Women’s basketball aiming for 2-0 record against Omaha

Redshirt junior guard Kelly Thomson dribbles up the lane past Kansas guard Timeka O'Neal during the annual Sunflower Showdown at Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, Kan. Jan. 20, 2016. (Archive photo by Parker Robb | Collegian Media Group)

The Kansas State women’s basketball team will hope for a 2-0 record in its young season when it takes on the University of Nebraska Omaha at home tonight.

The Wildcats got off to a somewhat slow start in their first game of the year against Stephen F. Austin State, only being up 37-28 at the half, but they dominated in the second half to win 74-49.

Head coach Jeff Mittie said he was pleased with how the Wildcats adjusted in the second half of their first game.

“We really did not talk to them long at halftime — we gave them a little breather,” Mittie said to K-State Sports. “We felt pretty good about things and reemphasized some things, mostly telling our centers they could not foul. We emphasized to the guards that it was also their fault, too. They were getting to the middle of the floor really easy.”

Senior forward Kaylee Page led the team in scoring with 18 points, and tied for the team lead in rebounds with seven. Fellow senior guard Shaelyn Martin filled the statistics sheet for the Wildcats, with nine points, five rebounds, six assists and four steals. She also drew a charge during the game.

“It was a great feeling to get back on the court with my teammates,” Martin said to K-State Sports. “It has been five-and-a-half weeks with them as a group. … I knew if I could get a charge early in this game, then the energy would swing our way, and I was able to do that.”

As for Omaha, the Mavericks lost their season opener to Bradley last Friday, 69-56.

Omaha and K-State will tip off at 7 p.m. tonight inside Bramlage Coliseum.

The Wildcats’ next game will be on Friday when the team takes on Florida A&M. That game will tip off at 5:30 p.m. in Bramlage Coliseum.