K-State Selected for 2015 Postseason WNIT
K-State Selected for 2015 Postseason WNIT
MANHATTAN, Kan. - For the first time since the 2012-13 season, Kansas State women's basketball will make a postseason appearance as the Wildcats have accepted a bid to play in the 2015 Postseason WNIT and will host Akron in the first round on Thursday. The time for the game between K-State and Akron will be announced on Tuesday.
This will be K-State's fifth appearance in the Postseason WNIT and the first since reaching the semifinals of the 2013 WNIT. With K-State's bid into the Postseason WNIT, the Wildcats are one of eight Big 12 schools to earn a women's basketball postseason bid.
The Wildcats (18-13, 7-11 Big 12) will be opposed by the Zips (22-8, 12-6 Mid-American) on Thursday in Bramlage Coliseum. K-State and Akron will meet for the first time. The Wildcats are 18-4 all-time against teams from the Mid-American Conference, with the last meeting against a MAC program coming on March 28, 2013 against Ball State in the 2013 Postseason WNIT, a 60-48 K-State win.
Akron is led by senior guard forward Sina King. King, a 2015 All-MAC First Team selection, is averaging 20.3 points per game and 9.3 rebounds per game this season. Joining King in double figures is junior guard Anita Brown. Brown, a 2015 All-MAC Second Team recipient, is averaging 18.7 points and 6.8 rebounds.
The winner of the Kansas State-Akron game will play the winner of the Missouri-Northern Iowa matchup on either March 21, 22, 23 or 24 at a site to be determined.
Tickets for K-State's first round matchup with Akron will be available Tuesday morning at 8:30 a.m., by calling the K-State Ticket Office at (800) 221-CATS, visiting www.kstatesports.com/tickets or by stopping by the K-State Athletic Ticket Office in Bramlage Coliseum. Tickets are priced at $15 for chair backs, $10 for adult general admission and $5 for students and children. Priority seating for season ticket holders will not be available for the WNIT, with all tickets made available on a first come first serve basis.
K-State is 13-3 in its previous four WNIT Tournament appearances in 1999, 2006, 2007 and 2013. The Wildcats captured the 2006 WNIT title for the first postseason title in school history in front of a sell-out crowd of 13,340 fans.
Under first year head coach Jeff Mittie, Kansas State finished the regular season with a 18-13 overall record, an improvement of seven wins from last season, and a 7-11 mark and a tie for seventh in the Big 12, which marked the most wins in league play since the 2011-12 season.
The Wildcats have been paced during the 2014-15 season by All-Big 12 Second Team selection and Big 12 All-Defensive Team honoree Breanna Lewis, All-Big 12 Honorable Mention recipient Ashia Woods and senior guard Haley Texada.
During her break out season, Lewis became the first player in program history to register the combination of 300 or more points, 150 or more rebounds, 90 or more blocks and 50 or more steals. She is one of just six players in NCAA Division I this season to average 10 or more points, five or more rebounds, three or more blocks and at least one steal per game.
The sophomore forward from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, has been one of the most improved players in the Big 12 this season. She leads the Wildcats in a number of statistical categories, including: 11.5 points (15th in the Big 12), 6.5 rebounds (ninth in the Big 12), 3.1 blocks (2nd in the Big 12) and 1.6 steals (9th in the Big 12). She has set career-highs in every statistical category this season.
Lewis, the first Big 12 All-Defensive Team recipient in program history, has anchored one of the Big 12's top defenses this season. She has been responsible for 64.6 percent of K-State's blocked shots with her single season school record of 95 blocked shots. She has 25 games with two or more blocked shots this season and set the single game school record with eight blocks against Kansas on Jan. 11.
Lewis has registered a combined 145 blocks and steals, setting the school record for combined steals and blocks in a season. She is the only player in the Big 12 among the top-10 in both blocks and steals.
Woods, a senior from Wichita, Kansas, has set career-highs in several categories this season, including: points (299), field goals made and attempted (112-of-249), free throws made and attempted (70-of-135), rebounds (186), assists (83) and steals (70). She ranks among the Big 12 leaders in several categories including: points (9.6, 28th), rebounds (6.0, 14th), assists (2.7, 11th), steals (2.3, 4th) and offensive rebounds (2.5, 6th).
Texada, the product of Frisco, Texas, has been a bolt of lightning for K-State in the last nine games as she has averaged 15.9 points per game including three games with 20 or more points. For the season, Texada ranks 19th in the Big 12 in points per game with 10.7 and is eighth in the league in 3-point field goal percentage at .336. She has also set a career-high in free throws made and attempted this season (75-of-104; .721) and is averaging 1.5 assists and 1.5 steals per game.