Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

K-State Women Pull Away to Top Southern

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

K-State Women Pull Away to Top Southern

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MANHATTAN -- School is out on holiday break, it was rare 2 p.m. mid-week tipoff the day before Thanksgiving with a small crowd on hand and Kansas State may have been a bit fatigued by a long trip home from the East Coast.

All of the ingredients were there for a lethargic performance, and that's what the Wildcat women's basketball team turned in with a 59-47 victory over Southern on Wednesday afternoon at Bramlage Coliseum.

"It was just one of those days," K-State coach Jeff Mittie said. "I have been in these before where you come out and play great. We just seemed flat today and a little bit tired. We had a fairly tough practice (Tuesday), so it wasn't unexpected.

"Our group hung in there long enough, and I saw them get a second gear toward the end of the third quarter and the start of the fourth."

K-State, coming off its first loss Monday at No. 1 Connecticut, couldn't get much going against Southern. The Wildcats (4-1) led by two points with six minutes remaining but put together a 13-2 run to build a 13-point lead with 1:39 left and put away the Jaguars (2- 3).

"We were just trying to find some energy," said Wildcat guard Kindred Wesemann, who had 16 points and four assists. "I'm kind of disappointed in myself because I felt like I didn't bring enough energy that my teammates needed to get us going."

Breanna Lewis scored 16 points with nine rebounds and Kaylee Page scored 10 while Shaelyn Martin had 11 rebounds and seven assists without scoring.

"The first half was pretty rough," Martin said. "I figured if I could keep getting on the glass like I was doing and wreak havoc on the defensive end it would help out our team. That did bring some energy and then everybody started getting into that."

Megan Deines, the Wildcats' second-leading scorer, sat out with an ankle injury.

Southern scored the final five points of the first half for a 25- 23 halftime lead. Both teams struggled offensively, combining to shoot 15 of 51.

"We couldn't buy a bucket early," Mittie said. "We didn't have our rhythm and legs shooting the basketball. I thought our group fought hard but I would have liked to see us have better ball movement to score better the first half. …

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