K-State Hosts Missouri in WNIT Second Round


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Game 33 - 2015 Postseason WNIT First Round
Kansas State (19-13, 7-11 Big 12) vs. Missouri (18-13, 7-9 SEC)
Sunday, March 22, 2015 • 2 P.M.
Manhattan, Kan. (Bramlage Coliseum - 12,528)

Game Information
Tickets: Call (800) 221-CATS or visit www.kstatesports.com/tickets
TV: K-StateHD.TV (free) - (play-by-play) Matt Walters; (color analyst) Kristin Waller
Radio: K-State Sports Network - (play-by-play) Matt Walters; (color analyst) Kristin Waller

Team Information
Kansas State Wildcats
Head Coach: Jeff Mittie (Missouri Western '89)
Record at K-State: 19-13 (1st season)
Career Record: 473-247 (23rd season)

Missouri Tigers
Head Coach: Robin Pingeton (St. Ambrose `90)
Record at Missouri: 78-78 (5th season)
Career Record: 413-235 (20th season)

Series History
45-37
• K-State leads the series, 45-37.
• The Wildcats are 27-10 against the Tigers in games played in Manhattan, including six straight wins.
• Missouri won the last meeting, 61-56 (ot) on Feb. 25, 2012 in Columbia.
• Head coach Jeff Mittie is 1-0 against Missouri.


MANHATTAN, Kan. - K-State will host an old foe on Sunday in the second round of the 2015 Postseason WNIT, as the Wildcats face Missouri in Bramlage Coliseum at 2 p.m.

• A win by the Wildcats would secure the 24th 20-win season in program history and would be the first 20-win season by a first year head coach since 1979-80.
• Under first year head coach Jeff Mittie, Kansas State owns a 19-13 overall record, an improvement of eight wins from last season. The eight win improvement ranks as the third highest win improvement from one season to the next in program history.
• The Wildcats are led this season by the All-Big 12 sophomore forward Breanna Lewis and senior guard Haley Texada.
• Lewis, a 2015 All-Big 12 Second Team selection and a member of the Big 12 All-Defensive Team, is averaging team-highs of 11.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 3.0 blocks.
• Texada has been a spark plug for K-State recently. She is second on the team in scoring with 11.3 points and 3-point field goals made with 50.
• Sunday's game will be available for free on K-StateHD.TV, as Matt Walters (play-by-play) and Kristin Waller (color analyst) will have the call.

Number to Know
15
• #KStateWBB has 15 wins in the friendly confines of Bramlage Coliseum this season.
• The 15 home wins are the most since the 2002-03 team set the school record with 19 home wins.
• K-State has a 10-0 home mark against non-conference opponents this season and owns a 12-game home win streak against non-conference foes dating back to last season.

K-State in Postseason WNIT
• By accepting its at-large bid into the 2015 Postseason WNIT, Kansas State is playing in its fifth WNIT in the program's history.
• K-State is 14-3 (.824) in its WNIT Tournament appearances and have advanced at least one round in its five WNIT appearances and has reached at least the semifinals in three straight appearances.
• The Wildcats captured the 2006 WNIT title for the first postseason title in school history in front of a sell-out crowd of 13,340 fans while defeating Marquette, 77-65, on March 31, 2006.
• With K-State's bid into the Postseason WNIT, the Wildcats are one of eight Big 12 schools to earn a women's basketball postseason bid.

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 473-247 (.657) in his 23 years as a head coach.
• Under Mittie in 2014-15, K-State has improved its overall record by eight wins (11 to 19), which is third in school history for highest win improvement from one season to the next.
• His 18 wins at K-State this season are the most wins in his first season at a new school.
• Mittie has averaged 21 wins per season and experienced only one losing season in his 22 years of head coaching.
• Mittie has 16 postseason appearances (NCAA or WNIT Tournaments), in which he has a combined rec-ord of 16-13.
• 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.

Wildcats Secure 285th Win in Bramlage
• K-State is 285-111 (.720) all-time inside Bramlage Coliseum, which is in its 27th season of existence.
• The Wildcats won nine straight home games to open the season, the longest home win streak since 2010-11 (11).
• K-State has 15 home wins this season, the most since the 2002-03 season and tied for the second most in program history. The Wildcats have reached double figures in home wins 26 times, including this season.
• In his career in games played in his home venue, head coach Jeff Mittie is 289-68 (.810).

Cats Protect the House Against Non-Con Foes
• In the 27th season of action inside Bramlage Coliseum, Kansas State has protected its home floor with determination against non-conference foes with a record of 155-25 (.861) record.
• K-State owns a current 12-game home win streak against non-conference opponents.

Marching Toward the Finish Line
• During the third month of the year but the final month of the basketball season, K-State owns a 120-85 (.585) record in March.

Texada is on Fire
• Senior Haley Texada is averaging 11.3 points in her final season in purple. She ranks 18th in the Big 12 in scoring for all games and finished ranked 14th in league only games (11.1 ppg). She is sixth in the Big 12 for 3-point field goals made per game (1.7) and seventh in 3-point field goal percentage (.347).
• In the last 10 games, she is averaging 17.3 points including four games with 20 or more points.
• Texada tallied her 18th double figure scoring effort of the season with a season-high and career-high effort of 30 points against Akron on March 19. She is the first Wildcat to score 30 or more points in a game since Brittany Chambers scored a school record 42 points against Texas Southern on March 21, 2013.
• She scored in double digits in five straight games from Feb. 11-28.
• Texada has played in 80 games over the last three seasons and she has scored in double figures in 45 of those games (56.3 percent).
• Texada leads the current Wildcat roster in career points with 878 (9.3 ppg).
• Earlier this season, Texada joined teammate Bri Craig by surpassing the 100 career 3-point field goals made barrier this season. She has 135 made 3-point field goals for her career and is tied for 10th in pro-gram history in the category.
• Texada has 42 career games with two or more connections from beyond the arc, including 15 this sea-son. In the last three games, she is 11-of-22 (.500) from the 3-point line.