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Monday, December 23, 2019

KU women’s basketball receiving votes in latest AP poll

Senior guard Niccolly Ramalho and Kansas women's basketball defends an inbound pass. KU defeated Omaha 63-48 on Wednesday, Nov. 13.

Senior guard Niccolly Ramalho and Kansas women's basketball defends an inbound pass. KU defeated Omaha 63-48 on Wednesday, Nov. 13.

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After a 10-0 start to the 2019-20 season, the Kansas women's basketball team is on the Associated Press Top 25 radar.

For the second week in a row, KU coach Brandon Schneider's team received votes for a spot in the Top 25, with the Jayhawks earning a single vote a week ago and grabbing four votes in this week's poll.

KU, which won at Saint Louis over the weekend, will close out its nonconference schedule on Dec. 30 with a home game against Wofford.

The Jayhawks will open Big 12 play on Jan. 4 at Oklahoma State and their focus between now and then will remain on improving as a team and growing together, not where they sit in the Big 12 standings or national rankings.

“We’re not even looking at that,” Schneider told the Journal-World. “I mean, I’ve said over and over, going back to media day, that when you’re this young, every practice, every exhibition game, every nonconference game is a chance to just advance the culture and advance your identity towards what you think you can become.”

KU and Texas Tech, both at 10-0, are the only unbeaten teams in Big 12 women's basketball to date.

Baylor (6th), West Virginia (19th) and Texas (25th) are all ranked ahead of KU, with TCU and Texas Tech also receiving votes in this week's poll.

It's still way early, but ESPN.com's women's basketball bracketologist Charlie Creme currently has KU as one of six Big 12 teams in the 2020 NCAA Tournament.

Creme currently has the Jayhawks penciled in as a No. 11 seed.

Comments

Len Shaffer 3 months, 1 week ago

A great start.

Now of course the key is whether we can FINALLY make some inroads in the Big XII. Given recent (and not-so-recent) history, I'd be thrilled with a .500 conference record, and that would probably be good enough to make the tourney.

David Kelley-Wood 3 months, 1 week ago

Current national rankings of Big 12 teams are Baylor (6), West Virginia (19), and Texas (25). In addition to KU in the "votes received" category, TCU was tied with us with 4 votes, and Texas Tech received 1 vote. In our wildest dreams, we could maybe allow ourselves to think we can shoot for a 2nd place finish in conference, but more realistically, we should probably be borderline ecstatic with 4th or better. And, ditto you, Len. Given the experience of the past several years, .500 would be a big relief.

Steven Haag 3 months, 1 week ago

Agree with both posts. Last year we were real good in non-conference and were receiving votes......then came BIG XII and we faded into oblivion. Us fans have seen this before, not to mention we are super young this year. To go .500 in conference would be AWESOME. Our best chance would be that other BIG XII teams are rebuilding and down this year. If not, we will get our 3 or 4 wins and not even make the NIT.

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