Wildcats of the Week

MANHATTAN, Kan. Darren Kent of the Kansas State men’s basketball team and Marlies Gipson of the K-State women’s basketball team are this week’s Wildcats of the Week, announced on Tuesday by the Kansas State Athletic Department. It is the second honor for Gipson in as many weeks, while it is the first of the year for Kent.

Darren Kent, F, Sr., Apple Valley, Minn./Eastview

Darren Kent turned in the best game of his Wildcat career in Kansas State’s 73-51 win Saturday against Centenary. The senior forward scored a career-best 24 points on 9-of-14 shooting, including a 1-for-1 mark from three-point range and 5-of-6 from the free throw line. He also pulled down 10 rebounds to tally his third double-double of the season. His 24 points were nine more than his previous career best of 15 against Southeast Missouri State on Nov. 16.

Marlies Gipson, F, Sr., McPherson, Kan./McPherson
Marlies Gipson became the Kansas State career leader for blocked shots and surpassed the career 1,000-point plateau as K-State won at Indiana State on Dec. 20, 58-43. This is the first 10-0 start in school history since the 1968-69 season and the first 5-0 road record since the 2001-02 season. Gipson tallied a game-high of 15 points and a season-high tying six blocked shots. She also hauled in six rebounds, dished out three assists and carded three steals.
With Gipson's second blocked shot at 14:49 of the first half, she surpassed Nicole Ohlde (2000-04; 204) for the school career blocked shots record. Gipson's current career total is 209 and ranks third in Big 12 history. She is the shortest player, 6-0, among the top six in Big 12 history. With her six blocked shots on the evening, Gipson now has 11 career games with five or more blocked shots in a game, which is a K-State school record.
Gipson became the 34th player in school history to surpass the 1,000-point barrier (1,005) and moved into 33rd on the school career scoring list.

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)