NCAAW: Azzi Fudd, UConn Huskies, top of Big East flex their muscles

Here’s a take a look at how the noteworthy groups outside the Power 5 have actually been doing:


With Paige Bueckers out for the season, all of us understood Azzi Fudd was going to take on a substantial quantity of duty for UConn this year. She is the No. 1 Hoop Gurlz hire from the class after Bueckers (who is likewise a No. 1 hire) and required to take a huge leap as a sophomore.

Well, up until now, she’s done simply that.

On Nov. 14, the exact same night Swin Cash’s No. 32 was exposed in the rafters at Gampel Pavilion, Fudd dropped 32 points, offering her 58 points through the very first 2 video games of the season, which set a program record.

Those 32 points came versus then-No. 3, now-No. 19 Texas and she followed it up with 32 points this past Sunday versus then-No. 10, now-No. 13 NC State. The 64 points versus successive Top 10 challengers was likewise a notable achievement:

Fudd wasn’t the only Husky doing something historical this past Sunday as Nika Mühl dispensed 15 helps. The program single-game helps record is now held by, not Sue Bird, not Paige Bueckers, however Mühl.

Much has actually been made from UConn’s failure to be its normal challenging selves given that its last championship game in 2016. Gradually, much of its dominant streaks have actually ended recently. One that stays undamaged that might have been viewed as in jeopardy entering the very first 3 video games of this season is its 29-year streak of not losing back-to-back video games. With all the strikes its intimidation aspect has actually taken and without Bueckers, it looked like there was a sporting chance it would lose to both the No. 3 and No. 10 groups in the nation. Instead, it beat Texas 83-76 and after that controlled NC State 91-69 in a rematch of in 2015’s impressive Elite Eight video game.

So it’s been a thrilling and appealing start to the season for the Huskies, who have actually gone up from No. 6 to No. 5 to No. 3. As previous Swish Appeal editor-in-chief Sabreena Merchant put it in her power rankings for The Athletic, “For those expecting a down year from the Huskies, it doesn’t look like it yet.” UConn lagged just magnificent South Carolina in her rankings, which came out on Monday.

The Huskies are getting the bulk of their scoring from 5 crucial gamers, who are all balancing double figures: Fudd (30), Lou Lopez Sénéchal (16.3), Aaliyah Edwards (15), Aubrey Griffin (14.3) and Dorka Juhász (10). Edwards and Juhasz are likewise balancing double-figure rebounds with 10.7 and 10 per video game, respectively, while Mühl is balancing 10.3 helps and 3.7 takes.

All of those numbers other than for Juhász’s originated from 3 video games of action. Juhász has actually played in 2 contests, having actually missed out on the NC State video game with a damaged thumb. She is anticipated to be out for a minimum of 2 more video games.

No. 16 Creighton Bluejays (5-0, 0-0 Big East)

Creighton has 2 ranked wins up until now and was really the first string in the nation to get 2 ranked wins. The Bluejays opened their season with a 78-69 win over then-No. 23 and now getting votes South Dakota State. They had a hard time sometimes throughout that video game, however head coach Jim Flanery stated on Halloween (see video listed below) that he desired his group to deal with misfortune early on and to react to it “in a way that pushes us to become a better team.”

Well, Creighton recovered from misfortune because video game and won its next 4 video games by 19-plus each, consisting of a 77-51 win over then-No. 22 and now getting votes Nebraska. It has actually gone up from No. 21 to No. 20 to No. 16 — not a frustrating method to follow up an Elite Eight look. A great deal of groups that were ranked ahead of Creighton in the preseason have actually stumbled and caught the pressure of early-season obstacles, however things have actually been mainly smooth cruising for the Bluejays.

On Nov. 15, Creighton hosted its first-ever ladies’s basketball sellout at its house arena, D.J. Sokol Arena. Two thousand, 3 hundred and 6 fans remained in participation to see it beat Nebraska. The Bluejays hadn’t beaten the Huskers by that much given that 1993 and had actually never ever beaten a ranked group by that much. The 2 Nebraska schools had actually never ever dealt with each other while both were ranked.

Creighton is 4-1 over its newest 5 versus ranked groups with the one loss concerning ultimate champ South Carolina in the 2022 NCAA Tournament.

Villanova ruined the first-ever Ivy League preseason Top 25 nod by winning at then-No. 24 and now getting votes Princeton 69-59 on Nov. 11. That win got the Wildcats into the rankings at No. 24 and they are now connected with Tennessee at No. 23. They likewise have comfy wins over Marist and Penn, however withstood a scare versus a Temple group not getting votes, winning by simply 3 in their newest contest this past Sunday. Temple is 1-3 with its losses concerning Princeton (by 18) and St. John’s (by 12). So that was a bit worrying for Villanova, however a win is a win when it concerns electing the rankings. It took a beast effort from super star Maddy Siegrist to take out the Temple win. She signed up season highs in points (41), rebounds (16) and minutes (39).

Lucy Olsen is off to a strong start as she attempts to lead Villanova’s supporting cast. She’s balancing 10.3 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.5 helps. Siegrist’s other anticipated co-star, Penn State transfer Maddie Burke, is balancing 6 points and very little else throughout the stat sheet. Burke does seem the group’s go-to sharpshooter, as she leads the group with 22 efforts from beyond the arc. She’s shooting a strong 36.4 percent. But the gamer who has actually truly been the group’s 3rd star is sophomore Christina Dalce, who didn’t contribute much as a freshman. She’s balancing 8.3 points, 10.8 rebounds and 2.3 blocks. Siegrist is off the charts as normal with 29 points and 13.3 rebounds per video game.

Marquette was chosen to end up 6th in the Big East this year, however appears 4th on this list, ahead of DePaul and Seton Hall, who were connected for 4th in the preseason coaches’ survey.

The emphasize for the Golden Eagles up until now is their takedown of then-No. 3, now-No. 19 Texas. it was the highest-ranked win in Marquette history and enabled the Golden Eagles to advance to the semifinals of the Battle 4 Atlantis, where they simply edged Gonzaga (getting votes) 70-66.

They couldn’t round off the Bahamas competition with the title, however installed a worthy effort in a 66-58 overtime loss to No. 20 UCLA.

Before the Battle 4 Atlantis, Marquette travelled previous Fairleigh Dickinson, Holy Cross and Milwaukee. It is sort of in Creighton’s shoes today, with a great deal of momentum, since that UCLA loss doesn’t remove from the high of beating Texas.

Chloe Marotta leads the Golden Eagles in scoring and rebounding with 13.8 points and 7.7 boards per video game. Liza Karlen is ideal behind Marotta, balancing 13.5 and 7.5. Jordan King, who scored a career-high 25 points versus the Longhorns, is balancing 13.2 points and a team-best 4.3 helps.

Gonzaga likewise got the highest-ranked win in its program history, beating then-No. 6, now-No. 10 Louisville in the preliminary of the Battle 4 Atlantis. Kaylynne Truong was substantial in the 4th quarter.

The Bulldogs likewise beat No. 23 Tennessee in a one-point thriller on Monday afternoon to make 3rd location in the competition. In in between was the loss to Maquette.

Gonzaga’s 91-38 success over Southern Utah on Nov. 12 significant its second-largest margin of success under Lisa Fortier. However the group has actually withstood a scare too, pounding Wyoming by simply 2 on Nov. 15.

Yvonne Ejim leads the group with 18 points and 8.2 rebounds per video game. Truong (12.3 points per video game) leads the group with 4.8 helps per video game.

RECREATIONAL VEHICLE (8 points) Drake Bulldogs (2-1, 0-0 MVC)

Drake has actually taken No. 9 Iowa to overtime and beaten Nebraska (getting votes) by 18. Katie Dinnebier starred in those 2 prominent video games, scoring 24 points versus the Hawkeyes and 18 points versus the Cornhuskers. But she hasn’t been without a doubt and away the group’s finest scorer, as Maggie Bair (15.7), Grace Berg (14.7) and Sarah Beth Gueldner (12.7) are not far behind her 16 points per video game. Bair and Berg are balancing 7.7 and 6.3 rebounds, respectively, while Dinnebier leads the group with 4.3 helps per video game.

The Bulls have Power 5 wins over Alabama and TCU and have 40-plus-point wins over Morehead State and Florida A&M. In the Gulf Coast Showcase over Thanksgiving weekend they might possibly face their very first huge difficulty in No. 21 Baylor, No. 22 Michigan or No. 23 Villanova.

Florida State transfer Sammie Puisis leads the group in scoring with 16.5 points per video game; her profession finest prior to this season was 6.9. Dulcy Fankam Mendjiadeu is almost balancing a double-double with 16 points and 9.3 rebounds. The group’s leading scorer in each of the last 3 seasons, Elena Tsineke, is publishing 15.8 points per video game and freshman wing from Spain Carla Brito benefits 12.2 points and 8.2 rebounds.

RECREATIONAL VEHICLE (4 points) South Dakota State Jackrabbits (4-2, 0-0 Summit)

The Jackrabbits are coming off a 65-55 Monday win over No. 10 Louisville. That might be a turning point in their season and remove the bad memory of the season-opening loss to Creighton, which began their house flooring. The group left with 2 wins at the Battle 4 Atlantis, as it beat Rutgers in addition to Louisville. Its just loss in the competition remained in the preliminary to ultimate champ UCLA which was just by 7 points. So it was a strong proving in the Bahamas after the group hardly snuck previous Mississippi State in their last video game prior to the competition.

Former Summit League Player of the Year Myah Selland leads the Jackrabbits in points (16.7), rebounds (7) and helps (3.7) per video game. She published season highs of 25 points and 11 boards versus Louisville, to accompany 4 assistants, 2 takes and 2 blocks.

RECREATIONAL VEHICLE (3 points) Princeton Tigers (3-1, 0-0 Ivy)

Princeton has actually needed to sweat in all of its video games given that a 67-49 season-opening win over Temple. It lost to Villanova in its 2nd video game of the season and after that beat Seton Hall by simply 4 and Fordham by simply 3. In the Tigers’ defense, Seton Hall was chosen to do well in the Big East this year and Fordham came within 7 points of No. 14 Maryland.

The group’s leading rebounder from a year earlier, Ellie Mitchell, is balancing 16.3 boards per video game, while Julia Cunningham (14 points, 6.5 rebounds, 3 helps, 2 takes, 1.8 blocks) and Caitlyn Chen (14.5 points, 5 rebounds, 4.3 helps) have actually been strong throughout the board.



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