Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Mittie Sees Defensive Potential for Cat Women

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Mittie Sees Defensive Potential for Cat Women

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MANHATTAN -- A new era, the Jeff Mittie era, begins for the Kansas State women's basketball program on Nov. 3.

As Mittie heads into his first season at the helm, fans can expect to see quite a few changes in how the Wildcats will play under the new staff.

"They really shot a ton of threes last year," Mittie said. "That was really their identity if you look back. They did not get to the free-throw line a lot; I think they were ninth or 10th in the league.

"They were one of the better 3-point shooting teams in the league. We are running a triangle offense right now, so you are going to see the ball thrown around a lot."

The Wildcats return a very experienced squad that includes three seniors. Last year the Wildcats won just five conference games. The team has had to adjust to how the new staff wants to play going forward.

With the way the roster is structured, Mittie emphasized that the Wildcats will have to value every possession but believes this could be a very good defensive team.

"Defensively, I think this team has a real chance to be solid across the board," Mittie said. "They have good length, size and strength to them. I think Breanna Lewis inside can really cause some people some problems. They grasp that quicker than the offense."

Despite the many returners from last season, Mittie said he hasn't seen one person truly step into the leadership role. He attributes that to the players still adjusting to the new system and trying to take everything in. …

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