-159 (.584) in the month of January.
• K-State’s starting lineup of: guards - Kindred Wesemann and Shaelyn Martin; forwards - Kaylee Page and Erica Young; center - Breanna Lewis. This is the first time this lineup has started together this season. This was the seventh career start and 57th career game for Young. This was the 14th career K-State start for Page. Martin has started all 47 games in her career. Wesemann has played in 76 career games and started 55. Lewis has played in 76 career games and started 71.
• K-State has made a three-point field goal in 288 straight games. The streak dates back to Feb. 7, 2007.
• K-State is 7-4 this season when three or more players score in double figures.
• Martin tallied her fifth career game in double figures for points and her first this season. She pocketed four steals on the night, marking her 27th career game and her eighth this season with two or more steals. Martin pulled in five or more rebounds for the 11th time this season and the 29th time in her career.
• Wesemann dished four assists on Wednesday and moved into 28th on the K-State career assists list (177), passing Shanele Stires (1993-95) and Rita Matteucci (1987-90). She tallied her 27th career game and her 11th this season with 10 or more points. Wesemann drained three 3-pointers, marking her 37th career game and her 12th this season with two or more connections. She needs six connections from beyond the arc to tie for 12th in program history for career 3-point field goals made.
• Lewis tallied her 37th career game with 10 or more points, including 13 games this season. Lewis tallied her sixth career double-double and her first this season. This was her 47th career game with five or more rebounds and her 13th this season. She has 10 career games with 10 or more rebounds. She blocked two shots, her 46th career game with two or more blocks.
Coming up Next
• K-State returns to action on Sunday, as the Wildcats travel to Norman, Oklahoma, to face (17/19) Oklahoma at 1 p.m. The game will broadcast on the K-State Sports Network and for free at kstatesports.com.