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Two games, one win

The men got past West Virginia, but the women weren’t so lucky against Iowa State

NCAA Basketball: West Virginia at Kansas State Scott Sewell-USA TODAY Sports

Men’s Basketball

Kansas State beat #7/#8 West Virginia 79-75 yesterday at Bramlage Coliseum. It took a Barry Brown steal with 25 seconds left to win the game after a late charge by the Mountaineers put the result in doubt. Jon Morse has more in his recap: Kansas State survives roller coaster.

Taking a page from the “Press Virginia” book, the Wildcats played great defense and forced West Virginia into 23 turnovers, going 25-15 in points off turnovers (Ken Corbitt, Topeka Capital-Journal).

This was Kansas State’s first win over a ranked team in four tries, and was a much-needed signature win and a huge confidence boost. But the conference season isn’t even half over yet, and the Wildcats still have Iowa State to contend with on Tuesday (Kevin Haskin, Capital-Journal).

This was a big win, but an ugly one. The two teams combined for 49 fouls and 39 turnovers, and the Wildcats somehow managed to miss 14 free throws. Fortunately, Kansas State made a few big runs that helped overcome sloppy play from both teams (Scott Popp, K-State Collegian).

Women’s Basketball

The Kansas State’s women were less fortunate yesterday. Carrying a four-game winning streak and a #22 ranking into Ames, the Wildcats could not put away the Cyclones and came away with a 69-75 loss.

Iowa State shot 51.0% from the field and the Cyclones were 14-of-15 from the free throw line and out-rebounded the Wildcats 31-23. The Cyclones’ Jadda Buckley had a game-high 21 points.

Kansas State was led by Breanna Lewis and Kaylee Page who each tallied 14 points, while Shaelyn Martin had 11 and Kindred Wesemann and Kayla Goth both added 10 points each.

Up next, the Wildcats will take on #2 Baylor in Manhattan on Wednesday at 7 PM.


In his weekly K-State Q&A, Kellis Robinett discusses Kansas State’s recruiting needs a little, noting that the Wildcats have some spots to fill on defense.

This was a big recruiting weekend in Manhattan, as a number of prospects took official visits. Let’s see how things shake out, but don’t be surprised if Kansas State still finishes near the bottom of the conference in recruiting rankings. We’ve heard this song before.

Track and Field

The DeLoss Dodds Invitational is in the books, with Kansas State sweeping both the men’s and women’s competitions. The men’s team took first over Colorado State, Tulsa, Oklahoma State and North Texas while the women’s team beat North Texas, Tulsa, Oklahoma State and Colorado State. (The teams are listed in their order of finish).

Janeé Kassanavoid won her fourth straight weight throw competition with a personal best mark of 21.38m, also a meet record. It’s just three centimeters off the school record and is the fourth-longest distance in Division I so far this season.

Brett Neely won the men’s shot put event with a throw of 18.49m, a new personal best. Wildcat men also swept the weight throw event, with Brady Grunder, Mitchell Dixon and Kyle Smith going 1-2-3.

As befits High Jump U, Kansas State took first in both the men’s and women’s high jump events. Reigning NCAA Champion Kim Williamson matched her indoor personal best mark with a jump of 1.87m, while teammates Shanae McKenzie and Rhizlane Siba finished in second and third place. On the men’s side, Christoff Bryan took first with a jump of 2.17m, while teammate Miles Bearden took second place.

On the track, Terrell Smith won the 60m and 200m dash events, and the men’s and women’s team both won the 4x400 relays.

Full meet results are available here.