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The second week of the women’s college basketball season includes some monster matchups between the championship contenders. Here is everything you don’t want to miss.
Welcome back to FanSided’s weekly look around the women’s basketball world. Looking for some games to watch this coming week? We’ll highlight three of them that should be on your radar.
Whether you’re a longtime viewer just looking for a shortcut to what you need to watch or just getting started in the sport and want some compelling stories, we’ve got you covered. And at the end, I’ll include a short “other games to watch” section, if you want to take your basketball watching further.
Let’s dive deeper into the second week of the women’s college basketball season!
3. No. 3 Texas at No. 6 UConn
Monday, November 14 — 6:30 p.m. — fox sports 1
This game could lose a bit of its shine if Texas doesn’t have its star point guard, sophomore Rori Harmon. Harmon missed the team’s final game against Louisiana and was described by the show as “everyday”. He was seen on the sidelines with a boot on his foot, and the team has not indicated whether or not he will play on Monday:
And without Harmon, Texas didn’t look too good, scoring just 68 points against Louisiana. But even though the Ragin’ Cajuns are Sun Belt opponents, they’ve been a good defensive team of late, ranking in the 79th percentile in scoring defense last season.
Both teams could be without star shooting guards, however, as UConn’s Paige Bueckers is out for the season. But there are still plenty of reasons to worry about this one. Texas is working on some talented transfers, and Taylor Jones had 21 points in Game 1. The team needs to do better than 1 of 11 from three.
UConn…well, the Huskies demolished Northeastern 98-39 in Game 1. Azzi Fudd led the way with 26 points. With Bueckers gone, keep an eye on Fudd this season. He was the top recruit in the 2021 class and made the Big East All-Freshman team last year.
2. No. 1 South Carolina at No. 2 Stanford
Sunday, November 20 — 3:00 pm — ABC
Honestly, I’m not sure why I need to convince you to watch the two best teams in the country play each other. Put the NFL on a second (or third) screen and bookmark this one. It has all the stories.
Are you a fan of the WNBA? We have the top two projected picks in next year’s draft, Aliyah Boston and Haley Jones, facing off against each other. Of course, Boston is a center and Jones is a guard, so they won’t necessarily be “facing each other” directly, but they will both be on the floor.
Who will face Boston is Cameron Brink, one of the most interesting greats in the country. Through the first three games this year, Brink only played 17.1 minutes per game because Stanford has crushed teams, winning by an average margin of 52 points. But even in limited minutes, Brink ranks sixth in the country in blocks per game at 4.0 and has pulled down 7.3 rebounds per game.
Much more could be said about this game, but let’s keep it simple: just watch the top two teams in the United States play each other.
1. No. 17 Maryland at No. 18 Baylor
Sunday, November 20 — 3:00 pm — ESPN+
The scheduling of this one really sucks, as it goes head-to-head with the South Carolina vs. Stanford game, but this is the year 2022 – you can have multiple games at the same time. At the very least, launch this one on your computer.
Maryland has been a tough team to read. They fought very, very hard against South Carolina and it was a game in the first half, but the Gamecocks ended up winning by 25, and then Maryland only beat Fordham by seven. But this is a really aggressive team, led by Abby Meyers, who scored 21 in the loss to South Carolina.
As for Baylor, the Bears are doing what they usually do to open a season, which is beating Southland teams. We’ll know a little more about them after they take on SMU this week, but so far the addition of former Missouri player Aijha Blackwell is paying off, as she’s averaging 20.0 points per game on 72.7% shooting. Baylor is still without Dre’Una Edwards, who will provide a good anchor in the fifth. We’ll see if he’s available to play on Sunday.
Other women’s college basketball games to watch
- No. 11 Indiana at No. 5 Tennessee — Monday, November 14, 6:00 p.m. — ESPN2
- No. 22 Nebraska at No. 21 Creighton — Tuesday, November 15, 7:00 p.m. — FloSports
- No. 15 Oklahoma at Utah — Wednesday, November 16, 9:00 p.m. — Pac-12 networks
- No. 4 Iowa at Kansas State — Thursday, November 17, 9:00 p.m. — ESPN+
- Gonzaga at No. 7 Louisville — Saturday, November 19, 7:30 p.m. — FloSports
- No. 10 NC State at No. 6 UConn—Sunday, November 20, 1:00 p.m.— fox sports 1
- UT Arlington at No. 15 Oklahoma—Sunday, November 20, 4:30 pm— ESPN+