Nov 24, 2022

🏀 WBB: K-State returns to Paradise Jam for third time

Posted Nov 24, 2022 4:44 PM
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MANHATTAN, Ks—K-State (5-0) makes its third appearance in the Paradise Jam, as the Wildcats will face Clemson on Thursday at 7 p.m. (CT), Northern Arizona on Friday at 4:45 p.m. (CT) and Arkansas on Saturday at 7 p.m. (CT).

• All games of the Paradise Jam can be seen live on ESPN+.

Starting 5
Five names, numbers or storylines about K-State WBB
1. K-State Among AP Top-25
• Following its unbeaten start to the season, K-State made its first appearance in the Associated Press Top-25 in the third poll of the season as the Wildcats are ranked 25th. This is the earliest AP poll appearance for K-State since debuting in the 2004-05 preseason poll ranked 19th.
2. Wildcats 5-0
• For the first time since the 2016-17 season, K-State has started a season 5-0. This is the 16th time in program history and the third time in the Jeff Mittie era in which K-State has opened a season with five straight wins.
3. 70 is the Goal
• K-State is averaging 81.0 points per game through its first five games. The Wildcats have scored 70 or more points in all five games to begin a season for the first time since 2002-03.
4. G-Squared 
• Senior Gabby Gregory has paced the Wildcats this season with 21.4 points per game. She ranks 18th in the nation for total points (107) and is 25th in the nation and second in the Big 12 in  scoring average. She has tallied 20 or more points in three of the five games.
5. Mittie Collects 150th K-State Win
• K-State head coach Jeff Mittie reached the 150-win mark in his ninth season in Manhattan (150-110, .577) doing so with a 91-82 win over Utah Tech on Nov. 20, 2022.

Last Time Out
at K-State 91, Utah Tech 82 (Nov. 20, 2022; Manhattan, Kan.)
• K-State improved its home non-conference win streak to 15 with a 91-82 win over Utah Tech to close a three-game in four-day stretch.
• The Wildcats were up 20 at halftime, 54-34, but a furious second half rally narrowed the game to six with under a minute to play before K-State sealed the win.
• Gabby Gregory notched a game-high of 26 points including six connections from 3-point range. Jaelyn Glenn tallied 18 points on 7-of-13 shooting, while Serena Sundell added 17 points and Eliza Maupin carded her first career double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds.

K-State Among the Rankings
• Kansas State joined the Associated Press (AP) top-25 poll for the first time this season on Nov. 21, which was the earliest ranking in the AP ranking for the WIldcats since the preseason poll of the 2004-05 season.
• As a ranked team, K-State owns a 223-85 (.724) record. In its history, K-State has been ranked for 172 weeks in the AP poll.

At a Glance: Clemson
• Clemson (3-1) opened the season with a four-game home stand which was capped by a visit from top-ranked and defending national champion South Carolina on Thursday. The Gamecocks downed the Tigers, 85-31.
• On the sideline, Clemson is led by fifth-year head coach Amanda Butler. The 1995 graduate of Florida has made head coaching stops at Charlotte, Florida and Clemson and owns a career record of 283-231 (.551) including a 53-72 (.424) mark during her time with the Tigers.
• The Tigers are led on the floor by seniors Amari Robinson and Daisha Bradford. Robinson is averaging a team-high 14.0 points, while Bradford paces the squad on the boards and passing with 7.3 rebounds and 3.3 assists.

At a Glance: Northern Arizona
• Prior to its trip to the Paradise Jam, Northern Arizona (3-2) downed Park University Gilbert on Nov. 20, 111-44, in Flagstaff. The Lumberjacks have won three straight games entering the Paradise Jam.
• On the sideline, Northern Arizona is led by 2003 graduate of Washington - Loree Payne. The sixth-year head coach is 71-86 (.452) during her time at Northern Arizona.
• The Lumberbacks are led on the floor by graduate student Montana Oltrogge with 14.2 points per game and 6.8 rebounds, while freshman Sophie Glancey has added 12.4 points on a .565 field goal percentage and 6.0 rebounds.

At a Glance: Arkansas
• Arkansas ran its winning streak to five games with a 93-49 road win at Little Rock on Nov. 20.
• On the sideline, Arkansas is led by sixth-year head coach Mike Neighbors. The 1993 graduate of Arkansas owns a career record of 199-105 (.655) and is 101-64 (.612) at his alma mater.
• The Razorbacks enter the Paradise Jam led by redshirt senior Erynn Barnum with 19.2 points and 8.6 rebounds. Also pacing Arkansas is sophomore guard Samara Spencer with 13.2 points and 4.8 assists.

Remember the Month of November
• In its 55 seasons of action, K-State has accumulated a record of 152-51 (.749) in the month of November. The Wildcats have won 40 of its last 49 games in the month of November.
• Under head coach Jeff Mittie, K-State is 38-9 (.809) 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.

Three is not a Crowd, It's a Benefit
• Since 2011-12, when three or more players reach double figures in scoring in the same game, K-State is 145-69 (.678) including a 5-0 mark in the 2022-23 season.
• The Wildcats had a season-high four players reach double figures against Utah Tech on Nov. 20, as Gabby Gregory (26), Jaelyn Glenn (18), Serena Sundell (17) and Eliza Maupin (12) all scored 10 or more points. 
• The tandem of Jaelyn Glenn and Serena Sundell have scored in double figures in the same game seven times since teaming up at the start of the 2021-22 season.

Magic Number is 70 Points
• Since the 2001-02 season, K-State is 233-27 (.896) when scoring 70 or more points in a game including an 81-13 (.862) record in the Jeff Mittie era.
• Kansas State has opened the 2022-23 season with five straight games of 70 or more points for the first time since the 2002-03 squad started the season with five straight games.
• The Wildcats scored 70 or more points in 12 games (11-1) in the 2021-22 season, including three games with 90 or more.
• In the 2021-22 season, K-State averaged 66.1 points per game and ranked seventh in the Big 12. The Wildcats were sixth in the league in scoring margin (+5.5).
• K-State's scoring average of 66.1 marked the fourth-highest in the Mittie era and the highest since the 2019-20 season (68.8 ppg).
• K-State surpassed the 2,000-point mark for the first time since the 2018-19 season. In the Mittie era, K-State has scored 2,000 or more points in a season five times.

Glenn Reaches Rare Lines
• Jaelyn Glenn continues to provide unique stat lines for K-State.
• Against Wisconsin on Nov. 11, 2022, Glenn tallied 16 points on 6-of-12 shooting including a 3-of-6 effort from 3-point range, eight rebounds, five steals and three assists.
• Against Utah Tech on Nov. 20, 2022, she notched a line of 18 points on 7-of-13 shooting including 2-of-5 from 3-point range, eight rebounds and two steals.
• For the season, Glenn is averaging 13.6 points, 5.2 rebounds, 3.0 steals and 2.2 assists. She is also shooting 46.6 percent from the field including 39.3 percent from 3-point range.
• In her career, Glenn has scored in double figures in 10 games, has 12 games with five or more rebounds and 15 games with two or more steals, including five with four or more.
• Glenn is the 25th player in program history and the eighth in the Jeff Mittie era to tally 50 or more career 3-point field goals made and 60 or more career steals.
• In the 2021-22 season, Glenn averaged 6.6 points, 3.9 rebounds and  2.1 assists. She had an assist to turnover ratio of 1.52 last season and pocketed 1.4 steals per game.
• Against Texas Tech on Feb. 5, Glenn tallied 16 points, five rebounds, six steals and two assists. Her six steals were the most by a Wildcat since Angela Harris tallied six against Iowa State on Feb. 26, 2020. 
• Glenn was the first K-State freshman since Kendra Wecker on Feb. 27, 2002, to record 10 or more points, five or more rebounds and six or more steals in a game.
• Against Abilene Christian, Glenn tallied 13 points, eight assists, five steals and four rebounds.
• Glenn was the first K-State freshman since at least the 2000-01 season to notch 10 or more points, eight or more assists and five or more steals in the same game.
• Against Oklahoma on Jan. 23, Glenn carded eight points, 11 rebounds, seven assists and five steals. Glenn was the second K-State freshman in the 2021-22 season to register at least 10 or more rebounds, five or more assists and five or more steals in the same game (Serena Sundell, at South Dakota State, Dec. 11).

Gregory From Range
• Guard Gabby Gregory has had a hot start from 3-point range this season and has been a 3-point threat over the course of her career.
• This season, Gregory leads the Wildcats and the Big12 with 15 connections from 3-point range. She ranks 15th in the nation with 15 made. She is second in the Big 12 in 3-point field goals made per game (3.00) and is sixth in 3-point field goal percentage (.357; 15-of-42).
• In her career, Gregory is 112-of-335 (.334) from long range.   

  1.  ESPN3 (Clemson) 
  1.  Listen Live (vs. Clemson) 
  1.  ESPN3 (Northern Arizona) 
  1.  Listen Live (vs. Northern Arizona) 
  1.  ESPN3 (vs. Arkansas) 
  1.  Listen Live (vs. Arkansas) 
  1.  K-State notes (pdf)