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K-State women absorb 67-59 upset on the road at Northern Iowa

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It’s Christmas Eve Eve, so the news is slowing to a trickle.

Karyla Middlebrook stepped up, though.
Karyla Middlebrook stepped up, though.
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With it now being less than 48 hours before most of you will be buried under a pile of shredded paper of festive origin, it should be no surprise that there’s not much going on in Wildcatland. Unfortunately, the one something which concludes the pre-Christmas schedule was a real downer.

Before we get to that, let us direct you to yesterday’s #content, as Luke and KSUEMAW! welcomed Olin Buchanan from TexAgs to this week’s Podcats.

And now, the disaster.

Women’s Basketball

Fresh off finally being ranked in the polls, the Wildcats had one test remaining before putting a bow on their non-conference schedule, a road game in Cedar Falls against Northern Iowa. They somehow managed to tie that bow around their own ankles, getting outgunned in the middle of the fourth quarter on their way to a 67-59 defeat.

The Panthers focused most of their energy on containing Bre Lewis, keeping her off the scoreboard for the entire first half. That would be key, as Lewis did manage to get into double figures by game’s end, but a torrent of threes from UNI in the fourth quarter buried the Cats.

Karyla Middlebrook, for the first time this season, shouldered the offense.

Here, find a recap from Dargan Southard of the Des Moines Register, which is the only full recap of the game aside from the school’s own websites.

That wasn’t the only news on the day, however.

Football

Ben Kercheval, who appears to have moved from Bleacher Report to CBS (good for you, Ben!), previews the Texas Bowl. He’s not necessarily picking K-State to win, but he thinks they’re going to cover the +2.5 spread. Indeed, four of CBS’s seven college football writers are taking the Wildcats against the spread.

Including, you may be surprised to see, Dennis Dodd.

At the Capital-Journal, Ken Corbitt profiles center Reid Najvar, who’ll be playing in front of a home crowd on Wednesday.

ESPN’s Mitch Sherman lists the top 10 defensive performances in the Big 12 this year. He cleverly lists one from each team, which okay, but Jordan Willis makes the list for his effort against Texas.

Three of the ten were against the Longhorns, to the surprise of absolutely nobody.

Men’s Basketball

Corbitt also has a piece on the basketball team, focusing on their confident air as they get ready for conference play.

Volleyball

The Big 12 announced next year’s conference schedule, in which the Volleycats will hit the road for three of their first four matches. The real challenge of the schedule, however, will be two pairs of matches — the Cats get Texas and Kansas back-to-back twice, at home against KU and at Texas in September, then at home against Texas and at KU in November. Woof.

The full schedule will be announced in the spring.

This will be the last you all hear from your benevolent despot (at least as far as posts go) before Christmas, so allow me to wish all of you who partake a wonderful holiday and an absolute minimum of family strife. See you next week!