K-State Announces 2008-09 Schedule

MANHATTAN, Kan. The defending Big 12 regular season champion Kansas State women’s basketball team will play nine squads who reached the 2008 NCAA Tournament, as head coach Deb Patterson announced the 2008-09 schedule on Tuesday morning.


The Wildcats will open the season on the road for the first time since the 2003-04 season, as K-State travels to El Paso, Texas to face 2008 NCAA Tournament participant, UTEP, on November 14. This will be K-State’s first trip to El Paso and will be a rematch of K-State’s 66-58 win over the Miners in Manhattan during the 2007 Commerce Bank Wildcat Classic title game. The Miners captured the 2008 Conference USA title and reached the NCAA Tournament for the first time in the program’s history.


K-State will continue its season-opening road trip with a November 17 contest at Northwestern. The Wildcats of the Big Ten are guided by first-year head coach Joe McKeown. McKeown became the Northwestern mentor after 19 successful seasons at George Washington, where he guided the Colonials to a 509-174 (.745) record and ranks 12th in NCAA women’s basketball history for winning percentage.


The Wildcats make their home debut on November 23 against 2008 NCAA Tournament participant, UT-San Antonio. The Roadrunners were 23-10 a season ago and captured their first-ever NCAA bid with its first Southland Conference tournament title.


K-State will again hit the road for a two-game trip during the Thanksgiving break, as the Wildcats travel to Arkansas State in Jonesboro, Ark., on November 25 and Jacksonville University in Jacksonville, Fla., on November 28. K-State will face a Red Wolves squad that finished 20-12 a season ago, while the Wildcats will make their first trip to Jacksonville in school history.


The Wildcats will return to Manhattan to begin their longest homestand of the season, as K-State will begin a four-game home stretch with the 14th annual Commerce Bank Wildcat Classic. This season’s participants are Alcorn, Arkansas and Mississippi Valley State. On December 5, Alcorn and Arkansas will meet in the first game of the Wildcat Classic, while K-State and Mississippi Valley State will matchup in game two. The consolation and championship games will be played on December 6.


The third game of the homestand will feature Creighton on December 9. This is the fifth meeting in the last six seasons between the schools. The Bluejays were 21-12 last season and reached the second round of the WNIT.


The final game of the homestand will be against UT-Arlington on Dec. 14. The Mavericks were 19-10 a season ago. This will be the first meeting between the schools.

K-State will travel to Terre Haute, Ind., for the first-ever meeting with Indiana State on Dec. 20. The Sycamores were 14-15 during the 2007-08 season.


After a short break for the holidays, K-State will reconvene its schedule with a two-game swing through the state of Washington. The Wildcats will face Washington State on Dec. 28 for its first trip to Pullman, Wash. K-State will continue to Seattle to face Washington on Dec. 30. Last season, K-State opened its season with an 88-61 win over the Huskies.


This will be the first time K-State has played Washington in Seattle, but not the first time K-State has played on the Huskies’ home floor of Bank of America Arena, where K-State advanced to the second round of the 2005 NCAA Tournament.


The Wildcats will wrap up its non-conference schedule on January 3 against Central Arkansas in Bramlage Coliseum. The Sugar Bears finished 7-22 last season and will be under the direction of first year coach Matt Daniel.


Kansas State begins its Big 12 title defense against Sunflower State rival Kansas on January 10 in Bramlage Coliseum. The Jayhawks were the final regular season opponent of the Wildcats to end the 2007-08 season. K-State then travels to Oklahoma on January 14 and returns to Manhattan to face Iowa State on January 17.


The Wildcats then visit Texas Tech on January 21, followed by the second meeting of the season with the Jayhawks on January 24 in Lawrence. K-State returns to Manhattan to face Nebraska on January 27 and concludes the month of January with a stop in Ames, Iowa, to face Iowa State on January 31.


The month of February opens with a home contest against Missouri on February 4, followed by a road game at Baylor on February 7. K-State returns to Manhattan to face Oklahoma State on February 15 and again hits the road to face Missouri on February 18.


K-State will finish the month of February with a visit from Colorado on February 21 and a trip to Nebraska on February 25.


The Wildcats conclude the regular season with visits from Texas A&M on March 1 and Texas on March 4. The final game of the regular season will be against Colorado in Boulder on March 7.


The 2009 Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship will be contested Thursday-Sunday, March 12-15 at Oklahoma City’s Cox Convention Center. First round action will take place on Thursday with quarterfinals on Friday, semifinals on Saturday and the final on Sunday. Times are yet to be determined.


Patterson returns four starters and eight letterwinners, including All-Big 12 first team selection Shalee Lehning and All-Big 12 second team choice Marlies Gipson, from the 2008 Big 12 regular season champions and NCAA Tournament second round participants.


All game times for the upcoming season, along with the television broadcast schedule, will be announced at a later date. For season and individual ticket information, please contact (800) 221-CATS or visit www.kstatesports.com.