MANHATTAN, Kansas –
K-State women's basketball head coach Jeff Mittie
has added guard Sarah Bates to the roster, a transfer from UC Santa Barbara. Bates will redshirt in the 2018-19 season due to NCAA transfer rules. She will have three seasons to contribute to the K-State lineup following her redshirt season.
"We were looking at adding some scoring ability and we saw Sarah have that in her freshman year," said Mittie about Bates.
"She has a natural scorer's mentality. As a freshman she went in right away and hit big shots and she shot it at a high level. We are excited about adding her to the roster. I think she can play the two-guard spot effectively and we'll try and use her a little like (Kindred) Wesemann in that combo guard spot. We'll get a little more of an evaluation of that skill set when she arrives on campus. I love her swagger and her shot making ability. It was something we were looking for in the offseason."
Bates, a 2018 All-Big West Honorable Mention recipient and 2018 Big West All-Freshman Team selection, averaged 10.9 points, 2.8 assists and 2.4 rebounds, as she played in all 29 games including 25 starts for UC Santa Barbara in her freshman season. She ranked 14th in the Big West Conference in scoring average.
The product of Fresno, California, was dangerous from beyond the arc in her rookie collegiate season, as she tallied a 61-of-148 (.412) effort. Bates led the team and ranked fourth in the Big West in 3-point field goals made. Among freshmen nationally, Bates ranked eighth in the nation in 3-point field goal percentage and tied for 21st in the nation in 3-point field goals made.
Bates tallied 16 games with 10 or more points, including four games with 20 or more points. Bates set her career-high of 25 points twice, as she scored 25 in her first collegiate game against Northern Arizona on November 10 and 25 at UC Davis on January 27.
In her prep career, the native of Fresno, California, was a four-year letter winner at Clovis West High School. Bates was a four-time All-TRAC honoree and a three-time All-California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) selection. She led the Golden Eagles to a 34-2 record in her senior season and help Clovis West to the CIF Open Division State Championship with 11 straight points in the fourth quarter of the title game.
K-State women's basketball also announced the departure of center Anastasia Tsybaeva
from the K-State roster. Tsybaeva took a redshirt season in 2017-18 after transferring to K-State from East Los Angeles College.
Kansas State concluded the 2017-18 season with an 18-16 overall record and a Round of 16 appearance in the 2018 WNIT. This was the fourth straight season the Wildcats reached the postseason under the direction of head coach Jeff Mittie
K-State will return eight letter winners from the 2017-18 season for the 2018-19 season, led by All-Big 12 selections Kayla Goth
, Peyton Williams
and Rachel Ranke
. The Wildcats will also welcome in its highest ranked recruiting class during Mittie's tenure with four freshmen: Christianna Carr, Ayoka Lee, Laura Macke and Savannah Simmons joining the roster for next season.
Kansas State 2018-19 Signees
Name, Height, Position, Hometown, School
Sarah Bates, 5'9", Guard, Clovis, California, UC Santa Barbara/Clovis West HS
Christianna Carr, 6'0", Guard, Manhattan, Kansas, Manhattan HS
Ayoka Lee, 6'5", Center, Byron, Minnesota, Byron HS
Laura Macke, 6'1", Forward, Baileyville, Kansas, Nemaha Central HS
Savannah Simmons, 5'10", Guard, Bel Air, Maryland, The John Carroll School