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West Virginia coach Mike Carey yells instructions during a 78-62 loss to Baylor, the Mountaineers’ only loss in their last 17 games.


MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — West Virginia, on the strength of winning 16 of its last 17 games, entered the AP women’s basketball poll at No. 18 on Monday.

The Mountaineers’ first appearance in the rankings comes after last Wednesday’s 73-59 upset at then-No. 13 Iowa State. Mike Carey joked following the victory in Ames that maybe it’s advantageous for his team not to be ranked.

“We won 13 in a row and couldn’t get top 25, and then we go beat Oklahoma state and can’t get top 25. Lose to Baylor, which was No. 6 at the time, and then come here and beat the No. 13 team and probably still won’t get top 25,” he said. “Hopefully some people start taking notice that we’re pretty good, and that the Big 12’s pretty good. It’s not like we’re playing bad teams.”

West Virginia (16-2, 5-1 Big 12) also defeated Oklahoma 77-63 at home Saturday, pulling into a first-place tie with Oklahoma State atop the conference.

The Mountaineers play two league games on the road this week, visiting Texas Tech on Wednesday before facing Texas on Saturday.

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  • CaptainQ

    It's high time the lady Mountaineers received some acclaim for their superb season!

    Way to go!

  • BH

    Congratulations on a terrific season!

  • Pioneer

    Not living in the Morgantown area, it would be nice to see these
    Girls play on tv a little more. I'm sure others in the state would
    Love to watch them also

  • Mountaineer fanatic

    Can't understand what took so long for them to be ranked. Great job ladies. Would be nice to see them on TV once in awhile.

    • Magic Mike

      Because ESPN thinks WV is a bunch of hicks.

    • cutty77

      Because we are West Virginia U. Thats why But Better late than never.

  • WV Grad

    About time!

  • cutty77

    Bravo to Mike Carey. The Best Coach at WVU,and has been for along Time too.

    • Grant

      Don't forget about Coach M in baseball and our soccer programs. With the exceptions of football and men's basketball, all athletic teams at WVU are doing very well.

    • ShinnstonGuy

      I love Carey too, but let's not forget Coach Hammond. He has only brought another rifle title to our trophy case. Good luck ladies!

  • Woodchuck

    Love the lady Mountaineers! They never quit!

  • Dave

    This ranking is way over due. It's about time the voters and the media took notice.
    Congratulations Lady Mountaineers !!!!!!

  • derek

    Our women's sports fly the State University very well Proud of ya and keep it up!!!!!

  • leroy j gibbs

    Congratulations ladies! Am proud of you!

  • Billy

    This team continues to impress and improve. They play together so good.

  • justme

    i guess now that their ranked metronews will cover them better.

  • WVU 1964

    Great lady's proud of you. and it's about time you all get ranked in the top 25 you have earned it, good to see you, way to go, I love you...

  • Bob Melphis

    Great job by Mike Carey; who can coach and recruit. Excellent return on investment by WVU athletic Dept..

    • Bill

      Ditto ! If Huggins ever leaves I hope they give Mike a chance for the job.

      • The Wisetalker

        It wont be I your lifetime...