Coming into the season, we asked if Stanford, Maryland or NC State (then No. 3, 4 and 5) might win the championship game, or if South Carolina and UConn (then No. 1 and 2) were excessive favorites. We understood Maryland was filled, however it appeared that South Carolina and UConn were simply a notch above. Now, it’s still November and the Terrapins have actually currently continued of UConn in the AP rankings and into the No. 2 area.
Of course, they haven’t played the Huskies head to head, however UConn looked human in a seven-point win over South Florida and after that lost to No. 1 South Carolina by 16 on Monday. Meanwhile, the Terps functioned by controling each of their very first 5 contests of the season and after that hung on to beat No. 6 Baylor after a missed out on 3 to connect near the buzzer on Sunday. Would they have liked to beat Baylor by more than 3? Yes. But they were up more easily prior to a late, desperation run by the Bears and were missing their second-best gamer in Diamond Miller throughout the stretches where Baylor returned. They were likewise missing out on the very best 3-point shooter in the country in Katie Benzan (health problem) throughout of the contest. So, all in all, Maryland is appearing like a deserving No. 2 group, though there is a long season to go.
UConn has actually been up to No. 3, while groups 4 through 8 have actually stayed the exact same in the rankings launched Tuesday (a date late due to the fact that of the 1 v. 2 match in between South Carolina and UConn on Monday).
The most significant risers today are naturally the Tennessee Lady Volunteers, who disturbed the then-No. 12 Texas Longhorns and the South Florida Bulls, who removed the then-No. 9 Oregon Ducks. The Lady Vols are up 5 areas to No. 11 and the Bulls are up 5 areas to No. 18.
Tennessee shocked a great deal of individuals by beating a Texas group that had simply upset Stanford. It was particularly unexpected provided just how much the Lady Vols’ offense had actually been having a hard time getting in the video game. Tennessee was provided a scare by Southern Illinois in its opener and after that beat Central Florida and South Florida in awful wins. But it handled a season-high 74 points versus the Longhorns with terrific analytical efficiencies originating from Jordan Horston and Tamari Key.
South Florida likewise got a scare in its opener, just beating UT Rio Grande Valley by 7. However, it has actually been much better just recently, offering UConn an excellent video game as discussed and after that beating the Ducks although that protested a group that was missing out on Nyara Sabally and Te-Hina Paopao.
Texas, whose resume is still enhanced by the Stanford win, just fell 2 areas to No. 14. Oregon, on the other hand, fell 6 areas to No. 15. The other huge fall was experienced by the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets: from No. 18 to getting votes after they were disturbed by the Auburn Tigers, who were chosen to end up 13th out of 14 groups in the SEC. FGCU moved into the rankings at No. 25 as an outcome of the Yellow Jackets’ plunge.