One week into the women's basketball season, and we have quite a few undefeated teams. Here is a list of teams that have
a) at least three games played, and
b) a perfect record.
America East: Albany
Ameican: Connecticut, Louisville, Central Florida, Rutgers, Southern Methodist, Temple
ACC: Virginia Tech, Duke, Florida State, North Carolina State, Notre Dame
Big 12: Kansas, Oklahoma State
Big East: Marquette, St. John's, Villanova
Big South: Coastal Carolina, Gardner-Webb
Big Ten: Iowa, Indiana, Nebraska, Northwestern, Purdue, Wisconsin
Conference USA: East Carolina, UTEP
Mid-American: Bowling Green, Eastern Michigan
Mountain West: Wyoming
Pac-12: Oregon State, Southern California
SEC: Kentucky, South Carolina, Tennessee, Arkansas, Georgia, Mississippi State, Missouri, Texas A&M
Southland: Abilene Christian, Central Arkansas, Incarnate Word
West Coast: Brigham Young, St. Mary's
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I saw Connecticut at Penn State. No surprises there. I also caught a little bit of Central Michigan at Kentucky, so that game has to be removed from the list of "games I'd wish I'd seen" because I saw it.
Here are the games that I didn't see on Sunday that I'd wish I'd seen:
Louisville beat Oklahoma 97-92 on the road in overtime in a game for the Preseason WNIT title. At one point, the Cardinals were down by 15 points to the Sooners, 17-2 to start the game. However, Louisville dug out of the hole and led 48-43 at halftime.
Senior guard Aaryn Ellenberg hit a 3-pointer to close Louisville's overtime lead to 95-92. Louisville senior guard Shoni Schimmel then turned the ball over with 29 seconds left, but Oklahoma would miss three 3-point shots and Louisville would walk away with the win.
Interesting quote from Louisville coach Jeff Walz:
"Oklahoma came out and absolutely just punched us square in the nose," Cardinals coach Jeff Walz said. "We didn't respond well. I told my staff, I'm not calling time out. I don't care if it gets to 30-2. It's the fourth game of the year and I was going to challenge my players. They have to learn to figure some things out by themselves."
Georgia beat Ohio State 53-49 at home. An ugly shooting game from both sides (Georgia 33 percent, Ohio State 28 percent). The Bulldogs only hit five 3-point shots, but senior guard Khaalida Miller hit three of those.
Michigan State beat Dayton 96-89 at home in overtime. The heroes for Michigan State were freshman guards Tori Jankoska (24 points) and Aerial Powers (24 points). Powers hit a layup with nine seconds left in regulation to send the game in overtime, where the Spartans earned the win. However, both teams combined for 56 personal fouls and four players - two from each time - fouled out.
You can catch some video highlights here:
Tennessee beat Georgia Tech 87-76 at home. They won it on the glass with 51 rebounds, the sixth-highest single rebound total in Tennessee's history. Sophomore Lady Vol Bashaara Graves had 23 points and 18 rebounds and junior center Isabelle Harrison had 10 points and 18 rebounds.
Out of Graves's rebound total, 14 were offensive rebounds, the most offensive rebounds in a single game from a Tennessee player since 2000.