K-State Opens 49th Season Against Chicago State on Friday

NOV 11, 5:30 PM

Bramlage Coliseum
Manhattan, KS

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MANHATTAN, Kansas - Kansas State will tipoff its 49th season of action on Friday night at 5:30 p.m.,  against Chicago State in Bramlage Coliseum.

• Friday night’s game can be seen live on K-StateHD.TV, as Matt Walters (play-by-play) and Kristin Waller (color analyst) will have the call.
• This will be just the second time Kansas State will play a game on Veteran’s Day, as the Wildcats defeated Arkansas-Pine Bluff in 2012 in the first Veteran’s Day game for the program.  
• K-State closed out its exhibition schedule on Nov. 7 with a 100-33 win over Newman. The Wildcats shot 67 percent for the night and tallied 32 assists on 39 made field goals.
• All eight Wildcats that saw the floor against the Jets scored at least four points and five players reached double figures.  
• In the two exhibition games, Kansas State averaged 83 points per game and held its opponents to 32 points. K-State shot 54.8 percent from the field, including 48.6 percent from 3-point range.
• The K-State defense held its opponents to 24.5 percent shooting and forced 57 total turnovers, including 32 by way of steals.
• The Wildcats featured four players averaging double figures led by seniors Kindred Wesemann and Breanna Lewis at 17.0 and 15.5 points, respectively. Also averaging double figures were freshman Eternati Willock with 11.0 points and sophomore Kayla Goth with 10.5.

Number to Know
• #KStateWBB has a 39-9 record in season-openers.
• The Wildcats are 30-5 overall in home season-openers, including a 23-4 mark in Bramlage Coliseum.
• K-State has won six straight season-openers.
• Head coach Jeff Mittie is 2-0 in K-State season-openers and 18-6 overall in the first game of the season.

At a Glance: Chicago State
• Chicago State enters the 2016-17 season following a 4-25 campaign in 2015-16. The Cougars were selected for an eighth place finish in the 2016-17 Preseason Western Athletic Conference Preseason Coaches Poll.
• The Cougars are led on the sidelines by 14th year head coach Angela Jackson. Jadckson is 131-254 in her time in Chicago.
• On the floor, Chicago State is led by sophomore guard/forward Kaylee Allen.
• Allen, a 2016-17 Preseason All-WAC Second Team selection, averaged 12.6 points and 5.4 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).

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 39-9 (.813) in season openers and have won 15 of the last 17 season openers, including six straight.
• Head coach Jeff Mittie is 18-6 (.750) in season-openers, including a 2-0 mark at K-State, in his previous 24 seasons.

K-State in Home Openers
• Kansas State has won 22 of its last 24 home openers in Bramlage Coliseum.
• The Wildcats are 39-9 (.813) all-time in home openers and 24-4 (.857) in openers in Bramlage.
• Head coach Jeff Mittie is 22-2 (.917) in home openers in his previous 24 seasons.

Remember, Remember the Month of November
• In the 49th year of women’s basketball at K-State, the Wildcats have accumulated a record of 121-45 (.729) in the month of November.
• K-State has won nine of its last 10 games in the month of November dating back to a 49-46 win over Virginia on Nov. 29, 2013. The lone loss was at Connecticut on Nov. 23, 2015.