Women’s Power Rankings: Clark assists lead Iowa back to No. 2

Iowa guard Caitlin Clark had actually been anticipated to break the NCAA females’s basketball scoring record in late February. However presuming all continues to work out for her, Clark has actually possibly accelerated the timeline. And her success works together with the success of the Hawkeyes, who go back to the No. 2 area in this week’s ESPN Power Rankings.

Clark was at first forecasted to climax Feb. 22 at Indiana Then it ended up being most likely to be Feb. 15 in your home in Iowa City vs. Michigan Now Feb. 11– Super Bowl Sunday– at Nebraska is likewise in play. Clark is 66 points away from the record and balancing 32.4 points per video game. She’ll get the opportunity to inch more detailed versus Penn State on Thursday night.

Clark might climax and see her precious Kansas City Chiefs win another Super Bowl on the very same day. It’s at least a possibility.

Clark is now at 3,462 points; Kelsey Plum’s record stands at 3,527. Friday, the previous Washington and existing Las Vegas Aces guard was asked throughout an U.S.A. Basketball video call about the record. Plum stated she’ll more than happy to hand it off to Clark, and acknowledged the pursuit of the record weighed on her in 2017 and wasn’t a pleasurable procedure.

It appears to be a much better journey for Clark. She appears to have actually kept the pressure from getting to her while concentrating on the Hawkeyes’ success. Iowa at 10-1 is connected for the Huge 10 lead with Ohio State, the only group to beat the Hawkeyes in league play.

Saturday’s 93-85 triumph at Maryland was before a sold-out crowd (the requirement this season for Iowa’s home and away video games) and on nationwide tv. However a part of the Clark program has actually likewise been the Iowa program: sophomore Hannah Stuelke‘s enhancement; the regularly reliable play of Clark’s fellow veteran guards Kate Martin, Gabbie Marshall and Molly Davis; plus useful bench play.

Clark’s scoring pursuit and her well-rounded play– she had a season-high 12 helps Saturday and is now 20 far from 1,000 for her profession– has actually brought incredible attention to her video game, the Hawkeyes and females’s hoops.

Nevertheless, the attention likewise has actually generated some ridiculously incorrect “hot takes” on Clark, such as the incorrect tips that she will lose recommendations whenever she goes professional ( she will not), or that she is getting “additional time” to break the scoring record (she isn’t).

Clark is a real senior in her 4th year and has an opportunity this season to pass Plum, AIAW record-holder Lynette Woodard (3,649 points) and NCAA guys’s record-holder Pete Maravich (3,667).



JuJu Watkins chooses 51 points, setting USC record in upset of Stanford

JuJu Watkins ratings 51 points on 14-of-26 shooting as No. 15 USC beats No. 4 Stanford 67-58.

The word “electrical” completely fits the 51-point video game Watkins had in the No. 15 Trojans’ 67-58 upset of then-No. 4 Stanford on Friday. It was the most points scored in a single video game this season in females’s hoops, and the most by a freshman in Department I females’s basketball given that Delaware‘s Elena Delle Donne had 54 in 2010. It set the USC single-game record, and she likewise included 11 rebounds.

Watkins followed that up with 29 points and 5 helps in USC’s 79-69 win at California on Sunday. The 2 weekend wins were crucial for the Trojans to return on track. The 2 success in the Bay Location followed USC had actually lost 3 of its previous 4. The Trojans didn’t rather return into the Power Rankings today, however they’re extremely close.



Oklahoma holds on at the buzzer to knock off No. 2 Kansas State

Oklahoma makes its very first win in twenty years over an AP Top-2 group with a 66-63 triumph over Kansas State.

Group of the week: Oklahoma

After losing 4 beginners to graduation or injury from last season’s Huge 12 regular-season co-championship group, Oklahoma took some swellings in nonconference play, going 6-5. That has actually reversed in Huge 12 action: The Sooners lead the league at 9-1 after success recently over No. 2 Kansas State (66-63) and in-state competitor Oklahoma State (81-74).

Two-time Huge 12 Sixth Gamer of the Year Skylar Vann is a starter this season and leads Oklahoma, balancing 15.8 points and 7.2 rebounds.



Purcell on upset: ‘A night I understand I’ll always remember’

MS State’s Sam Purcell highlights the development of females’s basketball and how the Bulldogs’ energy could not be rejected, leading to their very first top-10 win of the year.

Mississippi State ended up being “StarkVegas” and reached unmatched heights throughout the period of coach Vic Schaefer, who led the program to 2 NCAA finals. He left for Texas in the spring of 2020. His follower, Nikki McCray-Penson, unfortunately never ever had much opportunity to put her stamp on the program as she left before her 2nd season since of health problem. She passed away in July at age 51.

Sam Purcell took control of at Mississippi State last season, going 22-11 and reaching the 2nd round of the NCAA competition. He got his most significant regular-season win to date Monday as the Bulldogs beat protecting nationwide champ LSU before a passionate crowd in Starkville, Mississippi. They likewise won recently at Kentucky and Texas A&M, transferring to 19-5 total and 6-3 in the SEC.

Coach of the week: Lisa Bluder, Iowa

Sure, Bluder had a great deal of gamers return from last season, beginning with Clark, however she lost 2 crucial beginners and has actually needed to depend on some more youthful, less-experienced gamers to fill huge functions. The Hawkeyes are once again completing for a No. 1 seed in the NCAA competition. Bluder has actually permitted Clark to skyrocket while promoting a strong group chemistry. And the leader in Huge 10 females’s hoops training success got her very first win at Maryland on Saturday.

Power Rankings



South Carolina’s Fulwiley enjoys deceiving enemies

After more amazing on-court wizardry assists the Gamecocks to their 40th straight SEC win, 85-56 over Ole Miss, Milaysia Fulwiley describes how she “techniques” protectors.

1. South Carolina Gamecocks (21-0)
Previous ranking:
Today: vs. Missouri Tigers (Thursday), vs. UConn Huskies (Sunday)

The Gamecocks continue to cruise, beating Auburn and Ole Miss this previous week. Beginning center Kamilla Cardoso will be out the next 2 video games as she signs up with the Brazilian nationwide group for its Olympic certifying occasion. A lot of groups would be alarmed to be without their leading scorer and rebounder– specifically with a prominent nonconference group going to– however South Carolina’s depth has actually been a strength all season.

2. Iowa Hawkeyes (21-2)
Previous ranking:
Today: vs. Penn State Woman Lions (Thursday), at Nebraska Cornhuskers (Sunday)

On the roadway recently, the Hawkeyes scored 110 points and escaped from Northwestern. Then they saw a double-digit lead vaporize at Maryland however retook control of the video game. Molly Davis and Kate Martin integrated for 32 points, and Iowa was strong on the boards, outrebounding the Terps 48-32.



NC State Wolfpack vs. North Carolina Tar Heels – Video Game Emphasizes

See the Video Game Emphasizes from NC State Wolfpack vs. North Carolina Tar Heels, 02/01/2024

3. NC State Wolfpack (19-2)
Previous ranking:
Today: vs. Louisville Cardinals (Monday), vs. Virginia Tech Hokies (Thursday), at Pittsburgh Panthers (Sunday)

The Wolfpack have actually won 4 in a row, beating going to Triangle competing North Carolina on Thursday. Today brings 2 more big video games to Reynolds Coliseum. Louisville and Virginia Tech are connected for the ACC lead, with the Wolfpack one video game back. The ACC race is the meaning of “logjam.”

4. Ohio State Buckeyes (19-3)
Previous ranking:
Today: at Minnesota Golden Gophers (Thursday), at Michigan State Spartans (Sunday)

The Buckeyes move into the leading 5 of the Power Rankings for the very first time this season after wins versus Wisconsin and Indiana. Ohio State has actually now won 9 in a row. Jacy Sheldon and Cotie McMahon blazed a trail in a hard 74-69 win over the Hoosiers, integrating for 45 points.

5. Colorado Buffaloes (19-3)
Previous ranking:
Today: vs. Oregon Ducks (Friday), vs. Oregon State Beavers (Sunday)

The Buffaloes leapt back into the leading 5 after success at Washington State and Washington. Those wins integrated with Stanford’s loss to USC puts the Buffs in a tie atop the Pac-12 with the Cardinal at 9-2. Colorado won the only conference in between the 2 in the routine season, on Jan. 14.



Kiki Jefferson drains pipes and-1 pail for Louisville

Kiki Jefferson increases Louisville’s lead with an and-1 pail.

6. Louisville Cardinals (19-3)
Previous ranking:
Today: at NC State Wolfpack (Monday), vs. Notre Dame Combating Irish (Thursday), at Syracuse Orange (Sunday)

The Cardinals beat Syracuse recently, led by Kiki Jefferson‘s 21 points, and remain in the leading 10 of the Power Rankings for the very first time this season. Now they can reveal they belong there as they face their most difficult week of the ACC season versus 3 ranked enemies. Louisville’s only league loss so far was at North Carolina on Jan. 21.

7. Stanford Cardinal (20-3)
Previous ranking:
Today: at Washington Huskies (Friday), at Washington State Cougars (Sunday)

The Cardinal could not stop Watkins in a 67-58 loss to USC on Friday. However her 51 points wasn’t the only issue; Stanford’s anemic offense was as huge an issue. In Sunday’s 80-60 triumph over UCLA, however, the Cardinal resolved both concerns. They held the Bruins to 29.4% shooting, and Cameron Verge and Kiki Iriafen integrated for 37 points and 26 rebounds.

8. Kansas State Wildcats (20-3)
Previous ranking:
Today: vs. Oklahoma State Cowgirls (Saturday)

The Wildcats’ remain at No. 2 was brief after losses on the roadway to Oklahoma and Texas. Those beats likewise moved them a half-game out of top place in the Huge 12. Nevertheless, they have a long time to regroup with simply one video game today, and center Ayoka Lee might return from an ankle injury in 2 weeks.

9. Texas Longhorns (21-3)
Previous ranking:
Today: at TCU Horned Frogs (Saturday)

It was a fantastic week for the Longhorns. Madison Booker scored a combined 42 indicate lead Texas over Baylor and Kansas State. The wins avenged losses to the Bears and Wildcats previously this season. More great news: Forward DeYona Gaston went back to action in both video games after being out with an injury given that Jan. 13.



LSU’s Van Lith: ‘Coach challenged us to be hard’

After she publishes season highs both in points (21) and rebounds (7) in a 106-66 thrashing of Florida, Hailey Van Lith states the Tigers fulfilled the required of their coach.

10. LSU Tigers (19-4)
Previous ranking:
Today: at Vanderbilt Commodores (Thursday), vs. Alabama Crimson Tide (Sunday)

After LSU fell at Mississippi State on Monday for its 2nd successive loss, coach Kim Mulkey wasn’t sounding the alarm bells. She simply informed her group to play harder. Florida bore the impact of it, with the Tigers beating the Gators 106-66 on Sunday. Hailey Van Lith, who has actually faced her share of critics, had a season-high 21 points versus Florida.

11. UConn Huskies (19-4)
Previous ranking:
Today: vs. Seton Hall Pirates (Wednesday), at South Carolina Gamecocks (Sunday)

The Huskies sat tight in the Power Rankings today after success over Villanova and St. John’s. Aaliyah Edwards had a combined 55 points and 20 rebounds; her 33 points versus the Red Storm was a profession high. The Huskies are controling the Big East, so the upcoming nonconference video game at South Carolina is huge for UConn.

12. UCLA Bruins (17-4)
Previous ranking:
Today: vs. Arizona Wildcats (Friday), vs. Arizona State Sun Devils (Sunday)

The Bruins are 3-4 in their previous 7 video games, and they fall out of the leading 10 in the Power Rankings for the very first time this season. They won at California however lost at Stanford over the weekend. Sophomore standout Lauren Betts has actually missed out on the previous 4 video games for a concealed medical factor, however coach Cori Close stated she anticipates her back this season.

13. Indiana Hoosiers (18-3)
Previous ranking:
Today: vs. Michigan State Spartans (Thursday), vs. Purdue Boilermakers (Sunday)

The Hoosiers beat Maryland however lost at Ohio State this previous week. Their only 2 losses in Huge 10 play are to the groups connected for very first in the league: the Buckeyes and Iowa, both on the roadway. Indiana will have another chance at Iowa later on this month.

14. Virginia Tech Hokies (17-4)
Previous ranking:
Today: at NC State Wolfpack (Thursday), vs. Boston College Eagles (Sunday)

Because their back-to-back losses to Florida State and Duke in mid-January, the Hokies have actually won 5 in a row. That consisted of success this previous week versus Virginia and North Carolina, with Elizabeth Kitley getting a combined 48 points and 33 rebounds, and Georgia Amoore a combined 41 points and 25 helps.

15. Oregon State Beavers (18-3)
Previous ranking:
Today: at Utah Utes (Friday), at Colorado Buffaloes (Sunday)

After making their Power Rankings launching recently, the Beavers got a scare at competing Oregon on Sunday however won 64-60 behind Raegan Beers‘ 14 points and 16 rebounds. Oregon State’s next 4 video games are all versus ranked groups.

16. Notre Dame Combating Irish (17-4)
Previous ranking:
Today: at Louisville Cardinals (Thursday), at Florida State Seminoles (Sunday)

The Irish followed their big win at UConn with success over Georgia Tech and Pittsburgh. It was another stat-stuffing week for freshman Hannah Hidalgo with a combined 57 points, 13 helps and 9 takes. Like a number of other groups, Notre Dame stays in the ACC title hunt.

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