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Spotlight on the Pac-12: Second-Place USC Shows New-Found Toughness

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Photo Caption: USC forged a new identity for itself as a “tough” team, mentally and physically, with its 47-43 victory over cross-town rival UCLA last weekend, a win that snapped a four-game USC losing streak in match-ups between the two teams. The Ladies of Troy were led by senior Ashley Corral’s 10 points and eight rebounds in the low-scoring affair, but Corral’s eight assists moved her past Hall-of-Famer Cheryl Miller for the No. 5 spot in the school record books in career assists.

Photo Credit: Courtesy USC Sports Information/Jon Kondrath




By Morris Phillips
Correspondent

Last week’s Pac-12 spotlight game was played in Los Angeles where cross-town rivals UCLA and USC set out to prove whether the prevailing would reflect the new order or old guard.  USC made it clear that the weather is changing in the Southland.

The game itself wasn’t exactly high-level basketball, but the passion with which the low-scoring battle, which ended in a 47-43 victory for the Ladies of Troy, was fought made it well worth watching nonetheless. Amid the dozens of missed shots and extended scoring droughts for both sides, the battle largely played out on defense, and, in particular, on the glass.

Like a wrestler finally breaking free from an extended head lock, USC may have found itself as a team at the John Wooden Center last Saturday.

According to USC guard Ashley Corral, she and her teammates expected the game to be laden with bumps and bruises.

“UCLA always brings physicality, especially with us,” said Corral.

USC entered the game with a 43-37 record against the Bruins, but had lost its four most recent encounters with their cross-town rivals. Time and again, the Women of Troy had been outscrapped, outhustled and outscored by UCLA. In the four-game UCLA-led tutorial, the Trojans missed shots early, lost confidence, and watched the Bruins pick them apart on the boards and in the open court.  Twice in the four defeats, the Women of Troy committed 20 turnovers, three times in the four-game slide, they were outrebounded by double digits. USC’s offensive leader, Briana Gilbreath wilted first, missing 37 of her cumulative 45 shots in the four losses.

The losing streak to UCLA so rankled USC coach Michael Cooper, he issued the following prescription after last January’s 42-61 loss at Pauley Pavilion: “I thought our defense was going to be a lot better.  We’ve got to get a lot nastier.”


And on Saturday, it looked like the Trojans had finally taken the prescribed medicine. Call it “nastier,” call it “tougher,” USC—which has played the toughest schedule in the conference and the second-toughest in NCAA Division I, based on their Strength of Schedule (SOS) ranking from realtimerpi.com—defined themselves anew.

Gilbreath along with Cassie Harberts and Alexyz Vaioletama stood toe-to-toe with the Bruins, rebounding just enough, scoring just enough, defending tightly enough to squeeze out the 47-43 win.

It certainly wasn’t the Trojan offense that got the job done. UCLA held USC scoreless for more than nine minutes in the first half, USC’s field-goal shooting dropped from a respectable, if far from prolific 11-of-26 (42.3 percent) in the opening period to an abysmal 18-percent in the second stanza when the Women of Troy knocked down just six of their 33 attempts from the field (and an even worse one-of-eight—or 12.5 percent—from the arc). Only one Trojan player, senior Ashley Corral, finished in double digits on the scoreboard, and that was with just 10 points.

Instead, USC got it done on the glass, with Cassie Harberts and freshman Alexyz Vaioletama hauling down 10 rebounds apiece—and every single Trojan player grabbing at least one—to win the battle of the boards by a 48-40 margin, including a 15-9 edge on the offensive glass. They got it done on defense, holding the Bruins scoreless from the arc, and to a meager 30.4 percent from the field for the game. And they got it done down the stretch, when, after the Bruins had closed to within one, Harberts made just enough of her free throws to enable USC to prevail.

After three weekends, the Trojans have sole possession of second place in the conference at 4-1.

Meanwhile, the Bruins have dropped three of four since opening conference play, though they do own an impressive home win over Cal. Against USC, UCLA placed just one scorer, Rebekah Gardner, in double figures with 20 points. Markel Walker contributed 14 rebounds and five assists, but missed nine of her 11 shots.

“You’re not going to shoot the ball well every night, but if you rebound the ball well, it gives you chances to get second and third looks at the basket,” said Cooper afterward.  “With us, it’s rebound by committee.  It’s not just one person.”


“Both teams forced the first shot they wanted,” UCLA coach Cori Close admitted. “But credit to USC. We gave them that many opportunities and they’re too skilled and too good for us to win a game like that. It was their relentless desire to give their team another opportunity that was the difference.”

Once again, the Women of Troy showed that they’re becoming a better-rounded squad—a team that can rebound, defend and handle the ball, as well as shoot themselves to a win.  Stefanie Gilbreath, the oft-injured senior started, knocking down a big three late in the second half, and freshmen Vaioletama and Ariya Crook provided toughness off the bench as Cooper got creative in filling the void created by Jackie Gemelos’ season-ending injury.

The Trojans still need all 12 remaining scheduled games to craft their long-awaited NCAA breakthrough, but a tournament bid appears closer and more realistic after Saturday’s big win.

Now let’s take a look at the rest of last week’s Pac-12 women’s basketball action, the current conference standings, and this weekend’s upcoming games.

Summing Up the Week’s Results

Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012

  • Arizona 73 @ Oregon 87
  • Arizona State 51 @ Oregon State 56
  • California 68 @ Colorado 55
  • No. 4 Stanford 62 @ Utah 43



Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012

  • Washington 60 @ Washington State 51
  • No. 4 Stanford 80 @ Colorado 54
  • Arizona 58 @ Oregon State 56
  • Arizona State 53 @ Oregon 49
  • USC 47 @ UCLA 43



Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012

  • California 63 @ Utah 56



Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012

  • Oregon 73 @ USC 92
  • Oregon State 60 @ UCLA 69
  • Washington 47 @ California 71
  • Washington State 41 @ No. 4 Stanford 75
  • Utah 65 @ Arizona 60
  • Colorado 43 @ Arizona State 64 (OT)



A Closer Look at the Past Week’s Pac-12 Action

  • California 68 @ Colorado 55
  • California 63 @ Utah 56
  • Washington 47 @ California 71


  • California coach Lindsay Gottlieb wears her enthusiasm on her sleeve, her face and in her words that—when she gets excited—seem to come a mile a minute. On Thursday, as her Golden Bears went to the Rockies to continue their climb from an 0-2 conference start, Cal used a 17-0 second-half run to overcome Colorado’s 51-39 lead with 12:45 remaining and take home their much-coveted initial road win in conference play.

    Afterward, the Golden Bears’ locker room was filled with unbridled excitement and their coach’s encouraging words.

    “We said we wanted to come in here and fight through any of the things that happen on the road, having the crowd against you and the altitude and all that,” said Gottlieb, the speed of her words approaching warp speed. “We talked about the fact that this year we have more depth and that we plan to run in transition.”

    So good were the Bears down the stretch, they forced the home-standing Buffs—familiar with the altitude—to crumble. In the final 12:45, Colorado committed nine of its 14 turnovers and scored just four points. 

    Laysia Clarendon led the way for Cal with 12 of her team-best 18 points after halftime, and Brittany Boyd, the Bears’ freshman point guard played confidently and error-free in her 20 minutes of action.

    “Brittany’s made leaps-and-bounds improvements in the last couple of weeks just in terms of being able to bounce back from a negative play and being able to stay in a stance defensively,” Gottlieb said.  “We know what she gives us.  And she’s a high-octane kid and can get us going and what she’s done a great job of [is] trying to minimize mistakes.”

    On Sunday, the Bears backed up with the Colorado win with a 63-55 victory at Utah behind Gennifer Brandon’s double-double of 15 points and 15 rebounds. Though the Utes attempted to slow the pace, Cal countered by dominating the paint, displaying its superior depth in the post.

    Freshman Reshanda Gray aided the Bears with her 11 points, 4 rebounds, all after halftime.

    Cal returned home this week to face the Washington schools. The Cougars and Huskies swept both regular season meetings with Cal in 2011, but come in knowing their shot attempts will be limited against the Bears.  Cal has out-rebounded all 18 of its opponents and leads the nation with their plus-17 per game rebounding margin.

    Up first, on Thursday, was Washington, who this year had no answer for the balanced scoring and interior dominance of the Bears, who dominated in points-in-the-paint, 52-22, on their way to their fifth straight win, 71-47.


  • Washington 60 @ Washington State 51
  • Washington State 41 @ No. 4 Stanford 75


  • June Daugherty and her Washington State Cougars were forced to answer a bunch of questions about their energy level after a hard-to-explain home loss to Washington last Saturday kept them from claiming a share of second place in the conference.  The Cougs missed 21 of their first 28 shots, fell behind by 15 at the half, and never really threatened the Huskies.

    Once again, rebounding (a 38-48 deficit for the Cougars) was an issue for Washington State, though not nearly as much as their poor shooting (27.1 percent, on 16-of-59 from the field).  The starting five for WSU missed 27 of their 34 shots and never were a factor in this one.

    “I thought we were not ourselves, we didn’t play with the intensity and the focus that we have normally have displayed all year,” Daugherty said.  “In the second half, I thought we picked it up.  I still didn’t think we played as hard as we could play.  It was good that they we were able to get it down to seven or eight, but obviously the deficit in the first half was huge and it was hard to overcome that.”


  • Arizona 73 @ Oregon 87
  • Arizona State 53 @ Oregon 49
  • Oregon 73 @ USC 92


  • Oregon broke even last weekend, picking up one win and giving up a loss, though they fared poorly against USC in this week’s midweek game.

    What’s encouraging is things seem to be improving on a lot of fronts.  The Ducks lit up Arizona last Thursday with 10 three-pointers, taking a 21-point halftime lead and cruising to victory from there.  Although they didn’t get Amanda Johnson back quite yet, they expect her soon with her cast removed, and in the meantime, Paul Westhead’s freshmen are performing well.

    Lexi Petersen had a career-best 17-point outburst against the Wildcats and Jordan Loera has shown the ability to knock down shots as well.  Both freshman are quality play-makers and really enjoy playing in “the system.” Liz Brenner has only been with the team for eight games, having spent the fall with the volleyball team as a star hitter. Brenner’s talents translate well to the basketball court, where she is a double-digit rebounder at the Pac-12 level.

    The Ducks didn’t win Saturday, dropping a close one to >ASU at the Matt, but they played well and didn’t let missed shots dictate the outcome.  In a nip-and-tuck second half, Oregon played scrappy, using blocked shots and steals to mask its rebounding deficiencies. Although with ASU’s size and experience, the undermanned Ducks didn’t figure to give them many problems, in actually the Ducks made the Sun Devils work for the “W.”

    Likewise, USC had to rely on a late-second-half push to put the Ducks away, 73-92, in this Thursday’s mid-week Pac-12 action. Though the Trojans had led by double digits at the half, Oregon clawed its way to a one-point lead (60-59) midway through the second stanza. But USC assembled a 21-5 run down the stretch to ice the Trojan victory.

    The Duck’s were led by their freshman, Brenner, who notched a career-high 16 points on six-of-11 from the field.


  • Arizona State 51 @ Oregon State 56
  • Arizona State 53 @ Oregon 49
  • Colorado 43 @ Arizona State 64


  • Though Arizona State was happy with its win over Oregon last weekend, the Sun Devils hit an emotional low point with their loss to Oregon State last Thursday. ASU continues to struggle to get into any offensive flow and the problem surfaced again as the Beavers took off on a 17-3 run midway through the second half.  Since the beginning of conference play, the Sun Devils have been reasonably good defensively, but until now, have just not been good enough putting the ball in the basket to win with any regularity.

    Colorado visited Arizona State this Thursday, the first time the schools had seen each other on the hardwood in nearly 25 years, and the resulting 64-43 ASU win suggests things may be turning around for the Sun Devils. Kimberly Brandon led Arizona State, which ran up a 33-point lead by halftime, with 20 points, seven boards and five steals, and Kali Bennett, who had been averaging 12 points and six rebounds per game over her last three appearances, stayed close to that pace with 12 points and five boards, plus four steals and two blocks.


  • California 68 @ Colorado 55
  • No. 4 Stanford 80 @ Colorado 54
  • Colorado 43 @ Arizona State 64

  • Linda Lappe’s Colorado squad lost twice at home last weekend to their visitors from Northern California —- after winning 13 of its previous 14 games. Colorado allowed both Stanford and California to get the best of them in the paint, and Lappe surely wants to see the Buffs interior stiffen this week.

    That plainly hadn’t happened yet by Thursday, when Colorado suffered its 43-64 shellacking at the hands of Arizona State.


  • Washington 60 @ Washington State 51
  • Washington 47 @ California 71


  • Conversely, Washington had lost three of its last four, but beating Washington State last weekend had the Huskies feeling encouraged before this week’s trip to the Bay Area.

    Jazmine Davis kept things rolling with 25 points against WSU and she did it without Regina Rogers available, showing the freshman’s true potential as a big-time scorer going forward.  The energy and effort displayed by the Huskies so far under coach Kevin McGuff has to have gained notice throughout the league.

    Still, while the Huskies may have found the right coach, they do not yet have all the “right stuff,” when it comes to tackling the league’s leaders, as Washington fell victim to Cal’s size and athleticism on Thursday, losing 47-71. Despite 12 points (but six turnovers) from Bay Area-native Jazmine Davis and Regina Rogers back in the line-up after her hamstring injury contributing 13 points and a game-high eight boards, the Huskies managed to shoot only 30.9 percent from the field to the Bears’ 51.8 percent. Washington managed to hang around in the first half, slicing a deficit of 13 points to just eight (25-33) by the break, but were simply blown out of the water by Cal’s interior strength in the second stanza, which saw the Huskies out-scored, 22-38.

    What’s worse—it gets worse, as the Huskies take on Stanford at Maples Pavilion on Saturday.

  • No. 4 Stanford 62 @ Utah 43
  • No. 4 Stanford 80 @ Colorado 54
  • Washington State 41 @ No. 4 Stanford 75


  • Stanford continued its sail through the Pac-12, picking up three more “W"s last weekend and in Thursday’s midweek game. But if coach Tara VanDerveer’s admonishments have not been enough, the Cardinal may be forced to get over the over-reliance on Nneka Ogwumike they have exhibited all season.

    The Cardinal played without Nneka for a stretch against Colorado when she sprained her ankle, though the Naismith watch-lister returned later in the game with her ankle taped to finish with 15 points and five rebounds in 26 minutes (putting a divot in her season stat line in all three categories).

    But the surrounding cast rose to the occasion as Joslyn Tinkle matched her career-high with 20 points, and Toni Kokenis and Chiney Ogwumike tacked on 19 apiece, to carry Stanford to an 80-54 rout of the Buffs. Moreover, the Cardinal defense held Colorado’s leading scorer, Chucky Jeffery, who entered the game a veraging 17.2 points per outing, to just two points for the night on one-for-10 from the field.It was the first time all season that Jeffery had failed to register double figures.

    “[Nneka] tweaked her ankle, but we are not a one player team,” Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer said. “I thought Joslyn Tinkle stepped up big for us, Chiney, she’s a warrior. She plays hard every single game. I think this is a breakout game for Joslyn. I’m real excited for her to play in this environment.”

      VanDerveer’s team had also gotten the jump on Utah two days earlier. Though the game was slower paced the Cardinal’s focus on defense and rebounding served up a 64-43 win. While Nneka Ogwumike led the way in that encounter with a double-double of 18 points and 13 rebounds, she had plenty of help as Chiney Ogwumike posted 11 points, 14 rebounds and four assists, and Kokenis logged 13 points, while the Cardinal defense held the Utes to just 25-percent field-goal shooting.

    Washington State met a similar fate this Thursday at Maples, coming up on the south end of a 41-72 horsewhipping, once again fueled by a game-high 22 point-10 board double-double from Nneka Ogwumike. Despite the final score the Cougars showed both guts and potential, throwing the kitchen sink at Stanford for much of the opening half, even taking a four-point lead for a brief span before the Cardinal started to cruise.


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  • No. 4 Stanford 62 @ Utah 43
  • California 63 @ Utah 56
  • Utah 65 @ Arizona 60 (OT)


  • Simply put, Utah needs reinforcements.  They’ve been outscored in the second half of all six conference games—including not only last weekend’s blow-outs by Stanford and Cal, but even this Thursday’s 65-60 overtime win at Arizona, in which the Wildcats outscored the Utes, 36-32, in the second period, only to fall behind in the extra minutes.

    But the Utes aren’t likely to get any of their injured players back. Still, they do have a great spirit, and Anthony Levrets loves Taryn Wicijowski’s return to form after losing last season to injury.

    “She sort of hit a wall,” Levrets said of the 6-3 post’s recent efforts.  “Those legs aren’t used to the grind of the season.  But she’s really surprised us by being good almost right away.”


  • Arizona 73 @ Oregon 87
  • Arizona 58 @ Oregon State 56
  • Utah 65 @ Arizona 60 (OT)


  • Arizona is another team that badly needs greater depth and numbers, but until that happens they’ve got to be happy with winning a game they couldn’t afford to lose, at Oregon State last Saturday, 58-56. Arizona had to contend with OSU’s ability to block shots, create steals and rebound. They did so by sharing the ball (15 assists on 21 makes), taking advantage of what free-throw opportunities they got (nine-of-10 from the stripe), and finding a couple of hot hands—not to mention a well-timed jumper by sophomore forward Erica Barnes for the go-ahead basket with 14 seconds left.

    Barnes finished with a game-high 18 points, plus 11 rebounds and two blocked shots (but five turnovers);  Davellyn Whyte kept up her Houdini act with 15 points, seven rebounds, six assists and three steals; and Shanita Arnold added 15 points plus three assists (but four turnovers).

    Arizona coach Niya Butts also called out freshman Layana White for her defensive intensity off the bench:

    “What a great job Layana White did for us. Her energy was outstanding and she gave us a great lift off the bench. We couldn’t get stops and they were killing us driving to the paint. Overall, I think our team played really well down the stretch. We didn’t panic and we had some huge baskets from some key people.”

    Arizona’s losses last Thursday at Oregon (73-87) and this week to Utah in overtime (60-65) were not as pretty, however. Although the Wildcats had four players in double figures and managed to dig themselves out of a 21-point deficit behind a game-high 23 points off the bench from freshman Erin Butler, who had seen little or no action in the Cats’ last seven games, according to Butts, they shot just 32.8 percent (22-of-67) from the field. They were unable to keep pace with the high-flying Ducks, who netted 44.4 percent (28-of-63) of their field-goal attempts, boasted five players in double figures, and garnered 40 points from their bench (as compared to 26 bench-points for the Wildcats). 


  • Arizona State 51 @ Oregon State 56
  • Arizona 58 @ Oregon State 56
  • Oregon State 60 @ UCLA 69


  • Oregon State did get by Arizona State last Thursday, as Sage Indendi led the way with 11 points including three treys.  The Beavers seem like they’re close to gelling, but their scoring has to pick up, as they fell to Arizona by two in the final seconds last Saturday, and then dropped another close one, at UCLA, this Thursday.



Full Court Spotlight Rookie of the Week: Jazmine Davis, Washington


Davis isn’t big, but her shot reverberates for the Huskies.  She has had several big games in conference play and is taking advantage of coach McGuff’s new regime that has plenty of job openings on the court.  The 5-7 freshman has a great ability to reserve direction and an accurate shot from distance.

Gilbreath Drives
Photo Caption: USC’s Briana Gilbreath, this week’s Full Court Spotlight Pac-12 Player of the Week, excels in multiple facets of the sport, and is among the league’s leaders in scoring, assists and steals. As she has matured in her senior year, she has learned that at times, sacrificing one’s personal stat line can lead to greater success for her team.
Photo Credit: Courtesy USC Sports Information/Pierson Clair



Full Court Spotlight Player of the Week: Briana Gilbreath, USC

Gilbreath is one of the conference’s true veterans, but while the 6-1 forward has made her way onto the Pac-12’s leaderboard in scoring, assists and steals, her individual statistical success hasn’t always translated into a lot of success for the USC team.  That changed this weekend at UCLA, where the 5-11 senior played 39 minutes and scored just six points in the Trojans’ 47-43 win over its cross-town rivals.  This time instead of focusing on scoring, Gilbreath concentrated on giving her team everything else they needed to get by the Bruins, finishing with six rebounds, an assist and two steals in an intense defensive effort.

Current Standings



PAC-12 Women’s Basketball Standings
(As of January 20, 2012)
Rank School Conf. Pct. Overall Pct.
1 Stanford 7-0 1.000 16-1 .941
2 USC 5-1 .833 10-6 .625
3 California 5-2 .714 14-5 .737
4 Arizona State 3-3 .500 12-5 .706
5 Washington State 3-3 .500 9-9 .500
6 UCLA 3-3 .500 8-9 .471
7 Colorado 2-4 .333 13-4 .765
8 Arizona 2-4 .333 13-5 .722
9 Washington 2-4 .333 10-6 .625
10 Utah 2-4 .333 9-8 .529
11 Oregon State 2-5 .286 11-7 .611
12 Oregon 2-5 .286 10-9 .526
Source: Pac-12.org



Five Pac-12 Games to Watch this Weekend: January 21-22, 2012

Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012

@ Arizona State Jewel Button
UTAH
2-4
9-8

ARIZONA STATE
3-3
12-5




Arizona State and Utah employ similar playing styles, but ASU has a somewhat stronger post presence. And at home in Tempe, the Sun Devils figure to do things a little bit better than the Utes.

When: Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012, 2:00 p.m. MST/1:00 p.m. PST, Wells Fargo Arena, Tempe, AZ

@
OREGON
2-5
10-9

UCLA
3-3
8-9



Can the Bruins keep pace with Oregon’s run-and-go tempo? Do they even want to? Perhaps they’ll try instead to slow things down, but of late, the once-vaunted UCLA defense has been giving away a lot of points. If the Bruins get themselves in an early hole, they’re apt to find it difficult to crawl back into the game against the higher-scoring Ducks.

When: Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012, 1:00 p.m. PST, John Wooden Center, Westwood, CA

@
OREGON STATE
2-5
11-7

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
5-1
10-6



Oregon State needs to get its mojo back.  Making it happen at the Galen Center would make a big statement.  USC’s on a nice roll and the Trojans don’t want and can’t afford to slip up at home.

When: Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012, 2:00 p.m. PST, Galen Center, Los Angeles, CA

Sunday, Jan. 22, 2012

@
COLORADO
2-4
13-4

ARIZONA
2-4
13-5





These teams were outstanding in November and December, but January hasn’t been as kind.  Here’s an opportunity for one of the two to get back to form in a key conference clash.

When: Sunday, Jan. 22, 2012, 2:30 p.m. MST/1:30 p.m. PST, McKale Center, Tucson, Ariz. (FSN)

@ Cal Jewel Button
WASHINGTON STATE
3-3
9-9

CALIFORNIA
5-2
14-5




Cal got things moving in the right direction again with a pair of road wins.  Now they need a pair of wins at home, but they can’t make it happen without getting past WSU, which beat the Bears twice last season.

When: Sunday, Jan. 22, 2012, 3:30 p.m. PST, Haas Pavilion, Berkeley, Calif. (FSN/CSN)

Pac-12 Game of the Week


@
WASHINGTON
2-4
10-6

STANFORD
7-0
16-1



Kevin McGuff saw plenty of Stanford when he was at Xavier.  Now he’s committed for the forseeable future to compete toe-to-toe with Stanford’s consistent excellence.  Here’s McGuff’s first step.

When: Saturday, Jan. 22, 2012, 2:00 p.m. PST, Maples Pavilion, Palo Alto, Calif.

 

 

Originally published Fri, January 20, 2012


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NCAA DIVISION I TOP 25 COACHES' POLL
WOMEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Week: February 7, 2012
RANK SCHOOL RECORD LAST WEEK'S RANK PRESEASON RANK AP RANK POINTS
1 Baylor (31) 24-0 1 1 1 775
2 Notre Dame 23-1 2 2 2 743
3 Connecticut 21-2 3 4 3 710
4 Stanford 20-1 4 5 4 685
5 Duke 19-3 6 8 5 650
6 Miami (FL) 20-3 7 7 6 604
7 Kentucky 21-3 5 15 7 584
8 Maryland 20-3 10 10 8 534
9 Wisconsin-Green Bay 20-0 9 24 9 530
10 Ohio State 21-2 11 NR-RV
(61)
10 483
11 Tennessee 17-6 8 3 11 476
12 Delaware 20-1 13 NR 12 434
13 Georgetown 18-5 15 11 14 379
14 Texas A&M 16-5 16 6 15 378
15 Nebraska 19-3 18 NR 13 309
16 Rutgers 17-4 14 12 17 372
17 Louisville 17-6 12 9 20 276
18 Gonzaga 21-3 19 NR-RV
(70)
19 234
19 Purdue 19-5 17 21 16 222
20 Georgia 18-6 20 12 21 202
21 Penn State 18-5 21 14 18 176
22 DePaul 17-7 23 18 NR-RV
(38)
92
23 Georgia Tech 16-6 22 NR-RV
(18)
22 104
24 South Carolina 18-5 NR-RV
(13)
NR 24 46
25 Vanderbilt 18-5 NR-RV
(23)
NR-RV
(19)
NR 45
Dropped Out: No. 24 North Carolina, No. 25 Kansas.
First-place votes: Total first-place votes received (if any) are indicated in parentheses following school name.
Others receiving votes: St. Bonaventure (22-2) 34; North Carolina (17-6) 19; California (17-6) 18; Florida Gulf Coast (21-2) 16; Middle Tennessee (19-5) 15; Texas-El Paso (20-2) 8; Texas Tech (16-6) 5; Brigham Young (21-4) 4; Fresno State (19-4) 4; St. John's (15-8) 4; Princeton (15-4) 3; Oklahoma (15-7) 2; West Virginia (17-6) 2; Kansas State (15-7) 1.
Rank remains unchanged since last week
Ranking has risen since last week.
Ranking has dropped since last week.
Credit: Courtesy Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA). The weekly Division I Top 25 Coaches' Poll, sponsored by USA Today and ESPN, is based on voting by a Board of Coaches made up of 31 head coaches at Division I institutions all of whom are WBCA members.