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NCAAW Tournament: South Carolina Still Undefeated

It was a tough week for some women’s basketball national contenders, with some eye-opening upsets making NCAAW basketball news this week.

Unranked Kansas rolled to an 87-66 win over Baylor behind 27 points and 19 rebounds from Taiyanna Jackson. Baylor also fell to Iowa State, while No. 2 UCLA, No. 7 LSU, No. 10 Texas, and No. 11 Virginia Tech also suffered losses.

NCAAW Tournament: South Carolina Still Undefeated
Sara Bejedi #4 of the Florida State Seminoles takes a free throw against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons | Grant Halverson/Getty Images/AFP

That leaves No. 1 South Carolina as the last remaining undefeated team. With Chicago State topping a non-Division I Kuyper team, Hampton is the only winless team at the Division I level.

The Pac-12 is the only conference with every team having winning records, while every Northeast Conference squad has a losing mark.

South Carolina received 34 of the 35 first-place votes in the latest Associated Press poll. No. 2 UCLA received the one first-place vote.

The Gamecocks are still listed by our Women’s college basketball futures lines with the best odds of winning the NCAAW Championship. After South Carolina’s +325 championship odds are defending national champion LSU at +450 and Iowa at +900.

Setting the Standard

With 1201 career wins, Stanford’s Tara VanDerveer has a chance to break the NCAA Division I record of 1202 wins set by Mike Krzyzewski during his time at Army and Duke.

The milestone can happen at home since Stanford welcomes Oregon to town on Friday and plays host to Oregon State on Sunday. Both games will air on the Pac-12 Network.

VanDerveer began her coaching career at Idaho and Ohio State. However, since arriving at Stanford in 1985, she put together one of the top programs in women’s basketball history.

VanDerveer won three national titles and led the Cardinal to 13 Final Four appearances.

In 2020, she passed former Tennessee head coach Pat Summitt to become the all-time winningest coach in women’s Division I basketball history.

It could be quite the weekend in the Pac-12, with the UCLA-Colorado, USC-Utah, and USC-Colorado matchups also worthy of national attention.

Clark Moving on Up

Iowa’s Caitlin Clark is on the verge of moving ahead of Baylor legend Brittney Griner and into fourth place on the NCAA Division I women’s basketball career scoring list.

Clark has 3274 points in 118 career games, with her 27.7 points per game average ranking the highest among players in the top five.

She has 28 straight games with at least 20 points dating back to last season’s run to the national title.

Griner scored 3283 points in 148 games at Baylor.

Next up for Iowa is a home date with Wisconsin on Tuesday.

After she passes Griner, it will take a few games before she closes in on Missouri State’s Jackie Stiles for the No. 3 spot. Stiles had 3393 points in 129 games in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

Clark leads the country in scoring, averaging 30.9 points per game. She trails only Colorado State’s McKenna Hofschild with an average of 7.9 assists per game. She is listed by Las Vegas Women’s College Basketball odds as a front-runner in the National Player of the Year odds.

A Look at the Polls

Iowa moved up a spot to No. 2 while No. 1 South Carolina is back to being the unanimous top team in the Associated Press poll after UCLA’s first loss of the season.

Colorado and North Carolina State both went up two spots and are ranked third and fourth, while UCLA dropped from second to fifth. They remain among the teams to beat in the women’s basketball world according to the NCAA Women’s Basketball lines.

The big riser is Kansas State, with the Wildcats going from 12th to seventh. UConn is back in the top 10 at No. 9 after moving up four positions. Baylor tumbled from fourth to 12th.

Game of the Week

  • UCLA Bruins at Colorado Buffaloes
  • Friday, Jan. 19, 8 p.m. ET (Pac-12 Network)


Take your pick of Pac-12 games, with five games featuring ranked teams during the weekend.

UCLA is coming off a loss to USC but is still very much in the running for the Pac-12 title.

Colorado is sitting alone atop the Pac-12 standings with a 5-0 record, with the Buffaloes 8-0 at home.

Colorado had two players score 13 points and two others finish with 12 in a win over Stanford on Sunday as the Buffaloes have four players average more than 10 points per game.

The last time the teams met, a late 3-pointer in overtime lifted Colorado to the 73-70 win over visiting UCLA.

Player of the Week

Sara Bejedi, Florida State

The senior guard from Finland had 23 points and six rebounds in a 70-62 win over North Carolina and followed that up with 31 points and eight rebounds in an 89-81 win over Virginia Tech as the Seminoles posted back-to-back victories against ranked teams.

In Florida State’s last four games versus ranked teams, Bejedi averages 21.3 points and 6.3 rebounds per game.

Team of the Week

USC Trojans

Southern California only played once during the week, but what a game it was.

In a rematch with rival UCLA, freshman Juju Watkins had 32 points and 10 rebounds, while senior McKenzie Forbes added 18 points, four rebounds, and four assists in a 73-65 win over the Bruins.

USC has won three games in a row since the loss to UCLA.

Nationally Televised Top 10 Games

  • Kentucky at No. 1 South Carolina, Monday, 7 p.m. ET (SEC Network)
  • No. 10 LSU at Alabama, Thursday, 9 p.m. ET (SEC Network)
  • No. 5 UCLA at No. 5 Colorado, Friday, 8 p.m. ET (Pac-12 Network)
  • Oregon at No. 8 Stanford, Friday, 10 p.m. ET (Pac-12 Network)
  • No. 2 Iowa at No. 18 Ohio State, Sunday, noon ET (NBC)
  • Duke at No. 4 North Carolina State, Sunday, noon (ACC Network)
  • No. 6 USC at No. 3 Colorado, Sunday, 3 p.m. (Pac-12 Network)
  • No. 1 South Carolina at Texas A&M, Sunday, 5 p.m. (SEC Network)
  • Oregon State at No. 8 Stanford, Sunday, 6 p.m. (Pac-12 Network)



Questions Of The Day

Who is the favorite to win the tournament based on the previous games?

Undefeated South Carolina is looking like the team to beat for the 2023-24 women’s basketball national title.

Which national contender is most impacted by injuries?

UConn has lost two starters (Azzi Fudd and Aubrey Griffin) to season-ending injuries and three other players are also out for the season, while Texas is struggling without injured guard Rori Harmon.

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