Feb. 17, 2011
MANHATTAN, Kan. – With one more victory this season, Kansas State will become just the 13th NCAA Division I women’s basketball program and the second from the Big 12 Conference to reach the 800-win plateau.
K-State’s record in its 43-year history of women’s basketball stands at 799-474 for a winning percentage of .628. The Wildcats have accumulated 21 20-win seasons and have secured 240 victories inside Bramlage Coliseum. K-State has 126 wins as a member of the Big 12 conference, while 10 of the victories have come in the NCAA Tournament. The Cats have registered 211 victories when they were ranked in the Associated Press top-25 poll and achieved 66 wins against teams ranked in the AP poll. Current head coach Deb Patterson has achieved the most wins of any of K-State’s eight head coaches with 296.
“It is a tribute to the coaches and the players over the course of the history of this program that have competed so hard and so well, often times under the radar,” stated Patterson after K-State’s 799th victory on Wednesday. “It is an amazing achievement for a program. It is a testament to the great coaches that have come before me and to all the great players that they have had the opportunity to coach. In my 15 years here, I have had the opportunity to watch a lot of great, highly-competitive, tough-minded players. Those are the people that have put Kansas State in the position to become one of the finest in the game; 800 wins in the history of the program is a very significant milestone."
During the program’s history, K-State has reached the NCAA Tournament 11 times and has participated in the Postseason WNIT three times, including winning the 2006 title. Individually, K-State has 11 student-athletes who have garnered All-America honors and five Academic All-America citations. The Wildcats have also seen 36 players reach the 1,000-point mark for their career, which leads the Big 12.
This season, the Wildcats are 17-7 and 7-4 in the Big 12 and have been led by sophomore guards Brittany Chambers and Taelor Karr and junior forward Jalana Childs.
Kansas State’s first attempt at win number 800 will come on Saturday night, as the Wildcats travel to Lincoln, Neb., to face Nebraska at 7:05 p.m. The contest will air live on Fox Sports Midwest and will be carried on the radio along the K-State Sports Network and live online at kstatesports.com.
Members of the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball 800-win Club
1. Tennessee - 1,154; 2. Louisiana Tech – 994; 3. Old Dominion – 926; 4. Stephen F. Austin – 901;
5. James Madison – 899; 6. Texas – 865; 7. Ohio State – 851; 8. Tennessee Tech – 833;
9. Stanford – 820; 10. Georgia – 806; 11. Penn State – 801; 12. Long Beach State – 800