Wildcats ranked for first time in four years

Senior guard Kindred Wesemann shoots the ball during the K-State game against Auburn in Bramlage Coliseum on Dec. 1, 2016. The team is ranked in the AP top 25 for the first time since 2012. (Maddie Domnick| The Collegian)

For the first time since January 2012, the Kansas State Wildcats’ women’s basketball team is nationally ranked in the Associated Press top-25 poll.

The updated rankings, released today, list K-State at No. 24 in the nation.

Baylor, West Virginia, Texas and Oklahoma are the other teams ranked from the Big 12. The Wildcats started the season 9-0 before losing to No. 1 Connecticut on Dec. 11. With the Huskies still undefeated and having beaten the No. 2 team twice this season, it appears the loss to them didn’t hurt the Wildcats, who bounced back and earned a win against Princeton Sunday afternoon.

The Wildcats are currently 10-1 this season.

The Wildcats have never been ranked No. 24, but were ranked No. 23 in 2012. They are 211-71 in games as a ranked team.

The Wildcats finish nonconference play against the University of Northern Iowa Panthers at 7 p.m. Thursday in Cedar Falls, Iowa. After that, they are scheduled to play No. 3 Baylor on Dec. 29 in Waco, Texas.

Shelton grew up in the desert southwest. A native of Lancaster, California, he mostly grew up in south Phoenix, Arizona; Austin, Texas; and Colorado Springs, Colorado before moving to Kansas and graduating from Junction City High School. He started working as a news writer for the Collegian in 2009 before taking a three-year break from college. He returned to K-State in 2013 and has since worked for the news desk, feature desk, as a copy editor and now as a sports writer. He enjoys tap dancing, writing anything possible, reading court opinions and watching Arizona Coyotes hockey.