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K-State Slate: 1.18.15 - Comeback Cats

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The men had an improbable victory over Baylor, but the women's team was not so lucky.

Scott Sewell-USA TODAY Sports

The only thing you can say about this team with any degree of certainty is that it never fails to surprise...

After flirting with disaster for much of the season, Kansas State is suddenly on a hot streak and leading the Big 12. Last night, the team found a way to win and put #22 Baylor away. As always, TheBigE has your game recap: Kansas State 63, Baylor 61.

Cardiac arrests and comebacks were the general motif of most of the game recap articles. Here is a random selection for your reading enjoyment:

K-State SID (Kelly McHugh)
Wichita Eagle (Kellis Robinett)
Topeka Capital-Journal (John Zetmeir)
Salina Journal (Arne Green, via Hays Daily News)
K-State Collegian (Tate Steinlage)
Associated Press (via ESPN)

The Wildcats were able to hold off Baylor thanks to a great defensive showing, but also because they're finally playing like a team. (Timothy Everson, K-State Collegian).

Oh, and Nino Williams was lights out. Again. (Kellis Robinett, Kansas City Star)

The women's team was less fortunate, dropping their game against Iowa State 79-59. The Wildcats posted a strong first half in front of a season-high crowd, but could not hold off a second half-surge from their opponent. The Cyclones proved too much from beyond the arc (Emilio Rivera, K-State Collegian), connecting on 14 three-point shots, a record against Kansas State and at Bramlage.

Breanna Lewis led the team in scoring once again with 15 points, while Deborah Meeks had 10 points and four rebounds.

A new era of Kansas State tennis got off to a good start. The No. 64 Wildcats beat Northern Iowa 6-1, including a double bagel (6-0, 6-0) win for senior Amina St Hill. Kansas State has now won 14 of the last 16 home openers.

Next, the Wildcats are off to Los Angeles to play in the ITA Season Kickoff event, where they'll take on UC Irvine. The winner could play No. 1 UCLA.

Kansas State trounced Wichita State and Kansas at the KSU-KU-WSU Triangular, combining for 22 first-place finishes and 261 points. The purple team has won 15 of the last 17 triangular meets, including eight consecutive wins. This was the first meet between the schools since 2006.

Akela Jones was the star of the event, finishing first in the hurdles and the long jump, and second in the 60-meter dash along with a sixth-place finish in the shot put. That was enough for a meet-leading 20 points.

Jordy Nelson is in action today, but Seattle corner Byron Maxwell is not worried: