Which team could give South Carolina problems in the tournament? 12 questions, answers on women’s basketball

LEXINGTON, KENTUCKY - FEBRUARY 10:  Aliyah Boston #4 of the South Carolina Gamecocks in the game against the Kentucky Wildcats at Rupp Arena on February 10, 2022 in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
By Lyndsey D'Arcangelo Feb 15, 2022 19
One thing I’ve come to love and appreciate about women’s college basketball is how much things can shift from one week to the next: the Top 25 rankings, individual player and team performances, and — as we get closer to March — NCAA Tournament seedings. When the top 16 was revealed by the NCAA a couple of weeks ago, Tennessee was one of the top four teams. But the Lady Vols have since lost three of four games and dropped down to a No. 3 seed in Thursday’s top 16 reveal. They have since rebounded with back-to-back wins against unranked Missouri and Vanderbilt and look to keep the momentum going. In the final reveal, will they be back to a No. 1 seed? Other teams have had similar up-and-down weeks. Meanwhile, South Carolina and Stanford continue to steamroll through their schedules.

So, let’s get into it.

You know the drill for the 12 questions column: I address questions about the women’s college basketball landscape, teams and individual players, while providing the best possible answers based on stats, game results, individual and team play and gut feelings. Agree. Disagree. Discuss. That’s what makes talking about women’s college basketball so much fun. And if you have questions you’d like me to address in the next column, drop them in the comments.

1. Which teams haven’t lost a step?

Since Missouri upset No. 1 South Carolina in late December, the Gamecocks have reaffirmed their status as the nation’s best team. They have won 11 games in a row and remain 10-0 against Top 25 teams.