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NCAAW: Owusu, Maryland Terrapins transfer into No. 2 spot in AP rankings

Coming into the season, we asked if Stanford, Maryland or NC State (then No. 3, 4 and 5) might win the nationwide championship, or if South Carolina and UConn (then No. 1 and a pair of) have been prohibitive favorites. We knew Maryland was loaded, but it surely appeared that South Carolina and UConn have been only a notch above. Now, it’s nonetheless November and the Terrapins have already moved forward of UConn in the AP rankings and into the No. 2 spot.

In fact, they haven’t performed the Huskies face to face, however UConn seemed human in a seven-point win over South Florida after which misplaced to No. 1 South Carolina by 16 on Monday. In the meantime, the Terps took care of enterprise by dominating every of their first 5 contests of the season after which held on to defeat No. 6 Baylor after a missed three to tie close to the buzzer on Sunday. Would they’ve preferred to beat Baylor by greater than three? Sure. However they have been up extra comfortably earlier than a late, desperation run by the Bears and have been lacking their second-best participant in Diamond Miller throughout the stretches the place Baylor got here again. They have been additionally lacking the very best 3-point shooter within the nation in Katie Benzan (sickness) in the course of the competition. So, all in all, Maryland is trying like a deserving No. 2 staff, although there’s a lengthy season to go.

UConn has fallen to No. 3, whereas groups 4 by means of eight have remained the identical within the rankings launched Tuesday (a date late due to the 1 v. 2 matchup between South Carolina and UConn on Monday).

The most important risers this week are after all the Tennessee Woman Volunteers, who upset the then-No. 12 Texas Longhorns and the South Florida Bulls, who took down the then-No. 9 Oregon Geese. The Woman Vols are up 5 spots to No. 11 and the Bulls are up 5 spots to No. 18.

Tennessee stunned lots of people by defeating a Texas staff that had simply upset Stanford. It was particularly stunning given how a lot the Woman Vols’ offense had been struggling coming into the sport. Tennessee was given a scare by Southern Illinois in its opener after which beat Central Florida and South Florida in ugly wins. Nevertheless it managed a season-high 74 factors towards the Longhorns with nice statistical performances coming from Jordan Horston and Tamari Key.

South Florida additionally obtained a scare in its opener, solely defeating UT Rio Grande Valley by seven. Nonetheless, it has been higher not too long ago, giving UConn an incredible sport as talked about after which defeating the Geese despite the fact that that was towards a staff that was lacking Nyara Sabally and Te-Hina Paopao.

Texas, whose resume continues to be strengthened by the Stanford win, solely fell two spots to No. 14. Oregon, then again, fell six spots to No. 15. The opposite huge fall was skilled by the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets: from No. 18 to receiving votes after they have been upset by the Auburn Tigers, who have been picked to complete thirteenth out of 14 groups within the SEC. FGCU moved into the rankings at No. 25 because of the Yellow Jackets’ plummet.

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