K-State Hosts (1/1) Baylor in Midweek Matchup

GAME #25
(1/1) Baylor (21-1, 11-0 Big 12) at Kansas State (15-9, 6-6 Big 12)
Wednesday, February 13, 2019  |  7 p.m.  |  Bramlage Coliseum  |  Manhattan, Kan.

TELEVISION
ESPN3
Brian Smoller (play-by-play)
• Missy Heidrick (analyst)
• Bridget Howard (sideline)

RADIO
K-State Sports Network
• Matt Walters (play-by-play)
Kristin Waller (analyst)
Listen Online: www.kstatesports.com/watch [free]

TICKETS & PROMOTIONS
• Call (800) 221-CATS or visit www.kstatesports.com
• Wildcat 4-Pack – Purchase 4 $10 GA Tickets and 4 concessions vouchers for $38

COACHES
Kansas State: Jeff Mittie (Missouri Western ’89)
Overall: 548-298/27th season  |  At K-State: 94-63/5th season
vs. Baylor: 1-17

Baylor: Kim Mulkey (Louisiana Tech ’84)
Overall: 560-99/19th season  |  At Baylor: Same

PROJECTED STARTING LINEUP
Kansas State (15-9, 6-6 Big 12)
G: #10 Kayla Goth  |  G: #12 Rachel Ranke  |  G: #43 Christianna Carr  |  F: #11 Peyton Williams |  F: #15 Kali Jones
                
(1/1) Baylor (21-1, 11-0 Big 12)
G: #2 DiDi Richards  |  G: #20 Juicy Landrum  |  G: #24 Chloe Jackson  |  F: #15 Lauren Cox  |  P: #21 Kalani Brown

SERIES HISTORY
Overall: Baylor leads, 35-9
At Manhattan: 4-10
Last Meeting: January 9, 2019; Baylor won 65-50 in Waco

MANHATTAN, Kansas – Kansas State returns to Bramlage Coliseum on Wednesday night for its only home game in a 24-day span in the month of February, as the Wildcats host (1/1) Baylor at 7 p.m. This will be the fifth time K-State will host a game against the number one team in the nation in Manhattan and the first since hosting top-ranked Connecticut on December 11, 2016.

• Wednesday’s game will be aired on ESPN3, as Brian Smoller (play-by-play), Missy Heidrick (analyst) and Bridget Howard (sideline) will have the call.
• K-State (15-9, 6-6 Big 12) picked up its first win in Norman, Oklahoma, against the Sooners since February 1, 2003, with an 83-75 win on Sunday. This marked K-State’s first series win of the season and the first time K-State won the season series with Oklahoma since the Big 12 switched to the round robin schedule for the 2012-13 season.
• The Wildcats made a season-high 14 three-pointers, which tied for the most in the Jeff Mittie era.
• K-State had five players reach double figures and were led by the perimeter tandem of sophomore Rachel Ranke and freshman Christianna Carr.
• Ranke carded a personal season-high 24 points with a career-best 8-of-14 effort from beyond the arc. Ranke’s eight 3-pointers are the most in a road conference game in program history and are the most by any Big 12 player in a league game this season.
• Ranke is averaging 9.4 points per game and leads the Wildcats with 48 three-point field goals this season.
• Carr tallied 15 points on 6-of-9 shooting including a 3-of-6 effort from 3-point range. The Manhattan, Kansas, native scored her 15 points in 19 minutes.

Number to Know
5
• #KStateWBB’s Kayla Goth has five games with 10 or more assists this season.
• In Big 12 play, Goth has four games with 10 or more assists. Goth has more games with 10 or more assists in league play than every other player in the Big 12 (3).
• Goth leads the Big 12 in assists (160) and assists per game (6.7).
• She needs two assists to move into the top-10 on the K-State single season assist list for the second straight season.

At a Glance: Baylor
• (1/1) Baylor (21-1, 11-0) enters Wednesday’s matchup with a 13-game winning streak, following an 87-71 win over TCU on Feb. 9.
• On the sideline, Baylor is led by 19th-year head coach Kim Mulkey. In her time with the Lady Bears, Mulkey has led the program to a 560-99 (.850) record. She has led Baylor to eight straight Big 12 regular season titles, 17 NCAA Tournament appearances and a pair of NCAA titles (2005 and 2012).
• On the floor, the Lady Bears feature four players in double figures including senior Kalani Brown and junior Lauren Cox.
• Brown, a post from Slidell, Louisiana, is a candidate for the 2019 Lisa Leslie Award paces the Lady Bears with 16.6 points per game and 7.2 rebounds. Against the Horned Frogs, Brown tallied 32 points on 11-of-12 shooting and 10-of-10 from the foul line.
• Cox, a forward from Flower Mound, Texas, is averaging 12.3 points and 7.5 rebounds. Against TCU, Cox notched 18 points and eight rebounds.

K-State Against Ranked Opponents
• The Wildcats are 81-209 (.279) against teams ranked in the Associated Press (AP) poll including a 51-58 (.468) mark against AP ranked teams in Manhattan.
• With its 87-69 win over No. 11 Texas on Jan. 16, 2019, K-State has registered a win over an AP top-25 team in 13 straight seasons.
• It was the highest ranked opponent K-State has defeated since upsetting No. 10 Texas Tech on Jan. 14, 2012.
• K-State is 9-33 (.214) against AP ranked opponents in head coach Jeff Mittie‘s five seasons in Manhattan.

Wildcats Solid From Beyond the Arc
• Kansas State registered a season-high 14 connections from beyond the arc at Oklahoma on February 10. The 14 connections are tied for the most in the Jeff Mittie era.
• For the season, K-State is 131-of-437 (.300) from beyond the arc. K-State has made five or more 3-point field goals in 13 games this season. The Wildcats are recording 25.9 percent of its point total off 3-pointers this season.
• K-State has benefitted from the shooting of sophomore guard Rachel Ranke and freshman guard Christianna Carr. When either player makes three or more 3-pointers in a game, K-State is 10-1 this season.
• In the Mittie era, the Wildcats have made five or more 3-pointers in a game 111 times in 157 total games including 17 games with 10 or more connections from deep (15-2).
• In the five seasons under Mittie, K-State has buried 945 three-pointers which is 6.0 per game.

20-Point Quarters For the Wildcats
• K-State has scored 20 or more points in a quarter this season 22 times. The Wildcats are 13-3 this season when scoring 20 or more points in a quarter.
• Since the inception of the quarter system in the 2015-16 season, K-State owns an overall record of 60-29 (.674) when scoring 20 or more points in any quarter in a game.
• Since the 2015-16 season, K-State has registered 137 quarters with 20 or more points with a high of 43 in the 2017-18 season. K-State is averaging 34.3 quarters per season with 20 or more points scored.

Williams Nearing 1,000 Career Points    
• Junior forward Peyton Williams is on the verge of becoming the first junior to reach the 1,000-point mark since Breanna Lewis in the 2015-16 season.
• For her career, Williams has scored 975 points (10.7 ppg) and needs 25 points to become the 42nd player in program history and the second this season (Kayla Goth) to reach 1,000 or more career points. She has 48 career games with 10 or more points and five or more rebounds, including 18 career double-doubles.
• When Williams reaches the 1,000 career point mark, she will become the 26th player in program history with 1,000 or more career points and 500 or more career rebounds.
• The 2019 Katrina McClain Award candidate is averaging team-highs of 15.2 points on a .506 field goal percentage with 9.7 rebounds. Williams ranks ninth in the Big 12 in scoring and 10th for league-only games (15.2 ppg). Her field goal percentage of .506 ranks ninth in the Big 12 and 67th in the nation.
• Williams appears among the Big 12 statistical leaders in 10 of the 14 categories.
• She also remains an efficient scorer, as she has 49 games in her career with a field goal percentage of .500 or better.
• Against Northern Iowa, Williams registered 22 points, 13 rebounds and six assists. This was the second time in her career that Williams tallied a stat line of 15 or more points, 10 or more rebounds and five or more assists.
• Last season, Williams set career season-highs in every statistical category including: points (501; 14.7 ppg), free throws made and attempted (89-of-104; .856), field goals made and attempted (199-of-371; .536), blocks (47; 1.4 bpg), steals (50; 1.5 spg), three-point field goals made and attempted (14-of-47; .298) and double-doubles (7).
• Williams improved her scoring average by 11.0 points per game from her freshman season. This was the third-largest improvement from one season to the next in program history.

Goth Giveth
• Senior guard Kayla Goth was a record-setting distributor in her first full season as the team’s point guard in the 2017-18 season and has continued this role into the 2018-19 season.
• Goth has dished out 160 assists (6.7 apg). She leads the Big 12 and is fifth in the nation in total assists and leads the Big 12 and is seventh in the nation in assists per game. In league-only games, Goth leads the Big 12 in assists per game and total assists (7.3 apg; 88). She leads the Big 12 in games with 10 or more assists with five including four games in Big 12 play with 10 or more assists.
• According to herhoopstats.com, Goth ranks among the top 1 percent in the nation at ninth and leads the Big 12 in assisted shot rate at 39.8 percent (assist rate defined: percentage of teammate field goals assisted on while on the court). Last season, Goth’s assisted shot rate was 43.5 percent.
• At Oklahoma, Goth tied her season-high with 12 assists. This season, she has 16 games with five or more assists. For her career, she has 45 career games with five or more assists including 11 games with 10 or more assists which is second in program history.
• In her career, Goth ranks second in program history for assist-to-turnover ratio (1.82). She is the sixth player in program history with 400 or more assists, as she has compiled 474 assists in her career and ranks fourth in program history for career assists.
• In the 2017-18 season, Goth handed out a career single-season high 226 assists (6.6 apg) with just 115 turnovers (1.97 assist to turnover ratio). She led the Big 12 and was ninth in the nation in total assists and 11th in assists per game. She also led the Big 12 in double figure assist games with six.
• According to Stats, Inc., Goth led the nation in 2017-18 with the largest increase in both total assists (+176) and assists per game (+5.1 apg) from 2016-17 to 2017-18.
• Goth was the second player in program history to hand out 200 or more assists in a single season. Her 226 assists in 2017-18 rank second in school history for assists in a single season, the most assists by a K-State junior and 11th in the Big 12 record book.
• Goth was the first K-State player to hand out 10 or more assists in five or more games in a season since Shalee Lehning in the 2008-09 season (10 games). She is third in school history for career double figure assist games (6).
• Against Kansas, Goth dished out a career-high and team season-high 12 assists. She ranks tied for sixth in program history for assists in a game. The 12 assists were the most by a Wildcat since the 2008-09 season.

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Source: Kansas State Sports