SE: Get to Know the Newcomers | Kaylee & Lanie Page

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September 29, 2015
By Kelly McHugh-Stewart
  
K-State women’s basketball newcomers Kaylee and Lanie Page are together again and couldn’t be happier. 
  
Last year marked the first basketball season where the sisters weren’t playing on the same team. Last fall, Kaylee was playing at Nebraska while Lanie was still in high school continuing her successful basketball career with the Wamego Red Raiders. 
  
Things changed earlier this year, though, with Kaylee’s decision to transfer to K-State after playing just one semester with the Huskers.  
  
“It’s really nice because it’s so close to home,” explained Kaylee on her decision to transfer schools. “My family is only 30 minutes away, so it’s nice having that support system. Also, at every school you go to, people tell you it’s a family, but here, with this coaching staff and my teammates, it really is. Whether you’re on campus with other students and professors or you’re here in the (Ice Family Basketball Center), it really is a family here.”
  
Once Kaylee decided to make the move, it didn’t take Lanie long to decide K-State was where she wanted to be also.
  
“I visited a lot of different schools, but the family environment here was better than any place I had been,” Lanie explained. “It was a perfect fit for me because it’s a really nice school with really nice facilities and it’s close to home.” 
  
Plus, she had the opportunity to get back on the court with her sister. 
  
“I always played two years up and played on her teams,” explained Lanie. “So last year was the first year we hadn’t played together and it was very different. It was probably good for us, but it’s nice to be back together now. It’s been a long year of not playing with her. We play so well on the court together, so it’s going to be fun to be able to do that again.” 
  
Added Kaylee, “I forgot how much I really missed playing with her. It’s so easy to read her. I know her game, and she knows my game literally inside and out. We just know each other’s games to a T, so it’s been really fun playing with her again.”
  
Kaylee made the transfer to K-State in January and, though she had to sit out the spring semester and wasn’t on the court in games, she had the opportunity to get to know the K-State women’s basketball program. 
  
“It was really beneficial learning the offense and getting that extra experience,” Kaylee explained. “It’s a complicated offense to learn because there are so many options out of it, so it gave me the opportunity to watch, watch how the other girls read it, watch how the other girls played, so when I had the chance to play with them I could jump right in. It was beneficial to have those extra months to get to know my teammates and to build that chemistry.”
  
Prior to her time at Nebraska, Kaylee lettered four years at Wamego High School where she totaled 1,755 career points, 771 rebounds, 293 assists, 167 steals and 355 blocked shots. The 6-foot-2 forward was named the 2014 Kansas Gatorade Player of the Year and finished her career ranked the No. 42 player in the nation according to ESPN Hoopgurlz. 
  
Despite a stellar high school career, Kaylee played in just five games at Nebraska where she averaged 0.4 points, 0.6 rebounds and 0.2 assists per game before coming to K-State. 
  
The transition from high school to college was an adjustment, but after one year playing and training at the collegiate level, Kaylee said she has grown and has learned a thing or two about the game. 
  
“I realized that everyone is really good,” Kaylee said. “Everyone was the best player at their high school, everyone was all-state, everyone was that good. You have to learn how to beat someone who is just as good or better than you are. Everyone’s athletic, everyone’s fast, everyone is strong, you just have to learn how to win even if you don’t have any sort of advantage on your player.”
  
Similar to Kaylee, Lanie also had a successful basketball career at Wamego High. Following her senior season of 2014-15, she was ranked the No. 82 player in the nation and No. 11 at her position by ESPN Hoopgurlz, while she was a three-time Kansas Basketball Coaches Association (KBCA) All-Class First Team selection as well as a three-time All-Class All-State selection. 
  
Now at K-State, she said she’s enjoyed the challenge of playing at a new level of basketball. 
  
“I think I’m adjusting really well,” explained Lanie. “We’re so busy with basketball and workouts that I don’t really have time to do much outside of it, but I think I’m doing a better job now than I was before with managing my time and putting my priorities first. With basketball, the mental toughness is a huge thing, then also the physicality is a big adjustment. Everybody is a lot quicker, a lot stronger, it’s just a completely different game.”
  
Together again, the two sisters, along with their new teammates, have one goal in mind for their time at K-State.
  
“We want to win a Big 12 Championship, that’s our biggest goal,” Lanie said with a smile. “We want to have fun, but we want to do big things too because we have all the pieces to do that this year. We have a pretty good team.” 
  
K-State’s 2015-16 home schedule features 19 home games including: two exhibition games, eight non-conference games and nine Big 12 contests. K-State women’s basketball season tickets for the 2015-16 season are available now for purchase. For more information on season ticket packages for the Wildcats’ 19-game home schedule, contact the K-State Athletics Ticket Office by calling 1-800-221-CATS or visit www.kstatesports.com/tickets.
  

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