The selection show for DI Women’s college basketball is rapidly approaching. The Women’s NCAA Tournament bracket will be set on Monday, March 15. The second half of the women’s college basketball regular season is in full swing, so we already have a solid slate of evidence of the March contenders and pretenders across the NCAA.
There are just six remaining undefeated women’s college basketball teams in the country. In the Top 25, there are only three remaining unbeaten programs vying to finish the season without a blemish to their name.
#5 UC Davis Aggies (3-0)
UC Davis is nowhere near as talented as the top teams on this list. The Aggies have only played three games this season, but they’ve prevailed every time. UC Davis started the season with an 82-75 victory over the University of San Francisco.
The Aggies’ next 13 games were canceled because of COVID-19. The Aggies didn’t compete from November 25, 2020, until January 21, 2021. On January 22nd and 23rd, UC Davis took the court once again.
UC Davis defeated in-state rival, UC San Diego, twice on back-to-back days. Even though the Aggies have only played three games, their 2020-21 track record is pretty impressive. It can’t be easy to practice for nearly two months without any games. Kayla Konrad and Sage Sobbart have led UC Davis’s charge in their first three wins this season.
#4 Bucknell Bison (6-0)
The Bison are 6-0 thus far, which is nearly a school record. This is the program’s best start since 1986-87, when the Bison began their campaign with a 7-0 record. The Bison won’t make much noise in March, but they should win the Patriot League.
Even though I don’t expect the Bison to make a deep run in March, the team is still orchestrating a phenomenal story. The 2020-21 Bison are two wins away from the best start in school history. Junior guard, Taylor O’Brien, has helped lead the Bison through the first six games of the year.
O’Brien is averaging 16.5 points per game while shooting 52% from the field. O’Brien recorded a double-double against Lafayette on January 10.
#3 California Baptist Lancers (14-0)
I don’t think California Baptist has nearly enough firepower to take down a top contender in March, but the Lancers are my pick to make a lot of noise in the NCAA tournament. California Baptist may be the best program in the nation that you’ve never heard of before.
California Baptist plays in the Western Athletic Conference. The thing that’s going to hurt this team in the tournament is their 2020-21 strength of schedule. The WAC is weak, but Cal Baptist is consistently outperforming their competitors.
Cal Baptist epitomizes team basketball. They always seem to come up big in the fourth quarter. The Lancers are led by Britney Thomas and Caitlyn Harper.
These two leads the team with 13.4 and 13.3 points per game respectively. Harper is the team’s leading rebounder as well. She has pulled down 110 boards in 14 games.
#2 NC State Wolfpack (11-0)
NC State is the second-ranked team in the nation in the AP and Coaches Polls. NC State is 11-0, but they have only been tested one time this season. The Wolfpack took down #1 South Carolina 54-46 on December 3.
NC State is still a phenomenal basketball team, but they’ve had a few appearances this year that drew some red flags. The team narrowly defeated Boston College (1-7 ACC) 75-69. The Wolfpack were almost upset by Virginia Tech (2-7 ACC) 89-87 on January 24.
The Hokies and Wolfpack will face off once again on Thursday night. Jakia Brown-Turner will need to be big for NC State down the stretch in order for the team to contend for a national title.
#1 Louisville Cardinals (14-0)
In Week 10, Louisville received 30 of the 32 first-place votes in the Coaches Poll. The Cardinals have played dominant basketball all season long. The team beat #20 DePaul 116-75 in the first half of the year. Recently, they bested #23 Syracuse 67-54.
The Cardinals are a scoring machine. The team is scoring 82.7 points per game. Their average winning margin this season has been 22.4 points through 14 games. As a team, Louisville is shooting 48.3% from the field.
To beat the Cardinals, you need to play sensational defense. This is much easier said than done because of senior guard Dana Evans. Evans went from the ACC sixth player of the year as a sophomore to the ACC Player of the Year as a junior. She also received All-American honors for her efforts during her junior campaign.
Evans is averaging 20 points per game in 2020-21. If a team wants to beat Louisville, they must contain Evans. Evans is projected to be a top pick in this year’s WNBA Draft.