Kansas State won its fourth straight game yesterday, beating Old Dominion 11-5. For the second time in a row, the bats came alive and propelled the Wildcats to victory.
Eight BatCats drove in at least one run, with Drew Mount having three RBIs (including his third homer of the last four games) as Kansas State scored 10 runs in the first five innings. Starter Gabe Littlejim notched his first win of the season. He pitched six innings without giving up a walk, and managed four strikeouts.
Kansas State will wrap up the series today with the last game against ODU in Norfolk. The game is already underway with senior Justin Heskett pitching.
Things did not go as planned for the surging Wildcats, as Kansas State could not stop a three-point barrage from Oklahoma—including six from Trae Young—and lost 86-77 in Norman. The loss—not really expected—drops the Wildcats to 9-7 in Big 12 play and snaps a three-game winning streak.
On a day when both teams connected on 29 field goals, shooting from beyond the arc made all the difference. The Sooners could not miss, while the Wildcats shot just 19.0 percent from the three-point line.
Barry Brown had 28 points on 12-of-21 shooting, while Dean Wade had his fifth career double-double (15 points, 11 rebounds), his fourth of the season. Xavier Sneed had 12 points and 8 rebounds while Makol Mawien managed 8 points and a perfect shooting day.
The Wildcats will travel to Fort Worth to take on TCU at 8 PM on Tuesday.
The women’s basketball team’s fortunes were decidedly different. Kansas State swept the Sunflower Showdown beating Kansas 91-67 in the season’s final home game. The win helped underline the team’s 50th year celebrations.
Kayla Goth and Peyton Williams had 21 points each, while Rachel Ranke had 19 and Kaylee Page managed 13 points. Goth, an all-Big 12 candidate, had a double-double, notching a career-high 12 assists and six rebounds on the day. For her part, Williams has now scored at least 14 points and more than five rebounds in the last fifteen games.
The Wildcats will play the final regular season game against Texas Tech on Monday night in Lubbock.
After two rounds, the men’s golf team is currently in eighth place at the Seminole Intercollegiate in Tallahassee. The team got off to a hot start through the first 18 holes but quickly lost steam and were 5 over-par-581 after two rounds.
Individually, Ben Fernandez is currently low Wildcat, at 2-under-par 142 after two rounds. He’s currently tied for 8th place.
Track and Field
The Big 12 Indoor Championships concluded in Ames yesterday, with Kansas State earning 24 all-conference honors in the process. The women placed fifth while the men’s team ended the event in sixth place. Texas won the women’s title while Texas Tech topped the field on the men’s side.
As is becoming routine for the Wildcats, Nina Schultz was the big star. After a second-place finish in the long jump on day one, Schultz won the Big 12 indoor high jump title with a leap of 1.85m, a new personal best. As befits #HighJumpU, teammate Rhizlane Siba finished third in the event. Schultz also finished fourth in the 60m race, competing immediately after winning the high jump. Schultz finished the two day meet with 24 points, making her the high points earner for the event. Her individual title and high points finish equalled a feat accomplished by Akela Jones in 2014 at the Big 12 Indoors.
In men’s high jump, Tejaswin Shankar battled to a third place finish with a jump of 2.28m, well past his previous personal best of 2.19m. Teammate Natron Gipson cleared 2.19m to finish fourth.
Jess St John and Brett Neely both finished third in the women’s and men’s shot put events respectively.
On the track, A’Keyla Mitchell took third in the women’s 200m event, while Terrell Smith finished in a tie for fourth in the men’s 200. Kurt Lowenstein finished third in the men’s 1000m finals.
Individuals that finished in the top 16 of the NCAA for each event have qualified for the NCAA Indoor Championships in College Station on March 9-10.