Lewis Named to Preseason All-Big 12 Team

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State’s Breanna Lewis was recognized on Wednesday by the Big 12 Conference’s women’s basketball coaches, as she was named a 2015-16 Preseason All-Big 12 Honorable Mention selection.

The forward from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, was one of the most improved players in the Big 12 last season. Lewis led the Wildcats in a number of statistical categories, including: 11.5 points, 6.4 rebounds, 2.9 blocks and 1.5 steals. She set career-highs in every statistical category last season. Lewis became the first player in program history to register the combination of 350 or more points, 200 or more rebounds, 90 or more blocks and 50 or more steals.

For her efforts, Lewis earned 2015 All-Big 12 Second Team honors and was the first player in program history chosen for the Big 12 All-Defensive Team. Lewis, a 2016 Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year candidate, anchored one of the Big 12’s top defenses in 2014-15. She was responsible for 62.2 percent of K-State’s blocked shots with her single season school record of 97. She also set a school single season record with a combined 147 blocks and steals. She was the only player in the Big 12 among the top-10 in both blocks and steals.

Under head coach Jeff Mittie in his first year with the Wildcats in 2014-15, Kansas State finished with a 19-14 overall record and the fifth Postseason WNIT appearance in program history and the 18th overall postseason bid. The eight win improvement from the 2013-14 season is the third largest win improvement from one season to the next in program history. The Wildcats registered a 7-11 mark in Big 12 play and tied for seventh in the league standings, which marked the most wins in league play since the 2011-12 season.

Heading into the 2015-16 season, K-State returns eight letter winners from the 2014-15 squad. In addition to Lewis, the Wildcats welcome back junior guard Kindred Wesemann (8.0 ppg, 2.6 apg) and senior guard Bri Craig (6.1 ppg, 2.3 rpg). Overall, K-State returns 61 percent of its scoring, 70 percent of its rebounding and 63 percent of its assists.

K-State will open the 2015-16 season with a pair of exhibition games on Monday, Nov. 2 and Monday, Nov. 9, against Washburn and Pittsburg State, respectively, at 7 p.m.

K-State women’s basketball season tickets are available now. To purchase tickets, fans can visit the K-State Athletics Ticket Office in Bramlage Coliseum, or call (800) 221-CATS or by visiting www.kstatesports.com/tickets.