2016-17 K-State Women’s Basketball Non-Con Schedule Announced

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State women’s basketball head coach Jeff Mittie announced the 2016-17 non-conference schedule on Tuesday. The Wildcats’ non-conference slate includes seven home games, including a visit to Bramlage Coliseum from four-time defending NCAA champion Connecticut.

“This is the most challenging non-conference schedule in my time at K-State and the best home schedule in a long time with defending champs UConn and Big 12/SEC challenge opponent Auburn both coming to Bramlage,” said Mittie.

K-State will open the 2016-17 season with a pair of exhibition games on Friday, Nov. 4 and Monday, Nov.7. The Wildcats will face Washburn on Nov. 4 and conclude with a final tune-up against Newman on Nov. 7.

The Wildcats will open the season with a three-game home stand, which starts on Friday, Nov. 11, against Chicago State. K-State defeated the Cougars, 63-54, on Dec. 5, 2015, in Chicago during the first meeting between the schools.

The home stand continues on Monday, Nov. 14, against Tulsa. K-State defeated the Golden Hurricane in the 2015-16 season opener in Tulsa, 75-67.

The Wildcats will face former K-State women’s basketball head coach Matilda Mossman (1984-90), who is now the head coach at Tulsa. During her time in Manhattan, Mossman guided the program to an 83-68 record and one NCAA Tournament appearance and the 1987 Big 8 regular season title.

K-State will face the Golden Hurricane for the fourth time in the history of the series, with the Wildcats winning the previous three meetings. Tulsa finished the 2015-16 season with a 12-19 overall record.

The Wildcats’ season-opening home stand will conclude on Sunday, November 20, against Lamar. The Cardinals and Wildcats will meet for the fourth time, with the last meeting between the schools coming on Nov. 25, 1995, in Manhattan. K-State has won the previous three meetings in the series. Lamar finished the 2015-16 season with a 12-19 overall record.

Kansas State will play its first games away from Bramlage Coliseum on Nov. 24-26 in the Paradise Jam in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, at the UVI Sports and Fitness Center. The Wildcats will make their second appearance at the Paradise Jam and the first since going 2-1 in the 2001 edition of the event.

To open the Paradise Jam, K-State will face North Carolina State on Thursday, Nov. 24 at 12 p.m. (CST). The Wildcats will then play LSU on Friday, Nov. 25 at 12 p.m. (CST) and end the tournament against UTEP on Saturday, Nov. 26 at 2:15 p.m. (CST).

North Carolina State leads the series with the Wildcats, 2-0, winning the last meeting on Dec. 28, 2013, in San Diego, California. K-State leads the series with LSU, 3-2. The two teams were scheduled to play each other in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, but the remainder of the tournament was cancelled. The series between K-State and UTEP is tied, 3-3, as the Wildcats won the last meeting, 72-43, on Nov. 25, 2014 in Puerto Vallarta.

Following the Paradise Jam, K-State returns to Bramlage Coliseum to host Auburn in the 2016 Big 12/SEC Challenge on Friday, Dec. 2. This will be the second meeting in the series between two programs that rank among the top-20 in NCAA Division I history for all-time wins. K-State won the first meeting, 67-54, during the 2007 WNIT on March 25, 2007, in Manhattan. Auburn finished the 2015-16 season with a 20-13 record and reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament in the Dallas region.

Kansas State will play consecutive games against schools with Mavericks as their nickname. The Wildcats will take a quick road trip into the state of Nebraska to face Omaha on Sunday, Dec. 4. Omaha registered a 15-15 overall record last season. K-State and Omaha will meet for the third time in the history of the programs, as K-State won the previous two matchups including a 79-77 decision in Manhattan on Jan. 3, 1981.

The second game against an opponent with Mavericks as the nickname will occur on Wednesday, Dec. 7, against UT Arlington in Bramlage Coliseum. This will be the third straight season and the fourth meeting between the schools, as the Wildcats defeated the Lady Mavericks, 61-41, on Dec. 3, 2015. UT Arlington recorded a 15-16 overall record in the 2015-16 season.

K-State will continue its second 3-game home stand of the season by hosting four-time defending national champion Connecticut on Sunday, Dec. 11, at 1 p.m. Connecticut, the 11-time NCAA national champions, are led by head coach Geno Auriemma. This summer, Auriemma will guide the U.S. Women’s National Team at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

This will be the third meeting between Kansas State and Connecticut and the first in Manhattan. The first meeting between the schools came in the 2012 NCAA Tournament in Bridgeport, Connecticut, and the second occurred on Nov. 23, 2015, in Hartford, Connecticut.

The Wildcats will put a wrap on its three-game home stand on Sunday, Dec. 18, against Princeton. The Tigers registered a 23-6 overall record and secured the program’s sixth NCAA Tournament appearance as an at-large bid into the 2016 NCAA Tournament. This will be the third meeting between K-State and Princeton with the Wildcats winning the previous two meetings. The last time the schools met was in the 2012 NCAA Tournament, a 67-64 K-State win on March 17, 2012, in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

Kansas State will conclude its non-conference schedule on the road, as the Wildcats will travel to Cedar Falls, Iowa, to face Northern Iowa on Thursday, Dec. 22. This will be just the second meeting between K-State and UNI and the first since Dec. 3, 1992, a 61-55 win by the Wildcats in Manhattan. The Panthers ended the 2015-16 season with a 24-11 overall record and advanced to the third round of the WNIT.

K-State women’s basketball season tickets for the 2016-17 season are available now for purchase. For more information on season ticket packages for the Wildcats’ 18-game home schedule, contact the K-State Athletics Ticket Office by calling 1-800-221-CATS or visit www.kstatesports.com/tickets.

K-State women’s basketball will host a summer event in Bramlage Coliseum on Sunday, June 19 from 4-6 p.m. Activities for all ages at the event will include: face painting, a photo booth and a number of game stations to compete against your favorite Wildcat women’s basketball student-athlete. Willie the Wildcat will also be in attendance, and the first 200 fans will receive a free ice cream sundae. K-State women’s basketball players will also be signing autographs at the event.

During the summer event fans will have the opportunity to win a number of great prizes during the event including: courtside seats to the matchup against four-time defending national champion Connecticut when the Wildcats host the Huskies on Sunday, Dec. 11 or four tickets to “K-State Day at the K” on Friday, June 24 as the Kansas City Royals host the Houston Astros.

K-State women’s basketball season tickets are on sale now and fans will have the opportunity to view available sections and purchase season tickets at the event. Season tickets begin at just $20 for football and men’s basketball season ticket holders.

For the 2016-17 season, K-State returns nine letter winners from the 2015-16 squad that reached the second round of the 2016 NCAA Tournament. The Wildcats will be led into the 2016-17 season by 2016 All-Big 12 First Team selection and two-time Big 12 All-Defensive Team honoree Breanna Lewis and 2016 All-Big 12 Second Team selection Kindred Wesemann. Overall, K-State returns 75 percent of its scoring and assists and 87 percent of its rebounding.

In addition to the returning letter winners, Kansas State welcomes in five newcomers for the 2016-17 season including: junior guard Karyla Middlebrook (Blue Springs, Missouri), redshirt freshman forward Lanie Page (Wamego, Kansas), freshman guard Mercedes Brooks (Wichita Falls, Texas), freshman forward Peyton Williams (Topeka, Kansas) and freshman forward Eternati Willock (Scarborough, Ontario, Canada).

The 2016-17 Big 12 schedule, game times, promotional and television schedules will be released later this summer. The 2017 Phillips 66 Big 12 Women’s Basketball Championship will be contested at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, March 3-6.