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Creative logic: Wildcat women better than the best

5 Apr

Remember last season when the men’s basketball team lost to Butler, and then the Bulldogs went on to the national championship? If you’re like me, you use that to say, “Hey, the team who beat us went on to the national championship game.” Well, this season, the women’s team is having that same sort of moral victory, only an even better version: Despite an early exit from the NCAA tournament, the Wildcat women can say that they defeated the national champion, as Texas A&M won the women’s title game against Notre Dame on Tuesday night.

It’s that whole fuzzy, fantastical idea of extrapolating the outcome of a game, making it more than just a game, molding it and shaping it into a measure of worth – significant worth. In this case, the game was Kansas State vs. Texas A&M on March 2 in Bramlage Coliseum. Going into the contest, the Wildcats had lost four of their last six games, and the Aggies ranked as the No. 5 team in the country behind “the Sydneys,” as head coach Gary Blair referred to them – Sydney Colson and Sydney Carter, two very impressive guards. It was the last home game of the year for the Kansas State team, and it was a doozy.

Long story short, the Wildcats pulled off probably the biggest upset in their sport that night, and I can’t believe I was there to see it. It was the first women’s game I had been to all season, and somehow I was blessed enough to get a game that won’t be forgotten by the Kansas State coaches, players and their fans for years to come. Really, I won’t forget it either.

And now the Aggies win the national championship? Icing – delayed icing, but icing – on the cake. Not only did a fellow Big 12 team receive the official title of best in the country, but it was a Big 12 team that the Kansas State team defeated 71-67, not so very long before Texas A&M began its tournament run. The Aggies went 33-5 on the season, and only three teams beat them this season: Baylor (three times), then-No. 5 Duke, and Kansas State. Correct me if I’m wrong, but that’s pretty awesome.