Pesky K-State Falls to Baylor in Big 12 Quarterfinals


DALLAS, Texas - Kansas State cut a 24-point second half lead by number one seed Baylor to just six with two and a half minutes to go, before the Lady Bears could secure the 82-70 win in the quarterfinals of the 2015 Phillips 66 Big 12 Women's Basketball Championship at the American Airlines Center.

The Basics
• Score: (6/7) Baylor 82, Kansas State 70
• Records: Kansas State (18-13), Baylor (28-3)
• Quick Hitter: The Wildcats responded in the second half with runs of 14-5 and 9-2 to claw back into the game. The Wildcats' bench provided 22 points highlighted by nine from Bri Craig and eight from Jessica Sheble.
• Leaders: K-State was led by senior guard Haley Texada with a career-high tying 25 points and a career-high tying four steals. Baylor was paced by 2015 Big 12 Player of the Year Nina Davis with 30 points including a 10-of-15 effort from the free throw line.

First Half
• Baylor seized control of the first half with an early 9-0 run to secure a 9-3 lead with 15:53 remaining. K-State pulled to within three, 13-10, with 13:15 to play as Ashia Woods converted a layup, Texada knocked down her second 3-pointer of the half and Lewis drained a pair of free throws.
• The Lady Bears extended their lead to 19, 35-16, with 6:01 remaining. Baylor used a 17-4 run to build its advantage, as Kristy Wallace drained a pair of 3-point field goals in consecutive trips.
• After Breanna Lewis picked up her third foul, Sheble came off the bench to inject a little life into the Wildcats with six quick points to pull K-State to within 36-22.
• Baylor held a 43-27 lead at the half, outshooting the Wildcats in the opening frame, .467 to .348.
• K-State was just 3-of-12 from beyond the arc and turned the ball over 12 times.

Second Half
• K-State opened the second stanza by shooting 2-of-9 from the field, while Baylor was 5-of-8 as the Lady Bears increased their lead to 55-31 with 14:50 to play.
• The Wildcats climbed back to within 15, 60-45, with 9:09 remaining as the Wildcats used a 14-5 run highlighted by nine points from Texada.
• After Baylor rebuilt its lead to 12, K-State responded with six straight points as Lewis dropped in a putback layup with 2:52 to play and bring the Wildcats to within six, 73-67.
• K-State was unable to gain additional ground, as Baylor sealed the win at the foul line.

Game Totals
• K-State shot just .397 (23-of-58) from the floor, while Baylor shot .466 (27-of-58).
• Kansas State outscored Baylor in points off turnovers, 19-14.
• The Lady Bears outrebounded K-State, 38-34, and were 24-of-32 (.750) from the free throw line while K-State was 16-of-19 (.842).

Noteworthy
• Saturday's game was the 35th meeting between K-State and Baylor. Baylor leads the series, 26-9, including a 21-game win streak. K-State is 2-7 against Baylor in the Big 12 Championship with the Wildcats' last win against the Lady Bears in the Championship coming on March 12, 2003.
• K-State is 17-19 in the Big 12 Championship, including a 5-5 record in Dallas. The Wildcats are now 3-4 all-time as a No. 8 seed in the Big 12 Championship.
• Head coach Jeff Mittie has improved K-State's win total by seven wins from last season (11 to 18). This is 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 14-7 this season.
• K-State has now made a 3 in 272 consecutive games dating to Feb. 7, 2007.
• Texada reached double figures for the 44th time in her career and the 17th time this season. This was her 41st career game with two or more connections from beyond the arc, including 14 this season. This was her second game this season and the fourth in her career with four or more made 3-point field goals. She also carded her 28th career game with two or more steals.
• Woods pulled in seven rebounds on Saturday. She has 46 career games with five or more rebounds, including 23 this season. She dished out a team-high four assists and moved into 26th on the career assists list at K-State with 193.
• Lewis recorded her 22nd career game in double figures, including her team-high 17th on Friday. She tallied her 32nd career game with five or more rebounds. She finished with one blocked shot and now has 95 this season and 139 for her career.

Coming up Next
• With an overall record of 18-13 under first year head coach Jeff Mittie, K-State will now await its postseason destination which will be determined on Monday, March 16.