SE: Meet the Newcomers | Kayla Goth
SE: Meet the Newcomers | Kayla Goth
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Working hard is nothing new to K-State women’s basketball freshman Kayla Goth.
The 6-foot-1 guard from DeForest, Wisconsin, not only was a three-sport athlete in high school, but she also earned her black belt in Tae Kwon Do.
“I was working out every day in some way, shape or form,” said Goth who, along with Tae Kwon Do and basketball also played volleyball and softball at DeForest High School. “Earning my black belt really taught me a lot and helped me become the basketball player that I am. It taught me mental toughness, and also I gained a whole lot of balance and strength in my legs.”
It wasn’t always easy, but it was worth it. Goth said she learned important lessons throughout her sports-filled high school career that helped with her transition to college at K-State.
“My high school career was crazy. I was a three-sport athlete along with karate, so, just like it’s huge now, time management was huge then too,” she explained.
While she may have done it all, basketball was Goth’s main focus.
With the DeForest High School Norskies, Goth totalled 1,259 points, 360 assists, 339 steals and 187 blocks in her four-year career. She finished her career ranked No. 57 in the nation at her position by ESPN Hoopgurlz and was a four-time All-Badger North Conference First Team selection. She led the Norskies to back-to-back North Conference titles (2014-15) and averaged 14 points per game as a senior despite suffering a season-ending injury.
“I like to get out and go. I like to run and I like to push the ball,” said Goth on her playing style. “I look for my teammates a lot more than I look for my own shot right now because I’m still coming back from my injury, but I just try to share the ball and get everyone involved.”
Goth tore her ACL in February 2015 and is finally getting back in action after a long road to recovery.
“It’s been tough, but my teammates have been very supportive,” said Goth. “Kelly (Thomson) has been through two (ACL surgeries), so I really looked to her a lot throughout the summer for what she did in rehab and the mental side of it.”
A tough, hard-working player, it has been a long road for Goth, but she’s now back in action ready to make a difference in her first season with the Wildcats.
“My goal for this year is to be involved as much as possible and help my teammates as much as I can whether that’s playing time or from the bench,” said Goth. “I’m a freshman and I’m coming back from a pretty big injury, so right now I’m just trying to help wherever I can.
“Another goal is to win a Big 12 Championship,” she continued. “That’s one of my biggest goals here. I love Big 12 basketball; it’s a lot faster paced than other conferences, and I really liked that.”
K-State fans have the opportunity to check out this year’s team in action on Saturday morning as the K-State women’s basketball team is set to scrimmage in Bramlage Coliseum at 11:30 a.m. For more information on this weekend’s scrimmage, please click here.
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.