K-State Holds Down NC State on Thanksgiving




4-1 (0-0 ACC)

4-0 (0-0 Big 12)

J. Mathurin: 12 pts
A. Williams: 10 pts
M. Spencer: 8 pts

K. Wesemann: 17 pts
B. Lewis: 11 pts, 6 rebs, 2 blks
K. Goth: 12 pts

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North Carolina State
K-State 12

ST. THOMAS, U.S. Virgin Islands – Facing its first test of the season, Kansas State passed with flying colors using an 11-0 run early in the fourth quarter to down North Carolina State, 67-50, in the first game of the Paradise Jam.

K-State (4-0) featured four players in double figures, led by senior guard Kindred Wesemann with 17 points, including a 4-of-7 effort from beyond the arc. Joining Wesemann in double figures were senior Breanna Lewis with 11 points, six rebounds, two blocks and two steals and sophomore guard Kayla Goth with 12 points while junior forward Kaylee Page chipped in with 10 points off the bench.

North Carolina State (4-1) was led by Jennifer Mathurin with 12 points and six rebounds and Ashley Williams with 10 points.

Kansas State finished the afternoon shooting 38.3 percent (18-of-47) and held North Carolina State to a 26.2 percent effort (16-of-61). K-State shot 42.9 percent (9-of-21) from 3-point range and held the Wolfpack to a 25.0 percent (9-of-36) performance. The Wildcats outrebounded North Carolina State 45-36.

The first quarter was a disjointed affair, as K-State shot 21.4 percent, while NC State was 13.3 percent. The Wildcats closed out the opening quarter on an 8-0 run, as Page drained a 3-pointer from the top of the key with two seconds remaining to give K-State a 12-5 lead.

The Wildcats pushed its lead out to eight at the half, 29-21, boosted by 3-of-3 shooting from beyond the arc and a 55.6 percent total effort. Junior guard/forward Shaelyn Martin buried her first 3-pointer of the season to give K-State a 19-11 lead with 6:27 remaining in the second quarter. The Wolfpack closed to within two, 19-17, following a pair of 3-pointers.

Goth connected on her second 3-pointer of the second quarter to increase the K-State lead to six, 26-20, with 1:54 to play. The three started a 6-0 run by the Wildcats. For the quarter, Goth registered 10 points to pace the Wildcats.

Wesemann opened the scoring in the third quarter with her second 3-pointer of the game and Lewis followed with a layup to increase the K-State lead to 34-21 with 8:36 remaining.

North Carolina State narrowed the K-State lead to six, using a 7-2 run. The Wildcats quickly increased the lead to 12, as Page drained a three to start an 8-0 run to lead 48-36.

Following two made free throws by the Wolfpack to open the fourth quarter, K-State stepped on the accelerator and used an 11-0 run to build a 59-38 lead with 5:04 left. Wesemann buried a pair of 3-pointers during the run to help the Wildcats distance themselves from the Wolfpack.

NC State climbed back to within 13, 61-48, using an 8-0 run over 1:18. The Wildcats were able to rebuild the line from the free throw line and seal the win.

Kansas State will continue action in the Paradise Jam on Friday against LSU at 12 p.m. (CT). A video broadcast of the game will be available on FloHoops.com and an audio broadcast will be available on the K-State Sports Network and for free at www.kstatesports.com.

• NC State leads the series, 2-1… K-State is 6-7 all-time against teams from the ACC. Head coach Jeff Mittie is 1-2 against NC State in his career.
• Kansas State is now 2-2 in the Paradise Jam… The Wildcats are 7-10 in November tournaments outside of the lower 48 states.
• The Wildcats have an all-time record of 125-45 (.735) in the month of November. K-State has won 13 of its last 14 games in the 11th month.
• K-State’s starting lineup: guards - Kindred Wesemann, Karyla Middlebrook and Kayla Goth; forward - Peyton Williams; center - Breanna Lewis. This was the first game for this lineup… Second career K-State start for Middlebrook and the 72nd of her collegiate career… Third career start for Goth… Fourth career start for Williams… Wesemann has played in 98 career games and started 77... Lewis has played in 98 career games and started 93.
• K-State has made a three-point field goal in 310 straight games. The streak dates back to Feb. 7, 2007.
• Kansas State has now won 24 straight games when holding the edge in rebounding… Since the 2001-02 season, K-State is 189-25 (.883) when outrebounding its opponent.
• Kansas State led 29-21 at the half on Thursday… Since 2001-02, K-State is 257-36 (.877) when leading at the half.
• Wesemann carded her 39th career game in double figures for points… She finished the day 4-of-7 from beyond the arc, her 54th career game with two or more made 3-pointers and her 14th career game with four or more connections… Wesemann has made 184 three-pointers in her career and ranks seventh in program history… With her two assists on Thursday, she moved into 19th on the K-State career assists list with 237.
• Lewis notched her 57th career game in double figures for scoring… With her 11 points, she moved into 26th in program history on the career scoring list with 1,134 points… Lewis tallied six rebounds, which is her 66th career game with five or more rebounds… She ranks 15th in school history for career rebounds with 619… She blocked two shots, her 63rd career game with two or more blocks… Her career blocked shots total stands at 232, which ranks second in program history.
• Goth registered her fourth career game in double figures and her fourth this season… Goth was 2-of-3 from beyond the arc, her second career game with two or more connections from beyond the arc.
• Kaylee Page tallied her 10th career game in double figures… Page finished 2-of-5 from the 3-point line, her 14th career game with two or more connections.