The truth is, this season lacks a no-brainer choice for No. 1. But Oregon State's resume is better than UConn's, and the Beavers should be on top.
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- 11/5W 71-47
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- 11/27W 81-50
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- 12/7L 63-56
- 12/15W 77-55
- 12/20L 54-45
- 12/21L 54-52
- 1/2W 81-43
- 1/4W 73-65
- 1/9W 78-69
- 1/11W 68-47
- 1/16W 60-47
- 1/18W 75-64
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Chennedy Carter scored 29 points and Ciera Johnson made a layup with 9 seconds left to give No. 5 Texas A&M a 62-61 victory over Rice on Sunday.
The No. 1 spot is up for grabs as the Bulldogs and Coyotes play Wednesday. For now, Missouri State, Rice and Gonzaga round out the top five.
ESPN.com's experts make their picks, but No. 1 Oregon isn't a unanimous choice to hoist the 2020 championship trophy.
Becca Hittner is back for Drake. Ciara Duffy returns for South Dakota. Erica Ogwumike again leads Rice. No wonder their teams open as 1-2-3.
Natisha Hiedeman scored 13 points, Allazia Blockton had 12 and five-seed Marquette overcame a nine-point fourth quarter deficit to get a 58-54 win over No. 12 Rice in overtime in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday.
Eight teams clinched their spot in the bracket Saturday, including Towson and Bethune-Cookman, which both advanced to their first NCAA tournament.
Nancy Mulkey scored 24 points and No. 24 Rice rallied in the second half to defeat Middle Tennessee 69-54 in the Conference USA championship game on Saturday for the Owls' third NCAA Tournament berth and school-record 21st straight win.
Erica Ogwumike scored 19 of her 22 points in the second half as No. 24 Rice rallied to its 20th straight win Friday night, a 64-57 win over fourth-seeded Western Kentucky in the semifinals of the Conference USA tournament.
Nancy Mulkey scored 20 points, Erica Ogwumike added 15 points and 10 rebounds and No. 24 Rice pulled away from ninth-seeded North Texas for its 19th straight victory on Thursday, 61-43 in the quarterfinals of the Conference USA tournament.
Erica Ogwumike and Nancy Mulkey had 18 points each and No. 24 Rice beat UTSA 72-46 to complete an undefeated Conference USA season on Thursday night.
Erica Ogwumike scored 18 points with 14 rebounds, five assists and two steals and No. 24 Rice used a 21-0 run in the first half to roll past Louisiana Tech 78-42 on Saturday to extend its school-record winning streak to 17 games.
Nancy Mulkey scored 18 of her 24 points in the second half and No. 25 Rice celebrated its first-ever Top 25 ranking by rallying for a 59-47 win over North Texas on Saturday, clinching the Conference USA title and its 16th-straight win.
Summit League rivals South Dakota and South Dakota State are Nos. 1 and 2. Rice, Gonzaga and Florida Gulf Coast round out the top five.
South Dakota, Gonzaga and South Dakota State remain 1-2-3 in espnW's mid-major rankings. Rice made the biggest jump, moving up six spots to No. 4.
Chennedy Carter scored 22 points, Aaliyah Wilson and Kayla Wells combined for 34 and No. 20 Texas A&M defeated Rice 65-54 in the season opener for both teams on Tuesday night.
There's a new No. 1 as Florida Gulf Coast replaces Green Bay atop Graham Hays' biweekly mid-major poll. Mercer and Central Michigan break into the top 10.