May 15, 2014
MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State women’s basketball head coach Jeff Mittie announced on Thursday the signing of National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) All-Tournament Team selection Deborah Meeks to a National Letter of Intent (NLI) during the spring signing period. Meeks will join the Wildcats for the upcoming 2014-15 season and have two seasons to contribute to the lineup.
Meeks joins a trio of incoming student-athletes that were signed for the 2014-15 season. The trio of signees were: junior Antoinette Taylor (Gary, Ind.), freshman Shaelyn Martin (Salina, Kan.) and freshman Lauren Mertz (Overland Park, Kan.).
Meeks comes to Manhattan from three-time defending NJCAA Division I National Champion Trinity Valley (Texas) Community College. The product of Benton Harbor, Michigan, averaged 9.6 points, 2.7 rebounds and led Trinity Valley from beyond the arc by shooting 77-of-218 (.353) for head coach Elena Lovato’s 36-1 squad. Meeks tallied 14 games in double figures including a season-high of 27 points against Bossier Parish Community College on Feb. 26. She also notched 19 games with two or more connections from behind the 3-point line including five games with five or more made 3-pointers.
In the NJCAA Championships, Meeks averaged 9.5 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.0 steals on her way to earning All-Tournament Team honors for the national champions.
“Deborah can really shoot the basketball and has the ability to play off the bounce to create her own shots,” said Mittie about Meeks’s game. “She was a starter on the National Junior College Athletic Association national champion team at Trinity Valley and played her best games against the best teams.”
Meeks will be the fourth player in the 47-year history of the program from the state of Michigan. She will join former Wildcat letter winners: Shalonda Booker (Detroit; 2001 and 2002), Carol Smith (Detroit; 1987) and Polly Williams (Sterling Heights; 1990) from the Great Lakes State.
Under Mittie, Kansas State will feature a roster of 10 returning letter winners and four newcomers. The Wildcats will be paced in the 2014-15 season by seniors Ashia Woods and Haley Texada and sophomores Breanna Lewis and Kindred Wesemann. Woods enters her final season with the Wildcats as K-State’s top returning scorer following a career-high effort in 2013-14.
Texada has fully recovered from a stress fracture in her ankle that robbed her of the final 14 games of 2013-14 season. The native of Frisco, Texas, will look to return to her sophomore season form when she averaged a career-best 11.8 points per game.
Lewis anchored K-State’s interior defense in her first season in Manhattan. The product of Milwaukee, Wis., registered a team-high 44 blocked shots which were the most by a K-State freshman since the 2005-06 season and tied for 10th in school history for a single season. She enters the 2014-15 season needing 21 blocked shots to move into the top-10 for blocked shots in a career.
Wesemann returns as K-State’s top 3-point shooter. The native of Pleasant Hill, Mo., finished out her rookie campaign in 2013-14 with five straight games in double figures and averaged 13.8 points per game in that stretch. She ended the season with a career-best 18-point performance against Kansas in the 2014 Big 12 Championship first round.
K-State women’s basketball season tickets for the 2014-15 season will be available for purchase beginning in June. The K-State Athletics Ticket Office is currently accepting $20 deposits on season tickets. Deposits can be made by calling 1-800-221-CATS or online www.kstatesports.com.
Kansas State 2014-15 Signees
Name, Height, Position, Hometown, School
Shaelyn Martin, 6-0, Guard, Salina, Kan., Salina Central HS
Deborah Meeks, 5-8, Guard, Benton Harbor, Mich., Benton Harbor HS/Trinity Valley CC)
Lauren Mertz, 6-0, Forward, Overland Park, Kan., Blue Valley Northwest HS
Antoinette Taylor, 5-7, Guard, Gary, Ind., West Side HS/State Fair CC