Wildcats of the Week

MANHATTAN, Kan. Denis Clemente of the Kansas State men’s basketball team and Loren Groves of the K-State women’s track and field team are this week’s Wildcats of the Week, announced Tuesday morning by the Kansas State Athletic Department. It is the third honor of the season for Clemente, all coming within the last four weeks, while it is Groves’ second honor in the last three weeks.

Denis Clemente, G, Jr., Bayamon, Puerto Rico/Univ. of Miami

Denis Clemente helped Kansas State earn a pair of wins this past week over Missouri and at No. 11 Texas. He averaged 27.0 points on 54.8 percent shooting, including 77.8 percent from 3-point range, with 5.0 assists, 1.5 rebounds and 1.0 steals in 31.0 minutes per game.

Clemente had 10 points in the win over Missouri on Wednesday on 4-of-6 shooting, including 1-of-3 from 3-point range with a team-high seven assists.

He then tied Michael Beasley’s Big 12 record for points (at Baylor, 2/23/08) in a single game with his career-high 44 points in the win over No. 11 Texas on Saturday. The junior went 13-of-25 from the field, including a perfect 6-of-6 from 3-point range and 12-of-12 from the free throw line. The 44 points tied Beasley for the fifth-most points in a single-game in school history, including the second-most in a conference game. It was also the most points by a guard since Askia Jones broke the school record with 62 points against Fresno State on March 24, 1994, and was the most points by a guard on an opposing team’s floor in school history.

Clemente, named the ESPN.com National Player of the Week, also tallied the most by a single player in Erwin Center history, surpassing the 43 by Texas’ Reggie Freeman against Fresno State in 1996, and most by a visiting player, surpassing the 40 points scored by Rob Williams of Houston in 1981.

Clemente’s previous career was 24, which he did twice as a sophomore at Miami (Fla.) in 2006-07 against Virginia Tech and Boston College. Clemente posted double figures for the 13th time this season, including his second 20-point outing, and has scored in double figures in six of the seven Big 12 games.

Loren Groves, Throws, Sr., Scott City, Mo./Scott City HS

Loren Groves recorded the Wildcats’ first automatic qualifying mark of the season as she threw a season-best 69-08.00 in the weight throw en route a title and a berth into the NCAA Championship at season’s end at the Wildcat Invitational on Saturday.

Groves, a senior from Scott City, Mo., had already posted two NCAA provisional qualifying marks as she made a hurl of 68-06.50 at the KSU Invitational on January 17, which broke the meet record she previously held from 2007 and bettered her first provisional mark of the season, a 67-09.00 throw at the KSU All-Comers on December 13.

Wildcats of the Week honorees

Date                 Male                                         Female

Sept. 2             Josh Freeman (FB)                    Megan Farr (VB)

Sept. 9             Courtney Herndon (FB)              Nataly Korobkova (VB)

Sept. 16            N/A                                           Rita Liliom (VB)

Sept. 23            Brandon Banks (FB)                  Beverly Ramos (XC)                                         

Sept. 30            Lamark Brown (FB)                    Lauren Mathewson (VB)                                    

Oct. 7               Robert Streb (Golf)                    Beverly Ramos (XC)

Oct. 14             Josh Freeman (FB)                    Lauren Mathewson (VB)

Oct. 21             Joshua Moore (FB)                    Rita Liliom (VB)

Oct. 28             Mitchell Gregson (Golf)              Nataly Korobkova (VB)

Nov. 4              Lamark Brown (FB)                    Soriana Pacheco (VB)

Nov. 11             Robert Streb (Golf)                    Rita Liliom (VB)
Nov. 18             Jamar Samuels (MBB)               Shalee Lehning (WBB)

Nov. 25             Alex Hrebec (FB)                       Lauren Mathewson (VB)
Dec. 2              Jacob Pullen (MBB)                   Shalee Lehning (WBB)
Dec. 9              Ron Anderson (MBB)                 Ashley Sweat (WBB)
Dec. 16            Jacob Pullen (MBB)                   Marlies Gipson (WBB)
Dec. 23            Darren Kent (MBB)                    Marlies Gipson (WBB)
Jan. 6               Fred Brown (MBB)                    Ashley Sweat (WBB)
Jan. 13             Denis Clemente (MBB)              Shalee Lehning (WBB)
Jan. 21             Denis Clemente (MBB)              Loren Groves (WT&F)
Jan. 27             Jacob Pullen (MBB)                  Maries Gipson (WBB)
Feb. 3              Denis Clemente (MBB)              Loren Groves (WT&F)