K-State Appears in AP Poll for 1st Time Since 2009

Jalana Childs and the Wildcats are ranked in the AP poll for the first time since the 2009 season.

Jan. 16, 2012

MANHATTAN, Kan. – With an unbeaten start in Big 12 action and a pair of wins over Associated Press (AP) top-10 ranked foes, Kansas State women’s basketball made its first appearance this season in the AP top-25 on Monday. The Wildcats check in at No. 23 and are ranked for the first time since the final AP poll of the 2008-09 season.

This is the 161st week in K-State women’s basketball history that the Wildcats have been ranked in the AP poll. This is the fourth time K-State has been ranked No. 23 in its history and the first time since the fifth week of the 2008-09 season.

K-State’s surge into the AP top-25 has been aided by the first 4-0 start in league play since the 2007-08 season. The Wildcats garnered a pair of wins over AP top-10 foes during its current five-game winning streak, including a 62-61 decision last Saturday at Texas Tech. It was K-State’s first road win over an AP top-10 foe since Jan. 2, 2002 at No. 4 Iowa State.

This season, Kansas State has been led by the 2011-12 preseason All-Big 12 honorable mention duo of Brittany Chambers and Jalana Childs. Chambers, a junior guard, paces the Wildcats and ranks seventh in the Big 12 in scoring with 16.3 points per game. Chambers also leads the Wildcats in rebounding with 6.3 per game and leads the Big 12 in three-point field goals made per game (3.0).

Childs, coming off a career-high-tying 23 points at Texas Tech on Saturday, is second on the team and ninth in Big 12 in scoring with 15.1 points per game. With eight points, the senior forward from Orlando, Fla., will become the 38th player in school history to score 1,000 career points.

Kansas State, who currently holds an eight-game home winning streak, hosts Oklahoma on Tuesday night at 7 p.m. Fans can take advantage of a special concessions promotion as a popcorn and two drinks will be available for $8. For ticket information, contact the K-State Athletics Ticket Office at (800) 221-CATS or visit www.kstatesports.com.

Tuesday night’s contest will be available on FS Kansas City and throughout the K-State Sports Network. Subscribers to K-StateHD.TV can tune in at 6:15 p.m., for K-State Gameday hosted by Brian Smoller and Danielle Zanotti.