Kansas State (7-14, 2-12 Big 12) at (7/7) Baylor (18-2, 13-1 Big 12)
Saturday, February 27, 2021 | 11 a.m. | Ferrell Center | Waco, Texas
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Play-by-Play: John Morris
Analyst: Danielle Fontenot
Kansas State: Jeff Mittie (Missouri Western ’89)
Overall: 577-328/29th season | At K-State: 123-93/7th season
Baylor: Kim Mulkey (Louisiana Tech ’84)
Overall: 622-103/21st season | At Baylor: Same
PROJECTED STARTING LINEUP (based on previous game)
Kansas State (7-14, 2-12 Big 12)
G: #2 Cymone Goodrich | F: #12 Rachel Ranke | G: #24 Emilee Ebert | F: #43 Christianna Carr | C: #50 Ayoka Lee
Baylor (18-2, 13-1 Big 12)
F: #1 NaLyssa Smith | G: #2 DiDi Richards | G: #3 Trinity Oliver | G: #12 Moon Ursin | C: #25 Queen Egbo
Overall: Baylor leads, 40-9
In Waco: 1-16
Last Meeting: Feb. 7, 2021; Baylor won 64-52 (Manhattan)
Head Coach Jeff Mittie vs. Baylor: 1-22
MANHATTAN, Kansas – K-State will make its final trip to the state of Texas this season, as the Wildcats travel to Waco, Texas, to face (7/8) Baylor on Saturday morning at 11 a.m. This matchup was originally slated to be played on January 10, but COVID-19 protocols for both programs resulted in the rescheduled meeting.
• Saturday’s game will be broadcast on Big 12 Now on ESPN+, as John Morris (play-by-play) and Danielle Fontenot (analyst) will have the call.
• The Wildcats have been led this season by All-America candidate and 2021 Lisa Leslie Award finalist, sophomore Ayoka Lee.
• Lee, a candidate for all four of the national player of the year awards this season, leads K-State in scoring (18.4 ppg), field goal percentage (.599), rebounds (8.3 rpg) and blocks (1.9). She leads the Big 12 and ranks eighth in the nation in field goal percentage.
Five names, numbers or storylines about K-State women’s basketball
1. New Seven-Season Block Mark
• K-State established a new high for blocks in a seven-year span. Since head coach Jeff Mittie‘s first season in 2014-15, the Wildcats have blocked a total of 1,025 shots. K-State has blocked 100 or more shots in six straight seasons and need two blocks to reach the century mark this season.
2. Lee in Rare Club
• Ayoka Lee leads the Big 12 and ranks eighth in the nation in field goal percentage (.599) and ranks fifth in the Big 12 in free throw percentage (.816). She is the only player in the league shooting 57.5 percent or better from the field and 80.0 percent of better from the line.
3. Ranke Nearing 1K
• Rachel Ranke is closing in on becoming the 43rd player in program history to reach 1,000 career points, as she needs nine points to reach the milestone. She will become the sixth player in school history with 1,000 or more career points, 300 or more career rebounds and 200 or more connections from beyond the arc.
4. High Efficiency Dishes
• The Wildcats have 320 assists (15.2 apg) and an assisted shot rate of 70.6 percent this season. According to HerHoopStats.com, K-State ranks sixth in the nation in assisted shot rate and are the highest ranked Power 5 member in the category.
5. 350th Win in Bramlage
• With its win over Texas Tech, K-State secured its 350th win in the 33-season history of Bramlage Coliseum. The Wildcat women’s program owns an all-time mark in Bramlage of 350-146. K-State has won 10 or more games in Bramlage Coliseum 22 times since the building opened in the 1988-89 season.
Number to Know
• K-State has registered a free throw percentage of 72.5 percent this season.
• This season’s free throw percentage is fourth in school history for a single season and is the highest in the Jeff Mittie era.
• In Big 12 action, the Wildcats rank third in the league with a free throw percentage of 77.1.
• Since returning from COVID-19 protocols on January 20, K-State is shooting 78.5 percent from the foul line.
• Overall, K-State’s roster features six players shooting 70.0 percent or better from the line this season.
At a Glance: Baylor
• (7/8) Baylor (18-2, 13-1 Big 12) enters Saturday’s matchup with a 10-game winning streak, following a 70-51 win over Oklahoma State on Wednesday.
• On the sideline, Baylor is led by 21st-year head coach Kim Mulkey. In her time with the Lady Bears, Mulkey has led the program to a 622-103 (.858) record. She has led Baylor to 10 straight Big 12 regular season titles, 18 NCAA Tournament appearances and a trio of NCAA titles (2005, 2012 and 2019).
• On the floor, the Lady Bears feature four players in double figures including junior NaLyssa Smith and grad transfer Dijonai Carrington.
• Smith, a top-10 candidate for the 2021 Katrina McClain Award, is averaging a double-double with 18.0 points, on a .523 field goal percentage and 9.8 rebounds. Against the Cowgirls, Smith tallied 20 points, nine rebounds and three blocks.
• Carrington, the frontrunner for Big 12 Sixth Man Award, has come off the bench in 16 games this season and is second on the team with 12.9 points, 4.9 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 2.2 steals. Against Oklahoma State, Carrington generated 12 points, 11 rebounds and three assists off the bench.
Last Time Out
at K-State 86, Texas Tech 79 (February 24, 2021; Manhattan, Kan.)
• K-State scored a season-high 86 points on Wednesday against Texas Tech.
• The Wildcats made a season-high 23 free throws, including a 19-of-21 effort in the second half.
• Christianna Carr achieved her second career double-double with 24 points and 11 rebounds. Emilee Ebert scored a career-high 19 points and added five rebounds. Rachel Ranke and Ayoka Lee also reached double figures with 14 and 12 points, respectively.
K-State Against Ranked Opponents
• The Wildcats are 83-219 (.275) against teams ranked in the Associated Press (AP) poll including a 52-64 (.448) mark against AP ranked teams in Manhattan.
• K-State is 11-43 (.204) against AP ranked opponents in head coach Jeff Mittie‘s seven seasons in Manhattan.
• The Wildcats ended an eight-game losing streak against AP ranked opponents with a 62-53 win over South Dakota State on December 10. This was K-State’s first win against a ranked non-conference opponent since defeating Drake on March 18, 2017, in the NCAA Tournament.
Cats Send Back Shots Under Mittie
• Under head coach Jeff Mittie, Kansas State has sent back 1,025 shots for 4.77 per game in the 216 games. K-State has 140 or more blocks in each of Mittie’s first six seasons.
• The 1,025 blocks in the last seven seasons are the most in a seven-season span in program history.
• This season, the Wildcats have 98 blocks (4.7 bpg) and rank third in the Big 12 and 37th in the nation for blocks per game. K-State is 20th in the nation for total blocks.
• K-State has a 2020-21 season-high of 11 blocks against Kansas. The 11 blocks are the sixth-most in a game in school history and a K-State record for blocks in a conference game. The Wildcats have blocked 10 or more shots in a game 11 times (10-1) since Mittie’s first season in 2014-15.
• K-State has blocked a shot in 60 consecutive games dating back to February 2, 2019.
• K-State has a blocked shot differential of +40 this season (98-58). Since blocks became official in 1982-83, K-State has 19 seasons with a positive blocked shot differential including a school record +73 (163-90) in the 2005-06 season.
Magic Number is 70 Points
• Since the 2001-02 season, K-State is 215-25 (.896) when scoring 70 or more points in a game including a 63-11 (.851) record in the Jeff Mittie era.
• This season, the Wildcats scored a season-high 86 points against Texas Tech on February 24. The Wildcats have scored 70 or more points in five games this season.
• Kansas State scored a 2019-20 season-high 109 points against Oral Roberts on November 18. The 109 points are tied for the third most in program history and the most in the Mittie era.
• This was the 25th time K-State has scored 100 or more points in a game and the second time under Mittie. K-State owns a 25-0 record in games scoring 100 or more points.
Wildcats Solid From the Arc
• Kansas State has opened the season from beyond the arc with 131 connections on 423 attempts (.310). K-State is receiving 30.3 percent of its overall point total from beyond the arc this season.
• The Wildcats rank fifth in the Big 12 for 3-point field goals made per game (6.24).
• K-State’s percent of points from three this season (30.3) would be the second-highest in the Jeff Mittie era. Since Mittie took over in 2014-15, K-State has finished above 30.0 percent just once, in 2015-16 (31.7).
• The Wildcats made a season-high 11 3-pointers against Texas Tech on February 24.
• Under Mittie, the Wildcats have made five or more 3-pointers in a game 150 times in 216 total games including 22 games with 10 or more connections from deep (20-2).
• In the seven seasons under Mittie, K-State has buried 1,269 three-pointers which is 5.88 per game.
Goodrich Sets Career-Bests
• Junior Cymone Goodrich has established career season-highs in the 2020-21 season.
• For the season, Goodrich has carded career season-highs in assists (53; 2.7 apg) and blocks (3).
• Against Texas Tech, Goodrich handed out a career-high nine assists with no turnovers. The nine assists were the most by a Wildcat this season and the most since Angela Harris handed out nine assists against Oral Roberts on November 18, 2019.
• Goodrich has six career games with five or more assists, including four games this season.
Ranke Approaching 1K
• Junior Rachel Ranke is nearing a career milestone, as she needs nine points to become the 43rd player in program history to score 1,000 or more points in a career.
• When she reaches the 1,000 point mark in her career, she will become the sixth player in school history with 1,000 or more career points, 300 or more career rebounds and 200 or more connections from beyond the arc.
• Ranke owns 51 career games with 10 or more points, including seven career contests with 20 or more points.