K-State dominates Howard in final game before conference play

 

The K-State men’s basketball team closed out their non-conference schedule with a dominating win, 82-46, over the Howard Bison to put the Wildcats at 11-1 going into Big 12 play. The Wildcats’ balanced scoring and suffocating defense put the Bison down early and kept them from creeping back into the game.

The Wildcats’ outside shooting put them ahead early as they drained 10 three pointers in the first half. 

Angel Rodriguez, who finished with 11 points, provided a personal 8-point run for the Wildcats to begin the blowout that was to come.

Jamar Samuels, who finished with 10 points and eight rebounds, converted two short buckets and Will Spradling hit a jumper to follow Rodriguez’s run to extend the Wildcat lead to 23.

Spradling hit five of eight from the field and three of six from behind the arc to finish the game with 13 points.

The rest of the first half consisted of two three-pointers from Rodney McGruder, who led the Wildcats in scoring with 14 points, another from Rodriguez, four made free throws from Samuels and a slashing Jeremy Jones’ basket.

Jones, who finished with 10 points, was one of five Wildcats in double figures.

“We try to make our team dependent on the team and not an individual,” Head coach Frank Martin said of his team’s depth. 

The barrage of scoring from the Wildcats left the Bison down 50-18 at the half and was a reminder of the 89-34 loss the Bison had against the Kansas Jayhawks last Thursday.

“Coming into the year, nobody gave these guys credit,” Martin said of his team. “All they talked about was how we were ‘Jacob Pullen and a bunch of misfits’ and that’s not the case.”

The Wildcats will take on the Jayhawks in their first Big 12 game of the season and their first game in the New Year.

“I’m just ready to play that game,” McGruder said of the game against the Jayhawks. “I wish it was tomorrow, I’m just excited and amped up for it.”

“We’re ready, we’ve been ready,” Martin said when asked if his team is ready for Big 12 play. “That’s what we work for.”

Besides a 10-point run in the second half by the Bison, the Wildcats played their most consistent game all season. The Wildcats failed to match their first half output in the second half but Martin was pleased nonetheless.

“I was real proud of our focus,” Martin said. “We showed that consistency, that resolve, to not take a step back and continue to do things the right way.”

The Wildcats are set to take on the Jayhawks in Lawrence, Kan., at 7 p.m. Wednesday, in Allen Fieldhouse. 

K-State places first in Diamond Head Classic, McGruder named Tournament MVP

Not only did K-State head Coach, Frank Martin, spend his holidays under the sunny Hawaiian skies, but he also wore a festive, purple Hawaiian shirt as he led his team to a Christmas Day win of 77-60 over Long Beach State University, and the Wildcats came home from the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic with a first place trophy.

K-State played three games over a four day period, and not only did their starting five have an impressive showing, but the talent from their bench held a few surprises of their own.

K-State averaged over three players scoring in the double digits for all three games, and had two season-high scoring first halves.

K-State tipped off the tournament on December 22 against Southern Illinois, where they came away with a win of 83-58 and scored a season high 48 points in the first half. The Wildcats were able to consistently hold a 20-point lead throughout the game which secured their position in the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic semifinal game against University of Texas El Paso.

After almost an hour delay due to overtime of the tournament’s previous game, K-State and UTEP hit the court ready to play for their place in the Christmas Day final match. With a slow beginning in the first half from the Wildcats, UTEP led the majority of the opening minutes. However about half way through the first half K-State caught fire and with two Jeremy Jones three-pointers in a row and strong rebound and shot connection, the Wildcats closed the first half with 45 points, their second most scored in a half this season and led UTEP by 13 points.

During the second half UTEP came back firing and, with 7 minutes left on the clock, had the game tied at 60. But after an 11 point run from K-State, they took the lead and kept it until the clock ran out. The win over UTEP secured K-State into the championship game.

Despite traveling late to the tournament in order to attend the funeral of his grandmother, senior forward Jamar Samuels reached his eighth career double-double during the team’s semifinal game against UTEP.

Also among K-State’s players making a difference on the court was freshman guard, Angel Rodriguez, who led the team in scoring during the first two games, where he averaged 15 points per game.

When Long Beach State University beat Auburn University 64-43 during their semifinal game, it secured their spot for the Christmas Day championship game as well, and the Wildcats had a challenge ahead of them.

However the Wildcats brought their intensity to the Championship game and quickly stole the lead. At the open of the Championship Game, Coach Martin started Samuels, junior Rodney McGruder, sophomore Will Spradling, junior Martavious Irving and freshman Thomas Gipson. The Wildcats opened the game with a quick three-pointer from Spradling.

Throughout the first half K-State held a consistent 10-point lead and McGruder went 5-5 shooting from the field with 12 points on the board.

McGruder proved a key player of the game as he continued scoring the second half and reached a career high of 28 points, and went 10-11 from the field over all. McGruder was named all-tournament MVP and as he left the court he was surrounded with high-five’s and slaps on the back from his teammates.

While McGruder led the team in points, also making and impact on the game were Spradling, with 17 points, and Samuels with 11 points and 8 rebounds.

With a final score of 77-60, K-State came away with another win, took the first place title at the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic, and Coach Martin went home with a trophy for Christmas.

Now currently sitting at 10-1, and coming off of a 5-game winning streak, K-State will travel back to Bramlage Coliseum where they will take on the Howard University Bison on Saturday, December 31, at 1:00 PM. 

The Wildcats came prepared, beat No. 21 Alabama

KANSAS CITY – The K-State men’s basketball team captured its first win over a ranked opponent this season on Saturday against the No. 21 Alabama Crimson Tide. The Wildcats survived yet another sluggish offensive first half with a strong showing from the Wildcat bench to defeat the Crimson Tide 71-58 at the Hy-Vee Wildcat Classic, which took place in the Kansas City Sprint Center.

Led by junior forward Jordan Henriquez and freshman guard Angel Rodriguez, the Wildcat’s bench outscored the Crimson Tide’s bench 35-8. Henriquez finished the game with a personal career high of 17 points and Rodriguez finished the game with 13 points and seven assists.

Head coach Frank Martin said Henriquez and Rodriguez both regrouped mentally.

“Both of them have refocused since the preseason for whatever reasons. That daily focus just was not there for a couple weeks, but they have been two of our better players in practice this week and I think that carried over to tonight’s game. I know some people don’t think like I do, which is fine with me, but I think the people that prepare well go out and play the game and it is easy, and that is what you saw with these two guys,” Martin said of Henriquez and Rodriguez. “We got their zone really spread out and then Angel drove it and Jordan did what we talked about, which is if that middle guy comes up when we drove the ball to the scene, then the back side is going to be open. Angel made some good reads and Jordan was able to put the ball in the basket.”

The Wildcats, despite shooting 33.3% and 42.9% from the field and the free throw line in the first half respectively, held a 26-24 lead at the half

After a bucket from Tony Mitchell, junior forward for the Crimson Tide, to open the second half, the Wildcats went on an 8-2 run with senior forward Jamar Samuels and Henriquez carrying the load for the Wildcats during the run.

Trevor Releford, sophomore guard for Alabama, put a cap on the Wildcat’s run with a slashing bucket and the Crimson Tide got within one point of the lead after an old-fashioned, three-point play from Alabama’s senior forward, JaMychal Green.

Green finished the game with 20 points and nine rebounds and Releford added 14 points and six assists.

The Wildcats stepped up their offensive game after Releford’s high first half score and established a 10-point lead after a Rodriguez jumper capped off a nine point run for the Wildcats. The Wildcats almost doubled their field goal percentage from the first half to the second half as they shot 63.2% from the field in the second half.

Rodriquez said his improvements have come from the defensive side of the ball.

“Every time you play good defense it helps you on the offensive side. I try to stay positive,” Rodriguez said. “Even if I make a bad defensive play I try not to make a bad offensive play.”

The Wildcats extended their lead to 16 points in the second half with a majority of their points coming off of free throws as they went 19 of 26 from the free throw line during the second half.

Martin said he was happy with how his team closed the first half, even though Samuels and junior guard, Martavious Irving, both were on the bench for the majority of the half due to foul trouble.

“I went into halftime and I felt really good about how we were playing. Missing some shots did not affect our discipline and our defense. We called time out with fifty seconds to go and we executed exactly what we talked about running on offense and then we came down and get a defensive stop to finish the half. I felt really good about coming into the second half,” Martin said.

Samuels played six minutes and scored zero points in the first half but finished the game with 14 second half points. Martin said he was proud of Samuels for reasons bigger than the game of basketball.

“It was good to see Jamar come out and have that three-point play. I was just really happy for him. He played with a heavy heart after losing his grandma this morning,” Martin said. “I was very happy that he made some positive plays in a difficult moment for him.”

The Wildcats head to Honolulu, Hawaii for their first game in the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic against the Southern Illinois Salukis on Thursday. The game is set to tip-off at 3:30 p.m. at the Stan Sheriff Center and ESPNU will televise the game.

Wildcats come back to win over North Florida in overtime

The K-State men’s basketball team won 79-68 in overtime against the North Florida Ospreys after the Wildcats lost their previous game against the West Virginia Mountaineers in a double-overtime finish.

A Will Spradling three-point basket gave the Wildcats a two-point lead with under 20 seconds left in regulation. Jimmy Williams, senior guard for North Florida, slashed to the basket with time running out and banked in a shot with under a second left in regulation to send the game into overtime.

The Wildcats made 11 of 12 shots from the free throw line in overtime to take control of the game and put the Ospreys away for good.

K-State head coach, Frank Martin, said his team will struggle to win games down the road if they do not start to improve, especially in practice.

“We have been sloppy and lethargic,” Martin said of his team’s recent practices. “The way you prepare is the way you play. I have always heard people talk about, ‘when you turn the lights on I will be ready to go.’ That is complete hogwash. People who are good do their job every day, and that is what we built our program on. We have a little immaturity on our team and our leadership has to get better. I have to do a better job of guiding those young kids that are trying to lead.”

The Wildcats’ tendency of starting slow in the first half and finishing the game with a strong second half did not hold against the Ospreys. The Wildcats jumped on the Ospreys with a 6-0 lead to start the game. After the Ospreys cut the lead to three, freshman forward, Adrian Diaz, scored six straight points for the Wildcats to give them an eventual 32-25 lead at halftime.

Spradling, who ended the game with 12 points and nine assists, said the Wildcats should jump on teams at home when they have the chance.

“When we get up like that, we need to just bury teams. Once we get leads, we like to relax and let the teams back in the game,” Spradling said. “We cannot be doing that especially when the Big 12 comes. We will be the ones getting buried.”

The Ospreys opened up the second half with a six-point run of their own to cut the lead to one. Thomas Gipson, freshman forward who led the Wildcats with 23 points and 12 rebounds, stopped the Osprey run by scoring the next three field goals for the Wildcats.

Martin said Gipson has been one of the Wildcats’ few bright spots in the last few games.

“He is as committed to things as anybody is on the team right now; it is hard for us to play without him right now,” Martin said.

The Wildcats lost the lead in the second half after back-to-back turnovers allowed the Ospreys to catch fire from behind the arc. North Florida’s Jerron Granberry’s back-to-back three point field goals boosted the Ospreys lead to nine, their largest lead of the game. Osprey players, Williams, Parker Smith and Granberry, led their team with 13, 13 and 12 points each respectively.

The Wildcats will have all week to prepare for their next opponent, the No. 16 Alabama Crimson Tide. The two teams will faceoff Saturday at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo., and tipoff is set for 9 p.m. ESPNU will televise the game.  

Student fights lupus: ‘I feel like I’m living a torturous life’

Lindsay Tubbs realizes it may look odd to others when she steps out of her handicap-parked car. She realizes that at first glance, she looks like a healthy, petite blond. But what people don’t know is that Tubbs is fighting the chronic symptoms of a painful disease that make it difficult to walk to class.

The pain began in high school. Tubbs said she noticed her hair started falling out, her face swelled and she was constantly tired. She would sleep, on average, around 16 hours a day. She was told by her doctor to give it time and, if in a few months she did not get better, to come back. The pain only worsened, and Tubbs went back six months later.

After 15 blood tests, she received the news she so desperately wished against: she had lupus, an autoimmune disease that attacks the body’s healthy tissue.

“I was scared to death,” Tubbs said. “When they first started testing me, they said, ‘you have arthritis but we don’t know what kind it is. The worst possibility would be lupus but don’t worry, you won’t have that.’ And then I did.”

The numerous doctor visits didn’t prepare Tubbs’ mom, Mildred, for the diagnosis of the disease either. Though Tubbs had been sick for some time, her mom said she was in shock the day her daughter was diagnosed.

“I was in denial,” she said. “I didn’t want to believe it. Even though we knew it was a possibility, you never think it will happen to you.”

The diagnosis also took away previous any fears Lindsay had of death. With this disease, there is no closure; no calculated result.

“I always thought, ‘I’ll get sick, I’ll go to the hospital and they’ll make me better,’ or ‘I’ll get sick, I’ll go to the hospital and die.’ And now it’s neither of those,” Tubbs said. “Now it’s ‘I’ll get sick and I’ll just be sick and be in pain.’ And it will be never ending. That’s a lot harder to deal with than the idea of dying. I feel like I’m living a torturous life.”

Dr. Kevin Latinis, clinical assistant professor of immunology and rheumatology at KU Med, sees lupus every day and said the disease is quite variable in how it affects people.

Though systematic lupus comes with painful symptoms, Tubbs said she was also worried about treatment. Since it’s “not the most common disease to have,” finding the right doctor may be difficult.

“A lot of doctors don’t have a lot of experience with it,” Tubbs said.

Statistics indicate it’s mostly women whom experience its symptoms. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 90 percent of lupus patients are women and one in 1,000 women from the ages of 14 to 45 develop the disease.
Latinis said in general, lupus affects about 1 in 5,000 people.

“It tends to be more prevalent in big cities,” Latinis said. “Typically, it affects the African American and Hispanic population.”

Though Lafene Health Center declined to comment on the number of students with lupus on K-State campus, Tubbs said she has heard there are a total of three. However, not many students understand the severity of the disease.

Emily Vanwoerkom, Tubbs’ friend, said that before meeting her, she vaguely knew about the disease.

“But I’ve never known anyone who was being actively affected by it,” Vanwoerkom said.

For the past three years, Tubbs has been in remission for the disease, meaning her blood work has been testing negative for lupus. But that doesn’t mean she doesn’t get its symptoms.

She still sleeps 16 hours a day. She still gets butterfly rash. It still hurts her to walk.

But its also created a new spectrum of symptoms for her.

“Lupus is the type of disease where you don’t just get lupus but you get a lot of other diseases that go along with it,” Tubbs said.

In fact, Tubbs said her pain has shifted within the past year. Instead of feeling typical lupus symptoms, such as fever, hair loss and mouth sores, her pain has moved to her joints. While she said she had never experienced arthritic problems prior to this year, she suspects it is a result of the primary disease.

“My symptoms have become completely different,” she said. “It feels like my knees are broken. When I walk, I can feel the tendon snapping back; it’s awful. Every single joint in my body hurts.”

Now, Tubbs has found herself revisiting a familiar frustration: the unknown of what is happening to her.

On Nov. 16 she had a doctor’s appointment to pinpoint the reasoning behind the change in symptoms. While details are still unclear, Tubbs said they suspect she is degenerative; meaning her joints are breaking down and collapsing.

“We discovered that it’s probably a secondary disease,” she said. “That’s probably the worst part of it. Even though I’m in remission with lupus I still am popping up with another disease. It’s hard to handle.”

Latinis said one-third of lupus patients have fibromyalgia, which is a pain syndrome where the muscles and joints hurt.

“It’s very difficult to treat because it’s not very responsive to medicine,” he said.

He also said lupus can be associated with many other arthritis diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, among others.

Though Tubbs often sleeps 16 hours a day, it’s being physically unable to perform daily mundane tasks on her own – such as doing laundry or driving her car – that make such a disease frustrating. On days when she is having a hard time, though, her friends and family are there to lend a helping hand.

Vanwoerkom said typically, Tubbs wants to do as much as she can by herself when possible. It’s only when she is hurting that she’ll ask for help.

“She puts on a really good front when she’s in a lot of pain,” Vanwoerkom said. “But I can usually tell because she moves really stiffly.”

Despite daily struggles to walk and complete minor every day tasks, Tubbs makes sure to appreciate the good days.

“I might not be able to go to class every single day of the week but I am going to go when I can,” she said. “And I don’t want to just give up because I have 4 out of 7 days of the week where I’m in pain because I do have those 3 days.”

Tubbs stays involved when she can, and recently became the president Young Democrats organization on campus. Though she does most of the work at home on her computer, she makes sure to attend each monthly group meetings.

Though she can’t plan when the good days will happen, Tubbs said she makes sure she does what she wants. If Tubbs feels well enough, she said she enjoys going out with her friends, even if only in moderation.

However, she realizes that if she stays out too late or does “stupid things,” her body will reap the consequences in days following.

“Unlike most college students, I really have to think about what I’m doing no matter how well I feel because it will impact me later,” she said.

Nonetheless, Vanwoerkom said Tubbs is a fun, energetic individual who always manages to put on a happy face. Her ability to remain optimistic despite the circumstances is one of the things her mom said she is most proud of.

“It’s hard for me to watch her go through so much pain and no one know about it or understand it,” Vanwoerkom said. “She’s such a strong person.”

While Tubbs realizes she resembles other students on campus, her situation is unique. She wants to reach out to those who don’t understand her disease, with the hopes that they aren’t so quick to judge next time.

“People do not understand I’m sick. I get out of my car and I look like anybody else. Nobody realizes that if I walk thirty extra steps, I won’t be able to go to class the next day. People are just blind and somebody needs to say something.”

Title IX changes confidentiality for sexual assault victims

Colleen Quinn staff writer

Imagine befriending an upperclassman in your freshman year on campus. After attending a few parties, dinners and you suddenly find yourself at a bar in Junction City, drugged, with nowhere to go. The next morning you wake up in an unfamiliar apartment where you have been repeatedly beaten and raped by seven men you have never met.

This is what happened to Kristen Tebow, senior in women’s studies. Her assault was classified as human sex trafficking. It took some time to heal, but Tebow now shares her story to fight for women everywhere who have been raped and sexually trafficked.

According to the National Institute of Justice, one in five women will be victims of completed or attempted sexual assault before they graduate college. This statistic is high and alarming, but many women rationalize “it would never happen to me.” But for Tebow, it did.

“It took over a year to be able to talk to a professional counselor,” Tebow said. “Finally, I just decided that I wouldn’t let it consume me and dedicated my life to activism and helping others like me. I continue to cope by sharing my story and promoting activism and advocacy. I also cope through my faith in God.”

Victims of sexual assault have a place they can turn to here at K-State where they know they can be heard and never judged. The Women’s Center is a small, comfortable and relaxing room in Holton Hall. As advocates for victims of rape, the students and their adviser, Mary Todd, hold weekly meetings and are actively involved in the organization Wildcats Against Rape (WAR).

“The idea of WAR came from an idea started in a PEERS class that Mary Todd used to teach on campus,” said Kaitlyn Dechant, junior in psychology. “The students were told of a woman who was raped on the bathroom floor of a bar in Aggieville all because there was no lock on the bathroom door. This story activated Wildcats Against Rape, a group to spread the idea of nonviolence and bring activism to the issue of violence against women here at Kansas State.”

As of April 2011, the Women’s Center and the confidentiality of WAR changed as Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 began to implement the new requirements related to sexual harassment. Title IX states that if a school knows about student-on-student harassment, the school is required to take action in order to eliminate it.

The purpose of these requirements is to protect the student’s right to living free from sexual assault on campus. But the controversy as to whether or not a student, who is a victim of sexual assault, must take action even if they didn’t want to. The purpose of the Women’s Center is for victims of sexual assault to have a safe environment to be heard, and nothing more. It is a place where what is said is held in complete confidence by Mary Todd. She does not judge a victim or influence any decision they make. When it seems there is no one else to talk to, Todd steps in and ensures the victim’s voice is heard, off the record.

With the enforcement of the new requirements of Title IX, these confidential talks are no longer off the record. If a sexual assault occurs on campus, or the victim knows the assailant because they have a class together, Todd is now obligated to tell the victim that information about the alleged assault must be reported to the Office of Affirmative Action. Once Affirmative Action is aware of the sexual assault, they begin an investigation to pinpoint the alleged assailant and determine the repercussions.

“I think Title IX is going to hurt more than it will help,” Dechant said. “It doesn’t make places, such as the Women’s Center, a safe, confidential place anymore when the rape or assault occurs on campus. I think that reporting rates will suffer because of this.”

The community and campus are working to inform both men and women to make sure they do not fall victim to sexual assault. The Riley County Police Department has worked with the university to raise awareness on sexual assault and developed simple precautions for students to take when going out with a group of friends, like stick together. Never leave your drink unattended. It is what parents have told women for years. For some, there comes that night in Aggieville when one drink turns into one too many and the next thing they know, they wake up in the morning wondering what happened.

Having sex while under the influence of drugs or alcohol does not imply consensual sex. According to Kansas Statute 21-3502, rape is sexual intercourse with a person who does not consent to the sexual intercourse. Part C of the statute states that it is not consensual when “… any alcoholic liquor, narcotic, drug or other substance, which condition was known by the offender or was reasonably apparent to the offender.”

“It goes back to the same old argument that we normally get, ‘well I was drunk too,'” said Detective Sonia Gregoire of the Riley County Police Department. “We all might be thinking it was a bad decision that night, but it unfortunately could end up in a felony.”

A majority of rape cases in Riley County are not “stranger rapes.” The vast majority of cases are “acquaintance rape,” in which the victim knows the assailant through a friend or through a class. After a night of drinking the pair has sex. By law, the alleged assailant can be taken to court and tried for rape if there is substantial evidence.

“Our job is to get the case together,” Detective Gregoire said. “It is not our job to judge someone. I’m not going to judge that person for going out and having a good time because it didn’t make it right for whatever the suspect did to them.”

Even though this is a difficult topic for many people to discuss, it can’t keep people silenced. To this day, Tebow has difficulty trusting both men and women after the emotional betrayal she experienced. Help is available on and off campus for victims. Whether reporting the assault to law enforcement or simply asking to be heard at the Women’s Center, both places are looking out for the victim’s best interest to assure there will be comfort and justice.

“I think the responsibility of safety also needs to be reflected in the community, as in people looking out for each other,” Dechant said. “If you see something going on at a party, in the mall, or out in the park, and you know that it is wrong, no one should be afraid to act on it and do the right thing.”