Wildcats look to continue building momentum early

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Sophomore guard Kayla Goth looks to pass the ball at the K-State game against Chicago State in Bramlage Coliseum on Nov. 11, 2016. (Maddie Domnick | The Collegian)

The Wildcats will look to improve to 2-0 tonight and win their 300th game in Bramlage Coliseum when they take on the Tulsa Golden Hurricane.

Both teams enter tonight’s match 1-0.

Kansas State beat Chicago State 83-33 Friday night to open the regular season. The Wildcats shot 51 percent from the floor, and 40 percent from 3-point range.

Sophomore guard Kayla Goth was a major part of that.

Goth hit nine of 11 shots from the floor and three of four from beyond the arc, tallying 23 points. She also got eight rebounds and three assists.

For a significant portion of the game, it appeared Goth might outscore Chicago State all by herself.

Freshman forward Peyton Williams also played a big part in K-State’s success, earning a double-double in her first collegiate regular season game with 15 points and 12 rebounds.

K-State also shot 65 percent from the free-throw line, hitting 15 of 23, which was an improvement over just five nights earlier when the team shot 53 percent against Newman in its final exhibition game.

Meanwhile, Tulsa enters tonight’s game coming off an 80-70 win against UMKC Friday night.

Tulsa outscored UMKC 29-15 in the fourth quarter. The Golden Hurricane were led by junior guard Erika Wakefield, who had 21 points. She was one of three different players to score in double-figures for the team.

Like the Wildcats, the Golden Hurricane shot 51 percent from the field in Friday’s game, but only shot 30 percent from beyond the arc, which was a full 10 percent worse than the Wildcats.

Tonight’s game is scheduled to start at 7 in Bramlage Coliseum.

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Shelton grew up in the desert southwest. A native of Lancaster, California, he mostly grew up in south Phoenix, Arizona; Austin, Texas; and Colorado Springs, Colorado before moving to Kansas and graduating from Junction City High School. He started working as a news writer for the Collegian in 2009 before taking a three-year break from college. He returned to K-State in 2013 and has since worked for the news desk, feature desk, as a copy editor and now as a sports writer. He enjoys tap dancing, writing anything possible, reading court opinions and watching Arizona Coyotes hockey.