K-State Meets George Washington in NCAA 1st Round

GAME PREVIEW
MARCH 18, 4:00 PM

Colonial Life Arena
Columbia, SC

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K-STATE
WILDCATS
18-12 (8-10 Big 12)

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GEORGE WASHINGTON
COLONIALS
26-6 (13-3 A-10)

ESPN2 | ESPN3
K-State Sports Network

MANHATTAN, Kan. – For the first time since the 2011-12 season, Kansas State will take part in the NCAA Tournament as the Wildcats will face George Washington on Friday in Columbia, South Carolina which is part of the Sioux Falls Regional. K-State is the nine-seed in the region, while George Washington is the eight seed.

• K-State is making its 14th NCAA Tournament appearance and the first under head coach Jeff Mittie. The Wildcats are 11-13 in their previous 13 appearances.
• Under the guidance of Mittie in his season season, K-State owns a record of 18-12 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 16.7 points on a 55.4 field goal percentage, 7.5 rebounds, 2.5 blocks per game and 1.5 steals. She has set career season-highs in points (501), field goals made (216), free throws made (69), rebounds (224) 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, 2.6 rebounds and 3.1 assists. She leads the Big 12 in 3-point field goals made (82, 2.7 per game) and is seventh in 3-point field goal percentage (.404).
• Friday’s game can be seen live on ESPN2, online on ESPN3 and heard live on the K-State Sports Network and for free at kstatesports.com.

Number to Know
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• #KStateWBB is making its first NCAA Tournament appearance since the 2011-12 season.
• Only one player on the K-State roster has played in an NCAA Tournament, as senior guard Megan Deines saw action in three NCAA Tournaments with Louisville during her time with the Cardinals.
• Deines has achieved career season-highs in every statistical category this season, including points (280), 3-point field goals made (29), free throws made (57), assists (70) and steals (35).
• The last time K-State entered an NCAA Tournament with one or fewer players on its active roster with NCAA Tournament experience was the 2001-02 team, which featured zero games of experience in the NCAA Tournament.

Series History
0-1
• George Washington leads the series with K-State, 1-0.
• Head coach Jeff Mittie is 0-1 against George Washington in his career.
• First meeting between the schools in the NCAA Tournament.
• K-State is 8-3 against schools from the Atlantic 10 Conference. The Wildcats’ last game against an A-10 school was Dec. 3, 2005 against St. Joseph’s, a 78-68 loss in Manhattan.

NCAA Tournament History
11-13
• Kansas State was awarded its 14th bid into the NCAA Tournament and its 13th postseason bid in the last 15 seasons.
• The Wildcats are 11-13 (.458) in its previous 13 appearances in the NCAA Tournament and have advanced to at least the second round in seven of the last eight NCAA appearances.  
• This is the first NCAA Tournament appearance by the Wildcats under the guidance of head coach Jeff Mittie. This is Mittie’s 10th NCAA Tournament apparance and his first since the 2009-10 season.

At a Glance: George Washington
• George Washington (26-6, 13-3 A-10) finished the season as the Atlantic 10 champion and secured the league’s automatic bid into the tournament field.
• This will the Colonials’ second consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament and the 17th in program history. In the previous 16 appearances, GW has achieved an 18-16 overall record.
• The Colonials are led on the sidelines by fourth-year head coach Jonathan Tsipis. The 1996 graduate of North Carolina is 92-37 (.713) during his time with GW, which includes two NCAA Tournament appearances and a WNIT trip.
• On the floor, GW features three players scoring in double figures led by senior Jonquel Jones, juniors Caira Washington and Hannah Schaible.
• Jones, an All-Atlantic-10 Second Team honoree and Wade Trophy Watch List member, is averaging 16.0 points and 14.7 rebounds per game this season while overcoming a midseason injury to play in 22 games.
• Washington, a 2016 All-Atlantic 10 First Team selection and the A-10 Tournament Most Outstanding Player, averaged 13.4 points per game and 8.7 rebounds.
• Schaible is averaging 10.4 points and 6.0 rebounds and is second on the team in steals with 44 on the year.

Halftime Lead = K-State ‘W’ Since 2001-02
• Since the 2001-02 season, K-State is 253-36 (.875) when leading at the break.
• K-State is 28-3 when leading at the break under head coach Jeff Mittie.
• Since the start of the 2007-08 season, K-State is 147-12 (.925) when leading with five minutes to play including a 32-1 record over the last two seasons.

Wildcats in Nail-Biters
• Over the last six seasons, K-State is 28-11 (.718) in games decided by five points or less.

Wildcats’ Defense Forges Identity
• K-State has held its opponents to a field goal percentage of .370 and 61.4 points per game.
• K-State’s opponent field goal percentage of .370 ranks as the third lowest in school history since the 1981-82 season. This is the lowest opponent field goal percentage in a season since the 2004-05 team held its foes to a .365 field goal percentage.
• Kansas State is 14-2 this season when holding opponents to 59 points or less. The Wildcats are 4-10 when its opponent scores 60 or more.
• The Wildcats have held eight opponents to 49 points or less this season. K-State surrendered a season-low 41 points to UT Arlington on Dec. 3. During the last 15 seasons, K-State is 99-3 (.971) when holding an opponent to 49 points or less.
• K-State held Texas Tech to 11 first half points on Jan. 24, which were the fewest points allowed in a first half since Nov. 12, 2011 against Dartmouth when K-State allowed just 10 points.
• Last season, K-State was 44th in the nation in scoring defense (58.2 ppg allowed), 12th in steals (11.3 spg) and 42nd in blocked shots (4.7 bpg). K-State’s defense ranked first in the Big 12 in steals, second in scoring defense and third in blocked shots.

Wildcats Send Back Shots; Set Record
• K-State has 4.8 blocks per game (145 blocks) and ranks 41st in the nation and fifth in the Big 12 in the category.
• The 145 blocks this season rank sixth in school history for blocks in a season and marks the second straight season that K-State has blocked 145 or more shots in a season.
• K-State features four players with 15 or more blocks this season, including junior center Breanna Lewis’s team-leading 2.5 blocks per game (74 blocks).
• K-State blocked a school record 14 shots at Tulsa in the season-opening win on Nov. 13. The previous school record was 13 from Nov. 17, 2006 against Wyoming.
• Last season, K-State blocked 156 shots and recorded five or more blocked shots in 16 games.

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 1,959 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 (501), Kindred Wesemann (375) and Megan Deines (280). All three players have achieved a career season-high in points.
• If Kaylee Page is able to score 45 points (205) 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.

Wildcats Solid From Beyond the Arc
• K-State is an efficient 32.8 percent 3-point range (212-of-646) which includes 7.1 made 3-point field goals per game. Kansas State has scored 32.5 percent (636 points) of its points from beyond the arc this season. The 646 attempts rank fifth in school history for attempts in a season.
• The Wildcats are second in the Big 12 and rank 50th in the nation in 3-point field goals made per game. K-State’s 212 made 3-point field goals are second in the Big 12.
• The Wildcats have made 200 or more 3-point field goals for the first time since the 2012-13 season (325) and marks the 10th season in school history with 200 or more. K-State has made 175 or more 3-point field goals in 16 of the last 17 seasons.  
• K-State has six players that have made 10 or more 3-pointers this season. This marks the fifth straight season that K-State has had five or more players connect on at least 10 three-pointers in a season.
• K-State has 24 games this season (15-9) with five or more connections from beyond the arc, including five games with 10 or more made 3-pointers.
• The Wildcats registered a season-high 14 made 3-pointers against Florida Atlantic on Dec. 13. K-State also connected on a season-high 58.3 percent of its attempts against Florida Atlantic. The 14 connections were the most since March 4, 2013 at Baylor when K-State made 15.
• K-State has made at least one 3-point field goal in 304 consecutive games, dating back to Feb. 7, 2007.

Deines Scores in Bunches    
• Senior Megan Deines has provided a scoring punch for the Wildcats in her lone season in Manhattan. The senior from Springfield, Missouri, is averaging 9.7 points which ranks third on the team. She ranks 23rd in the Big 12 in scoring.
• Over the last seven games, Deines is averaging 12.6 points on a 49.2 percent field goal percentage including a 44.0 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 (280), field goals made (97), 3-point field goals made (29), free throws made (57), assists (70) and steals (35).  
• In the Big 12 quarterfinal matchup against West Virginia, Deines tallied 22 points on 6-of-11 shooting and a school record 8-of-8 effort from the foul line. In her previous conference tournament appearances (Big East, American and ACC), Deines had scored just two points on 1-of-5 shooting in 46 minutes of action in five games.

Lewis on the Defensive
• Lewis, a two-time Big 12 All-Defensive Team selection, has thrived in the Wildcats’ defensive system and picked up where she left off last season with 74 blocks (2.5 bpg) and 46 steals (1.5 spg) this season. She ranks third in the Big 12 and 30th in the nation for blocks per game. Her 74 blocks this season rank third in school history for a single season, a record she set last season at 97. She is the second player in school history with consecutive seasons of 70 or more blocked shots and the first since Marlies Gipson (2007-08 & 2008-09).
• She has blocked two or more shots in her career 57 times and is second in school history for career games with five or more blocks (13) and holds the school record for career games with seven or more blocks.
• Lewis is second in school history with 215 career blocks. She is first in school history with 2.34 blocks per game. She ranks 17th among active NCAA DI players for career blocks and 16th among NCAA DI players for career blocks per game.
• Lewis has pocketed 112 steals in her career, which includes a career-high four steals on five separate occasions, including four at Texas on Feb. 17 and against Baylor on Feb. 27. She has tallied two or more steals in 30 career games.

Increased Scoring Average for Wesemann    
• Junior guard Kindred Wesemann is on a career-high pace this season. Wesemann is averaging 12.5 points and 3.1 assists. She is shooting 37.5 percent from the field including 40.4 percent from beyond the arc. She ranks 12th in the Big 12 in scoring. Her 12.5 points per game this season are almost five points higher than her previous career-high of 8.0 points in 2014-15.
• The 2016 All-Big 12 Second Team selection has surpassed her career season-highs in points (375), field goals made (113), 3-point field goals made (82), free throws made and attempted (67-of-79) and assists (94).
• She registered a career-high effort with 28 points against South Dakota on Nov. 19. Wesemann has five career games and three this season with 20 or more points.