MORGANTOWN — West Virginia women's basketball coach Mike Carey seemed a bit miffed in recent weeks that his team had not been able to crack the Associated Press Top 25 despite a resume that seemed more than solid.
Well, on Monday the Mountaineers did finally manage to get into that Top 25.
In fact, WVU (16-2, 5-1 Big 12) soared all the way to the No. 18 spot after three impressive wins last week. The Mountaineers are one of four Big 12 teams in the Top 25 along with No. 8 Oklahoma State, No. 12 Baylor and No. 20 Iowa State.
Still, Carey isn't likely to get too carried away with the ranking.
"It's all about seeding in the NCAA [tournament],'' Carey said last week. "It's really not about Top 25. We have to continue to win and do what we need to do to get a good seed.''
The Mountaineers certainly seem on the way to that. With one-third of the Big 12 season in the books, West Virginia already has wins over two of those other ranked teams from the league, both on the road. On Jan. 4 the Mountaineers handed Oklahoma State its only loss, 71-67, and then last week knocked off Iowa State in Ames, 73-59.
West Virginia's only league loss was at home to Baylor. But the Mountaineers also have a win over Kansas, the team that on Sunday ended Baylor's 44-game Big 12 regular-season win streak.
West Virginia had received votes in the poll all season, but couldn't break into the Top 25. The last time WVU was in the AP Top 25 was in December of last season at No. 24.
The Mountaineers return to action with a pair of games in Texas this week — Wednesday night at Texas Tech and then Saturday afternoon at Texas. A week from Wednesday they play their next home game, a rematch with Iowa State.
— from staff reports