July 23, 2013
MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State women’s basketball head coach Deb Patterson announced on Tuesday the non-conference schedule for the 2013-14 season. The Wildcats’ non-conference slate includes six opponents who reached a postseason tournament during the 2012-13 season.
"Year-in and year-out our non-conference schedule is extremely challenging and this season is no different,” said Patterson about the 2013-14 schedule. “We will compete against several 2013 postseason teams and will experience a wide variety of styles of play in preparation for Big 12 play. The tournaments in the Bahamas and in San Diego will provide our young roster with a test similar to that of the Big 12 or the NCAA Tournament.”
In the 2012-13 season, K-State played the seventh-toughest regular season schedule in the nation according to RealtimeRPI.com. The Wildcats registered a 19-18 overall record and advanced to the semifinals of the 2013 WNIT.
K-State will open the 2013-14 season with a pair of exhibition games. The Wildcats will face Washburn on Monday, Oct. 28 and will conclude its exhibition slate with a visit from Alaska-Anchorage on Friday, Nov. 1.
The 2013-14 regular season will begin with a two-game weekend homestand, as K-State will host Tennessee State on Friday, Nov. 8 and Sunday, Nov. 10 Charlotte. The Wildcats faced each opponent during its Thanksgiving trip in 2012, as K-State defeated Tennessee State, 62-47 in Nashville on Nov. 20. K-State concluded the trip on Nov. 24 with a 67-63 win over Charlotte.
The 49ers completed the 2012-13 season with a 26-6 overall record and reached the Round of 16 of the WNIT. Charlotte, who will be joining Conference USA in 2013-14, is one of 12 schools in the nation with a current streak of at least 11 straight postseason appearances including four straight WNIT appearances.
The Wildcats will make its first road trip of the season, as K-State will travel to El Paso, Texas to face UTEP on Saturday, Nov. 16. The Wildcats are 2-2 against UTEP, dropping the last meeting between the schools, 52-50, during the final home game of 2012 on Dec. 16. K-State won its first-ever trip to El Paso on Nov. 14, 2008 with a 65-44 decision.
After setting school and Conference USA records for overall wins in a season with a mark of 29-4 and a 15-1 league record in the 2011-12 season, the Miners notched an overall record of 22-10 in 2012-13. UTEP is led by 12th year head coach Keitha Adams, who owns a 206-157 mark during her time on the sidelines.
Kansas State will return home to close out its November home schedule on Wednesday, Nov. 20, to face Wichita State. The Wildcats tallied a 48-43 win on Dec. 4, 2012, in last season’s meeting in Wichita.
The Wildcats lead the series with the Shockers, 41-6, as K-State has won three straight in the series. K-State is 20-3 against Wichita State in games played in Manhattan, including wins in eight of the last 10 matchups in the Little Apple.
The Shockers made the program’s first NCAA Tournament appearance during the 2012-13 season, as Wichita State captured the program’s first Missouri Valley Conference regular season and tournament titles. Wichita State finished the season with a school record mark of 24-10 and a 15-3 record in the MVC. The Shockers are led by Jody Adams, who has tallied a 92-71 record in her five seasons in Wichita.
K-State will end the month of November with a Thanksgiving trip to the Junkanoo Jam, Nov. 28-29 on Grand Bahama Island. The Wildcats will face SMU on Thursday, Nov. 28 and will face either Tennessee or Virginia on Friday, Nov. 29.
K-State will return home to close out its 2013 home schedule with a two-game homestand. The Wildcats will host Grambling State on Saturday, Dec. 7, followed by a visit from UC Santa Barbara on Sunday, Dec. 15. The Gauchos will be making their first-ever appearance in Manhattan, as the Wildcats traveled to Santa Barbara in 1986 and again in 2012 to conclude its regular season non-conference schedule. K-State owns a 2-0 record against the Gauchos.
UC Santa Barbara is led by former Wildcat and third-year head coach Carlene Mitchell. Mitchell has guided the Gauchos to consecutive postseason appearances, reaching the 2012 NCAA Tournament and the 2013 WNIT. Last season, Mitchell led UC Santa Barbara to a 16-17 overall record and clinched the Big West Conference’s automatic bid into the WNIT.
K-State will return to the road to end the 2013 calendar year with three road or neutral site games. The Wildcats will visit Hampton, Va., on Saturday, Dec. 21, to face Hampton for the first time since Feb. 20, 1996.
Hampton set the school record for wins in a season in 2012-13 with an overall record of 28-6, including a 16-0 mark in the MEAC, while making the NCAA Tournament as a No. 15 seed with a trip to No. 2 Duke. The Lady Pirates fell to the Blue Devils, 67-51, in the first round. The Lady Pirates led NCAA Division I in scoring defense with 47.8 points per game allowed and finished third in the nation in opponent field goal percentage (.320) and three-point field goal percentage defense (.243). Hampton will enter the 2013-14 season with an active home-court winning streak of 14 straight wins.
Kansas State will end its non-conference schedule with two games at the Surf and Slam in San Diego, Calif. The Wildcats will play Saturday, Dec. 28 and Monday, Dec. 30. The other three teams in the event are San Diego State (host), UC Riverside and North Carolina State. K-State’s opponents for the two games are still to be determined by the tournament’s organizers.
The 2014 Big 12 schedule, game times, promotional and television schedules will be released at a later date. The 2014 Phillips 66 Big 12 Women’s Basketball Championship will be contested March 7-10, at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Okla.
Playing with seven players for the final 19 games of the 2012-13 season, Kansas State reached the postseason for the 11th time in the last 12 seasons by appearing in the 2013 WNIT. The Wildcats advanced to the semifinals of the WNIT for the third time in the program’s four appearances in the tournament.
K-State returns five players that saw significant action in the 2012-13 season, including sophomore Bri Craig and junior Haley Texada. The Wildcats will also welcome in six freshmen for the 2013-14 season.
Season ticket prices for the 2013-14 K-State women’s basketball season begin at just $3 per game when fans purchase a Wildcat 4-Pack of four or more general admission tickets for $50 each. Other season ticket options include Reserved Bench and Cat Cushion tickets at $99 per seat, as well as Chairback seats for $132 each (plus a $50 donation per season ticket account to the Ahearn Fund). For the second straight season, K-State football and men’s basketball season ticket holders are eligible for a significant discount on general admission season tickets, which can be purchased for just $20 each, a price of just $1.25 per game.
All women’s basketball season ticket holders can participate in the roll-over ticket program for the upcoming season. Fans may redeem unused game tickets for general admission seats to future games by mailing their unused ticket or tickets to the ticket office, by visiting the K-State Ticket Office in advance to swap tickets or by bringing their unused tickets to the game they want to attend.
K-State faculty and staff can purchase discounted season tickets in the Chairback sections at $110 each and Reserved Bench/Cat Cushion sections at $79 per ticket. A limited number of premium courtside and floor-level seats are also on sale for $165 each, with per-seat Ahearn Fund donations of $500 required for courtside tickets and $100 for floor-level seats.
Fans can purchase tickets online at www.k-statesports.com, or can call the ticket office at 800.221.CATS.