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NCAA women’s basketball poll, week 10

The Gamecocks seem formidable this season. South Carolina Athletics photo.

South Carolina reclaims the number one spot in this week’s poll. The Gamecocks didn’t play this week, but with NC State knocking off Louisville and the Gamecocks having beaten every top contender, they rise. Their highly-anticipated matchup versus UConn Thursday was cancelled as the two teams are making up conference games that were postponed. South Carolina is now slotted to take on Ole Miss Thursday night and will also play Vanderbilt and Florida this week. NC State’s fourth quarter route of Louisville was impressive, and the Wolfpack were also able to defeat a talented Virginia Tech squad Sunday afternoon. NC State’s play allows them to leapfrog Stanford for the second spot in this week’s poll. The Cardinal played just one game last week, but routed Cal and they sit third in this week’s poll. The Lady Vols jump one spot to four this week after a big win at Georgia on Sunday. Tennessee will travel to Auburn Thursday night before returning home for a rematch vs Arkansas Monday. Louisville slides to five this week, as their offense struggles at times, but when their defense is clicking on all cylinders, they are one of the best team’s in the country.

Indiana and Michigan hold place at seven and eight, respectively. Arizona sits at eight after wins over Utah and Colorado and will be tested this week, as they travel to California to take on UCLA, Cal and Stanford. Despite the one-point loss to Florida on Sunday, LSU climbs to nine this week. The Tigers will look to rebound Thursday when they head to Arkansas. Georgia got a big win at Missouri on Monday, hung on to beat Mississippi State but fell to the Lady Vols Sunday. The Bulldogs’ efforts are good enough to place them in the top 10 this week.

Iowa State had a rough week as they dealt with COVID protocols and dropped to both Texas and Baylor, and they fall to 11. Texas slides up to 12 this week after getting back-to-back wins over the Cyclones and TCU; they’ll have their hands full this week as they battle Kansas State and Oklahoma. UConn suffered another loss to an unranked opponent, as they fell at Oregon. Thus, the Huskies fall back out of the top 10 to 13. Maryland’s inconsistency continues. They were without head coach Brenda Frese, who was attending the services of her late father, when they fell on the road to Ohio State, but the Terps got back to their scoring ways on Sunday in a win over Northwestern. Georgia Tech rounds out the top 15, after going 2-0 with a big win over UNC to maintain their separation in the ACC standings.

Baylor looked impressive in their win over Iowa State on Sunday, and will have to continue to play well in a competitive Big 12 this season if they want to be a top 16 seed come March. For now they sit at 16, but won’t have an easy week with road games at Texas Tech and at West Virginia. BYU continues their winning ways, and in dominating fashion; they are 17th. Notre Dame fell to unranked Boston College before narrowly defeating Pitt last week. The Fighting Irish need to regain their confidence as we hit the midway point in conference play as they try to secure at top four seed in the ACC Tournament. They fall five spots to 18 this week. Iowa seems to have found their groove once again, and are simply having fun on the court. They put up big numbers, led by Caitlin Clark, and move up to 19. Oklahoma lost in a lopsided game to Kansas State, but will have a chance to regain some momentum as they host Oklahoma State and Texas this week. The Sooners claim the final spot in the top 20.

A quiet week for the Cornhuskers of Nebraska, as they sit at 21. The Blue Devils had a busy week, as they got wins over Miami and Virginia, but with players in and out due to COVID protocols and Celeste Taylor’s injury, Duke has looked a little inconsistent at times. If they can finish through this adversity and get a healthy squad come March, they could surprise some teams and make a run in the ACC and NCAA Tournaments. This week Duke comes in at 22. Oregon was a team that suffered injuries early on in the season, and we said if the Ducks could get healthy, watch out. With the return of some of their starters and two top 10 wins last week, they re-enter the poll at 23. No changes to spots 24 and 25 this week, as Florida Gulf Coast and Ole Miss, respectively, claim those two spots.

Top 25

1. South Carolina
2. NC State
3. Stanford
4. Tennessee
5. Louisville
6. Indiana
7. Michigan
8. Arizona
9. LSU
10. Georgia
11. Iowa State
12. Texas
13. UConn
14. Maryland
15. Georgia Tech
16. Baylor
17. BYU
18. Notre Dame
19. Iowa
20. Oklahoma
21. Nebraska
22. Duke
23. Oregon
24. Florida Gulf Coast
25. Ole Miss

RV: Ohio State, Kansas State, Colorado, Virginia Tech, UNC, Arkansas, Missouri, South Florida, Oregon State, DePaul, South Dakota

L’s And One: Jasmine Dickey and Cierra Hooks

Welcome to my new column, L’s And One, which will highlight college players that fly high outside of the spotlight. Up first is Delaware’s Jasmine Dickey and Ohio’s Cierra Hooks.

Jasmine Dickey, Delaware

Dickey came into Sunday’s matchup against CAA first-place Drexel averaging 24.8 points per game, which is second-best in Division I. Though the Blue Hens lost to the Dragons, 70-62, Dickey finished the with 19 points on 8-17 shooting, and grabbed eight rebounds. The guard played all 40 minutes of the game, and tried to will her team to victory.

Dickey is a volume shooter who attempts 22.9 shots per game. She shoots 38 percent from the field and 33 percent from beyond the arc. The senior is also good at getting to the free-throw line, and is shooting from there at 80 percent. Along with her scoring, she is averaging 8.6 rebounds per game.

Dickey’s best showing this season was a 48-point game against Eastern Michigan, where she shot 19-36 from the field. She has scored 30 or more points five times this year, as Delaware is 10-5 and 4-1 in conference under her leadership.

Cierra Hooks, Ohio

At 5-8, Cierra Hooks plays much bigger than her size, and leads Ohio in points and rebounds per game, as she has since she stepped foot on campus five years ago. The senior is remarkably consistent, and this season is averaging 22.9 points and eight rebounds per outing. It is unbelievable that she leads the team in rebounding with her size, and that she is seventh in the nation in scoring.

Hooks is shooting 50 percent from the field and 33 percent from three-point land, is efficient, and takes primarily high-percentage shots. Her season-high is 30 points on 12-22 shooting, and she has five double-doubles on the year.

With a relentless motor and a work horse mentality, Hooks is the Bobcats’ engine. She is a fun player to watch.

Oh, the drama

The season of unpredictability continues……

Upsets:

No. 15 Baylor blitzed No. 7 Iowa State, 87-61.

Florida upended No. 11 LSU, 73-72.

Kansas State throttled No. 14 Oklahoma, 94-65, behind an NCAA single-game scoring record 61 points by Ayoka Lee.

Ole Miss toppled No. 23 Kentucky, 63-54.

More results:

No. 3 Louisville 72, Wake Forest 60

No. 4 NC State 51, Virginia Tech 45

No. 5 Tennessee 63, No. 13 Georgia 55

No. 9 UConn 75, St. John’s 57

No. 10 Arizona 75, No. 22 Colorado 56

No. 12 Maryland 87, Northwestern 59

No. 18 Georgia Tech 55, No. 20 North Carolina 38

No. 19 Notre Dame 77, Pitt 63

No. 21 Duke 57, Virginia 48

No. 25 Iowa 82, Illinois 56

Boston College 79, Miami 66

Ohio State 80, Rutgers 71

DePaul 94, Xavier 74

Florida State 75, Clemson 70

Michigan State 74, Minnesota 71

Oregon State 47, Washington 41

Wisconsin 69, Penn State 57

Utah 72, Arizona State 63

Alabama 75, Auburn 68

Arkansas 74, Mississippi State 54

Missouri 78, Texas A&M 69

UCLA 68, USC 58

All scores

Tomorrow’s game schedule

College team news:

South Carolina called off a second showdown against UConn to makeup an SEC game against Mississippi.

A breakthrough win is coming for Washington.

Arkansas used a 32-point quarter to run past Mississippi State.

Three things we learned from LSU’s upset.

Alabama ended a five-game losing streak over Auburn.

Archrivals Montana and Montana State will collide Monday night.

The NCAA’s power 10 for the week.

College player news:

Kansas State’s Ayoka Lee scored an NCAA record 61 points in today’s upset of Oklahoma, almost single-handedly outscoring the Sooners herself.

Does the best player in college hoops wear purple? Ayoka Lee makes her case.

Shaina Pellington’s evolution could have Arizona back in the Final Four.

Dee Bejelja is a sixth starter for DePaul.

College coach news:

Family comes first for Colorado’s coaches.

Former Auburn stars returned today to honor former coach Joe Ciampi.

Down they go

Upsets, count ’em:

No. 4 NC State rallied from behind to beat No. 3 Louisville, 68-59.

Ohio State took down No. 12 Maryland, 95-89, for their fifth straight dub.

Boston College came from behind to nip No. 19 Notre Dame, 73-71.

Florida routed No. 23 Kentucky, 77-52.

More results:

Yet another Caitlin Clark triple-double powered No. 25 Iowa’s romp over Minnesota, 105-49.

Miami won their first game over Florida State in eight years.

All scores

Tomorrow’s game schedule

College team news:

Tennessee’s season has a familiar feel to it.

Could BYU go all the way?…….they have been dominating opponents and want more.

UConn is preparing for weekend games without Christyn Williams and Azzi Fudd.

Red-hot UCF is garnering national attention.

After COVID stoppages, Arizona State is eager to play their first game in 22 days.

Siena went from no wins to four wins.

College player news:

Caitlin Clark’s second 30-point triple-double made both women’s and men’s hoops history.

Indiana’s top scorer, Makenzie Holmes, had knee surgery and may be back for the postseason.

Oregon forward Nyara Sabally practiced today and is expected to play against Washington this weekend.

Kentucky’s second-leading scorer, Dre’Una Edwards, was suspended for a game again just prior to tonight’s matchup.

Vanderbilt transfer Brylee Bartram will play for FGCU.

How UConn transfer Saylor Poffenbarger is making a difference at Arkansas.

College coach news:

Vanderbilt coach Shea Ralph is raising money for LGBTQ youth for pride night.

Mississippi State assistant coach Malikah Williams has been out for a month. Here’s why.

NCAA news:

NCAA members approved a new constitution that allows all three divisions greater autonomy.

WBHOF:

The 12 finalists for the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame 2022 class include Delisha Milton-Jones, Becky Hammon, Doug Bruno and Penny Taylor.

WNBA news:

Candace Parker is the executive producer of a new documentary film on Title IX.

The news, it flows

Upset:

No. 15 Texas beat No. 7 Iowa State, who was short-handed, 66-48.

More results:

No. 14 Oklahoma 88, West Virginia 76

No. 15 Baylor 67, Oklahoma State 49

No. 24 FGCU 78, Stetson 41

Kansas State 69, Kansas 61

South Florida 66, Tulsa 63

TCU 51, Texas Tech 50

Rhode Island 67, Duquesne 57

Dayton 69, UMass 60

All scores

Tomorrow’s game schedule

College team news:

Can No. 2 Louisville win at No. 4 NC State?

Is this the BYU team that could make it past the Sweet 16?

Where does Duke stand 20 games into Kara Lawson’s tenure?

The Bruins-Trojans rivalry has been condensed into three days.

Jordyn Jenkins and USC know their worth.

Minnesota is still looking to break through against the Big Ten’s best.

Nebraska has postponed a game due to COVID protocols within their program.

Washington State has canceled their weekend games due to COVID protocols within their program.

The message stays the same for Southern Illinois.

College player news:

The Czinano sisters are on opposite sides of the Hawkeyes-Gophers rivalry.

Kierstan Bell said she’s entering the WNBA draft in a Facebook post.

Washington transfer Grace Beasely has landed at Montana State.

The NCAA’s starting five for the week.

Ranking the top 10 freshmen.

Mid-major player of the year watch list.

College coach news:

Kim Mulkey wants LSU to stay grounded while embracing bigger goals.

Brenda Frese won’t coach Maryland against Ohio State, as she mourns the loss of her father.

Adia Barnes says, “stand up for yourself, but don’t lose your composure.”

USA Basketball news:

Mike Thibault, Vickie Johnson, Curt Miller and James Wade will assist Cheryl Reeve at National Team training camp.

Dawn Staley is part of the selection committee for the team.

WNBA news:

Becky Hammon: those who say the needle hasn’t moved for women in pro sports hiring are wrong.

NCAA women’s basketball poll, week 9

The Louisville Cardinals extended their winning streak to 15 straight victories over the weekend, and hang on to the top spot in this week’s top 25 poll. South Carolina held on to avoid the upset at Arkansas and defeated Texas A&M, as Aliyah Boston continues to dominate, solidifying the Gamecocks’ hold at No. 2. Stanford took down the final undefeated team at the time on Friday night, as they escaped Colorado with an eight-point victory; on Sunday they climbed their way back against one of the nation’s highest-scoring teams, as they beat Utah. Thus, the Cardinal hold off NC State for the third spot in this week’s poll. The Wolfpack looked sharp Sunday with a rout of Duke, looking like they’re ready for the Final Four, and currently sit fourth in our poll. The Lady Vols round out the top five, after double-digit wins over Vanderbilt and Kentucky last week, and currently sit alone atop the SEC. Junior star Tamari Key suffered an ankle injury on Sunday, which could make things interesting, as Tennessee is slated to take on 6-4 Jenna Staiti and the Georgia Lady Bulldogs this weekend. the Lady Vols are off to their best start since the 2007-08 season.

Indiana got two big wins last week, over Nebraska and Purdue, which puts them at No. 6. Michigan lead from start to finish in a much-anticipated matchup at Maryland Sunday afternoon, and their red-hot shooting and tenacious defense was too much for the Terrapins. The impressive win lands the Wolverines at seven. We welcome the Iowa State Cyclones to the top 10 this week, as Bill Fennelly’s squad gutted out a big win at Kansas State before taking down Oklahoma State. The Cyclones have plenty of offensive firepower and could be a team that makes a deep run in March. UConn slides up one spot to nine after defeating Butler and Xavier. Freshman Caroline Ducharme has been the star, with the absence of Paige Bueckers. Kim Mulkey’s LSU Lady Tigers claim the final spot in the top 10. LSU is currently tied for second in the SEC, and with just two losses on the season, Mulkey seems to have the Tigers back to the winning ways the program experienced in the mid-to-late 2000’s.

At 12-5, Maryland sits at 11 this week. The combination of a tough schedule and injuries has them still searching for their groove, but once they find it, they can score as well as anyone else in the country. Arizona got a buzzer-beater win over Oregon State before losing to Oregon in an overtime thriller. It’s not necessarily the play of the Wildcats that keeps them at 12, but the play of others. Notre Dame surges to 13 this week, rising five spots. The Fighting Irish have a combination of youth and veteran leadership that has propelled them all season. Texas drops six spots after another loss to an unranked team, but they bounced back with a win over West Virginia. The Longhorns will face another tough battle on Wednesday as they head to Iowa State. Georgia claims the 15th spot, after a win over Missouri.

BYU continued their hot streak, and sit at 16 once again this week. Oklahoma took down Baylor and TCU to rise six spots to 17 this week. Georgia Tech escaped with a win over Florida State, but fell to unranked Miami over the weekend, and fall to 18. Baylor dropped to 19 after the loss to the Sooners, and a one possession win over Kansas last week. Iowa is back to their winning ways with wins over Purdue and Nebraska, and sit at 20.

Despite a loss to the Cardinal, Colorado rises to 21. Nebraska suffered back-to-back losses last week, but the shorthanded Huskers showed promise on Sunday at Iowa; their play was good enough to keep them in the poll, as they fall just one spot to 22. Duke seems to be in a funk, as they suffered back-to-back losses to Virginia Tech and NC State. Their lack of experience playing together has made things difficult in adverse moments, but they remain in the poll at 23. Florida Gulf Coast reenters this week’s poll after receiving votes for several weeks. The Eagles currently hold a record of 15-1 with a win over LSU on the season. Rounding out the top 25 is Ole Miss, which fell out of the poll a couple weeks ago after a lopsided loss to Tennessee. They have looked formidable of late.

Top 25

  1. Louisville
  2. South Carolina
  3. Stanford
  4. NC State
  5. Tennessee
  6. Indiana
  7. Michigan
  8. Iowa State
  9. UConn
  10. LSU
  11. Maryland
  12. Arizona
  13. Notre Dame
  14. Texas
  15. Georgia
  16. BYU
  17. Oklahoma
  18. Georgia Tech
  19. Baylor
  20. Iowa
  21. Colorado
  22. Nebraska
  23. Duke
  24. Florida Gulf Coast
  25. Ole Miss

RV: UNC, Virginia Tech, UCF, Ohio State, South Florida, Kentucky, Missouri, DePaul, Kansas State