WBB: Cyclone at Kansas State 6:30 p.m. ESPN+

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Where: Bramlage Coliseum- Manhattan, Kansas
When: Thursday, Jan. 28 at 6:30 PM
Projected Starting Lineup: Kristin Scott, Ashley Joens, Kylie Feuerbach, Emily Ryan, Lexi Donarski
Radio: Cyclone Radio Network/Learfield
Talent: Noah Wolf, Jamie Steyer
TV: Big 12 Now on ESPN+
Talent: Brian Smoller, Missy Heidrick


The Lead
Iowa State travels to Bramlage Coliseum to take on Kansas State on Thursday, Jan. 28 at 6:30 p.m. on Big 12 Now on ESPN+. Head coach Bill Fennelly is looking for his 700th career win, sitting at 699 all-time. Iowa State is looking for its first sweep in Big 12 play, after defeating Kansas State, 91-69 in Ames on Dec. 18 in the Cyclones' Big 12 home opener.

Key Storylines
  • Junior Ashley Joens is eighth in the nation in scoring, averaging 24.6 points a game. Joens earned multiple National Player of the Week nods last week after scoring a combined 57 points and grabbing 27 boards in wins over OSU and at Baylor.
  • Joens is one of two players in the nation averaging over 24+ points and 9+ rebounds per game. She has four career 30-point, 15-rebound performances. All other former Cyclones combine for three all-time.
  • Iowa State women's basketball is ranked 29th in the NET rankings. Iowa State has played 15 games this season, which is among the top-20 in nation for games played. Of ISU's 15 games, seven have been on the road, and only one team in top-48 of the NET has played more road games than ISU. The Cyclones' 10 wins also ranks in the top-15 nationally.
  • The Cyclones have won eight of their last 10 games, with each of ISU's losses coming at the hands of Texas.
  • Iowa State trails the all-time series 43-53 against the Wildcats and Iowa State is 16-27 in Manhattan.
 

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K-State Hosts Iowa State Thursday Night

LIVE STATS
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COACHES
Kansas State: Jeff Mittie (Missouri Western '89)
Overall: 575-321/29th season | At K-State: 121-86/7th season

Iowa State: Bill Fennelly (William Penn '79)
Overall: 699-331/33rd season | At Iowa State: 533-278/26th season

PROJECTED STARTING LINEUP (based on previous game)
Kansas State (5-7, 0-5 Big 12)
G: #4 Sydney Goodson | F: #13 Laura Macke | G: #24 Emilee Ebert | G: #43 Christianna Carr | C: #50 Ayoka Lee

Iowa State (10-5, 6-2 Big 12)
G: #10 Kylie Feuerbach | G: #11 Emily Ryan | G: #21 Lexi Donarski | G/F: #24 Ashley Joens | F/C: #25 Kristin Scott

SERIES HISTORY
Overall: K-State leads, 53-43
In Manhattan: 27-16
Last Meeting: Dec. 18, 2020; Iowa State won 91-69 (Ames)
Head Coach Jeff Mittie vs. Iowa State: 7-13


MANHATTAN, Kansas - K-State continues its week-long home stand on Thursday night, as the Wildcats host Iowa State at 6:30 p.m.

• Thursday's game will be broadcast on Big 12 Now on ESPN+, as Brian Smoller (play-by-play) and Missy Heidrick (analyst) will have the call.
• The Wildcats are led by sophomore Ayoka Lee and junior Christianna Carr. The duo is responsible for 46.1 percent of K-State scoring output this season.
• Lee, a candidate for all four of the national player of the year awards, leads K-State in scoring (15.6 ppg), field goal percentage (.574), rebounds (7.6 rpg) and blocks (1.9). She leads the Big 12 and ranks 17th in the nation in field goal percentage.
• Carr is second on the team and is 14th in the Big 12 in scoring with a career-best average of 14.3 points per game while shooting a career-best 41.8 percent from 3-point range. She is second in the Big 12 in 3-point field goals made per game 2.8.

Starting 5
Five names, numbers or storylines about K-State women's basketball
1. Dishes for All
• The Wildcats have 167 assists (13.9 apg) and an assisted shot rate of 67.9 percent this season. According to HerHoopStats.com, K-State ranks 12th in the nation in assisted shot rate. K-State has registered an assisted shot rate of 60.0 percent or higher at the end of a season 20 times in its history.
2. Efficiency of Lee
Ayoka Lee has been efficient in her play this season, as she leads the Big 12 and ranks 17th in the nation in field goal percentage (.574). She also ranks ninth in the Big 12 in free throw percentage (.814). She is one of just two players in the league shooting 50.0 percent or better from the field and 80.0 percent of better from the line.
3. Carr from Afar
• Junior guard Christianna Carr leads the Wildcats andranks third in the Big 12 with a 3-point field goal percentage of .418 (33-of-78). She is responsible for 43.5 percent of K-State's three-pointers made this season and ranks 31st in the nation for total 3-point field goals made.
4. Quick Hands for Goodson
Sydney Goodson has displayed quick hands in the last five games. Goodson has pocketed 12 steals and equaled her season-high with four at West Virginia. In league-only games, Goodson ranks second in the Big 12 with 2.4 steals per game.
5. Doorstep of 975
• With its next win, K-State will become the third Big 12 program and the 19th in NCAA Division I women's basketball history to win 975 or more games.

At a Glance: Iowa State
• Iowa State (10-5, 6-2 Big 12) enters Thursday's game in second-place in the Big 12 but had its four-game winning streak snapped on Saturday, January 23, falling at home to Texas, 70-59.
• On the sideline, Iowa State is guided by 26th-year head coach Bill Fennelly. In his time with the Cyclones, Fennelly has achieved a record of 533-278 (.657).
• On the floor, the Cyclones are led by junior guard Ashley Joens and freshman guard Lexi Donarski.
• Joens, a native of Iowa City, Iowa, leads the Big 12 in scoring at 24.6 points per game and is fifth in the league in rebounding at 9.1. Against the Longhorns, Joens led the Cyclones with 17 points and five rebounds.
• Donarski is second on the team in scoring with 12.9 points per game. She is also second on the team in assists with 1.9 per game.

Number to Know
41.8

• Junior Christianna Carr is shooting a career-best 41.8 percent from beyond the arc this season.
• Carr ranks third in the Big 12 in 3-point field goal percentage.
• In K-State history, Carr ranks ninth for single-season 3-point field goal percentage.

Last Time Out
Oklahoma State 69, Kansas State 55 (January 25, 2021; Manhattan, Kan.)
• Oklahoma State broke a mid-fourth quarter tie with a 15-0 run to end the game and send K-State to its fifth straight loss.
• K-State has now lost five straight for the first time since the 2009-10 season.
Christianna Carr led K-State with 14 points, Rachel Ranke added 11 points, four assists, three steals and two rebounds.
 

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More from Kstatesports.com (tl;dnr edition) :


Cats Send Back Shots Under Mittie
• Under head coach Jeff Mittie, Kansas State has piled up blocked shots. K-State has sent back 987 shots for 4.77 per game in the 207 games. K-State has 140 or more blocks in each of Mittie's seven seasons.
• The Wildcats have 60 blocks (5.0 bpg) this season and rank third in the Big 12 and 30th in the nation for blocks per game.
• K-State opened the 2020-21 season with 10 blocks against Southern. The 10 blocks were tied for the second most in the Big 12 during the opening week.
• K-State has blocked 10 or more shots in a game 10 times (9-1) since Mittie took over the program in 2014-15.
• K-State has blocked a shot in 51 consecutive games dating back to February 2, 2019.
• K-State has a blocked shot differential of +30 this season (60-30). 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.

Sharing is Caring
• K-State has opened the 2020-21 season with 167 assists (13.9 apg) on 246 made field goals which is an assist percentage of 67.9. According to HerHoopStats.com, K-State ranks 12th in the nation in assist percentage.
• Since assists became an officially tracked stat in 1981-82, Kansas State has registered an assisted shot rate of 60.0 percent or higher at the end of a season 20 times in its history.
• The Wildcats had a season-high 21 assists against Southern on November 29.
• The Wildcats are 68-3 when handing out 20 or more assists over the last 14 years.
• K-State tallied a season-high assist percentage of 85.7 percent with 12 assists on 14 made field goals at Central Arkansas on December 5.

Lee Efficient from the Field
Ayoka Lee continues to put the ball in the hoop at a high rate and is among the top-five on the K-State career field goal percentage list.
• In her career, Lee has a field goal percentage of .569 (238-of-418) and ranks third in program history for career field goal percentage.
• This season, Lee is shooting .574 (54-of-94) from the field and leads the Big 12 and 17th in the nation for field goal percentage. Among centers, Lee ranks seventh in the nation in field goal percentage and leads all sophomore centers.
• Five players have tallied seven times in program history in which a player finished a season with percentages of 50.0 percent or better from the field and 80.0 percent or better from the free throw line (min. 150 field goal attempts & min. 60 free throw attempts).
• At West Virginia, Lee was 6-of-9 (.667) from the floor. This was her 28th career game with five or more made field goals.
• Lee has 25 career games with a field goal percentage of .500 or better.
• In the 2019-20 season, Lee shot .568 (184-of-324) from the field and ranked second in the Big 12 and 20th in the nation. Among freshmen in the nation, Lee ranked fifth for field goal percentage.
• Among centers in the nation, Lee ranked fourth for field goals made (184) and fifth for field goal percentage.
• In Big 12 games, Lee led the league in field goal percentage .578 (119-of-206).
• Lee's field goal percentage in the 2019-20 season ranked as the second-highest in a freshman season in program history (min. 150 field goal attempts).

Ranke with Range
• Guard Rachel Ranke continues to be a threat for the Wildcats from beyond the three-point line.
• For her career, Ranke has made 194 three-point field goals and ranks seventh on the K-State career 3-point field goals made list. She ranks sixth in program history for career 3-point field goals attempted with 613. She needs six made 3-point field goals to become the seventh player in program history with 200 or more 3-point connections.
• She has 51 career games with two or more connections from 3-point range.
• Ranke holds the school record for 3-point field goals made by a player 6'0" or taller in school history.
• In the 2018-19 season, Ranke led the team with 71 three-point field goals made. Ranke ranked fourth in program history for 3-point field goals made by a sophomore.
• Since the 2000-01 season, Ranke made the second-most 3-point field goals in the first two seasons of a K-State career with 160 conversions.
 
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In our game at Hilton KSU had the lead at the half 40-36. We blitzed them in the 2nd half to win 91-69. After losing that game and the next to Texas they had their next five games postponed.

We were 11-16 from three in the 2nd half. Scott was 5-6 from downtown and MEM was 4-6. They like Lee clogging up the middle and blocking or impacting shots in the paint, not out guarding Scott so Scott may get more good looks in this game. Not realistic to have her hit 80% of them like free throws though.

They have only played five Big 12 games and lost all of them. They are last in the league in scoring and in the middle on defense for conference games. The 91 they gave up to us skews their conference game states (plus only five games), they are #2 for all games and only gave up 60 to ranked Kentucky. Most of our other games are in the 60's.

Watched some of the OSU at KSU game a few days ago. Lee spent most of the game on the bench in foul trouble. It was a slug of a game with OSU going on big run in the fourth to win 69-55. Ranke and Carr made threes but the rest of the KSU team bricked and Lee only played 15 minutes.

No predictions, just don't look for another ISU score in the 90's.

Try not to whine about the TV announcers. It's the KSU home team and it's great to even be able to watch these road games. They did the KSU/OSU game I watched and frankly don't recall much so thinking they will be just fine.
 

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IMO this K-State team is actually better than what their record suggests. They hang tough with their opponents in every game since they restarted until the middle part of the 4 qt, then fell apart late. I'd expect a hard-fought game because K-State is dying for their first Big12 win and ISU wants to bounce back.

This is Emily Ryan's sort of "homecoming" game. I read online the rumor says her high school coach with her old team was planning to take a bus to Manhatten to watch Emily play, don't know if that's still true, but would definitely expect a lot of her family and friends there.

I don't know what I feel about the game, with up and down the sisters have been playing lately. But if we do win the game, Ashley must play well and get help from other players.

Let's go Twister Sisters!
 
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Try not to whine about the TV announcers. It's the KSU home team and it's great to even be able to watch these road games. They did the KSU/OSU game I watched and frankly don't recall much so thinking they will be just fine.
I completely agree. It's awesome to have espn+ have these games on and not have to go hunting for them. Gives wbb a much bigger foot print
 

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K st doing as fabulous job of almost moving screens on every possession they implement the weave. Apparently you can't bump a defender off their position if you have both hands in there air. The officials need to pick up on what they are doing. That is how they are breaking their girls open.
 

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Great to have the girls games on ESPN+. K-State in a little foul trouble
 
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Actually, these announcers are pretty good. Espn should get them to do more of their work. The people they suck up too much.
 

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ESPN app says we have 3 total fouls. Is that right?
 

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