The seventh game of the K-State women’s basketball team’s season began Saturday inside the Jones Convocation Center in Chicago, but it did not end there.
Thanks to a power outage that delayed the game by 65 minutes, K-State and Chicago State ended their matchup at the nearby Dickens Center. The delay and change in scenery did not hurt the Wildcats, however, as they defeated the Cougars 63-54.
The Wildcats trailed the Cougars 6-2 early in the game. They then scored nine straight points and gained a five-point lead.
The Cougars only got one shot to fall before K-State went on another run in the first quarter. The Wildcats used a 6-0 run to boost them to a 17-8 lead to end the first quarter.
Chicago State fought back in the second quarter and narrowed the lead to 22-16 by the 6:19 minute mark, but K-State closed the second quarter on a 12-6 run. The Wildcats went into the half with a 34-22 lead.
Junior center Breanna Lewis started the second half strong for the Wildcats. She scored K-State’s first six points of the half, increasing the lead to 14.
Chicago State didn’t quit however, and answered with a 5-0 run. Following the run, power went out and the teams moved to the Dickens Center.
Junior guard Kindred Wesemann was the Wildcat who stepped up in the new arena. She scored seven of K-State’s 14 points in the third quarter after the change of location. K-State entered the fourth quarter with a 54-41 lead.
Chicago State fought back and cut the Wildcats’ lead to seven points, but Wildcat sophomore forward Kaylee Page dropped a layup with 47 seconds left in the game, closing out the Wildcats’ sixth season win. The final score was 63-54.
Lewis finished the game leading the team with 21 points, eight rebounds and two steals. Wesemann scored 15 points total and had three assists.
K-State, 6-1, will take on UT-Rio Grande Valley at 7:00 p.m. tonight inside Bramlage Coliseum.