Peyton Williams Lima

Kansas State women’s basketball player Peyton Williams goes up for a layup against Virgin Islands in Lima, Peru, on Friday.

Big 12 coaches have high expectations for a pair of Kansas State women’s basketball players.

Peyton Williams and Rachel Ranke earned preseason All-Big 12 honors Wednesday, based on voting from the league’s coaches. Williams was named to the All-Big 12 team, while Ranke was an honorable mention.

Williams, a 2020 All-America candidate, returns for her senior season as the league’s fifth-highest returning scorer and the top rebounder from the 2018-19 season.

Entering her final season, Williams is the fourth player in the history of the Kansas State women’s basketball program to have 1,000 or more points, 600 or more rebounds and 80 or more blocks.

Williams finished her junior year in 2018-19 averaging a career-best 9.5 rebounds a contest (303 total). She ranked second in rebound average. Her rebounding total for the season ranked fourth in program history in a single season. It was the most since Nicole Ohlde grabbed 306 rebounds during her junior season in 2002-03.

Williams averaged a double-double by the end of Big 12 play with 16.2 points and 10.0 rebounds. She became the first Wildcat to average a double-double in league play since Kendra Wecker in 2004-05.

Ranke, a sharpshooter, returns to the Wildcats for her junior year as the Big 12’s fourth-highest returning 3-point shooter from the 2018-19 season.

The guard from Burnsville, Minn., is close to becoming the 43rd player in program history to eclipse 1,000 or more points. Ranke is 10th in program history for career 3s made (160). She already has the program record for 3-pointers made by a player 6-foot or taller.

Ranke started in all 33 games during the 2018-19 season.

She put up 10 points per game and connected on a team-best 71 3-pointers.

Ranke also recorded career season-highs in assists (41), steals (38) and blocks (10).

Ranke is joined by Te’a Cooper and DiDi Richards of Baylor, Ashley Joens of Iowa State, Kianna Ray of TCU, Charli Collier and Lashann Higgs of Texas, Chrislyn Carr of Texas Tech and Kari NiBlack and Madisen Smith of West Virginia as honorable mentions.

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