K-State Faces Stanford with Sweet 16 on the Line


GAME PREVIEW
MARCH 20, 5:30 PM

Bramlage Coliseum
Manhattan, KS

6/6
STANFORD
CARDINAL
29-5 (15-3 Pac 12)

24/RV
K-STATE
WILDCATS
23-10 (11-7 Big 12)

ESPN2 & ESPN3
K-State Sports Network


MANHATTAN, Kansas – A matchup of two teams with over 900 wins in their histories meet on Monday night in Bramlage Coliseum with a trip to Lexington, Kentucky on the line for the Sweet 16. The number seven seed Kansas State hosts number two seed Stanford at 5:30 p.m.

• Monday’s game will be broadcast on ESPN2 and ESPN3, as Brenda VanLengen (play-by-play) and Carol Ross (analyst) call the action.
• K-State is making its second NCAA Tournament appearance under head coach Jeff Mittie. The Wildcats are 13-14 in their 15 appearances and have reached the second round in both appearances under Mittie.
• Under the guidance of Mittie in his third season, K-State owns a record of 23-10 overall and a 11-7 mark in Big 12 play. The 23 wins are the most for the program since the 2008-09 season (25).
• The 23 wins are th most for a Mittie coached team since 2007-08 at TCU (23-12).
• The Wildcats advanced to the Round of 32 with a 67-54 win over Drake on Saturday.
• K-State was led by its senior All-Big 12 First Team duo of Breanna Lewis and Kindred Wesemann. The pair combined for 39 points, while Lewis pulled in 11 rebounds and Wesemann handed out five assists.
• Wesemann is averaging a career-high 14.0 points per game and is the top 3-point shooter in the Big 12 with 89 connections.
• Wesemann is just the third player in program history and first since 2002-03 to register 400 or more points, 90 or more assists and 60 or more steals. She is the only player in the Big 12 to reach these statistical marks this season.
• Lewis, a two-time All-Big 12 First Team selection and a three-time Big 12 All-Defensive Team recipient, is averaging 14.0 points on a .561 field goal percentage and a career-high 8.4 rebounds per game. Lewis has a team-high nine double-doubles this season and is tied for 10th in school history for double-doubles in a season.

Number to Know
• #KStateWBB has 1241 rebounds this season, which are the most in the Jeff Mittie era.
• The 1241 rebounds are the most since the 2012-13 season when K-State pulled in 1241 in a school record 37 games.
• Kansas State has had the advantage on the boards this season, holding a +2.2 rebounding margin, and pulling in 37.6 rebounds per game to its opponent’s 35.4.
• This is just the seventh time since the formation of the Big 12 in 1996-97 that K-State has pulled in 1200 or more rebounds in a season.

Series History
0-1
• Stanford leads the series with K-State, 1-0.
• Head coach Jeff Mittie will face Stanford for the first time in his career.
• K-State is 46-44 all-time against teams from the Pac 12 Conference.
• This is K-State’s first meeting against a Pac 12 school in the NCAA Tournament.

At a Glance: Stanford
• Stanford (29-5, 15-3 Pac 12) came back from a seven-point halftime deficit to defeat New Mexico State on Saturday, 72-64.
• On the sideline, Stanford is led by Hall of Fame head coach Tara VanDerveer. The 1975 graduate of Indiana has guided the Cardinal to a record of 857-159 (.827) during her 31 seasons in Palo Alto. She has led Stanford to two national titles and 11 NCAA Final Four appearances.
• On the floor, Stanford is led by Pac 12 Tournament Most Outstanding Player Erica McCall.
• McCall, a senior forward from Bakersfield, California, is averaging 14.4 points per game and 8.8 rebounds. Against New Mexico State, McCall tallied 9 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks.
• Joining McCall in double figures this season is senior guard Karlie Samuelson. The product of Huntington Beach, California, and older sister to UConn’s Katie Lou Samuelson, is averaging 12.8 points and 3.6 rebounds. Against the Aggies in the first round, Samuelson recorded 17 points, five assists and three steals.

K-State in NCAA Tournament
• Kansas State was awarded its 15th bid into the NCAA Tournament and its 14th postseason bid in the last 16 seasons.
• The Wildcats are 13-14 (.481) in its 15 appearances in the NCAA Tournament and have advanced to at least the second round in nine of the last 10 NCAA appearances.  
• This is the second NCAA Tournament appearance by the Wildcats under the guidance of head coach Jeff Mittie. This is Mittie’s 11th NCAA Tournament appearance.

Mittie Owns 500-Plus Career Wins
• Jeff Mittie, one of the winningest active coaches in NCAA Division I with over 500 career wins, is in 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 515-272 (.654) in his 25 years as a head coach, including a 61-37 (.622) mark in three seasons at K-State.
• The 23 wins this season by K-State are Mittie’s most at helm of the Wildcats and the most for Mittie since registering 23 in the 2007-08 season at TCU.
• Mittie is the fifth head coach in program history to reach 50 or more wins at the helm of the Wildcats.
• Mittie has improved K-State’s league win total in each of his three seasons in Manhattan, including his first 20-win season in 2016-17.
• With the 9-0 start to the 2016-17 season, Mittie registered his first 9-0 start to a season at the NCAA Division I level and his first since the 1994-95 season at NCAA Division II Missouri Western (9-0).
• Mittie is the first head coach in program history to win 10 of his first 11 games to begin three straight 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.
• He has averaged 21 wins per season and experienced only one losing season in his previous 24 seasons.
• Mittie is the only coach in school history to guide the program to two NCAA Tournament appearances in their first three seasons with the program.
• Mittie has 18 postseason appearances (NCAA or WNIT Tournaments), in which he has a combined record of 18-15.
• 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 Against Ranked Opponents
• The Wildcats are 78-192 (.289) against teams ranked in the Associated Press (AP) poll including a 49-53 (.480) mark against AP ranked teams in Manhattan.
• With its 71-66 win over No. 23 Auburn on Dec. 1, K-State has registered a win over an AP top-25 team in 11 straight seasons.
• Kansas State pocketed its second win over an Associated Press top-25 opponent this season, downing (12/12) West Virginia, 86-71, on New Year’s Day.
• It was the highest ranked opponent K-State has defeated since upsetting No. 12 Oklahoma State on Jan. 23, 2013.
• This is the ninth season in program history that K-State has won four or more games against AP top-25 opponents and the first since the 2007-08 season.

Wildcats Cashing in at the Charity Stripe
• K-State is 456-of-670 (.681) from the free throw line this season.
• The 456 made free throws for K-State this season are the most since the 1990-91 season when the Wildcats made 463. K-State needs to make seven free throws to reach the top-five in school history for free throws made in a season.
• K-State has made more free throws this season than its opponents have attempted (456 made/447 opponent attempted).
• This is the third straight season under head coach Jeff Mittie that K-State has made 350 or more free throws in a season and the first time to do so in three straight seasons since 1994-95 to 1996-97.
• K-State has had the edge in free throws attempted in 24 of 33 games this season and have tied its opponent in two of the other eight contests.
• The Wildcats made 20 or more free throws in a game five times this season, including a season-high of 22 against North Carolina State on Nov. 24.
• This season, 20.3 percent of the Wildcats’ overall point total has come from the free throw line. The last time K-State had over 20 percent of its point total from the foul line was in head coach Jeff Mittie’s first season in Manhattan, 2014-15 (20.3 percent).