K-State meets William Jewell in replacement game

K-State guard Ashia Woods take the ball toward the basket during the game against Emporia State at Bramlage Coliseum on Nov. 3, 2014. K-State defeated Emporia State 54-50. (George Walker | The Collegian)

Having cut two games out of its schedule due to issues at the Tournament of Hope in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, the Wildcats will welcome William Jewell to Bramlage Coliseum in a game that was scheduled in less than a week.

With the late arrival of the game, K-State Athletics announced that admission is free for the 7 p.m. tipoff.

Coming off of a 45-41 win over UT-Arlington, the Wildcats have found themselves in elite company with their defensive performances this season. They lead the nation in scoring defense with 44.7 points per game and have yet to have an opponent eclipse the 50-point mark.

K-State also leads the Big 12 in field goal percentage defense (28.5), blocks per game (7.5) and steals per game (13.6).

Offensively, the Wildcats have turned to one of their key seniors in the last four games. Senior guard Haley Texada, who is averaging 9.6 points this season, has scored in double figures in each of the games in the recent stretch.

Interior offense has also helped the Wildcats with their 5-0 start. Sophomore forward Breanna Lewis is averaging 11.6 points per game while senior forward Ashia Woods is contributing 9.0 points per contest.

Although this is the first meeting between the two schools, head coach Jeff Mittie has faced the NCAA Division II school one time before and won.

The Cardinals are led by guard Maddie Nelson, who is averaging 14.5 points per game. The sophomore recorded a double-double earlier this season with 18 points and 12 rebounds against Rockhurst.