Following an eight-game winning streak, which includes a 5-0 conference record, the Wichita State University women's basketball team cracked the Mid-Major Top 25 poll for the first time in program history.  Additionally the Shockers registered at No. 67 in the latest NCAA RPI report, marking the second-highest rating the program has ever achieved.

Wichita State checked in at No. 23 in the latest Mid-Major Top 25 poll, released Tuesday afternoon.  The Shockers are 11-5 overall and sit atop the Missouri Valley Conference as the only team boasting an unblemished record in league play.  For the last two weeks Wichita State fell in the "receiving votes" category but broke through for the first time in the two-year history of the Top 25 poll.  Northern Iowa (14) and Missouri State (15) both rank ahead of WSU, despite the fact the Shockers have already beaten both teams, including a road win at UNI.

The Shockers' RPI has also been on the rise.  The team penetrated the Top 100 for the first time since the 2001-02 season in early January and rose to No. 67 in the most recent report.  Wichita State ranked as high as No. 65 in February of 2000.

Wichita State plays two games on the road this weekend, beginning with a 7 p.m. tip-off Thursday night at Evansville and a 2:05 p.m. tilt at Southern Illinois on Saturday.  The Shockers return home Friday, Jan. 27 for a 7:05 p.m. game against Illinois State.