K-State Women Announce 2009-10 Schedule

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Kansas State director of athletics John Currie and women's basketball head coach Deb Patterson announced on Monday the 2009-10 women's basketball schedule. The 2009-10 slate features seven teams from the 2008-09 schedule and includes a trip to Las Vegas to play in the Duel in the Desert in mid-December.

"Deb Patterson and her staff have done a tremendous job of developing student-athletes both on the court and in the classroom," stated K-State Director of Athletics John Currie. "The women Patterson has produced in her program are great representatives of Kansas State. The schedule put in place for the upcoming season will display the solid foundation she has built to a national audience."

Kansas State will play 11 games against teams that reached either the 2009 NCAA Tournament or the 2009 Postseason WNIT. The Wildcats open the 2009-10 season with the longest season-opening homestand since the 2006-07 season with three straight games in Bramlage Coliseum.

"This schedule will prove extremely challenging as we will play no less than 11 games against 2009 NCAA or WNIT teams," said Patterson about the schedule. "As always we will face teams from a wide-range of the game's power conferences both at home and on the road. We are thrilled about our opportunity to continue to host the Commerce Bank Wildcat Classic in early December."

K-State opens against Indiana State on Saturday, Nov. 14. The Wildcats have won 15 of the last 16 home openers in Bramlage Coliseum and overall, has won five straight season-openers and nine of the last 10. K-State defeated the Sycamores last season on Dec. 20 in Terre Haute, Ind., 58-43, in the first meeting between the schools.

Kansas State returns to the floor on Monday, Nov. 16 against Arkansas State. The Wildcats defeated the Red Wolves, 69-58, in Jonesboro, Ark., last season on Nov. 25. K-State closes out the homestand against Pac-10 foe Washington State on Friday, Nov. 20. The Cats defeated the Cougars, 73-60, on Dec. 28 last season in their first-ever trip to Pullman, Wash. This will be the third time Washington State will visit Manhattan and the first since Dec. 30, 1994.

Following the three-game homestand, K-State begins a three-game road trip at Creighton on Monday, Nov. 23. The Bluejays advanced to the second round of the 2009 Postseason WNIT and finished the 2008-09 season with a 22-12 record. Creighton will debut a new on-campus arena for women's basketball this season, the D.J. Sokol Arena.

K-State continues its road trip on Friday, Nov. 27, as the Wildcats visit BYU in Provo, Utah. The Cougars and Wildcats have met just once, as K-State defeated BYU, 101-96, on Nov. 24, 1978. K-State concludes the road excursion on Dec. 2 at Arkansas, as this will be a rematch of the Dec. 6, 2008 meeting, which K-State won 65-56. The Razorbacks advanced to the third round of the 2009 Postseason WNIT and finished the year with 18-14 record.

K-State returns to Manhattan to host the 15th Annual Commerce Bank Wildcat Classic on Dec. 4-5. The Wildcats will welcome in Grambling State, Missouri State and UTEP. Grambling will make its third appearance in the tournament, while UTEP plays in its second Commerce Bank Wildcat Classic in the last three years. K-State has won the last two meetings with the Miners after capturing the season opener last season in El Paso, 65-44. The weekend classic will begin with Missouri State against UTEP at 4 p.m., followed by K-State versus Grambling State.

Kansas State will close out its second three-game homestand of the season, as K-State hosts Northwestern on Dec. 13. This will be the fifth meeting between the schools, as the series is tied at 2 after K-State took last season's meeting in Evanston, 57-52.

Before the Wildcats take a brief break for the holidays, K-State will take part in the Duel in the Desert in Las Vegas on Dec. 19-21. Kansas State will open the three-game event against Hawaii on Dec. 19 at 7:30 p.m. (MT). Depending on the result of the first game, the Wildcats will play on Dec. 20 at 2:30 p.m. (MT) or at 7:30 p.m. (MT) against either UNLV or 2009 NCAA Tournament participant, VCU. K-State's final game time on Dec. 21 will be determined by the first two games' results.

Teams from the other side of the bracket in the Duel in the Desert include Florida State, DePaul, UT-San Antonio and Arkansas. Florida State, DePaul and UTSA all reached the 2009 NCAA Tournament. All games for the Duel in the Desert will be played at the Cox Pavilion.

K-State will conclude its four-game holiday road trip at UC Davis. This will be the first meeting in the series between the Wildcats and Aggies.

The final non-conference opponent for K-State will be Yale on Jan. 2 in Bramlage Coliseum. This will be the second meeting between the Wildcats and Bulldogs. This also marks the first meeting with an Ivy League opponent since K-State defeated Harvard in the first round of the 2003 NCAA Tournament.

K-State will begin Big 12 action on Jan. 9 against in-state rival Kansas in Bramlage Coliseum. This will be the second straight season that the Wildcats and Jayhawks will open the Big 12 slate against one another in Manhattan.

The Wildcats will then play three of its next four games on the road beginning with a trip to Columbia, Mo., to face Missouri on Jan. 13. K-State follows that trip by heading to Stillwater, Okla., to face Oklahoma State on Jan. 16. Kansas State returns briefly to Manhattan to face Colorado on Jan. 20, then finishes the road span at Nebraska on Jan. 23.

Kansas State plays three of its next four in the state of Kansas, as the Wildcats welcome in Iowa State on Jan. 31 and Baylor on Feb. 3. The Wildcats visit the Jayhawks on Feb. 7, then return home to face Missouri on Feb. 10.

The Cats will then make consecutive trips to the Lone Star State, as K-State battles Texas A&M in College Station on Feb. 13 and Texas in Austin on Feb. 17. K-State returns home to face Oklahoma on Feb. 20 and Texas Tech on Feb. 24.

K-State concludes its road portion of the Big 12 slate with trips to Iowa State on Feb. 27 and Colorado on March 3. The final Big 12 home game of the season is set for March 6 against Nebraska.

FSN and FS Kansas City will announce broadcast schedules in mid-to late August.

Patterson returns seven letterwinners, including seniors Ashley Sweat and Kari Kincaid, from last season's squad that finished with the third-highest win total in school history with a 25-8 mark and the 11th appearance in school history in the NCAA Tournament. Patterson also welcomes a trio of freshmen guards to the roster (Brittany Chambers, Taelor Karr and Mariah White) for the upcoming 2009-10 campaign.

Last season, Sweat became the first player since the 2004-05 season to record at least 500 points in a single season (545 points) and became the first junior since the 2003-04 season to surpass the 1,000-point plateau. The product of McPherson, Kan., enters the 2009-10 season with 1,291 points scored in her career to rank 15th in school history. Following the 2008-09 season, Sweat earned All-Big 12 first team honors from the league's coaches and All-Big 12 second team honors from the Dallas Morning News.

Women's basketball season tickets begin at $78 for general admission, while bench and chairback seating is available for $99 and $132, respectively.

The deadline for all season ticket renewals is Aug. 31. Single game tickets will go on sale at a later date.

The most convenient way to order tickets is online at www.kstatesports.com. Tickets may also be purchased in person at the K-State Athletic Ticket Office in Bramlage Coliseum or by calling toll-free, (800) 221-CATS.