Things are starting to heat up again as we get into the humpday before Oklahoma. But first, there’s some actual news to deal with.
K-State has announced that at Bramlage on January 13 there will be a jersey retirement ceremony. The honoree? Three-time Big 12 first-team selection Brittany Chambers, whose number two will be raised into the rafters at halftime of the Sunflower Showdown.
Chambers was the third Wildcat to eclipse the 2,000 point bar, and ranks second in program history to Laurie Koehn for career three-pointers and third all-time in the Big 12. She was drafted in the second round, 22nd overall, by the Los Angeles Sparks in the 2013 WNBA Draft, but never played a minute in the league. She did, however, play professionally in Spain and helped Spar Citylift Girona win the 2015 Liga Femenina de Baloncesto Championship, scoring 10 and 12 points in the 2-0 best-of-three final against Perfumerías Avenida.
Nobody else is gonna tell you that last part, loyal citizens.
Yesterday was press conference day for Bill Snyder, and the athletic department has all the hot cuts. Also included: quotes from Adam Holtorf, Zach Reuter, Dalton Schoen, and Wyatt Hubert.
At the Star, Robinett and Blair Kerkhoff podcast and discuss Oklahoma and Tex Winter’s memorial service.
K-State’s gotten off that 0-6 start to conference play in a big way, knocking off consecutive ranked opponents to close the first half of the Big 12 schedule. Tonight, the Cats (12-7, 2-6) will try and stretch that winning streak to three and get revenge for the sweep they endured in Norman as they host Oklahoma (12-8, 4-4) at 7pm. Game airs on K-StateHD.tv, and it’s both Cats for the Cure night and the season ticket holder appreciation match.
Those two big wins were in large part due to the emergence of redshirt freshman Brooke Heyne, who is the subject of today’s Sports Extra with Corbin McGuire.
Tomorrow night at 7pm in Ames, K-State (4-11-2, 0-8) wraps up its second season of Big 12 play against Iowa State (3-13-2, 1-6-1). Even a win won’t allow the Cats to escape the conference cellar thanks to the Cyclones surprisingly knocking off Oklahoma State 2-0 in Stillwater on Sunday. But a win would halt a 13-game conference losing skid and give the returning players something to hang their hats on.
Heather Fortushniak (T-12th) and Darby Deans (T-18th) both finished in the top 20 at the UT-Arlington Invitational, which ended Tuesday. Fortushniak shot a 1-under 70 on Tuesday to finish at 14-over and climb 14 spots into the top 15; Deans was 4-over and slipped a spot, finishing at 16-over. Sam Houston State’s Jenna Phillips took home the title, firing a 4-over aided by a phenomenal final round 4-under 67. Fortushniak and Deans were the only Wildcats participating, and therefore K-State was not competing for the team title which was won by South Alabama.