“Around the NCAAW Weekly” highlights the notable events of the week. Last week was full of upsets. Check out those, plus the milestones, best games and outstanding performances for games played through Sunday, Jan. 17:
Colorado Buffaloes over No. 1 Stanford Cardinal (77-72 in OT) (Sunday)
The Buffaloes picked up their first-ever win over the No. 1 team in the nation. Stanford had been undefeated entering the contest and even after the loss they are No. 2 in the net rankings, while Colorado is No. 57. Mya Hollingshed scored 32 points for Colorado.
Iowa State Cyclones over No. 6 Baylor Lady Bears (75-71) (Saturday)
This was a huge win for the previously-ranked Cyclones and it ended Baylor’s 61-game home winning streak. The streak is tied for the 10th-longest in NCAAW Division I history and was the longest active streak in the nation.
LSU Tigers over No. 7 Texas A&M Aggies (65-61 in OT) (Thursday)
The Tigers (No. 97 in the net rankings) put the first blemish on Texas A&M’s resume. The Aggies are No. 15 in the net rankings.
Alabama Crimson Tide over No. 14 Mississippi State Bulldogs (86-78) (Thursday)
The unranked Tide handed the Bulldogs their third loss of the season.
Nebraska Cornhuskers over No. 15 Ohio State Buckeyes (63-55) (Saturday)
Nebraska is No. 59 in the net rankings, while Ohio State is No. 12. This marked the Huskers’ third upset win over a ranked team.
Texas Tech Red Raiders over No. 21 Texas Longhorns (74-66) (Sunday)
This was Texas’ second upset loss in three games. The Lady Raiders are No. 101 in the net rankings, while the Longhorns are No. 34.
Georgia Bulldogs over No. 23 Tennessee Lady Volunteers (67-66) (Thursday)
This one was barely an upset at all with the Bulldogs being the second team out of the AP rankings.
USC Trojans over No. 25 Washington State Cougars (81-77 in OT) (Friday)
Washington State came back down to earth in this one after upsetting the No. 11 Arizona Wildcats to earn their first ranking in school history. The Trojans are No. 65 in the net rankings, while the Cougars are No. 33.
No. 5 South Carolina Gamecocks
The Gamecocks set program records for margin of victory in an SEC game and points scored in an SEC game in their 106-43 triumph over the Vanderbilt Commodores on Thursday. They even held the Commodores to zero points in the second quarter, marking the second time in program history they have done that to an opponent.
No. 13 Michigan Wolverines
The Wolverines are off to the best start in program history (10-0) and their best start in conference play (5-0). 10-straight wins is tied for a program-best. Their latest win came against the Wisconsin Badgers on Thursday.
〽️ @umichwbball has tied a program-best win streak with its 10th straight victory, improving to 10-0 for the first time in school history.— Michigan Athletics 〽️ (@UMichAthletics) January 15, 2021
Full highlights form last night's win at Wisconsin pic.twitter.com/IktTj1wZRB
No. 16 South Florida Bulls
Elisa Pinzan reached 300 career assists for the Bulls with seven on Wednesday. The junior entered the season on pace to finish her career third all-time in program history in the category.
! That's 3⃣0⃣0⃣ career dimes for Elisa Pinzan! pic.twitter.com/tNQFCumr26— USF W. Basketball (@USFWBB) January 14, 2021
No. 17 Arkansas Razorbacks
Arkansas senior Chelsea Dungee went 17-of-17 at the free throw line on Thursday.
No. 25 Washington State Cougars
Cougar freshman Charlisse Leger-Walker has tied Borislava Hristova for first all-time at Washington State with 10-straight double-digit scoring efforts to begin her college career. She had 18 points in her most recent outing on Sunday.
No. 15 Ohio State Buckeyes/Iowa Hawkeyes
Ohio State snapped an impressive 42-game home winning streak for Iowa on Wednesday.
No. 6 Baylor Lady Bears
Lady Bears coach Kim Mulkey was asked a difficult question after her team’s loss to Iowa State on Saturday: if she thinks the NCAAW season will be completed.
Mulkey, who dealt with a positive COVID-19 test recently, said she believes there is no question that the season will be completed. However, she believes the reasoning behind that being the “almighty dollar” makes everyone in the country, including her, feel uncomfortable.
The Cavaliers announced the cancellation of the remainder of their season due to the pandemic on Thursday. They became the second ACC team after the Duke Blue Devils to end their campaign.
San Jose State Spartans
The Spartans also canceled their season on Thursday due to COVID-19 concerns.
With some high school seniors finishing their coursework early, many NCAAW Division I signees have joined their college teams early. The latest batch includes Saylor Poffenbarger of the UConn Huskies, Madi Conner of the Arizona Wildcats and Talia von Oelhoffen of the Oregon State Beavers.
Games of the week
Thursday: LSU Tigers 65, No. 7 Texas A&M Aggies 61 (OT)
LSU’s Faustine Aifuwa made the game-tying shot with five seconds left in regulation to send this one to overtime. The Tigers then scored the first five points of overtime, which took two-and-a-half minutes to accomplish. A Destiny Pitts 3-pointer that cut it to two with nine seconds left in the extra frame was too little too late for Texas A&M and LSU’s Khayla Pointer ended the scoring with a layup five seconds later. The Tigers led by eight at the break and by seven entering the fourth before the Aggies stormed back. Pointer (17 points, six rebounds and six assists) and Aifuwa (16 points and 11 rebounds) starred for LSU, along with Tiara Young, who had a game-high 20 points. N’dea Jones was good for 16 points and 10 boards in defeat.
Saturday: Wofford Terriers 79, East Tennessee State Bucs 78 (2OT)
Lilly Hatton made the game-winning jumper for Wofford with 21 seconds left in the second overtime. It was followed by a missed 3-pointer form East Tennessee State’s E’Lease Stafford with two ticks remaining. The ending of the first overtime was similar. Hatton made a game-tying triple with 29 seconds to go and the Bucs’ Carly Hooks missed a triple of her own at the buzzer. In regulation, it was Hatton who missed a jumper that would have won the game with three seconds left. That came after a Mykia Dowdell game-tying layup for East Tennessee State. The Terrier battled back from down eight at the break and were led by Jamari McDavid’s 16-point, 11-rebound double-double. Niyah Lutz (20 points) and Jackie Carman (17 points) were also key, while Hatton added just two more points to her clutch total of seven. Dowdell finished with 20 points and nine boards.
Sunday: Colorado Buffaloes 77, No. 1 Stanford Cardinal 72 (OT)
Peanut Tuitele just got enough of the ball to disrupt a Lexie Hull 3-point attempt with one second remaining and Colorado held on to win. If the shot had fallen, it would have tied the game at 75=75 and forced a second overtime. Instead, Mya Hollingshed iced the game with two free throws to give her a total of 32 points in the contest to go along with 10 rebounds and five steals. In regulation, it was a layup from Colorado’s Jaylyn Sherrod with 23 seconds remaining that forced overtime. Stanford’s Haley Jones missed a jumper at the buzzer after that. Hull had 19 points, five rebounds, three assists and four steals in the losing effort.
Other top performances
Peyton Scott: 34 points, eight rebounds, seven assists and eight steals for the Miami (OH) Redhawks in a loss to the Northern Illinois Huskies on Saturday.
Chelsey Perry: 36 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks for the UT Martin Skyhawks in a win over the Murray State Racers on Saturday.
Dyaisha Fair: 36 points, seven rebounds and six assists for the Buffalo Bulls in a win over the Bowling Green Falcons on Wednesday.
Jasmine Dickey: 37 points and 10 rebounds for the Delaware Blue Hens in a win over the Hofstra Pride on Saturday.
Lavender Briggs: 41 points, four rebounds and three steals for the Florida Gators in a loss to the No. 17 Arkansas Razorbacks on Thursday.
AP rankings (Jan. 18)
The Stanford Cardinal fell from No. 1 to No. 5 after their loss to the unranked Colorado Buffaloes. That’s not surprising considering the now-No. 1 Louisville Cardinals, No. 2 NC State Wolfpack and No. 3 UConn Huskies are all undefeated and the No. 4 South Carolina Gamecocks’ only loss came to NC State. Louisville is ranked at No. 1 for the first time in program history.
The No. 8 Texas A&M Aggies and No. 9 Baylor Lady Bears both fell behind the No. 6 UCLA Bruins and No. 7 Maryland Terrapins with their losses last week. Meanwhile, No. 19 Mississippi State fell five spots with their two losses.
The No. 22 Georgia Bulldogs entered the rankings for the first time this season and the No. 24 Iowa State Cyclones re-entered, while previously-No. 21 Texas and previously-No. 25 Washington State fell out.
Best upcoming matchup
No. 6 UCLA Bruins (8-2, 6-2 Pac-12) vs. No. 5 Stanford Cardinal (11-1, 8-1 Pac-12)
When: Friday, Jan. 22 at 10 p.m. ET
Where: Kaiser Permanente Arena in Santa Cruz, CA
How to watch/listen: Pac-12 Network/TuneIn (Stanford)
Reason to watch: It’s a rematch between the two top teams in the Pac-12. Stanford won the first matchup 61-49 on Dec. 21.
Best game on ESPN
No. 23 Syracuse (6-1, 3-1 ACC) vs. No. 1 Louisville Cardinals (12-0, 5-0 ACC)
When: Thursday, Jan. 21 at 9 p.m. ET
Where: KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, KY
Reason to watch: It’s Louisville’s first-ever game as the No. 1 team in the country and it’s against a ranked Syracuse team.