Five in a row. That is all.
The losses mount and the finger-pointing continues. Against West Virginia, the Wildcats showed decent game-planning and effort, mounted a furious comeback, and went on a 12-0 run at one point in the second half. And they still lost. In lieu of a list of recaps that all say essentially the same thing, here's TheBigE with the story: Kansas State 72, West Virginia 76.
Things are not likely to get better in the immediate future either, with Oklahoma coming to Bramlage on Saturday.
Kansas State's fortunes on the women's side are much better. The Wildcats cruised to an easy 93-79 victory over TCU, and posted season-high numbers for points and field goal percentage. The team took an early lead with two three pointers in the first four minutes, then never looked back. Breanna Lewis had her third career double-double (28 points, 12 rebounds) and Ashia Woods had 21 points and nine assists. The team improved to 13-2 at home, the most wins in Bramlage since the 2010-2011 season.
Next up, Texas Tech comes to Bramlage for a Sunday afternoon game.
The men's and women's cross country teams were named to USTFCCCA's Division I All-Academic team. Kansas State was one of only four Big 12 schools to have both squads earn all-academic honors. Wildcat runner Morgan Wedekind also earned individual All-Academic honors, to go with on-field all-conference and all-Midwest honors. She is the first individual to earn All-Academic honors since 2009.
At least one losing streak at Kansas State is over. The tennis team finally ended their run of bad losses with a win over Missouri State yesterday. The Wildcats finished 5-1, sweeping both doubles points and winning at numbers 1, 2 and 3 singles. Palma Juhasz won for the first time playing in the one spot, while Livia Cirnu made easy work of her opponent to win for the sixth time in nine matches.
The track athletes are making all kinds of noise this season. The women's team is now ranked No. 10 in the USTFCCCA Division I Indoor rankings. This is the highest rank ever for any Kansas State track team since the current ranking system was first instituted in 2008. One reason for the lofty ranking may be Dani Winters, who shattered the school shot put record last weekend. The Wildcat women are the second-best Big 12 team (and first in the Midwest Region) right now, just behind No. 6 Texas, while the men's team is ranked No. 29 (and third in the Midwest Region) and could break into the Top 25.