Kansas State Women’s Basketball: A Chance To Shock The World

The best basketball game in Kansas this month might just be in Manhattan on Sunday when the Kansas State Women’s basketball team and UConn tip off at Bramlage Coliseum.  

The Kansas State Women’s basketball team doesn’t get as much attention as it should. They will get plenty on Sunday and coach Jeff Mittie deserves a lot of credit for scheduling a game his team has no chance to win.

However, if the Kansas State Wildcat women do upset a team that hasn’t lost in over two years, they will shock the women’s basketball world.

On Wednesday, the Wildcats extended their season-opening win streak to nine with a 62-49 win over UT-Arlington.

This is the fourth time in the program’s history that K-State has started 9-0 and is the best start to a season since the 2008-09 team set the school record with a 14-0 start.

Earlier this week the 4-time defending national champion Huskies easily beat #2 ranked Notre Dame 72-61. It was their third straight victory over a ranked team this season.

 

With the win over the UT Arlington, the Kansas State women became the 20th program in NCAA Division I history and the second team in the Big 12 with 900 or more wins. K-State is 900-556 (.618) in the 49-year history of the program.

Kansas State’s third-year coach Jeff Mittie earned the 500th victory of his 25-year head-coaching career earlier this month. A win on Sunday would be one of biggest highlights in his career.

The Huskies have won 27 straight road games. The record is 30 straight set by UConn (2007-11) and matched by Notre Dame (2011-15), according to a media release from the University.

Hall of Fame Coach Geno Auriemma said the Huskies (8-0 on the season) wouldn’t know their winning streak stretched to more than two years if not for the media.

”I would think if this was the first time our program had ever been here, we’d be acting a little bit different. You don’t want to sound like you don’t appreciate it – but we did win 90 in a row,” Auriemma said.

Last April, UConn won an unprecedented fourth straight national championship capping another perfect season by routing Syracuse 82-51. Until now, only the UCLA men’s team had won four in a row in Division I.

Kansas State University is expecting a big crowd for the 1p.m. game on Sunday in Bramlage Coliseum. This would be the largest NCAA Division I WBB crowd to date in the 2016-17 season

and the largest for a women’s game in Bramlage since Feb. 4, 2012.

This would rank tied for the 9th largest crowd for K-State WBB games in Bramlage history. If the Kansas State women can earn an upset, it will make a lot more history.

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