K-State to Make 10th NCAA Appearance

MANHATTAN, Kan. The 2008 Big 12 regular season champion Kansas State women’s basketball team was granted its first NCAA Tournament appearance since the 2005 season and the 10th in school history during Monday’s NCAA Women’s Basketball Selection Show on ESPN.


The Wildcats (21-9, 13-3 Big 12) were chosen as a No. 5 seed in the New Orleans regional and will be opposed by No. 12 seed Chattanooga (28-3, 18-0 Southern Conference) on Sunday, March 23 at 12 p.m. (ET) in Bridgeport, Conn., at the Arena at Harbor Yard. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and on ESPN360.com. The contest will also be broadcast on the K-State Sports Network.

Tickets for Sunday’s afternoon session are priced at $36 each and are available at the athletics ticket office in Bramlage Coliseum or by calling 1-800-221-CATS or 532-7606 locally. Tickets may be picked up at K-State’s team hotel, the Courtyard by Marriott, in Shelton, Conn., beginning Saturday.


The winner of the Kansas State-Chattanooga game will play the winner of the No. 4 Louisville-No. 13 Miami (OH) matchup on Tuesday, March 25. The top four seeds in the New Orleans regional are: No. 1 North Carolina (30-2), No. 2 LSU (27-5), No. 3 Oklahoma State (25-7) and No. 4 Louisville (24-9).


K-State is 8-9 in its previous nine NCAA Tournament bids with its last appearance in 2005 in Seattle, Wash. During the 2005 NCAA Tournament, the Wildcats were a No. 4 seed and defeated Bowling Green, 70-60, and fell to No. 5 Vanderbilt in the second round, 63-60. This is the first time K-State enters the NCAA Tournament as the No. 5 seed.  


This is the sixth straight postseason appearance for the Wildcats, as K-State has appeared in four NCAA Tournaments and two postseason WNITs in the last six seasons. K-State captured the 2006 WNIT title for the first postseason title in school history and reached the semifinals of the 2007 WNIT. The Wildcats have advanced to the second round in the last four NCAA Tournament appearances, including a Sweet 16 effort during the 2002 NCAA Tournament.


Under head coach Deb Patterson, K-State has now reached the NCAA Tournament six times and registered a 5-5 record with four straight second round appearances.