Coming of a 5-game stretch that saw four-straight road wins, the Kansas State Wildcats women’s basketball team return to Bramlage tonight hoping to keep that streak going while ending their current home woes. The Wildcats have lost their last three contests in Bramlage, and it was just over a month ago that the last victory came in Manhattan. It won’t be an easy task either, as the MittieCats welcome in the West Virginia Mountaineers, the same team that beat the Wildcats 60-30 in Morgantown a month ago. Tonight’s contest, which is the first of a two-game homestand, is set for a 7pm CST tip and can be seen on FOX College Sports - Central & K-StateHD.TV with Brian Smoller (play-by-play) and Missy Heidrick (analyst) on the call.
That four game road win streak has been interesting, as the Wildcats are finding different way to win each game.
The Big 12 Conference announced Tuesday their Academic All-Big 12 lists, and three Wildcats received honors with senior Kayla Goth, junior Peyton Williams, and sophomore Alisa Wiggins all being named Academic All-Big 12 First Team. Williams also boasts a 4.0 while competing in two D1 sports.
Even with Monday night’s loss, the Wildcats are still in the drivers seat in the Big 12 race. Win-out, and the Wildcats will earn no-less than a share of the title and will prevent KU from picking up even a piece of the crown, ending their streak. But the Wildcats “don’t want to share”, and are determined to give themselves the best opportunity to win the Big 12 title (Robinett, KC Star).
Two Wildcats have been given invitations the the 2019 NFL Scouting Combine, and Alex Barnes and Dalton Risner hope to make big names for themselves at the annual event. Their invitation also marks the sixth time in seven years that a Wildcat has been invited to the combine, which is often a big indicator of who will be drafted in April. Risner is likely about as much of a “lock” to get drafted as one can be, falling anywhere from mid-first round to early second on most draft boards.
After being postponed last weekend due to weather conditions in northeast Kansas, the tennis match against UMKC has been rescheduled for Saturday, March 2nd, and will be the second part of a double-header that begins with a matchup against Iowa at 11:30am at Body First Indoor Tennis Center in Manhattan. A key part of the Wildcats hot start to the season has been Karine-Marion Job, as the native of France hit the ground running after joining the team between semesters.
The women’s golf team carded an 8-over par 296 during the final round of the ICON Invitational on Tuesday as the Wildcats advanced one more spot to finish in 12th place, carding a 47-over par 911 in the 54-hole event held at the par-72, 6,392-yard Woodlands Country Club in The Woodlands, TX. Sophomore Ella Adams led all Wildcats, tying for 30th overall with an 8-over 224.
Seven members of the VolleyCats will be in Colorado Springs this weekend attending the U.S. Women’s Collegiate National Team Open Tryout at the U.S. Olympic Training Center. K-State’s list of participants includes setter Teana Adams-Kaonohi, outside hitter Brynn Carlson, outside hitter Anna Dixon, setter Sarah Dixon, middle blocker Faith Hammontree, defensive specialist/libero Loren Hinkle, and opposite Gloria Mutiri. Peyton Williams likely would have also been on this list if she weren’t in the midst of basketball season (sometimes being a two-sport phenom has it’s downfalls).