Wildcats go 3-0, win Island Division of Paradise Jam

Senior guard Kindred Wesemann cheers on her team while taking a break on the bench during the K-State game against Washburn in Bramlage Coliseum on Nov. 4, 2016. (File Photo by Sabrina Cline | The Collegian)

After starting the season 3-0, the Kansas State women’s basketball team continued its dominating play, improving to 6-0 after three wins in the Virgin Islands as part of the Paradise Jam.

In the first game, the Wildcats beat North Carolina State, 67-50. Senior guard Kindred Wesemann led the way with 17 points, including four 3-pointers. Fellow senior center Breanna Lewis added 11 points and six rebounds. Sophomore guard Kayla Goth and junior forward Kaylee Page also finished in double-figures, with 12 and 10 points, respectively.

The Wildcats then picked up their second win against LSU, 69-54. The third quarter was crucial for K-State, as the Wildcats outscored the Tigers 19-8. Wesemann again lead the Wildcats in scoring with 24, banging in five more shots from downtown. Lewis had nine points and eight rebounds, and the team got a big contribution from Page, who added nine points, off the bench.

K-State finished off its trip with a dominating win over UTEP 61-40 on Saturday. The Wildcats jumped out to a 33-18 lead at halftime. Again, the duo of Wesemann and Lewis proved deadly, combining for 40 points.

The three wins made K-State the Island Division Champions of the Paradise Jam. Wesemann was named MVP of the Island Division and Lewis was named to the Island Division All-Tournament Team.

The 6-0 start for K-State is the eighth time in history the Wildcats have done that, two of which have been under head coach Jeff Mittie.

K-State will return to the court on Dec. 1, as the Wildcats play Auburn in Manhattan as part of the Big 12/SEC Challenge. The game will tip off at 7:30 p.m.

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.