October 17, 2008

Preview of the top teams

USA Today has previewed, but not ranked, what they consider to be the top 16 women's basketball teams. Among them are Stanford, of course, and six of our upcoming opponents: Arizona State, Baylor, California, Duke, Rutgers and Tennessee. The evaluation of each team includes a "Big Question", which I've paraphrased below. To which of the above six teams does each question pertain?
  • Will they rebound from a relatively down 2007 and compete in the ultra-competitive Atlantic Coast?
  • Three of the their seven losses last season came against xxx. Can they get over the hump and take the top spot in the conference?
  • They finished losing six of their final 11, including a first-round exit in the conference tournament. Can their starting guard's knee hold up?
  • How quickly can the freshmen get past the learning curve and become acclimated to the speed of the college game?
  • Can their leading scorer handle being the new leader of the team, and can she shoulder the load if the freshmen don't pay immediate dividends?
  • After what was considered a disappointing 22-11 record, including a second-round loss, can they rebound and put together a deeper run in the big dance?
The answers and more...

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