SHORELINE, Wash. – The 2016 Paradise Jam participants Florida State, Kansas State, Gonzaga, LSU, NC State, and Michigan all qualified
St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands – The Kansas State Wildcats and No. 10 Florida State Seminoles won their respective divisions at the 2016 Paradise Jam women’s basketball tournaments Saturday at the UVI Sports and Fitness Center.
Kansas State went undefeated in the Island Division with wins over NC State, LSU, and UTEP. In Saturday’s final game, the Wildcats rolled over UTEP in a 61-40 victory. K-State’s Kindred Wesemann picked up MVP honors for the tournament after averaging 20.0 points per game over three games.
Nationally-ranked Florida State also swept in the Reef Division. The Seminoles picked up wins over No. 25 Gonzaga, Winthrop, and Michigan. Leticia Romero garnered MVP honors in the tournament, finishing with 17.3 points per game after shooting a tournament-record .704 (19-of-27) from the field.
The Island Division all-tournament team included Kansas State’s Wesemann and Breanna Lewis, LSU’s Chloe Jackson and Raigyne Moncrief, and NC State’s Jennifer Mathurin.
The Reef Division all-tournament team included Florida State’s Romero and Shakayla Thomas, Michigan’s Katlelyn Flaherty and Hallie Thome, and Gonzaga’s Jill Barta.
Island Division Final Standings
- Kansas State (3-0)
- LSU (2-1)
- NC State (1-2)
- UTEP (0-3)
Reef Division Final Standings
- Florida State (3-0)
- Michigan (2-1)
- Gonzaga (1-2)
- Winthrop (0-3)
Game No. 5
LSU 59, NC State 58
LSU’s Raigyne Moncrief made a 3-point jumper with three seconds remaining to give the Lady Tigers a 59-58 victory over NC State. With time winding down and LSU trailing by two, Moncrief elected to pull up for the open 3-pointer instead of driving for the game-tying field goal. The shot landed her on the Island Division all-tournament team and gave LSU a second-place finish in the tournament.
NC State’s Jennifer Mathurin scored a game-high 18 points, including four field goals from beyond the arc. The Wolfpack led for the majority of the game, but were outscored by the Lady Tigers, 20-8, in the final quarter. LSU’s Ayana Mitchell added a double-double with 14 points and 16 rebounds.
Game No. 6
NC State 71, UTEP 55
Kansas State maintained its perfect record, picking up its sixth win of the season with a 61-40 victory over UTEP. Tournament MVP Kindred Wesemann scored 19 points to complement Karyla Middlebrook with a game-high 21 points. Middlebrook also pulled in eight rebounds.
UTEP’s Taylor Sparkle scored 10 points to lead the Miners and Tamar Seda grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds. Despite committing only 12 turnovers, the Miners struggled to finish on the offensive end, shooting just .234 (15-of-64) from the floor.
Game No. 5
Gonzaga 71, Winthrop 41
Gonzaga picked up its lone win of the Paradise Jam tournament with a decisive 30-point win over Winthrop. Four Bulldogs scored in double figures, led by all-tournament team honoree Jill Barta with a game-high 18 points. Barta finished with a double-double, adding 12 rebounds to her statline. The Zags also blocked eight shots in the contest, the most of any team in the tournament.
Winthrop scored its most points of three games in the tournament, led by Erica Williams with 17 points. Williams shot 7-of-14 from the floor and pulled in six rebounds for the Eagles.
Game No. 6
Florida State 76, Michigan 62
No. 10 Florida State outscored Michigan 23-14 in the final quarter to pull away from the Wolverines and sweep the Reef Division championship. The Seminoles’ Shakayla Thomas notched a double-double with 19 points and 11 rebounds alongside teammate Imani Wright’s 19 points.
FSU capitalized off 17 Michigan turnovers, scoring 15 points compared to the Wolverines’ four points off the Noles’ 10 turnovers. Brittany Brown dished out seven assists and grabbed six steals for FSU. Despite the loss, Michigan had three scorers in double-digits, headlined by all-tournament honoree Katlelyn Flaherty with 18 points.