K-State Hosts Akron on Thursday Night

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Game 32 - 2015 Postseason WNIT First Round

Kansas State (18-13, 7-11 Big 12) vs. Akron (22-8, 12-6 MAC)
Thursday, March 19, 2015 • 7 P.M.
Manhattan, Kan. (Bramlage Coliseum - 12,528)

Game Information
Tickets: Call (800) 221-CATS or visit www.kstatesports.com/tickets
TV: K-StateHD.TV (free) - (play-by-play) Matt Walters; (color analyst) Kristin Waller
Radio: K-State Sports Network (free) - (play-by-play) Matt Walters; (color analyst) Kristin Waller

Team Information
Kansas State Wildcats
Head Coach: Jeff Mittie (Missouri Western '89)
Record at K-State: 18-13 (1st season)
Career Record: 472-247 (23rd season)

Akron Zips
Head Coach: Jodi Kest (Slippery Rock `84)
Record at Akron: 142-138 (9th season)
Career Record: 368-291 (23rd season)

Series History
• K-State and Akron will meet for the first time.
• The Wildcats are 18-4 against teams from the Mid-American Conference.
• K-State's last meeting with a MAC program was March 28, 2013 against Ball State in the 2013 WNIT, a 60-48 K-State win.
• Head coach Jeff Mittie will face Akron for the first time.

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Kansas State will make the 18th postseason appearance in program history, and its first since the 2012-13 season, as the Wildcats host Akron in the first round of the 2015 Postseason WNIT on Thursday at 7 p.m.

• Under first year head coach Jeff Mittie, Kansas State owns an 18-13 overall record, an improvement of seven wins from last season, and a 7-11 mark in the Big 12, which marked the most wins in league play since the 2011-12 season.
• The Wildcats are led this season by the All-Big 12 duo of sophomore forward Breanna Lewis, senior forward Ashia Woods and senior guard Haley Texada.
• Lewis, a 2015 All-Big 12 Second Team selection and a member of the Big 12 All-Defensive Team, is averaging team-highs of 11.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 3.1 blocks.
• Woods, a 2015 All-Big 12 honorable mention recipient, is averaging 9.6 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.3 steals.
• Texada has been a spark plug for K-State recently. She is second on the team in scoring with 10.7 points and 3-point field goals made with 46.
• Thursday's game will be available for free on K-StateHD.TV, as Matt Walters (play-by-play) and Kristin Waller (color analyst) will have the call.

Number to Know
• #KStateWBB has improved its overall record by seven wins (11 to 18) from a season ago.
• The 7-win improvement is the highest since K-State recorded a 7-win improvement from the 2009-10 to 2010-11 seasons.
• Included among the 7-win improvement is the best Big 12 record for the Wildcats since the 2011-12 season when K-State registered a 9-9 record.

At a Glance: Akron
• Akron (22-8, 12-6 Big 12) enters Thursday's game with wins in three of their last five games. Akron finished second in the East Division of the Mid-American Conference (MAC) and entered the MAC Tournament in Cleveland, Ohio as the number three seed. The Zips were upset by Eastern Michigan in the third round of the tournament.
• Akron is one of six teams from the MAC to represent the league in the WNIT.
• The Zips rank 25th in the nation in scoring offense at 74.6 points per game, 21st in assists per game with 16.4 and 38th in field goal percentage at .436.
• On the sideline, Akron is led by ninth-year head coach Jodi Kest. In her time with the Zips, Kest has led the program to four postseason appearances and three straight and an overall record of a 142-138 (.507) record.
• Leading Akron this season are senior Sina King, junior Anita Brown and sophomore Hannah Plybon.
• King, a 2015 All-MAC First Team selection, is averaging 20.3 points per game and 9.3 rebounds per game this season. She ranks 18th in the nation with 15 double-doubles this season. Against Eastern Michigan, King tallied 21 points and eight rebounds.
• Brown, a 2015 All-MAC Second Team recipient, is averaging 18.7 points and 6.8 rebounds. Against EMU, she notched a team-high 26 points with seven rebounds and five assists.
• Plybon, a 2015 All-MAC Third Team honoree, is averaging 13.2 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.9 assists.

K-State in the Postseason WNIT
• By accepting its at-large bid into the 2015 Postseason WNIT, Kansas State is playing in its fifth WNIT in the program's history.
• K-State is 13-3 (.813) in its WNIT Tournament appearances and have advanced at least one round in its four previous WNIT appearances and has reached at least the semifinals in three straight appearances.
• 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 while defeating Marquette, 77-65, on March 31, 2006.
• 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.

Cats Protect the House Against Non-Con Foes
• In the 27th season of action inside Bramlage Coliseum, Kansas State has protected its home floor with determination against non-conference foes with a record of 154-25 (.860) record.
• K-State owns a current 11-game home win streak against non-conference opponents.

Four Score & 200 Points This Season
• Offensively, Kansas State has been a diverse unit this season with four players scoring 250 or more points (Breanna Lewis, 356 points; Haley Texada, 299 points; Ashia Woods, 299 points and Kindred Wesemann, 257 points). • Lewis, Woods and Wesemann have all surpassed career season highs. Texada and Woods are each one point shy of reaching the 300-point plateau.
• This is the first time since the 2009-10 season that four or more players have scored 250 or more points in a season.
• Lewis and Woods are the highest scoring forward tandem since the 2008-09 season when Ashley Sweat (545 points) and Marlies Gipson (442 points) scored 250 or more points.

Free Throw Improvement for the Wildcats
• K-State is shooting .621 (366-of-589) from the foul line this season. The 366 made free throws are the most since the 2005-06 season (405) and the 589 attempts are the most since the 1995-96 season (607).
• Over the last three games, K-State is 51-of-57 (.895) from the foul line. This is the best three-game stretch in program history since at least the 1990-91 season. In the previous 28 games, K-State was 315-of-532 (.592) from the charity stripe.
• The Wildcats have nine games with a free throw percentage of .700 or better including a high of .929 (13-of-14) against Kansas in the first round of the Big 12 Championship on March 6.

Lewis & Woods Lead on the Glass
• The forward tandem of sophomore Breanna Lewis and senior Ashia Woods have combined for 389 of the K-State's 1,062 rebounds this season (36.6 percent).
• Lewis (6.5 rpg; 203 rebounds) and Woods (6.0 rpg; 186 rebounds) have each set career season-highs with their total this season. The duo has pulled in five or more rebounds in 16 games this season.
• Lewis and Woods are the first forward tandem for K-State to each pull in 175 or more rebounds in a season since the 2003-04 season when Kendra Wecker (250) and Nicole Ohlde (207) achieved the feat.
• In the last 20 years, a K-State forward tandem has pulled in 175 or more rebounds just five times with the duo of Wecker and Ohlde achieving the feat three times.

Texada is On Fire
• Senior Haley Texada is averaging 10.7 points in her final season in purple. She ranks 19th in the Big 12 in scoring for all games and finished ranked 14th in league only games (11.1 ppg). She is seventh in the Big 12 for 3-point field goals made per game (1.6) and eighth in 3-point field goal percentage (.336).
• In the last nine games, she is averaging 15.8 points including three games with 20 or more points.
• Texada tallied her 17th double figure scoring effort of the season with a season-high and career-high tying effort of 25 points against Baylor on March 7.
• She scored in double digits in five straight games from Feb. 11-28.
• Texada has played in 79 games over the last three seasons and she has scored in double figures in 44 of those games (55.6 percent).
• Texada leads the current Wildcat roster in career points with 848 (9.1 ppg).
• Earlier this season, Texada joined teammate Bri Craig by surpassing the 100 career 3-point field goals made barrier this season. She has 131 for her career and needs five more connections from beyond the arc to move into 10th in program history.
• Texada has 41 career games with two or more connections from beyond the arc, including 14 this season.