K-State’s Big 12 WBB Schedule Set for 2016 Campaign

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State will open the Big 12 portion of Jeff Mittie’s second season with the Wildcats on Wednesday, Dec. 30 against Iowa State in Bramlage Coliseum, as the Big 12 has announced the complete 2015-16 women’s basketball league schedule.

K-State’s 2015-16 home schedule features 19 home games including: two exhibition games, eight non-conference games and nine Big 12 contests. K-State women’s basketball season tickets for the 2015-16 season are available now for purchase. For more information on season ticket packages for the Wildcats’ 19-game home schedule, contact the K-State Athletics Ticket Office by calling 1-800-221-CATS or visit www.kstatesports.com/tickets.

The conference schedule features a double round robin format for the fifth-consecutive year consisting of 18 games with squads playing each other twice. The team(s) that finishes with the highest winning percentage in league games will be crowned the Big 12 regular season champion. The Big 12 is the only of the five peer conferences in which teams have to face each other twice during the regular season.

The Wildcats and Cyclones will meet in the league season opener for the second straight year, as the teams opened the 2015 season in Ames. K-State’s remaining Big 12 home schedule is as follows: West Virginia (Jan. 6), Oklahoma State (Jan. 13), TCU (Jan. 16), Texas (Jan. 30), Oklahoma (Feb. 9), Kansas (Feb. 13), Texas Tech (Feb. 21) and Baylor (Feb. 27).

The Wildcats’ will play four of its five games at the end of January and the beginning of February on the road and three of its final five away from Bramlage. K-State’s Big 12 road schedule unfolds as follows: at TCU (Jan. 2), at Oklahoma (Jan. 10), at Kansas (Jan. 20), at Texas Tech (Jan. 24), at Baylor (Feb. 3), at West Virginia (Feb. 6), Texas (Feb. 17), at Iowa State (Feb. 24) and at Oklahoma State (Feb. 29).

Oklahoma City’s Chesapeake Energy Arena will host the 2016 Phillips 66 Big 12 Women's Basketball Championship for the fourth time. The postseason event was also contested in Oklahoma City in 2014, 2009 and 2007 with a conference-record average attendance of 8,165 recorded in 2007. The women’s championship will remain in Oklahoma City through the 2019 campaign.

Two first round matchups will be played on Friday, March 4, followed by quarterfinals on Saturday, March 5. Semifinals are scheduled for Sunday, March 6 with the final contested on Monday, March 7. The winner earns the Big 12's automatic bid to the NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Championship.

Under head coach Jeff Mittie in his first year with the Wildcats in 2014-15, Kansas State finished with a 19-14 overall record and appeared in the program’s fifth Postseason WNIT and the 18th overall postseason bid. The eight win improvement from the 2013-14 season is the third largest win improvement from one season to the next in program history. The Wildcats registered a 7-11 mark in Big 12 play and tied for seventh in the league standings, which marked the most wins in league play since the 2011-12 season.

For the 2015-16 season, K-State returns eight letter winners from the 2014-15 squad. The Wildcats will be led into the 2015-16 season by 2015 All-Big 12 Second Team selection and Big 12 All-Defensive Team honoree Breanna Lewis (11.5 ppg, 6.4 rpg and 2.9 bpg), junior guard Kindred Wesemann (8.0 ppg, 2.6 apg) and senior guard Bri Craig (6.1 ppg, 2.3 rpg). Overall, K-State returns 61 percent of its scoring, 70 percent of its rebounding and 63 percent of its assists.

In addition to the returning letter winners, Kansas State welcomes in six newcomers for the 2015-16 season including: senior guard Megan Deines (Springfield, Missouri), sophomore Kaylee Page (Wamego, Kansas) and freshmen guards Kayla Goth (DeForest, Wisconsin) and Anna Hammaker (Knoxville, Tennessee), freshman forward Lanie Page (Wamego, Kansas) and freshman center Cheyenne Hooper (Knoxville, Tennessee).

The game times, promotional and television schedules for the 2015-16 K-State women’s basketball season will be released at a later date.