K-State women’s basketball opens 2016-17 season against Washburn

Junior center Breanna Lewis looks toward the basket while Kansas freshman forward Tyler Johnson tries her best to block Lewis' attempt at a shot on Feb 13, 2016, in Bramlage Coliseum. (File Photo by Rodney Dimick | The Collegian)

The Kansas State women’s basketball team will open up its season at home tonight at 5:30 with an exhibition game versus the Washburn Ichabods.

The Wildcats return nine letter winners from last year’s team, which made it to the second round of the NCAA Tournament before falling to the No. 1-seeded South Carolina Gamecocks.

Of that nine, the Wildcats boast four returning starters, including senior center Breanna Lewis, a preseason All-Big 12 selection, and senior guard Kindred Wesemann, who was an All-Big 12 second team selection after the 2015-16 season.

Head coach Jeff Mittie is entering his third season at the helm of the Wildcats, averaging 21 wins per season. Mittie enters the 2016-17 season with 492 total career NCAA Division I wins.

Meanwhile, the MIAA Ichabods come into this season with plenty of accolades after being picked third in the preseason MIAA coaches poll. Washburn finished seventh in the 2015-16 season after going 15-14 and 11-11 in conference play.

Washburn returns four of its five leading scorers from last season, including senior forward Alyxis Bowens, who averaged 11.5 points and 5.4 rebounds last season.

The game will be televised on Fox Sports Central and K-STATEHD.tv leading up to the K-State men taking on the Washburn men at 8 p.m.

Tim Everson was born in Wichita, KS in 1994. Before fifth grade he moved up to Manhattan for one year before settling in Riley, KS where he graduated from Riley County High School in 2012. Tim has worked for the Collegian since spring of 2014 and took over as Sports Editor during the summer of 2015. Tim loves sports, music, movies and good food when he can get it.