Women's Basketball Power Rankings - Week 2

With Big 12 Conference play right around the corner here are the Woman's Basketball Rankings.

1) Baylor (13-0)


Nothing but net has been the story for the Lady Bears as they have rolled to an undefeated start to the 2011-2012 campaign, which comes to no surprise to anyone in college hoops.

Baylor has started 13-0 for the first time since the 2000-2001 season and continues to be ranked No. 1 in the country – now for 16 consecutive weeks.

The first shot for a Big 12 foe to take a swing at the undefeated Lady Bears falls to the 10-1 Missouri Lady Tigers.

The key will be stopping All-American Brittney Griner, who is leading the team averaging 22.2 points per game, which ranks eighth in the country. The junior also leads the team in rebounding averaging 10.6 per game, which ranks 11th in the country.

Following opening Big 12 Conference play against Missouri the Lady Bears travel to take on Iowa State on Saturday in Ames.





2) Texas Tech (12-0)


The Lady Raiders are the only other remaining undefeated squad left in the Big 12 Conference along with the Lady Bears sitting at 12-0 on the season.

Tech sits No. 13 in the Associated Press Poll, which was released on Monday, and kick off conference play against a team that has truly faced adversity this season – Oklahoma State.

Tech split the games with the Cowgirls last season losing 62-52 in Stillwater, then beating them at home 57-48 a couple of weeks later.

Senior Kierra Mallard has stepped up in her final season as a leader and scorer, but the bench play was key for the Lady Raiders in their final two wins of the non-conference schedule.

Shauntal Nobles, who was named to the Surf-N-Slam Tournament All-Tournament Team along with Chynna Brown. Nobles scored 22 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in the two games, which included a 14-point performance – a new career-high.

Mallard was named the tournament MVP scoring 26 points, 15 points and seven blocks in the two games.

Tech faces Oklahoma State on Wednesday at home before hitting the road to face Missouri on Saturday.



3) Missouri (10-1)


The Lady Tigers have been a surprise to many this season with their 10-1 start to the season.

Missouri enters Big 12 play with arguably the toughest two opponents in the conference right off the bat – Baylor and Texas Tech.

The Lady Tigers have the first shot at the Lady Bears to try and knock off a squad that has been ranked No.1 in the country for 16-straight weeks.

The key for Missouri is to get senior Christine Flores going in the game and not have a consecutive poor performance. Flores scored a season low of 13 points against Sam Houston State in their last win, but averages 21.9 points per game for Missouri this season.

Another area the Lady Tigers excel in is blocking shots, which they rank second in the Big 12 averaging 8.2 blocks per game.

So Missouri gets the best of the Big 12 first as Baylor and Tech, Wednesday and Saturday respectively.


4) Kansas (11-1)


It was tough putting the Jayhawks this far down in the power rankings, but they are 10-0 at home and have little road experience, which might affect the team as they get knee-deep in this 18-game rollercoaster of a conference schedule.

Carolyn Davis is the player to watch for the Jayhawks as she recorded her fifth 20-point performance of the season against Sam Houston State scoring 21 points and got her second-straight double-double while grabbing 13 rebounds.

So Kansas begins Big 12 Conference play on the road, where they are 1-1 on the season against No.23 Texas then play in-state rival Kansas State on Saturday.


5) Oklahoma State (8-1)


Despite not playing as many games as the teams that fall below Oklahoma State in the power rankings, the Cowgirls deserve to sit in the middle of the pack.

Of course everyone knows by now the story of head coach Kurt Budke and assistant coach Miranda Serna being killed in that horrific plane crash in November.

Two games were cancelled, and then the team was back on the court and rattled off seven-straight wins before falling to Long Island 64-63 in a nail biter.

Jim Littell has now taken over the head coaching job and is trying to lead this squad to a successful season despite everything they have gone through.

The Cowgirls begin Big 12 Conference play in Lubbock against the Lady Raiders on Wednesday before heading back to Stillwater to take on the Lady Longhorns on Saturday.



6) Texas (10-2)


The Lady Longhorns have lost two games before Big 12 play begins, but those were both to Top 10 teams – Stanford and Tennessee.

But other than those two losses Texas has been rolling opponents, especially the last one in Delaware State winning 89-35.

The reason Texas falls this far is because it has the seventh ranked scoring offense and sixth ranked scoring defense in the Big 12.

Chassidy Fussell once again is leading the team with 16.7 points per game, which ranks sixth overall in the Big 12.

Texas begins their Big 12 play against a very good Kansas squad followed up with a trip to Oklahoma State.


7) Iowa State (9-2)


While the Lady Cyclones started off the season rough losing to Penn State and Michigan, but since the loss to the Lady Wolverines, Iowa State has rattled off five-straight wins.

Not only have they been winning, but by an average of 19.8 points during that span, and have outrebounded their opponents by 10.8 boards per game.

Chelsea Poppens has found her stroke in the past few games recording three straight double-doubles and also leads the Big 12 in rebounds.

The Lady Cyclones open Big 12 play against Oklahoma in Norman, but then get the Lady Bears at home on Saturday.


8) Texas A&M (9-2)


The defending National Champs might be at the bottom of the power rankings this week, but they may not stay there for long.

Tyra White, who was a part of the National Title team, is back and leading the team in scoring averaging 13.8 points per game, and is followed up by Kelsey Bone, who averages 12.5 points per game.

The Lady Aggies are looking for some revenge in their Big 12 opener as Kansas State handed them one of their three conference losses last season.

Following playing the Wildcats, Texas A&M faces off with Oklahoma on Sunday.


9) Kansas State (9-3)


The Wildcats have historically done well in Big 12 openers winning the last four and are 9-6 since they joined the Big 12.

Kansas State finished 6-1 in December, and look to continue that hot play against Texas A&M, before facing off against Kansas.


10) Oklahoma (8-3)


 Finally Oklahoma comes in at the bottom.

Some people may not agree since they finished non-conference play with a remarkable five-game winning streak following losing three in a row.

In that five game win-streak Oklahoma never trailed and won all their games by 19 points or more and led by 26 or more in each game.

Aaryn Ellenberg is the biggest names back from last season's Sweet Sixteen team and is making her presence felt.

Ellenberg averages 18.1 points per game, which ranks third in the Big 12 and she is a threat from behind the arc. Ellenberg makes 3.1 three-pointers per game, which ranks atop the Big 12.

Oklahoma will surely climb the power rankings as the season goes on.

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