Women's Basketball Power Rankings - Week 1

Here are the first Women's basketball rankings of the season, might be a couple of surprises.

1) Baylor

 

The Lady Bears have started as the No. 1/1 team in the country this season, and have lived up to that ranking thus far starting off 9-0.

Baylor has won by an average of 36.8 points per game, completely dominating their opponents thus far.

Brittney Griner is once again leading the charger for Lady Bears averaging a double double this season scoring 23.4 points per game and grabbing 10.4 rebounds per game as well. Odyssey Sims is once again being a force for the Lady Bears averaging 18.8 points per game.

Baylor also has two other players, Destiny Williams and Brooklyn Pope, averaging double digit points per game as well.

The Lady Bears next challenge is St. John's on Sunday at 2 p.m. in New York.

 

2) Texas Tech

 

The No. 16/22 Lady Raiders have started off this season 8-0, marking the second straight season that Texas Tech has started with that record. Tech has been winning their games by an average of 30.4 points per game.

Sixth-year head coach Kristy Curry has her team in line to begin the season 12-0 heading into Big 12 Conference play, considering then-No.16 Penn State was their lone ranked team on their non-conference slate.

Senior Kierra Mallard has shown her experience, and has already been recognized by the conference with a nod for the Big 12 Player of the Week Award after scoring 18 points and grabbing 15 rebounds in Tech's win against Penn State.

Casey Morris has been the other force for the Lady Raiders and showed off her range against UT-Arlington going 6-for-10 from 3-point range, a career-high, and scored 24 points, another new career-high.

The Lady Raiders are on a break before heading to Chicago to play Illinois as a part of the Big 12/Big 10 Challenge.

 

3) Kansas Jayhawks

 

Kansas has started the season 8-1 with its only loss coming to Alabama down in Tuscaloosa. The NR/RV Jayhawks rebounded well after their first loss of the season with a blowout victory against Wisconsin on Thursday.

Junior forward Carolyn Davis, who leads the team with 15.9 points per game, and also has a team-leading 13 blocks this season, leads Kansas' scoring attack which ranks third in the Big 12 Conference.

The Jayhawks currently have four players averaging double digits in points per game, but on Thursday head coach Bonnie Henrickson announced that sophomore Keena Mays has decided to transfer from Kansas at the conclusion of this semester.

Mays is currently fourth on the team in scoring averaging 11 points per game and 3 rebounds per game.

Kansas is back on the court on December 17 against University of Missouri-Kansas City with first tip coming at 7 p.m.

 

4) Oklahoma State

 

The Cowgirls have gone through a tragedy this season, but have found strength to return to the court and start off 5-0.

Less than a month ago the sudden deaths of head coach Kurt Budke and assistant coach Miranda Serna in a plane crash rocked the Oklahoma State family, associate coach Jim Littell was named the interim head coach following the tragedy, but has now had the interim tag removed.

Littell has served as an associate coach for Oklahoma State for the past six seasons after being a successful head coach for Seward County Community College.

Now with all that's happened the players have responded with four players averaging more than 12 points per game this season.

Tiffany Bias leads the team with 13.8 points per game and has amassed 16 steals, which marks the only Cowgirl with double digit steals on the season.

Oklahoma State is back on the court on December 18 to take on Texas Pan-American with first tip at 2 p.m.

 

5) Missouri

 

The Missouri Tigers have started the season 7-1 and their only hiccup came against Northwestern losing 74-70 on December 3.

The Lady Tigers have been the surprise of the season thus far considering they were picked in the preseason to finish dead last in the conference.

Senior Christine Flores has been playing out of this world this season averaging 21.7 points per game, which ranks second in the Big 12, and also averages 3.9 blocks per game which also ranks second in the Big 12.

Other than Flores, BreAnna Brock (15.6 Pts/gm) and Liene Priede (11.6 Pts/gm) have been the only other Lady Tigers to average double digits in points.

Missouri like every other team in the Big 12 and country has a break before taking the court again on December 19 against Evansville.

 

6) Texas

 

The No. 24/25 Longhorns are arguably one of the most underrated squads in the Big 12 Conference. Yes Texas has started the season 6-2, but its two losses came against Top 10 teams – Stanford and Tennessee.

Texas just wrapped up a 61-53 victory against Michigan State improving on its record and also showed that different players can step up for the squad when needed.

Cokie Reed, who was averaging just 7.6 points per game heading into the game, went off for 14 points, which helped lead the team to the victory.

Despite only scoring seven points in the win, Chassidy Fussell has lead the team with 17.1 points per game.

Texas takes a couple days off before taking on Arkansas Pine-Bluff on Wednesday.

 

7) Texas A&M

 

The Aggies are arguably one of the most overrated teams in women's college basketball right now sitting at No. 8/7 in the most recent AP/ USA Today Coaches Polls.

Since the loss of Danielle Adams to the WNBA after last season's National Championship run, the Aggies have struggled in some areas.

Texas A&M started the season looking like the defending National Champs with a perfect 6-0 record, but have dropped the last two contests.

The Boilermakers and Huskies have gotten the best of the Aggies with Purdue upsetting them 60-51, and UCONN blew them out 88-58 – both losses coming on the road.

The Aggies will have the chance to turn things around on Sunday when they take on TCU, once again away from College Station.

 

8) Kansas State

 

The Lady Wildcats have started off 5-2 on the season, and comparing them to Iowa State was tough, considering both teams are pretty evenly matched when in came to schedule, but the difference came when looking at individual players.

Kansas State's two losses came in the Cancun Challenge and one of the two losses came against Purdue, but did so in overtime.

On the season Jalana Childs and Brittany Chambers have averaged more than 10 points per game each, 15.9 and 14, respectively.

The Wildcats play South Dakota State tonight to try and improve on their record.

 

 

9) Iowa State

 

The Cyclones have struggled this season at times and it has been against teams such as Penn State and Michigan, one of the two being ranked this season and remains currently ranked.

Iowa State finished last season 22-11 and made it to the NCAA Tournament, but fell in the first round.

This season the Cyclones are looking to make a return trip to March Madness, but has to do it without last season's leading scorer Kelsey Bolte, who averaged 16.9 points per game.

The void so far this season has been filled by Chelsea Poppens, who is currently averaging 13.6 points per game so far.

Iowa State (5-2) returns to the court on Sunday against Mississippi Valley State.

 

10) Oklahoma

 

Now sitting at the bottom of the barrel of the Big 12 Conference is an Oklahoma squad that made it all the way to the Sweet Sixteen last season, but fell to Notre Dame, whom went on to lose in the National Title game to Texas A&M.

This season has been a tough start for the No. 24/23 Sooners, since the squad has started 3-3 overall with three-straight losses to No. 23/ 19 Vanderbilt, No. 13/15 Ohio State and Fresno State.

Since Danielle Robinson headed to the pros after last season, Aaryn Ellenberg has filled the void well averaging 21.3 points per game.

This is not a surprise as Ellenberg was second on the team in scoring last season averaging 16.2 points per game.

Now if Oklahoma can snap this three-game skid, it will have to be done on Sunday against Milwaukee in Norman.


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