After the dust of the Thanksgiving week women’s college basketball tournaments settled, one team stood atop the mess. The South Carolina Gamecocks look like the real deal after dismantling UConn for a 73-57 win. They’re the only team from last week’s top-7 without a loss, and received all first-place votes this week.
An injured and (non-Covid) ill No. 2 Maryland without two starters fell big-time by 18 points to NC State & 19 points to Stanford
No. 3 UConn lost to SC in its only game of the week
No. 4 4Indiana faltered against Stanford by three points
A whole lot different! 4NC State rose to No. 2 after dismantling Maryland
UConn stayed at No. 3 after its loss to South Carolina
Stanford climbed to No. 4 after besting both Maryland and Indiana but falling to South Florida
Baylor moved up to No. 5
Right now, yes. The Gamecocks had an extremely difficult early-season schedule, yet earned victories over three top-10 teams (Connecticut, NC State and Oregon) by a whopping 42 points! Dawn Staley’s group was the preseason No. 1 for good reason. Aliyah Boston and Zia Cooke are (once again) taking over.
Definitely. The resume-builders take some pressure off the squad, but plenty of teams will have their opportunity to dethrone them. No. 8 Maryland plays in Columbia on Dec. 12, No. 4 Stanford travels there nine days later, and the Huskies can enact their revenge on Jan. 27. We’ve got three more months of hoops where anything can happen, but there’s no understating how big those three wins were. No. 1 overall seed odds: South Carolina (even), UConn (4/1), NC State (5/1), UNC (8/1), Arizona (20/1), Baylor (30/1), Maryland (40/1), Indiana (75/1), Stanford (100/1), Field (10/1)
South Carolina may be the best team in women’s college basketball, but there’s a long season ahead. The Gamecocks face nine more top-25 teams on the calendar before the SEC tournament. Get excited, but maybe not too excited (yet), SC fans.