Posted: Tuesday January 23, 2007 12:59PM; Updated: Tuesday January 23, 2007 12:59PM
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NCAA Basketball Power Rankings
Oklahoma Sooners (16-1)
It's never easy going unbeaten in a conference, no matter which one you're playing in. But the Sooners may just do it again. They've won 25 straight against Big 12 teams. Courtney Paris, who recorded her 45th consecutive double-double against Texas Tech on Monday, has been the team's top scorer in every game this season, but she's getting the support the Sooners need. On Monday, it was Kendra Moore helping out with a career-high 20 points.
Next three: 01/24 vs. Iowa State; 01/27 vs. Texas A&M; 01/31 at Texas
Connecticut Huskies (16-2)
The Huskies are having success in the Big East, but they haven't fared as well against national contenders. They played Tennessee and North Carolina close, but came up short. An early win over Purdue is their only victory against a ranked opponent this season.
Next three: 01/24 vs. DePaul; 01/27 vs. Notre Dame; 01/30 at Cincinnati
Stanford Cardinal (16-3)
Candice Wiggins and Brooke Smith continue to give the Cardinal a 1-2 punch, combining for 29 points and 11.9 rebounds a game. They are also both unselfish players. Wiggins has dished out 56 assists, while the 6-3 Smith has 71, second most on the team.
Next three: 01/25 at Arizona; 01/27 at Arizona State; 02/01 at UC-Santa Barbara
Arizona State Sun Devils (18-2)
The Sun Devils took a hit on Sunday when freshman guard Dymond Simon went down with a torn ACL. Simon might have been a newcomer, but she's already made an impact. She's the team's third-leading scorer. Only time will tell how much her absence hurts, but the balance and experience of the Sun Devils make them a tough matchup.
Next three: 01/25 vs. California; 01/27 vs. Stanford; 02/01 at Washington
LSU Tigers (18-2)
The Tigers have been pushed during SEC play and that could work to their advantage down the stretch. Winning the tough ones builds confidence for the postseason. Of course, having 6-6 Sylvia Fowles in the paint can make you pretty confident, too. She's averaging 17.4 points and 11.1 rebounds.
Next three: 01/25 vs. Arkansas; 01/28 vs. Auburn; 02/01 at Georgia