Wesemann, Wildcats Shoot Past LSU
Wesemann, Wildcats Shoot Past LSU
5-0 (0-0 Big 12)
4-2 (0-0 SEC)
K. Wesemann: 24 pts
B. Lewis: 9 pts, 8 rebs
K. Page: 9 pts
C. Jackson: 15 pts, 6 rebs
R. Moncrief: 10 pts, 6 rebs
Hyder: 9 pts, 5 rebs
ST. THOMAS, U.S. Virgin Islands – Kansas State used a strong defensive effort in the third quarter and hot perimeter shooting to defeat LSU on Friday, 69-54, in the Island Division of the 2016 Paradise Jam. This is the second 5-0 start in three seasons under head coach Jeff Mittie.
K-State (5-0) was led by senior guard Kindred Wesemann, who registered a game-high 24 points, including a 5-of-15 effort from beyond the arc. Senior center Breanna Lewis tallied nine points on 4-of-4 shooting and eight rebounds, while junior forward Kaylee Page came off the bench to add nine points.
LSU (4-2) was paced by Chloe Jackson with 15 points and Raigyne Moncrief with 10 points.
Kansas State finished the afternoon shooting 46.2 percent (24-of-52) from the field, including a season-best 11-of-27 from 3-point range. The Wildcats entered the game ranked as the number one field goal percentage defense in the nation and held LSU to a 37.3 percent performance (22-of-59).
For the first time this season, Kansas State trailed at the end of a quarter as LSU held a 14-12 lead. The Wildcats shot just 33.3 percent in the quarter and were forced into eight turnovers in the opening frame. Overall, K-State was forced into a season-high 24 turnovers.
Kansas State raced into the lead midway through the second quarter, using a 13-2 run to build a 27-20 lead with 3:46 left in the half. Junior guard Karyla Middlebrook and Wesemann knocked down 3-pointers on consecutive possessions to start the run.
Middlebrook then found junior guard/forward Shaelyn Martin on an inbounds pass for a jumper. On the next inbounds pass under the K-State basket, Middlebrook found Wesemann for a 3-point play as she converted a layup and free throw. Lewis then put her stamp on the run with a rebound and putback.
LSU fought back with a 10-2 run to secure a 30-29 lead before halftime. After a K-State timeout, Wesemann beat the halftime buzzer with her third 3-pointer of the half to give the Wildcats a 32-30 lead at the break.
Kansas State benefitted from 13 LSU turnovers in the third quarter, outscoring the Tigers 19-8 in the third frame to take a 51-38 lead. Wesemann was the primary scorer in the third, registering 12 points including 10 straight points during a 15-1 run halfway through the quarter.
Page started a 13-2 run in the fourth quarter with a pair of 3-pointers to increase K-State’s lead to 64-44 with 2:43 remaining. LSU inched to within 15 in the final seconds for the closing margin.
Kansas State will conclude action in the 2016 Paradise Jam on Saturday against UTEP at 2:15 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.
• K-State leads the series, 4-2… K-State is 69-63 all-time against teams from the SEC… Head coach Jeff Mittie is 1-1 against LSU in his career.
• Kansas State is 3-2 all-time in the Paradise Jam… The Wildcats are 8-10 in November tournaments outside of the lower 48 states.
• The Wildcats have an all-time record of 126-45 (.737) in the month of November. K-State has won 14 of its last 15 games in the 11th month.
• K-State’s starting lineup: guards - Kindred Wesemann and Karyla Middlebrook; forwards – Shaelyn Martin and Eternati Willock; center - Breanna Lewis. This was the first game for this lineup… First career start for Willock… Third career K-State start for Middlebrook and the 73rd of her collegiate career… 69th career start for Martin and her 70th career game… Wesemann has played in 99 career games and started 78... Lewis has played in 99 career games and started 94.
• K-State has made a three-point field goal in 311 straight games... The streak dates back to Feb. 7, 2007.
• Kansas State held a 36-29 advantage on the boards… K-State has held the edge on the glass in all five games this season… The Wildcats have now won 26 straight games when holding the edge in rebounding… Since the 2001-02 season, K-State is 190-25 (.884) when outrebounding its opponent.
• Kansas State led 32-30 at the half on Friday… Since 2001-02, K-State is 258-36 (.878) when leading at the half.
• Wesemann carded her 40th career game in double figures for points and her sixth career game with 20 or more points… She finished the day 5-of-15 from beyond the arc, her 55th career game with two or more made 3-pointers and her 15th career game with four or more connections…The 15 attempts were a new career-high… Wesemann has made 189 three-pointers in her career and ranks sixth in program history… With her four assists on Friday, she moved into 18th on the K-State career assists list with 241.
• With her nine points, Lewis remains 26th in program history on the career scoring list with 1,143 points… Lewis tallied eight rebounds, which is her 67th career game with five or more rebounds… She ranks tied for 14th in school history for career rebounds with 627.
• Kaylee Page finished 3-of-5 from the 3-point line, her 15th career game with two or more connections.