K-State Opens Exhibition Action Against Washburn on Friday

NOV 4, 5:30 PM

Bramlage Coliseum
Manhattan, KS

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Kansas State will play the first of two exhibition games on Friday, Nov. 4 against Washburn at 5:30 p.m., in Bramlage Coliseum.

• Friday night’s game can be seen live on FCS Central and on K-StateHD.TV, as Brian Smoller (play-by-play) and Missy Heidrick (color analyst) will have the call.  
• K-State head coach Jeff Mittie enters his 25th season of coaching and his third in Manhattan with a career record of 492-262 (.653), including a 38-27 (.585) record at K-State.
• K-State, selected for a fifth-place finish in the Big 12 Preseason Coaches Poll, returns nine letter winners from last season’s NCAA Tournament squad and welcomes in five newcomers. The 2016-17 roster features five seniors (Breanna Lewis, Jessica Sheble, Kelly Thomson, Kindred Wesemann & Erica Young), three juniors (Shaelyn Martin, Karyla Middlebrook & Kaylee Page) two sophomores (Kayla Goth & Anna Hammaker), a redshirt freshman (Lanie Page) and three freshmen, (Mercedes Brooks, Peyton Williams & Eternati Willock).
• Lewis, a 2016-17 Preseason All-Big 12 Team selection, returns as K-State’s top scorer (16.7 ppg) and rebounder (7.5 rpg) from last season.
• Wesemann, a 2016 All-Big 12 Second Team selection, set career-highs for points (388), assists (104) and steals (62).
• Martin was K-State’s most versatile player last season and is the Wildcats’ top returner in assists (2.7 apg) and steals (2.0 spg) and was second in rebounds (5.2 rpg) last season.

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.

At a Glance: Washburn
• Entering the 2016-17 season, Washburn was picked to finish third in the MIAA preseason coaches poll. The Ichabods finished seventh in the 2015-16 season with a 15-14 overall record and an 11-11 mark in league play.
• Head coach Ron McHenry, entering his 17th season at Washburn, owns a career record of 389-108 (.799).
• Washburn returns four of the program’s top five returning scorers from last season, including team leader Alyxis Bowens who averaged 11.5 points and 5.4 rebounds. Bowens, a 6’2” senior forward, was an All-MIAA Honorable Mention pick at the conclusion of the 2015-16 season.
• Joining Bowens is second leading scorer Erika Lane who averaged 10.0 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.1 assists. Lane, a 5’10” senior guard, was an All-MIAA Third Team selection at the end of the 2015-16 season.

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.

Preseason Poll Not the Final Verdict for Cats
• Kansas State was slotted for a fifth-place finish by the Big 12 coaches in the 2016-17 preseason poll. This is the highest preseason selection since the 2004-05 season when K-State was predicted to finish third.
• In addition to the 2016-17 prediction, K-State has a history of exceeding the expectations of the league’s coaches including the 2015-16 season as the Wildcats tallied a sixth place finish. The Wildcats were one of two teams (Oklahoma State) in the Big 12 in 2015-16 season to exceed their preseason predicted finish.  
• 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.

Notes About the 2016-17 K-State Schedule
• Kansas State’s non-conference schedule for the 2016-17 season features five games against teams that played in a postseason tournament in 2016 (NCAA: Auburn, Princeton, UConn; WNIT: Northern Iowa, UTEP).
• K-State will play three games at a neutral site during the non-conference slate this season (Paradise Jam; St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands). This marks the most neutral site games in the regular season since the 2013-14 season featured four.
• K-State will host seven non-conference games this season, the fewest since the 2013-14 season.
• The 2016-17 non-conference schedule features four opponents that appeared on K-State’s 2015-16 schedule: Chicago State, Tulsa, UT Arlington and UConn. K-State went 3-1 against these opponents last season.
• The 2016-17 Big 12 schedule sees K-State playing six home games and three road games in the month of January.

Scoring Up For K-State in 2015-16
• Kansas State’s offensive numbers in 2015-16 spiked compared to the production in 2014-15. K-State averaged 64.4 points per game and scored a total of 2,062 points in the 2015-16 season. At the conclusion of the 2014-15 season, K-State averaged 59.6 points per game in 33 games (1,967 points).
• The 64.4 points per game marked the highest scoring average by a K-State team since the 2007-08 season (67.5 ppg). This was the first time since the 2012-13 season (2,264 points) that K-State scored 2,000 or more points in a season.
• The Wildcats scored 75 or more points 10 times in 2015-16, the most since the 2005-06 season (10).
• K-State scored a season-high 102 points against Florida Atlantic on Dec. 13. This marked the 24th time in program history that K-State scored 100 or more points in a game. The Wildcats are 24-0 in games in which they score 100 or more points.
• The Wildcats featured three players that scored 250 or more points last season: Breanna Lewis (535), Kindred Wesemann (388) and Megan Deines (299). All three players  achieved a career season-high in points.