MANHATTAN, Kan. – For the third time in the last five seasons, Kansas State (9-3) will begin its Big 12 Conference schedule against (25/rv) Iowa State (10-2) as the Wildcats face the Cyclones on Wednesday night at 6:30 p.m., in Ames, Iowa. K-State started the 2014-15 season in Ames, which was K-State head coach Jeff Mittie’s first at the helm of the Wildcats.
- Wednesday’s game can be seen live on Cyclones.TV (subscription required) and heard on the K-State Sports Network and for free at kstatesports.com.
- Kansas State has lost six straight Big 12 Conference openers, with their last win in a league opener coming against ninth-ranked Texas A&M on January 4, 2012.
- K-State extended its home court winning streak to seven with a 72-62 win over Northern Iowa on December 29 to end its regular season non-conference schedule.
- The Wildcats had a trio of players in double figures against the Panthers: Peyton Williams, Kayla Goth and Christianna Carr.
- Williams tallied her sixth double-double of the season with 22 points, 13 rebounds and six assists.
- Williams, a 2019 Katrina McClain Award candidate, leads K-State with 15.2 points on a .580 field goal percentage and has pulled in 9.6 rebounds.
- Goth added 12 points, seven assists, three rebounds and two steals. She tallied her eighth game with five or more assists.
- Goth, a 2019 Nancy Lieberman Award candidate, leads the team in assists with 6.0 per game and is second in scoring (11.6 ppg). The product of DeForest, Wisconsin, needs 18 points to become the 41st player in program history with 1,000 or more career points.
- Carr added 11 points and four rebounds. The freshman from Manhattan, Kansas, is averaging 9.8 points in her debut season.
Number to Know – 298
- #KStateWBB’s Kayla Goth has handed out 298 assists in the last 46 games (6.5 apg).
- Goth’s 298 assists through the 46-game stretch are the most by a K-State player since Shalee Lehning dished out 332 assists (7.2 apg) from the start of the 2007-08 season to after the 14th game of the 2008-09 season.
- Goth’s career total stands at 386 and ranks sixth in program history. Of her 386 assists, 77.2 percent of her career total has come in the last 46 games of her career.
- In the last 46 games, Goth has an assisted shot rate of 27.0 percent. In Lehning’s 46 game stretch, she had an assisted shot rate of 28.5 percent.
- In the 2018-19 season, Goth ranks 14th in the nation in assists per game (6.0) and ranks 17th in total assists (72). She leads the Big 12 in both.
At a Glance: Iowa State
- (25/rv) Iowa State (10-2) enters Big 12 play with four straight wins and victors in five of their last six games. The Cyclones downed Bucknell on December 29, 86-61.
- On the sideline, Iowa State is led by 24th-year head coach Bill Fennelly. In his time with the Cyclones, Fennelly has achieved a record of 489-255 (.657).
- On the floor, the Cyclones are led by senior guard Bridget Carleton and freshman guard Ashley Joens.
- Carleton, a product of Chatham, Ontario, Canada, leads the team in scoring with 18.0 points, 8.7 rebounds and 4.0 assists.
- Carleton, a 2019 Cheryl Miller Award candidate, registered 19 points and eight rebounds against Bucknell.
- Joens is averaging 11.6 points and 4.3 rebounds in her first season in Ames.
1st Month of the Year Was the 1st to 200 Wins
- January was the first month in the history of K-State women’s basketball to surpass the 200-win plateau and the Wildcats own an overall record in the month of 237-169 (.584) in the first month of the year.
- Head coach Jeff Mittie is 17-17 in January with the Wildcats.
- K-State has registered a .500 or better record in January 32 times in the history of the program.
Wildcats on the Road
- K-State has a 267-287 (.482) record in road games during the program’s 51-year history.
- Since the 2000-01 season, K-State owns an 107-107 (.500) mark in road contests.
- In his career in games played on the road, head coach Jeff Mittie is 143-165 (.464) including an 18-28 (.391) mark during his time at K-State.
K-State Against Ranked Opponents
- The Wildcats are 80-206 (.280) against teams ranked in the Associated Press (AP) poll including a 50-57 (.467) mark against AP ranked teams in Manhattan.
- With its 60-52 win at No. 12 West Virginia on Jan. 3, 2018, K-State has registered a win over an AP top-25 team in 12 straight seasons.
- It was the highest ranked opponent K-State has defeated on the road since upsetting No. 10 Texas Tech on Jan. 14, 2012.
- K-State is 8-30 (.205) against AP ranked opponents in head coach Jeff Mittie’s five seasons in Manhattan.
Williams Goes Wild
- Junior forward Peyton Williams was one of the most improved players in the Big 12 during her second season in 2017-18 and has continued to improve early in 2018-19.
- The 2019 Katrina McClain Award candidate is averaging team-highs of 15.2 points on a .580 field goal percentage with 9.6 rebounds. Her field goal percentage of .580 ranks sixth in the Big 12 and 27th in the nation.
- Williams appears among the Big 12 statistical leaders in eight of the 14 categories.
- For her career, Williams has 39 career games with 10 or more points and five or more rebounds. Williams has an active streak of 16 consecutive games scoring in double figures dating back to March 2, 2018, against Kansas in the Big 12 Championship.
- She also remains an efficient scorer, as she ranks seventh in program history for career field goal percentage (312-587; .532). She has 44 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.
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