By Tracy Schultz
March 03, 2009
NCAA Women's Basketball Power Rankings
1 Connecticut Huskies
Last Week: 1
At least Rutgers made it more interesting than most might have thought. Still, with their 10-point win Monday night, the Huskies wrapped up a perfect regular season. Now, it's on to step two. They'll beat up on the Big East once more before moving on to the national title.
Up next: 03/06-03/10 Big East Tournament
2 Auburn Tigers
Last Week: 2
The Tigers have the best record in the SEC and the best player too. Dewanna Bonner, who averages 20.9 points and 8.6 rebounds a game, has led Auburn to the top seed in the conference.
Up next: 03/05-03/08 SEC Tournament
3 Stanford Cardinal
Last Week: 3
With 11 straight wins, Stanford knows the Pac-10 title is its to lose. The Cardinal have won eight titles in a row, and with a pair of home games, there's no reason to think they won't make it nine. Sophomore Kayla Pedersen is coming off a pair of 20-point games.
Up next: 03/05 vs. Arizona; 03/07 vs. Arizona State; 03/13-03/15 Pac-10 Tournament
4 Oklahoma Sooners
Last Week: 4
The Sooners may be without sharpshooter Whitney Hand, but Jenny Vining and Nyeshia Stevenson did just fine at providing long-range options. They combined for eight three-pointers Saturday against Oklahoma State. That range and Courtney Paris in the paint is a tough combination to beat.
Up next: 03/04 vs. Texas Tech; 03/08 at Texas; 03/12-03/15 Big 12 Tournament
5 Maryland Terrapins
Last Week: 5
This is definitely not the Maryland team that started the season with a loss to TCU or the one that lost by 29 at Pittsburgh. The Terrapins have gone from a team struggling with newcomers in the lineup to a conference champion for the first time in 20 years.
Up next: 03/05-03/08 ACC Tournament
6 Louisville Cardinals
Last Week: 7
Louisville doesn't have the best team in the Big East, but you can certainly argue that it has one of the league's best players. As the only player to lead the conference in scoring, rebounding and steals for three straight seasons, Angel McCoughtry's led the Cardinals to a school-record 27 wins. This may just be the year she leads them to a Final Four.
Up next: 03/06-03/10 Big East Tournament
7 Texas A&M Aggies
Last Week: 9
At a time when most freshmen are hitting the wall, Sydney Carter seems to be heating up. The 5-6 guard put up 28 points in wins against Kansas State and Oklahoma that kept the Aggies in contention for a bye in the opening round of the Big 12 Tournament.
Up next: 03/05 vs. Oklahoma State; 03/07 at Baylor; 03/12-03/15 Big 12 Tournament
8 Duke Blue Devils
Last Week: 12
Sophomore Jasmine Thomas grew up just a little bit more on Sunday. With leading scorer Chante Black struggling from the field and fouling out, the sophomore took over and scored 19 points to lead the Blue Devils to a key win over rival North Carolina. And, it's unlikely Black will have such a tough time again. The game was just the first in which she failed to score in double digits this season.
Up next: 03/05-03/08 ACC Tournament
9 Baylor Bears
Last Week: 10
Baylor Bears (23-4)
Saturday's win over Texas was huge for the Bears, who maintained second place in the Big 12 standings. They may be continuing the season without a key piece because Danielle Wilson, who leads Baylor in scoring (15.1 ppg.) and rebounding (9.6 rpg.), sustained a knee injury in the win. It won't be the first time the Bears have had to deal with such injury, though. They lost Jhasmin Player in February to a torn ACL. She was averaging 12.2 points and 6.0 rebounds at the time.
Up next: 03/04 at Kansas; 03/07 vs. Texas A&M; 03/12-03/15 Big 12 Tournament
10 California Golden Bears
Last Week: 6
The Golden Bears received a little good news on Monday when they learned that the injury to Alexis Gray-Lawson wasn't as serious as it might have been. The possibility of a quick return by the team's second-leading scorer should ease the pain of Sunday's loss to UCLA.
Up next: 03/05 vs. Arizona State; 03/07 vs. Arizona; 03/12-03/15 Pac-10 Tournament
11 Florida State Seminoles
Last Week: 10
The second-seeded Seminoles could end up with the best second-round matchup in the ACC Tournament. FSU, which tied for the conference crown, has already taken down Boston College and Miami.
Up next: 03/05-03/08 ACC Tournament
12 Ohio State Buckeyes
Last Week: 15
The Buckeyes have won their fifth straight conference title. With Jantel Lavender, the Big Ten player of the year, they'll look to end a streak of early NCAA Tournament exits. After coming up short of the last two conference tournament titles, Ohio State lost in the first round of the NCAA tournament.
Up next: 03/05-03/08 Big Ten Tournament
13 North Carolina Tar Heels
Last Week: 12
The Tar Heels cost themselves a spot in the ACC Tournament seeding with their loss to Duke on Sunday. On the bright side, they turned the ball over 33 times and still lost at Duke by just two. You've got to think they'll make better decisions the next time around.
Up next: 03/05-03/08 ACC Tournament
14 Pittsburgh Panthers
Last Week: 13
Senior Shavonte Zellous is closing out her career with a bang. Zellous is averaging a career high 22.6 points for the Panthers, who she led to a third-place finish in the Big East.
Up next: 03/06-03/10 Big East Tournament
15 Arizona State Sun Devils
Last Week: NR
Half of the Sun Devils' losses are to top 10 teams, including Oklahoma. ASU has won 14 straight since falling to league leaders Stanford and Cal by a total of four points. They'll have to be even better the next time, though. The Sun Devils face both teams on the road this week.
Up next: 03/05 at California; 03/07 at Stanford; 03/12-03/15 Pac-10 Tournament
16 Texas Longhorns
Last Week: 16
The Longhorns are still playing for one of the top four spots in the league and the tournament bye that comes with it. With a trip to Kansas State and a rematch with league leader Oklahoma, they're going to have to work hard for it.
Up next: 03/04 at Kansas State; 03/08 vs. Oklahoma; 03/12-03/15 Big 12 Tournament

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