MANHATTAN, Kan. – The Kansas State women’s basketball team will appear on national or regional television eight times during the upcoming 2007-08 women’s basketball season.
"This excellent FOX television package is going to expose Kansas State women's basketball to fans and young prospects throughout the Big 12 region of the country,” stated head coach Deb Patterson about the eight televised contests. “Television has become the major medium for providing the nation with an up close and personal look at our tremendous program, our great fans and the exciting environment that exists here at Kansas State. Kansas State is proud to be in the forefront of Big 12 women's basketball television coverage."
The Wildcats will make three national television appearances on FSN as part of the Big 12 Conference package with the network. K-State will make its first appearance on FSN against first year Texas head coach Gail Goestenkors and the Longhorns on Jan. 13 at 1 p.m. The second appearance is just two weeks later, as the Wildcats travel to Oklahoma State on Jan. 27 at 1:30 p.m. The final national appearance will be on Feb. 2 at 12 p.m. against Baylor from Bramlage Coliseum.
In all, FSN will nationally televise 19 regular-season Big 12 Conference games and seven additional contests in the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship in Kansas City, Mo. FSN reaches more than 82 million homes nationwide.
Kansas State will make four appearances on FSN Midwest, as the Wildcats take on Texas Tech on Jan. 16 at 7 p.m. and Colorado on Jan. 19 at 7 p.m. K-State will make its next regional appearances on Feb. 17 at Missouri at 2:30 p.m., followed by a match-up with Nebraska on Feb. 27 at 7 p.m.
K-State will make its first television appearance of 2007-08 against a familiar foe, as the Wildcats travel to defending WNIT champion Wyoming on Nov. 15. The contest will be broadcast on The Mtn., which is a network dedicated to broadcasting Mountain West Conference sports.
K-State and Wyoming locked horns in two spectacular contests last season. The Wildcats captured the regular season meeting in Bramlage Coliseum, 68-62 in overtime, as Claire Coggins sent the game into its extra session with a 3-point field goal from half-court as time expired. The Cowgirls exacted revenge in the WNIT semifinals with an 89-79 win in three overtimes.
The Wildcats can also be heard on 24 affiliated radio stations on the K-State Sports Network throughout the state of Kansas. Award-winning broadcaster Brian Smoller, along with Missy Decker-Heidrick and Kristen Waller, will provide all of the play-by-play and color analysis throughout the season.
Patterson enters her 12th season on the bench for K-State by returning four starters and eight letterwinners, including junior guard and All-Big 12 candidate Shalee Lehning and sophomore forward and All-Big 12 Rookie selection Ashley Sweat. K-State also welcomes in four newcomers to a team that finished 19-15 and reached the WNIT semifinals in 2006-07.
The Wildcats will tip-off the season on Nov. 1 at 7 p.m., with an exhibition contest in Bramlage Coliseum against Washburn University. For season and individual ticket information, please contact (800) 221-CATS or visit www.kstatesports.com.