Coming off the heels of their second loss to a ranked team in the space of little more than a week, the Wildcat women return home to try and get their bearings. They’ll have plenty of chances, as tonight kicks off a five-game homestand.
Kansas State (5-2, 0-0 Big 12) hosts the Texas-Arlington Mavericks (5-2, 0-0 SBC). The Mavericks, coming off a WNIT appearance and a 22-win season last year, started hot by winning their first five games, but have since dropped a pair to Utah and Houston, the former in a massive blowout.
Long-time women’s basketball fans will recognize UTA’s fifth-year head coach: Krista (Kirkland) Gerlich, three-time All-SWC team honoree and a member of the NCAA All-Tournament team alongside the legendary Sheryl Swoopes when Texas Tech won the 1993 national championship.
Keep an eye on All-Sun Belt first-teamer Rebekah VanDijk, a member of the 1000-point club, and Sun Belt Defensive Player of the Year Cierra Johnson.
K-State has won all four prior meetings, all in Manhattan, including a 62-49 decision last December. Jeff Mittie has owned UTA even harder, thanks to his time at TCU; he’s 11-0 against the Mavericks.
Wednesday, December 6 at 7pm CT, Bramlage Coliseum (15,528) in Manhattan, Kansas.
$8, $12 chairbacks.
K-State Sports Network, with Matt Walters and Kristin Waller.