Lewis, Wesemann Named All-Big 12
MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State’s Breanna Lewis and Kindred Wesemann were recognized for their career-high seasons, as Lewis was named an All-Big 12 First Team selection and Wesemann an All-Big 12 Second Team recipient in an announcement by the league office on Wednesday. Lewis also earned her second straight selection to the Big 12 All-Defensive Team.
Since the formation of the Big 12 in 1996-97, Kansas State has received 44 All-Big 12 honors by 21 different players. Of the 44 All-Big 12 citations, 18 have been on the first team, 10 second team honors, four third team recipients and 12 honorable mention honors. This is the second straight season that K-State has placed two players on the All-Big 12 teams.
During her career year, Lewis became the first player in program history to register the combination of 475 or more points, 200 or more rebounds, 70 or more blocks and 45 or more steals in a season. She is one of just two players in NCAA Division I (Breanna Stewart, Connecticut) this season to record these benchmarks. Lewis also became the 39th player in program history to join the 1,000 career point club and is the 24th player to register 1,000 or more career points and 500 or more career rebounds.
The center from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, has been one of the most dominant centers in the Big 12 this season. She leads the Wildcats in a number of statistical categories, including: points (487; 16.8 ppg), field goals made and attempted (209-of-375; .557), rebounds (222; 7.7 rpg) and double-doubles (7). Lewis ranks third in the Big 12 in scoring, fourth in field goal percentage, seventh in rebounding, third in blocked shots (72; 2.5 bpg) and fifth in double-doubles (7).
Lewis earned her Big 12 All-Defensive honor anchoring one of the Big 12’s top defenses this season. She has been responsible for 50.7 percent of K-State’s blocked shots and set the school record for blocked shots in a two-year span with 169. At the end of the regular season, Lewis registered a combined 117 blocks and steals. She is one of two players in the Big 12 among the top-10 in both blocks and steals.
Wesemann has achieved career season-highs in points (362; 12.5 ppg), field goals made (108), 3-point field goals made (79), free throws made and attempted (67-of-79; .848), assists (92; 3.2 apg) and steals (54; 1.9 spg). Her scoring average this season of 12.5 points per game is an increase of almost five points per game from her previous career-best of 8.0 points per game in the 2014-15 season.
The guard from Pleasant Hill, Missouri, has ranked as one of the Big 12 Conference’s top 3-point shooters this season. Wesemann leads the Big 12 in 3-point field goals made (79) and 3-point field goals made per game (2.7), while ranks sixth in the league in 3-point field goal percentage (79-of-192; .411).
In Big 12 individual awards announced on Wednesday, senior Brittney Martin of Oklahoma State was named the Big 12 Player of the Year. Oklahoma State head coach Jim Littell was named the Big 12 Coach of the Year honor for guiding the Cowgirls to 11 league wins and a fourth place finish in the league after being slotted for an eighth place finish in the preseason Big 12 coaches’ poll.
The Big 12 Freshman of the Year was guard Tynice Martin of West Virginia, the Big 12 Newcomer of the Year was Alexis Jones of Baylor, the co-Defensive Players of the Year were Martin and Imani Boyette of Texas and the Sixth Man Award went to Vionise Pierre-Louis of Oklahoma.
In addition to Lewis and Martin, other players named to the All-Big 12 First Team were: Niya Johnson, Nina Davis and Jones of Baylor; Seanna Johnson of Iowa State; Zahna Medley of TCU; Boyette and Brooke McCarty of Texas and Bria Holmes of West Virginia.
Joining Wesemann on the All-Big 12 Second Team were: Kaylon Williams of Oklahoma; Kaylee Jensen of Oklahoma State; Ariel Atkins of Texas and Lanay Montgomery of West Virginia.
Under second year head coach Jeff Mittie, Kansas State finished the regular season with an 18-11 overall record, which surpassed last season's regular season win total of 17, and an 8-10 mark in the Big 12, which marked the most wins in league play since the 2011-12 season.
K-State, as the No. 6 seed, will face the No. 3 seed West Virginia (23-8, 12-6 Big 12) in the 2016 Phillips 66 Big 12 Women’s Basketball Championship in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, at Chesapeake Energy Arena with a tip time of 8:30 p.m. Saturday night’s game will be broadcast on FOX Sports Networks.
Saturday’s game will also be broadcast on the radio through the K-State Sports Network and for free online at kstatesports.com. Fans can also follow the free live stats at kstatesports.com and receive updates on Twitter by following @kstate_gameday.
2015-16 Phillips 66 All-Big 12 Awards
Coach of the Year: Jim Littell, Oklahoma State
Player of the Year: Brittney Martin, Oklahoma State
Freshman of the Year: Tynice Martin, West Virginia
Newcomer of the Year: Alexis Jones, Baylor
Co-Defensive Player of the Year: Brittney Martin, Oklahoma State & Imani Boyette, Texas
Sixth Man Award: Vionise Pierre-Louis, Oklahoma
All-Big 12 First Team (all honors listed alphabetical by school)
Nina Davis, Baylor; Niya Johnson, Baylor; Alexis Jones, Baylor; Seanna Johnson, Iowa State; Breanna Lewis, Kansas State; Brittney Martin, Oklahoma State; Zahna Medley, TCU; Imani Boyette, Texas; Brooke McCarty, Texas; Bria Holmes, West Virginia
All-Big 12 Second Team
Kindred Wesemann, Kansas State; Kaylon Williams, Oklahoma; Kaylee Jensen, Oklahoma State; Ariel Atkins, Texas; Lanay Montgomery, West Virginia
All-Big 12 Honorable Mention
Kristy Wallace, Baylor; Jadda Buckley, Iowa State; Bridget Carleton, Iowa State; Peyton Little, Oklahoma; AJ Alix, TCU; Empress Davenport, Texas; Celina Rodrigo, Texas; Ivonne CookTaylor, Texas Tech; Arielle Roberson, West Virginia
Big 12 All-Defensive Team
Niya Johnson, Baylor; Breanna Lewis, Kansas State; Brittney Martin, Oklahoma State; Imani Boyette, Texas; Lanay Montgomery, West Virginia
Big 12 All-Freshman Team
Kalani Brown, Baylor; Beatrice Mompremier, Baylor; Bridget Carleton, Iowa State; Japreece Dean, Texas Tech; Tynice Martin, West Virginia