Thursday, January 21, 2010
Women's NCAA Midwest Regional Power Rankings 1-21-10
1. University of Indianapolis- The Greyhounds have been perfect so far and winning big with a +25 scoring margin. UIndy should have no big problems until on the road at Wisconsin-Parkside.
2. Michigan Tech- Former #1 is still on top of the GLIAC by squeaking out in OT against Hillsdale and handling the speed of Findlay with ease.
3. Southern Indiana- Screaming Eagles haven’t scored less than 71 points in a win this year, but it’s going to be tough to put up points on the Greyhounds D.
4. Wisconsin-Parkside- The Rangers are very underrated as they have flown under the radar so far this year, but the win against #22 Quincy should expose them as a contender in the region.
5. Findlay- Found out first hand that the Yooper trip to NMU and MTU was a tough challenge from the poor performance of the GLIAC South.
6. Drury- Has done well with out of conference games, including the trip to Hawaii, but haven’t shown anything too spectacular in the GLVC yet.
7. Northern Michigan – The OT lost to Findlay was huge, but a win at dark horse LSSU could help solidify a placement and in the hunt for the competitive GLIAC North title.
8. Quincy- The Hawks are playing big D as they lead the GLVC in blocks, but need to make their shots on the first attempt, as Quincy is only +0.5 rebounds per game.
9. Grand Valley- The Lakers have had only one tough road game all year and that was at Findlay. They haven’t played MTU or NMU, their two biggest GLIAC North opponents.
10. Bellarmine- Scores a lot, but still gives up a lot of points. If they improve their defense, this team can cause some big problems.
11. Lewis- Is very similar to last year’s Wake Forest, except the Flyers have Jenny Turpel instead of Jeff Teague. If you let her do her own thing, but take away the other scorers like Currin, Lewis can be in trouble.
12. Lake Erie- Putting together a good final year as an independent to move up into the GLIAC ranks.
13. Lake Superior State- Has the most potential to move up in the rankings, due to a lot of tough games against GLIAC North opponents.
14. Northern Kentucky- They have some big wins but, those big losses to sub-par GLIAC teams will be almost impossible to overcome.
15. Hillsdale- Is only one game behind the GLIAC South lead, but going 0-4 in non-conference play hurts their postseason chances.
16. Kentucky Wesleyan- Has played pretty good defense overall, but to compete in the league, the scoring has to improve.
17. Missouri S&T- Last week’s losses make the Miners quest for GLVC West title harder.
18. Ashland- With the exception of the upset at home over NMU, the Eagles have beaten who they should beat, and lost to those they should lose to.
19. Northwood- Have solidly improved every week of the season.
20. Ferris State- A lot of picks had the Bulldogs fighting for a home court advantage in the opening round of the GLIAC tournament, but FSU is fighting to hold onto the eighth spot from the increasing threat of Northwood.
21. *Maryville- The Saints are the leaders of that bottom pack of the GLVC as they wait for postseason eligibility.
22. UM- St. Louis- UMSL fights hard every game, as most of their losses are by 7 points or less.
23. Rockhurst- Rockhurst is dead last for the conference in scoring, mainly due to their poor free throw shooting (65%)
24. Tiffin- The Dragons have already shown much improvement since their rookie GLIAC season.
25. St. Joseph’s –All their wins have been against sub-par teams, but have not been close to good teams all season.
26. Wayne State- Finally has been showing the composure necessary to win consistently at this level
27. Saginaw Valley- Are on a 5 game losing streak and 2-9 since starting GLIAC play.
28. *Illinois- Springfield- The Prairie Stars are in the bottom 4 for all stats except offensive rebounding
*- Not eligible for post season tournaments