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Kansas Women Stay At Top of Big 12 Women’s Basketball Power Rankings

Brandon Schneider

The Kansas Jayhawks are No. 1 in the Heartland College Sports Big 12 women’s basketball power rankings entering the eighth week of action. Our Power Rankings will appear every Monday during non-conference action.

It’s a holiday week, and there are only two more non-conference games before Big 12 play tips off on Dec. 31. Check out Heartland College Sports for thoughts on every team, men’s and women’s, going into Big 12 play, right up until tip-off on Saturday.

 

1. KANSAS (10-1: Last Week — 1)

Yes, Kansas finally lost. But a triple-overtime thriller with Nebraska on the road didn’t do anything to dent my belief that the Jayhawks are playing the best basketball of any team in the conference entering league action.

2. IOWA STATE (8-2: Last Week — 2)

The winter storm stole Iowa State’s last tune-up with Drake, so it will be more than a week between the Cyclones’ last game and their league opener with Texas Tech. Iowa State’s starting five is one of the top three in the league. The depth is what I’m concerned about entering Big 12 action.

3. KANSAS STATE (11-2: Last Week — 4)

K-State won its final game before the break. The Wildcats have a win over a Top 25 team (Iowa) and have been in the Top 25 for a few weeks. K-State is thriving without center Ayoka Lee. Big 12 play will probably provide a reality check. Still, coach Jeff Mittie has the Wildcats pointed toward returning to the NCAA Tournament.

4. BAYLOR (9-3: Last Week — 3)

The Bears ended the non-conference slate with a win. They’re still hoping Dre’Una Edwards can come back from her waiver issues. As they stand now, the Bears are built to contend for the Big 12 regular-season crown again. No one in the league has played more Top 25 teams. All three of their losses have come against Top 25 teams.

 

5. OKLAHOMA (10-1: Last Week — 5)

The Sooners rolled in the Jumpman Invitational and got some national publicity out of it, thanks in part to Taylor Robertson’s six 3-pointers. They’re ready for the rigors of Big 12 play. Well, the offense is. The defense? I still have a few questions.

6. OKLAHOMA STATE (10-2: Last Week — 6)

Outside of the Top 5 — the teams that I believe are locks for the NCAA Tournament right now — I think the Cowgirls are playing the best basketball. First-year coach Jacie Hoyt has figured out her rotation and the offense is significantly better than a year ago. But are they Big 12 ready? The Cowgirls will find out fast.

7. TEXAS TECH (11-1: Last Week — 7)

Texas Tech is one of two teams with a tune-up game this week and the Lady Raiders could have an 11-game winning streak when they roll into the Big 12 opener against Iowa State. Like Oklahoma State, I have questions about whether the Lady Raiders are Big 12 ready. Like the Cowgirls, the Lady Raiders enter Big 12 play in much better shape than a season ago.

8. TEXAS (8-4: Last Week — 8)

Texas has now won five straight games and has another game to go before starting Big 12 action against Kansas State. The win over USC was a solid get for a team that needed a win over a Power 6 team. Texas isn’t ranked and hasn’t done enough to overtake the teams above them … yet. I think they’re undeniably talented and that Khadija Faye — the former Lady Raider — will fill in ably for the injured Aaliyah Moore.

 

9. WEST VIRGINIA (9-2: Last Week — 9)

The Mountaineers got two good wins last week in Fort Lauderdale, the bigger of which was the win over Georgia. The Mountaineers get a tough test right out of the game when they face Oklahoma. In Big 12 play the Mountaineers are the best defensive team in the league. The offense? Well, that needs some help.

10. TCU (6-5: Last Week — 10)

The Horned Frogs won two league games a season ago — against Oklahoma State and Texas Tech. Those two teams are considerably better than a season ago. I’m not sure TCU is.

You can find Matthew Postins on Twitter @PostinsPostcard

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