Sports briefs: Wichita State joins AAC, Lanie Page leaves K-State women’s basketball team

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Wichita State will join the American Athletic Conference for the 2017-18 season. The university announced today that it would accept the AAC’s invitation.

The Shockers have been members of the Missouri Valley Conference since 1945.

The MVC and Big 12 Conference share a history dating back to the 1928 split of the Missouri Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Association, of which Kansas State was a member.

Because WSU has not had a football team since 1986 and because Navy is a football-only school in the AAC, the conference will have 12 teams for football and basketball.

No. 10 seed WSU lost to No. 2 seed Kentucky 65-62 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament after winning the conference tournament.

K-State women’s basketball

Freshman forward Lanie Page is leaving the women’s basketball program, head coach Jeff Mittie announced in a statement today.

“Lanie and I had a good discussion and I respect her decision to do something else,” Mittie said in the statement. “We wish her the best in whatever she decides to do.”

Page scored 52 points, grabbed 11 rebounds, made seven assists and had four steals in 25 games for the Wildcats. She had a high of 16 points against Iowa State on Feb. 11.

Page, who is from Wamego, Kansas, was ranked in the top 100 players out of high school and originally signed a letter of intent to play at Nebraska. She was released and signed with K-State when older sister and junior forward Kaylee Page transferred from Nebraska to K-State.

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Jason Tidd
Jason Tidd graduated from Kansas State University's Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communication in May 2017. He was the spring 2017 editor-in-chief, fall 2016 news editor and spring 2016 assistant news editor. While at K-State, Jason played baritone in the Pride of Wildcat Land marching band.