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Women remain winless, football does some things

The problem isn’t just the guys.
The problem isn’t just the guys.
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Another Big 12 game for the women, another way found to lose.

Last night in Lubbock, Kansas State had a ten-point lead with 3:24 left to play. ESPN had the Cats with a 99.1% win probability. Even 84 seconds later, with exactly two minutes left and a seven-point lead, that probability was 98.4%.

K-State ended up losing 83-75 after Texas Tech managed to tie the game with a 10-0 run, the last bucket coming with 22 seconds left on a Bryn Gerlich steal-and-layup in transition. The Cats couldn’t get the winning basket in those 22 seconds, and Tech started overtime with a 9-0 run to bury K-State.

Giving up a 19-0 run late in the game is bad enough, but let’s not forget that two weeks ago the Cats let West Virginia score the final 22 points in a nine-point loss. In that game, K-State had a 12-point lead with 3:27 to play and a 99.8% win probability.

This is a huge problem, and there’s only one place to point a finger. When a team collapses like this twice in two weeks, it’s systemic.

That said, Ayoka Lee fouled out in the fourth quarter on a completely bogus call, and it’s simply not possible to argue that her absence over the final minutes was the difference in the contest. Lee finished with a team-high 19 points, although in a rare event she only made it halfway to the double-double. Christianna Carr added 18, and would have had 21 if her trey attempt before the buzzer had fallen. Sydney Goodson added 13. Tech was led by Vivian Gray with 28 points and Khadija Faye had the double with 20 points and 14 boards.

The loss drops K-State to 5-10 (0-8), and they’re probably not going to win their next game either; they host (8/8) Baylor Sunday at 1:00.

Football

There is news from Vanier which at least isn’t bad news. K-State added two new signees yesterday to finish off the 2021 class. They’re both locals; Manhattan defensive tackle Damian Ilalio and defensive back Desmond Purnell from Topeka Hayden.

There is also a change in the coaching suite. There are no new faces, and the only departures are quality control coaches Drew Liddle and Stanton Weber. Liddle has nabbed an actual coaching gig as the tight ends and fullbacks coach at Abilene Christian while Weber is moving to South Carolina as their special teams analyst.

However, Chris Klieman has swapped a couple of positional coaching duties on offense. Offensive coordinator Courtney Messingham will now be responsible for the wide receivers, while Jason Ray will take over the tight ends and fullbacks from Messingham. Klieman’s rationale is that he wants Messingham more directly involved in the passing game.