Her last three words — whatever we need — might sum up the
Wildcats' greatest strength at the moment.
injuries throughout the summer and early fall, including one
to senior point guard Karyla Middlebrook, roles have been
fluid for the Wildcats thus far.
Goth, a junior who
played at the two last season, has moved to the point this
season with Middlebrook out. Martin will also step into the
position from time to time. Multiple Wildcat freshmen have
been thrust into a sizable role by necessity.
most part, the results have been positive.
has just taken whatever we go into the game and say, 'This is
what we need to do and this is your role,' and I think they're
trying to do it to the best of their ability," Mittie said,
specifically referencing the Wildcats' second half against
Stephen F. Austin, which was outscored 37-21 after halftime.
"I was more pleased with just team dynamics of just doing
whatever it takes to be successful in the second half. I think
as we get healthier and as we gain more experience, we'll be
able to hopefully define these roles and hopefully expand them
This role expansion has already started with
K-State's three upperclassmen, who combined for 38 points, 17
rebounds, 14 assists and seven steals in the season
"We do have to develop scorers," Mittie said.
"But we need the Kaylee Pages, the Kayla Goths, the Shae
Martins, the veterans, to really be aggressive because the
freshmen have some scoring ability but they're going to go
through the hills and valleys at times, and I trust our
veterans to take good shots in those moments."
with increased offensive responsibilities, K-State's veterans
have still brought the ability to impact the game in every
Martin, who sat out K-State's exhibition
schedule with an injury, energized the team against Stephen F.
Austin by drawing a pair of charges in the first half, moving
her career total to 68. The senior also scored nine points on
one field goal attempt, hitting 7-of-8 from the free throw
line, while collecting a team-high six assists and four
"It was a great feeling to get back on the
floor with my teammates," Martin said. "I'm going to do
anything I can do to raise the energy on the
"Her taking the charges is such an uplift. It
really gets us going," Page said of Martin. "Her getting to
the middle of the floor and just getting to the free throw
line, they're daggers to the other team."
the stat line as well. The junior went 4-of-5 from the floor
for 11 points, also notching five rebounds, four assists and
two steals. Then there was Page, who took a step forward in
her comfort to be a go-to option on offense.
All of it
added up to a decisive victory.
"It feels good and it's
obviously good for everyone's confidence. It was really fun to
get out on the floor and play a real game," Page said, as
K-State hosts Omaha on Monday at 7 p.m. "I'm excited for the
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