Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Coach Jeff Mittie Seeks Faster Pace from K-State Women's Basketball Team

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Coach Jeff Mittie Seeks Faster Pace from K-State Women's Basketball Team

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MANHATTAN -- Play faster, free and loose.

That's what Kansas State women's basketball coach Jeff Mittie wants from his team next season.

"One of my goals this summer is to get us playing at a faster pace," Mittie said Monday in a media session as summer workouts begin. "Many people think that is in terms of up the floor, but I'm really talking about us getting connected on the same page and working together at a higher pace. I think it will equate to being able to play quicker up the floor, but I've been pleased with our effort to do that.

"We are sacrificing some of the fundamentals because I am trying to play at a chaotic pace and I'm trying to get them to get out of their comfort zone."

It's a welcome change for the Wildcats, who have struggled on offense in the Big 12 in Mittie's first two seasons at K-State.

"We're working on playing at a faster pace," said senior guard Kindred Wesemann. "It's not so much running our offense, it's just playing basketball with each other. Last year we had to get into our triangle set every time down the floor and we could have had more fast breaks, but we were uncomfortable playing that fast so we're trying to get comfortable at being uncomfortable this off-season.

"I'm excited about it. It means more 3s, more layups and a lot of run-and-gun."

The Wildcats want to boost the 64.4-point scoring average from a year ago.

"Sometimes last year we got a little stagnant on offense so we just have to learn to play off each other to keep improving," forward Kaylee Page said. "Everyone is learning each other's game and getting a feel for everything."

K-State was 19-13 last season, 8-10 in the Big 12, and reached the NCAA Tournament. The Wildcats won a first-round game over George Washington before losing to No. 1 region seed South Carolina.

Along with Wesemann, honorable mention All-Big 12, the Wildcats return first team all-conference center Breanna Lewis and starters Page and Shaelyn Martin. …

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