Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Lewis Leads K-State Women Past Sam Houston State

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Lewis Leads K-State Women Past Sam Houston State

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MANHATTAN -- After sitting out much of the first half with two fouls, Breanna Lewis scored 18 of her season-high 24 points after intermission to lead Kansas State's women's basketball team to a 78- 50 victory against Sam Houston State on Saturday night at Bramlage Coliseum.

Lewis scored K-State's final six points of the first half after coach Jeff Mittie re-inserted her in the final minutes, then picked up right where she left off once the second half began.

"I thought (Lewis) was strong with it when we got it to her late - - much stronger -- and it looked like she had a good determination to her when she got the ball," Mittie said. "Some of that may have come from being in foul trouble early."

For Lewis, forgetting the early foul trouble was key to her turnaround.

"I tried not to think of the two fouls that I had," she said. "I just tried to play the rest of the game because I couldn't take them back. I feel like my team passed it really well; that's what really got me most of my points."

Lewis, a 6-foot-5 junior, was at her best when K-State needed her most. After Sam Houston State clawed to within three points in the third quarter, Lewis exploded for 12 of the Wildcats' next 19 points, pushing K-State's lead to 18 points and crushing the Bearkats' hopes.

"In a night when you're struggling shooting the basketball, you never know what can happen," Mittie said. "These after-final games are always concerning because of the inconsistencies throughout the week, so we needed (Lewis) to come back in.

"Those are things that you hope as a player that she banks away and draws on it because there's going to be adversity and foul trouble in Big 12 games, and you have to be able to put that in the rearview mirror and come back and have a good game."

K-State started the game with two quick baskets, including an opening 3-pointer, but finished the first half with 19 attempts from behind the arc. …

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