Wesemann Looks to Stay Steady vs. TCU

Offensively, the Wildcats (14-8, 4-7 Big 12) have come together, stepped up and are finding more comfort in each other's game than ever before. 
"It's always good when your teammates know your game and you know their game," explained Wesemann on Monday afternoon. "You create open looks for each other. Almost every single one of my shots has been set up by my teammates. Whether that was Haley Texada on a drive or Bre Lewis holding the ball for me, giving it to me at the right second and screening my girl off so I could get the shot off, I credit my teammates for everything."
Last Wednesday evening, Wesemann scored a career-high 25 points in the Wildcats' 66-57 upset win over No. 20 Texas, and though K-State was unable to muster up the road win, Wesemann stayed hot on Saturday in Norman, Oklahoma, as she scored 21 points in K-State's close 66-58 loss to the Sooners.
In the past two games, Wesemann has made an impressive 13 buckets from behind the arc and played a team-high 75 minutes (36 vs. Texas, 39 vs. Oklahoma).
"Kindred has been (a lift for us)," said K-State head coach Jeff Mittie. "She's got a good look to her. Oklahoma did everything they could to deny her the ball, and I still thought she played with a good pace to her and the right amount of aggressiveness. That was good to see."
Playing big minutes, staying aggressive and making big shots is no easy task, so Wesemann said she has a new routine that involves coming in early on game days -an hour before the point guard meeting, according to Mittie - to get stretched out and focused. 
"I think I'm getting some pretty decent looks and I'm not trying to work too hard to create my own shot," said Wesemann, "but I also started stretching a lot better before the games. My legs feel better than they did, so that might be it."
Stretched and ready, Wesemann and the Wildcat women's basketball team hopes to continue its offensive success tonight in Bramlage Coliseum as the team is set take on TCU  (14-8, 6-5 Big 12) at 7 p.m.
Familiar Foe for Mittie
Before taking the helm of the K-State women's basketball team last March, Mittie spent 15 seasons as the Horned Frogs' head coach accumulating a 303-175 record, the best by a head coach in TCU history.
"Nothing changes from what we have to do to be successful. We're going to have to do the things that we do well, so none of that changes," explained Mittie when asked about taking on his old team. "To come in and say, 'Oh it's just another game,' that's not true; TCU is a place that I spent 15 years at, so that's not true, but that doesn't change anything from our standpoint of what we have to do."
TCU enters tonight's game coming off a balanced 71-60 win over Texas Tech in which nine players scored. While TCU junior Zahna Medley leads the Horned Frogs in scoring with 15.4 points per game, she and three of the Horned Frogs' five starters - all upperclassmen - are averaging points in double digits. 
"I think they're playing pretty good; their offense has been very good and their defense is causing people some problems," said Mittie. "Personnel-wise, I'm familiar with them, but what they're doing is certainly different than what we did. They're going to be a tough team. It's a veteran team, a team that starts three seniors and two juniors who have played a lot of games together."
While TCU will bring a veteran group to the floor tonight, the Wildcats have taken strides of growth together and have won three of their last four games. K-State has proven a threat on the defensive end of the court as the team leads the Big 12 in scoring defense at 53.7 points per game and in steals at 11.7 per game. Offensively, along with Wesemann's recent shooting performance, sophomore forward Breanna Lewis leads the way with 11.2 points per game. 
"Nothing changes in terms of our preparation. Nothing changes in terms of that this is a basketball game that we're going to have to do things as well as we can for 40 minutes," concluded Mittie.
Tonight's game will be aired on FOX College Sports Central and can be hard on the K-State Sports Network.
TIP-OFF FOR TP
For the fifth-consecutive year, K-State's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) will be located at all Bramlage Coliseum entrances tonight to accept packages of toilet paper, trash bags, paper towels and monetary donations to benefit the Manhattan Emergency Shelter. In 2014, Wildcat student-athletes collected more than $3,500 for the shelter with the help of Wildcat fans. 
Can't make it tonight? SAAC will also collect donations on Saturday prior to the K-State men's basketball game against Oklahoma at 7 p.m. 
 

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