February 17, 2014
By Kelly McHugh
It was a busy weekend for K-State Athletics as six different Wildcat teams competed Friday through Sunday.
A SPECIAL DAY FOR K-STATE WOMEN'S BASKETBALL
The women's basketball team was the only team to host a home competition, and the Wildcats came away with a 60-54 win over the Texas Tech Red Raiders on Saturday afternoon.
The Wildcats were led on the court by freshman guard Leti Romero with a game-high 19 points and six rebounds, while senior forward Katya Leick and junior guard Ashia Woods also scored in the double digits with 10 points each.
"The last couple of games I was a little inconsistent, and I knew this game was really important for us," Romero said. "We needed a win and I think we all stepped up, even those that came off the bench, and that is what made us win. It was team play."
Saturday was a very special day in Bramlage Coliseum as the Wildcats celebrated its 10th annual Play 4 Kay game in effort to bring awareness to breast cancer. The arena was packed with pink, and the team wore its special pink uniforms.
Along with the Play 4 Kay events, the 2004 Big 12 Championship team celebrated its 10-year reunion and was recognized at halftime.
Among the members who were in attendance were Claire Coggins, Chelsea Domenico, Amy Dutmer, Brie Madden, Jessica McFarland, Kimberly Newsom, Naytanda Smith, 2004 Big 12 Player of the Year and All-American Nicole Ohlde and 2005 Big 12 Player of the Year and All-American Kendra Wecker. Though Laurie Koehn and Megan Mahoney were unable to attend the event due to professional basketball commitments in Australia and Italy, respectively, special video messages to their teammates and devout fans played on Bramlage's video boards for all to see.
"It was a great Kansas State women's basketball day with our 2004 Big 12 Championship team in the house as we competed," head coach Deb Patterson said. "It was just fantastic to have them here. I cannot say enough about what that means to our program"
K-State women's basketball will hit the road for Fort Worth, Texas, as it is set to take on the TCU Horned Frogs at 7 p.m., on Wednesday.
TRACK AND FIELD IMPRESS IN AMES
The K-State track and field team traveled to Ames, Iowa, this weekend to compete in the Iowa State Classic and came home with five first-place finishes. Overall, the Wildcats racked up nine top-five finishes, including two runner-up efforts.
Senior Erica Twiss placed first in the women's 60-meter hurdle preliminaries on Friday evening and duplicated that performance in the meet's final event on Saturday with a time of 8.27 seconds.
Also placing first at the meet were sophomores Tia' Gamble (600 yard run), Ifeanyichukwu Otuonye (long jump) and sophomore Dani Winters (shot put).
For more on the meet's first day, senior Carlos Rodriguez's record-breaking performance in the 200 meter dash and Gamble's impressive performance in the 600 yard run, click here.
For a complete recap of Saturday's events, the meet's final scores and Twiss' and Winters' top-notch performances, click here.
K-State track and field will return home this weekend to compete in the K-State Open on Friday beginning at 5 p.m., in Ahearn Field House.
EQUESTRIAN COMES UP SHORT IN STILLWATER
The No. 4 K-State Equestrian team saw its four-meet winning streak snapped on Saturday afternoon as it fell to No. 6 Oklahoma State in a 13-6 decision in Stillwater, Okla. K-State senior Rachel Webster was the only Wildcat rider to earn an Most Outstanding Player (MOP) honor after scoring an 86 in Equitation on the Flat to beat Cowgirl Samantha Elser, who carded an 83. Senior Jacquelyn Bogstad also recorded a point in Equitation on the Flat after carding an 85.
Shana Barnett was the lone point scorer for K-State in Equitation Over Fences with a score of 84, while the Wildcat Western team was unable to overcome Oklahoma State and fell 7-3. Senior Chayna DeNicolo and Rachel Wetherell picked up points for K-State in Horsemanship, while junior Savannah Smith picked up K-State's lone Reining victory.
K-State equestrian competes again on Feb. 28, at 10 a.m., as it makes its spring home debut against No. 2 Baylor at Timbercreek Stables.
For more on the K-State equestrian team's weekend, click here.
MEN'S BASKETBALL FALLS IN DOUBLE OT
Feb 15, 2014; Waco, TX, USA; Kansas State Wildcats guard/forward Wesley Iwundu (25) dribbles the ball up court against the Baylor Bears during the first half of a mens basketball game at The Ferrell Center. Mandatory Credit: Jim Cowsert-USA TODAY Sports
The K-State men's basketball team (17-8, 7-5 Big 12) was unable to snap its road losing streak as it fell, 87-73, at Baylor on Saturday evening in Waco, Texas.
Despite a complete team effort which saw junior Nino Williams lead the team with 20 points and eight rebounds, freshman Marcus Foster score 18 points and junior Thomas Gipson add 12 points, the Wildcats were unable to hang on through two overtime periods and grab the victory.
The Bears (16-9, 4-8 Big 12) trailed by 10 points with nine minutes remaining in regulation before rallying and ending their longest home skid (four-games) in nine years. A buzzer-beating 3-pointer from Baylor guard Brady Heslip was enough to send the game into its first overtime, while teammate Taurean Prince hit another 3-pointer to send the game into its second extra frame.
"It was a heck of a ballgame," K-State head coach Bruce Weber said. "We have been begging and pleading with our guys to have emotion and energy in the first half. I thought our defensive effort was as good as any of the others, including at home. We really had them boggled up and frustrated. They shot 26 percent in the first half and we were everywhere. I thought we had the opportunities in that first half to extend the lead but we did not."
The Wildcats return home to take on TCU on Wednesday at 8 p.m., in Bramlage Coliseum.
WOMEN'S GOLF FINISHES 10TH IN FLORIDA
The K-State women's golf team headed south to Florida this weekend to compete in the Florida State Matchup in Tallahassee, Fla. The team finished in 10th place with a three-round score of 59-over par 923.
"We want to be at the other end of the leaderboard," head coach Kristi Knight said. "We still need to improve in all areas of the game and prepare for next weekend's tournament in Arizona."
K-State was paced by freshman Katherine Gravel-Coursol, who finished the event tied for 35th with a season best 14-over par 230.
For complete scores and more on this weekend's women's golf event, click here.
BASEBALL DROPS SEASON OPENING SERIES
K-State baseball was unable to open its season on the right foot this weekend as it was swept at Cal Poly by scores of 3-0 on Friday, 5-2 on Saturday and 10-1 on Sunday in San Luis Obispo, Calif.
The K-State offense was kept in check by the Cal Poly pitchers, including Matt Imhof on Friday, who struck out 14 batters and surrendered only two hits in seven innings. K-State sophomore starter Levi MaVorhis equaled Imhof's effort through five innings as he also allowed only two hits and struck out four. After MaVorhis exited the game, the Mustangs scored all three of its runs in the sixth inning for the win. For more on Friday's season opener, click here.
On Saturday, the Wildcats took a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning on freshman Tanner DeVinney's RBI infield single, but the Mustangs countered with three runs in the sixth inning en route to a 5-2 win. Click here for Saturday's recap.
Cal Poly rode the momentum it created the first two days on Sunday as it scored two runs apiece in the first, third and sixth innings before pushing across four in the seventh as the Mustangs swept the series with a 10-1 victory. For more on Sunday's contest, click here.
The Wildcats will remain in California for another week as they will play at San Francisco on Tuesday before playing four games in the Gael Invitational, Thursday through Sunday. K-State will play Portland on Thursday and UC Davis on Saturday, while the Cats will face host school Saint Mary's on Friday and Sunday.