K-State looks to reverse memories against Wichita State

K-State guard Haley Texada goes around an Emporia State player for a shot at the basket at Bramlage Coliseum on Nov. 3, 2014 during the game against Emporia State. K-State defeated Emporia State 54-50. (George Walker | The Collegian)

With memories of last year’s 69-46 loss in mind, K-State heads to Wichita tonight to make up for its struggle against the Shockers last season.

The game will tip at 7:05 p.m at Charles Koch Arena. The Wildcats are in the midst of a six-game winning streak and the Shockers (5-2) haven’t lost in their past three games.

K-State is going into the game looking to keep up their defensive dominance behind leading shot blocker forward Breanna Lewis. The sophomore averages 3.5 per game and the team as a whole ranks second in the conference with 6.5 per game.

With 12.7 steals per contest, the Wildcats lead the Big 12 in that category. All things added together, it contributes to a nation-best scoring defense that sits at 45.7 points per game. Opponents are only shooting 29.4 percent.

The Wildcats will be tested by a high powered Wichita State offense that has three scorers averaging double-digits. Senior guard Alex Harden leads the way with 14.9 a game. She’s coming off of a 20-point, 11-rebound performance against Arkansas Pine-Bluff on Friday, Dec. 5.

Behind Harden is junior Michaela Dapprich, who is averaging 14.1 points per game while shooting just over 50 percent from the field.

To finish out the leading scorers, senior Jamillah Bonner is third in scoring for the Shockers at 13.7 points per game.

Wichita State has played and beat two Power 5 conference teams in their last three games, routing Ohio State 70-55 and Clemson 63-48.