SEC's new faces on the sideline
Notes: Chattanooga shocks UT; Baylor to meet Stanford
• Chattanooga’s season-opening 80-71 win against Tennessee on Nov. 9 broke a 19-game losing streak to the Lady Vols. Prior to that win, the last time Chattanooga had defeated Tennessee was Jan. 26, 1973.
• Congratulations to Florida head coach Amanda Butler who recorded her 100th career win at Florida on Nov. 11 when the Gators scored an 84-65 win against Georgia State. Florida will be in action this week (Nov. 15) in a cross-state showdown at Florida State (ESPN3, 7 p.m. ET).
• The Southeastern Conference went 14-3 in games during the opening weekend of the 2012-13 season, with Terri Williams-Flournoy (Auburn); Brett Frank (Missouri); Vic Schaefer (Mississippi St.); and Holly Warlick (Tennessee) all recording their first wins as new head coaches of their respective teams.
• The Big Ten Conference opened non-conference play with an overall 14-2 mark. The only defeats were Ohio State’s 57-51 loss to Notre Dame in the Carrier Classic game played aboard the USS Yorktown in Charleston harbor on Nov. 9, and Indiana’s 64-52 loss at Valparaiso.
• The Dayton Flyers are off to a 2-0 start, scoring an impressive 92-80 win versus DePaul in the championship of the Maggie Dixon Classic held in Chicago. Amber Deane led the way with 27 points for the Flyers.
• It didn’t take Oral Roberts senior guard Kevi Luper long to receive acclaim in the Southland Conference (SLC) as she was named SLC Women’s Basketball Player of the Week after scoring 23 points in leading Oral Roberts to a 64-53 Mayor’s Cup win against crosstown rival Tulsa. Luper led the Summit League a year ago, averaging 23.8 points per game. Oral Roberts is beginning its first year in the SLC in 2012-13. Luper now needs 700 points to become the eighth player in Division I history with 3,000 career points.
• Gonzaga opened play with road wins versus UC Riverside (60-53) and USC (63-52). The Bulldogs will return to action when they host Wisconsin on Nov. 16.
This week on the court
• Baylor, the nation’s top-ranked team and defending national champion, will be looking to extend the NCAA Division I women’s basketball’s longest active win streak to 42 games when they host Kentucky on Tuesday, Nov. 13 in Waco (ESPN2, 6 p.m. ET). The current 41-game wining streak ranks No. 5 all-time. The game will be the first meeting between Kentucky and the Lady Bears, with the Wildcats ranked No. 6 coming into the game.
• In a rematch of the 2012 national semifinal game, Baylor will play Stanford at the Rainbow Wahine Classic in Honolulu on Friday, Nov. 16. The Lady Bears beat the Cardinal in last year's national semifinal in Denver en route to their second national championship. Chiney Ogwumike is the leader for a Stanford team that has opened the season with consecutive wins against Fresno State and Santa Clara.
• Two teams looking to make an early-season statement will meet on Wednesday, Nov. 14 in Norman, Okla., with the UCLA Bruins traveling to play the Oklahoma Sooners. UCLA opened the season with a 66-52 home win against San Diego State, while No. 11 Oklahoma will also come into the game with 1-0 record after defeating Creighton 69-48 in Omaha, Neb.
• Two of the last three teams to claim the national championship will be in action against one another on Sunday, Nov. 18, when Connecticut travels to Texas A&M. The Huskies, currently ranked No. 2 in the latest Associated Press Top 25 Poll, opened the season with a 103-39 win against the College of Charleston, while Texas A&M, currently No. 16, will look to get its offense in gear after a 47-45 loss at Louisville in its first game. Connecticut claimed the 2010 national title, while the Lady Aggies prevailed in 2011.