Great second half sends K-State to program’s 1,000th win

Milwaukee, Wis.- Kansas State trailed Wisconsin at halftime but scored 47 second-half points, including 31 in the final quarter, to secure a 77-63 win over the Badgers and the 1,000th victory for the program’s history during the Battle of Brew City at the home of the Milwaukee Brewers – American Family Champ.

K-State is the 19th NCAA Division I member of the 1,000-win club. K-State is one of four schools in the nation to have won 1,000 programs and its current head coach has 600 or more career wins (Stanford, Connecticut and NC State).

HOW DID IT HAPPEN
– Wisconsin (1-1) used a 14-2 streak to build a 23-13 lead after the first quarter. K-State shot 22.2 percent (4 of 18) from the field in the opening frame.
– Kansas State (2-0) began its second-quarter comeback with a 12-2 run to shoot in the three, 29-26, after a 3-pointer Gabby Gregory with 2:49 left in the quarter. Strong defense helped in the comeback, as K-State held the Badgers to 21.4 percent (3 of 14) shooting from the field in the second quarter.
– The Wildcats shot just 28.1% (9 of 32) from the field in the first half
– K-State trailed by three at halftime, 33-30, but raced out of the locker room with an 11-0 run to take a 43-37 lead with 6:08 left in the third quarter. A left-handed layup from Rebekah Dallinger started the run and was quickly followed by threes from Serena Sundell, Sarah Shematsi and Gregory to force a timeout Badger.
– After the 11-0 run, K-State was 1 of 12 from the field to close out the third quarter as the Badgers squared the game at 46 entering the final quarter.
– The Wildcats used a 7-1 streak to start the fourth quarter to open a 53-47 lead with 8:01 to go. Jaelyn Glenn connected her second 3 of the afternoon to start the race.
– After the Badgers closed to five, 56-51, the Wildcats responded with an 8-1 run midway through the fourth as Jaelyn Glenn hit his third 3-pointer of the day and was followed by A three by Gregory and Jaelyn Glenn added a steal and a layup to force a Wisconsin timeout with 4:37 remaining.
– K-State iced the game from the foul line in the final two minutes, shooting 9 of 10 from the charity strip.
–K-State had three players in double figures, led by Gregory’s game-high 25 points, followed by 17 from Sundell and 16 from Jaelyn Glenn off the bench.

FAST FACTS
– The series between the schools is tied at one game each. This was the second neutral site meeting of the series, as the teams also met in 2006 in Las Vegas.
– Kansas State improves to 73-60 all-time against current members of the Big Ten Conference.
– K-State is 3-4 all-time in games played at Wisconsin State.
– Friday’s starting five were Sarah Shematsi, Serena Sundell, Brylee Glenn, Gabby Gregory and Emilee Ebert. It was the first time this group had started a match.
– As a team, K-State made 10 three-pointers and is now 24-3 in the Jeff Mittie era by making 10 or more points to 3 points.
– Gabby Gregory recorded her 43rd double-digit career game and her second at K-State. It was Gregory’s ninth career game with 20 or more points. It was his 30th career game with two or more connections from 3 points.
– Serena Sundell notched her 20th career game in double digits.
– Jaelyn Glenn hit double figures for the second time this season and the eighth time in her career.

FROM THE HEAD COACH
K-State Head Coach Jeff Mittie


Opening statement
“Great environment. I’m a big baseball fan so obviously it was a unique environment to be able to play in and I wasn’t sure when you would do that, how was the shooting environment going to be? How is the glare all those things and really It was okay. It was good. It was better than I expected. And I thought the environment was solid. But the promoters of this event, I will say this, did a great job with our team. We’re certainly excited to play there and would do it again. I think it’s a great event. I don’t like the 3:30 start. That would be my biggest complaint. for the women’s game is a 3:30 start. Hard to get a good crowd. But when we were struggling, I was pretty glad there was no one in the building.

Overcome the 13-point deficit…
“They hit us in the mouth pretty well. And I will say that some of our young players or new players probably had more nervousness. And in their preparation it was a bit average. And we got hit in the mouth early. We weren’t ‘”It’s not very physical at all. And then I thought we’ve decided, we’re going to push back here and we’re playing a different style. We’re pressing a bit more here. We got a lot from the press. Today we’re trying to shoot the other three so we know there’s going to be some ups and downs of good basketball in this. But I thought the key was just that we play harder. They weren’t getting the easy looks and that was a big key for us.

On preparing the shooting environment…
“I will say it’s a better filming environment than I expected. And I’ve walked the whole floor to every place we’re going to play. I’m watching the reflections. It was better than this at what I expected. You really don’t know. I mean, I’ve been training in some domes before I went “wow” it felt better than I expected. “We didn’t shoot the ball particularly well but we hit some big threes when we needed to. And we stayed focused on what we wanted to do, which was the pace. We wanted the pace to be high in this game. . And we really, really wanted to try and wear them and we wanted to chase all three. And I was pretty happy for the most part that our group did that.”

NEXT
K-State returns to Bramlage Coliseum on Thursday, Nov. 17, as host of the (4/6) Iowa Wildcats at 8 p.m. For tickets, call (800) 221-CATS or visit kstatesports.com. Thursday’s game will air on Big 12 Now on ESPN+.

Ryan H. Bowman