K-State coming on strong in Big 12

Wildcats clinch fourth seed in league tourney, boost NCAA résumé

Originally Published: March 6, 2011
By Mechelle Voepel | ESPN.com

LAWRENCE, Kan. -- Wednesday, just a little after 7 p.m., you probably wouldn't have given a plugged nickel for Kansas State's chances at getting a Big 12 tournament first-round bye. And you also would have put the Wildcats on the wrong side of the NCAA tournament bubble.

That's because less than a minute into their game that night with No. 5 Texas A&M, the Wildcats lost starting post player Jalana Childs with an injured tailbone after she took a hard fall.

K-State, standing ...

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