Top ten changes in Sport Tours International/Hoopfeed NCAA DI Top 25 Poll; Minnesota enters at No. 25
The second Sport Tours International/Hoopfeed Poll of the season comes on the heels of some surprising upsets among top 25 teams. While the top three teams remain the same with Notre Dame, UConn and Oregon holding strong at the summit, this week’s No. 14 South Carolina fell out of the top ten.
The Gamecocks had to fight off Clemson Thursday in a game where they committed copious turnovers and displayed an anemic offense including shooting just 1-of-21 from three-point land. A few days later Sunday night, this week’s No. 7 Maryland took down South Carolina 85-61 on the Gamecocks’ home floor. The Terrapins used a prolific offensive spurt from the end of the first period and into the second quarter to build a sizable lead that they did not relinquish. Maryland’s win over South Carolina led to the Terrapins moving up two spots.
Every team in the top ten is undefeated. No. 6 Mississippi State enjoys a 4-0 record and raised the team’s 2018 National Finalist banner before demolishing Coppin State Sunday.
North Carolina State and South Florida both moved up four places in the poll. The Wolfpack are on a four-game winning streak with recent wins over Vanderbilt and Radford.
South Florida capped the week with a triumph over the Big 12’s Oklahoma. The Bulls earned the victory without the team’s leading scorer Kitija Laksa who suffered meniscus and ACL tears last Thursday. Laura Ferreira picked up the slack with a career-record eight 3-pointers to help reach her career scoring high of 34 points.
California also made impressive strides in the poll, moving up five places to No. 18. The Golden Bears finished a grueling road trip beating Penn State and BYU before returning back to the Bay Area and taking down West Coast Conference foe Pacific Sunday afternoon. The game was relocated to Maples Pavilion on Stanford’s campus because smoke infiltrated Cal’s Haas Pavilion due to wildfires in Northern California.
Georgia fell completely out of the poll, with a steep drop from No. 14. The Bulldogs lost two straight games to unranked teams, first to UCLA last Wednesday then to intrastate rival Georgia Tech on Sunday.
Missouri also took a tumble, falling six places to No. 22. Green Bay beat the Tigers 56-49 Friday night on Missouri’s home floor.
Minnesota entered the poll at No. 25. Under new head coach and retired WNBA player, Lindsay Whalen, the Gophers are off to a promising start with a 3-0 record.
Teams receiving votes: Georgia, Northwestern, Iowa State, UCLA, Virginia Tech, Gonzaga.
Sport Tours International/Hoopfeed NCAA DI Top 25 Poll for Nov. 20, 2018
The STI/Hoopfeed Poll is conducted weekly throughout the regular season using a panel of media members and other women’s basketball professionals. Total points are based on 25 points for first place through one point for 25th.
The Her Hoop Stats Statistical Breakdown
The Her Hoop Stats staff provides some interesting statistical insight on teams in the top 25 and programs received votes in the poll.
PPSA = Points Per Scoring Attempt
Notre Dame – Efficient Scoring
93.0 points per game is 5th in the country.
53.8% field goal percentage is 5th in the country.
UConn – Suffocating Defense
6.0 opponent assists per game is 4th in the country.
0.30 opponent assist to turnover ratio is 5th in the country.
27.3% opponent field goal percentage is 6th in the country.
Oregon – No Free Points
1.46 assist to turnover ratio is 16th in the country.
10.8% free throw rate is 22ndth in the country.
Baylor – All Around Dominance
60.8% field goal percentage is 2nd in the country.
81.8% defensive rebounding rate is 6th in the country.
20.7% block rate is 5th in the country.
Louisville – Steady Offense
72.0 possessions per 40 minutes is just 182nd out of 351 teams, but…
50.5% field goal percentage is 3rd in the country.
Two and three-point shooting percentage are top 10 in the country.
1.35 points per scoring attempt is second in the country.
Mississippi State – Dominance
46.5 average margin of victory is 2nd in the country
50.0% offensive rebounding rate is 4th in the country
10.5 blocks per game is 1st in the country
Stanford – Paint Presence
28.2% opponent two-point shooting percentage is 5th in the country.
21.8% block rate is 3rd in the country.
18.3% opponent offensive rebounding rate is 7th in the country.
Oregon State – Team Ball
24.0 assists per game is 3rd in the country.
1.71 assist to turnover ratio is 8th in the country.
72.7% assisted shot rate is 13th in the country
Maryland – Share The Wealth
21.2 assists per game is 11th in the country.
Five players in double-digit scoring.
Two players in top 10% for assists per game.
Tennessee – Generating Extra Chances
17.3 steals per game is 3rd in the country.
18.1% block rate is 9th in the country.
53.1% offensive rebounding rate is 3rd in the country.
South Carolina – Limit Scoring Chances
14.7 steals per game is 10th in the country.
9.3 blocks per game is 2nd in the country.
27.0 opponent turnovers per game is 6th in the country.
Texas – Clean Defense
27.4% opponent field goal percentage is 7th in the country.
0.67 opponent points per scoring attempt is 1st in the country.
19.7% foul rate is in the top 9% in the country.
Iowa – High Scoring, But Deliberate
97.0 points per game is 1st in the country.
69.4 possessions per 40 minutes is in the bottom half in the country.
62.0% field goal percentage is 1st in the country.
1.43 points per scoring attempt is 1st in the country.
DePaul – Let It Fly
34.7% of points are from three which is 4th most in the country.
47.3% of shots are from three which is 6th in the country.
NC State – Protect The Ball
0.5 opponent blocks per game is 6th in the country.
1.13 assist to turnover ratio is top 15% in the country.
Syracuse – Solid Play, Tough Opponents
Games against top teams like Oregon (L, 75-73) and Texas A&M (W, 75-65) mean stats
don’t look as impressive.
Held Oregon to season low 75 points.
Texas A&M’s lone loss so far.
Missouri – Stifling Defense
4.3 opponent assists per game is 1st in the country.
76.5% defensive rebounding rate is top 10% in the country.
Georgia – Force Teams Inside
13.5% of opponents’ points are from three-point range is 17th lowest in the country.
7.5 blocks per game is 7th in the country.
South Florida – No Second Chances
21.1% opponent offensive rebounding rate is 19th in the country.
Marquette – Clean Offense
13.3% turnover rate is 9th in the country.
4.3% opponent steal rate is 2nd in the country.
Texas A&M – Protect The Paint
17.9% block rate is 10th in the country.
Arizona State – Role Players
Scorer – Kianna Ibis is averaging 14.7 points per game, which
is in the top 10% of the country.
Passer – Reili Richardson is averaging 6.3 assists per game, which
is in the top 10% of the country.
Rebounder – Sophia Elenga is averaging 8.3 rebounds per game, which
is in the top 10% of the country.
Faciliator – Jamie Ruden’s usage rate of 32.9% is in the top 10% of the country.
Dead-Eye – Jamie Loera’s points per scoring attempt of 2.14 is 2nd in the country.
West Virginia – Pick Your Poison
Four players averaging 14.0 or more points per game.
Tynice Martin – 20.7 points per game.
Katrina Pardee – 17.7 points per game.
Kysre Gondrezick – 16.0 points per game.
Naomi Davenport – 14.7 points per game.
Miami – Double-Double Machine
Beatrice Mompremier is averaging 15.2 points per game and 12.2 points per game.
Mompremier is in the top 10% in the country in both categories.
California – Rebounding Power
70.9% defensive rebounding rate is top 30% in the country.
- Mel Greenberg
- Joan Bonvicini
- Prentice Beverly
- Brenda VanLengen
- Charles Hallman
- Rhiannon Potkey
- Kristopher Gardner
- Jenn Hatfield (for Her Hoop Stats)
- Cindy Brunson
- Kevin Danna
- Jacob Rayburn
- Jasmine Baker
- Ben Parker
- Viet Nguyen
- Michael Roberson
- Lisa Bodine
- LaChina Robinson
- Ari Chambers
- Cheryl Coward