Solid starts all around for 66 teams across the nation
A total of 66 teams remain undefeated after the first two weeks of the young season, including 20 schools that have bolted from the gates at 4-0. Here’s a look at the list of the undefeated:
4-0 – Abilene Christian, Arkansas, Bowling Green, Connecticut, East Carolina, Gardner-Webb, Georgia, Kentucky, Incarnate Word, Indiana, Iowa, Lafayette, Louisville, NC State, Oklahoma State, South Carolina, SMU, Tennessee, UCF and Virginia Tech.
3-0 – Albany, Baylor, Brigham Young, Coastal Carolina, DePaul, Duke, Eastern Michigan, Florida State, Kansas, Maine, Marquette, Mississippi State, Missouri, Nebraska, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Oregon State, Purdue, Rutgers, Saint Mary’s, San Diego, St. John’s, USC, Syracuse, Temple, Texas, Texas A&M, UTEP, Tulane, Utah State, Villanova, Winthrop, Wisconsin and Wyoming.
2-0 – American, Colorado, Florida Gulf Coast, Grand Canyon, Hampton, Holy Cross, Iowa State, James Madison, Montana, Northwestern State, Ohio and Savannah State.
Games of the Week
• Friday, Nov. 22 – USC @ Oklahoma State
• Saturday, Nov. 23 – Stanford @ Texas
• Sunday, Nov. 24 – Oklahoma @ UCLA; Duke @ Marquette
• Monday, Nov. 25 – South Carolina @ USC
Golden Eagles soaring early
Coming of a subpar season a year ago, the Marquette Golden Eagles are currently 3-0 after scoring early season wins against Wake Forest (90-71), Arkansas-Pine Bluff (96-44) and at Vanderbilt (82-77).
A year ago, Marquette went 16-15 with a record of 7-9 in the Big East, failing to reach the NCAA tournament.
Big East Conference Player of the Week Katherine Plouffe is averaging a double-double with 20 points and 13 rebounds per game through three games played this season. The 6-3 senior forward opened the season with a career-high 26 points to lead Marquette past Wake Forest. Plouffe is shooting 52.4 percent from the floor in the three outings.
A big test awaits the Golden Eagles this weekend as they host undefeated No. 2 Duke on Sunday, Nov. 24, at the Al McGuire Center in Milwaukee.
Double-double streak reaches 27 for Robert Morris' Spanou
Robert Morris senior forward Artemis Spanou continued her climb up the all-time career double-double list last weekend and has now recorded the second longest streak of double-doubles in NCAA Division I history with 27. She ranks second behind Courtney Paris of Oklahoma, who established the standard with 112 consecutive games during her distinguished collegiate career with the Sooners from 2006 to 2009.
A native of Rhodes, Greece, Spanou scored 17 points with 17 rebounds and moved into first all-time at RMU with 1,127 career caroms in an 85-60 victory against Coppin State on Nov. 17. Spanou passed RMU Hall of Famer Elise James who had held the record at 1,120 since 2000. Spanou is averaging 12.0 rebounds per game in her career bolstered by the best rebounding season in RMU history last year when she had 451 boards. The senior has led the Northeast Conference in rebounding each of the last two seasons.
"Congratulations go to Artemis for now achieving the career rebounding record at RMU. Rebounding is all about hard work and Artemis epitomizes that," RMU head coach Sal Buscaglia said.
800 for Montana's Selvig
Montana’s 68-61 victory against the Portland Pilots on Nov. 18 at Dahlberg Arena gave longtime Lady Griz coach Robin Selvig his 800th career victory at his alma mater.
Selvig becomes just the sixth active coach in NCAA Division I women's basketball -- and only the eighth all-time -- to reach 800 victories, joining North Carolina's Sylvia Hatchell, C. Vivian Stringer of Rutgers, Stanford's Tara VanDerveer, Connecticut's Geno Auriemma and Andy Landers of Georgia.
Former coaches Pat Summitt of Tennessee and Jody Conradt of Texas also reached the 800-win milestone during their careers.
Duke's Mike Krzyzewski and Jim Boeheim of Syracuse are the only two active Division I men's coaches with at least 800 victories.
Selvig, who reached 800 wins in fewer games than any men's or women's coach in Division I history outside of Auriemma, Summitt, VanDerveer, Adolph Rupp of Kentucky and North Carolina's Dean Smith, improved to 800-255 in his 36th season coaching the Lady Griz.
Selvig needed two wins entering the season to reach the mark, and he got it in two games as Montana opened the season with an easy 76-49 win against Montana State Northern on Sunday, Nov. 10, and added a hard-fought victory against Portland on Monday, three days after the Pilots won by 14 at Washington.
"I'm really happy we got it the first try. I didn't want to listen to, When are you going to get 800? When are you going to get 800? Now we can focus on getting better and winning No. 801," Selvig said.
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Nashville -- Did you know?
The 2014 Women’s Final Four in Nashville will mark the second time that the state of Tennessee has played host to the event. Thompson‐Boling Arena in Knoxville was the site in 1990, with Stanford claiming the national championship. Other schools participating that year were runner‐up Auburn, Louisiana Tech and Virginia.
Schools from Tennessee have made a total of 19 appearances in the Women’s Final Four in the 32‐year history of event (1982 to present). Tennessee has participated a record 18 times, winning eight national championships (1987, 1989, 1991, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2007 and 2008). Vanderbilt played in the 1993 Women’s Final Four.