K-State Downs Kansas for Third Time


DALLAS, Texas - After allowing a 17-point lead to slip away, Kansas State recovered to outscore Kansas 13-3 over the final four minutes to secure a 57-49 win on Friday night in the first round of the 2015 Phillips 66 Big 12 Women's Basketball Championships at the American Airlines Center.

The Basics
• Score: Kansas State 57, Kansas 49
• Records: Kansas State (18-12), Kansas (15-17)
• Quick Hitter: K-State used a record-setting first half defensive effort on Friday to position themselves to advance to a quarterfinal matchup against regular season champion Baylor.
• Leaders: The Wildcats were led by the trio of Breanna Lewis, Haley Texada and Kindred Wesemann. Lewis recorded her fifth career double-double with 18 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks. Texada notched 17 points, six rebounds, three assists and two steals. Wesemann added 13 points, three assists and three steals. Chelsea Gardner led Kansas with 14 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks.

First Half
• K-State opened up an 11-point lead, 14-3, with 9:53 remaining in the opening half. The Wildcats used a 10-0 run to secure the lead, as Texada sparked the run with seven straight points and Bri Craig drained a three in front of the Kansas bench.
• Kansas was able to pull to within six, 14-8, but the Wildcats recaptured its 11-point lead, 19-8, with 7:29 to play. Wesemann carded five straight points for the lead.
• Texada and Wesemann added two more points each while K-State's defense locked down the Jayhawks to end the half up, 23-12. Texada and Wesemann each had nine points in the half.
• The 12 first half points allowed by K-State set the Big 12 Championship record for fewest points allowed in a half and were the fewest surrendered in a first half this season. The Wildcats also held the Jayhawks to .136 (3-of-22) shooting. This was the lowest field goal percentage allowed in a half this season by K-State.

Second Half
Breanna Lewis scored six of K-State's first eight points of the second stanza, as the Wildcats built a 31-14 lead with 17:28 to play.
• Kansas pulled to within two, 35-33, with 10:30 remaining. The Jayhawks used a 19-4 run to get back into the game.
• After Kansas took a 40-39 lead, the teams exchanged the lead four times before Lewis converted a pair of free throws to tie the game at 46 with 3:21 remaining.
• Lewis's free throws started the final run for the Wildcats. Wesemann followed with a layup and a pair of free throws to give K-State a 50-46 lead with 3:01 left.
• After Lauren Aldridge drained a three for the Jayhawks to pull within one, 50-49, with 2:41, Texada took over. The Frisco, Texas, native scored the next five points to put K-State in front for good.

Game Totals
• K-State shot just .345 (20-of-56) from the floor, while Kansas was held to .327 (16-of-49).
• The Wildcats forced 18 Jayhawk turnovers and committed just 10 of their own. K-State scored 17 points off of the Kansas turnovers.
• Kansas State pocketed 12 steals for the 22nd game this season with 10 or more steals.
• K-State held a 28-16 edge in points in the paint, marking the 21st time this season K-State has outscored its opponent in the lane.

Noteworthy
• Friday's game was the 112th meeting between K-State and Kansas. K-State leads the series, 66-46, including a 3-2 record against KU in the Big 12 Championship.
• K-State is 17-18 in the Big 12 Championship, including a 5-4 record in Dallas. K-State has now advanced at least one round in 14 Big 12 Championships. The Wildcats are now 3-3 all-time as a No. 8 seed in the Big 12 Championship, including a 3-2 mark against the No. 9 seed.
• Head coach Jeff Mittie has improved K-State's win total by seven wins from last season (11 to 18). This is the tied for the third largest win improvement from one season to the next 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 14-6 this season.
• K-State has now made a 3 in 271 consecutive games dating to Feb. 7, 2007.
• The Wildcats are 13-1 this season when leading at the half.
• Lewis recorded her 22nd career game in double figures, including her team-high 17th on Friday. She tallied her 31st career game with five or more rebounds. She finished with four blocked shots and now has 38 career games with two or more in a game. Her season total, a school record, stands at 94.
• Texada reached double figures for the 43rd time in her career and the 16th time this season. This was her 40th career game with two or more connections from beyond the arc.
• Wesemann registered her 17th career game with 10 or more points, including her 10th this season.
• Martin finished with seven rebounds and two steals on Friday. This was her 16th game this season with five or more rebounds and her 18th game with two or more steals.
• Woods pocketed two steals on Friday. This gives her 43 games with two or more steal in her career. She has 192 steals for her career and ranks ninth in school history in the category.

Coming up Next
• With its win on Friday, K-State will face No. 1 seed and 2015 Big 12 regular season champion Baylor on Saturday at 1:30 p.m., in the quarterfinals of the 2015 Phillips 66 Big 12 Women's Basketball Championship. 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.