SE: Wesemann for THREE!
When Kindred Wesemann sets up to take a three, there’s a good chance it’s going in.
A junior guard from Pleasant Hill, Missouri, Wesemann leads the Big 12 in three-pointers made with 67 and has the seventh best three-point shooting percentage at 41.6-percent
“It’s just about practice,” Wesemann explained earlier this week. “And if you have a bad game, it’s not about focusing on all the misses, it’s about thinking about the next one because you don’t know when the next one is going to go in. You could miss five in a row, but then hit 10 in a row after that.”
Overall in her Wildcat career, Wesemann has made 156 three-point field goals, placing eighth for a career in K-State women’s basketball history.
“She always has her feet ready and set. When she gets her eyes locked on the goal, there are a lot of times I know I should be going to rebound, but as soon as I see it in her hands going up, I know it’s going in,” said sophomore guard Shaelyn Martin. “She’s just always prepared no matter where she’s at on the court. She doesn’t have to get the perfect pass every time for it to be a good look for her,and I think that’s one of her strengths.”
In the Wildcats’ most recent win over Kansas – an 81-67 triumph on Feb. 13 – Wesemann hit a trio of three-pointers, while she knocked down a whopping six buckets from behind the arc in the 87-71 upset win over No. 20 Oklahoma on Feb. 9.
“That was awesome,” Wesemann said with a smile and alaugh when asked about her performance in the win over the Sooners. “I was feeling it. We just had really great ball movement; we were getting everyone the ball everyone was touching it.”
Along with her conference-leading performance for pointsmade from behind the arc, Wesemann is just as skilled from the free throw line as she boasts the second-best free throw percentage in the conference by making 65-of-75 (.867) attempts.
She credits her success shooting to the long hours spent in the gym practicing.
“We’re in here a lot,” said Wesemann about the time spent in the gym outside of team practices. “Maybe like an hour or two every day at least. We have shot charts that we’re using right now, everyone has to make 300 of their regular shots then 100 free throws, and I think that’s something that’s helped a lot too.”
Wesemann and the Wildcats (16-8, 6-7 Big 12) are set to take on the No. 8/5 Texas Longhorns (22-2, 11-2 Big 12) tonight at 7 p.m., at the Erwin Center in Austin, Texas.
The last time these two teams met was on Feb. 13, in Bramlage Coliseum. The Longhorns, well aware of Wesemann’s three-point shot, shut the crafty guard down and defeated K-State, 66-51.
“They had a really good awareness of where (Kindred) was at on the floor,” said Wildcat head coach Jeff Mittie. “They lost her early in the game last year, and once she got hot,they couldn’t get her to cool off. This year, they found her in transition much better. They had an awareness of her. Their entire team was aware that she could really beat them.”
Texas had good reason to focus on shutting down Wesemann as last year, on Feb. 4, 2015, she hit a career-high eight three pointers, finishing the game with 25 points and helping K-State to a 66-57 victory over the 20th-ranked Longhorns.
The Wildcats know they can beat Texas – they know in the Big 12 anybody can beat anybody – but they also are well aware tonight’s game will be no easy task.
“They came out with the early top seeds (for the NCAA Tournament) and Texas was one of the top eight,” explained Mittie. “So they’re positioned right there as a two seed in the tournament. They’ve got all the pieces, the size, athleticism, shooting ability and depth. Their depth is very impressive and they can run a lot of people at you.”
Texas enters tonight’s game coming off of a 74-56 loss at Oklahoma on Sunday afternoon, ending a six-game winning streak. The Longhorns have three players, Imani Boyette (12.4 points per game), Brooke McCarty (11.8PPG) and Ariel Atkins (10.2 PPG), averaging double figures in points, while Boyette, a 6-foot-7 center, leads the Big 12 in blocked shots with 82.
For the Wildcats, junior forward Breanna Lewis leads the team in scoring, averaging 16.3 points per game, and in rebounds with 7.2 per game, while Wesemann has the second-most points on the team with a 13.2-point per game average and leads K-State in steals with 47.
“Every team comes out hungry after they lose,” said Wesemann. “When we lost three in a row, we obviouslycame out very hungry against Oklahoma. So with Texas just losing, they’re going to be really angry and they’re going to want to win, but we want to win just as bad as they do, so I think it’s going to be a fight.”
Tonight’s game will be aired on the Longhorn Network and can also be heard on the K-State Sports Network.
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