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The K-State women are finally ranked

After a 10-1 start to the season, the Wildcats grabbed the No. 24 spot in this week’s rankings

NCAA Womens Basketball: Connecticut at Kansas State Scott Sewell-USA TODAY Sports

It may have been fair to rank the Kansas State women after their 8-0 start to the season. Probably even more so following the Wildcats’ ninth straight win.

They fell to top-ranked UConn Dec. 11, so it was — understandably — another week before K-State landed in the top 25.

But at 10-1, the Wildcats finally cracked the rankings Monday, falling into the No. 24 slot. It’s K-State’s first time being ranked since January 2012.

It’s been a long time coming for K-State. The Wildcats started 3-0 before they headed to the U.S. Virgin Islands and won the Paradise Jam tournament, vaulting them to 6-0.

K-State then returned to Bramlage Coliseum and knocked off then-No. 23 Auburn on Dec. 1, before handling Omaha on the road and throttling UT-Arlington three days later.

What followed was their loss to UConn and finally Sunday night’s 60-42 win over Princeton.

K-State certainly has the weapons to defend their ranking and even climb higher. Senior forward Breanna Lewis’ 14.5 points per game leads the team, followed closely by senior guard Kindred Wesemann’s 14.4 per game. Lewis is also registering 9.1 rebounds a game.

K-State wraps up its non-conference slate Thursday at Northern Iowa.