K-State Opens Season with 83-33 Win
K-State Opens Season with 83-33 Win
0-1 (0-0 WAC)
1-0 (0-0 Big 12)
S. Sanders: 11 pts, 10 rebs
K. Allen: 8 pts, 7 rebs
J. Cerda: 6 pts, 6 rebs
K. Goth: 23 pts, 8 rebs
P. Williams: 15 pts, 12 rebs
K. Wesemann: 11 pts, 5 stls
MANHATTAN, Kansas – Kansas State women’s basketball started its 49th season of action in style on Friday night, as the Wildcats defeated Chicago State, 83-33, at Bramlage Coliseum.
Kansas State (1-0) had four players reach double figures. Sophomore guard Kayla Goth led all scorers with a career-high 23 points, eight rebounds, three assists and three steals. Freshman Peyton Williams recorded a double-double with 15 points and 12 rebounds. It was the first double-double by a Wildcat in a career-debut since Kendra Wecker in her career opener in 2001.
Joining Goth and Williams in twin figures were senior guard Kindred Wesemann with 11 points and five steals and junior forward Kaylee Page with 10.
Opening night nerves affected both teams in the first quarter, as the teams combined for 16 points on a 6-of-30 shooting effort in the first stanza with K-State leading 11-5.
The Wildcats broke the game open early in the second quarter, as freshman Mercedes Brooks and Page buried 3-pointers on consecutive possessions to build a 17-5 lead and force an early Chicago State timeout.
K-State would build its lead to a first half high of 22 points, 29-7, as Goth connected on her second 3-pointer of the quarter with 4:24 remaining. Chicago State would rally and close the half with an 8-4 run to pull to within 18, 33-15.
Goth led a lightning quick 12-3 run to open the third quarter and give K-State a 45-18 lead. On consecutive possessions, she finished a pair of layups including a fastbreak reverse effort to give K-State a 39-16 lead with 8:28 remaining.
After Jessica Sheble added a rebound and putback, Goth knocked down a pair of mid-range jumpers to increase the K-State lead to 45-18 with 6:46 left in the third frame.
Following a steal and fast break layup by Chicago State’s Jessica Cerda with 4:23 remaining in the third quarter, Kansas State closed the quarter on a 14-2 run to hold a 61-22 lead entering the fourth quarter.
Williams continued to work in the final quarter, as she paced the Wildcats with eight points and five rebounds over the final ten minutes.
Overall, Kansas State finished the night shooting 50.8 percent from the field (30-of-59) held Chicago State to a 17.5 percent effort (10-of-57). The Wildcats held the advantage on the boards, 51-32, and dominated the paint with a 42-10 advantage in scoring inside the lane.
Kansas State will continue its three-game home stand to begin the season on Monday, as the Wildcats host Tulsa at 7 p.m. Monday’s game will be available on ESPN3 and the K-State Sports Network. To purchase tickets, contact the K-State Athletics Ticket Office at (800) 221-CATS or visit www.kstatesports.com/tickets.
• K-State leads the series, 2-0. K-State is 17-3 all-time against teams from the Western Athletic Conference.
• Kansas State is 40-9 all-time in season-openers and have won 16 of the last 18. K-State is also 40-9 in home openers. Head coach Jeff Mittie is 23-2 in his career in home openers.
• The Wildcats have an all-time record of 122-45 (.731) in the month of November.
• K-State’s starting lineup of: guards - Kindred Wesemann and Kayla Goth; forwards - Shaelyn Martin and Peyton Williams; center - Breanna Lewis. This is the first time this lineup has started together… First career start for Williams… Second career start for Goth… 66th career start for Martin; every game of her career... Wesemann has played in 95 career games and started 74... Lewis has played in 95 career games and started 90.
• K-State has made a three-point field goal in 307 straight games. The streak dates back to Feb. 7, 2007.
• Kansas State led 33-15 at the half on Friday… Since 2001-02, K-State is 254-36 (.876) when leading at the half.
• Goth registered her first career game in double figures in points with a career-high 23… She pulled in a career-high eight rebounds, her sixth career game with five or more rebounds… She finished 3-of-4 from beyond the arc, a new career-best… Goth also pocketed a career-high three steals, her fourth career game with two or more steals.
• Wesemann carded 11 points, her 36th career game in double figures… She notched five steals on Friday, her 37th career game with two or more steals and her fourth career game with five or more.
• Lewis tallied eight rebounds, which is her 63rd career game with five or more rebounds… She blocked three shots, her 60th career game with two or more blocks… Her career blocked shots total stands at 236, which ranks second in program history.
• Martin handed out a career-high nine assists, her 16th career game with five or more assists… She pulled in nine rebounds, her 44th career game with five or more rebounds.
• Kaylee Page tallied 10 points off the bench on Friday... This was Page's ninth career game with 10 or more points... Page was 2-of-5 from beyond the arc, her 12th career game with two or more connections from deep.