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The baseball and tennis teams also scored weekend wins

NCAA Basketball: Baylor at Kansas State Scott Sewell-USA TODAY Sports

Basketball

No. 16/15 Kansas State beat Baylor 66-60 last night at Bramlage, in a contest where the lead changed four times, but where the Wildcats also led for nearly 35 minutes. The win helped the Wildcats keep pace with Texas Tech at the top of the Big 12 standings.

This game belonged largely to Dean Wade. He led the team with 20 points, his 19th career game with 20 or more points, and he also had two steals and four rebounds on the other side of the ball. Wade’s new-found confidence has come at just the right time for the Wildcats too. Reflecting on the game, he noted

This is probably the best I have felt in a long time, going into the game without having to worry about injuries or anything like that. It is a big step for me.

He was joined in double figures by Kamau Stokes (16), Xavier Sneed (14), and Barry Brown, Jr. (10). This season, with four players in double figures, Kansas State has gone 11-1. The fact that these four scored nearly 70% of all the points should give us some pause with respect to depth, however.

Up next, Kansas State travels to Fort Worth for a third-consecutive Monday night matchup, this time with TCU. Tip off is set for 8 PM.

Meanwhile, on senior night, the Kansas State women’s team won their fourth straight game, with a 75-67 win over Texas Tech, good for a 10th Big 12 win on the season. This is the longest win streak for the Wildcats since the 2016-17 season.

Senior Kayla Goth made the most of her big day by scoring 10 points, her 62nd game in double figures. Combined with fellow senior Kali Jones (who scored 11), Goth has now won 79 games in her Wildcat career. None of this is a surprise to people in her Wisconsin hometown, where Goth is a bonafide star who has always “just had it.”

It was junior Peyton Williams who led the team though, this time with 24 points and 15 rebounds. Teammate Rachel Ranke also made double figures with 11 points, and Christiana Carr (10) made it five players in double figures.

The regular season ends for the Wildcats in Stillwater against Oklahoma State on Monday night. The game tips off at 7 PM.

Baseball

After splitting Friday’s doubleheader, Kansas State beat San Francisco 11-5 to clinch the series yesterday in Fort Worth. The BatCats had 11 runs on 15 hits, and won the first series of new coach Pete Hughes’ Kansas State career.

Junior Will Brennan was the star of the game, totaling three hits and four runs while also pitching seven innings. Teammate Cameron Thompson had three hits with a pair of doubles.

The BatCats are back in action on Tuesday taking on the Missouri Tigers in Columbia.

Tennis

The Kansas State tennis team bounced back nicely from a loss on Thursday to sweep Iowa (4-1) and UMKC (4-0) in doubleheader action this weekend.

Winning the doubles point against the strong Hawkeyes was key and spurred the Wildcats in the rest of their matches. Margot Decker, Maria Linares, and Anna Turco won their singles matches to clinch victory against Iowa, with freshman Karine-Marion Job absorbing the team’s lone singles loss.

Against UMKC, Job bounced back to win her singles match, and Kansas State made short work of their opponents in doubles as well, with Linares and Turco providing the other two singles wins.

Next, the Wildcats will host Wichita State on March 7th at 2 PM.

Golf

The men’s golf team will be in action to start the week, playing at the Colleton River Collegiate in South Carolina. The tournament will feature 36 holes on Monday and a final round on Tuesday.

The team is led by senior Jeremy Gandon who had a top-10 finish at the Seminole Intercollegiate last week. He’ll be joined by fellow seniors Ben Fernandez, JC Campbell, and Roland Massimino, and junior Jacob Eklund.