Equestrian Downs No. 3 TCU
"It's definitely good. It's a confidence booster for our team," said head coach Casie Maxwell. "We needed this. It's nice to be home with the entire team; it's hard to go on the road and leave about half of them at home. So it's great to be back here in our home atmosphere, on our home horses. The team just needed this big boost of confidence.
The Wildcats opened the day with a 5-0 sweep in Equitation over Fences - earning points from Henley Adkins Madison Wayda, Christina Martinelli, Taylor Schmidt and Molly Dunn - followed by a 3-1 decision in reining thanks to points from Jessica Johns, Savannah Smith and Kara Guy.
Along with garnering points in Equitation over Fences, Adkins, Wayda and Martinelli were also successful in Equitation on the Flat as they each earned points in K-State's to its 3-2 win.
Finally, the Wildcats closed the day just as strong as they began it by defeating TCU, 3-2, in horsemanship due to points from Kirsten Chamberland, Kelsey Sousa and Dani Kemper.
"I'm surprised they came out with so much confidence, collectively, as a group because so many losses on the road can really get you down after a while," said Maxwell, whose team entered yesterday's match coming off seven consecutive road losses. "They really came out and left that behind. They were on a mission and they made a statement today. I'm really proud of them for doing that."
Schmidt and Kemper each received Most Outstanding Performer (MOP) awards for their successful rides yesterday. Schmidt, a sophomore from Fishers, Indiana, earned the meet's MOP for Equitation over Fences after defeating TCU's Nikki Diamantis, 80-73. Kemper, a junior from Gilbert, Arizona, outscored TCU's Erin Gillette, 75-73.5, helping the Wildcats to their 3-2 Horsemanship win.
"I was really excited," said Schmidt about earning her MOP honor. "I thought the energy was great from the team and everybody was just really hyped up. We've all been working really hard, so seeing it pay off and get the MOP, that really meant a lot to me."
Among the Wildcats' top performers, not only yesterday afternoon but in every meet so far during this spring 2015 season, is junior Kara Guy, whose 71 points against TCU's Katie Gray were enough for her to secure the win and continue her perfect spring slate.
"Kara has been excellent," said Maxwell about Guy's solid start to 2015. "She has been kind of fighting her own mental battle for the last two years and kind of held herself back, but she's given up on that now, come to terms with things and has really grown. I'm really, really proud of her."
Guy currently holds a 5-5-1 record during the 2014-15 season and a 19-14-1 record overall during her Wildcat career. She was named the National Collegiate Equestrian Association (NCEA) January Rider of the Month on for January after an impressive month in the arena, and she has gone 5-0 in 2015.
"It's been really exciting. My first semester was not ideal, so I decided to take that and bounce back from it," said Guy. "We've had a couple of up and down road meets, but I kept trying to work hard and just focus on getting the team together. To earn (NCEA Rider of the Month) was really humbling and also unexpected."
Hoping to ride off the success of yesterday afternoon, the Wildcats return home to Timbercreek Stables next Saturday to take on Baylor at 10 a.m.
"It was really great. We really appreciate it," said Maxwell about the crowd that showed up to cheer on the Wildcats at yesterday's meet. "It was terrible weather, so we appreciate people being here, cheering them on and, even when we secured the win, they stayed until the very end. That means a lot to us, it means a lot to the girls and tells them to keep on fighting for that last point."
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL RETURNS HOME, HOSTS PLAY 4KAY
Though the Wildcats are coming off a road loss at No. 20 Texas earlier this week, the K-State women's basketball team will be back in Bramlage Coliseum tonight as it is set to host Oklahoma (16-9, 10-4 Big 12) at 7 p.m.
The last time the two teams matched up, K-State came up short in a 66-58 loss on Feb. 7, in Norman, Oklahoma. However, the Wildcats have been playing some of their best basketball on their home court this season and hold a 13-3 record in Bramlage Coliseum.
Tonight will mark the seventh consecutive season the Wildcats take part in the national 'Play 4Kay Game,' a Kay Yow Cancer Fund initiative that allows a nation of coaches to raise both awareness and funds for cancer research. The first 4,000 fans in attendance will receive a pink t-shirt provided by Mercy Regional Health Center, Briggs Auto and GTM Sportswear. Along with the t-shirts, special pink concession items will be made available at the Bramlage Coliseum concession stands.
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To purchase tickets to tonight's 'Play 4Kay' game, fans can contact the K-State Athletics Ticket Office at (800) 221-CATS or visit www.kstatesports.com/tickets.
MEN'S BASKETBALL CONTINUES ROAD COMPETITION
Coming off a tough 69-55 loss at TCU on Wednesday evening, the K-State men's basketball team (13-14, 6-8 Big 12) concludes its road trip at No. 20 Baylor (19-7, 7-6 Big 12) this afternoon.
Tipping off at 12 p.m., in the Ferrell Center in Waco, Texas, the Wildcats will look to sweep the series against Baylor as, on Jan. 17, K-State upset the then-No. 22 Bears, 63-61, in Bramlage Coliseum.
Today's game will be televised nationally on ESPNU.
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The K-State baseball team rallied from a pair of deficits on Friday, including a 6-0 hole after the second inning and a 9-7 shortfall in the top of the ninth, but the Wildcats surrendered a walk-off single in the ninth to lose to Oregon State, 10-9, at Surprise Stadium.
After beating Utah the previous night with a walk-off hit of its own, K-State (3-3) fell victim to the same type of result in its second game of the weekend as the Beavers (4-2) staged their ninth-inning rally starting with Gabe Clark's single off Jordan Floyd to start the frame.
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