Wednesday, December 29, 2010

California Creamin'

With every victory now, the Connecticut Huskies set a new Division 1 record for most consecutive wins, and they got another one last night. The Huskies made it out of snowy Connecticut to travel to Stockton, California, where they creamed Pacific 85-42 for their ninetieth straight victory.

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
ACC: 7
Big Ten: 7
Big 12: 6
SEC: 5
PAC-10: 4
Atlantic 10: 2

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