Aug. 11, 2010
MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State women’s basketball head coach Deb Patterson announced on Wednesday the 2010-11 women’s basketball schedule. The 2010-11 slate features nine teams in the non-conference schedule that reached the 2010 postseason.
Kansas State will play 21 games against teams that reached the 2010 postseason: 15 in the NCAA Tournament, five in the Postseason WNIT and one in the Women’s Basketball Invitational. The Wildcats will also play 18 games against schools that won 20 or more games during the 2009-10 season and will face two opponents for the first time in the program’s history.
"Our non-conference schedule will provide our team with exceptional opportunities to face diverse styles of play and great teams from across the country,” said Patterson about the schedule in her 15th season. “We are particularly excited about hosting our Commerce Bank Tournament in the opening weekend. This season we will be tested very early on the road in the Big 12-Big Ten Challenge at Iowa. Competing through a Big 12 schedule, in the game's top conference in the country, will require the very best from our players each and every time we take the floor."
K-State opens the season with a four-game homestand highlighted by the 16th Annual Commerce Bank Wildcat Classic on Nov. 12-13. The Wildcats will welcome in Grambling State, Marist and St. John’s. Grambling will make its fourth appearance in the tournament and the second straight, while St. John’s and Marist will be making their first appearances in the annual event. The Wildcats have won eight straight games in the Commerce Bank Wildcat Classic and four straight tournament titles.
Marist enters the 2010-11 campaign fresh off its fifth straight NCAA Tournament appearance and a 26-8 record during the 2009-10 season. The Red Foxes won their fifth straight Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) tournament title and secured its seventh consecutive regular season MAAC crown. K-State will face Marist for the first time in the program’s history and is 2-0 against schools from the MAAC.
St. John’s is coming off a 25-7 season in 2009-10, which saw the Red Storm reach the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The 2010 NCAA Tournament appearance by St. John’s was the third straight for the program, as the Red Storm made consecutive Postseason WNIT appearances in 2008 and 2009.
Following the opening weekend, the Wildcats will host Indiana State on Wednesday, Nov. 17. The Sycamores evened the series between the schools at one with last year’s season-opening win over the Wildcats in Bramlage Coliseum. K-State owns a record of 92-21 against schools from the Missouri Valley Conference.
Kansas State will close out its homestand on Sunday, Nov. 21, against Western Illinois. The Wildcats own a 5-0 record against the Leathernecks, who return to Manhattan for the first time since Jan. 2, 2008.
K-State will play its first road contest of the season on Saturday, Nov. 27, as the Wildcats travel east to the state of South Carolina to face the College of Charleston for the first time in the program’s history. This will be K-State first trip to the state of South Carolina since Jan. 5, 1983, when the Wildcats defeated Clemson, 92-72.
The College of Charleston is coming off consecutive 20-win seasons and played in its first-ever postseason national tournament in 2010. The Cougars reached the east regional final in the Women’s Basketball Invitational and concluded the campaign with a 21-12 record.
The Wildcats will play three of its next four contests in Bramlage Coliseum, beginning with a visit from two-time NCAA Tournament participant South Dakota State on Tuesday, Nov. 30. This will be the first time K-State will face South Dakota State since the Jackrabbits moved to Division I. K-State holds a 3-0 lead in the series with the last meeting on March 4, 1976.
South Dakota State has played in consecutive NCAA Tournaments after securing The Summit League’s automatic bid by winning the league’s postseason tournament. Including its 2010 NCAA Tournament appearance, the Jackrabbits have played in four straight postseason tournaments (2007 and 2008 WNITs).
K-State will make a brief road trip on Sunday, Dec. 5, to face Iowa during the 2010 Big 12-Big Ten Challenge. The Hawkeyes made their third straight NCAA Tournament appearance and the seventh in the last 10 seasons during the 2010 campaign. Kansas State leads the series with Iowa, 3-0, with the last matchup on Dec. 12, 2003, in Iowa City.
The Wildcats return to Manhattan to play a pair of home contests before the holidays, as K-State welcomes in North Dakota on Dec. 8, and UC Davis on Dec. 12. Kansas State will face North Dakota for the first time in school history, while the Wildcats will face UC Davis for just the second time, after winning last season’s inaugural matchup 73-59 in Davis, Calif., on Dec. 29.
Kansas State will embark on a four-game road trip that will bookend the holidays, as the Wildcats will play in the UTSA Christmas Classic on Dec. 20-21 in San Antonio, Texas. K-State will face the host Roadrunners on Dec. 20, at 7 p.m., and will play Middle Tennessee State on Dec. 21 at 5 p.m. Middle Tennessee State has appeared in six NCAA Tournaments over the last seven years. The Wildcats last faced the Lady Raiders on Dec. 6, 2002, with the Wildcats winning 79-61 in Manhattan to take a 2-0 lead in the series.
Following the break, K-State will travel to Hanover, N.H., to compete in the Blue Sky Classic at Dartmouth. The Wildcats will face Dartmouth on Dec. 29, and Vermont on Dec. 30. The Wildcats will face Dartmouth for the first time in the program’s history, while K-State won the only matchup with Vermont on Dec. 17, 2000, in Manhattan, 64-60. Vermont is coming off consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances and registered the program’s first NCAA Tournament win in 2010 with a 64-55 victory over Wisconsin.
K-State will begin Big 12 action on Saturday, Jan. 8, against Oklahoma State in Bramlage Coliseum. This will be the third straight season that the Wildcats will begin its Big 12 slate at home.
The Wildcats will then play consecutive games on the road beginning with a trip to Norman, Okla., to face Oklahoma on Jan. 12. K-State follows that trip by heading to Lubbock, Texas, to face Texas Tech on Jan. 15.
Kansas State returns to Manhattan to play three of its next four games in Bramlage, as the Wildcats host Missouri on Wednesday, Jan. 19, and defending Big 12 regular season champion Nebraska on Jan. 22. After a quick visit to Boulder, Colo., to face Colorado on Jan. 26, the Wildcats conclude the month of January against Kansas on Saturday, Jan. 29, in the Dillon’s Sunflower Showdown in Manhattan.
K-State returns to the road for four of its next six contests, as the Wildcats visit Missouri on Feb. 5. Following a home game against Texas on Feb. 9, the Wildcats visit Iowa State on Feb. 13.
Following its weekend matchup with the Cyclones, K-State hosts Colorado on Feb. 16, then makes a trip to Lincoln, Neb., to face Nebraska on Feb. 19. Kansas State will conclude its road slate in February on Feb. 23 at Baylor.
The Wildcats will close out the 2010-11 regular season by hosting Iowa State on Feb. 26, and Texas A&M on March 2. K-State will match-up against the in-state rival Jayhawks for the second time on March 5, to finalize the slate.
FSN and FS Kansas City will announce broadcast schedules in mid-to late September.
Patterson returns eight letterwinners and three starters, including junior Jalana Childs and sophomores Brittany Chambers and Taelor Karr. Patterson also welcomes three freshmen to the roster (Chantay Caron, Brianna Kulas and Stephanie Wittman) for the upcoming 2010-11 campaign.
Women’s basketball season tickets begin at $78 for general admission, while bench and chairback seating is available for $99 and $132, respectively. K-State is also offering a “Wildcat 4-Pack” this season which consists of four general admission tickets for $200. Season tickets are only $50 for those with military IDs stationed at Fort Riley.
The early bird renewal deadline for season tickets is August 13, which is the final day for the five-payment plan. The deadline for all season ticket renewals is August 31, which includes a four-payment plan. Single game tickets will go on sale at a later date.
The most convenient way to order tickets is online at www.kstatesports.com. Tickets may also be purchased in person at the K-State Athletic Ticket Office in Bramlage Coliseum or by calling toll-free, (800) 221-CATS.