K-State Ready to Face Test in Paradise Jam


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KANSAS STATE
WILDCATS
3-0 (0-0 BIG 12)
NR/NR

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NORTH CAROLINA STATE
WOLFPACK
4-0 (0-0 ACC)
RV/RV

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LSU
TIGERS
3-1 (0-0 SEC)
NR/NR

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UTEP
MINERS
1-2 (0-0 C-USA)
NR/NR

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Thursday, Nov 24, 12 pm | FloHoops.com

K-STATE vs NC STATE

SERIES: NC State Leads, 2-0

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Friday, Nov 25, 12 pm | FloHoops.com

K-STATE vs LSU

SERIES: K-State Leads, 3-2

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Saturday, Nov 26, 2:15 pm | FloHoops.com

K-STATE vs UTEP

SERIES: Series tied, 3-3

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ST. THOMAS, U.S. Virgin Islands – Kansas State will play its first three games away from Bramlage Coliseum during the Thanksgiving weekend, as the Wildcats travel to the Paradise Jam.

• K-State will face North Carolina State on Thursday at 12 p.m. (CT), LSU on Friday at 12 p.m. (CT) and UTEP on Saturday at 2:15 p.m. (CT).
• All three games can be seen live on FloHoops.com, or listen live on the K-State Sports Network and for free at www.kstatesports.com.
• K-State enters the Paradise Jam with a 3-0 record, following a 68-43 win over Lamar on Nov. 20. The Wildcats have opened the season 3-0 for the third straight season and the sixth time in the last seven campaigns.
• The Wildcats are led this season by three players averaging double figures in scoring: sophomore guard Kayla Goth and the senior duo of Breanna Lewis and Kindred Wesemann.  
• Goth is averaging 14.7 points per game and owns a field goal percentage of 73.1 percent (19-of-26) after the first three games.
• Lewis, a 2016-17 All-America candidate, is second on the team in scoring (14.0 ppg) and field goal percentage (.700), while pacing the squad in rebounding (9.3 rpg) and blocks (2.3 bpg).
• Wesemann is third on the team in scoring (11.7 ppg) while lead the team in steals (3.0 spg) and 3-point field goals made (6).

Number to Know
2,596
• In three of its next four games, #KStateWBB will face opponents that have combined to win 2,596 games. All three of these teams entered the 2016-17 season ranked among the top 35 in the nation for all-time wins in Division I women’s basketball history.
• K-State, who has 894 wins of their own, will face North Carolina State (843 wins) on Nov. 24, LSU (870 wins) on Nov. 25 and Auburn (883) on Dec. 1.

K-State in November Tournaments Outside Lower 48
• Kansas State will make its second appearance in the Paradise Jam. The Wildcats went 2-1 in its previous appearance in 2001.
• Overall, K-State is 6-10 in November tournaments outside of the lower 48 states. K-State has won two straight games in November tournaments.
• The Wildcats’ last appearance in a November tournament outside of the lower 48 states was 2014. K-State went 1-0 in the Hardwood for Hope tournament in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. K-State defeated UTEP, but had games against Santa Clara and LSU cancelled by the tournament organizers.

K-State Strong in the Lane
• Kansas State has opened the 2016-17 season with a 142-44 advantage in points in the paint. The 142 points (51.0 ppg) are 60.9 percent of the Wildcats’ overall point total this season.
• Kansas State leads the Big 12 in field goal percentage and ranks 20th in the nation in the category.
• The Wildcats recorded a 60-12 advantage in the lane against Tulsa on Nov. 14. The 60 points in the paint are the most by a K-State team since at least the 2006-07 season.
• In the 2015-16 season, the Wildcats had 926 points in the paint last season (28.9 ppg), including a season-high 48 points against Western Illinois on Dec. 21, 2015.  
• K-State outscored its opponents, 926-696, in the lane in the 2015-16 season. The Wildcats had the edge in the paint in 24 games in the 2015-16 season (16-8).
• The 926 points were 44.9 percent of K-State’s point total last season.
• In two seasons under head coach Jeff Mittie, K-State has ended both seasons with the edge in the paint and have scored 900 or more points in the lane in both seasons.

Off to the Races
• Kansas State has registered a 50-10 advantage in fastbreak points in the first three games (16.7 fbppg), including a high of 21 points against Chicago State on Nov. 11.
• K-State has reached double figures in  fastbreak points in all three games this season.
• In 2015-16, K-State held a 168-155 edge in fastbreak points and averaged 5.3 per game.
• The Wildcats had a five-game streak last season from Dec. 7 to Jan. 2 in which K-State tallied 10 or more points in transition, with K-State recording a 4-1 mark during the streak.

Wildcats’ Defense Forges Identity
• Kansas State has started the season on the right note on the defensive end of the floor, holding opponents to 46.0 points per game and a .275 field goal percentage. The Wildcats rank fourth in the nation for scoring defense and sixth in field goal percentage defense.
• K-State held Chicago State to 33 points on Nov. 11, 2016, which were the fewest points allowed in the Jeff Mittie era and the fewest since Nov. 12, 2011 against Dartmouth (20).
• During the last 16 seasons, K-State is 101-3 (.971) when holding an opponent to 49 points or less. The Wildcats held eight opponents to 49 points or less in 2015-16.
• In the 2015-16 season, K-State held its opponents to a field goal percentage of .368 and 61.4 points per game.
• K-State’s opponent field goal percentage of .368 was the fourth lowest in school history since the 1981-82 season. This was the lowest opponent field goal percentage in a season since the 2004-05 team held its foes to a .365 field goal percentage.

New Season, New Goth    
• Sophomore Kayla Goth has started the season on a high note, as she leads the team in scoring (14.7 ppg) and field goal percentage (.731; 19-of-26). She has registered her first three career double figure scoring efforts this season.
• Goth ranks fifth in the nation in field goal percentage.
• Goth started her second career game in the 2016-17 season opener against Chicago State and registered a career-high 23 points on 9-of-11 shooting including 3-of-4 from beyond the arc. She also notched a career-best eight rebounds and three steals.
• The product of DeForest, Wisconsin tallied 41 percent of her 2015-16 point total of 56 points in the first game of the new season. It was her first career game in double figures.
• Her three connections from beyond the arc were more that her total of made 3-pointers in the 2015-16 season in which she was 2-of-14.
• In her debut season in 2015-16, Goth averaged 1.9 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 13.6 minutes per game.