K-State’s Season Ends in Second Round of NCAA Tournament
19-13 (8-10 Big 12)
33-1 (16-0 SEC)
Lewis: 21 pts, 9 rebs
Goth: 6 pts, 2 rebs, 2 assts
Wesemann: 5 pts, 3 assts, 3 stls
Mitchell: 20 pts, 4 rebs
Coates: 14 pts, 10 rebs
Wilson: 8 pts, 5 rebs
|(1) South Carolina
COLUMBIA, S.C. – Kansas State women’s basketball looked to spring the upset on number one seed South Carolina on Sunday night, but a big second quarter by the Gamecocks advanced the home team to the Sweet 16 with a 73-47 win.
Sioux Falls Region
• Score: (1) South Carolina 73, (9) Kansas State 47
• Quick Hitter: The Gamecocks outscored Kansas State in the second quarter, 27-13, and shot 62.5 percent from the field to build a 19-point halftime lead.
• Leaders: Kansas State was led by junior Breanna Lewis with 21 points and nine rebounds. South Carolina was paced by Tiffany Mitchell with 20 points.
• K-State battled back from an early 7-2 deficit, to even the game at 7-7. Kaylee Page drained a 3-pointer from the wing, while Breanna Lewis converted a layup with 4:57 remaining in the opening quarter.
• The Gamebocks built an eight-point lead, 17-9, with a 10-2 run. K-State managed to close the deficit to five at the end of the first quarter, 18-13. Jessica Sheble came off the bench for a layup, while Kayla Goth added a pair of free throws with one second remaining.
• South Carolina owned the second quarter, outscoring the Wildcats 27-13 in the frame to build a 45-26 lead at the half.
• The Gamecocks distanced themselves from K-State with a 12-2 run to begin the second stanza.
• The lead increased to 19 at the end of the quarter as Mitchell converted a runner at the buzzer.
• K-State shot 40.9 percent in the opening half, but turned the ball over 10 times. South Carolina converted the 10 turnovers into 17 points and shot 55.2 percent from the field.
• South Carolina held K-State to nine points in the third quarter and increased their lead to 62-35 entering the fourth.
• K-State outscored South Carolina in the final quarter, 12-11.
• Kansas State finished the game shooting 18-of-56 from the field (32.1 percent), while South Carolina was 26-of-60 (43.3 percent).
• South Carolina outrebounded Kansas State, 47-32.
• K-State registered a pair of blocked shots. The season total of 157 surpasses last season’s effort of 156 and moves the 2015-16 season into fourth in program history.
• K-State leads the series with South Carolina, 2-2. This was the first meeting between K-State and South Carolina in the NCAA Tournament. The Wildcats are 68-63 against teams from the Southeastern Conference.
• K-State is 12-14 in the NCAA Tournament. The Wildcats are 1-2 as a number nine seed in the NCAA Tournament.
• The Wildcats have an all-time record of 121-88 (.579) in the month of March. K-State is 4-4 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 29th game this lineup has started together this season (18-11). This was the 29th career K-State start for Deines. This was the 32nd career K-State start for Page. Martin has started all 65 games in her career. Wesemann has played in 94 career games and started 73. Lewis has played in 94 career games and started 89.
• K-State has made a three-point field goal in 306 straight games. The streak dates back to Feb. 7, 2007.
• Lewis has scored in 66 straight games, which dates back to Feb. 26, 2014 of her freshman season. recorded her 54th career game with 10 or more points, including 30 games this season. This was her 15th game with 20 or more points in her career and her 12th this season. Her point total on Sunday night moved her career total to 1,081 and she now ranks 32nd on the K-State career points list. Lewis recorded her 62nd career game with five or more rebounds. She blocked two shots on Sunday. This was her 59th career game with two or more blocks. Her career total stands at 223 and ranks second in school history.
• Martin finished with six rebounds. This was her 43rd career game with five or more rebounds.
• Erica Young finished with six rebounds. This was her 10th career game with five or more rebounds.
Coming up Next
• Kansas State concluded its 48th season of action with a 19-13 overall record. The Wildcats returned to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since the 2011-12 season and advanced a round in the tournament for the 10th time in its 14 appearances.