Oct. 26, 2013
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MANHATTAN, Kan. – The Kansas State men’s and women’s basketball teams ushered in the start of the new season on Friday night, as more than 5,500 fans enjoyed “Madness in Manhattan” festivities at Bramlage Coliseum.
The event, which was sponsored by K-State Federal Credit Union, began with the unveiling new banners to the rafters of Bramlage Coliseum honoring the two programs’ championship heritage as well as their jersey retirees. Each of the 26 banners represents program accomplishments, including conference championships, NCAA Tournament, WNIT and NIT appearances and berths in the NCAA Sweet 16 and Elite Eight. The men’s four trips to the Final Four as well as the women’s 2006 WNIT Championship are commemorated with their own banner.
“It was a great event tonight,” said head coach Bruce Weber. “I’m so appreciative of all the fans coming out to support our basketball teams. This is exciting time of year with the start of games just right around the corner.”
After performances by the K-State pep band and the Classy Cats as well as a repelling Willie Wildcat, the new-look Wildcat women’s basketball played a spirited 10-minute scrimmage with the Purple defeating the Black, 14-11. Freshman Kindred Wesemann led all scorers with nine points on 3-of-4 field goals for the Black squad, while junior Haley Texada paced the victorious Purple team with seven points on 3-of-5 shooting.
The duo of junior Thomas Gipson and senior Katya Leick won the skills competition with a score of 46.6, which included timed drills by each individual through an obstacle course. They beat out fellow competitors senior Shane Southwell and freshman Leti Romero (47.8) and senior Will Spradling and Wesemann (47.6).
The dunk contest featured four participants – junior transfer Justin Edwards, sophomore transfer Brandon Bolden and freshmen Wesley Iwundu and Nigel Johnson. Edwards and Johnson advanced to the finals after two rounds of dunks with Edwards ultimately winning the contest with his perfect score of 50. The judging panel consisted of current Wildcat Shane Southwell, 2013 graduates Jordan Henriquez and Martavious Irving, recent Kansas Sports Hall of Fame inductee Nicole Ohlde and internet sensation “Trick Shot” Titus Ashby of Derby, Kan.
The men’s scrimmage ended the evening, as the Purple defeated the Gray, 51-48, in a 15-minute scrimmage. Freshman Marcus Foster led all scorers with 15 points on 7-of-11 field goals for the Gray squad, while Gipson was one of four players in double figures for the winning Purple team with 11 points on 5-of-8 shooting. Edwards and Southwell as well as transfer Brandon Bolden each had 10 points for the Purple team.
The K-State women’s team tips off the season on Monday night with an exhibition game against Washburn at 7 p.m., while the two teams play an exhibition doubleheader on Friday, Nov. 1 with the women set to host Alaska-Anchorage at 5:45 p.m. and the men to follow with Pittsburg State at 8 p.m. Fans who purchase a $10 bench and/or general admission ticket to the men’s exhibition on Friday also receive admission to the women’s contest.
Season tickets as well as mini-plans and non-conference single-game tickets are currently on sale in the Athletics Ticket Office and can be purchased in a variety of ways, including toll free at (800) 221.CATS (2287), online at www.kstatesports.com/tickets and in-person at the Athletics Ticket Office located in Bramlage Coliseum.