Kansas State Wildcats women's basketball
|Kansas State Wildcats|
|University||Kansas State University|
|Head coach||Jeff Mittie (2nd year)|
Purple and White
|NCAA/AIAW Tournament Elite Eight|
|1977 • 1982|
|NCAA/AIAW Tournament Sweet Sixteen|
|1973 • 1974 • 1975 • 1977 • 1979 • 1980 • 1982 • 1983 • 1984 • 2002|
|NCAA/AIAW Tournament appearances|
|1973 • 1974 • 1975 • 1977 • 1979 • 1980 • 1982 • 1983 • 1984 • 1987 • 1997 • 2002 • 2003 • 2004 • 2005 • 2008 • 2009 • 2011 • 2012|
|Conference tournament champions|
|1976 • 1977 • 1982 • 1984|
|Conference regular season champions|
|1972* • 1973* • 1974* • 1975* • 1976* • 1977* • 1978* • 1979* • 1983 • 1984 • 1987 • 2004 • 2008
* Kansas State Conference
The Kansas State Wildcats women's basketball program is the intercollegiate basketball program of the Kansas State University Wildcats. The program is classified in the NCAA Division I, and the team competes in the Big 12 Conference.
The team has appeared in 19 NCAA and AIAW tournaments (second-most among Big 12 teams), and was crowned champion of the 2006 Women's National Invitation Tournament.
Kansas State began offering women's basketball as an organized intercollegiate sport in the 1968–1969 school year, under head coach Judy Akers. Because the NCAA did not sponsor women's sports until 1982, the governing bodies for women's basketball in the earliest years were the Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (CIAW) and the AIAW.
The Big Eight Conference likewise did not sponsor women's basketball in its earliest years, so Kansas State competed against the University of Kansas, Wichita State, and other state schools for the "Kansas State Conference" championship. Kansas State won eight straight Kansas Conference titles, from 1972 to 1979. The Big Eight Conference began offering a mid-season basketball tournament in the 1975–1976 season, and then began sponsoring a regular season competition in 1982–1983. Kansas State won the first two Big Eight tournament titles, in 1976 and 1977, and then won the first two Big Eight regular season titles, in 1983 and 1984.
The longest-tenured and winningest head coach in team history is Deb Patterson. Patterson spent eighteen years at Kansas State and compiled a 350–226 (.608) record. She won two Big 12 Conference titles (2004 and 2008) and a WNIT title (2006). Before Patterson, the winningest coach at Kansas State was Judy Akers, the first coach in program history, who compiled a 206–94 (.687) record. Akers also captured eight Kansas State Conference titles (1972–1979) and the first two titles in the Big Eight Conference after it began sponsoring women's basketball (1976 and 1977 mid-season tournaments).
AIAW tournament results
The Wildcats appeared in six AIAW tournaments prior to the creation of the NCAA tournament. In 1971, Kansas State also appeared in the even earlier tournament sponsored by the Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (CIAW), advancing to the Elite Eight.
|1973||Fifth in Tournament|
|1974||First Round (16 teams)|
|1975||Sixth in Tournament|
|1979||First Round (16 teams)|
NCAA tournament results
NCAA tournament seeding history
Kansas State has appeared in the Women's National Invitation Tournament seven times, including the first tournament held, in 1969. The school was also invited to the tournament in 1970, 1999, 2006, 2007, 2013 and 2015. Kansas State won the tournament in 2006 and reached the semifinals (final four) again in 2007 and 2013.
Notable Wildcat players and coaches
- Judy Akers (2003 KSU Hall of Fame Inductee)
- Olga Firsova
- Priscilla Gary-Sweeney (1998 KSU Hall of Fame Inductee)
- Marlies Gipson
- Lynn Hickey (2004 KSU Hall of Fame Inductee)
- Lynn Holzman — West Coast Conference commissioner, 2014–present
- Laurie Koehn
- Shalee Lehning
- Megan Mahoney
- Nicole Ohlde
- Leticia Romero (transferred to Florida State after the 2013–14 season)
- Shanele Stires
- Kendra Wecker
- Judy Akers (1968–1979)
- Lynn Hickey (1979–1984)
- Matilda Mossman (1984–1989)
- Gaye Griffin (1989–1990)
- Susan Yow (1990–1993)
- Brian Agler (1993–1996)
- Jack Hartman (1996; coached final seven games)
- Deb Patterson (1996–2014)
- Jeff Mittie (2014–present)
Year by year results
- The Big Eight Conference began sponsoring a mid-season tournament in the 1975–1976 season, but no regular season competition until 1982–1983. Kansas State competed for "Kansas State Conference" regular season titles in the years before the Big Eight began offering regular season competition.
|Season||Team||Overall||Conference||Standing||Postseason||Coaches' poll||AP poll|
|Judy Akers (Independent, Kansas State Conference/Big 8) (1968–1979)|
|1968–69||Judy Akers||11–3||–||NWIT Eighth Place|
|1969–70||Judy Akers||10–7||–||CIAW Quarterfinals, NWIT Seventh Place|
|1970–71||Judy Akers||12–12||–||CIAW Tenth Place|
|1971–72||Judy Akers||17–5||–||1st||AIAW Region VI|
|1972–73||Judy Akers||20–6||–||1st||AIAW Ninth Place|
|1973–74||Judy Akers||21–9||–||1st||AIAW Region VI|
|1974–75||Judy Akers||24–9||–||1st||AIAW Sixth Place|
|1975–76||Judy Akers||28–6||6–0||1st||AIAW Region VI|
|1976–77||Judy Akers||23–12||–||1st||AIAW Quarterfinals||20|
|1977–78||Judy Akers||20–14||–||1st||AIAW Region VI|
|1978–79||Judy Akers||20–11||–||1st||AIAW South Sectional|
|Lynn Hickey (Independent/Big 8) (1979–1984)|
|1979–80||Lynn Hickey||26–9||–||AIAW Sixteen (Play-In)||13|
|1980–81||Lynn Hickey||23–11||–||AIAW Region VI|
|1981–82||Lynn Hickey||26–6||–||NCAA Quarterfinals||14|
|1982–83||Lynn Hickey||25–7||12–2||1st||NCAA Sixteen||17|
|1983–84||Lynn Hickey||25–6||12–2||T-1st||NCAA First Round||7|
|Matilda Mossman (Big 8) (1984–1990)|
|1986–87||Matilda Mossman||22–9||9–5||T-1st||NCAA First Round|
|Gaye Griffin (Big 8) (1989–1990)|
|Susan Yow (Big 8) (1990–1993)|
|Brian Agler (Big 8) (1993–1996)|
|Jack Hartman (Big 8) (1996–1997)|
|Deb Patterson (Big 12) (1996–2014)|
|1996–97||Deb Patterson||19–12||9–7||T-5th||NCAA First Round|
|1998–99||Deb Patterson||16–14||7–9||T-8th||WNIT Second Round|
|2001–02||Deb Patterson||26–8||11–5||T-3rd||NCAA Sixteen||10||11|
|2002–03||Deb Patterson||29–5||14–2||2nd||NCAA Second Round||10||8|
|2003–04||Deb Patterson||25–6||14–2||T-1st||NCAA Second Round||15||8|
|2004–05||Deb Patterson||24–8||12–4||T-3rd||NCAA Second Round||19||16|
|2005–06||Deb Patterson||24–10||8–8||T-6th||WNIT Champions|
|2006–07||Deb Patterson||19–15||4–12||T-11th||WNIT Semifinals|
|2007–08||Deb Patterson||22–10||13–3||1st||NCAA Second Round||21||16|
|2008–09||Deb Patterson||25–8||10–6||5th||NCAA Second Round||20||21|
|2010–11||Deb Patterson||21–11||10–6||T-3rd||NCAA First Round|
|2011–12||Deb Patterson||20–14||9–9||T-4th||NCAA Second Round|
|2012–13||Deb Patterson||19–18||5–13||T-8th||WNIT Semifinals|
|Jeff Mittie (Big 12) (2014–present)|
|2013–14||Jeff Mittie||19–14||7–11||T–7th||WNIT Second round|
National champion Postseason invitational champion
- Jeff Mittie is New Head Coach
- "BigEightSports.com". Retrieved August 13, 2013.
- "Wildkittens Take Tournament". Manhattan Mercury. February 15, 1976.
- "Kansas State University Postseason History" (English). Retrieved 2009-06-03.
- "Women's College Basketball Championship History Page". Archived from the original (English) on 2009-07-23. Retrieved 2009-06-03.
- "Lynn Holzman Named West Coast Conference Commissioner" (Press release). West Coast Conference. June 9, 2014. Retrieved June 13, 2014.
A former captain of the women's basketball team while earning her Bachelors degree at Kansas State University, Holzman has since earned a Masters degree from the University of North Carolina and a Masters of Business Administration from Purdue University.
- Voepel, Mechelle (March 4, 2015). "Romero finds right fit at Florida State". ESPNW. Retrieved March 8, 2015.
- Women's Basketball – In the Pros – Kansas State University Wildcats Official Athletics Site
- "KSU Media Guide". Kansas State University. Retrieved 10 Aug 2013.