It was another Saturday to forget on the hardwood for Kansas State. The men’s team, taking on #7 Texas Tech at home, managed to keep things close in the first half, but the Red Raiders 13-1 run to start the second half put paid to any chances of an upset by the Wildcats. Ultimately, Texas Tech was just too strong, and beat Kansas State 66-47.
This was league-leading Texas Tech’s first win at Bramlage in eight tries, and the first season sweep for the Red Raiders since the league went to a round-robin format in 2013. Texas Tech’s stifling defense kept the Wildcats in check, leading to a season low in scoring (47) and a season high in turnovers (18) for the team in purple.
As usual, Dean Wade led the team in scoring. He had 13 points and also managed 11 rebounds for a fourth career double-double. Cartier Diarra had 9 points and seven rebounds and Xavier Sneed added nine points.
So why is it that Kansas State keeps losing to the teams at the top of the conference? Well, in the six losses to teams that lead the Big 12, the Wildcats have faced stellar defenses. Kansas challenged the Wildcats with zone, West Virginia with the full-court press, and Texas Tech with sheer size and speed.
Luckily, none of these teams appear on the rest of Kansas State’s schedule. There’s still a good chance that the Wildcats finish in the top half of the Big 12 and make the NCAA Tournament. It’s just unlikely the team will advance very far once there.
The women’s basketball tipped off against #6 Texas in Austin at the same time as the men in Manhattan. Unsurprisingly, the outcome was similar too. Texas beat Kansas State 76-54 on a day when the Wildcats could not make more out of a fast start, and ultimately committed a season-high 25 turnovers.
Peyton Williams led the team in scoring with 13 points, while Kayla Goth had 12 along with six assists and five rebounds. Goth is now only the second player in school history to score 400 points or more and have 150 assists or more in a season. The feat was first accomplished by Megan Mahoney back in 2002-03.
Track and Field
On the second day of competition at the Texas Tech Shootout, sprinter Terrell Smith broke his own school record on the way to a win in the 200m race. Smith clocked a time of 20.86, knocking 0.04 off the record he set at the Razorback Invitational just two weeks ago.
Jess St. John won the women’s shot put event, while Brett Neely had a monster throw on his last attempt to clinch the men’s title.
Meanwhile, at the Gorilla Classic in Pittsburg, Kansas State went 2-3-4 in the women’s mile race, with Emma Wren taking second overall. The event was won by former Wildcat Morgan Wedekind.
Up next, the track and field athletes head up to Lincoln for the Nebraska Tuneup, the final stop before the Big 12 Indoor Championships in Ames.
American athletes have won two medals so far in Pyeongchang. Chris Mazdzer won a silver medal in men’s singles luge, the first ever medal in the event for the United States. The surprise winner in the event—typically dominated by Germany—was Austria’s David Gleirscher.
Red Gerard, only 17 and one of the youngest athletes in Pyeongchang, brought the United States its first gold of the Games. He won the snowboard slopestyle event, beating out the two Canadian favorites with his final run, which took him from last place to first place in the finals. Gerard was the only American to qualify for the finals in the event.