K-State women’s season ends with 69-48 loss to Stanford

MANHATTAN — Kansas State had just put together a 10-3 scoring run and the defense, in fullcourt pressure, forced Stanford into a 10-second backcourt violation.

 

Wildcat guard Kindred Wesemann turned toward the student section, clapping her hands to get the fans involved. It was the type of scenario that can change a game, but the trouble for K-State is this game was already out of hand.

The Wildcats were down by 18 points at the time and that spurt wasn’t enough to make a difference as Stanford rolled to a 69-48 victory in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Monday at Bramlage Coliseum.

The No. 2 regional seed Cardinal (30-5) dominated every area of the game as the No. 7 Wildcats (23-11) saw their season end for the second year in a row in the round of 32. Stanford advances to the Sweet 16 for the 10th straight year to face another Big 12 team, Texas, on Friday in Lexington, Ky.

The biggest problem areas for the Wildcats were turnovers, 15 total and six in the first quarter with Stanford scoring 20 points off turnovers, a 39-25 rebounding deficit as Stanford scored 17 second-chance points off 12 offensive rebounds and 39 percent field goal shooting.

“We obviously had our own issues in that we did not control the ball very well,” K-State coach Jeff Mittie said. “Turnovers were a problem for us. The glass was a real problem for us. Not much went right for us early in this game.

“A lot of that credit goes to Stanford. They played very, very well and they executed things very well.”

Wesemann, who played through an elbow injury that Mittie said will require surgery, concluded her career with 11 points and 5 assists while 6-foot-5 senior Breanna Lewis had early foul trouble and managed 9 points and 4 rebounds.

“You do get frustrated but we knew we had to settle down because that wasn’t going to get us anywhere,” Lewis said.

Guard Brittany McPhee scored 21 points, hitting 5 of 7 3-pointers, with 7 rebounds and 5 assists for Stanford and 6-foot-3 sophomore Alanna Smith had 19 points, 7 rebounds and 3 steals off the bench.

“It was a battle,” Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer said. “Kansas State is an excellent team and we knew coming in that we’d have to play very well. Brit got her shot going, Alanna comes off the bench and gives us a great boost. We rebounded, which was a big thing for us, and we knocked down perimeter shots.

“I think we took the crowd out by getting that big lead. It was a great win for us.”

K-State trailed 17-12 after one quarter, but with 1:22 left in the period Lewis picked up her second foul. She sat on the bench until the 7:34 mark of the second quarter but during that time the Cardinal scored 10 unanswered points, then added three more as part of a 17-2 run that staked them to a 32-14 lead.

“Lew is our biggest presence inside so anytime she’s in foul trouble, that sets us off of our course,” Wesemann said. “Jess (Sheble) comes in and does a very good job of playing some big minutes for us and getting some big rebounds that we needed, but we lose a big part of our offense and rebounding game (without Lewis). It’s unfortunate she got in foul trouble.”

A 3-pointer by Lanie Page cut the Wildcats’ deficit to 13 points but Stanford scored the final five points for a 39-21 halftime lead behind 16 points from McPhee, who was 4 of 4 behind the 3-point line.

Both teams scored 11 points in the third quarter and Stanford maintained control in the fourth quarter as K-State could never recover from the early deficit.

“We were pressing a little bit to make plays, trying too hard,” Mittie said. “We were doing out-of-character things. We got a couple of buckets early but as soon as the turnovers — and it wasn’t just one player turning the ball over, it was everybody — everybody was just trying to do way too much.

“We’re not a very good team when we try to do individual things. We needed to play together better and connect better and we just didn’t do that very well.”

Kansas State … 12 … 9 … 11 … 16 — 48

Stanford … 17 … 22 … 11 … 19 — 69

Kansas State (23-11) – Williams 2-3 1-1 5, Lewis 3-7 3-6 9, Goth 2-7 1-2 6, Middlebrook 1-6 0-0 2, Wesemann 5-6 0-0 11, Sheble 2-3 0-0 4, K.Page 0-5 0-0 0, L.Page 2-5 0-0 6, Thomson 0-0 0-0 0, Willock 1-5 0-0 2, Martin 1-2 1-2 3. Totals 19-49 6-11 48.

Stanford (30-5) – Johnson 2-2 1-2 5, McCall 5-11 0-0 10, Roberson 0-5 0-0 0, McPhee 7-14 2-2 21, Samuelson 2-3 0-0 6, Coffee 1-2 0-0 2, Fingall 1-5 1-2 3, Smith 7-13 4-4 19, Sniezek 1-1 1-2 3, Carrington 0-1 0-0 0, Romano 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 26-57 9-12 69.

3-point goals – K-State 4-15 (L.Page 2-4, Goth 1-4, Wesemann 1-2, K.Page 0-5), Stanford 8-19 (McPhee 5-7, Samuelson 2-3, Smith 1-4, Roberson 0-4, Carrington 0-1). Rebounds – K-State 25 (Martin 5), Stanford 39 (McPhee, Smith 7). Assists – K-State 12 (Wesemann 5), Stanford 23 (Roberson, Sniezek 6). Turnovers – K-State 15, Stanford 14. Total fouls – K-State 10, Stanford 17. Fouled out – None. Officials – Price Knight, Cornell. Attendance – 3,969.


Contact Ken Corbitt at (785) 295-1123 or @KenCorbitt on Twitter.


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