Wildcats women’s basketball remains ranked

Freshman forward Eternati Willock goes for a layup during the K-State game against Auburn in Bramlage Coliseum on Dec. 1, 2016. (File photo by Maddie Domnick| The Collegian)

The Kansas State women’s basketball team remains the No. 25 team in America after the AP rankings were updated Monday.

The Wildcats are one of five Big 12 teams currently ranked. The others are No. 22 Oklahoma, No. 18 West Virginia, No. 16 Texas and No. 2 Baylor.

K-State has played three of the four other ranked conference teams since the new year, going 1-2. K-State is not scheduled to play the other team, Texas, for the first time until February.

The Wildcats escaped the opening of their Big 12 gantlet. In their first four games of conference play, they faced three ranked teams, two of them on the road. They lost both road games, but went 2-0 at home, including a dominating win over then No. 12 West Virginia.

Conference play is likely to be a little easier on the Wildcats for a couple of weeks. The Wildcats don’t play another ranked team until they host No. 2 Baylor in Bramlage Coliseum on Jan. 25. The last time they played Baylor, they lost in Waco, Texas 87-57.

Freshman forward Eternati Willock has been one of the strong contributors early this season, averaging 6.7 points per game. In Saturday’s win over Texas Tech, Willock led all scorers with 13 points. She also had eight rebounds in her 26 minutes of play.

Willock is the first Canadian player in program history.

The Wildcats (12-4) next face the Kansas Jayhawks (6-9) at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Bramlage Coliseum.

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.