Women’s College Basketball Power Rankings

Just over eight months have passed since Stanford the past screams South Carolina 66-65 in the national semifinals in San Antonio, en route to Cardinal’s long-awaited third national championship.

Sometimes a match played even recently doesn’t have much of an effect on the game in a new season. But with almost all of the key players back from the April 2 meeting in the Alamodome – saving Stanford point guard Kiana Williams – the past is perhaps a bit more relevant, as the South Carolina No. pick up number 3 Stanford on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET, ESPN2/ESPN App) in the game expected to be one of the non-conference games of 2021-22 women’s college basketball Season.

Gamecocks fans have long grown tired of seeing the replay of Aliyah BostonHis painful reaction when he missed a return blow to the whistle of that 2021 NCAA game. Of course, without Boston’s subsequent steal and strike table – her 16th recovery that night – she would never have had a chance in that backstroke. In short, she did everything she could to give South Carolina a chance to win.

And maybe that’s just a little bit of fuel this season as the Gamecocks 11-0 look set to go undefeated in their 2022 championship quest.

If you’ve been following women’s basketball for a while, you can say Aari McDonald’s three-point miss in Boston and Arizona are just examples of how fate finally favored Stanford back in the game. The finalist after 29 years is almost flawed between titles.

This season, Cardinal has lost as many games – two games – as all previous seasons. The last four best players Haley Jones has so far played more of a point guard role, although the Cardinals do so somewhat by the commission as well as with Williams gone.

Loss first Texas and South Florida, Cardinal scored 56 and 54 points, but for the season they are averaging 73.2 PPG, not too far from last season’s 77.7. Stanford is winning 74-63 in 7th place Tennessee on Saturday, Lady Vols’ first loss of the season despite shooting only 34.9% from the field.

Stanford overtook Tennessee 52-43, led by Jones’ 19 boards. But in South Carolina, Cardinal will face what Gamecocks coach Dawn Staley has said may be her best defensive and counter-attacking team.

South Carolina is on a 55-46 win over Duke on Wednesday, led by Boston’s 19 points and 14 rebounds. The Gamecocks, who have five wins against the top 15 teams this season, didn’t take any precautions Destanni Henderson since she played just 16 minutes with North Carolina A&T on November 29 because of a leg injury. It remains to be seen if she will come back to face Stanford.

Tuesday’s game could also be the 61st meeting between the top two teams in the AP rankings. Stanford’s win on Saturday, along with NC State’s loss to Georgia on Thursday, could lift Cardinal to #2 in the AP poll. South Carolina is 1-4 in 1 vs. encounters. 2 earlier; Stanford is always 1-8 in those games.



Sarah Ashlee Barker hit 3 against Bang NC to force OT, then Que Morrison performed a nifty mess in stoppage time to help knock out Bang NC #2.


Staiti leads with a nasty 82-80 in 2nd place NC State on Thursday with 21 points, 11 rebounds and six blocked shots, on his own against Wolfpack center Elissa Cunane. Then on Sunday, 6-foot-4 centre-back Staiti had 16 points, taking seven of eight shots, in an 82-45 run of St Francis (Pa.).

All season, Staiti is averaging 13.9 points, 7.6 rebounds and 2.6 tackles. She played her freshman season in Maryland, then moved back to her home state of Georgia. Staiti was on the SEC’s all-round team last season and took advantage of the NCAA’s general eligibility waiver to return for season five.


With all OregonThe injury, the defeat of the Ducks right now is not remarkable otherwise. However, Kansas State’s 68-56 win over Oregon on Saturday put the Wildcats 10-2. Their only loss was to No. 1 South Carolina and then-No. 5 NC status.

As the Big 12 game begins, we’ll find out what the “real” K-State is like, as the Wildcats open with Baylor, Oklahoma State, West Virginia, and Iowa State. But the center of the star Ayoka Lee looks like real deal, 23.8 PPG, 11.1 RPG and 4.0 BPG average.


The Wolverines got their first win of the show against a first-year team in an overtime victory on Sunday. Michigan win despite the star Naz Hillmon dirty the rules. She has 15 points and 10 rebounds, while teammates Leigha Brown there are 25 points. Michigan’s only loss was against Louisville.


The tweet went out on Saturday night from Texas Coach Vic Schaefer: No. 11 Longhorns vs No. 4 game Arizona on Sunday was canceled because Wildcards in the COVID-19 protocol. Can anyone go to Las Vegas to play Texas on ESPN?

Fisher answered the call, and her Toreros hanged with the Longhorns before Texas withdrew in Q4 because Win 74-58. San Diego lost State of Arizona home on Saturday afternoon, then made the trip to Vegas to play against the fourth team from the Power 5 conference this season. Fisher, in her 17th season in San Diego, isn’t afraid to challenge herself or her team.

Strength Ranking



No. 1 South Carolina locked in defense to win against No. 15 Duke, 55-46.

blank first. South Carolina Gamecocks (11-0)
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This week: versus Stanford (Tuesday)

The Cardinal will be South Carolina’s sixth-ranked opponent so far this season. Aliyah Boston continues to run for national player of the year, as she averages 16.9 PPG and 10.1 RPG and shoots from the field 60.2%.

blank 2. Louisville Cardinals (10-1)
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This week: No games

Coach Jeff Walz got his second win over UConn on Sunday, which was a great way to end the no-reference play. Louisville will begin its ACC game against Boston College on December 30.

blank 3. Cardinal Stanford (8-2)
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This week: versus South Carolina (Tuesday)

Stanford’s depth showed in its 74-63 win at Tennessee, and Cardinal might need it against South Carolina, too. Cameron Brink was limited to eight minutes against Lady Vols for a foul, but forwards Ashten Prechtel and Kiki Iriafen combined to pick up 22 points and 11 rebounds from the bench.

blank 4. Tennessee Lady Vols (9-1)
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This week: vs. East Tennessee State (Monday)

Tamari Key also struggled with fouls during the game against Stanford and played just 16 minutes without taking a shot. The Lady Vols as a team scored only 30.3%. Tennessee, which is averaging 66.9 PPG this season, should build on what it has learned against Cardinal.

blank 5. NC State Wolfpack (11-2)
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This week: No games

Wolfpack’s two losses this season have gone to SEC teams: to South Carolina in the season opener on November 9, and Thursday in extra time against Georgia. NC State wasn’t used to opponents taking more 3-pointers and rebounds, but Georgia did. The Wolfpack crushed Virginia 82-55 on Sunday to finish with a rising note going into the holiday season.

blank 6. Texas Longhorns (8-1)
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This week: at Princeton (Wednesday)

The Longhorns were able to salvage the trip to Las Vegas by bringing in San Diego to replace Arizona in Sunday’s game. But it was the most frustrating game for the standout defender Rori Harmon, who had only played for seven minutes and fouled. It was something from which she could grow.

blank 7. Arizona Wildcats (10-0)
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This week: No games

Sunday’s game against Texas will be the Wildcats’ final non-participation and their second against a ranked opponent. But the Wildcats are now in COVID-19 protocol, so they don’t play Longhorns. Arizona is scheduled to resume operations on December 31 at USC.

blank 8. Baylor Bears (9-2)
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This week: No games

Baylor fell 74-68 in overtime ahead of Michigan on Sunday. Two of the concerns for the Bears are getting over 50-35 and their starting defenders will combine 2 out of 13 from behind the arc. Both of Baylor’s losses were against ranked Big Ten teams; Bears fell in Maryland in November.

blank 9. UConn Huskies (6-3)
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This week: No games

Paige Bueckers has undergone knee surgery and is expected to return in February. While the Huskies lost to Louisville 69-64 on Sunday, they got a boost from freshman Caroline Ducharme’s best game to date: 24 points and eight rebounds played all 40 minutes.

blank ten. Michigan Wolverines (11-1)
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This week: versus Eastern Michigan (Wednesday)

After losing another non-conference game in a Dec. 2 game in Louisville, Michigan got a big boost with a win over Baylor – and a bit of revenge for last season’s Sweet 16 loss. Bears.

blank 11. Indiana Hoosiers (9-2)
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This week: vs. Wright State (Tuesday), Southern Illinois (Thursday)

In the Hoosiers’ 67-57 win over Western Michigan on Sunday, Mackenzie Holmes had a career-high 19 rebounds with 17 points. She is averaging 18.4 PPG and 7.8 RPG.

blank twelfth. Maryland Terrapins (9-3)
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This week: with. Coppin State (Tuesday)

The Terps, who haven’t competed in the past week, have suffered all of their losses against top 10 teams. Their next big test will be January 2nd in Indiana.

blank 13. Iowa State Tornado (11-1)
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This week: No games

The Cyclones, who beat Prairie View 108-39 on Sunday, open the Big 12 on January 2 against West Virginia.

blank 14. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (9-2)
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This week: versus Boston University (Tuesday)

The Yellow Jackets followed their big December 9 win over UConn – their first win over a top-five opponent since 2009 – with Sunday’s win in the ACC opener against Wake Forest, in which Lorela Cubaj is the show-time lead with 1,046.

blank 15. Georgia Lady Bulldogs (10-1)
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This week: versus South Alabama (Tuesday)

Georgia won’t give up in its 82-80 overtime win over NC State on Thursday. So far, the Bulldogs’ only loss has been 1 point against Georgia Tech. Georgia will open means of blocking the SEC against LSU on December 30.

blank 16. Blue Devil Duke (9-1)
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This week: at Charleston Southern (Tuesday)

The Blues turned it into an interesting game last Wednesday against South Carolina before falling 55-46, which says something. They went undefeated against Miami (Fla.) on Sunday. When the ACC season kicked off on December 30, Duke had a tough initial ranking, starting with Virginia Tech.

In the waiting room

Notre Dame Fighting Irish (10-2): The Irish played the next three games on the road: at DePaul, Virginia and Duke.

LSU Tigers (9-1): The Tigers will attend the West Palm Beach Invitational in Florida this week with Clemson and Texas Tech.

Oklahoma Sooners (9-1): After upsetting the BYU rankings on December 10, the Sooners will take on Utah on Tuesday.

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John Verrall

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