Wildcats Open Exhibition Play Against Washburn
NOV. 2, 7 PM
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MANHATTAN, Kan. - Kansas State will play the first of two exhibition games on Monday, Nov. 2 against Washburn at 7 p.m., in Bramlage Coliseum.
• K-State head coach Jeff Mittie enters his 24th season of coaching and his second in Manhattan with a career record of 473-249 (.655), including a 19-14 record at K-State.
• K-State returns eight letter winners from last season’s WNIT squad and welcomes in six newcomers. The 2015-16 roster features three seniors (Bri Craig, Megan Deines & Antoinette Taylor), five juniors (Breanna Lewis, Jessica Sheble, Kelly Thomson, Kindred Wesemann & Erica Young), two sophomores (Shaelyn Martin & Kaylee Page) and four freshmen (Kayla Goth, Anna Hammaker, Cheyenne Hooper & Lanie Page).
• Lewis, a 2015-16 Preseason All-Big 12 Honorable Mention selection, returns as K-State’s top scorer (11.5 ppg) and rebounder (6.5 rpg) from last season. She also set the school record for blocks in a season with 97.
• Wesemann enters her junior year after setting career-highs in every statistical category including points (264), assists (87) and steals (54).
• Martin was K-State’s most versatile player last season and is the Wildcats’ top returner in assists (2.7 apg) and steals (2.0 spg) and is second in rebounds (5.2 rpg).
• Monday night’s game can be seen live on COX Channel Kansas by COX Cable subscribers in the state of Kansas and on K-StateHD.TV, as Brian Smoller (play-by-play) and Kristin Waller (color analyst) will have the call.
Number to Know
• #KStateWBB begins its 48th season on Monday night against Washburn.
• K-State and KU are tied for the oldest programs in the Big 12 at 48 seasons.
At a Glance: Washburn
• Entering the 2015-16 season, Washburn was picked to finish sixth in the MIAA by the league’s coaches.
• The Ichabods roster features zero true freshmen, which is a first under head coach Ron McHenry.
• McHenry, entering his 16th season at Washburn, owns a career record of 374-94 (.799) and is the winningest active coach in NCAA Division II by winning percentage and is 13th among all divisions.
• Finished the 2014-15 season with a 16-12 overall record and missed the NCAA Division II tournament for a second straight season.
• Washburn’s top returning scorer from last season is junior guard Erika Lane. Lane averaged 5.8 points and 2.0 rebounds.
Mittie Enters Second Season at K-State
Jeff Mittie, one of the winningest active coaches in NCAA Division I with more than 470 career wins, enters his second season at the helm of the K-State program in 2015-16.
• Mittie is the 9th head women’s basketball coach in K-State history.
• Mittie owns an overall career record of 473-249 (.655) in his 24 years as a head coach.
• Mittie has averaged 21 wins per season and experienced only one losing season in his previous 23 years of head coaching.
• Mittie has 16 postseason appearances (NCAA or WNIT Tournaments), in which he has a combined record of 16-14.
• Under Mittie in 2014-15, K-State improved its overall record by eight wins from the 2013-14 season (11 to 19), which was the third-largest win improvement from one season to the next in school history.
• Mittie’s 19 wins in 2014-15 at K-State are the most wins in his career in his first season at a new school.
• He was the first K-State head coach since 1968-69 to win 10 of the first 11 games he coached at K-State.
Preseason Poll Not the Final Verdict for Cats
• Kansas State was slotted for a seventh-place finish by the Big 12 coaches in the annual preseason poll. This is the first time since the 2008-09 season that K-State was predicted to finish higher than eighth.
• Despite the prediction, K-State has a history of exceeding the expectations of the league’s coaches.
• K-State leads the Big 12 in exceeding the preseason predictions, finishing on average +1.39 positions higher than its preseason prediction in the 18 polls that have a preseason prediction and a final standing attached to it, including the 2014-15 season.
• The Wildcats have finished 13 of 18 seasons above its preseason prediction and owns the largest deviation in league history from its preseason prediction and its final place with a +7 by winning the Big 12 in 2007-08.
Wildcats’ Defense Forges Identity
• K-State was 44th in the nation in scoring defense (58.2 ppg allowed), 12th in steals (11.3 spg) and 42nd in blocked shots (4.7 bpg) in 2014-15.
• K-State’s defense ranked first in the Big 12 in steals, second in scoring defense and third in blocked shots.
• The 58.2 points per game was the lowest since the 2011-12 season (57.4 oppg) and the 1,919 total points allowed marked the fewest total points allowed in a season since the 2010-11 season (1,802).
• K-State was 17-1 in 2014-15 when holding opponents to 59 points or less.
• During the last 14 seasons, K-State is 91-3 (.968) when holding an opponent to 49 points or less.
• K-State held 10 opponents to 49 points or less in 2014-15, including four straight opponents from Nov. 18 to Dec. 8, marking the first time since March 21 to April 3, 2013 that K-State has achieved this. The 2014-15 team fell a game short of tying the school record for holding foes to 49 points or less, set in 2011-12 (11).
• The Wildcats held UMKC to 36 points on Nov. 18, 2014, which marked the lowest opponent output in 2014-15 and the fewest points surrendered by the Wildcats since Dec. 7, 2011, when K-State allowed 34 points to Wichita State.
Wildcats Send Back Shots in 2014-15
• With a new defensive system in place, Kansas State was third in the Big 12 and 43rd in the nation in blocked shots (4.7 bpg; 156 total blocks). The Wildcats blocked five or more shots in 16 games in 2014-15.
• K-State blocked a season-high 10 shots against Hampton on Nov. 21, which marked the most blocks since Dec. 20, 2008 at Indiana State (10).
• The 156 blocks in 2014-15 marked the ninth time in school history that K-State blocked 100 or more shots in a season and are fourth-most in program history for blocks in a season.
Lewis in the Lane
• 2015-16 Preseason All-Big 12 Honorable Mention selection Breanna Lewis led the team with a career-high 11.5 points (380 points) and four double-doubles last season. She scored in double figures in a team-leading 19 games and led the Wildcats in scoring a team-high 11 times.
• She was 15th in the Big 12 in scoring and seventh in the league in field goal percentage (.469).
• Lewis was the first player in program history with 300 or more points, 200 or more rebounds, 90 or more blocks and 50 or more steals in a season.
• In her career, Lewis has reached double figures in points 24 times and pulled in five or more rebounds 33 times.