The NCAA tournament is nearly four months away, but thanks to those early season tournaments, we won't have to wait long for some pretty intriguing matchups. In fact, we've already seen some. North Carolina knocked off Arizona State on Sunday. Maryland got the better of Courtney Paris and Oklahoma. LSU and Michigan State will meet this week in the WNIT.
The annual tournaments mean that the women's college basketball season is officially underway. And that means the power rankings are too.
|NCAA Basketball Power Rankings|
Tennessee Volunteers (3-0)
It's early, but so far, the only team able to take down Tennessee has been the National Team. And it's impossible to talk about the Lady Vols' winning ways these days without talking about Candace Parker, who notched 50 points, 21 rebounds and eight assists in wins over Big 12 contender Oklahoma and Texas.
Next three: 11/21 at West Virginia; 11/26 vs. Louisiana Tech, 12/02 vs. North Carolina
Connecticut Huskies (2-0)
Freshman Maya Moore is putting big numbers, but she's surrounded by a strong veteran crew that includes guard Renee Montgomery, who has 13 assists and just four turnovers this season. The Huskies are also doing a good job of knocking down the shots, hitting 54 percent from the field. They'll get a tougher test this week, facing off against Stanford on Thursday.
Next three: 11/14 vs. Holy Cross; 11/22 vs. Stanford at Virgin Islands; 11/23 vs. Old Dominion at Virgin Islands
LSU Tigers (0-1)
You have to be impressed with the way the Terrapins are bouncing back this season. They've already knocked off three top 25 teams, including LSU in the preseason WNIT championship, without All-America center Crystal Langhorne. While the scoring isn't as balanced as it was during that championship run two seasons ago, three players are averaging at least 13 points.
Next three: 11/20 vs. Loyola; 11/23 at UC Santa Barbara; 11/25 at UCLA
Rutgers Scarlet Knights (2-1)
That Rutgers defense was at it again on Sunday. The Scarlet Knights held a usually balanced George Washington team in check: The Colonials entered the game, scoring 74.7 points a game, but managed just 42 against Rutgers. The Scarlet Knights also showed how dangerous they can be when hitting on the offensive end. Matee Ajavon, Essence Carson and Kia Vaughn combined for 44 points as the trio shot 50 percent from the field.
Next three: 11/25 vs. LSU; 11/28 at St. Joseph?s 12/03 vs. Maryland
Georgia Bulldogs (4-0)
Ashley Houts and Tasha Humphrey lead the Bulldogs, both averaging 15.5 points a game. Houts seems to be continuing the tradition of pressure defense by the Georgia backcourt, snatching 18 steals already. But with Humphrey, Angel Robinson and Megan Darrah, the Bulldogs are even better inside.
Next three: 11/23 vs. Prairie View A&M; 11/24 vs. USC/Virginia Tech; 11/29 vs. Oakland
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