Stanford jumps back into top 10; GW enters at No. 15
Posted: Wednesday January 3, 2007 4:09PM; Updated: Wednesday January 3, 2007 5:17PM
Another week of rankings brings another shakeup in the bottom half of the top 10. Stanford has recovered from a slow start to the season and is back in the top 10 for the first time since Nov. 20 after a win against Arizona State.
The Cardinal isn't the only team on the move. DePaul's loss turned out to be George Washington's gain. The Colonials enter the power rankings at No. 15. Here's where everyone else fits in this week.
Maryland has six players scoring in double figures as Sa'de Wiley-Gatewood seems to be fitting in just fine. The transfer from Tennessee is averaging 13 points in her first three games with the Terrapins. Gatewood also brings depth in the backcourt, and with such a late start to the season, she's bound to be fresh for the tough ACC schedule. Next three: 1/03 vs. North Carolina State; 1/06 vs. Michigan State; 1/10 at Miami
In case the rest of the ACC has forgotten, they're about to face one scary defense. North Carolina's opponents are turning the ball over nearly 30 times a game. All that defense leads to a lot of offense, too. The Tar Heels are putting up a conference-high 90.9 points a game. Next three: 1/02 at Georgia Tech; 1/04 vs. Virginia Tech; 1/08 vs. Virginia
Junior college transfer Shannon Bobbitt isn't just evolving into the point guard the Lady Vols need, she's becoming another outside shooting threat. Bobbitt hit 5-of-7 shots from behind the arc in last week's win over Notre Dame. She's shooting 45 percent from long range, trailing only Sidney Spencer (56 percent) in accuracy. Next three: 1/03 vs. Alabama; 1/06 at Connecticut; 1/11 at Florida
Last season's runner-up is rolling right along. The Blue Devils may not have anyone putting up gaudy numbers on the offensive end, but they have continued to dominate opponents with a stingy defense that is allowing just 45.2 points a game. Only three teams have scored more than 50 points against Duke. Next three: 1/03 vs. Miami; 1/07 at Virginia Tech; 1/10 vs. Georgia Tech
Connecticut players talked of recent slow starts, and that was after a win. Sure, it might have been against Sacred Heart, but there's no question the Huskies will get it together in time for Big East play. They certainly seem to have the balance to make up for an off night on the offensive end. Five players have led the Huskies in scoring. Next three: 1/02 at West Virginia; 1/06 vs. Tennessee; 1/09 vs. Seton Hall