Craig, K-State Close Out First NCAA Win Since 2012
19-12 (8-10 Big 12)
26-7 (13-3 A-10)
Deines: 14 pts, 2 stls
Lewis: 13 pts, 8 rebs, 6 blks
Martin: 7 pts, 9 rebs, 6 assts
Jones: 20 pts, 13 rebs, 6 blks
Schaible: 11 pts, 5 rebs
Cummings: 6 pts, 6 rebs
COLUMBIA, S.C. – Making its first appearance in the NCAA Tournament since 2012, Kansas State women’s basketball overcame a nine-point halftime deficit to defeat George Washington on Friday night, 56-51, at Colonial Life Arena.
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• Score: (9) Kansas State 56, (8) George Washington 51
• Quick Hitter: With under 20 seconds to play, senior Bri Craig stepped to the line and drained two free throws to give K-State (19-12) a 54-51 lead to seal the win for the Wildcats.
• Leaders: Kansas State was led by senior Megan Deines with 14 points, including 11 in the second half, and two steals. All-Big 12 First Team selection and All-American candidate Breanna Lewis registered 13 points, eight rebounds and a K-State NCAA Tournament record six blocks. George Washington (26-7) was led in the season-ending loss by senior Jonquel Jones with 20 points, 13 rebounds and six blocks.
• George Washington built an early 10-5 lead, but K-State roared back to end the first quarter on a 9-4 run to even the game at 14.
• K-State suffered an offensive drought in the second quarter, as George Washington outscored the Wildcats 7-2 in the opening five minutes of the frame to build a 21-16 lead with 5:08 to play. K-State trimmed the deficit to four, 24-20, after Kaylee Page drained a three-pointer with 1:46 remaining in the second quarter.
• George Washington closed out the remainder of the second quarter on a 7-2 run to build its largest lead of the first half, 31-22.
• The Wildcats shot 37.5 percent from the field in the opening half, but were the victim of 11 turnovers.
• K-State’s defense held George Washington to 37.0 percent shooting in the first half and also blocked five shots. The Wildcats also forced 11 turnovers.
• K-State exploded out of the locker room to begin the third quarter with a 9-0 run to tie the game at 31 with 7:23 to play.
• Shaelyn Martin opened the scoring with a layup on an inbounds play. Deines followed with a pair of transition layups. Kindred Wesemann capped the rally with her second 3-pointer of the afternoon, draining the bucket in transition to force a George Washington timeout.
• K-State would outscore George Washington in the third quarter, 17-7, to secure a 39-38 lead entering the fourth quarter. Deines registered nine points in the third frame.
• After GW secured a one-point lead after a pair of free throws, K-State dashed out to a 6-0 run to regain a 45-40 lead with 7:53 to play in the fourth quarter.
• The Colonials closed the deficit to one, 45-44, as Jones registered four straight points. Martin buried a three-pointer from the corner in front of the K-State fans and band to push K-State into a 48-44 lead with 5:13 left.
• George Washington cut the lead to one on three different occasions in the final four minutes of the contest, but K-State never allowed them to take the lead.
• Lewis converted a layup with 3:48 left for K-State final field goal to give K-State a 50-47 lead.
• A layup by Jones with 1:24 to play brought the Colonials to within one, 50-49. After GW fouled four times to put K-State at the line, Wesemann knocked down two free throws to put K-State up by three, 52-49.
• After Jones converted two free throws with 20 seconds left to bring GW to within one for the final time, 52-51, Craig was fouled and went to the line to shoot a pair of free throws. Craig missed both, but chased down the rebound and was fouled with 17 seconds left. The product of Lincoln, Nebraska, walked to the line and coolly made both free throws to give K-State a 54-51 lead. The two made free throws were the only two points of the night for Craig.
• An errant three by Jones was rebounded by Martin who was immediately fouled with five seconds left. The native of Salina, Kansas, made both free throws to seal the win for the Wildcats.
• Kansas State was 21-of-55 (38.2 percent) from the field and held George Washington to 15-of-58 (25.9 percent).
• The Wildcats were 4-of-16 from beyond the arc and held the Colonials without a connection from deep (0-of-10).
• George Washington outrebounded Kansas State, 50-33, including 19 offensive boards.
• Kansas State registered a 32-16 advantage in points in the paint and a 13-2 edge in fast break points.
• The series between the schools is tied, 1-1. This was the first meeting between K-State and GW in the NCAA Tournament. The Wildcats are 9-3 against teams from the Atlantic 10 Conference.
• K-State is 12-13 in the NCAA Tournament. The Wildcats are 1-1 as a number nine seed in the NCAA Tournament.
• This was head coach Jeff Mittie’s first NCAA Tournament win at Kansas State and his first since taking TCU to the second round of the 2006 NCAA Tournament (March 19, 2006 – vs. Texas A&M).
• The Wildcats have an all-time record of 121-87 (.582) in the month of March. K-State is 4-3 under head coach Jeff Mittie in the third month.
• K-State’s starting lineup of: guards – Megan Deines and Kindred Wesemann; forwards - Kaylee Page and Shaelyn Martin; center - Breanna Lewis. This was the 28th game this lineup has started together this season (18-10). This was the 28th career K-State start for Deines. This was the 31st career K-State start for Page. Martin has started all 64 games in her career. Wesemann has played in 93 career games and started 72. Lewis has played in 93 career games and started 88.
• K-State has made a three-point field goal in 305 straight games. The streak dates back to Feb. 7, 2007.
• Deines notched her 16th game this season with 10 or more points, including her seventh in the last eight games.
• Lewis recorded her 53rd career game with 10 or more points, including 29 games this season. Her point total on Friday night moved her career total to 1,060 points and she now ranks 33rd on the K-State career points list. With her six blocks on Friday night, Lewis set a new K-State NCAA Tournament record for blocks in a game. This was her 58th career game with two or more blocks and her 23rd career game with four or more blocks.
• Wesemann tallied a 2-of-7 effort from beyond the arc on Friday night. This was her 51st career game with two or more connections from 3-point range. Wesemann dished out seven assists to tie her career-high. This was her ninth career game and her seventh this season with five or more assists.
• Martin finished with nine rebounds and six assists. This was her 42nd career game with five or more rebounds. Martin handed out five or more assists for the 15th time in her career. Martin is the 26th player in school history with 200 or more assists and ranks 26th on the K-State career assists list (200).
Coming up Next
• Kansas State will play (1) South Carolina on Sunday at 6 p.m. The game will be broadcast on ESPN2, ESPN3 and on the K-State Sports Network.