Luke Thompson and Eric Rubottom brought us a discussion of the Baylor Bears’ late season resurgence with Matt Wilson of Our Daily Bears. They issued grades, and might have been a little more lenient than some of you.
Since the women’s regular season is complete, it’s time to hand out honors. Three members of Jeff Mittie’s team earned all-conference accolades, with senior guard Kayla Goth named to the second team, sophomore post Peyton Williams garnering honorable mention, and freshman wing Rachel Ranke grabbing Big-12 All-Freshman honors.
Ranke double-dipped on the good news, winning the weekly freshman award for the third time this season, after averaging 22.5 points in two games and scoring 26 against Texas Tech. Ranke has made 83 three-point baskets in her freshman campaign, the second most of any freshman in K-State history, behind Laurie Koehn’s 122.
Among several musings on Tuesday night’s disappointment against TCU, Kellis Robinett pointed to point guard as a particular vacuum that K-State cannot afford. He is correct that neither Stokes nor Diarra contributed much, though apart from Wade, turnovers and general ineffectiveness marred just about everybody’s night.
Though K-State came up short on the scoreboard, its defense made an impression on the high-powered TCU offensive attack. Unfortunately, the precipitous drop in scoring over the past ten games has thwarted K-State’s chances to improve league standing and post-season expectations. Somebody must step up to help Dean and Barry put points on the board.
Track and Field
Sophomore Nina Schultz and senior Terrell Smith will represent K-State at the NCAA indoor track and field championships. Schultz holds an NCAA season-best score of 4,502 points in the pentathlon. That mark is seventh-best all time, and sixth in the world this season. Schultz finished third in the pentathlon as a freshman last year. She will also compete in the long jump.
Smith qualified in the 200 meters with a sprint of 20.65 seconds, ranking 12th nationally. The appearance in the national competition will be his first.