K-State Opens 2014-15 Season against SIUE

K-State Game Notes vs. SIUE (PDF)

Game 1
Kansas State (0-0) vs. SIUE (0-0)
Friday, Nov. 14, 2014 • 5:30 P.M.
Manhattan, Kan. (Bramlage Coliseum - 12,528)

Game Information
Promotion: Halftime entertainment - Peter Rabbit
Tickets: Doubleheader night - Tickets start at $12.50 with a Wildcat 4 Pack for $50; Single tickets start at $15.
Call (800) 221-CATS or visit www.kstatesports.com/tickets
TV: K-StateHD.TV (subscription required) – Play-by-Play: Brian Smoller; Color Analyst: Kristin Waller
Radio: K-State Sports Network – Play-by-Play: Brian Smoller; Kristin Waller

Team Information
Kansas State Wildcats
Head Coach: Jeff Mittie (Missouri Western ’89)
Record at K-State: 0-0 (1st season)
Career Record: 454-234 (23rd season)

SIUE Cougars
Head Coach: Paula Buscher (Missouri State ’86)
Record at SIUE: 27-34 (3rd season)
Career Record: 237-260 (18th season)

Series History
• This will be the first meeting between K-State and SIUE.
• K-State is 6-2 against schools from the Ohio Valley Conference.
• K-State opened the 2013-14 season against OVC member Tennessee State in Manhattan, an 85-53 K-State win on Nov. 8, 2013.
• Head coach Jeff Mittie owns a 1-0 record against SIUE.
Series: First meeting
Last Meeting: n/a
Current Streak: n/a
Home: n/a
Away: n/a
Neutral: n/a

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State will begin the 47th season of women’s basketball on Friday evening against SIUE at 5:30 p.m., in Bramlage Coliseum.
• Friday night’s game is the first of a three-game home stand for the Wildcats, the longest to open a season since the 2011-12 campaign.
• K-State ended its exhibition slate on Nov. 10, with an 80-30 win over Newman. The Wildcats forced the Lady Jets into 27 turnovers and tallied 35 points off those turnovers.
• Of the 13 Wildcats to see action on Monday, 12 scored led by senior guard Haley Texada with 17 points on 6-of-12 shooting, including a 3-of-6 effort from beyond the arc. Texada averaged 11.5 points per game in the two games.
• In the exhibition schedule, K-State was paced by sophomore forward Breanna Lewis with 13.0 points per game and 5.5 rebounds per game.
• Friday evening’s game can be seen live on K-StateHD.TV (www.kstatesports.com/allaccess), as Brian Smoller (play-by-play) and Kristin Waller (color analyst) will have the call.

Number to Know
• #KStateWBB has won 20 of its last 22 home openers, including four straight wins.
• K-State is 37-9 (.804) in home openers including a 22-4 mark in Bramlage.
• Head coach Jeff Mittie is 20-2 (.909) in home openers in his previous 22 seasons.

At a Glance: SIUE
• Entering the 2014-15 season, SIUE was picked to finish fifth in the Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) preseason poll as voted on by the league’s coaches and sports information directors.
• The Cougars registered an 11-19 overall record last season, but notched a 7-9 mark for a second place finish in the OVC West division.
• SIUE won its only exhibition game, 106-45, over Illinois Wesleyan. The Cougars shot .623 from the floor, including .526 from beyond the arc.
• The Cougars are led on the sidelines by third year head coach Paula Buscher. Buscher is 27-34 in her time in Edwardsville and owns a 237-260 career record in her 17 seasons as a head coach.
• On the floor, SIUE returns three of five starters from last season - guards Tierny Austin and Alexis Chappelle and forward Micah Jones.
• Austin, a senior from Rockford, Illinois, was named a preseason All-OVC selection. She averaged a team-high 13.2 points and pulled in 6.9 rebounds in the 2013-14 season.
• Chappelle averaged 4.1 points and 3.1 rebounds in her debut season in 2013-14.
• Jones, a sophomore from Cowden, Illinois, poured in 10.9 points and hauled in 6.5 rebounds in her first year with the Cougars.

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.
• Owns an overall career record of 454-234 (.660) in his previous 22 years as a head coach.
• His .660 career winning percentage ranks 45th among active Division I head coaches and 21st among active coaches with 20 or more years of experience.
• Mittie has averaged 21 wins per season and experienced only one losing season in his 22 years of head coaching.
• Mittie has 15 postseason appearances (NCAA or WNIT Tournaments), in which he has a combined record of 15-13.
• 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.

K-State in Season Openers
• The Wildcats have been dominate in season-openers since the team’s first season in 1968-69. Kansas State is 37-9 (.804) in season openers and have won 13 of the last 15 season openers.
• Head coach Jeff Mittie is 16-6 (.727) in season-openers in his previous 22 seasons.

K-State in Home Openers
• Kansas State has won 20 of its last 22 home openers in Bramlage Coliseum.
• The Wildcats are 37-9 (.804) all-time in home openers and 22-4 (.846) in openers in Bramlage.
• Head coach Jeff Mittie is 20-2 (.909) in home openers in his previous 22 seasons.

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 145-25 (.853) record.

Wildcats Strong in the Paint in Exhibition Play
• K-State ended its two-game exhibition slate with a 74-26 advantage in points in the paint, including a 44-12 edge over Newman on Nov. 10.
• In the 2013-14 season, K-State notched 805 points in the paint as a team for an average of 26.8 points per game.
• The Wildcats recorded a season-high 42 points in the paint at Kansas on Feb. 26.
• K-State held the edge in the paint in 15 games last season.

Martin Debuts Strong in Exhibition Play    
Shaelyn Martin made her K-State debut in the exhibition games, as she started both contests.
• Martin concluded exhibition play tied for third on the team in scoring with 8.0 points, hauled in 4.5 rebounds and led the team in assists with 4.0 and assist to turnover ratio at 2.67.
• She led K-State in both games in assists.