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Women's College Basketball Season Moves Toward March Madness

Basketball

The GIST: Programs are making history and legends are being challenged as the WBB season moves toward a recently updated March Madness tournament. Change is in the air.

January 21, 2021
Source: Louisville WBB/Twitter
Source: Louisville WBB/Twitter

Rankings update: After a 77–72 overtime loss to unranked Colorado on Sunday, former No. 1 Stanford dropped to No. 5 in the top 25 rankings. *gasp* Colorado’s stunning upset marked the program’s first-ever win against a top-ranked team and their first victory over Stanford since joining the Pac-12 in 2011. Go ahead and celebrate, Buff Nation.  

  • So who’s the new No. 1? For the first time in their school’s history, undefeated Louisville took the No. 1 ranking, edging out the also undefeated No. 2 NC State. Mark your calendar for the February 1st rescheduled matchup of these ACC foes — it’ll be well worth the wait.

Legends overtaken: In more history-making news, No. 3 UConn coach Geno Auriemma earned his 1,099th career win on Tuesday, passing the late, great former Tennessee coach Pat Summitt. Auriemma now sits at No. 2 on the all-time wins list, led by Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer and her 1,105 wins. Tight race. 

Auriemma’s milestone victory comes just ahead of UConn’s showdown with No. 25 Tennessee, set for tonight at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN. Even without the legendary Summitt at the helm, there’s still plenty of hype for this storied rivalry.