K-State Wins Island Division of Paradise Jam
K-State Wins Island Division of Paradise Jam
6-0 (0-0 Big 12)
1-5 (0-0 C-USA)
S. Taylor: 10 pts, 5 rebs
T. Seda: 5 pts, 10 rebs
R. Patterson: 8 pts
B. Lewis: 21 pts, 8 rebs, 2 blks
K. Wesemann: 19 pts, 4 rebs
E. Willock: 7 pts, 5 rebs
ST. THOMAS, U.S. Virgin Islands – Kansas State continued its hot start to the 2016-17 season by winning the Island Division of the 2016 Paradise Jam with a 61-40 win over UTEP on Saturday. K-State improves to 6-0 for just the eighth time in program history and for the second time in three seasons under head coach Jeff Mittie.
K-State (6-0) was led by two of its seniors, Breanna Lewis and Kindred Wesemann. The duo combined for 40 of K-State’s 61 points. Lewis finished with 21 points, eight rebounds, two blocks and two steals on her way to Paradise Jam Island Division All-Tournament Team honors. Wesemann, who was named the Island Division Tournament MVP, poured in 19 points, including a 4-of-11 effort from beyond the arc, and added four rebounds and three assists.
UTEP (1-5) was led by Sparkle Taylor with 10 points.
For the afternoon, Kansas State shot 46.8 percent (22-of-47) from the field and held UTEP to a 23.4 percent (15-of-64) effort. The Wildcats recorded 16 assists on its 22 made field goals and outrebounded the Miners, 41-37.
K-State raced out to a 16-2 lead in the first quarter, as Wesemann controlled the opening quarter. The Pleasant Hill, Missouri, product was 3-of-3 from the field and 3-of-3 from the foul line for 11 points. UTEP closed the deficit to seven at the end of the quarter, 16-9, with a 7-0 run over the final 4:37 of the opening frame.
Wesemann buried her third 3-pointer of the first half to open the second quarter and give K-State a 19-9 lead. Then Lewis took over for the remainder of the second stanza. Lewis registered 11 of K-State’s next 13 points in the quarter and notched 12 points total in the second. K-State held a 33-18 lead at the half.
UTEP kept the third quarter close for a majority of the period, but K-State used a late 9-0 run to increase its lead to 49-28 entering the fourth quarter. Lewis opened the run with a layup and Kaylee Page followed with her second 3-pointer of the game. Shaelyn Martin and Jessica Sheble teamed up for a pick and roll layup and Karyla Middlebrook converted two free throws during the run.
The teams played to a 12-12 tie in the final quarter, as K-State emptied its bench in the final period.
Kansas State returns to action on Thursday, December 1 at 7:30 p.m., as the Wildcats host Auburn in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge. To purchase tickets, contact the K-State Athletics Ticket Office at (800) 221-CATS or visiting www.kstatesports.com/tickets.
The game against the Tigers will be available on COX Channel Kansas and on K-StateHD.TV. An audio broadcast will be available on the K-State Sports Network and for free at www.kstatesports.com.
• K-State is in its 49th season of women’s basketball and owns an overall record of 897-556… Head coach Jeff Mittie owns a career record of 498-262, including a 43-27 mark in three seasons at K-State.
• K-State leads the series, 4-3… K-State is 22-16 all-time against teams from Conference USA… Head coach Jeff Mittie is 5-1 against UTEP in his career.
• Kansas State is now 6-0 for the second time in three seasons under head coach Jeff Mittie… This is the eighth time in the 49-year history of the program that K-State has started a season 6-0.
• Kansas State is 5-1 all-time in the Paradise Jam… The Wildcats are 9-10 in November tournaments outside of the lower 48 states.
• The Wildcats have an all-time record of 127-45 (.738) in the month of November. K-State has won 15 of its last 16 games in the 11th month.
• K-State’s starting lineup: guards - Kindred Wesemann and Karyla Middlebrook; forwards – Shaelyn Martin and Peyton Williams; center - Breanna Lewis… This was the second game for this lineup (2-0)… Fourth career K-State start for Middlebrook and the 74th of her collegiate career… Fifth career start for Williams… 70th career start for Martin and her 71st career game… Wesemann has played in 100 career games and started 79... Lewis has played in 100 career games and started 95.
• K-State has made a three-point field goal in 312 straight games... The streak dates back to Feb. 7, 2007.
• Kansas State held a 41-37 advantage on the boards… K-State has held the edge on the glass in all six games this season… The Wildcats have now won 27 straight games when holding the edge in rebounding… Since the 2001-02 season, K-State is 191-25 (.884) when outrebounding its opponent.
• Kansas State led 33-18 at the half on Saturday… Since 2001-02, K-State is 259-36 (.878) when leading at the half.
• Lewis notched her 58th career game in double figures for scoring… This was her 16th career game with 20 or more points… With her 21 points, Lewis moved into 25th on the K-State career scoring list with 1,164 points… Lewis tallied eight rebounds, which is her 68th career game with five or more rebounds… She ranks tied 14th in school history for career rebounds with 635… She blocked two shots, her 64th career game with two or more blocks… Her career blocked shots total stands at 235, which ranks second in program history.
• Wesemann carded her 41st career game in double figures for points… She finished the day 4-of-11 from beyond the arc, her 57th career game with two or more made 3-pointers and her 16th career game with four or more connections… Wesemann has made 193 three-pointers in her career and ranks sixth in program history… With her three assists on Saturday, she remains 18th on the K-State career assists list with 244.
• Martin recorded seven rebounds for her 46th career game with five or more rebounds... She also handed out six assists, her 17th career game with five or more assists… Martin ranks 22nd in school history for career assists with 229.
• Kaylee Page finished 2-of-4 from the 3-point line, her 16th career game with two or more connections.