Wisconsin (3-0, 0-0 Big Ten) at K-State (3-0, 0-0 Big 12)
Sunday, November 19, 2023 | 4 p.m. | Bramlage Coliseum (11,010) | Manhattan, Kan.
PROMOTIONS & TICKETS
Pack the House
$2 General Admission tickets in advance; $2 select concessions
Haltime act: Christian & Scooby
Call (800) 221-CATS or visit kstatesports.com/tickets
Big 12 Now on ESPN+
Play-by-Play: Matt Walters
Analyst: Missy Heidrick
Sideline: Emma Wiley
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Play-by-Play: Wade Gerstner
Analyst: Ashley Ray
• Series tied between the schools, 1-1.
• The previous meeting between the two schools came on Nov. 11, 2022, in Milwaukee during the Brew City Battle at the home of the Milwaukee Brewers, a 77-63 K-State win (RECAP).
• Head coach Jeff Mittie is 1-0 against Wisconsin.
• The Wildcats are 75-60 against current members of the Big Ten Conference.
MANHATTAN, Kansas (K-State Athletics) – K-State hosts Wisconsin in a 4 p.m., Sunday tilt. Sunday’s game is Pack the House day, as fans can purchase $2 general admission tickets in advance and $2 select concessions. A special halftime performance from national act Christian and Scooby.
• Sunday’s game can be seen on Big 12 Now on ESPN+ and the ESPN app, as Matt Walters (play-by-play), Missy Heidrick (analyst) and Emma Wiley (sideline) will have the call.
Five names, numbers or storylines about K-State women’s basketball
1. One Night in Iowa
• According to ESPN Stats & Info, K-State became the first NCAA Division I women’s basketball program in the last 25 years to be unranked and defeat the same Associated Press top-5 team in consecutive seasons.
2. One Night in Iowa (Part 2)
• With its win at second-ranked Iowa, K-State collected its highest ranked win in the Jeff Mittie era. This was the second time in program history the Wildcats have defeated the number two team in the AP poll (Dec. 4, 1982; vs. Old Dominion).
3. Wooden You Believe It
• The K-State duo of Gabby Gregory and Ayoka Lee have been named to the 2023-24 Wooden Award Watch List. The pair are also candidates for the Naismith Trophy.
4. Lee Nearing Top-5 on K-State Scoring List
• Senior center Ayoka Lee needs five points to move into fifth on the K-State career scoring list (Laurie Koehn, 2001-05; 1,733).
5. Double-Double Record in Trouble-Trouble
• Ayoka Lee needs one double-double to tie the school record for double-doubles in a career (Kendra Wecker, 52).
Number to Know
• With its win at Iowa on Nov. 16, 2023, K-State secured the program’s seventh win over an Associated Press top-10 foe (7-49, .125).
• Prior to Thursday’s win, K-State’s previous highest ranked road win came at a pair of number 4-ranked foes: at Iowa State (1/2/02) and at Stephen F. Austin (1/9/76).
• The Wildcats are now 2-10 (.167) all-time against teams ranked number two in the AP poll.
At a Glance: Wisconsin
• Wisconsin has began its 50th season of women’s basketball with a 3-0 record for the first time since the 2018-19 season with a last second 66-64 home win over South Dakota State on Tuesday night.
• On the sideline, Wisconsin is led by third-year head coach Marisa Moseley. The 2004 graduate of Boston University owns a career record of 67-70 (.489) and is 22-41 (.349) during her time in Madison.
• The Badgers were led against South Dakota State by sophomore guard Ronnie Porter with 17 points, six assists and five steals. Porter is tied for the team leads in scoring (12.0 ppg), rebounding (7.7 rpg) and assists (4.0 apg).
Last Time Out
K-State 65, at (2/2) Iowa 58 (Nov. 16, 2023; Iowa City, Iowa)
• For the second straight season, K-State defeated an AP top-5 Iowa team as the Wildcats rallied to a 65-58 win.
• This was Kansas State’s second win over an AP second-ranked foe, downing number 2 Old Dominion in Manhattan on Dec. 4, 1982.
• The Wildcats closed the game on a 12-0 run, holding the Hawkeyes scoreless for the final 2:40.
• Ayoka Lee led the Wildcats with 22 points, 12 rebounds and two blocks.. Zyanna Walker added 12 points and three rebounds off the bench.
Wildcats With 375+ Wins in Bramlage
• K-State is 381-154 (.712) all-time inside Bramlage Coliseum, which is in its 36th season of existence.
• The Wildcats carded a 15-4 record at home in the 2022-23 season and tied the longest home-court winning streak in the Jeff Mittie era to open the season with nine wins.
• This was the 32nd time in program history that the Wildcats reached double figures in home victories. It marked the 24th season K-State has won 10 or more games in Bramlage.
• Over the last three seasons, K-State is 30-7 in home contests.
• In his career in games played in his home venue, Mittie is 384-111 (.776) including an 111-46 (.707) record at K-State.
• Kansas State has protected Bramlage Coliseum with determination against non-conference foes with a record of 222-29 (.884) with an active 22-game winning streak against non-con opponents. Mittie is 68-8 (.895) in non-conference games in Bramlage Coliseum.
Remember the Month of November
• In its 56 seasons of action, K-State has accumulated a record of 157-52 (.751) in the month of November. The Wildcats have won 45 of its last 55 games in the month of November.
• Under head coach Jeff Mittie, K-State is 43-10 (.811) in November games.
• The Wildcats have ended the 11th month with a .500 or better record in 12 straight seasons, including a 6-0 mark in 2016-17. Overall, K-State has registered a .500 or better record in November 43 times in its history.
Wildcats’ Defense Forges Identity
• K-State has continued to be a force on the defensive end during head coach Jeff Mittie‘s 10 seasons on the bench.
• In the 2023-24 season, K-State is holding opponents to 44.0 points per game and a field goal percentage of .308. The Wildcats lead the Big 12 and rank 11th in the nation scoring defense and are third in the Big 12 and 26th in the nation field goal percentage defense.
• In the 2023-24 season-opener, K-State held Presbyterian to 35 points on a .298 field goal percentage. This marked the fewest points allowed by the Wildcats since holding UT Martin to 30 points on November 12, 2021.
• During the last 21 seasons, K-State is 131-3 (.978) when holding an opponent to 49 points or less including a 50-0 mark in the Mittie era. During Mittie’s tenure K-State has held 15 opponents to 40 or fewer points.
• The Wildcats held Iowa to 58 points, 34 points below its 2023-24 season average.
K-State Attacking the Paint
• With the return of 2022 All-American center Ayoka Lee, the Wildcats continue to find buckets in the paint.
• K-State has scored 106 points (35.3 ppg) in the paint through three games including a season-high of 46 at Little Rock on Nov. 11, 2023. The Wildcats have scored 30 or more points in the paint in two games this season.
• In the 2022-23 season, K-State registered 1,040 points in the lane (28.9 ppg), including a high of 48 against Oklahoma State on Jan. 4. The Wildcats scored 30 or more points in the paint in 16 games last season.
• K-State scored 900 or more points in the paint in eight of head coach Jeff Mittie‘s nine seasons including a high of 1,064 points (31.3 ppg) during the 2016-17 season.
Walker Wows in Debut
• Redshirt freshman Zyanna Walker showcased her offensive ability in the season-opener against Presbyterian.
• Walker registered 13 points on 5-of-5 shooting, including 3-of-3 from beyond the arc, off the bench in just over 12 minutes of action.
• The guard from Wichita, Kansas, equaled her point total from her five games played at Louisville in 2022-23.
• According to HerHoopStats.com, Walker was the only Wildcat in any game since at least the 2009-10 season with five or more made field goals and three or more 3-point field goals made and finish perfect from the field.
• This season, Walker has scored in double figures in all three games and is second on the team in scoring at 11.7 points per game on a .619 field goal percentage, including a 3-point field goal percentage of .571, and 3.3 rebounds.
• Walker has made five or more field goals in two games. She surpassed her point total from her five games at Louisville by the conclusion of her second game at K-State (23-13).
No Side Eye for Sides
• Freshman guard Taryn Sides has kept the offensive attack rolling in her time on the floor.
• In her debut season, the native of Phillipsburg, Kansas, is averaging 4.3 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.7 assists. Sides ranks second in the Big 12 in assist to turnover ratio (5.50).
• At Little Rock on Nov. 11, Sides dished seven assists with one turnover.
• In her first career game against a ranked opponent, Sides notched a season-high eight points, six rebounds and three assists. She made a pair of free throws with nine seconds left to ice the win at Iowa.
Nobody Scores It Like Ayoka Lee
• Ayoka Lee is nearing the top-5 for career scoring at K-State and has a chance to achieve the school career scoring record.
• In her career, Lee has scored 1,729 points in 90 career games (19.2 ppg) and ranks sixth in school history for career points scored. Her career scoring average of 19.2 ranks first in school history, ninth in Big 12 history and fifth among active NCAA Division I players.
• Lee needs five points to move into the top-five in school history for career points. To surpass Kendra Wecker (2001-05; 2,333), Lee would need to score 605 points.
• She was the 44th player in school history with 1,000 or more career points and was the fastest player in program history to reach 1,500 career points, needing 77 games to reach the milestone. She was the first player in school history to reach the 1,000-career point mark and the 1,500-career point mark in the same season.
• Lee has scored in every game of her career (90 games) and has reached double figures in 82 games which included a streak of 28 straight games dating back to the final five games of the 2020-21 season until Feb. 9, 2022.
• In the 2021-22 season, Lee averaged a career-best 22.0 points per game which ranked 10th in the nation and second in the Big 12. Lee was fifth in the nation in total points scored (727).
• Her 22.0 points per game in the 2021-22 season was the highest per game average in school history and was the third time a K-State player averaged 20 or more points in a season and first since Brittany Chambers in the 2012-13 season.
• With her 727 points scored, Lee established a new career single-season high, broke the school record for points in a junior season and ranked second in school history for points in a single-season. She was the first center in school history to score 700 or more points in a season.
• Lee was the fifth player in school history with three or more consecutive seasons with 400 or more points in a season.
• With her efforts of 61 points against Oklahoma on Jan. 23 and 43 points against Central Arkansas on Nov. 9, Lee was one of three players in the nation during the 2021-22 season with two games of 40 or more points scored in a game.
• Her total of 86 points in two games from Jan. 19 to Jan. 23, set the school record for most points in consecutive games. She also set the school record for points in a 10-game span from Dec. 11, 2021 to Jan. 26, 2022, with 277 points. During that 10-game span, Lee scored 20 or more points in six games including four games with 30 or more points.