K-State Closes Exhibition Play Against Newman

GAME PREVIEW
NOV 7, 7 PM

Bramlage Coliseum
Manhattan, KS

NR
NEWMAN
JETS
0-0 (0-0 HEARTLAND)

NR/NR
K-STATE
WILDCATS
0-0 (0-0 Big 12)

COX Channel Kansas/TWSC
K-State Sports Network

MANHATTAN, Kansas - Kansas State will play its final exhibition game this season on Monday, Nov. 7 against Newman at 7 p.m., in Bramlage Coliseum.

• Monday night’s game can be seen live on COX Channel Kansas, Time Warner Sports Channel and on K-StateHD.TV, as Brian Smoller (play-by-play) and Kristin Waller (color analyst) will have the call.  
• K-State secured a 66-31 win over Washburn in its first exhibition game this season on Nov. 4.  
• The Wildcats used a 39-12 advantage in second half scoring to distance themselves from the Ichabods after holding a 27-19 lead at the half. K-State held Washburn scoreless in the fourth quarter, 22-0. The fewest points K-State allowed in a quarter in 2015-16 was two at Kansas on Jan. 20.
• Kansas State was paced by the trio of senior center and preseason All-Big 12 selection Breanna Lewis, senior guard Kindred Wesemann and freshman forward Eternati Willock.
• Lewis tallied a game-high 17 points on 8-of-11 shooting, eight rebounds and two steals. In 2015-16, Lewis led K-State in scoring (16.7 ppg) and rebounding (7.5 rpg).
• Wesemann finished with 13 points on a 5-of-10 effort from the field, five steals and two assists. In 2015-16, Wesemann was an All-Big 12 Second Team selection and set career-highs for points (388), assists (104) and steals (62).
• Willock joined Lewis and Wesemann in double figures and tallied a diverse stat line of 11 points, five rebounds, three assists, three steals and two blocks.

Number to Know
5
• #KStateWBB was selected for a fifth place finish in the 2016-17 Big 12 Preseason Coaches Poll.
• This was the highest preseason conference ranking for the program since the 2004-05 season (3rd).
• K-State leads the Big 12 in exceeding the preseason predictions, finishing on average +1.37 positions higher than its preseason prediction in the 19 polls that have a preseason prediction and a final standing attached to it, including the 2014-15 season.
• The Wildcats have finished 14 of 19 seasons above its preseason prediction and owns the largest deviation in league history from its preseason prediction and its final place with a +7 by winning the Big 12 in 2007-08.

At a Glance: Newman
• Entering the 2016-17 season, Newman was picked to finish sixth in the Heartland Conference preseason coaches poll. The Jets finished eighth in the 2015-16 season with a 12-15 overall record and an 6-12 mark in league play.
• The Jets opened their exhibition schedule on Nov. 2 at Wichita State. Newman entered the fourth quarter with a 43-42 lead over the Shockers. Wichita State held the Jets to six points in the fourth quarter to defeat Newman, 58-49.
• Head coach Darin Spence, entering his fifth season at Newman, owns a career record with the Jets of 49-58 (.458).
• Newman’s top returner from the 2015-16 season is senior forward Mali Wright. Wright saw action in 16 games last season and averaged 12.8 points and 6.8 rebounds.

Mittie Approaching 500 Career Wins
Jeff Mittie, one of the winningest active coaches in NCAA Division I with more than 490 career wins, enters his third season at the helm of the K-State program in 2016-17.
• Mittie, the ninth head women’s basketball coach in K-State history, owns an overall career record of 492-262 (.653) in his 24 years as a head coach.
• He has averaged 21 wins per season and experienced only one losing season in his previous 24 seasons.
• Mittie is the second coach in school history (Lynn Hickey) to guide the program to consecutive postseason appearances in their first two seasons with the program.
• Mittie has improved K-State’s league win total in each of his first two seasons in Manhattan.
• Mittie is the first head coach in program history to win 10 of his first 11 games to begin consecutive seasons. Mittie is one of two active head coaches in the Big 12 (Kim Mulkey, Baylor) to win 10 of their 11 games to begin consecutive seasons at their current school.
• Mittie has 17 postseason appearances (NCAA or WNIT Tournaments), in which he has a combined record of 17-15.
• Under Mittie in 2014-15, K-State improved its overall record by eight wins from the 2013-14 season (11 to 19), which was the third-largest win improvement from one season to the next in school history.

K-State Nearing 900 Wins as a Program
• K-State’s record in its 49th season of women’s basketball stands at 891-556 (.616). The 891 wins rank 21st in NCAA Division I women’s basketball history and second among Big 12 members.
• The Wildcats have accumulated 23 20-win seasons and have secured 298 victories inside Bramlage Coliseum.
• K-State has 163 wins in the Big 12 Conference.
• In postseason play, the Wildcats have 12 wins in the NCAA Tournament and 14 wins in the WNIT.
• Kansas State has registered 211 victories when they were ranked in the Associated Press top-25 poll and achieved 73 wins against teams ranked in the AP poll.

Wildcats Approaching 300 Wins in Bramlage
• K-State is 298-116 (.720) all-time inside Bramlage Coliseum, which is in its 29th season of existence.
• Kansas State has protected its home floor with determination against non-conference foes with a record of 163-26 (.862) record.
• The Wildcats won nine straight home games to open 2014-15, the longest home win streak since 2010-11 (11).
• K-State had 13 home wins in the 2015-16 season and have reached double figures in home wins for the 27 times. The Wildcats had 15 home victories in 2014-15, which were the most since the 2002-03 season and tied for the second most in program history.
• In his career in games played in his home venue, head coach Jeff Mittie is 302-74 (.803).

Halftime Lead = K-State ‘W’ Since 2001-02
• Since the 2001-02 season, K-State is 253-36 (.875) when leading at the break.
• K-State is 28-3 when leading at the break under head coach Jeff Mittie.
• Since the start of the 2007-08 season, K-State is 147-12 (.925) when leading with five minutes to play including a 32-1 record over the last two seasons.

Wildcats in Nail-Biters
• Over the last six seasons, K-State is 29-11 (.725) in games decided by five points or less.

Wildcats 10 at Home, 5 on the Road
• When K-State has strung together successful home and road campaigns in the same season, it results in postseason appearances.
• The Wildcats have made 15 straight postseason appearances (12 NCAA Tournaments, 3 WNITs) when K-State has won 10 or more home games and five or more road games in the same season.
• In 2015-16, Kansas State tallied a 13-4 home record and a 5-6 road mark. This was the first time since the 2012-13 season that K-State tallied 10 or more home wins and five or more road wins in the same season.