K-State Edged in Big 12 Quarterfinals


GAME RECAP

65

74

NR/NR
K-STATE
WILDCATS
18-12 (8-10 Big 12)

22/RV
WEST VIRGINIA
MOUNTAINEERS
24-8 (12-6 Big 12)

LEADERS:
Deines: 22 pts, 4 rebs, 2 stls
  Lewis: 14 pts, 2 blks
Wesemann: 13 pts, 10 rebs, 3 stls

LEADERS:
Martin: 20 pts, 2 stls
Morton: 16 pts, 5 rebs
Holmes: 10 pts, 5 assts

TEAM 1Q 2Q 3Q 4Q F
K-State 17
15
17
16
65
(22/rv) West Virginia
18
15
21
20
74

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Kansas State strung together a solid performance on Saturday night in the 2016 Phillips 66 Big 12 Women’s Basketball Championship quarterfinals against third-seeded West Virginia, but the Mountaineers used a pair of 20-point quarters in the second half to down the Wildcats, 74-65.

The Basics
• Score: (22/rv) West Virginia 74, Kansas State 65
• Quick Hitter: K-State shot 52.0 percent in the first half, but were held to a18.2 percent effort in the fourth quarter.
• Leaders: The Wildcats were led by a trio of players in double figures, as Megan Deines tallied a game-high 22 points. Joining Deines were All-Big 12 selections Breanna Lewis and Kindred Wesemann with 14 points and 13 points, respectively. Wesemann finished with her first career double-double, as she hauled in a career-high 10 rebounds to go with three steals. West Virginia was led by Tynice Martin with 20 points and Jessica Morton with 16.

First Half
• West Virginia used an 8-2 run to jump into an early 10-6 lead with 4:20 to play in the first quarter.
• K-State responded with eight quick points, as Deines and Wesemann each knocked down a 3-pointer on consecutive K-State possessions to give the Wildcats a 14-10 lead with 2:50 to play.
• The Mountaineers ended the quarter on an 8-3 run to take an 18-17 lead into the second quarter.
• After West Virginia built a 22-19 lead following a Teana Muldrow 3-pointer, K-State went on a 7-0 run to jump in front, 26-22, with 5:00 remaining in the second quarter.
• The Mountaineers charged back with a 7-0 burst to grab a 29-26 lead with 3:13 remaining.
• K-State quickly answered the run with a 6-0 effort to regain a 32-29 lead with 1:14 to play after two free throws from Deines.
• West Virginia moved in front with four points in the final minute of the first half to take a 33-32 lead into the locker room.
• The Wildcats shot 52.0 percent (13-of-25) from the field in the first half and held the Mountaineers to a 41.9 percent (13-of-31) effort.

Second Half
• The teams exchanged the lead early in the third quarter before West Virginia used an 11-2 run to take a 50-43 lead with 2:41 to play.
• K-State was able to trim the deficit to five, 54-49, at the end of the third quarter as Jessica Sheble converted a layup with 40 seconds to play. Sheble finished with four points.
• The Mountaineers increased their lead to nine, 60-51, with 7:26 remaining in the game. Morton tallied four of West Virginia’s first six points of the quarter.
• After Morton made a jump shot with 6:23 to play to give West Virginia a 62-51 lead, K-State used six straight made free throws to crawl back to within five, 62-57, with 4:49 remaining in the game.
• After a Lewis layup brought K-State to 64-59 with 3:37 to play, West Virginia closed the game on a 10-6 run.

Game Totals
• The Wildcats were 22-of-51 (43.1 percent) from the field, while the Mountaineers were 28-of-59 (47.5 percent) including a 15-of-28 (53.6 percent) performance in the second half.
• West Virginia outrebounded K-State, 35-28.
• Kansas State was 5-of-16 from 3-point range, but 1-of-7 in the second half.
 
Noteworthy
• West Virginia leads the series, 8-1. This was the first meeting between K-State and West Virginia in the Phillips 66 Big 12 Women’s Basketball Championship.
• K-State is 17-20 in the Big 12 Championship, including a 1-4 record in Oklahoma City. This was the first game K-State played in the Big 12 Championship as a number six seed.
• The Wildcats have an all-time record of 120-87 (.580) in the month of March. K-State is 3-3 under head coach Jeff Mittie in the third March.
• K-State’s starting lineup of: guards – Megan Deines and Kindred Wesemann; forwards - Kaylee Page and Shaelyn Martin; center - Breanna Lewis. This was the 27th game this lineup has started together this season (17-10). This was the 27th career K-State start for Deines. This was the 30th career K-State start for Page. Martin has started all 63 games in her career. Wesemann has played in 92 career games and started 71. Lewis has played in 92 career games and started 87.
• K-State has made a three-point field goal in 304 straight games. The streak dates back to Feb. 7, 2007.
• Deines notched her 15th game this season with 10 or more points, including her sixth in the last seven games. This was her seventh game with 20 or more points this season.
• Wesemann registered her 35th career game with 10 or more points, including her 18th this season. She tallied a 3-of-11 effort from beyond the arc on Saturday night. This was her 50th career game with two or more connections from 3-point range. Wesemann pulled in a career-high 10 rebounds, which marked just the second time in her career with five or more rebounds. She pocketed three steals, which was her 35th career game with two or more steals.
• Lewis recorded her 52nd career game with 10 or more points, including 28 games this season. She is the eighth junior in program history to score 500 or more points in a season (501). Lewis finished with two blocks. This was her 57th career game with two or more blocks.

Coming up Next
• Kansas State will now await its postseason fate, as the NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship Selection Show will be on Monday, March 14 on ESPN at 6 p.m..