Although the team started hot out of the gate, they were soon outpaced by the Cyclones and never really recovered after that. A short-handed Iowa State team went zone to capitalize on the key weakness of the Kansas State defense and it paid off. The Wildcats could not make the necessary adjustment and faltered down the stretch (Ken Corbitt, Topeka Capital-Journal). Justin Edwards had 19 points for the Wildcats, but the team only shot 38%, despite facing the league's worst defensive squad (Kellis Robinett, Wichita Eagle).
For Iowa State, yesterday's game was a chance to bounce back from a two-game losing streak, and the Cyclones took full advantage. Four players scored in double digits, led by junion Monte Morris who equaled Edwards' 19 points on 6-of-9 field goals. Georges Niang had 15 points to go with six rebounds.
Kansas State is now on a two-game winning streak, thanks to a 58-49 victory over TCU in Manhattan yesterday (K-State SID). Behind a strong defensive showing and a season-high crowd in the stands, the Wildcats held the Horned Frogs to 28% shooting from the field, and just 25% from beyond the arc, an area where TCU were leading the Big 12. Afterwards, Jeff Mittie praised the defensive efforts, and Breanna Lewis won compliments from teammates and opponents alike (Emilio Rivera, Capital-Journal). Lewis had 25 points, nine rebounds, two blocks, and two steals to lead the team, while teammate Shaelyn Martin had seven points, 10 rebounds and five assists.
The track and field team took second place at the KSU-KU-WSU Showdown on Friday in Lawrence (K-State SID). The team had 14 first place finishes and a total of 234 points, but Kansas had 254 points to win the meet.
For the Wildcats, Akela Jones won the long jump with a meet record distance of 6.50m and the 60m hurdles event (8.25). She also took second in the 200m race and fifth in the shot put for a meet-high points total of 21.
A'Keyla Mitchell won the 60m race with a time of 7.25s, a new meet record, and also won the 200m event. Teammate Terrell Smith won the same events on the men's side. Adam Deterding took first in the 60m dash, and Sonia Gaskin won the 800 m race.
In the field, pole vaulter Zack Supple had his maiden first-place finish and career best day with a jump of 4.95m while high jumper Christoff Bryan won the event with a 2.20m jump. Other Kansas State winners include Kimberly Williamson, who dominated the women's high jump event and took first place with 1.87m jump, and Alyssa Kelly, who won the triple jump with a leap of 12.32m.
Up next, the track and field athletes will be in action at the DeLoss Dodds Invitational on January 23 at Ahearn Field House, which will feature 11 potential Olympians in action.