Kansas State women’s basketball is expected to be one of the top teams in the Big 12 in the 2019-20 season.
The Big 12 Preseason Coaches poll picked the team to finish fifth in the conference.
The Wildcats (47 points) were placed right behind Iowa State (49). The defending national champion, Baylor, was picked to finish at the top of the league with nine first place votes and 81 points. Texas is next in line after Baylor, taking second with 71 points.
West Virginia got the third-place slot with 66.
Oklahoma State (39), Oklahoma (34), TCU (27), Texas Tech (26) and Kansas (10) filled slots 6-10 behind the Wildcats.
Mittie’s team was projected to finish eighth last season and ended up tying for fourth place, going 11-7 in conference play (21-12 overall).
The 11 wins in the Big 12 were the most by the Wildcats since the 2016-17 season.
Kansas State has exceeded its preseason projections in 16 of the previous 21 seasons that had a preseason poll and final standing.
The Wildcats return some major contributors, including 2019-20 preseason All-Big 12 selection Peyton Williams, 2019-20 preseason All-Big 12 honorable mention Rachel Ranke and 2019 Big 12 All-Rookie selection Christianna Carr.
The Wildcats also return the second-most percentage of their total points from last season, at 70.3%.
The roster, including the three stars, is capped off with letter winners senior Jasauen Beard, juniors Ashley Ray and Alisa Wiggins, redshirt sophomore Cymone Goodrich and sophomores Laura Macke and Savannah Simmons.
The Wildcats also have new faces in graduate transfer guard Angela Harris, redshirt freshman center Ayoka Lee, freshman forward Emma Chapman and freshman guards Emilee Ebert and Jada Thorpe.
The Wildcats’ first game of the season is an exhibition against Washburn at Bramlege Coliseum at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 29.