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Wildcats begin daunting stretch

Kansas State’s remaining schedule is tough

NCAA Basketball: Texas Christian at Kansas State Scott Sewell-USA TODAY Sports

Men’s Basketball

Kansas State will take on #2/3 Baylor in Waco later today. Tip-off is scheduled for 2 PM CT, and the game will be broadcast on ESPNEWS.

As our own Greg Woods notes, this is the first of three games that will make or break the rest of the season. A win would provide momentum and keep hopes of an NCAA Tournament bid alive. A loss would seriously derail the Wildcats’ post-season aspirations. Basically, whether the glass is half full or half empty may depend on today’s game.

Kansas State has not looked great in its last three outings—all losses. The last game against Baylor did not go well. The Wildcats have been struggling to find a successful formula, but the solution is pretty simple: an aggressive start to the game and solid play from Wesley Iwundu and Dean Wade are key to any victory in the Big 12 and especially against the potent Baylor Bears.

Women’s Basketball

Kansas State is in Austin today to take on the #12/13 Texas Longhorns. Tip-off is scheduled for 5 PM CT, and the game is available on LHN. (Insert your mandatory LHN joke here).

This is the second road game in a two-game road trip for the Wildcats. The team is coming off a win over Texas Tech where the players looked sluggish out of the gate but eventually built up enough steam for a win. Breanna Lewis and Peyton Williams combined for 31 points and 16 rebounds in the effort.

Texas is also coming off a win at Oklahoma State. The Longhorns have now won 15 games in a row after starting the season at 2-4.

Tennis

The tennis squad had a great outing this weekend at home, sweeping Missouri State 7-0 and beating UConn 6-1. The Wildcats are now 4-0 at home this spring.

In both matches, Kansas State got off to a quick start with wins by both doubles teams (Millie Stretton/Ana Garcia Navas and Ines Mesquita/Iva Bago). Kansas State also had a stellar performance in singles going 11-1 over both matches.

Up next, the tennis team takes on Missouri on Manhattan on Friday.

Track and Field

Yesterday was the first day of the Sevigne Husker Invitational Friday in Lincoln. Kansas State had an impressive showing thanks to a career day for true freshman Nina Schultz in the pentathlon, and another win for Brady Grunder in men’s weight throw. Schultz and Grunder have now combined for nine first-place finishes in the season.

Schultz led the competition after a win in the 60 m hurdles, but a mark of 1.74m in high jump was only good enough for second place. At one point, Schultz had dropped out of the lead, but with huge personal best marks in the shot put and long jump events catapulted her back into the lead. On the strength of a win in the 800m race, Schultz won the pentathlon with 4271 points, the third-best score in school history and the third-best score in Division I so far this year.

Grunder won the men’s weight throw event with a toss of 21.06m. This was his sixth consecutive win in the event, and his second throw over 21m for the season.