Yesterday afternoon, in the first game of a Kansas State basketball double header, the women’s basketball team beat Little Rock 66-51 in their first game after a long break. The Wildcats are now 5-0 at home.
Peyton Williams led the team with a career-high 25 points, including 6 of 7 from the free throw line and her second career three-point shot. This was her third double-digit effort in the last four games. Rachel Ranke and Kayla Goth added 13 and eight points respectively, and Goth also had 10 assists.
Later in the evening, the men did their part, defeating SE Missouri State 89-71. The Wildcats shot 62.5% from the field and generally had their way with the opponent.
Xavier Sneed led the team with 23 points, a new career high and his second game of the last four with 20 points or more. Three of his teammates were also in double digits for scoring: Dean Wade (19), Kamau Stokes (12), and Makol Mawien (11), who showed flashes of brilliance during the game. The Wildcats managed season highs in field goals made (35), points in the paint (44), dunks (7), and assists (25).
Up next, the men travel to Spokane to take on Washington State in the season’s final conference game on Wednesday. The game will air on ESPN2. The women will continue their home stand with a Monday night contest against Chicago State. The game will be on ESPN3.
Jaylen Pickle was one of the earliest commits for Kansas State, pledging to be a Wildcat way back in May. The Cimarron product is the third-ranked prospect in Kansas by Rivals.com, and a lifelong Kansas State fan. During his various visits to Manhattan, he formed a friendship with current Wildcat Trey Dishon who turned out to be a kindred spirit of sorts.
The ongoing story in Kansas State football is of course Bill Snyder. Between prognostication and rumor, there has been little room for actual fact. But whatever else happens, life after Snyder is inevitable and something we should prepare for now.
President Richard Myers has begun a new tradition at Kansas State. As a reward to those who serve the university community, President Myers gives out a special coin, featuring the Powercat logo and the president’s name on one side and the university’s seal on the other.
He’s given out 50 of them already, but he has a ways to go before the coin takes over from notes in slanted, purple handwriting as the ultimate Kansas State token of appreciation.