Williams, Ranke Named to Preseason All-Big 12 Teams

MANHATTAN, Kansas – Kansas State’s Peyton Williams and Rachel Ranke were recognized on Wednesday by the Big 12 Conference’s women’s basketball coaches, as Williams was named a 2019-20 Preseason All-Big 12 selection while Ranke was an honorable mention recipient.

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

She enters her final season with the K-State women’s basketball program as the fourth player in program history with 1,000 or more career points, 600 or more career rebounds and 80 or more career blocks.

Williams completed her junior season in 2018-19 with a career-high 303 rebounds (9.5 rpg). Williams led all players in the Big 12 for rebound percentage at 26.6 percent and ranked second in rebound average for all games. Her rebounding total in the 2018-19 season ranked fourth in program history for a single season and were the most since Nicole Ohlde pulled in a junior season record 306 rebounds in the 2002-03 season.

Williams finished Big 12 play by averaging a double-double with 16.2 points and 10.0 rebounds. She is the first Wildcat to average a double-double in league play since Kendra Wecker in the 2004-05 season.

She carded a career-high and Big 12 best 14 double-doubles in the 2018-19 season. Her 14 double-doubles rank fourth in school history for double-doubles in a single season.

Williams, 2019 All-Big 12 First Team selection, increased her scoring average for the third straight season and led the Wildcats with 15.5 points per game (496 points) and free throw percentage (.833). She was the third player in program history to register 475 or more points and 300 or more rebounds in a single season.

Williams was the second player in program history to garner Big 12 All-Defensive Team honors, joining former teammate and three-time Big 12 All-Defensive Team selection Breanna Lewis. Williams recorded 37 blocks and a career-high 62 steals in the 2018-19 season. She ranked among the top-15 in the Big 12 in steals per game (fourth; 1.9) and blocks per game (11th; 1.2).

Joining Williams on the 2019-20 Preseason All-Big 12 Team were: Lauren Cox, Juicy Landrum and NaLyssa Smith of Baylor, Kristin Scott of Iowa State, Ana Llanusa of Oklahoma, Vivian Gray of Oklahoma State, Joyner Holmes and Sug Sutton of Texas, Brittany Brewer of Texas Tech and Tynice Martin of West Virginia.

Ranke begins her junior season as the league’s fourth-highest returning three-point shooter from the 2018-19 season.

Ranke, a guard from Burnsville, Minnesota, is on the verge of becoming the 43rd player in program history with 1,000 or more career points. She ranks 10th in program history for career 3-point field goals made with 160 career connections. She owns the program record for career 3-point field goals made by a player six feet or taller.

In the 2018-19 season, Ranke played in and started all 33 games. She averaged 10.0 points per game and led the team with 71 three-point field goals made. She also set career season-highs in assists (41), steals (38) and blocked shots (10).

Joining Ranke as an honorable mention selection were: 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.

Kansas State will begin its 2019-20 season with an exhibition game on Tuesday, October 29, against Washburn at 6:30 p.m. The Wildcats will begin their non-conference regular season schedule on Friday, November 8, against Omaha at 6:30 p.m.

To become a 2019-20 K-State women’s basketball season ticket holder, fans can purchase a women’s basketball Powercat Pass for just $20 for football and men’s basketball season ticket holders, $50 for the public, $40 for K-State faculty and staff, military, seniors and youth, or just $120 for a 4-Pack.

A 4-Pack of Powercat Passes (68 total vouchers) is available for just $120 – a savings of up to $20 per pass. At only $30 per pass, and less than $1.76 per game, the 4-Pack Powercat Pass is your best value.
Additional season ticket options include Cat Cushion tickets at $99 per seat, as well as Chairback seats for $132 each (plus a $50 donation per season ticket account to the Ahearn Fund). K-State faculty and staff can purchase discounted season tickets in the Chairback sections at $110 each and Cat Cushion sections at $79 per ticket.

To purchase 2019-20 K-State women’s basketball season tickets, contact the K-State Athletics Ticket Office at (800) 221-CATS or visit www.kstatesports.com/tickets.

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Source: Kansas State Sports