Career Night from Lewis Highlights K-State Win
6-6 (0-0 Summit)
10-1 (0-0 Big 12)
T. McClintock: 13 pts
E. Clemens: 8 pts, 5 rebs
B. Lewis: 30 pts, 7 rebs, 3 blks
K. Wesemann: 10 pts, 4 assts
B. Craig: 11 pts, 2 assts
MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State ended its non-conference schedule on Monday night in fine fashion, as the Wildcats defeated Western Illinois, 84-45, extending K-State’s win streak to seven games.
• Score: Kansas State 84, Western Illinois 45
• Quick Hitter: Junior center Breanna Lewis became the program’s 22nd player to score 30 or more points in a game, as she tallied a career-high 30 points on a career-high 14-of-19 shooting.
• Leaders: Joining Lewis in double figures were senior guard Bri Craig with 11 points and junior guard Kindred Wesemann with 10 points.
• Kansas State jumped out to an early 8-2 lead, as Lewis tallied four points during the run. Western Illinois would use a 7-2 burst late in the first quarter to pull within four, 15-11, with 1:37 to play.
• A pair of Wesemann free throws and a layup from Lewis pushed K-State into a 19-13 lead at the end of the first.
• K-State stepped on the accelerator for the entire second quarter, as the Wildcats outscored the Leathernecks, 31-4, in the frame to build a 50-17 lead at the half. The four points by Western Illinois in the second quarter were the fewest points K-State has allowed in any quarter this season. K-State shot 60.0 percent from the field in the second quarter, while holding the Leathernecks to 13.3 percent.
• The Wildcats opened the second stanza with a 10-0 run to increase its lead to 29-13 with 6:33 to play.
• After the teams exchanged four points, the Wildcats closed out the final 4:10 of the second quarter on a 17-0 run to build its 33-point halftime lead.
• In the opening half, Lewis scored 18 points, while Wesemann added 10. Over the last two halves of play (second half vs. Sam Houston State; first half on Monday), Lewis recorded 36 points.
• K-State fed Lewis early and often in the third quarter, as she racked up 12 points in the frame.
• The Wildcats would score 21 points in the quarter to build a 71-27 advantage after three.
• K-State shot 60.0 percent in the third quarter, matching their percentage from the second quarter outburst.
• Western Illinois ended the night by outscoring K-State in the fourth quarter, 18-13.
• K-State finished the night shooting 50.8 percent from the field (33-of-65).
• The K-State defense held the nation’s number one team in 3-point field goals made to five connections on 36 attempts.
• The Wildcats dished out 23 assists on the night, marking the third straight game K-State has handed out 20 or more assists. Over the last 11 seasons, K-State is 46-0 when handing out 20 or more assists.
• Kansas State pulled in a season-high 54 rebounds. It was K-State’s first game with 50 or more rebounds since Nov. 21, 2014 against Hampton. The Wildcats have had the edge on the boards in seven straight games.
• K-State leads the series, 7-0. K-State is 25-2 all-time against teams from the Summit League.
• Head coach Jeff Mittie is the first head coach in program history to win 10 of his first 11 games to begin consecutive seasons. Mittie is one of two active head coaches’ in the Big 12 (Kim Mulkey) to win 10 of their 11 games to begin consecutive seasons at their current school.
• The Wildcats have an all-time record of 211-86 (.710) in the month of December. Head coach Jeff Mittie is 12-1 (.917) in the month of December with K-State, including a current 10-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 tenth time this lineup has started together this season (9-1). Tenth career K-State start for Deines. This was the eleventh career K-State start for Page. Martin has started all 44 games in her career. Wesemann has played in 73 career games and started 52. Lewis has played in 73 career games and started 68.
• K-State has made a three-point field goal in 285 straight games. The streak dates back to Feb. 7, 2007.
• Since 2001-02, K-State is 246-34 (.879) when leading at the half. Monday was the seventh time this season K-State led at the half (7-0).
• K-State is 7-1 this season when three or more players score in double figures.
• Lewis is the 22nd player to register 30 or more points in a game and it is the 47th time overall in program history. This was Lewis’s first career 30-point game and the seventh game of her career with 20 or more points, including her fourth this season. This was her 34th career game with 10 or more points, including 10 games this season. Lewis tallied her 44th career game with five or more rebounds and her 10th this season. She blocked a game-high three shots, improving her career total to 171. Lewis has 44 career games with two or more blocks and six this season.
• Wesemann tallied her 25th career game and her eighth this season with 10 or more points. She tallied her 33rd career game with two or more connections from beyond the arc. This was her 26th career game and her seventh this season with two or more steals.
• Bri Craig reached double figures for the 24th time in her career and the second time this season. She converted three 3-pointers to increase her career total to 151 and becoming the 10th player in program history with 150 or more made three-pointers in her career. This was her 39th career game with two or more made 3-pointers.
• Martin pulled in a team-high nine rebounds. This was Martin’s 27th career game and her ninth game this season with five or more rebounds. Martin dished out a team-high five assists, the 11th game of her career and the sixth time this season she has handed out five or more assists.
• Young pulled in six rebounds, which is the ninth time she has snagged five or more in a game.
Coming up Next
• K-State begins Big 12 play on Wednesday, Dec. 30, against Iowa State. Game time is 7 p.m. For tickets, 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.