Patterson Becomes All-Time Winningest Coach

MANHATTAN, Kan. Deb Patterson became the all-time winningest women’s basketball coach in K-State’s history when the Wildcats defeated UMKC, 64-56, on Dec. 9 at Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, Mo.


Patterson has compiled a 207-114 (.645) record during her 11 seasons as Kansas State head women’s basketball coach.  Saturday’s victory over the Kangaroos puts her one win above Judy Akers who guided K-State to a 206-94 record during a 10-year period from 1968-1979.


During her tenure, Patterson has put the Wildcat program into the national spotlight as an annual top-seeded NCAA Tournament contender and a top 25 nationally ranked program, while ranking among the nation’s leaders in women’s basketball attendance. 


In 2005-06 Kansas State captured the 2006 Postseason WNIT Championship, to mark its first postseason championship title in school history.  The Wildcats posted a 24-10 overall record to collect their fifth consecutive 20-win season.  Prior to last season, K-State made four straight appearances in the NCAA Tournament, including a run to the Sweet Sixteen in 2002 that earned Patterson Big 12 Conference and national Coach of the Year honors.


This season the Wildcats are off to another great start with an 8-1 record, including a thrilling overtime victory over Wyoming on Nov. 17 and a road win over Louisiana Tech on Dec. 5.  K-State also captured Commerce Bank Wildcat Classic title with an 81-41 win over Alcorn State on Dec. 2.