The best news of the day on this dreary Thursday: nobody for whom we’d have to provide an obituary died yesterday. It wasn’t for lack of trying, though; your benevolent despot is now suffering intercostal muscle spasms after slipping and falling hard on ice twice last night. After a night of trying to breathe through it, being dead would have been a relief. I have no idea how quarterbacks are even able to walk now, much less actually play quarterback.
Alas, we’re still here to share the news about another suffering entity: Kansas State women’s basketball. The ladies fell to 0-10 last night in Fort Worth after holding a halftime lead in a 78-67 loss at TCU. But at least the narrative was different; last night, the Cats blew their lead in the third quarter rather than the fourth.
Ayoka Lee had a team-high 26, but no double-double. It was Rachel Ranke who almost accomplished that, scoring 13 points and nabbing nine rebounds. Emilee Ebert added 10 points. But it wasn’t enough to overcome a hot-shooting bunch of Frogs. Lauren Heard had a game-high 27, Aja Holmes had 20, and Michelle Berry added another 15.
K-State will be at home Sunday for a game they really need to win: it’s the Sunflower Showdown.
The track squads will be splitting up this week, with most of the distance runners traveling to Ames, home of the 15th-ranked men’s team in the country, for the Iowa State Classic on Saturday. The rest of the squad will be in Lubbock on Friday and Saturday for the Texas Tech Shootout; both Tech teams are ranked with the men at #4 and the women at #10. Both K-State squads are ranked #23.
There’s also a surprise in store for you: the Texas Tech Shootout will air on ESPN+, so if you’ve got the itch to see K-State do something they’re good at, here’s your chance.
As for football, the canceled 2020 game against North Dakota has been rescheduled for 2025, making the non-conference slate that year North Dakota, Army, and at Arizona. Just so we’re clear, that’s North Dakota. Not North Dakota State. Don’t panic.
Today’s Sports Extra focuses on Van Malone and his podcast.
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