Aug. 8, 2012
MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State women’s basketball head coach Deb Patterson announced on Wednesday the schedule for the 2012-13 season. The Wildcats’ non-conference slate includes nine opponents who reached a postseason tournament during the 2011-12 season. The league schedule will feature an 18-game, round-robin format that will begin in early January and will feature games against the league’s newest members, TCU and West Virginia.
"As always our non-conference schedule is extremely challenging,” said Patterson about the 2012-13 schedule. “We will compete against several 2012 postseason teams and will experience a wide variety of styles of play in preparation for Big 12 play. In particular, the tournament in Las Vegas will test us at a level similar to that of the Big 12 or the NCAA Tournament.”
K-State will open the 2012-13 season with a pair of exhibition games against in-state MIAA opponents. The Wildcats will face Fort Hays State on Thursday, Nov. 1, followed by a matchup against Washburn on Monday, Nov. 5.
The 2012-13 regular season will begin with a two-game weekend homestand, as K-State will host defending Big Sky champion Idaho State on Friday, Nov. 9, followed by a matchup against Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Sunday, Nov. 11.
K-State will face Idaho State for just the second time. The first meeting between the schools came on March 17, 2006, as the Wildcats defeated the Bengals, 88-68, in the first round of the 2006 Postseason WNIT.
Idaho State made the program’s third appearance in the NCAA Tournament in 2012, garnering a 14-seed and a matchup against Miami (Fla.) in the first round. The Bengals completed the 2011-12 season with the second-most wins in program history (24-8) and surpassed the 20-win plateau for the fourth time in school history.
The Wildcats will make its first road trip of the season with a two-game haul over the Thanksgiving holiday. K-State will travel to Nashville, Tenn., to face Tennessee State on Tuesday, Nov. 20. The trip will conclude with a visit to Charlotte, N.C., to play Charlotte on Saturday, Nov. 24.
K-State returns home to host Mississippi Valley State on Friday, Nov. 30. The Devilettes are the defending Southwest Athletic Conference regular season champions and played in the 2012 Postseason WNIT.
Kansas State will return to the road to begin the month of December. The Wildcats will stay within the state’s borders, as K-State travels to Wichita to face Wichita State on Tuesday, Dec. 4, at Koch Arena.
The Wildcats lead the series with the Shockers, 40-6, as K-State won last season’s meeting 60-34 in Manhattan on Dec. 7, 2011. This season’s contest will be Kansas State first visit to Wichita to face the Shockers since a Dec. 15, 2000, matchup, a 65-64 K-State win.
The Shockers reached the Postseason WNIT for the third straight season and the fifth time in the program’s history during the 2012 season. Wichita State finished the season with a 20-13 overall record and a 12-6 mark in the MVC. The 20 victories tied the school record for wins in a season.
K-State will close out its 2012 home schedule with a two-game homestand. The Wildcats will host South Dakota on Sunday, Dec. 9, followed by a visit from UTEP on Sunday, Dec. 16.
South Dakota tallied a 23-8 overall record and won a postseason game for the second straight season, by advancing to the second round of the 2012 Postseason WNIT. K-State will matchup against the Coyotes for the first time since Dec. 4, 1994, with the Wildcats owning a 3-0 mark in the series.
UTEP visits Manhattan for the third time in the last six seasons. The Miners took part in the 2007 and 2009 Commerce Bank Wildcat Classics, but only faced K-State in the 2007 title game. The Wildcats are 2-1 against UTEP, winning the last meeting between the schools, 65-44, during the 2008 season opener in El Paso, Texas on Nov. 14.
The Miners set a school and Conference USA record for overall wins in a season with a mark of 29-4 and a 15-1 league record. The 2012 regular season and postseason Conference USA champions fell in a tightly contested first round NCAA Tournament game against Penn State, 85-77, in Baton Rouge, La.
For the third time in four seasons, K-State will travel to t Las Vegas, Nev., this time to play in the World Vision Invitational on Dec. 19-21, at the Cox Pavilion. The field for the World Vision Invitational includes Notre Dame, Texas A&M, Old Dominion, Alabama A&M and host UNLV. The schedule for the event will be announced at a later date.
K-State will conclude the 2012 calendar year with a trip to Santa Barbara, Calif., to face UC Santa Barbara on Saturday, Dec. 29. This will be K-State’s second trip to Santa Barbara with the first coming on Dec. 29, 1986, a 57-48 K-State win.
The Gauchos are led by former Wildcat and second-year head coach Carlene Mitchell. In her first season, Mitchell led UC Santa Barbara to a 17-16 overall record and a Cinderella-type run through the Big West Conference tournament. The Gauchos entered as the number six seed, but won three straight games to secure the 14th Big West Conference crown in school history. UC Santa Barbara faced eventual undefeated national champion Baylor in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
Kansas State will open its 2013 Big 12 schedule on Wednesday, Jan. 2, at Kansas with the 105th meeting in the Dillons Sunflower Showdown. K-State will host both Big 12 newcomers in its first two home games, as the Wildcats welcome in TCU on Saturday, Jan. 5, followed by a visit from West Virginia on Saturday, Jan. 12.
K-State’s remaining Big 12 home schedule is as follows: Baylor (Jan. 16), Oklahoma State (Jan. 23), Kansas (Feb. 2), Oklahoma (Feb. 6), Texas (Feb. 13), Iowa State (Feb. 23) and Texas Tech (March 2).
The Wildcats’ Big 12 road schedule unfolds as follows: at Texas Tech (Jan. 9), at TCU (Jan. 19), at Texas (Jan. 26), at Iowa State (Feb. 9), at Oklahoma State (Feb. 16), at Oklahoma (Feb. 20), at West Virginia (Feb. 26) and at Baylor (March 4).
K-State returns seven letterwinners and two starters from the 13th NCAA Tournament squad in school history, including All-Big 12 selection and All-America candidate Brittany Chambers. The Wildcats registered an overall record of 20-14 and a 9-9 mark in Big 12 action which resulted in a tie for fourth in the league standings. Head coach Deb Patterson, K-State’s all-time wins leader, returns to the sidelines for her 17th season in Bramlage Coliseum. Patterson will welcome in seven newcomers to her roster in 2012-13, including WBCA junior college All-American Ashlynn Knoll.
Game times, promotional and television schedules will be released at a later date. The 2013 Phillips 66 Big 12 Women’s Basketball Championship will be contested March 8-11, at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.
Season ticket prices for the 2012-13 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 first time, 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.
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 visiting the K-State Ticket Office at least one day prior to the game they are interested in attending.
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.