July 1, 2014
MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State women’s basketball head coach Jeff Mittie announced the 2014-15 non-conference schedule for his first season with the Wildcats on Tuesday morning. The Wildcats’ non-conference slate includes 10 home games, the most since the 2002-03 season, plus a trip to the 2014 Hardwood Tournament of Hope in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico in late November.
“This schedule provides good balance for our group and some excellent challenges both home and away,” said Mittie about his inaugural non-conference schedule. “The tournament in Mexico will provide an environment and competition that will make our team better.”
K-State will open the 2014-15 season with a pair of exhibition games on Monday, Nov. 3 and Monday, Nov. 10. The Wildcats will face Emporia State on Nov. 3 and conclude with a final tune-up against Newman University on Nov. 10.
The 2014-15 regular season will begin with a three-game home stand, as K-State will host first time opponent Southern Illinois-Edwardsville on Friday, Nov. 14 to kick-off the season, followed by UMKC on Tuesday, Nov. 18 and Hampton on Friday, Nov. 21.
UMKC will make its first trip to Manhattan since Dec. 11, 2005. K-State owns a 7-3 record against the Kangaroos, including a 5-0 mark in games played in the Little Apple. K-State won the last meeting against UMKC on Dec. 9, 2006, 64-56, in Kansas City.
Hampton made its fifth straight NCAA Tournament appearance at the end of the 2013-14 season, earning a No. 12 seed before falling to Michigan State in the first round. The Lady Pirates tied the school record for wins in a season with a 28-5 overall record, including a 16-0 mark in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC). In the last two seasons, Hampton has registered a record of 56-11.
Last season, Hampton defeated the Wildcats in double overtime, 86-75, in Hampton, Virginia, to even the series between the schools at one game apiece. This will be the Lady Pirates’ second visit to Manhattan with its last trip to the Little Apple on Feb. 20, 1996, a 78-42 K-State win.
The Wildcats will make the first of two trips away from Bramlage Coliseum on Nov. 25-27, as K-State will travel to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, for the 2014 Hardwood Tournament of Hope. Games will be played at the Puerto Vallarta International Convention Center, while the hotel accommodations will be at Hotel Riu Palace Pacifico. The tournament field includes: UTEP, LSU and a final opponent to be determined. The schedule and game times for the 2014 Hardwood Tournament of Hope will be announced at a later date. Including the 2014 event in Mexico, K-State will play in a tournament outside of the United States in three of the last four seasons, playing in Mexico in 2011 and the Bahamas in 2013.
This will be the third straight season K-State has faced UTEP as part of its non-conference schedule. UTEP is 3-2 against K-State and has won two straight in the series, dropping the Wildcats 84-39 in El Paso on Nov. 16, 2013. The Miners finished the 2013-14 season by tying the school record for wins in a season with a 29-9 overall record and advanced to the finals of the 2014 WNIT.
LSU and K-State will face each other for the sixth time in the series history between the schools and for the first time since Jan. 3, 1990. The Wildcats own a 3-2 record against LSU.
The Lady Tigers finished the 2013-14 season with a 21-13 overall record and advanced to the Sweet 16 of the 2014 NCAA Tournament under head coach Nikki Caldwell.
After the three games in Mexico, K-State will return to Manhattan to face Sun Belt Conference member UT-Arlington on Thursday, Dec. 4. This will be K-State’s first meeting with the Mavericks since Dec. 14, 2008, a 73-63 K-State win.
Kansas State will play its only true non-conference road game on Friday, Dec. 12 at Wichita State against the Shockers. The Wildcats will look to avenge a 69-46 loss to the Shockers last season on Nov. 20.
The Wildcats lead the series with the Shockers, 41-7, as K-State has won three of the last four meetings in the series. K-State is 21-2 against Wichita State in games played in Wichita.
The Shockers made the program’s second NCAA Tournament appearance during the 2013-14 season, as Wichita State captured the program’s second straight Missouri Valley Conference regular season and tournament titles. Wichita State finished the season with a school record mark of 26-7 and a 14-4 record in the MVC.
K-State will begin a four-game home stand on Sunday, Dec. 14 against Oral Roberts. This will be the first appearance for the Golden Eagles in Manhattan since Dec. 10, 1992, a 77-44 K-State win. The Wildcats lead the series with Oral Roberts, 5-2.
Grambling will make a return trip to Manhattan on Saturday, Dec. 20. Last season, K-State defeated the Lady Tigers, 83-50, on Dec. 7. The Wildcats are 20-0 all-time against schools from the SWAC.
Before the holiday break, K-State will host Abilene Christian on Monday, Dec. 22. This will be the first meeting between the schools. Abilene Christian finished the 2013-14 season with an 18-12 overall record and an 8-6 mark in the Southland Conference. The 2014-15 season will be Abilene Christian’s second season in its transition from NCAA Division II to NCAA Division I.
Following the holiday break, Kansas State will conclude its non-conference schedule against Samford on Tuesday, Dec. 30. This will be the first time since the 2009-10 season that K-State will play its final non-conference regular season game at home.
This will be the first meeting between K-State and Samford. K-State will face a Southern Conference member for the fifth time. The last meeting between K-State and a SoCon school came on March 23, 2008 in the first round of the 2008 NCAA Tournament against Chattanooga, a 69-59 K-State win.
K-State women’s basketball season tickets for the 2014-15 season are available now for purchase. For more information on season ticket packages for the Wildcats’ 19-game home schedule, contact the K-State Athletics Ticket Office by calling 1-800-221-CATS or visit www.kstatesports.com/tickets.
Kansas State finished the 2013-14 season ranked 23rd in the nation in average attendance with 4,484 fans per game coming through the turnstiles. It was the 11th time in the last 13 seasons that K-State has finished among the top-35 in the nation in average attendance.
Under Mittie, Kansas State will feature a roster of 10 returning letter winners and four newcomers. The Wildcats will be paced in the 2014-15 season by seniors Ashia Woods and Haley Texada and sophomores Breanna Lewis and Kindred Wesemann. Woods enters her final season with the Wildcats as K-State’s top returning scorer following a career-high effort in 2013-14.
Texada has fully recovered from a stress fracture in her ankle that robbed her of the final 14 games of 2013-14 season. The native of Frisco, Texas, will look to return to her sophomore season form when she averaged a career-best 11.8 points per game.
Lewis anchored K-State’s interior defense in her first season in Manhattan. The product of Milwaukee, Wis., registered a team-high 44 blocked shots which were the most by a K-State freshman since the 2005-06 season and tied for 10th in school history for a single season. She enters the 2014-15 season needing 21 blocked shots to move into the top-10 for blocked shots in a career.
Wesemann returns as K-State’s top 3-point shooter. The native of Pleasant Hill, Mo., finished out her rookie campaign in 2013-14 with five straight games in double figures and averaged 13.8 points per game in that stretch. She ended the season with a career-best 18-point performance against Kansas in the 2014 Big 12 Championship first round.
The 2015 Big 12 schedule, game times, promotional and television schedules will be released at a later date. The 2015 Phillips 66 Big 12 Women’s Basketball Championship will be contested at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas, in March.