Yesterday was a busy day at BotC. Luke dropped in early with the Bring on the PodCats featuring The Smoking Musket’s Bart Keeler. Some other stuff happened that we’ll get to later, then after that stuff happened Gracey hopped on Facebook Live for this week’s chat. Early this morning, Jon brought us the news that Austin Budke has been granted a scholarship for the spring semester, presumably taking the scholarship vacated by Dante Williams departure at the semester break.
So yeah, a good thing happened last night for the Wildcats in Stillwater. A thing that hasn’t happened since 2012, and only the second time since 1993. The Wildcats left Stillwater with their first big road victory, and successfully slightly cooled off Bruce Weber’s seat. Barry Brown had a career night with 22 points, and Kamau Stokes went off late with an apparent ankle injury in the 96-88 victory. Wesley Iwundu also became the 27th player in K-State history to break the 1,000-point barrier, and nearly had a triple-double with 15 points, 8 rebounds, and 8 assists.
If Greg’s recap isn’t good enough (which it totally is) you can check out the official K-State Sports recap, Kellis Robinett’s take from the Wichita Eagle, Ken Corbitt’s view from the Topeka Capital-Journal, and from the losing side, the recap from our SBNation buddies at Cowboys Ride For Free. The men improved to 14-4 (3-3) with the victory.
Next up, the Cats take on #7 West Virginia, who just lost at home in overtime to Oklahoma last night, in Manhattan on Saturday, and hopefully the Cats are ready for an extra-mad “Press Virginia”.
An hour earlier in Manhattan, the K-State women also did a good thing, knocking off a surprisingly feisty TCU squad in Bramlage, 74-63. With four blocks in the game, Breanna Lewis broke the K-State career blocks previously held by Marlies Gipson, a record that currently sits at 259. Kindred Wesemann also had a big night scoring 18 points on 5-11 shooting from 3-point land, and moved into the top-5 in program history for career 3-point field goals made, passing Kimberly Dietz, with 231 career makes from behind the arc. It was the fourth straight win for the Wildcats (Scott Popp, K-State Collegian), and the Cats improved the 15-4 (5-2) on the season.
Next up for the Cats is a trip up to Ames to face a struggling Iowa State (10-8, 1-6) on Saturday, which will also be the Wildcats final road game of January.