4 games to watch in the opening week of the women’s college basketball season

4 games to watch in the opening week of the women’s college basketball season

It’s that time of year again – the women’s college basketball season is finally here. Regular Season Tips Monday, November 7th.

With a packed week full of top teams kicking off their seasons, here’s a rundown of four key matchups to watch:

No. 21 Creighton at No. 23 South Dakota State | Monday, November 7

  • When: Monday, November 16 | 8pm Eastern Time
  • Where to watch: ESPN3
  • Top storyline: 1st place against season ranking competition

On the opening night of the season, No. 21 Creighton and No. 23 South Dakota State kicked things off with the first ranked matchup of the year. Both teams are coming off successful postseasons, as Creighton danced all the way to the Elite Eight as a No. 1 seed and South Dakota won the WNIT.

Rankings: South Carolina and Stanford are atop the preseason polls

The Bluejays return their top two scorers in Emma Roncic, from South Dakota, and Lauren Jensen, who committed in March. South Dakota State returned six of its top seven scorers, including WNIT tournament MVP Myah Selland.

Without playing a single minute this season, both programs earned firsts — the first time Creighton and South Dakota State have earned an AP preseason Top 25 ranking.

No. 5 Tennessee at No. 14 Ohio State | Tuesday, November 8

Tamari K Tennessee Women's Basketball
  • When: Tuesday, November 8 8:30 PM ET
  • Where to watch: Big Ten Network
  • Top storyline: First Top 15 match

No. 5 Tennessee and No. 14 Ohio State enter the season for the most competitive game of the week.

Coming off a run in the Sweet 16, Ohio State enters with its top two scorers in Jaycee Sheldon and Taylor Mikesell ready to make their senior seasons. Tennessee is looking to find the gel that the Lady Vols had early last season before the injury. Most importantly for Tennessee – Jordan Hurston returns.

This top 15 matchup shows exactly where the two teams are and will test the Lady Vols’ preseason No. 5 ranking.

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#6 UConn vs. Northeastern | Thursday, November 10

Azzi Fudd UConn Women's Basketball
  • When: Wednesday, November 10 7 pm EST
  • Where to watch: SNY
  • Top storyline: What does a damaged UConn look like?

Less than six months removed from a national title game run by the Page Bookers, No. 6 UConn now looks completely different.

The former Naismith Player of the Year suffered a torn ACL in August and will miss the entire 2022-23 season. Incoming freshman Ice Brady is also out for the year with a sprained patella. The Huskies were forced to play without Bookers for most of last season, when they went 15-4 after he injured his left knee.

All eyes will be on sophomore guard Azee Fad against Northeastern and throughout the season. A true freshman last season, Fudd didn’t necessarily have to make the jump, but with solid pieces in Christine Williams, Olivia Nelson-Ododa and Evina Westbrook all drafted to the WNBA — this game might indicate if now is the time. be

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No. 1 South Carolina at No. 17 Maryland | Friday, November 11

South Carolina Women's Basketball
  • When: Thursday, November 12 6 pm EST
  • where to watch: ESPN2
  • Top storyline: The first test of the current champions

Coming off its second straight national championship, No. 1 South Carolina will look to pick up where it left off. The defending champions open their season Monday against East Tennessee State, but Game Cox will get his first test against No. 17 Maryland.

The Maryland team that made it to the Sweet 16 looks a little different than the current team. Last season the Terps were led by a dynamic scoring backcourt of Ashley Owosso and Diamond Miller. Owosso, who led the team in scoring by just a few tenths of a point, transferred to Virginia Tech.

Maryland may loom as the Gamecocks’ first test of the season, but with the roster remaining relatively similar with Aliyah Boston and company, it will be a huge test for the Terps as well.

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