K-State to Face Defending National Champion UConn

April 21, 2015

MANHATTAN, Kan. -- Kansas State women's basketball head coach Jeff Mittie announced on Tuesday a home and home series with 2015 NCAA national champion Connecticut. The Wildcats will face the Huskies in Storrs, Connecticut on Monday, Nov. 23 in the 2015-16 season and will host Connecticut at a date to be determined in the 2016-17 season.

"I wanted three things out of scheduling UConn: a marquee opponent for our fans, a tremendous challenge for our team, and a unique women's basketball event for our 'Team Hally' game and girls basketball players across this region," said K-State head coach Jeff Mittie.

Connecticut, the 10-time NCAA national champions and the current three-time defending 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 return game in the series comes in the 2016-17 season and will be the Third Annual Team Hally game. The inaugural Team Hally game was played in the 2014-15 season against Kansas on Jan. 11, a 58-52 K-State win. The Second Annual Team Hally game will be against a Big 12 opponent to be determined following the announcement of the 2015-16 Big 12 schedule.

Hally Yust passed away at the age of nine during the summer of 2014 and had the dream of playing basketball for Kansas State. In her memory, her family has set up the Hally Yust Memorial Fund through the K-State Foundation. To date, the Hally Yust Memorial Fund has raised nearly $75,000 in support of women's basketball. To learn more about the fund or to make a donation, please contact the K-State Foundation by calling (800) 432-1578 or by sending an e-mail to foundation@found.ksu.edu.

Under 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.

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, junior-to-be guard Kindred Wesemann and senior-to-be guard Bri Craig.

During her break out season, Lewis became the first player in program history to register the combination of 300 or more points, 150 or more rebounds, 90 or more blocks and 50 or more steals in a single season.

The junior-to-be forward from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, led the Wildcats in a number of statistical categories including: 11.5 points (15th in the Big 12), 6.4 rebounds (11th in the Big 12), 2.9 blocks (2nd in the Big 12) and 1.6 steals (12th in the Big 12). She set career-highs in every statistical category in 2014-15. Lewis anchored one of the Big 12's top defenses, as she blocked a single season school record 97 shots.

Wesemann will enter her third season in Manhattan following a sophomore campaign that saw her record career highs in every statistical category. For the second straight season, Wesemann will enter a season as the team's top returning 3-point shooter after she tallied a career-best effort of 52 made from beyond the arc.

Craig enters her final season with the Wildcats ranked 11th in program history with 136 career 3-point field goals made. In the 2014-15 season, the product of Lincoln, Nebraska, averaged 6.1 points and 2.3 rebounds in 33 games.

The remainder of the 2015-16 non-conference schedule, the Big 12 schedule and the promotional schedule will be announced later this summer.

K-State women's basketball season tickets for the 2015-16 season will be available for purchase beginning in June. For more information, contact the K-State Athletics Ticket Office by calling 1-800-221-CATS or visit www.kstatesports.com/tickets.