By Chris Moore (cmoore_23) Here’s a look at how the Big 12’s women’s basketball teams played over the last week by CF women’s basketball blogger, Chris Moore.
Iowa State (4-1): The Cyclones went 3-0 this week and won the Northwestern Tournament. The Cyclones are now 4-1 and are looking to continue their winning streak when they host Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Sunday at 12:00.
Kansas State (2-4): The Wildcats went 1-2 this week. Their lone victory was against BYU. Kansas State is looking to bounce back as they will host the Wildcat Classic, which starts today. They will initially play Grambling State. The winner of that contest will take on the winner of the Missouri State vs. UTEP game. It looks like this is going to be a down year for the Wildcats, as they are at the bottom of the Big 12 in almost every statistic category. Despite that, head coach Deb Patterson was recently given a five-year contract extension.
Kansas (4-2): Kansas has had a tough week as they dropped back-to-back games against Xavier and TCU. This comes as a bit of a shock, as many thought that Kansas would be one of the best teams in the Big 12 this season. But don’t count the Jayhawks out quite yet. They bounced back to beat UCLA by five just last night. It will be interesting to see how Kansas does, as their next four games are all at home. Their next contest is against Northern Colorado on December 6th.
Nebraska (7-0): Last week, I wrote that this team could be a squad that everyone overlooks. Well that’s out the window as they went 3-0 this week to remain unbeaten and people are starting to take notice.
This is possibly the most dangerous team in the Big 12 North. They will be looking to remain unbeaten when they go to Miami (FL) tomorrow.
Colorado (5-1): The Buffaloes went 3-0 this week, and dare I say it, but Colorado may end up being a real sleeper team. Their wins still are not that impressive but as I said before; this team still has Brittney Spears. This next week we will be able to tell if the Buffs are indeed a team that can keep up with everyone else, as they play Seton Hall and Colorado State.
Missouri (3-2): The Tigers went 1-1 this week, with their loss coming to number nine Florida State. But the Tigers still looked fairly impressive, as they only lost by seven points. This is a veteran group of girls and they are definitely are a team that comes to play every night out. Their next opponent is at home against Ball State tomorrow.
Oklahoma (5-2): The Sooners went 3-1 this week but really they lost a lot more than just a game. Whitney Hand tore her ACL in the team’s victory against San Diego State. Hand was the Sooners second leading scorer. The Sooners other loss was to number five Notre Dame by 10 points. The Sooners have won one win with out Hand. We will see if they can make it two as they play Arkansas on Saturday.
Oklahoma State (4-2): The Cowgirls went 1-1 this week, with their one loss coming in double overtime against Michigan State. Andrea Riley continues to tear apart teams as she is averaging 26 points per game, good enough for first in the league. This is one team no one wants to play just because of Riley herself. The next opponent for the Cowgirls is Coppin State on Sunday.
Texas (5-2): The Longhorns went 3-1 this week. USC shocked Texas 61-54. But bounced back as they beat Rutgers by three. The Longhorns have a huge test ahead of them as they travel to Tennessee on Sunday.
Texas A&M (4-0): The seventh-ranked Aggies only played one game this week but they showed no signs of slowing down, as they beat Stephen F. Austin 106-56. The Aggies lead the Big 12 in scoring, averaging 86 points per game. This is a team I can see battling for first place in the Big 12 down the road. Texas A&M will travel to California to play in the Colliers International Classic, where they will face Southern Illinois on Saturday.
Texas Tech (6-1): Texas Tech went 4-0 this week. This is a team very similar to Colorado as they have yet to beat an impressive opponent. They will get that chance as they host New Mexico tomorrow.
Baylor (6-1): After a season-opening loss to Tennessee, Baylor has won six straight. Baylor is lead by Freshmen Brittney Griner, who already has 41 blocks this season along with a dunk. If I had to guess right now, it will come down to Baylor and Texas A&M for the conference title. Baylor hosts Louisiana Tech tomorrow.