K-State’s women are back home from Oklahoma City after falling in the Big 12 semifinals to Baylor last night by a score of 88-60. There’s no shame in losing to the Bears, of course, but now the ladies are going to have to sit and wait until their ultimate fate is determined.
Amazingly, last night marked the first time K-State had lost in nearly a month, stretching back to a home loss to those same Baylor Bears on February 13. That, and some other amazing notes, are part of Justin Toscano’s recap over at the Mercury. Toscano also reports on how being picked eighth in the league in the pre-season fueled the team’s fire, and how sweeping Texas gave them the confidence to compete with anyone.
It’s going to be interesting to see just what sort of seed — if any — the women get on Monday. One thing we do know: if they get left out of the dance, this team’s playing at such a level that another WNIT title might be the result. Another thing we know: if K-State manages to creep up to a 10 seed, I wouldn’t want to be the 7.
At the Star, Kellis Robinett reports that recruits Montavious Murphy and Antonio Gordon were on the court after K-State’s title-clinching win over Oklahoma, and the moment absolutely was not lost on them. At the Eagle, Robinett reports news you’ve already heard: Dean Wade is now questionable for this weekend’s festivities in Kansas City.
Our own AMS reported to you last night that the Big 12 announced its post-season honors, with Wade and Barry Brown Jr. both earning first-team nods while Brown was named the league’s Defensive Player of the Year. Texas Tech was also well-represented, with Jarrett Culver being named Player of the Year and Chris Beard earning Coach of the Year honors for the second year in a row. Kansas got the Newcomer of the Year award in the person of Dedric Lawson, while Jaxson Hayes of Texas claimed Freshman of the Year honors. Iowa State‘s Lindell Wigginton was the league’s Sixth Man of the Year, while the Most Improved Player was Oklahoma’s Kristian Doolittle.
Culver, Brown, and Lawson were unanimous selections to the first team; they and Wade were joined by Mariel Shayok of Iowa State.
Saturday, K-State gave themselves a chance to sneak a series win against Old Dominion (11-3), but couldn’t make it happen yesterday in an 8-2 loss. Twice the Monarchs scored four runs in an inning while only having a single extra base hit all day, and it’s hard to get over that. The BatCats (6-8) take a day off before welcoming Northern Illinois to town for games Tuesday and Wednesday.
In today’s Sports Extra, Corbin McGuire introduces you to running backs coach Brian Anderson.