K-State Opens 48th Season at Tulsa

NOV 13, 7:00 PM

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Tulsa, Okla.

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MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State will open its 48th season of action on the road on Friday, Nov. 13, as the Wildcats travel to Tulsa, Oklahoma, to face Tulsa at 7 p.m.

• The Wildcats are 38-9 overall in season-openers, including a current winning streak of five in openers and wins in 14 of the last 16 season openers. This will be the Wildcats’ first road season-opener since the 2008-09 season, when K-State defeated UTEP in El Paso, Texas.  
• K-State is led by head coach Jeff Mittie, who enters his 24th season of coaching and his second in Manhattan with a career record of 473-249 (.655) including a 19-14 record at K-State.
• The Wildcats completed its two-game exhibition schedule with a 2-0 record following a 58-50 win over Pittsburg State on Monday.
• K-State held its foes to a .275 field goal percentage, but were outrebounded 75-67 in the two games.
• K-State was led by in the two exhibitions by junior center Breanna Lewis, junior guard Kindred Wesemann and senior guard Megan Deines. Lewis averaged a team-high 16.0 points, with 5.0 rebounds and 3.0 blocks. Wesemann achieved an average of 15.5 points, including a team exhibition high of 23 points against Pitt State, and 2.5 steals. Deines tallied 10.0 points.
• Friday night’s game can be heard live on the K-State Sports Network and for free at kstatesports.com as Wade Gerstner (play-by-play) and Randy Peterson (color analyst) will have the call.

Number to Know
• #KStateWBB will open the season on the road for just the seventh time in program history on Friday and the first time since the 2008-09 season.
• K-State has won two of its last three road season openers.
• Overall in season-openers, K-State is 38-9.
• K-State head coach Jeff Mittie is 17-6 in his career in season-openers, including a 1-0 mark with the Wildcats.

At a Glance: Tulsa
• Entering the 2015-16 season, Tulsa was picked to finish sixth in the American Athletic Conference by the league’s coaches.
• The Golden Hurricane finished the 2014-15 season with the program’s first winning season since 2006 with an 18-14 overall record and a second round appearance in the WNIT.
• Tulsa is led on the sidelines by fifth-year head coach Matilda Mossman. Mossman owns a mark of 60-62 in her time at Tulsa. Mossman was a former K-State women’s basketball head coach from 1984-90. She guided the program to an 83-68 record, one NCAA Tournament appearance and the 1987 Big 8 regular season title.
• The Golden Hurricane went 2-0 against its exhibition schedule, winning the two games by an average of 38 points.
• On the floor, Tulsa returns three starters from last season: senior guard Ashley Clark, senior guard Kelsee Grovey and junior guard Teanna Reid.
• Clark, a 2015-16 preseason All-AAC Second Team selection, averaged 14.5 points and 7.6 rebounds a season ago.
• Grovey notched 10.8 points and 2.5 rebounds last season.
• Reid chipped in with 7.1 points, 3.4 rebounds and a team-high 3.1 assists per game.

Mittie Enters Second Season at K-State
Jeff Mittie, one of the winningest active coaches in NCAA Division I with more than 470 career wins, enters his second season at the helm of the K-State program in 2015-16.

• Mittie is the 9th head women’s basketball coach in K-State history.
• Mittie owns an overall career record of 473-249 (.655) in his 24 years as a head coach.
• Mittie has averaged 21 wins per season and experienced only one losing season in his previous 23 years of head coaching.
• Mittie has 16 postseason appearances (NCAA or WNIT Tournaments), in which he has a combined record of 16-14.
• 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.
• Mittie’s 19 wins in 2014-15 at K-State are the most wins in his career in his first season at a new school.
• He was the first K-State head coach since 1968-69 to win 10 of the first 11 games he coached at K-State.

K-State in Season Openers
• The Wildcats have been dominate in season-openers since the team’s first season in 1968-69. Kansas State is 38-9 (.809) in season openers and have won 14 of the last 16 season openers, including five straight.
• Head coach Jeff Mittie is 17-6 (.739) in season-openers in his previous 23 seasons.
• K-State is 3-3 in road season-openers and will open its season on the road for the seventh time in program history and the first time since the 2008-09 season.

Remember, Remember the Month of November
• In the 48th year of women’s basketball at K-State, the Wildcats have accumulated a record of 117-44 (.727) in the month of November.
• K-State has won five straight games in the month of November dating back to a 49-46 win over Virginia on Nov. 29, 2013.

Magic Number is 70 Points for Wildcats
• Since the 2001-02 season, K-State is 156-15 (.912) when scoring 70 or more points in a game including a 13-3 record in the last two seasons.
• K-State scored a season-high 93 points on a .635 field goal percentage against TCU on Feb. 11. Marked the highest point total for K-State since scoring 94 points against Creighton on Nov. 13, 2006. It was the highest point total for K-State in a Big 12 game since Feb. 23, 2005 at Nebraska (94).
• The .635 field goal percentage included a season-high 33 made field goals (on 52 attempts) and season-highs of 23 made free throws and 37 free throw attempts. The 37 free throw attempts were the most since K-State attempted 41 free throws against Colorado on Jan. 13, 1990.