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K-State Women’s Basketball Selected for 2024 NCAA Tournament


MANHATTAN, Kansas ( – Following one of the best seasons in program history, Kansas State women’s basketball was rewarded with an at-large bid and to host the first and second rounds in Manhattan at Bramlage Coliseum for the 2024 NCAA Tournament during Sunday night’s NCAA Women’s Basketball Selection Show on ESPN. This is the program’s 18th NCAA Tournament appearance in school history and the fifth under the direction of head coach Jeff Mittie.

Tickets for K-State’s first round matchup with Portland are available now at The K-State Athletics Ticket Office opens on Monday at 8:30 a.m., and orders can also be made by calling the K-State Ticket Office at (800) 221-CATS or stopping by the ticket office inside Bramlage Coliseum. All ticket orders will be distributed as a digital ticket.

K-State (25-7, 13-5 Big 12) was chosen as a No. 4 seed in the Albany 2 regional and will be opposed by No. 13 seed Portland (21-12, 10-6 WCC). The game will be played on Friday with a time and broadcast information announced on Monday. The contest will be available on the K-State Sports Network, including the flagship stations Sunny 102.5 and 1350 KMAN and free live audio on and on the K-State Sports app.

K-State and Portland will meet for the first time. The last time the Wildcats faced a member of the West Coast Conference came on December 29, 2007, at Loyola Marymount, a 70-47 K-State win.

The winner of the Kansas State-Portland game will play the winner of the No. 5 Colorado-No. 12 Drake matchup on Sunday, March 24. The top four seeds in the Albany 2 region are: No. 1 Iowa (29-4), No. 2 UCLA (25-6), No. 3 LSU (28-5) and No. 4 Kansas State.

K-State is 14-17 in its previous 17 NCAA Tournament bids. The Wildcats took part in the 2022 NCAA Tournament in Raleigh, North Carolina, as K-State entered the tournament as the No. 9 seed in the Bridgeport region. K-State defeated the No. 8 seed Washington State, 50-40, in the first round and fell to top-seed NC State, 89-57, in the second round.

Under Mittie’s guidance in his 10th season, Kansas State has registered the program’s most wins since the 2008-09 season. K-State recorded 13 Big 12 wins for the fourth time since the formation of the league in 1996-97.

After being slated for a fourth-place finish by the Big 12 Conference coaches in the preseason poll, K-State carded a third-place finish in the conference standings which marks the 19th season the Wildcats have finished above its preseason predicted finish.

On the floor this season, Kansas State features 2024 All-America candidate Ayoka LeeSerena Sundell and Gabby Gregory.

Lee, a 2024 2024 John R. Wooden Award National Ballot top-15 candidate, has had a strong 2023-24 as she is averaging 20.1 points on a .622 field goal percentage, 8.4 rebounds and 2.73 blocked shots. She ranks sixth in the nation and leads the Big 12 in field goal percentage. Lee is second in the Big 12 in scoring average, second in the league and ninth in the nation for blocks per game and third in the Big 12 for rebounding average.

Lee, a Lisa Leslie Award Top 10 finalist, has recorded 13 games this season with 20 or more points including her second career 20-20 double-double with 24 points, 21 rebounds and five blocked shots against Oral Roberts.

This season, Lee has led the Big 12’s top defense with 20 games of two or more blocked shots including a season-high seven at UCF on Jan. 6 and at Iowa State on Feb. 14. The 2024 Naismith Defensive Player of the Year semifinalist has also collected two or more steals in six games.

In her career, Lee ranks third in school history for points scored with 2,163, holds the school record for career rebounds with 1,098, the school record holder for career blocks with 303 and owns the school record for career double-doubles with 59. She is the first player in program history with 300 or more career blocks and 100 or more career steals.

Sundell is second on the team in scoring with 12.0 points per game on a career-best .536 field goal percentage. She leads the Big 12 for total assists (174) and assists per game (5.4 apg). The All-American candidate was second for Big 12-only games with 5.7 assists per game, she ranks fourth in league-only games for field goal percentage (.539) and is 12th in conference play for scoring (13.82 ppg).

With her points (384) and assists (174) totals this season, Sundell is the first player in program history and the third Big 12 player since at least 2009-10 to record three seasons with 350 or more points and 150 or more assists.

In her career, Sundell is fifth in school history for career assists with 534 and is second in program history for career assists per game (5.29 apg). She ranks tied for 24th on the K-State career scoring list with 1,234 points. She is the only player in school history with 1,000 or more career points, 500 or more career assists and 50 or more career blocked shots.

Gregory has averaged just under 10 points per game this season (8.9) and established a career-high for assists with 113 (3.5 apg). When combined with Sundell’s 174 assists, the tandem ranks third in school history for combined assists in a season. Gregory ranks 11th in the Big 12 in assists per game and is fifth in the league in assist-turnover ratio (1.92).

In her two seasons at K-State, Gregory is the first player to transfer to K-State and then reach the 1,000- and 1,500-point marks in her collegiate career. Gregory has scored in double figures in 42 games at K-State. She also ranks fifth in program history for career free throw percentage (.801).

Portland enters the NCAA Tournament with wins in four straight games, including three consecutive in the West Coast Conference tournament to win the league’s automatic bid into the field. This will be the seventh NCAA Tournament appearance for the Pilots and the second straight after making the 2023 NCAA Tournament.

On the floor, Portland is led by the trio of Emme Shearer, Maisie Burnham and Kennedy Dickie. Shearer leads the squad in scoring at 12.2 points per game on a .486 field goal percentage, while Burnham is second on the team at 11.6 points and Shearer is averaging 10.5 per game. Dickie and Burnham were named to the WCC All-Tournament Team, while Dickie collected most outstanding player honors for the event.