K-State Rolls in WNIT First Round

March 19, 2015

 

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Kansas State jumped out to an early double-digit lead and never looked back as the Wildcats downed Akron, 86-68, in the first round of the 2015 Postseason WNIT Thursday evening at Bramlage Coliseum.

The Basics
• Score: Kansas State 86, Akron 68
• Records: Kansas State (19-13), Akron (22-9)
• Quick Hitter: K-State has won at least one game in each of its five trips to the Postseason WNIT.
• Leaders: K-State was led by senior Haley Texada with a career-high 30 points thanks to four 3-pointers and a 10-for-13 effort from the free-throw line. Three other Wildcats - Breanna Lewis, Ashia Woods and Bri Craig - also scored in double figures as Lewis had 11 and the other two had 10 apiece. Akron was paced by a pair of 20-point scorers in Anita Brown (22) and Sina King (20). King also had 10 rebounds.

First Half
• K-State raced out of the gate with a 10-0 run in the first two minutes of the game, as Texada knocked down a pair of 3-point field goals forcing an early Akron timeout.
• With Lewis in early foul trouble, Ashley Jones provided a spark off the bench with five points and a rebound helping the Wildcats to a 30-17 lead with 7:49 to play in the frame. Jones finished with seven points off the bench.
• Kansas State built a 21-point first half advantage, 46-25, as Texada scored seven points during a 13-2 run spanning a three-minute stretch near the end of the half.
• The lead hit 21 a second time, as Jessica Sheble found Craig for a backdoor layup with 31 seconds remaining. The Zips pulled to within 18 at the half, 50-32.
• The 50 first half points by the Wildcats are a season-high for any half this season and the most in any half since K-State scored 51 points in the second half against Oklahoma on Jan. 29, 2014.
• Texada finished the opening stanza with 19 points on 6-of-8 shooting from the field, including 3-of-5 from beyond the arc.

Second Half
• Akron cut K-State's halftime lead to 14 twice in the early stages of the half, but the Wildcats were able to rebuild it to 18 both times. Craig connected on her second 3-pointer of the game to push K-State into a 63-45 lead with 13:33 remaining.
• A 9-0 run by Kansas State pushed a 15-point lead to a 24-point advantage, 74-50, the Wildcats' largest lead of the game.
• K-State never looked back as the Zips never got to within 16. The Wildcats emptied the bench over the final four minutes of the game.

Game Totals
• The Wildcats went 28-of-49 (.571) from the field, hitting the 50-percent mark for the fourth time this season and the first since Feb. 11, vs. TCU. K-State also made 8-of-17 (.471) 3-pointers.
• By comparison, Akron was 23-of-59 (.390) from the field and connected on only 9-of-25 (.360) from the 3-point line.
• K-State went 22-of-32 from the free throw line, just one made free throw shy of a season high.
• Kansas State held a 38-26 edge on points in the point and a 20-8 margin in bench points.
• The Wildcats never trailed and the game was never tied.

Noteworthy
• Thursday's game was the first meeting between K-State and Akron. The Wildcats are 19-4 all-time against schools from the Mid-American Conference.
• K-State is 14-3 all-time in the Postseason WNIT, including a 14-1 mark in games played in Bramlage Coliseum.
• Head coach Jeff Mittie has improved K-State's win total by eight wins from last season (11 to 19). This is 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 15-7 this season.
• K-State has now made a 3 in 273 consecutive games dating to Feb. 7, 2007.
• The Wildcats are 14-1 this season when leading at the half.
• Texada reached double figures for the 45th time in her career and the 18th time this season. This was her eighth career game with 20 or more points, including her fourth this season. This was her 42nd career game with two or more connections from beyond the arc, including 15 this season. This was her third game this season and the fifth in her career with four or more made 3-point field goals. She also carded her 29th career game with two or more steals.
• Woods registered her 34th career game in double figures for points, including her 16th this season.
• Lewis recorded her 23rd career game in double figures, including her team-high 18th this season. 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.
• Martin finished with a line of nine points, seven rebounds, five assists and three steals. This was her 17th game with five or more rebounds. It was her fourth game with five or more assists and her 19th game with two or more steals.

Coming up Next
• Kansas State will face Missouri on Sunday at 2 p.m., in Bramlage Coliseum. Missouri won, 69-61, Thursday night at Northern Iowa. Tickets are on sale through the K-State Athletics Ticket office online at www.k-statesports.com/tickets, by phone at 1-800-221-CATS or by visiting the main ticket office inside Bramlage Coliseum.