K-State WBB Announces Non-Con Schedule

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State women’s basketball head coach Jeff Mittie announced the 2015-16 non-conference schedule on Thursday. The Wildcats’ non-conference slate includes 10 home games, the second straight season the Wildcats will reach double figures in home games in its non-conference slate, plus a trip to three-time defending NCAA champion Connecticut.

“I think this season’s non-conference schedule provides us with some road challenges that this team needs to be ready for,” said Mittie about the early slate. “The marquee game this season in the schedule is the game at UConn. That is a huge challenge for our basketball team. The opener of the year is at Tulsa and that will be a big challenge as well. I like the balance of this schedule. I think we need a couple of those games in there to provide our young group with a different challenge to prepare for the Big 12 Conference.”

K-State will open the 2015-16 season with a pair of exhibition games on Monday, Nov. 2 and Monday, Nov. 9. The Wildcats will face Washburn on Nov. 2 and conclude with a final tune-up against Pittsburg State on Nov. 9.

The 2015-16 regular season will begin with a road trip to Tulsa, Oklahoma, to face the Tulsa Golden Hurricane on Friday, Nov. 13. The Wildcats will face former K-State women’s basketball head coach Matilda Mossman (1984-90) in the season-opening meeting. During her time in Manhattan, Mossman guided the program to an 83-68 record and one NCAA Tournament appearance at the 1987 Big 8 regular season title.

K-State will face the Golden Hurricane for the third time in the history of the series, with the Wildcats winning the previous two meetings. The last matchup between the schools came on Jan. 22, 1982 in Tulsa, a 94-54 K-State win. Tulsa finished the 2014-15 season with an 18-14 overall record and a second round appearance in the WNIT.

Kansas State will make its 2015-16 regular season home debut on Monday, Nov. 16 against Abilene Christian. This will be the second meeting between the schools, as K-State defeated ACU in Manhattan, 68-53, last season on Dec. 22. Abilene Christian finished the 2014-15 season with an overall record of 17-12.

The Wildcats will then host South Dakota on Thursday, Nov. 19. This will be the fifth meeting between K-State and the Coyotes, with the Wildcats holding a 4-0 record in the series. Kansas State won the last game between the schools, 68-54, on Dec. 9, 2012 in Manhattan.

South Dakota finished the 2014-15 season with a 26-8 overall record and a second round appearance in the WNIT. Led by head coach Amy Williams, the Coyotes won the 2015 Summit League regular season title and have reached the conference title game in three straight seasons. On the floor, South Dakota is led by two-time All-Summit League First Team selection Nicole Seekamp. Seekamp led the Coyotes last season with 15.6 points, 3.6 rebounds, 5.1 assists and 1.9 steals.

K-State will return to the road to play the first game in the home and home series with current three-time defending national champion Connecticut on Monday, Nov. 23, in Storrs, Connecticut. The game will be played in Gampel Pavilion, where the Huskies are 301-19 (.941) all-time since the building opened in 1989.

Connecticut, the 10-time NCAA national champions, are led by head coach Geno Auriemma. In the 2015-16 season, the Huskies will be paced by 2015 consensus national player of the year and three-time NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Performer Breanna Stewart and 2015 Nancy Lieberman Award winner Moriah Jefferson.

This will be the second and third meetings between Kansas State and Connecticut. The first meeting between the schools came in the 2012 NCAA Tournament in Bridgeport, Connecticut. The Huskies will make their return trip in the series to Manhattan in the 2016-17 season.

The Wildcats return to Manhattan to host Southern before Thanksgiving on Wednesday, Nov. 25. K-State and Southern will meet for the second time, as Kansas State won the first meeting between the teams, 82-38 in Manhattan on Dec. 5, 1997.

To begin the month of December, Kansas State will play three games in five days in the opening week of the month. Kansas State will host UT-Arlington on Thursday, Dec. 3, marking the second straight season that K-State will open the final month of the year with the Lady Mavericks.

The Wildcats defeated the Lady Mavericks last season, 45-41, on Dec. 4, 2014, in Manhattan. K-State holds a 2-0 edge in the series with UT-Arlington. The Lady Mavericks concluded the 2014-15 season with a 17-13 overall record, an improvement of 13 wins over the 2013-14 season.

K-State will have a quick turnaround, as the Wildcats will face a pair of schools from the Western Athletic Conference (WAC). The Wildcats will travel to Chicago to face Chicago State on Saturday, Dec. 5, at the Jones Convocation Center. This will be the first meeting in the series between the schools.

After its trip to Chicago, K-State will begin a four-game home stand to conclude its regular season non-conference schedule. On Monday, Dec. 7 the Wildcats will host WAC member, UT-Rio Grande Valley (formerly UT Pan American). This will mark the third meeting between the schools and the first since K-State defeated the Broncs, 82-56, on Dec. 2, 2005 in Manhattan. UT-Rio Grande Valley ended the 2014-15 season with a 19-15 overall record and an appearance in the WBI.

K-State will then host Florida Atlantic on Sunday, Dec. 13. This will be the first meeting between the Wildcats and Owls. FAU finished the 2014-15 season with a 13-17 overall record, including a 7-11 mark in Conference USA.

The Wildcats will face another first time opponent, as K-State hosts Sam Houston State on Saturday, Dec. 19. The Wildcats own an all-time record of 11-3 against members of the Southland Conference.

Before the holiday break, K-State will host Western Illinois on Monday, Dec. 21. This will be the seventh meeting between the schools, as K-State won the last visit from the Leathernecks, 63-53 on Nov. 21, 2010. Western Illinois ended the 2014-15 season with a 17-13 overall record, including a 9-7 mark in the Summit League.

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.

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 the fifth Postseason WNIT appearance in program history 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 2016 Big 12 schedule, game times, promotional and television schedules will be released later this summer. The 2016 Phillips 66 Big 12 Women’s Basketball Championship will be contested at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, March 4-7.