Unranked West Virginia upset No. 13 Iowa State on the road in convincing fashion Wednesday night, 73-59, earning a big win in the Big 12 Conference standings.
The Mountaineers (15-2) have been unranked all season, but were the next team in line for the Associated Press’ poll on Monday, earning 83 votes. No. 25 Texas A&M received 95 votes. Looking around the bottom of the poll, the Aggies host No. 8 South Carolina tonight, No. 24 Vanderbilt has No. 14 LSU on Sunday and No. 23 Rutgers could be on its way out of the top 25 after an overtime loss to Memphis on Monday and an all but certain loss to No. 1 UConn coming to it on Sunday.
West Virginia features two Mount Vernon alums on its squad — senior Taylor Palmer and freshman Lubiridia Gordon. Palmer (pictured right) is averaging over 22 minutes a game and has played in 17 games for the Mountaineers, making two starts. The guard has been a spark plug for the team’s offense, averaging close to 12 points per game in her time, and leads the team with 30 3-pointers made.
Gordon has played minimal time for the Mountaineers, logging 4.4 minutes per game, but she’s still seeing action on a major Division-1 court. The forward has played in seven games (no starts), and has averaged just under four points per game. West Virginia hosts Oklahoma, another Big 12 school, on Saturday. The Sooners and Mountaineers were the next two teams in to the top-25 poll, respectively, by USA TODAY this week. Oklahoma garnered 61 votes, while West Virginia received 39 votes.
The win over Iowa State should bump the Mountaineers into the top 25 for next week’s rankings, which will be released on Monday. A loss to Oklahoma could keep them out, but a win should definitely secure a spot for West Virginia.
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