Kansas State point guards Mariah White and Haley Texada will have to wait a bit longer to get on the court this season.
The two suited up, but did not play in the Wildcats’ exhibition opening 68-57 victory over Fort Hays State on Thursday night at Bramlage Coliseum.
“Unfortunately, due to violations of athletic department policies committed this summer, Mariah White and Haley Texada have some con-conference restrictions,” K-State coach Deb Patterson told The Mercury.
“Both are practicing with the team and we look forward to having them back in action soon.”
It’s unknown specifically how long the two will sit out, but both are expected back this season.
White, one of just two returning starters from last season’s NCAA tournament team, averaged 5.3 points, 4.6 rebounds and 4.8 assists a game last year. Texada, an athletic sophomore from Frisco, Texas, averaged just 6.2 minutes per game off the bench last season, appearing in 14 games.
The loss of White and Texada, even for a short time, does hurt an already undersized and outmanned squad. The Wildcats, who open the regular season next Friday at home against Idaho State, lost junior forward Katya Leick and freshman guard Kelly Thomson to season-ending ACL injuries during fall practices.
In the interim, K-State’s starting lineup on Thursday featured senior Brittany Chambers, junior Chantay Caron, sophomore Ashia Woods and junior college transfer Ashlynn Knoll.