A few weeks ago I took a brief look at the ascendant teams from each conference, teams that had recently demonstrated surprising feistiness. This post is about the descending teams with the most recent negative movement in the College Women's Hoops S-Factor in each of the big conferences.
Descending team: Purdue
Descending teams: Rutgers, Georgetown
Descending team: Miami
Descending team: Vanderbilt
Descending teams: Oklahoma State, Kansas
writing a post on Monday claiming that the middle six teams fighting for second place in conference would probably not lose games against the Big 12's basement dwellers even on the road, this is exactly what happened a mere two days later to the Cowgirls and the Jayhawks. Kansas had a real opportunity to build momentum and their first three-game winning streak since early December, but they blew it. Oklahoma State, which feasted on cupcake teams in the non-conference season, was relying on a winning record in the Big 12 to overcome their poor strength of schedule, but then they unexpectedly lost to sub-100-RPI TCU. Now both teams have to win 3 out of their last 4 to be above .500 in conference, and I think there's a good chance that a team with a 9-9 record in the Big 12 this year won't make the tournament.
Descending teams: None
As opposed to the Big 12, nothing unexpected ever happens in the Pac 12. Stanford's 10-year longest-in-the-nation automatic tournament berth streak is evidence of this boring phenomenon. As such, there is no tournament-quality team that has suffered any recent unexpected setbacks. Honorable mention goes to Arizona State, which in most seasons is among the top three or four teams in conference but has had a bad year despite the return of head coach Charli Turner Thorne.