K-State Falls to Missouri in 2015 WNIT

March 22, 2015

 

MANHATTAN, Kan. - An extended scoring drought for Kansas State midway through the second half sent the Wildcats to a 67-48 defeat at the hands of Missouri on Sunday afternoon in the second round of the 2015 WNIT.

The Basics
• Score: Missouri 67, Kansas State 48
• Records: Kansas State (19-14), Missouri (19-13)
• Quick Hitter: Missouri registered a Bramlage Coliseum record by an opponent with 16 three-pointers on Sunday afternoon.
• Leaders: K-State was led by Haley Texada with 15 points, while Breanna Lewis added 13 and Bri Craig carded 10. Missouri was led by Morgan Eye with 27 points including a Bramlage Coliseum record for an opponent with nine 3-point field goals made.

First Half
• Missouri built a 15-9 lead in the early stages of the first frame, but K-State used five quick points from Texada and Deborah Meeks to pull to within one, 15-14, with 11:10 remaining.
• The Tigers used a 9-0 run to secure its largest lead of the opening half, 24-14, with 8:52 to play.
• K-State answered with a 7-0 run to climb to within two, 26-24, with 5:00 remaining. During the run, K-State held Missouri to 1-of-9 shooting from the field.
• After an Eye three-pointer, Kansas State went on a 7-0 run to secure its first lead of the game, 30-29, as Craig drained her second 3-pointer of the afternoon.
• The teams exchanged the lead three times in the final 1:08 of the half, as Texada drained a running jumper at the buzzer to tie the game at 35.
• K-State shot .444 (12-of-27) from the field in the first stanza, including a 5-of-10 performance from the 3-point line. Missouri shot .382 (13-of-34) from the field. The Tigers were 5-of-17 on two-point attempts, but 8-of-17 from beyond the arc.

Second Half
• After K-State took a three-point lead, 41-38, with 18:21 remaining, Missouri 27-4 run to go in front 67-45 with 8:42 to play. Eye tallied five 3-pointers during the run, while Sierra Michaelis added five points.
• During the run by the Tigers, Kansas State was 1-of-16 from the floor with six turnovers over the 10-minute stretch.
• The Wildcats shot .182 (4-of-22) from the field in the second half and committed eight of their 13 turnovers in the frame.
• Missouri shot .344 from the floor in the half, but were 8-of-20 from beyond the arc.

Game Totals
• K-State went 16-of-49 (.327) from the field, including just a 4-for-22 (.182) mark in the second half. The 16 made field goals were the second fewest this season.
• The Wildcats were also 11-of-26 (.423) from the free-throw line, their lowest percentage since a .429 mark against Baylor on Jan. 6.
• Missouri was 24-of-66 (.364) from the field, including a 16-of-37 mark from the 3-point line. The 16 made 3-pointers were the most by a K-State opponent this season and a Bramlage Coliseum record for an opponent.

Noteworthy
• Sunday's game was the 83rd meeting between K-State and Missouri and the first since the 2011-12 season. The Wildcats lead the series with the Tigers, 45-38, including a 27-11 record in games played in Manhattan. K-State is 68-62 all-time against schools from the SEC. First win by Missouri in Manhattan since Feb. 1, 2006.
• K-State is 14-4 all-time in the Postseason WNIT, including a 14-2 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, Deborah Meeks (first start), Kindred Wesemann and Shaelyn Martin and forward: Breanna Lewis. This is the first time this group has started this season.
• K-State has now made a 3 in 274 consecutive games dating to Feb. 7, 2007.
• Texada reached double figures for the 46th time in her career and the 19th time this season. This was her 43rd career game with two or more connections from beyond the arc, including 16 this season. She also carded her 30th career game with two or more steals. She also pulled in five rebounds for the 22nd time in her career.
• Lewis recorded her 24th career game in double figures, including her 19th this season. She finished with one blocked shot and has 96 this season and 141 for her career.
• Craig reached double figures for the fifth time this season and the 22nd time in her career. She moved into 10th in program history for career 3-point field goals made (136). Craig has 35 career games with two or more made 3-pointers.

Coming up Next
• Kansas State ends the season with a 19-14 overall record and an eight-win improvement over last season's record under first year head coach Jeff Mittie.