K-State Faces West Virginia in Big 12 Quarterfinals


GAME PREVIEW
MARCH 5, 8:30 PM

Chesapeake Energy Arena
Oklahoma City, OK

NR/NR
K-STATE
WILDCATS
18-11 (8-10 Big 12)

22/RV
WEST VIRGINIA
MOUNTAINEERS
23-8 (12-6 Big 12)

FOX SPORTS NETWORKS
K-State Sports Network

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State begins its 2016 postseason action on Saturday at the Phillips 66 Big 12 Women’s Basketball Championship in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. K-State will face (22/rv) West Virginia at 8:30 p.m., at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

• The Wildcats enter the tournament as the number six seed and will have a first round bye for the first time since the 2012 Big 12 Championship. Kansas State has advanced at least one round 14 times at the Big 12 Championship (17-19).
• With the guidance of second-year head coach Jeff Mittie, K-State finished with a regular season record of 18-11 overall and an 8-10 mark in Big 12 play. The 18 regular season wins surpassed last season’s regular season total (17) and the Wildcats won eight league games for the first time since the 2011-12 season.
• This season, K-State has been led by juniors Breanna Lewis and Kindred Wesemann. Lewis, a 2016 All-Big 12 First Team honoree and a Big 12 All-Defensive Team selection, leads K-State with 16.8 points on a 55.7 field goal percentage, 7.7 rebounds, 2.5 blocks per game and 1.6 steals. She has set career season-highs in points (471), field goals made (209) and attempted (375), free throws made (69), rebounds (222) and double-doubles (7).
• Wesemann, a 2016 All-Big 12 Second Team recipient, has registered career-highs in every statistical category this season, as she is averaging 12.5 points, 2.3 rebounds and 3.2 assists. She leads the Big 12 in 3-point field goals made (79, 2.9 per game) and is sixth in 3-point field goal percentage (.411).
• Saturday night’s game can be seen live on FOX Sports Networks and heard live on the K-State Sports Network and for free at kstatesports.com.

Number to Know
500
• #KStateWBB’s Breanna Lewis has scored 487 points this season, a new career-high.
• Her 487 points are the most by a K-State junior since Ashley Sweat tallied 545 points in the 2008-09 season.  
• With 13 points, Lewis will become the eighth junior in school history to score 500 or more points in a season.

Series History
1-7
• West Virginia leads the series with K-State, 7-1.
• Head coach Jeff Mittie is 1-9 against West Virginia in his career.
• First meeting between the schools in the Big 12 Championships.

Big 12 Championship History
17-19
• K-State is 17-19 in the Big 12 Championship, including a 1-3 mark in Oklahoma City.
• The Wildcats have advanced at least one round in 14 previous tournament appearances.
• Head coach Jeff Mittie is 1-1 with K-State in the Big 12 Championship.

At a Glance: West Virginia
• West Virginia (23-8, 12-6 Big 12) enters the 2016 Big 12 Women’s Basketball Championships on a three-game winning streak. The Mountaineers closed out the 2015-16 regular season with an 82-57 win at Iowa State on Tuesday night.
• On the sideline, West Virginia is led by 15th-year head coach Mike Carey. In his time with the Mountaineers, Carey has achieved a record of 320-169 (.654) and captured a share of the 2014 Big 12 regular season title.
• On the floor, West Virginia features two players scoring in double figures led by senior guard Bria Holmes and sophomore forward Teana Muldrow.
• Holmes, a 2016 All-Big 12 First Team honoree, leads the Mountaineers and ranks second in the Big 12 in scoring at 16.9 points per game. She also paces the team in assists with 3.6. At Iowa State, Holmes tallied 13 points and eight assists.
• Muldrow is second on the team with 10.6 points and is second on the squad in steals with 37. At Iowa State, Muldrow came off the bench to register 14 points and eight rebounds.

Preseason Poll Not the Final Verdict for Cats
• Kansas State was slotted for a seventh-place finish by the Big 12 coaches in the 2015-16 preseason poll. This is the first time since the 2008-09 season that K-State was predicted to finish higher than eighth.
• Despite the prediction, K-State has a history of exceeding the expectations of the league’s coaches including the 2015-16 season as the Wildcats tallied a sixth place finish. The Wildcats were one of two teams (Oklahoma State) in the Big 12 in 2015-16 season to exceed their preseason predicted finish.  
• K-State leads the Big 12 in exceeding the preseason predictions, finishing on average +1.37 positions higher than its preseason prediction in the 19 polls that have a preseason prediction and a final standing attached to it, including the 2014-15 season.
• The Wildcats have finished 14 of 19 seasons above its preseason prediction and owns the largest deviation in league history from its preseason prediction and its final place with a +7 by winning the Big 12 in 2007-08.

Marching Toward the Finish Line
• During the third month of the year but the final month of the basketball season, K-State owns a 120-86 (.583) record in March.
• K-State head coach Jeff Mittie is 3-2 in the month of March during his time in Manhattan.

Wildcats 10 at Home, 5 on the Road
• When K-State has strung together successful home and road campaigns in the same season, it results in postseason appearances.
• The Wildcats have made 15 straight postseason appearances (12 NCAA Tournaments, 3 WNITs) when K-State has won 10 or more home games and five or more road games in the same season.
• In 2015-16, Kansas State owns a 13-4 home record and a 5-6 road mark. This is the first time since the 2012-13 season that K-State has tallied 10 or more home wins and five or more road wins in the same season.

Scoring Up For K-State in 2015-16
• Kansas State’s offensive numbers have spiked compared to last season’s production. K-State is averaging 65.3 points per game and have scored a total of 1,894 points this season. At the conclusion of the 2014-15 season, K-State averaged 59.6 points per game in 33 games (1,967 points).
• The 65.3 points per game marks the highest scoring average by a K-State team since the 2007-08 season (67.5 ppg).
• The Wildcats have scored 75 or more points 10 times this season, the most since the 2005-06 season (10).
• K-State scored a season-high 102 points against Florida Atlantic on Dec. 13. This marked the 24th time in program history that K-State scored 100 or more points in a game. The Wildcats are 24-0 in games in which they score 100 or more points.
• The Wildcats feature three players that have scored 250 or more points this season: Breanna Lewis (487), Kindred Wesemann (362) and Megan Deines (258). All three players have achieved a career season-high in points.
• If Kaylee Page is able to score 47 points (203) in the remainder of the season, the 2015-16 season will mark the first time since 2009-10 that K-State will have four or more players to score 250 or more points in a season.

Lewis in the Lane
• 2015-16 All-America candidate Breanna Lewis leads K-State with career-best averages of 16.8 points, on a .557 field goal percentage, 7.7 rebounds and 2.5 blocks. She ranks third in the Big 12 in scoring, fourth in field goal percentage and seventh in rebounding. She ranks 25th in the nation in field goal percentage.
• She has set career season-highs in points (487), rebounds (222) and field goals made and attempted (209-of-375; .557). Her scoring average has increased in each of her three seasons at K-State, going from 5.7 points per game in her freshman year to 16.8 this season.
• In her career, Lewis has scored 1,033 points and pulled in 566 career rebounds. She is the 24th player in program history with 1,000 career points and 500 career rebounds. She ranks 19th in school history for career rebounds.
• Lewis has a career-high seven double-doubles this season (all in Big 12 play) and owns 12 in her career. She has reached double figures in points 51 times in her career including 14 games with 20 or more points. This season she has scored 20 or more points a career-best 11 times, which marks the most by a Wildcat since Brittany Chambers tallied a school record 22 games with 20 or more points in 2012-13.
• This season, Lewis has registered seven games with 10 or more rebounds and has 16 games in her career in double figures on the glass. She has pulled in five or more rebounds 60 times.
• Earlier this season, she achieved her career-high of 30 points on 14-of-19 shooting against Western Illinois on Dec. 21. She also registered seven rebounds and three blocks against the Leathernecks.
• Lewis was the 22nd player and the 47th time in program history to score 30 or more points in a game. She was the first player since Nicole Ohlde on Dec. 14, 2003 to record 30 or more points, five or more rebounds and three or more blocks in a game.
• At Iowa State on Feb. 24, Lewis registered 25 points on 11-of-13 shooting, a career-high 16 rebounds and six blocks. She was the first Wildcat since Brittany Chambers on Dec. 21, 2012 (at UNLV) to tally 25 or more points and 15 or more rebounds in the same game. Her 16 rebounds at Iowa State were the most rebounds by a Wildcat in Ames in program history.

The Little Engine from ThreeLand    
• Kindred Wesemann has been one of the top 3-point shooters in the Big 12 this season. For the year she is 79-of-192 (.411) and has the most made 3-point field goals since Brittnay Chambers made 117 in the 2012-13 season. Her 79 connections from deep ranks ninth in school history for 3-point field goals made in a season.
• She leads the Big 12 in 3-point field goals made per game (2.7) and is sixth in 3-point field goal percentage. She ranks 28th in the nation in 3-point field goal percentage and 21st in 3-point field goals made per game.
• Wesemann is the first Wildcat with 75 or more made 3-pointers and 75 or more assists in a season since Chambers in 2012-13 to achieve these numbers in a season.
• Against Oklahoma on Feb. 9, Wesemann was 6-of-8 from beyond the arc. She has 13 career games with four or more connections from the 3-point line, including seven this season.
• For her career, Wesemann has drained 168 three-point field goals and is eighth in school history. Her career 3-point field goal percentage is .347 which has received a significant boost from this season’s effort of .411.

Deines Scores in Bunches    
• Senior Megan Deines has provided a scoring punch for the Wildcats this season. The senior from Springfield, Missouri, is averaging 9.2 points. She ranks 25th in the Big 12 in scoring.
• Over the last six games, Deines is averaging 11.0 points on a 48.1 percent field goal percentage including a 40.9 percent effort from the 3-point line.
• In her Big 12 debut, Deines tallied a career-high 24 points on a career-best 8-of-15 shooting including a career-high 4-of-7 from beyond the arc. Her 24 points were the second most in the Big 12 on the league’s opening night.
• She registered a new career-high for steals with six at Oklahoma on Jan. 10. This marked the most steals by a Wildcat since Ashia Woods tallied six at Kansas on Feb. 25, 2015.
• Deines has set new career-highs for points (258), assists (68) and steals (33) and free throws made and attempted (49-of-61).  
• Deines was on a nine-quarter hot streak since the fourth quarter of the season-opener at Tulsa on Nov. 13. Deines tallied 47 points on 16-of-28 shooting, including 11-of-13 from the free throw line. She also had five assists and four steals during those nine quarters of play.