Women's Basketball Season Comes to an End

"This game, we were just beaten in most aspects," said head coach Jeff Mittie, who concluded his first season as the K-State head coach. "In rebounding, they pounded us on the glass and got second chances there. On offense, they shot better from the three-point line than we shot from the free-throw line. Those numbers don't lie."
Despite coming back from a 12-point deficit in the first half and tying the game at 35-35 going into halftime, the Wildcats were unable to overcome an impressive shooting performance by the Tigers in the second stanza.
Led by senior Morgan Eye's Bramlage Coliseum opponent record of nine three-pointers, the Tigers' 16 overall three-pointers were also a Bramlage opponent-best. 
While the Tigers' second-half shots were falling, the Wildcats' shots were not. In the final 10 minutes, K-State suffered through an eight-minute scoring drought, while the Tigers went on a 29-4 run to secure the win.
"We just couldn't stop them," said Mittie after the game. "They went on a three-point barrage, and I thought that we tried to get it all back at once. We took some ill-advised shots. We were all-of-a-sudden trying to score a 10-point bucket and that's not possible. So we just were trying too hard and it just snowballed on us."
The Wildcats were led by senior Haley Texada, who finished the game with 15 points and five rebounds. Closing out her Wildcat career on a high-note, yesterday afternoon's game marked the fifth consecutive game Texada led her team in scoring. 
"It was emotional," said Texada of playing her final game in Bramlage Coliseum. "Senior Night didn't really hit me because I knew that we had more (games) left. But tonight, knowing that this is it, it hurt a little."
Texada finished her Wildcat career with 893 total points in 94 games played. She and fellow seniors Ashia Woods and Heidi Brown concluded their careers with a 69-65 record, and they displayed poise and leadership during a time of both growth and change for the Wildcat basketball program. 
"I think they did what they intended to do and that's set the program back on the right course," said Mittie about this year's senior class. "We talked in length after I took the job that they would have a great opportunity to leave as seniors knowing that we were headed in the right direction. They kept great focus, they played with better discipline over the course of the season, and they provided the appropriate leadership on the floor and in the locker room. All three have done what we set out to do this year."
Along with Texada, sophomore Breanna Lewis (13 points) and junior Bri Craig (10 points) also scored in double figures yesterday afternoon, while freshman Shaelyn Martin's eight rebounds and five assists were a team-high.
While yesterday afternoon's game may have ended differently than the Wildcats hoped, Mittie said it in no way defines his team's season. 
"I told them in the locker room don't let those last 15 minutes spoil all the progress we made this season. Even though it was a rough 15 minutes, it's not what I'm going to remember," said Mittie. "If I was surprised by this team at all, I was surprised with how much our poise grew and how quickly it grew in Big 12 play. I use the word resilient a lot; we showed a resiliency that I wasn't sure we had (to begin with), but I was very impressed with when I saw it."
Despite adversity, this year's young squad overcame all odds and worked together to post memorable wins and make it to the postseason.
Like Mittie said, it took poise and it took resilience, but coming out of this season, the Wildcats are motivated to make the 2015-16 season even better.
"It's been a great experience," said Lewis. "This was my first time making it to the WNIT, and overall, just seeing our team grow and mesh together, we've become a great team. We've had our ups and downs, but overall I'm satisfied with the team we have this season and I'm ready to continue on."
Proud of the legacy she and the Wildcat seniors will leave, Texada is also excited to see what the future of the K-State women's basketball program holds. 
 "We had to overcome adversity, and I think we did a really good job overcoming that," said Texada about her class dealing with change during her time with the program. "It was adjusting to a new coaching staff and everything that comes with that, but we kept our heads, we were able to pick up on his technique and styles and with that came a good year. 
"This team is going to be awesome next year. They're just going to continue growing what they have already."
For game notes, stats, photos and more from last night's game, please click here
 

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