SE: Women’s Basketball Drops Matchup with West Virginia


The Wildcat women’s basketball team doesn’t have an easy road ahead, but it’s up for the challenge.
 
Though K-State is now 0-3 in Big 12 play (10-4 this season) following last night’s 72-53 loss to West Virginia, it has shown improvement in each game.
 
“We need to look at the areas that we improved, and we definitely improved on our energy in this game and working together as a team,” said sophomore guard Shaelyn Martin about the team’s focus moving forward. “We talked about making plays, taking charges, getting deflections, all those things, and we did a lot better at that this game. So we’ll take what we’ve done well and take it to the next game. Then we take it to the next step and keep building on that. We can’t worry about the mistakes we made. Yes we need to improve on those mistakes, but we can’t dwell on them. We need to look at the next game and focus on what we need to focus on.” 
 
In last night’s game, it was Martin who stepped up by scoring a team-high 14 points and bringing energy when her teammates needed her most. Martin recorded a season-high four steals and dished out a team-high six assists.
 
“Before the game, all of us were talking about how we needed to bring a lot of energy. I took it upon myself to be the one that gets everybody pumped up. I wanted to do all the things I could possible and that triggered my offensive night. I just tried to keep that momentum going the whole game and get other people involved in it.” 
 
Added K-State head coach Jeff Mittie about Martin’s play, “I feel like she really got back to doing all the things that she does well tonight. She had three charges tonight, four offensive rebounds; it was just a game where she did all the things (she needed to). Then, consequently, she was more involved on the offensive end doing all those things. I thought she got energy from those plays, and that’s what we need more of.”
 
Junior guard Kindred Wesemann and junior forward Breanna Lewis also reached double digits, scoring 13 and 10 points, respectively. Along with her 10 points, Lewis recorded 10 rebounds for her sixth career double-double and first this season. 
 
Next up for the Wildcats is a trip to Norman, Oklahoma, to take on the Oklahoma Sooners at the Lloyd Noble Center at 1 p.m., on Sunday.
 
“We need to take a look at the film and see the areas that we need to greatly improve on,” said Mittie looking forward to this weekend’s game against Oklahoma. “The one thing about this league is that it will be a much different team, a much different style of play. This league is very talented, but it also provides a challenge because you have to flip gears from a pressure, physical defensive team to a very sound defensive and a three-point shooting team on Sunday. So, with all those things, we’ll have to take a look at the film and see what we can do best.” 
 
Following the Wildcats’ matchup with Oklahoma, K-State will return home to Bramlage Coliseum for back-to-back home games, taking on Oklahoma State at 7 p.m., on Jan. 13 and TCU at 7 p.m., on Jan. 16. 
 
For a full recap, game statistics, photos and more from last night’s women’s basketball game, please click here.
 
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WHITEHAIR TO PLAY IN REESE’S SENIOR BOWL
K-State football senior offensive lineman Cody Whitehair is one of 93 players nationally – including 13 from the Big 12 – that have accepted invitations to play in the 2016 Reese’s Senior Bowl, the most highly regarded collegiate all-star game, at the end of this month.
 
The game, which showcases up to 110 of the top seniors and fourth-year junior graduates in the nation in its annual game at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Alabama, will be played on Saturday, January 30, following a week’s-worth of practice. Kickoff is slated for 1:30 p.m., and the game will be televised nationally on NFL Network.
 
A four-time All-Big 12 performer and two-year team captain, Whitehair played in 52 career games with 51 starts, including the final 26 of his career at left tackle. Whitehair, who was an honorable mention selection for the 2015 Big 12 Offensive Lineman of the Year award, was on the watch lists for the Outland Trophy and Lombardi Awards each of the last two seasons.
 
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TRACK AND FIELD: WOMEN 4TH, MEN 20th, IN USTFCCCA PRESEASON POLL
K-State’s women’s track team earned a fourth-place ranking with 120.25 points, while the men earned a 20th-place ranking with 43.19 points, in the USTFCCCA’s preseason indoor track and field poll, the organization announced on Wednesday. 
 
The fourth-place rank marks the highest ranking ever by the Wildcat women, topping their previous high 6th-place ranking attained over a three-week period last season. 
 
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Also, stay tuned to tomorrow’s K-State Sports Extra for more information about the Wildcat men’s and women’s track teams and this weekend’s Wildcat Invitational. 

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