When the women put up a hundred, they get top billing, at least in the body of the article. Too bad we have no current photos to use.
Jeff Mittie’s women’s basketball team dominated Oral Roberts from the start last night, scoring 33 in the first quarter on their way to a 109-69 rout of the Golden Eagles. Seven Wildcats scored in double figures, led by Christianna Carr’s 24 and Ayoka Lee’s 20. Senior Peyton Williams posted her second consecutive double-double, scoring 11 and pulling down 13 rebounds. In all, seven Wildcats scored double figures, as the Cats shot 55% from the floor, while holding Oral Roberts to 29.6%. This was the first time K-State scored over 100 in four years.
Bruce Weber’s squad will try to crank up its own offense—especially in the first half—tonight against Arkansas-Pine Bluff. K-State has struggled offensively in the first half of all its regular season games. Emblematic of the struggle is an absurd 1-for-32 (3.1%) shooting mark from outside the 3-point arc in first half play. (Arne Green, Capital-Journal) K-State may get some help trying to right that problem, as Bruce Weber reports sophomore guard Shaun Williams is on the right track and should return from suspension soon, perhaps even tonight. (Ryan Black, The Mercury; Kellis Robinett, Eagle)
In addition to the current Wildcats, alumnus Dean Wade is making some news. Corbin McGuire of K-State Sports Extra reports that he is loving life as a professional. Wade kicked off the regular season with the G-Leagues Canton Charge with a 23-point, 20 rebound effort. After being called up by the Cleveland Cavaliers, Wade made his first regular-season NBA appearance in a blowout loss to the New York Knicks Monday night. He missed his only shot of the evening, a lay-up that spun out.
With the West Virginia disappointment behind us, the athletic department looked ahead to Saturday’s 6 p.m. (CST) contest against Texas Tech in Lubbock. Kellis Robinett previewed the game, as well, in his weekly “Five things to Know” column for the Star. Tech has been a bit Jekyll/Hyde, as the Red Raiders played well enough to beat both Oklahoma State and West Virginia by double-digits, yet lost in Lawrence after blocking a field goal and pitching the ball on the ground to allow Kansas a second try. While K-State tries to improve its position in the bowl selection pecking order, Texas Tech must win its last two contests merely to qualify for postseason play.
K-State juniors Margot Decker and Anna Turco have earned the No. 54 ranking as a doubles team in the ITA Top 60. The pair went 4-4 in the fall session, with their biggest win an 8-1 takedown of the 35th-ranked team, Chloe Beck and Meible Chi of Duke.