But more impressive was Stanford's victory over Xavier yesterday in the friendly confines of Maples Pavilion. It was a rematch of the elite eight matchup from last year which was won by Stanford by an amazing drive performed by Jeanette Pohlen in the final 4.4 seconds that ended in a layup at the buzzer. This game was supposed to be close, but Stanford creamed Xavier 89-52. The victory shot Stanford up 13 spots in the College Women's Hoops S-Factor to number 10 and a predicted 3-seed. I'd wager the ranking will be higher by season's end.
This sets up Connecticut vs. Stanford tomorrow, which will of course be a huge game.
Other events that happened in California yesterday:
- UCLA lost their first game of the season at home to LSU, which propels LSU into a predicted at-large bid according to the S-Factor.
- Texas A&M slammed a formerly-ascendant Drexel team 74-45 in San Diego behind an impressive performance from Danielle Adams and a double-double from Adaora Elonu.
- Texas beat Cincinnati 80-77 in San Diego with a 3-pointer by Chassidy Fussell with 1.3 seconds left. Texas lies just outside of the S-Factor at-large bids, a status that will change as the season progresses.
Now in: Duquesne, LSU
Now out: Saint Joseph's, Drexel
Conferences with multiple bids:
Big East: 9
Big Ten: 7
Big 12: 6
Atlantic 10: 2