MANHATTAN, Kansas – Kansas State women’s basketball will enter its 2019-20 season with high expectations, as the Big 12 Preseason Coaches Poll has ranked the team with a fifth-place finish in an announcement by the league office on Thursday.
This equals the highest preseason ranking for the program under the direction of head coach Jeff Mittie since the 2016-17 season when the Wildcats were also slotted in fifth.
K-State was two points behind fourth-place Iowa State, 49-47. The league’s coaches selected defending national champion Baylor as the preseason favorite with nine first-place votes and 81 total points. Texas was second with one first-place vote and 71 points. West Virginia was third with 66 points.
Behind the Wildcats in sixth were Oklahoma State with 39 points and Oklahoma with 34 points in seventh. The final three teams were TCU in eighth with 27 points, Texas Tech in ninth with 26 points and Kansas in 10th with 10 points.
Entering the 2019-20 season, Mittie returns nine letter winners from the 2018-19 squad that recorded a 21-12 overall record and reached the 2019 NCAA Tournament.
K-State was slotted for a eighth-place finish in the 2018-19 poll and exceeded the expectation by four places, finishing tied for fourth with an 11-7 league mark. The 11 league wins were the most by K-State since the 2016-17 season. The Wildcats have exceeded their preseason predicted finish in 16 of the previous 21 seasons that have featured a preseason poll and a final standing.
The Wildcats will be led into the 2019-20 season by Preseason All-Big 12 selection Peyton Williams, 2019-20 Preseason All-Big 12 Honorable Mention selection Rachel Ranke and 2019 Big 12 All-Rookie selection Christianna Carr. Among Big 12 programs, K-State returns the second-highest percentage of its total points from last season at 70.3 percent.
Joining Williams, Ranke and Carr as returning letter winners are senior Jasauen Beard; juniors Ashley Ray and Alisa Wiggins; redshirt sophomore Cymone Goodrich and sophomores Laura Macke and Savannah Simmons.
In addition to the returning letter winners, Kansas State welcomes in five newcomers for the 2019-20 season including: graduate transfer guard Angela Harris, redshirt freshman center Ayoka Lee, freshman forward Emma Chapman, freshman guard Emilee Ebert and freshman guard Jada Thorpe..
Kansas State will begin its 2019-20 season with an exhibition game on Tuesday, October 29, against Washburn at 6:30 p.m. The Wildcats will begin their non-conference regular season schedule on Friday, November 8, against Omaha at 6:30 p.m.
To become a 2019-20 K-State women’s basketball season ticket holder, fans can purchase a women’s basketball Powercat Pass for just $20 for football and men’s basketball season ticket holders, $50 for the public, $40 for K-State faculty and staff, military, seniors and youth, or just $120 for a 4-Pack.
A 4-Pack of Powercat Passes (68 total vouchers) is available for just $120 – a savings of up to $20 per pass. At only $30 per pass, and less than $1.76 per game, the 4-Pack Powercat Pass is your best value.
Additional season ticket options include 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). K-State faculty and staff can purchase discounted season tickets in the Chairback sections at $110 each and Cat Cushion sections at $79 per ticket.
To purchase 2019-20 K-State women’s basketball season tickets, contact the K-State Athletics Ticket Office at (800) 221-CATS or visit www.kstatesports.com/tickets.
(first place votes in parentheses; coaches not allowed to vote for their own team)
Source: Kansas State Sports