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The Kansas State women concluded exhibition play with a 65-50 victory over Pittsburg State Monday night. The team used a 13-0 run late in the first quarter to erase a 9-3 deficit and never trailed again. Heralded freshman Christianna Carr, who struggled to a 2-for-15 shooting performance in the previous game, found her range and dropped in 27 points on 10-of-20 marksmanship, including 6-for 12 from three-point range. Carr was one of several “fresh faces” who had to step up in the absence of Kayla Goth (ankle injury) and Peyton Williams (scheduled night off). Jeff Mittie’s club will host Omaha to tip off the regular season Monday at 5:30.
The pre-season accolades keep pouring in for Dean Wade, who was named one of twenty players on the National Association of Basketball Coaches player-of-the-year (NABC) watch list. KU’s Dedric Lawson is the only other Big 12 player named to the list.
In the weekly teleconference, Coach Snyder says he did not mean to single out Isaiah Zuber in post-game comments and accepted responsibility for the loss at TCU. This and other incidents have led Kansas City Star sports columnist Vahe Gregorian to add his voice to those opining that it’s time for Coach to step down for the good of the program he built. Sam Mellinger addressed the issue in his weekly sports potpourri column, as well.
On the field, K-State prepares for the Sunflower Showdown. With both teams having only one conference win, the dreadful flower-related moniker may actually be fitting this year. The Star still found five things we should all know about the match-up.
K-State alumni were quiet in the NFL this week.
Redshirt Freshman Brooke Heyne nabbed her second Rookie of the Week award from the Big 12 Conference after leading the Wildcats in kills, hitting percentage and digs in a straight-set win over West Virginia Saturday.
After finishing 4th in men’s cross-country last year, K-State followed up with a 5th-place finish in 2018, and did it with 4 of the 5 top scorers running as freshmen. Obviously, there is reason for optimism in the program over the next few years.