Wildcats earn first victory on the road


    The K-State Women’s basketball team netted their first victory of the season Friday evening on the road, defeating the Miners of The University of Texas at El Paso 66-44.
    Shalin Spani scored a game-high 13 points, while Shalee Lehning captured her 14th career double double with 11 points and 11 assists.
    With the victory the Wildcats snapped UTEP’s 14 game winning streak within the confines of Don Haskins Center.
    With the help of Spani’s 10 points in the first half, the Wildcats pushed past the Miners by way of a 15-0 run mounting K-State’s lead to 25-11 with 7:14 remaining in the first half.
    K-State continued to improve upon its three point shooting, going 10-20 in the game, with both Kari Kincaid, and Spani shooting 3-4 each from beyond the arc.
    The Wildcats offense out shot UTEP as they finished the game shooting 43 percent from the floor, while the Miners shot 34 percent. Jareica Hughes lead the Miners offense with 12 points and six assists. 
    The win adds to head coach Deb Patterson’s impressive record in season openers as it now stands at 11-3, and she is now 8-5 in her first road game of the season.         K-State will head to Northwestern to complete the final leg of its two game road trip.
    Tip off is set for 8 p.m.
    The game will be broadcasted by radio on the K-State Sports Network, as well as a television broadcast through the Big Ten Network. The home opener for the Wildcats is set for Nov. 23 against The University of Texas at San Antonio.