K-State WBB Signs Four for 2017-18 Season

MANHATTAN, Kansas – Kansas State head women’s basketball coach Jeff Mittie announced the signing of four players to National Letters of Intent (NLI) during the Fall National Signing period on Friday. The four new additions to the K-State roster for the 2017-18 season are: guards Cymone Goodrich and Rachel Ranke and posts Mary Lakes and Ashley Ray.

The four freshmen newcomers for next season have resulted in Mittie’s incoming class for the 2017-18 season earning a ranking of number 26 in the nation by Blue Star Basketball Report and number 31 in the nation by Prospects Nation.

“I really like the balance this class gives us,” said Mittie about his incoming signees. “Both Rachel and Cymone will complement each other well at the guard spot. Both can score in the transition game and also create opportunities for their teammates. Ashley and Mary give us much needed size at the center position and the athletic ability to have more upside in their college careers.”

Goodrich, a 5’10” product of Chicago, Illinois and South Shore International College Prep, joins K-State as the number 28 ranked guard in the nation and as a top 100 player by ESPNU Hoopgurlz. She is ranked number 100 in the nation by Girls Basketball Report, number 102 in the nation and the number 24 rated guard in the nation by Prospects Nation. Goodrich checks in at number 145 in the nation by Blue Star Basketball Report. She will become the third player in K-State women’s basketball history from the state of Illinois and the first since 1985.

Goodrich has averaged 16.2 points, 6.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 3.0 steals during her time at South Shore. She is a three-time All-Chicago Public League selection and was named to the 2016 Chicago Public League All-City team. Goodrich was also an honorable mention Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Class 3A All-State selection at the conclusion of the 2015-16 season.

Goodrich is also a letterwinner in track and field and softball at South Shore. In 2014, she was a city qualifier in the long jump.

“Cymone has great athletic ability and an excellent all-around scoring ability,” said Mittie of his guard from the Windy City. “She is versatile enough that she can play all three perimeter spots.”

Lakes, a 6’4” product of Peoria, Illinois and Manual High School, becomes a member of the Wildcats as the number 14 ranked post in the nation by ESPNU Hoopgurlz. Lakes is ranked number 200 overall in the nation by Blue Star Basketball Report.

She will become the fourth player in K-State women’s basketball history from the state of Illinois and the first since 1985. At the conclusion of the 2015 season, Lakes was named to the Peoria Journal Star Large-School Girls All-Star Third Team.

Mittie is excited for the development of his newest post player.

“Mary is a powerful inside presence that plays a physical brand of basketball and gives us a young rim protector going forward.”

Ranke, a 6’1” native of Burnsville, Minnesota, joins the Wildcats as the number 13 ranked wing in the nation and the number 58 player overall by ESPNU Hoopgurlz. She is ranked number 60 in the nation by Girls Basketball Report, number 67 overall in the nation by Blue Star Basketball Report and is the number 115 overall player and ranks 20th among wings according to Prospects Nation. She will become the 12th player in K-State women’s basketball history from the state of Minnesota and the first since the departure of 2,000-plus point scorer and All-American Brittany Chambers in 2013.

Ranke will enter her senior season with Eastview High School with career totals of 1,082 points, 195 made 3-point field goals, 475 rebounds, 126 steals, 108 assists and 55 blocked shots. Ranke has helped the Lightning to a pair of Minnesota 4A State High School title game appearances including a state title in 2013-14 and a runner-up finish in 2014-15. At the conclusion of the 2014-15 state tournament, Ranke was selected to 4A State All-Tournament Team.

In 2015-16, Ranke helped Eastview to a Minnesota 4A State third place finish and was selected to the 4A State All-Tournament Team for a second straight season and was named to the Minnesota Coaches 4A Girls All-State First Team. She was also named by the St. Paul Pioneer Press as a finalist for East Metro Girls Player of the Year honors. In addition to her state honors in 2015-16, Ranke earned her second straight All-South Suburban Conference Team recognition.

Mittie is eager to use the versatility and size of Ranke next season.

“Rachel is a terrific long range shooter that also has a big guard frame to use as a mismatch player.”

Ray, a 6’5” post from Girard, Kansas, signs on with Kansas State as the number 43 ranked post in the nation by ESPNU Hoopgurlz. She ranks number 193 in the nation by Blue Star Basketball Report.

Ray is a highly decorated player within the state in basketball. In 2016, she was named to the Kansas Basketball Coaches Association (KBCA) Class 4A Division II All-State First Team and member of both the Topeka Capital-Journal and Wichita Eagle Class 4A Division II All-State First Teams. At the end of the 2015 season, Ray was an honorable mention selection to the Topeka Capital-Journal Class 4A Division II All-State team and a Craw-Kan Southeast Kansas All-Area First Team member.

She also earned recognition in volleyball and track and field. In 2016, Ray was named to the Kansas Volleyball Coaches Association (KVBA) Class 4A Division II All-Tournament Team and in 2014 she was a KVBA honorable mention choice to the Class 4A Division II All-State teams. In track and field, Ray was a state qualifier in the 200-meter dash in 2014.

“Ashley has good athletic ability, as she is a three-sport athlete,” stated Mittie about the Sunflower State product. “She is an excellent shot blocker and she has the ability to score facing the basket.”

K-State will open its 49th season of action with a three-game home stand, as the Wildcats host Chicago State on Friday in Bramlage Coliseum at 5:30 p.m., in a women’s and men’s basketball doubleheader. Tickets are available through the K-State Athletics Ticket Office at (800) 221-CATS or at www.kstatesports.com/tickets.


Kansas State 2017-18 Signees
Name, Height, Position, Hometown, School
Cymone Goodrich, 5’10”, Guard, Chicago, Illinois, South Shore HS
Mary Lakes, 6’4”, Post, Peoria, Illinois, Manual HS
Rachel Ranke, 6’1”, Guard/Forward, Burnsville, Minnesota, Eastview HS
Ashley Ray, 6’5”, Post, Girard, Kansas, Girard HS