|7/28/16 Growing Up a Wildcat|
Be sure to watch Growing Up a Wildcat, with Shaelyn Martin, Kaylee and Lanie Page and Kelly Thomson telling about their development as players, and their short paths to Manhattan from Riley, Pottawatomie and Saline counties.
|6/29/16 Wildcat Q&A: Kaylee Page|
Andrew Hammond has a fun and informative interview with Kaylee Page in the Collegian.
|6/21/16 Lots of pics from the meet and greet|
K-State WBB had a real nice event on Sunday afternoon, June 19 at the Octagon. See all the fan photos.
|6/17/16 Leave No Doubt: K-State Women Building Off Postseason Run|
The point of Leave No Doubt is the next postseason, as in watching the NCAA selection show in March will full confidence. That's the goal for the 2016-17 season, as explained in an informative Sports Extra by new writer, Corbin McGuire.
|6/15/16 Kindred Wesemann: Powercat Illustrated Female Breakthrough Athlete of the Year|
I've always noticed and appreciated the enthusiasm and energy Kindred brings to every game... not to mention excellent free throw and field goal shooting, and her leadership of the offense. Powercat Illustrated noticed, too, and included her in their 2016 PI Premiere Awards. And, of course, she did a great job in summer 2015 with driving new teammates around town and interviewing them.
|6/15/16 New Challenges Hope to Push Wildcats Harder|
Andrew Hammond visited with Coach Mittie about the Cats' return to the NCAA Tournament, and prospects for 2016-17, in the Collegian.
|5/14/16 Congratulations to Brittany Chambers|
After some time away for professional play, Brittany Chambers came back in fall 2015 to finish her degree. She hopes to go to medical school. (story)
|5/11/16 Cats vs. Connecticut at home on Dec. 11|
A strong non-conference schedule is in store, as K-State hosts the return game vs. national champion Connecticut. (story)
|5/03/16 Coach Mittie through the decade and beyond!|
Jeff Mittie received a contract extension effective through 2021-22 this week... good news for Cat fans. He's taken the Cats to postseason play in his first two years. (announcement)
|4/14/16 Kindred Wesemann: Big 12 Scholar Athlete of the Year!|
Today K-State Athletics announced the selection of Kindred Wesemann as Big 12 Women's Basketball Scholar of the Year. She's brought so much energy and enthusiasm to the court, and now people around the conference have learned she extends that to academic work. In the Big 12's announcement, we're reminded that Kindred is a five-time Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll member.
Kindred joins Kersten Kober, Big 12 Volleyball Scholar of the Year for 2015.
|4/11/16 Karyla Middlebrook is a Cat!|
Coach Mittie has signed Karyla Middlebrook, a guard from Blue Springs, Missouri (his home town). She joins previously-announced fall signees: guard Mercedes Brooks (Wichita Falls, Texas), center Peyton Williams (Topeka) and forward Eternati Willock (Scarborough, Ontario), and will have two seasons to play. (announcement)
|3/25/16 K-State Women's Basketball 2015-16 Season Highlights|
Be sure to watch this six-minute season highlights video. There were lots of good times to remember. By the way, I'm in it for a few moments (with Robert Lipson) around 02:38.
|3/19/16 NCAA Tournament Round Two: South Carolina|
Kansas State (#KStateWBB) will play #1 seed South Carolina on their court (!) on Sunday, March 20 at 6:00 CDT. We can watch on ESPN. (Bracket) (Game Preview) (Second Round Pregame Press Conference Quotes) (Game Center) (Live Audio) (South Carolina WBB)
South Carolina 73, Kansas State 47
#2 South Carolina went 47-1 on their home court in the past three seasons. Their official attendance tonight was 10,048. (Postgame Press Conference) (Postgame Quotes) (Recap) (Box Score) (Video Highlights) (Sports Extra: Tournament Recap) (Collegian)
|3/14/16 NCAA Tournament for spring break!|
The 9-seed Cats (18-12) will face George Washington on Friday, March 18. Come back here for more details. Look in the navigation column under NCAA Women's Basketball for an interactive tournament bracket. (Sports Extra: Selection) (Selection Show Quotes) (Selection Show Video Recap) (Pre-Tournament Press Conference) (Sports Extra: Confidence) (Game Preview) (Game Center)
Cats beat George Washington, 56-51!
(Postgame Press Conference) (Game Recap) (Box Score) (Highlights Video on Twitter)
|3/08/16 Women's Basketball Banquet 2016|
Here's a video recap of the banquet.
|3/02/16 Vote for Kelly Thomson for Haier Ultimate Achievement Award|
Kelly is one of eight student athletes nationwide who are finalists for the Haier Ultimate Achievement Award. Their web page says, "Kelly Thomson (Kansas State University) — a junior women's basketball player and a Health/Nutritional Studies major, she suffered two ACL injuries but has been a motivated student and community leader. Kelly is the VP of the K-State's SAAC & has participated in numerous community outreach programs."
Vote for Kelly each day in March!
|3/02/16 All-Big 12 awards include Lewis and Wesemann|
The Big 12 Conference has announced season awards. Breanna Lewis is First Team All-Big 12, and Kindred Wesemann is Second Team All-Big 12. Lewis also made the Big 12 All-Defensive Team.
|2/24/16 KSU 68, ISU 53: A tremendous night for the Cats (featuring Breanna Lewis)!|
This is a win that should help the Cats seal up an NCAA tournament berth, and certainly an epic night for junior Breanna Lewis. Bre recorded a double-double, with 25 points, 16 rebounds and 6 blocks. It's important to note that Lewis played only 3/4 of the game. It should also be noted that she shot 84.6% on field goals, and was perfect on her three free throws.
Kaylee Page had a double-double night, with 13 points and 10 assists, plus 6 rebounds.
This must have been hard to take for Iowa State, as their listed attendance was 10,335.
K-State is now 18-9, 8-8 Big 12. Here's official coverage: (recap) (game center) (box score) (Collegian advance)
|2/18/16 Seven Cats recognized for academic excellence|
|2/17/16 Sports Extra: Kindred Wesemann|
A major contributor to the Cats' success, Kindred leads the Big 12 in 3 FGs, and is second in FT percentage. Kelly McHugh-Stewart's latest Sports Extra is a visit with our awesome junior guard.
|2/15/16 ESPN Bracketology: First Four Out|
Charlie Creme has the Cats in the First Four Out in the NCAA tournament, as of today. (link)
|2/13/16 Cats add another W to the KU series|
A good time was had by all in purple when KU came calling today, leaving Jeff Mittie's career record vs. the Squawks at 5-0. In the past 32 meetings, dating back to 2002, Kansas State has 26 victories. Today's score was 81-67, improving on the margin of victory in Lawrence by a point. Timeka O'Neal (at 5' 4", probably not Shaquille's kid) accounted for 27% of KU's points, going 6 of 12 on threes.
Breanna Lewis led the Cats with 24 points, Megan Deines had 15, Bri Craig and Kaylee Page had 10, and Kindred Wesemann had 9. It was a somewhat sloppy game for both teams. The Cats had 22 turnovers and 13 steals, and the Birds had 20 turnovers and 16 steals. Kansas State shot 50%, and KU shot 39%. Kansas State had 36 points in the lane, vs. KU's 22. Thanks, Lewis!
Kansas State is now 16-8, 6-7 Big 12. Here's coverage of the game from official sources:
(recap) (highlights) (box score) (postgame quotes) (postgame press conference) (Topeka Capital)
|2/09/16 K-State Women's Basketball dominates #21/21 Oklahoma|
Why is this a big deal? Over the past 29 encounters with OU, spanning 20 years through tonight, K-State has won only seven times. Of the past 17 meetings and counting tonight, K-State won only two times.
Tonight the Cats did not let themselves be intimidated by a ranked opponent. Kindred Wesemann led all players with 26 points, including six three-pointers that were huge for momentum. Breanna Lewis had 15 points, and Bri Craig added 12. The team had 20 assists and 10 steals, with a respectable 12 turnovers. It should be noted that the Cats went 62.5% on FG in the second quarter, and 58% in the first half.
The Cats led for almost 30 of 40 minutes, and held a 23-point lead with 03:31 to play. We may never know why Coach Sherri Coale was calling time outs in the last three minutes.
Now at 15-8, Kansas State needs some quality wins like this one to improve the chances of a visit to the NCAA tournament. Up next is lowly KU (5-18, 0-12 Big 12) on Saturday, Feb. 13 at 7:00 P, in the Octagon.
(highlights) (box score) (postgame quotes) (Collegian) (soonersports.com)
|1/20/16 K-State women cruise past KU|
Read the recaps of the Cats' 59-46 victory over the Squawks. The Cats (13-5, 3-4) led the entire game. They've won the last four encounters with the Squawks. (Capital-Journal) (Kansas State Collegian) (kstatesports.com) (box score) (highlights video)
|1/18/16 Sports Extra: Ohlde, Wecker Reflect on K-State Careers|
Nicole Ohlde (2,241 points) and Kendra Wecker (2,333 points), who certainly need no introduction around here, are going into the Kansas State Athletics Hall of Fame on January 29. Here's Part 1 of Kelly McHugh-Stewart's look back at their exceptional careers. In the past week at games, I've thought back to what All-Americans Kendra and Nicole would have done on a certain play, or in a certain situation. Neither will ever be forgotten. Here's the link to Part 2.
|1/14/16 Sports Extra: Shaelyn Martin's Toughness Key for Wildcats|
Shaelyn's fearless... sometimes taking two or three charges per game, and she's one of our most efficient rebounders. We're fortunate to have her on our side. (Sports Extra)
|1/06/16 Erica Young Spends Holidays Giving Back|
With advance planning, Erica Young went home for Christmas with items to help the many homeless people in Tampa, Florida. Here's a Sports Extra with the details.
|12/02/15 Kelly Thomson Named WBCA, Allstate Good Works Nominee|
Kelly has been involved in community service, is a leader among student athletes, has courageously returned to action after serious injuries, and has a perfect 4.000. (link)
|11/19/15 Eternati Willock from Canada signs with the Cats|
Jeff Mittie announced today the signing of Eternati Willock, a 6' 2" forward, for 2016. Coach focused on her court vision and passing ability, as well her mid-range shot. She's ranked as the #33 prospect (and #8 forward) in this recruiting year.
|11/17/15 NCAA Rules Changes|
The NCAA has published this chart of WBB rules changes, along with the reasons for them. Also, here's an instructional video on changes in MBB rules.
|11/11/15 Sports Extra: New Rules for NCAA Basketball|
Kelly Stewart has an excellent update on a large assortment of rule changes for this season and beyond. The one that puzzles me the most is the change to quarters. It's like the rules committee wanted to make a name for themselves.
|10/30/15 Where I'm From: Kelly Thomson|
Kelly takes us to her hometown, Riley. Jessica Sheble is her guest, and Dr. Dan Thomson is on the scene, too. Riley, as most know, has produced other stars in addition to Kelly: Jordy and Kelsey Nelson, Jon McGraw, Amy and Emily Mortimer and DeLoss Dodds. (video)
|11/02/15 Sports Extra: Women's Basketball Back in Action Tonight|
Here's a look at the new personnel in the program, as well as the wacky new rule changes. (link)
|10/30/15 Where I'm From: Shaelyn Martin|
Shaelyn takes Breanna Lewis and Erica Young to the family farm outside Salina, to meet cows, horses and a kitty. They ride ATVs and horses and [SPOILER] everyone survives! (video)
|10/27/15 Sports Extra: Get to Know Megan Deines|
Today's Sports Extra is on senior newcomer Megan Deines, who has seen a lot after three years at Louisville, which somehow managed to be in a different conference each season. She has completed her degree, and is a graduate student. Here's her video, with Kindred, of course. Somebody owes Wesemann a tank of gas after all these.
|10/13/15 Sports Extra: Get to Know Kayla Goth|
I never miss reading these "Get to Know" features. This Sports Extra is on Kayla Goth, our new guard from Wisconsin. For added excitement, there's the video version with Kindred Wesemann, team chauffer. For the video, Kayla is wearing antennas, for better reception.
|10/03/15 Shalee Lehning: Kansas Sports Hall inductee|
Be sure to see this great interview with K-State legend Shalee Lehning.
|9/29/15 Sports Extra: Get to Know Kaylee and Lanie Page|
Kelly McHugh-Stewart has the latest Sports Extra, focusing on the Page sisters.
Here's video of Kindred Wesemann driving Lanie Page around, giving her the business about being 17 years old (she won't be 18 until July!), and asking her about doggies, music and role models. Oops. I almost missed this video with Kaylee Page. Hey! The Page sisters aren't from Wamego... they're from Alma!
|9/15/15 Sports Extra: Get to Know Cheyenne Hooper|
Kelly McHugh-Stewart is at it again, with this get-acquainted interview with Cheyenne. As part of the package, celebrity chauffer Kindred Wesemann conducts a video interview. I think it's awesome that Cheyenne and Anna Hammaker will continue their basketball careers together.
|9/01/15 Sports Extra: Get to Know Anna Hammaker|
Kelly McHugh-Stewart has posted another fine feature. She comes to MHK with all kinds of honors, and a very positive attitude. Check out the video that comes with it. It's Kindred and Anna driving around MHK, getting acquainted. YouTube
|6/10/15 K-State Women's Basketball | 2015-16 Season Tickets|
Watch the promotion video on YouTube (even though you're already ordered your tickets)!
|6/08/15 Kaylee Page is eligible to play (and other big news)|
This has to be one of the best-ever recruiting classes Kansas State has announced, and the NCAA has cleared Kaylee to play in November instead of January. (release) Coach Jacie tweeted this photo of new recruits (L to R) Cheyenne Hooper, Lanie Page, Kayla Goth and Anna Hammaker to the 2015-16 roster. Moments later, Kaylee's announcement was revised to announce the addition of guard Megan Deines. (release)
|6/01/15 Shalee Lehning to the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame!|
Shalee Lehning (women's basketball), Paul Coffman (football) and Kenny Harrison (track & field) have been selected as members of the Class of 2015, and will be inducted on October 4 in Wichita. (release)
As reported by Kansas State Athletics, "At the conclusion of her K-State playing career in 2009, Lehning ranked first in school history and second in Big 12 history for career assists with 800, ranked first in school history for career minutes played with 4,271, ranked fourth in school history for career rebounds with 914 and 19th for career points with 1,189. She was the first player in Big 12 history to record 1,000 career points, 900 career rebounds and 800 career assists. Lehning was the eighth guard in school history to register 200 points in every season of her career and her final career point total was the 11th-highest by a guard in school history."
|3/19/15 WNIT: Cats 86, Akron 68|
What a fun night! You could see during the shootaround that the Cats (19-13) were happy to be in postseason play. The 10-0 start was encouraging, and 50 Cats points at halftime (from 60% on field goals) was even better. Haley Texada went nuts and scored a career-high 30 points. Here's the official recap.
Next up for Kansas State: Missouri, Sunday, March 22 at 2 P.M. in Bramlage Coliseum.
|3/16/15 Cats return to the WNIT|
Kansas State (18-13, 7-11 Big 12) will journey to Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan, Kansas on Thursday to play Akron (22-8, 12-6 Mid-American) in the first round of the WNIT. (bracket) Here's the good news from Sports Information. Follow tournament action on the WNIT site.
|3/10/15 Team Awards Announced at Annual Banquet|
Here's a link to all the happenings, with the winners of several new awards. @kstatewbb tweeted this team picture.
|3/06/15 Big 12 Tournament: Cats complete a season sweep of KU|
That's four straight wins over KU. In the last 15 seasons, the Cats are 24-8 in the series. (recap)
|3/04/15 West Virginia Game Highlights|
What an exciting conclusion to the home season! Kansas State came from 14 points behind to record their first-ever victory over West Virginia on Senior Night in Bramlage Coliseum. The Cats struggled on field goals, but won the game with defense and free throws, making 22 of 24, for 91.7%. (video) (game recap)
|3/04/15 Breanna Lewis and Ashia Woods: All-Big 12|
Breanna Lewis was named to the All-Big 12 Second Team, and Ashia Woods received Honorable Mention, as they led Kansas State to a 17-12 regular season, in which they were unable to play two of their scheduled games in Mexico. Here's the release from K-State.
|2/25/15 Kansas State records a regular season sweep of the Squawks|
Senior Haley Texada led the Cats with 20 points and some critical shots. Ashia Woods had 12 points and six spectacular steals. Kindred Wesemann added 10 points. Jessica Sheble had nine points and nine rebounds in 16 minutes. With the Cats shooting only 28% from the field, defense and 17 steals sealed the deal. Ashia and Haley had some amazing plays, and for the second straight year, the Cats beat KU in Frog Allen Field House. (Kansas State Collegian) (Sports Information)
|2/18/15 Shaelyn Martin: Big 12 Student Athlete Spotlight|
Lifelong K-State fan Shaelyn is now a starter, and we're very glad she's here. Here's the Big 12's feature story.
|2/06/15 Brittany Chambers signs with the WNBA's San Antonio Stars|
After graduating from Kansas State in 2013, Brittany has played two years in Spain. She'll no doubt have her number in the Bramlage Coliseum rafters some day, as her 2,156 points stand as the most scored by any player, male or female, in a K-State uniform. Here's the announcement from her hometown paper, the Jordan Independent.
|2/04/15 Kindred Wesemann tosses up 8 threes / Cats 66, Texas 57|
Kindred tossed in eight 3s (8 of 11, 72.7%) and a free throw for 25 points in an impressive win over #20 Texas. Fans there will remember her performance for a long time! While the Cats together hit 38% from the field (and 38% on 3-pointers), they had an excellent defensive performance. I especially enjoyed their 10 steals. Robert Lipson sat by me for a while, and I asked him what his pet name was for the Longhorns. "Mad Cows" was the answer.
|1/11/15 Wildcats come from behind to beat KU|
After falling behind 6-20 in the first half, the Cats clawed their way back to defeat KU 58-52. This follows a glorious 76-68 defeat of KU on their court on 2/26/14. (Collegian) (Sports Information) The Cats are now 11-3. This is significant because we won only 11 games last season. Let's stay with our winning ways vs. the Squawks. From 2001 through today, the record is Cats 28 - Squawks 8, and this includes an 11-0 run from 2002 through 2006.
|11/12/14 Mittie Signs Three in Fall Signing Period|
Sports Information has a release with good news about the signing this week of Kayla Goth (a 6' 0" guard), Anna Hammaker (a 5' 9" guard) and Cheyenne Hooper (a 6' 6" center). Anna has a fun appearance in an ESPN video with some signees from around the country. Here's a YouTube interview with Kayla on November 12. She said she chose K-State because it "felt like home."
|9/16/14 Meet Shaelyn Martin|
Kelly McHugh introduces us to Shaelyn Martin, a 6' 0" guard from Salina. She's been coming to games here for a number of years. (print interview) (video)
|7/29/14 Jacie and Claire are on the hot seat|
That's what Smoles calls their 1½-minute interviews on via YouTube. (Claire Coggins) (Jacie Hoyt-Capra)
|6/24/14 Jacie Hoyt-Capra hired as recruiting coordinator|
Jacie, a native of Hoxie, has degrees from Wichita State and Fort Hays State. KWCH-12 in Wichita has a nice story on the hire. Here's K-State's version of the good news.
|5/05/14 K-State signs Claire Coggins as assistant coach|
Jeff Mittie has hired K-State's own Claire Coggins as assistant coach. This is excellent news to all K-State Women's Basketball fans. Claire's accomplishments as a Cat, WNBA player and college coach are well known. She stayed with K-State when the coaching change happened. It's awesome to have a well-qualified coach who truly wants to be here. (KStatesports.com release) Just for fun, here's video of The Shot vs. Wyoming, Nov. 17, 2006.
|4/28/14 Kamie Ethridge to Northern Colorado|
Best wishes to Kamie, who was named today as head coach for Northern Colorado. She's a Hall of Fame player, and more than qualified for this opportunity. Here's the announcement in the Denver Post.
|4/28/14 Coach Mittie leading workouts|
Here are inside looks (videos) of Coach Mittie's early practices with his new team. 4-21-14 and 4-03-14.
|4/22/14 Raging battle continues over Romero|
Here's commentary by Tim Fitzgerald of GoPowercat.com. There's apparently more to the story than meets the eye.
|4/14/14 Jeff Mittie: No Place Like Home|
Coach Mittie's been away a long time, but he and Shanna are returning to their home area, as Kelly McHugh reports in her latest Sports Extra.
|4/09/14 Coach Mittie interview|
Brian Smoller vists with Coach about his transfer within the Big 12, and his vision for the program. Don't miss it. (YouTube)
|3/25/14 Coach Mittle sees bond among players|
Here's a feature by Corbin McGuire of the Topeka Capital-Journal.
|3/19/14 Mittie finds perfect fit with K-State women's basketball program|
Ken Corbitt in the Capital-Journal has a nice introduction to Coach Mittie. (video included)
|3/19/14 Video of Coach Mittie's first hours in MHK|
This is K-STATEHD.TV video, free content via Facebook. Coach met the team, and athletics department personnel.
|3/18/14 Meet Coach Jeff Mittie|
John Currie found us a good one: Jeff Mittie, who's been at TCU for 15 seasons. He's been a head coach for 22 years, and holds a .660 winning record. Read more from Sports Information.