MANHATTAN, Kansas –
K-State women's basketball head coach Jeff Mittie
has added forward Jasauen Beard to the 2018-19 roster, a transfer from UTRGV. Beard is immediately eligible for the 2018-19 season. She will have two seasons to contribute to the K-State lineup following her redshirt season.
"We are pleased to add Jasauen to our roster," said Mittie about the Wildcats' newest student-athlete. "I like her ability to attack the rim and her athletic abilty to rebound the ball from the forward position. She gives us another option for our rotation and provides us with another athletic defender at the small forward spot."
Beard joined UTRGV as a midseason transfer but did not play in the 2017-18 season.
The product of Midwest City, Oklahoma, played the 2016-17 season at South Plains College in Levelland, Texas. As a member of the Texans, Beard thrived as she was a National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) All-Region 5 Division I selection. She also garnered All-Western Junior College Athletic Conference (WJCAC) First Team and WJCAC Newcomer of the Year honors.
Ranked seventh in the nation among junior college small forwards and as the 26th player overall in the class of 2016-17, Beard led the team in scoring with 13.6 points per game (461 points) and rebounding with 238 (7.0 rpg). She scored in double figures in 25 games, including seven games with 20 or more points and shot just over 48 percent from the field (187-of-386). She was also efficient from the free throw line coming in at just under 73 percent (78-of-107).
She finished the 2016-17 season with seven games of 10 or more rebounds while also handing out 57 assists (1.7 apg). Defensively, Beard pocketed 48 steals (1.4 spg) and sent back 25 shots (0.7 bpg).
During her prep career at Midwest City High School, Beard was a three-time All-Conference selection and helped the squad to a 2012 Class 6A State runner-up finish in her sophomore season and a quarterfinal appearance during her senior season in 2014. In 2014, Beard was named a Class 6A All-State recipient and completed her career with just under 1,000 career points.
K-State will return eight letter winners from the 2017-18 season for the 2018-19 season, led by All-Big 12 selections Kayla Goth
, Peyton Williams
and Rachel Ranke
. The Wildcats will also welcome in its highest ranked recruiting class during Mittie's tenure with four freshmen: Christianna Carr
, Ayoka Lee
, Laura Macke
and Savannah Simmons
joining the roster for the upcoming season.
Kansas State concluded the 2017-18 season with an 18-16 overall record and a Round of 16 appearance in the 2018 WNIT. This was the fourth straight season the Wildcats reached the postseason under the direction of Mittie.
Season tickets for the upcoming 2018-19 K-State women's basketball season are on sale now. For the second straight season, fans can purchase two general admission season tickets for only $50, a savings of more than $100.
Additional season ticket options include Cat Cushion tickets at $99 per seat, as well as Chairback seats for $132 each (plus a $50 donation per season ticket account to the Ahearn Fund). K-State faculty and staff can purchase discounted season tickets in the Chairback sections at $110 each and Cat Cushion sections at $79 per ticket.
To purchase 2018-19 K-State women's basketball season tickets, contact the K-State Athletics Ticket Office at (800) 221-CATS or visit www.kstatesports.com/tickets.
Kansas State 2018-19 Signees
Name, Height, Position, Hometown, School
, 5'9", Guard, Clovis, California, UC Santa Barbara/Clovis West HS
Jasauen Beard, 6'1", Forward, Midwest City, Oklahoma, UTRGV/South Plains College/Oral Roberts/Midwest City HS
, 6'0", Guard, Manhattan, Kansas, Manhattan HS
, 6'5", Center, Byron, Minnesota, Byron HS
, 6'1", Forward, Baileyville, Kansas, Nemaha Central HS
, 5'10", Guard, Bel Air, Maryland, The John Carroll School