Jeff Mittie gets 500th career win after beating Omaha

OMAHA, Nebraska (K-State Athletics) – Kansas State took its hot start to the season on the road for the first time this season and responded with a 70-57 over Omaha at Baxter Arena on Sunday. The win was head coach Jeff Mittie’s 500th career victory in his 25th season of coaching.

Mittie’s career coaching record now stands at 500-262. He is the 29th active NCAA Division I head coach to register 500 or more career wins. In three seasons at K-State, Mittie is 46-27 including two postseason appearances.

Kansas State (8-0) was led by the senior tandem of Breanna Lewis and Kindred Wesemann. Lewis notched her second double-double of the season and her 14th of her career with 22 points on 9-of-12 shooting and 12 rebounds. Wesemann reached double figures for the eighth time this season with 13 points and five rebounds.

Omaha (4-4) was led by Mikaela Shaw and Remy Davenport with 18 and 15 points, respectively.

Kansas State shot 42.1 percent (24-of-57) from the field and held Omaha to a 31.7 percent (19-of-60) effort. K-State was strong from the foul line, converting at an 85.0 percent clip (17-of-20).

For the eighth straight game, K-State held the edge on the glass, 41-28. K-State has won 29 straight games when outrebounding its opponent.

K-State jumped in front with a 10-5 lead, as Lewis scored six straight points. Omaha closed out the opening frame on a 10-2 run to hold a 15-12 lead at the end of the first quarter.

Omaha built a 23-16 lead with 7:29 to play in the first half, as Ellie Brecht knocked down her first 3-pointer of the afternoon. Kansas State held the Mavericks to five points for the remainder of the quarter, ending the second with a 19-5 run.

Wesemann knocked down a pair of 3-pointers during the run, while Lewis added seven. Lewis ended the first half with 13 points on 6-of-7 shooting.

Kansas State fired out of the halftime locker room and increased its lead to 42-30 with 7:14 to play in the third quarter. Shaelyn Martin and Lewis tallied all seven points amongst themselves during the early 7-2 run.

The Wildcats held a 10-point lead entering the fourth quarter, 52-42, and would increase the advantage to 17, 60-43, with 6:31 to play following a fastbreak layup by Karyla Middlebrook. Omaha chipped away at the K-State lead and would get as close as 10, 65-55, with 1:58 remaining. Wesemann knocked down her third 3-pointer of the game with 1:41 left to end the Mavericks’ comeback attempt.

Kansas State returns to Bramlage Coliseum on Wednesday, Dec. 7, to face UT Arlington at 7 p.m.

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