For today, we shall call the game basketball instead of basketblah.
Because today we look back on the weekend in Kansas State sports to discover that the Wildcats are, in fact, capable of winning a basketball game.
It wasn’t the men. Saturday morning, they fell 67-60 to Oklahoma State in Stillwater, as recounted by the ever-suffering Luke Sobba. Ryan Black also has the story in the Mercury. The Cats had some moments, including a stellar performance by Antonio Gordon and a furious 16-0 run to get back into the ballgame early in the second half, but it wasn’t enough.
But right after that game concluded at Gallagher-Iba, another game tipped off at Bramlage. From one perspective, the story was the same for K-State’s women; they were outscored by ten points in the second half as they tried to hold onto a lead. The difference Saturday, for the first time since December 14 against Kansas City, is that they did hold onto it. A 23-9 advantage in the first quarter, stretched to 39-18 by halftime, proved too much for Kansas to overcome as the Cats won the Sunflower Showdown 77-66.
Ayoka Lee was off the hook. The star sophomore drained 28 points and snagged 16 rebounds as she emphatically recorded her 25th career double-double, and fourth in four tries against the Jayhawks. She also threw in seven blocks. Emilee Ebert also had two blocks, which is worth note because that gives her 21 on the year, a K-State record for a guard. Ebert hit double figures for the second game in a row with 15; Rachel Ranke also doubled with 17. Laura Macke missed a double-double in the most painful way, scoring nine points and hauling in nine rebounds. Adam Meyer has more at the Merc.
Next up: the men host unranked Kansas Wednesday night, while the women will, weather willing, visit Stillwater themselves that afternoon (game moved from a 6:30 start to 3:00 to facilitate the team’s return to Manhattan).
Also, check out Drew’s latest commentary on the slowly-rising potential of the men’s team, where he notes some other freshman-dependent programs have also eaten the bullet this season.
Track and Field
Two Wildcats posted meet records at the Texas Tech Shootout on Saturday, a major event including TCU, Baylor, Arizona, Arizona State, USC, Oklahoma, and Oklahoma State. Tejaswin Shankar, surprise surprise, set the meet record in the high jump by clearing 2.25m (7’ 4.5”) despite having earlier dinged himself up in the long jump, and Rhianna Phipps broke former Wildcat Shardia Lawrence’s meet record in the women’s triple jump with an effort of 13.52m (44’ 4.25”). K-State swept the podium in the event, with Angibata Grace Chinonyelum and Chantoba Bright taking second and third respectively.
Other podium finishes in this big meet: Shankar was third in the men’s long jump, VItoria Alves took second in the women’s 60m hurdles, Kyle Gale was second — by a mere .07 seconds in a photo finish — in the men’s 600m, Colin Echols and Shaelyn Ward each took third in the weight throw events, and the women’s 4x400 relay team of O’Shalia Johnson, Shalysa Wray, Lavaun Stephenson, and Alex Ferguson took third,
Although they did not finish in the top three, the women long jumpers accomplished an amusing feat as they took five of the top ten spots, including finishing 4-5-6.
Meanwhile, many of the distance runners were in Ames for the Iowa State Classic. Kassidy Johnson posted the third-best collegiate time in the women’s mile, and Cooper Schroeder took third in the men’s 5k. Otherwise, not much of note there.
Friday will be the Steve Miller Open at Ahearn, K-State’s last chance to get work in before they head back to Lubbock for the Big 12 Championships next weekend.
It’s only a reserve/future deal, which just means a guaranteed spot on the camp-opening 90-man roster, but Dalton Schoen has signed with the Chiefs. where he’ll rejoin his old pal Byron Pringle.
Now that the 2021 schedule is finalized, College Football News analyzes it and offers their best- and worst-case scenarios for the Cats.
K-State swept the weekend as they opened the home portion of the schedule at Body First with a 7-0 whitewash of Drake on Friday, followed by a 4-2 win over Denver. Karine-Marion Job was key in both matches, accounting for two points in each including a three-set win in the #1 singles match against Denver to clinch the victory.
The Wildcats stay home this weekend, hosting Wichita State on Friday before a Sunday meeting with Arizona
I don’t know what insanity possesses anyone to play golf in the middle of an arctic hellscape, but K-State did just that yesterday at the Mobile Bay Intercollegiate. Both Will Hopkins and the Wildcat team are in sixth place (in a 15-team field) after round one, with Hopkins shooting a 3-under 69 to land two strokes behind the lead pack. As as team, the Cats shot 1-under 287, and they’re 13 shots back of leaders Illinois, which has two golfers in the three-way tie for first at 5-under.
The real “wait, what?” observation from the leaderboard: stuck in dead last is Michigan, and they’re so adrift that they’re 11 shots out of 14th place, 24 back of the Cats.