Women's Basketball Power Rankings - Week 3

One week into Big 12 Conference play there is a shakeup in the middle of the Power Rankings this week.

 1) Baylor (15-0, 2-0)


The Baylor Lady Bears continued their winning streak on Saturday with a blowout win against Iowa State.

Baylor started Big 12 Conference play against Missouri and handed the Lady Tigers only their second loss of the season.

The Lady Bears continue to be the No.1 team in country, now for the 17th straight week.

Brittney Griner of course is leading the way for the Lady Bears averaging a Big 12 best 21.9 points per game. Odyssey Sims has also been a force to be reckoned with averaging 16.7 points per game.

Baylor continues its pursuit of perfection against Oklahoma State and Texas this week.




2) Texas Tech (14-0, 2-0)


The Lady Raiders continued their best start since the 2003-2004 season when the team started 15-0.

In the most recent Associated Press Poll, Texas Tech jumped to No. 10, which marks the first time the team has been ranked No. 10 since 2005.

Tech opened Big 12 play with back-to-back wins against Oklahoma State at home, then Missouri in Columbia.

The road win in Mizzou Arena marked the first win in Missouri since 2004, and the first in the Kristy Curry era.

Kierra Mallard led the way for the Lady Raiders scoring 33 points and grabbing 13 rebounds in the two wins in Big 12.

This week the Lady Raiders look to preserve their perfect record against Oklahoma in Norman and Kansas State at home.   




3) Kansas State (11-3, 2-0)


The Wildcats have started undefeated in Big 12 play for only the sixth time in program history.

Kansas State opened Big 12 play with a bang taking the No. 8 Aggies to overtime then upsetting them at home, and then beat Kansas on the road.

In the last five games, which Kansas State has won four of five, Brittany Chambers is averaging 19.3 points per game. In the first two Big 12 games Chambers scored more than 20 points in each game, which marks the first player to do so since Kendra Wecker in the 2003-2004 season.

The Wildcats try to keep their Big 12 record flawless this week with games against Missouri and at Texas Tech.


4) Kansas (12-2, 1-1)


The Jayhawks started off their conference season with a big upset as well as they took down No. 23 Texas in Austin.

With the win it marked the first time Kansas has opened Big 12 play with a win since the 2005-2006 season.

Following the win against the Longhorns, Kansas went and got beat by in-state rival Kansas State.

In the most recent Associated Press Poll, Kansas received votes, but did not break into the Top 25.

The Jayhawks lead the Big 12 in field goal percentage shooting 49 percent from the field.

Kansas can maybe break into the Top 25 after this week if it is able to take down Iowa State and Missouri.



5) Oklahoma State (9-2, 1-1)


Following a Big 12 opening loss to Texas Tech, the Cowgirls took down No. 23 Texas in Stillwater to start 1-1 in Big 12 play.

With upsetting Texas it marked the first win against a ranked opponent for the Cowgirls since taking down No. 14 Iowa State on March 12, 2010.

Liz Donohoe has been a shining spot for the Cowgirls this season and against Texas she recorded her second career double-double scoring 13 points and grabbing 13 rebounds. The Big 12 Conference named Donohoe the Phillips 66 Big 12 Freshman of the Week on Monday.

The Cowgirls look to extend their winning streak this week with games against No. 1 Baylor and Oklahoma.




  6) Texas A&M (10-3, 1-1)


The Aggies have more than likely been one of the most overrated teams in the Big 12 this season, just because they are the defending National Champions.

So far this season the Aggies have not looked like the defending National Champs especially to start Big 12 play with an overtime loss to Kansas State.

Texas A&M recovered and returned to College Station and reclaimed some respect with a 75-58 win against Oklahoma.

Tyra White, one of the players returning from the title team, led the team in the two games averaging 18.5 points and six rebounds per game. Kelsey Bone was right behind White with 16 points and 8 rebounds per game.

The Aggies looks to continue their winning ways going this week against Texas and Iowa State.  



7) Texas (10-4, 0-2)


The Longhorns start to Big 12 play has not been a good one so far falling to Kansas and Oklahoma State.

Despite the tough start it has been senior leadership leading the way for Texas as Ashleigh Fontenette leads the squad averaging 13.5 points per game while Ashley Gayle is grabbing a team-high 9.5 rebounds per game.

It will be a tough week for the Longhorns to try and get that first win in conference play as they take on No. 12 Texas A&M and No. 1 Baylor.



  8) Missouri (10-3, 0-2)


In the Power Rankings before Big 12 Conference play had started, Missouri was sitting good at No. 4 in the rankings.

But as noted they would have to do something big to hold onto that ranking as their opponents to open Big 12 play were two of the best teams in the Big 12 – Baylor and Texas Tech.

Missouri fell to Baylor 90-46 to open conference play, then lost to the Lady Raiders on Saturday, who hadn't beaten the Tigers in Columbia since 2004.

Christine Flores continues to lead the team in scoring averaging 20.5 points per game followed by BreAnna Brock who averages 15.8 points per game.

This week the Tigers face both Kansas and Kansas State looking to notch their first win in conference play in the 2011-2012 campaign.



    9) Oklahoma (9-4, 1-1)


The Sooners opened Big 12 play with a win against Iowa State, but were unable to hold off the Aggies losing 75-58 on Sunday.

Before the loss to Texas A&M, the Sooners had rattled off six straight wins, following a three-game losing skid, which included losses to Vanderbilt, Ohio State and Fresno State, of which two are ranked in the Top 25.

Aaryn Ellenberg led the Sooners in scoring over the past two games averaging 19.5 points per game.

So far Ellenberg is shooting 51.7 percent from the field and 54.5 percent from behind the arc as well in Big 12 play.
The Sooners get the Lady Raiders in Norman this week before taking on Oklahoma State in Stillwater.



   10) Iowa State (9-4, 0-2)


The Cyclones come in at the bottom of the Big 12 Power Rankings this week following opening Big 12 play with losses to Baylor and Oklahoma.

Despite losing to the Lady Bears, they did hold the team to a season-low 57 points and 38 percent shooting from the field.

Chelsea Poppens continues to be a force with crashing the boards as she continues to lead the league in rebounding averaging 11.4 per game. Poppens also had six steals against Baylor, which was a career high.

When it comes to scoring Anna Prins started Big 12 play averaging 14 points per game and shooting 52.2 percent from the field.

Her hot play will have to continue this week if the Cyclones want to try and notch their first conference win of the season.

Iowa State takes on Kansas and No. 12 Texas A&M this week.



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