Seniors Lead Comeback Win Over West Virginia

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Trailing by 13 with 12 and a half minutes remaining the game, Kansas State went on a 26-8 run to end the game and send its 2015 senior class out victorious with a 59-55 win over West Virginia on Tuesday night at Bramlage Coliseum.

The Basics
• Score: Kansas State 59, West Virginia 55
• Records: Kansas State (17-12, 7-11 Big 12), West Virginia (17-13, 7-11 Big 12)
• Quick Hitter: The Wildcats secured their first win over West Virginia in six tries and tallied the 14th home win of the season.
• Leaders: Senior Haley Texada led the Wildcats with a season-high 22 points including a career-high 12-of-13 effort from the free throw line. Kindred Wesemann added 12 points, while senior Ashia Woods tallied 10 points, four rebounds, two assists and two steals. West Virginia was led by Bria Holmes with 17 points.

First Half
• After Kansas State held a 7-6 lead, West Virginia used a 12-0 run over a 3-minute stretch to secure an 18-7 advantage with 12:20 remaining.
• The Mountaineers built a 14-point lead, 34-20, with 2:24 to play in the opening frame but the Wildcats cut the deficit to seven at the break, 36-29. K-State used a 9-2 run to trail by seven at the break with Wesemann scoring four of the nine points.
• K-State shot .286 (8-of-28) from the floor but were 10-of-11 from the free throw line. West Virginia shot .500 (13-of-26) from the field and were 7-of-7 from the foul line.
• Texada paced the Wildcats first stanza with 11 points.

Second Half
• Both teams started the second half cold from the field, shooting a combined 2-of-14 in the first four minutes. West Virginia extended its lead to 12, 41-29, with 15:51 remaining.
• The Wildcats climbed back to within seven, 41-34, with 14:32 to play as Ashia Woods converted a three-point play.
• After consecutive three-point field goals by the Mountaineers staked them to a 47-34 lead, K-State started its 26-8 run to close out the win.
• After a three-point play by Teana Muldrow put West Virginia back in front by one, 55-54, with 1:43 remaining, K-State held the Mountaineers scoreless and ended the game with a 5-0 advantage giving K-State the 59-55 win.
• During the 26-8 rally, Texada scored nine points while Wesemann added five.
• For the half, K-State was 12-of-13 (.923) from the charity stripe while West Virginia was just 1-of-1.
• K-State shot just 8-of-29 (.276) from the field in the second stanza, while the Wildcats' defense held the Mountaineers to a 7-of-28 (.250) effort.

Game Totals
• K-State shot just .281 (16-of-57) from the floor, while West Virginia was .370 (20-of-54).
• The Wildcats forced 18 Mountaineer turnovers and committed just seven of their own.
• Kansas State pocketed 12 steals for the 21st game this season with 10 or more steals.
• K-State held a 20-16 edge in points in the paint, marking the 20th time this season K-State has outscored its opponent in the lane.

Noteworthy
• Tuesday's game was the sixth meeting between K-State and West Virginia. The Mountaineers lead the series, 5-1.
• The 14th home win of the season marked the most home victories since the 2005-06 season (14) and tied for the second most home wins in program history.
• K-State's starting lineup of guards: Haley Texada, Kindred Wesemann and Shaelyn Martin and forwards: Breanna Lewis and Ashia Woods is 12-7 this season.
• K-State has now made a 3 in 270 consecutive games dating to Feb. 7, 2007.
• Martin finished with six rebounds and five assists on Tuesday. This was her 15th game this season with five or more rebounds, and third game with five or more assists.
• Texada reached double figures for the 42nd time in her career and the 15th time this season. With her 22 points, she now has recorded six games with 20 or more. This was her 39th career game with two or more connection from beyond the arc. She also set a career high in made free throws made and attempted.
• Wesemann registered her 16th career game with 10 or more points, including her ninth this season. She knocked down two three-point field goals and has 24 career games with two or more connections from deep.
• Lewis tallied eight rebounds and has 30 career games with five or more rebounds. She finished with two blocked shots and now has 37 career games with two or more in a game. Her season total, a school record, stands at 90 marking the first player in program history with 90 or more blocks in a season.
• Woods pocketed two steals on Tuesday. This gives her 42 games with two or more steal in her career. She has 190 steals for her career and ranks ninth in school history in the category.

Coming up Next
• K-State will travel to Dallas, Texas this weekend to participate in the 2015 Phillips 66 Big 12 Women's Basketball Championship. The Wildcats will face Kansas on Friday at 6 p.m., at the American Airlines Center. The game will be broadcast on FOX Sports Networks and will be available on the K-State Sports Network and for free at kstatesports.com/allaccess.