Wildcats, Jayhawks Meet in Big 12 1st Round
Wildcats, Jayhawks Meet in Big 12 1st Round
Kansas State (17-12, 7-11 Big 12) vs. Kansas (15-16, 6-12 Big 12)
Friday, March 6, 2015 • 6 P.M.
Dallas, Texas (American Airlines Center)
Tickets: Call (800) 745-3000 or visit www.ticketmaster.com
TV: FOX College Sports - Central - (play-by-play) Ron Thulin; (color analyst) Brenda VanLengen
Radio: K-State Sports Network - (play-by-play) Brian Smoller; (color analyst) Kristin Waller
Kansas State Wildcats
Head Coach: Jeff Mittie (Missouri Western '89)
Record at K-State: 17-12 (1st season)
Career Record: 471-246 (23rd season)
Head Coach: Bonnie Henrickson (St. Cloud State `86)
Record at Kansas: 186-170 (11th season)
Career Record: 346-232 (18th season)
• K-State leads the series, 65-46.
• Over the last 30 meetings, K-State is 24-6 against the Jayhawks.
• K-State won the last meeting between the teams, 55-48 on Feb. 25, 2015 in Lawrence.
• The teams are 2-2 against each other in the Big 12 Championships and will meet for the second straight season in the first round.
• Head coach Jeff Mittie is 5-5 against KU.
MANHATTAN, Kan. - One of the longest continuous rivalries in all of women's college basketball will be contested, as K-State faces Kansas for the 112th meeting in the series in the first round of the 2015 Phillips 66 Big 12 Women's Basketball Championship in Dallas, Texas at the American Airlines Center on Friday at 6 p.m.
• Under first year head coach Jeff Mittie, Kansas State finished the regular season with a 17-12 overall record, an improvement of six wins from last season, and a 7-11 mark in the Big 12, which marked the most wins in league play since the 2011-12 season.
• The Wildcats are led this season by the All-Big 12 duo of sophomore forward Breanna Lewis and senior forward Ashia Woods.
• Lewis, a 2015 All-Big 12 Second Team selection and a member of the Big 12 All-Defensive Team, is averaging team-highs of 11.4 points, 6.4 rebounds and 3.1 blocks.
• Woods, a 2015 All-Big 12 honorable mention recipient, is averaging 10.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.3 steals.
• Friday's game will be available on FOX Sports Networks, as Ron Thulin (play-by-play) and Brenda VanLengen (color analyst) will have the call.
Number to Know
• #KStateWBB has improved its overall record by six wins (11 to 17) from a season ago.
• The 6-win improvement is the highest since K-State recorded a 7-win improvement from the 2009-10 to 2010-11 seasons.
• Included among the 6-win improvement is the best Big 12 record for the Wildcats since the 2011-12 season when K-State registered a 9-9 record.
At a Glance: Kansas
• Kansas (15-16, 6-12 Big 12) enters Friday's game after a pair of wins. The Jayhawks upset the Sooners at Oklahoma on Feb. 28, 65-58, and ended the regular season with a 68-64 win over Iowa State in Lawrence on March 2.
• On the sideline, Kansas is led by 11th-year head coach Bonnie Henrickson. In her time with the Jayhawks, Henrickson has led the program to a 186-170 (.522) record.
• Leading Kansas this season is senior forward Chelsea Gardner and senior guard Natalie Knight.
• Gardner, a two-time All-Big 12 First Team selection, leads the team with 16.8 points, 8.5 rebounds and 2.4 blocks. In league action, Gardner has put up nearly identical numbers with 17.1 points, 9.0 rebounds and 2.6 blocks. Against Iowa State, Gardner notched 25 points, 12 rebounds and five blocks.
• Knight, a 2015 All-Big 12 Honorable Mention recipient, is second on the team at 12.5 points per game, 5.5 rebounds and 3.8 assists. In league player, Knight has 12.6 points and 5.7 rebounds.
Mittie Takes the Reins at K-State
Jeff Mittie, one of the winningest active coaches in NCAA Division I with more than 450 career wins, will begin his first season at the helm of the K-State program in 2014-15.
• Mittie is the 9th head women's basketball coach in K-State history.
• He is the first K-State head coach since 1968-69 to win 10 of the first 11 games he has coached at K-State.
• Mittie owns an overall career record of 471-246 (.657) in his 23 years as a head coach.
• Under Mittie in 2014-15, K-State has improved its overall record by six wins (11 to 17).
• Mittie has averaged 21 wins per season and experienced only one losing season in his 22 years of head coaching.
• Mittie has 15 postseason appearances (NCAA or WNIT Tournaments), in which he has a combined record of 15-13.
• Mittie has received a number of accolades during his coaching career including: 2010 Mountain West Coach of the Year, 2002 Conference USA Coach of the Year, 2001 WAC Coach of the Year and 1994 and 1995 MIAA Coach of the Year. He has also led his programs to nine conference titles.
Marching Toward the Finish Line
• During the third month of the year but the final month of the basketball season, K-State owns a 118-84 (.584) record in March.
Preseason Poll Not the Final Verdict for Cats
• Kansas State was slotted for a ninth-place finish by the Big 12 coaches in the annual preseason poll for the fifth straight season, but finished tied for seventh in 2014-15.
• Despite the low prediction, K-State has a history of exceeding the expectations of the league's coaches on a consistent basis.
• K-State leads the Big 12 in exceeding the preseason predictions, finishing on average +1.39 positions higher than its preseason prediction in the 18 polls that have a preseason prediction and a final standing attached to it, including the 2014-15 season.
• The Wildcats have finished 12 of 18 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.
K-State Picking Opponent's Pockets
• The Wildcats have recorded 333 steals this season (11.5 spg) to lead the Big 12 and rank 11th in the nation.
• Of the 535 opponent turnovers, 333 have come by K-State steals (62.2%). The Wildcats ended 2013-14 with 46.9% of opponent turnovers coming from Wildcat steals.
• The 333 steals are the most since the 1988-89 season when K-State notched 346 in 29 games (11.9 spg).
• K-State has 21 games this season with 10 or more steals.
• The Wildcats have a league-high five players among the top-15 in the Big 12 steal rankings.
Lewis in the Lane
• Sophomore forward Breanna Lewis leads the team with a career-high 11.4 points (330 points). She has scored in double figures in a team-leading 17 games this season and has led the Wildcats in scoring a team-high 10 times.
• She is 15th in the Big 12 in scoring and eighth in the league in field goal percentage (.458).
• Lewis is one of nine players in NCAA Division I this season to average 10 or more points, five or more rebounds, three or more blocks and one or more steals.
• Lewis is the first player in program history with 300 or more points, 150 or more rebounds, 80 or more blocks and 40 or more steals in a season.
• In her career, Lewis has pulled in five or more rebounds 30 times and reached double figures in points 21 times.
Woods Improves Offensively in Senior Year
• Senior Ashia Woods earned All-Big 12 Honorable Mention honors for the first time in her career this season and is averaging 10.0 points per game and has scored a career-high 291 points with 14 games in double figures this season. She has surpassed 250 points for the second straight season.
• In her last 11 games, Woods is averaging 12.5 points and 5.1 rebounds.
• In the Big 12 opener at Iowa State, Woods tallied a stat line of 21 points on 8-of-12 shooting, six rebounds, five assists and a steal. This was her first career effort of 20 or more points, five or more rebounds and five or more assists. She is the first Wildcat to achieve this line this season and first since Feb. 26, 2014.
• Against Oklahoma State she tallied her second career double-double with 18 points, 11 rebounds, five assists and four steals.
• Woods tallied a career-best average of 10.1 points per game last season. It was the third straight season Woods had improved her scoring average from one season to the next.
• In her freshman season, Woods averaged 2.1 ppg and increased that to 5.9 ppg in an injury-shortened sophomore season in 2012-13.
• For her career, Woods has scored 724 points for an average of 6.8 points per game.