BREAKING: According to ESPN, Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant has died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California. He was 41. The story will unfold over the next few days, but for now, our thoughts are with Bryant’s family, the actual one and the basketball one. Rest in peace.
In basketball news closer to home and far more cheerful, the Kansas State women scored a 92-74 win over Oklahoma at Bramlage Coliseum yesterday. This is the Wildcats’ third consecutive win over the Sooners, second only to a five-game streak back in 1990-91. The star of the day—indeed of the season—was freshman Ayoka Lee, who scored 23 points (on 10-of-13 shooting) to go with a record-tying 20 rebounds to notch the first 20-20 performance in program history.
The men’s team was less fortunate. Taking on Alabama in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge, the Wildcats came up short and lost the game 77-74. Down by 16 late in the game, Kansas State played hard and mounted a furious rally but could not stem the Tide. The Wildcats’ frustration continues, as the Wildcats held a lead for 15 minutes in the first half but could not sustain it into the second half.
The tennis team was also a bit unfortunate this weekend. In their main draw matchup against No. 5 Duke at the ITA Kickoff Weekend, the Wildcats lost the doubles point and then also lost the singles to go down 0-4. The Wildcats then entered the consolation draw and won two singles matches against Mississippi State but ultimately dropped the contest 4-2.
Finally, the track team wrapped up competition at the DeLoss Dodds Invitational in Manhattan with the men’s and women’s teams taking first place. Highlights for the Wildcats included wins for Kyle Parr (heptathlon), Taylor Latimer (women’s shot put), Ethan Powell (mile), Lauren Taubert (women’s 60H), Oscar Smith (men’s 60H), Alex Ferguson (women’s 600 yards), Wurrie Njadoe (women’s 60m), Kassidy Johnson (women’s 1000m), Travis Hodge (men’s 1000m), and Jack Thomas (men’s 3000m). The Kansas State A teams also won the 4x400 relay races for both men and women.