Ranke 3 vs. Oral Roberts

Kansas State’s Rachel Ranke (left) rises for a 3-pointer in the first quarter against Oral Roberts at Bramlage Coliseum on November 18, 2019. The Wildcats won 109-69, but Ranke suffered an injury in the game. She went on to have season-ending surgery and continues to rehab.

A second Kansas State women’s basketball player is set to have season-ending surgery. Guard Rachel Ranke will miss the remainder of the 2019-20 campaign with a knee injury.

GoPowercat.com was the first to report the news Monday night.

A team spokesman confirmed to The Mercury that Ranke won’t play again this year.

After Saturday’s win at UMKC, The Mercury learned junior center Ashley Ray will sit out the rest of the year with a season-ending knee injury of her own.

The loss of Ranke is a significant one for head coach Jeff Mittie and Kansas State. She’s one of the team’s most lethal 3-point threats and is averaging 10.1 points, 3.3 boards and 3.1 assists this year.

Ranke said a focus of hers this season was to become a more well-rounded player. She had begun to see that consistent improvement in her game through the team’s first nine contests. The Wildcats will have to find a way to fill in some of her production going forward.

K-State’s first game without Ranke is Saturday, as it travels to Eugune, Ore., to take on No. 3 Oregon and superstar guard Sabrina Ionescu. Tipoff is set for 2 p.m.

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