K-State Visits Little Rock on Saturday Afternoon

GAME #9
Kansas State (6-2) at Little Rock (2-5)
Saturday, December 8, 2018  |  3 p.m.  |  Jack Stephens Center  |  Little Rock, Ark.

TELEVISION
Little Rock All-Access
• subscription required

RADIO
K-State Sports Network
Brian Smoller (play-by-play)
Randy Peterson (analyst)
Listen Online: www.kstatesports.com/watch [free]

TICKETS & PROMOTIONS
• Call (501) 565-8257 or visit www.lrtrojans.com.com

COACHES
Kansas State: Jeff Mittie (Missouri Western ’89)
Overall: 539-291/27th season  |  At K-State: 85-56/5th season
vs. Little Rock: 1-0

Little Rock: Joe Foley (Central Arkansas ’79)
Overall: 770-249/32nd season  |  At Little Rock: 314-168/16th season

PROJECTED STARTING LINEUP
Kansas State (6-2)
G: #10 Kayla Goth  |  G: #12 Rachel Ranke  |  G: #43 Christianna Carr  |  F: #11 Peyton Williams |  F: #15 Kali Jones
                
Little Rock (2-5)
G: #12 Sydney Chastain |  G: #23 Kyra Collier  |  F: #00 Ronjanae DeGray  |  F: #22 Yanina Inkina  |  F: #30 Raeyana DeGray

SERIES HISTORY
Overall: K-State leads, 2-1
In Little Rock: First meeting
Last Meeting: December 16, 2017; K-State won 66-51

MANHATTAN, Kansas – K-State will play its first true road game of the 2018-19 season on Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m., as the Wildcats travel to Little Rock, Arkansas, to face Little Rock at the Jack Stephens Center.

• Saturday’s game can be seen live on Little Rock All-Access (subscription required). The game can also be heard on the K-State Sports Network and for free at kstatesports.com.  
• K-State (6-2) improved its home court winning streak to five games with a 73-55 win over Lamar on Wednesday. The Cats turned a three-point game midway through the third quarter into a 22-point lead early in the fourth quarter with a 19-0 run.
• The Wildcats tallied a season-high 11 blocked shots against the Cardinals, which were the most since K-State set the school record of 14 at Tulsa on Nov. 13, 2015.
• Kansas State featured four players in double figures, with three players notching a double-double (see Number to Know for more details).
Kayla Goth carded her second career game with 20 or more points and 10 or more assists. For the season, the 2019 Nancy Lieberman Award candidate, is averaging 10.9 points, 6.8 assists and 1.9 steals. Goth leads the Big 12 in total assists (54) and assists per game.
Peyton Williams turned in her fourth double-double of the season with 18 points on 7-of-11 shooting with 12 rebounds. For the season, Williams leads K-State with 14.9 points, 9.6 rebounds per game and field goal percentage (.618).
Kali Jones tallied her second double-double of the season with 10 points, 10 rebounds and eight blocks. Jones tied the school record for blocks in a game and established a new season-high in the Big 12. For the season, Jones is averaging 2.3 blocks per game and ranks third in the league in the category.

Number to Know
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• On Wednesday against Lamar, for just the third time in program history since the 1978-79 season,  #KStateWBB had three players record a double-double in the same game.
Kayla Goth (20 pts, 10 rebs), Peyton Williams (18 pts, 12 rebs) and Kali Jones (10 pts, 10 rebs) achieved double-doubles against the Cardinals.
• The last time K-State saw three players notch a double-double in the same game was March 1, 2003, at Colorado, as Megan Mahoney (23 pts, 11 rebs), Nicole Ohlde (17 pts, 17 rebs) and Kendra Wecker (13 pts, 11 rebs) accomplished the feat.

At a Glance: Little Rock
• Little Rock (2-5) hosts K-State for the first time in the history of the series, but the Trojans do so in the midst of a five-game losing streak. Little Rock dropped its last game, 68-56, to Western Kentucky in Little Rock.
• The Trojans are guided by 16th year head coach Joe Foley. The 1979 graduate of Central Arkansas owns a 770-249 (.756) including a 314-168 (.651) mark at Little Rock. Foley has led the program to nine Sun Belt Conference titles and five NCAA Tournament appearances.
• On the floor, Little Rock is led by junior Kyra Collier and Ronjanae DeGray.
• Collier, a guard from North Little Rock, Arkansas, leads the Trojans in scoring with 12.7 points and is second in assists with 2.0 per game. Against Western Kentucky, Collier registered 22 points, four assists and two steals.
• DeGray, a forward from Odessa, Texas, is second in scoring with 11.6 points and paces the team in rebounds with 5.0. Against the Hilltoppers, DeGray notched 10 points and seven rebounds.

Wildcats on the Road
• K-State has a 266-287 (.481) record in road games during the program’s 51-year history.
• Since the 2000-01 season, K-State owns an 106-107 (.498) mark in road contests.
• In his career in games played on the road, head coach Jeff Mittie is 142-165 (.463) including a 17-28 (.378) mark during his time at K-State.

Wildcats Send Back Shots Under Mittie
• Under head coach Jeff Mittie, Kansas State has piled up blocked shots. K-State has sent back 657 shots for 4.66 per game in the 141 games.
• After eight games, Kansas State has 41 blocked shots (5.1 bpg). The Wildcats rank 28th in the nation in blocks per game. According to herhoopstats.com, K-State ranks 23rd in the nation in block rate at 13.6 percent. K-State has finished among the top-35 in block rate in two of the last three seasons including 11th in the 2015-16 season.
• Of the 12 players that have seen the floor this season, seven have at least one blocked shot.
• Against Lamar, K-State blocked a season-high 11 shots. This was the most blocks since K-State set the school record on Nov. 13, 2015 at Tulsa of 14. Under Mittie, K-State has five games with 10 or more blocks.
• K-State has four games this season with five or more blocks.

Jonesing for Blocks    
• Senior forward Kali Jones has started the 2018-19 season with a defensive mindset.
• Jones has a team-high 18 blocked shots this season and ranks third in the Big 12 in blocks per game (2.3). According to herhoopstats.com, Jones is among the top 2 percent of players in NCAA Division I for block rate at 9.8 percent.
• Against Lamar on Dec. 5, Jones tied the school record and established a new season-high in the Big 12 with eight blocked shots.
• In the 2017-18 season, Jones tallied a career-high 19 blocks (0.6 bpg) in a career-best 30 games played.

Double-Doubles Adding Up for Williams    
Peyton Williams is recording double-doubles at a high rate to begin the the 2018-19 season.
• Williams has four double-doubles in seven games played this season. She is tied for second in the Big 12 and ranks 27th in the nation for double-doubles.
• In games Williams has tallied a double-double this season, she is averaging 14.3 points on a .615 field goal percentage, 11.5 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.3 blocks.
• For her career, Williams owns 11 double-doubles. She needs four double-doubles to tie for 10th in program history for career double-doubles.

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Source: Kansas State Sports