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Lady Lions Appear In AP Poll For First Time In Nine Years

Penn State is ranked No. 25.

Syndication: HawkCentral Joseph Cress/Iowa City Press-Citizen / USA TODAY NETWORK

For the first time since 2014, Penn State women’s basketball is ranked.

The Lady Lions debuted at No. 25 in the AP Poll released on Dec. 4 and are ranked behind Iowa, Ohio State, and Indiana in the Big Ten.

Although Penn State still sits at No. 33 in the NET Rankings, a 7-1 start in non-conference play was enough to grab voters’ attention. The Lady Lions have wins over Kansas and Oklahoma State and have only lost to USC, which is now the No. 6 team in the country.

Makenna Marisa is building off last year’s All-Big Ten season, averaging 17 points per game at a 52.4% clip. Shay Ciezki has also been lights out from deep this year, knocking down 40.4% of her three-point attempts.

This is the Lady Lions’ first appearance in the AP Poll since the 2013-14 season, when they nabbed the No. 14 spot in the final rankings. At that time, they had been ranked in consecutive seasons since 2009.

Penn State will have another chance to add to its resume Monday night when it faces off with 7-0 West Virginia at 6 p.m. in Morgantown. The game will be broadcast on ESPN+.