MANHATTAN, Kan. — One of the longest continuous rivalries in all of women’s college basketball undergoes its first meeting of the 2018-19 season, as Kansas State hosts Kansas on Sunday in the Dillons Sunflower Showdown at noon.
- Sunday’s game will be aired on FSN, as Ron Thulin (play-by-play) and Brenda VanLengen (analyst) will have the call.
- Kansas State has won 10 straight in the series with the Jayhawks.
- K-State faced its fifth Associated Press top-25 opponent this season, as the Wildcats dropped a 65-50 decision at (4/4) Baylor on Wednesday night.
- The Wildcats led, 42-41, with 3:03 remaining in the third quarter but the Lady Bears outscored the Wildcats, 24-8, over the final 13 minutes of action.
- Kansas State was led by junior forward Peyton Williams. The 2019 Katrina McClain Award candidate registered her eighth double-double of the season with 18 points and 10 rebounds while adding three steals and a block. Williams is tied for the Big 12 lead in double-doubles and needs one more this season to move into the K-State top-10 for single-season double-doubles.
- For the season, the product of Topeka, Kansas, is averaging team-highs in points (14.6 ppg), rebounds (9.9 rpg) and field goal percentage (.559). She is also second on the team for assists (2.6 apg).
- Also passing K-State this season is senior guard Kayla Goth. A 2019 Nancy Lieberman Award candidate, Goth leads the Big 12 in total assists (90) and assists per game (6.0 apg). She leads the team in steals (24; 1.6 spg) and is second on the team in scoring (12.0 ppg).
- Goth is responsible for 43.5 percent of K-State’s made field goals this season, leading the Big 12.
Number to Know — 189
- #KStateWBB has a combined 189 blocks and steals through 15 games this season.
- This is the fifth straight season K-State has registered a combination of 175 or more blocks and steals through the first 15 games.
- This season K-State ranks third in the Big 12 and 13th in the nation in blocks per game (5.6) and are averaging 7.0 steals per game.
- The 84 blocks this season are the second-most through 15 games in the Jeff Mittie era.
- In the 2014-15 season, K-State set the school record for combined blocks and steals with 530 (156 blocks/374 steals).
At a Glance: Kansas
- Kansas (10-2, 0-2 Big 12) enters Sunday’s Dillons Sunflower Showdown on a two-game Big 12 skid following a 69-66 loss at Texas Tech on Wednesday night.
- On the sideline, Kansas is led by fourth-year head coach Brandon Schneider. Schneider is 36-68 (.346) in his time in Lawrence.
- Leading Kansas this season are redshirt senior Jessica Washington and seniors Kylee Kopatich and Christalah Lyons.
- Washington is averaging a team-best 16.1 points and is second on the team in assists with 3.0 per game. At Texas Tech, Washington rang up 22 points and three assists.
- Kopatich is second on the team in scoring at 11.6 points and third in rebounding with 4.8 per game. Against the Lady Raiders, Kopatich tallied 13 points.
- Lyons is third on the team with 10.6 points and leads the team with 3.4 assists.
K-State Among top-20 in NCAA History for Wins
- Kansas State women’s basketball is in its 51st season of action and ranks among the top programs in NCAA history for wins.
- K-State’s all-time record stands at 942-588 (.616) and the Wildcats entered the 2018-19 season ranked 18th in NCAA Division I women’s basketball history for program wins. K-State is averaging 18.5 wins per season.
- The Wildcats have accumulated 24 20-win seasons and have secured 331 victories inside Bramlage Coliseum.
- K-State has 182 wins in the Big 12 Conference.
- In postseason play, the Wildcats have 13 wins in the NCAA Tournament and 16 wins in the WNIT.
- Kansas State has registered 220 victories when they were ranked in the Associated Press top-25 poll and achieved 80 wins against teams ranked in the AP poll.
Wildcats With 300+ Wins in Bramlage
- K-State is 331-129 (.720) all-time inside Bramlage Coliseum, which is in its 31st season of existence.
- In his career in games played in his home venue, Mittie is 335-86 (.796) including a 61-21 (.744) record at K-State.
- Kansas State has protected Bramlage Coliseum with determination against non-conference foes with a record of 194-26 (.882). Head coach Jeff Mittie is 40-5 (.889) in non-conference games in Bramlage Coliseum.
- K-State was 11-8 at home in 2017-18. This was the 29th time the Wildcats reached double figures in home victories in program history. The Wildcats have won 10 or more games in Bramlage in four straight seasons.
Wildcats Send Back Shots Under Mittie
- Under head coach Jeff Mittie, Kansas State has piled up blocked shots. K-State has sent back 700 shots for 4.73 per game in the 148 games. K-State has 140 or more blocks in each of the previous four seasons under Mittie.
- After 15 games in the 2018-19 season, Kansas State has 84 blocked shots (5.6 bpg). The Wildcats rank 12th in the nation for total blocks and 13th for blocks per game. According to herhoopstats.com, K-State ranks 11th in the nation in block rate at 13.9 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, nine have at least one blocked shot.
- Against Lamar, K-State blocked a season-high 12 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 nine games this season with five or more blocks.
Williams Nearing 1,000 Career Points
- 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 in 2018-19.
- The 2019 Katrina McClain Award candidate is averaging team-highs of 14.6 points on a .559 field goal percentage with 9.9 rebounds. Her field goal percentage of .559 ranks sixth in the Big 12 and 38th in the nation.
- Williams appears among the Big 12 statistical leaders in eight of the 14 categories.
- For her career, Williams has scored 831 points (10.1 ppg) and needs 169 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 41 career games with 10 or more points and five or more rebounds.
- She also remains an efficient scorer, as she ranks seventh in program history for career field goal percentage (328-620; .529). She has 45 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.
Ranke with Range
- Guard Rachel Ranke made an impact to K-State’s lineup from the perimeter in her debut season in 2017-18 and has continued to do so at the start of the 2018-19 season.
- Ranke is averaging 10.3 points and 3.3 rebounds. She has the team lead with 33 three-point field goals made this season.
- She ranks eighth in the Big 12 in 3-point field goals made per game (2.2) and 13th in the league in 3-point field goal percentage (.347).
- Over the last five games, Ranke is averaging 2.8 connections from beyond the arc while shooting .451 (14-of-31).
- For her career, Ranke has made 122 three-point field goals and needs 32 connections to move into 10th on the K-State 3-point field goals made list.
- In the 2017-18 season, Ranke averaged 11.5 points, 3.6 rebounds, 1.1 assists, and 1.0 steals. She led all Big 12 freshmen in 3-point field goals made per game (2.6; 89) and ranked second in the nation among all freshmen. She was fourth in scoring for all freshmen. She ranked 34th in the nation in 3-point field goals made and 13th in 3-point field goals attempted (278).
- Ranke, a 2018 Big 12 All-Freshman Team recipient, was the ninth K-State freshman in program history to register 350 or more points in her rookie season and the first since the 2013-14 season.
- Ranke, a three-time Big 12 Freshman of the Week honoree, made 89 three-point field goals last season and made four or more 3-point field goals in nine games. She finished second in program history for 3-point field goals made in a freshman season and made the most by a freshman since Laurie Koehn in 2001-02. She ranked seventh for 3-point field goals made in a season.
- At Texas Tech on Feb. 26, Ranke registered a career-high 26 points while knocking down six 3-pointers.
- She was the first K-State freshman to score 20 or more points in five or more games since the 2013-14 season.
- Against Chicago State on Dec. 18, Ranke registered 24 points on 8-of-18 shooting including 7-of-15 from beyond the arc. The seven 3-pointers by the Burnsville, Minnesota, native were the most by a K-State freshman since Koehn registered seven at Texas on Jan. 30, 2002.
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