Top 10 Moments of February 2015

With that being said, here are a few moments K-State Sports Extra has highlighted as February's greatest:
 
10. Women's Soccer Unveils Official Crest, Announces Founders Club
At halftime of this year's Sunflower Showdown in Bramlage Coliseum, K-State Athletics unveiled the new K-State Soccer Crest and announced the formation of the K-State Soccer Founders Club.
 
"This is a remarkable time in the history of the K-State women's soccer program," said head coach Mike Dibbini. "The chance to be a part of the first ever Founders Club and to support the new program is a unique opportunity to be a part of the soccer fan experience. The soccer program will have a very positive impact not only for the students and the campus community, but for everyone who is already a part of the loyal fan base."
 
9. Women's Basketball Sweeps Sunflower Showdown
On February 25, the Wildcat women's basketball team completed a two-game sweep of the Kansas Jayhawks and earned the title of Sunflower Showdown Champions. Defeating Kansas, 55-48, in Allen Fieldhouse, the Wildcats used a 12-0 run in the game's final minutes to catapult itself to the win.
 
The win in Lawrence marked the fourth victory for the Wildcats in their last five visits and, in the team's last 20 meetings, K-State leads the way, 14-6.
 
8. Akela Jones Named Big 12 Athlete of the Week... Twice
In her first year with the Wildcat women's track and field team, junior pentathlete Akela Jones has made quite the statement. In the month of February alone she has earned not one, but two Big 12 Athlete of the Week recognitions for her performances in both the Jayhawk Classic and the Tyson Invitational. Along with the conference accolades, Jones has broken numerous K-State and facility records, including the long jump and the 60 meter hurdles.
 
"She's a very, very talented young lady and she's worked really hard," said Wildcat head coach Cliff Rovelto. "We anticipated that she would work hard, but the fact that she's adapting as quickly as she is to entirely different training, and she's working on things that she really hasn't worked on before. She's making pretty significant changes technically. That's what's very impressive to me - she's performing at a very, very high level while going through a lot of change."
 
7. Men's Basketball Defeats Oklahoma
It was a déjå vu moment in Bramlage Coliseum on February 14, as Wildcat sophomore Marcus Foster made a final second three-pointer to boost the Wildcats to a 59-56 win over No. 17 Oklahoma. Almost exactly how he closed the Wildcats' first win over the Sooners in a 66-63 victory on January 10 in Norman, Oklahoma, his last-second shot sent K-State to the victory.
 
"It's so ironic," said head coach Bruce Weber about Foster's buzzer-beating shot. "It was the exact same shot. To beat them twice, it's pretty amazing for him to do that. It was even a cleaner look than last time."
 
To take a look back at the Wildcats' exciting win over Oklahoma, please click here.
 
6. Women's Basketball Posts 93 Points in Win over TCU
In its best offensive performance of the season, the Wildcat women's basketball team defeated TCU, 93-79, in Bramlage Coliseum on Feb. 11.
 
The 93 points were not only a season high, but also the most points scored by the squad in a conference game in more than a decade. The last time K-State recorded 90-plus points in a Big 12 competition was on February 23, 2005, when it defeated Nebraska, 94-69.
 
"I felt really good about their focus," said head coach Jeff Mittie after the team's win. "They were locked in to what we needed to do to play well, and that's a real credit to these players. I thought it was a players' game; they made the right decisions. It was fun to watch them."
 
5. Equestrian Wins Back-to-Back at Home
On February 20, the K-State Equestrian team snapped a seven-meet losing streak with a 14-5 upset win over No. 3 TCU at home in Timbercreek Stables, and then carried that momentum into the following weekend as the team knocked off No. 1 Baylor, 10-9, on Senior Day.
 
"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."
 
Against TCU, the Wildcats swept Equitation over Fences, 5-0, won Equitation on the Flat, 3-2, won 3-1 in reining and 3-2 in horsemanship. Against Baylor, the team won Equitation over Fences, 3-2, Equitation on the Flat, 3-2, and Horsemanship, 3-1, but fell 4-1 to the Lady Bears in Reining.
 
For a look back at the team's win over Baylor, please click here.
 
4. Men's Basketball Defeats Iowa State on Senior Day
After celebrating the careers of the Wildcats' three seniors - Thomas Gipson, Nino Wiliams and Shawn Meyer - before the game, K-State men's basketball defeated No. 12/13 Iowa State, 70-69, in thrilling fashion in Bramlage Coliseum on February 28. 
 
The win marked the second time the Wildcats upended a top-15 opponent in on week (the first was against No. 8 Kansas, but we'll get to that...) and the fifth top-25 win of the year.
"The emotions were high; the team put a lot of pressure on itself to win this game and go out with a good ending for Bramlage, the fans and the seniors," said sophomore Wesley Iwundu, who threw down the game-winning dunk with less than 30 seconds left after stealing an Iowa State pass. "This is the best week all season. We had a lot of rest after the KU game, then another big win today with Iowa State. It's been great."
 
3. Women's Basketball Upsets No. 20 Texas
Kindred Wesemann was the player of the game in the Wildcats' exciting 66-57 upset win over No. 20 Texas on February 4. Going an impressive 8-of-11 from behind the arc, Wesemann scored a career-high 25 points en route to the victory.
 
"It was good to see her get hot," said head coach Jeff Mittie. "She had great looks early."
 
The Wildcats win over Texas marked the team's third-consecutive win at that time and pushed the Wildcats to nine-consecutive seasons with a win over an Associated Press Top-25 team.
 
To read more about the upset win in early February, please click here.
 
2. Men's Basketball Downs Kansas
Coming together and putting on a thrilling show before a sold-out Bramlage Coliseum, the Wildcats men's basketball team upset No. 8 Kansas, 70-63, on February 23.
 
"It was a good, good team win," said K-State senior forward Nino Williams, who hit a jumper with less than 30 seconds remaining to essentially put the game away. "I think today's game we came out and we went at them. They have confidence just by being Kansas, and we just told ourselves to come out and play. We've got them two years in a row now, so it's good to beat them. Like coach said, it's good for the fans, the alumni, all the students. This was a good, family K-State win, a big-time K-State win."
 
In the win, it was Wildcat sophomore Nigel Johnson who stepped up big, scoring 20 points on 8-of-11 shooting from the field.
 
For a complete recap of the Sunflower Showdown victory, please click here.
 
1. Women's Track and Field Excels at Big 12 Championship
The K-State women's track and field team finished a close second to Texas at the Big 12 Indoor Track and Field Championships on February 28, in Ames, Iowa. Scoring 132.50 points total, the women's effort was the best in program history in regards to both points and finish in the Big 12 era.
 
Wildcat head coach Cliff Rovelto had nothing but praise for the women's showing - one that had 17 of the 22 women that competed contribute at least one point to the team's final tally.
 
"We really couldn't have done much more than we did. I mean we really couldn't. You can look at it and say, 'Well there's a couple people in whatever event...' but we had other people score more than what we would have thought they were going to score," said Rovelto. "I really think that we had everything we could possibly happen, just from a team perspective. We had almost all the women we brought score so that's pretty good. We couldn't have done better."
 
Akela Jones highlighted the meet as she earned high-point scorer of the meet, capping off the competition with a total of 24-points in three events (60-meter hurdles, high jump and long jump). She took the Big 12 title in the long jump, placed second in the high jump and finished third in the hurdles.
 
For more on the Big 12 Track and Field Championship and to see where all the Wildcats fared, please click here.
K-State's Alyx Treasure, Kimberly Williamson and Akela Jones pose for photos after the women's high jump during the Big 12 Indoor Track and Field Championships at the Lied Recreation Athletic Center in Ames, Iowa on February 28, 2015. (Scott D. Weaver/K-State Athletics)
 
  

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