Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Women's NCAA Midwest Regional Power Rankings 1-27-10

1. Indianapolis 19-0 NC The Greyhounds are still undefeated and is the first team to clinch a GLVC conference tournament berth.
2. Michigan Tech 16-1 NC Husky star Katie Wysocky was named GLIAC North player of the week for the fifth time this season. No other player in the North has been named POTW multiple times.
3. Wisconsin-Parkside 17-3 +1 UWP’s “upset” of overrated Quincy shows that there’s reasons to pay attention in the GLVC North.
4. Southern Indiana 15-4 -1 The 10 point loss to UIndy set them back a spot in the rankings, but sets up the biggest showdown of the region on Thursday in Kenosha, Wisc.
5. Drury 16-4 +1 Have an easier weekend coming up after having to deal with Quincy and Lewis, but could get trapped by UM-St. Louis on Thursday.
6. Northern Michigan 12-5 +1 Had a good run on the Thursday game at LSSU, but need to fix the turnover problems they had at Saginaw Valley.
7. Grand Valley 14-3 +2 Will face their top two opponents in the GLIAC North at home this week: Michigan Tech on Thursday and NMU on Saturday, finally giving us a true view at if they can play a whole weekend against tough opponents.
8. Findlay 13-4 -3 Findlay’s speed can open up a lot of opportunity for the Oilers, but you can’t shoot 37.7% and expect to beat a surging Ashland.
9. Lake Erie 14-8 +3 The Storm is on a six game winning streak going back to the December 30 win against Grand Valley.
10. Northern Kentucky 13-6 +4 NKU is on a four game winning streak of their own as they try to keep pace in the stacked GLVC East.
11. Quincy 13-5 -3 The Eagles have fallen out of the WBCA top 25 for good reasons. Quincy is 4-5 in the GLVC and 0-2 in their conference.
12. Lewis 10-9 -1 The Flyers season will hinge on the Thursday home match up against Kentucky Wesleyan: winner’s season matters, the losers are pretty much out of it.
13. Bellarmine 11-8 -3 What happens when you lose your weekend’s games by an average of 20 points? You plummet in the power rankings.
14. Ashland 10-7 +4 The Eagles have reentered the GLIAC South conversation with a four game winning streak highlighted by last weekend’s defeat of Findlay and Hillsdale.
15. Hillsdale 7-9 NC Put up triple digits against Tiffin, but only after losing ground to Ashland in the division rankings.
16. Lake Superior State 9-7 -3 Has very little chance of becoming a factor in the GLIAC until the conference tournament.
17. Kentucky Wesleyan 10-9 -3 In all reality this is a solid team that could do some damage if they weren’t the cellar dweller of the hardest division East of the Mississippi River.
18. Missouri S&T 10-9 -1 The Miners are on a 4 game losing streak but it was all against opponents in the top 10 of the power rankings.

19. Missouri-St. Louis 9-10 +3 The Tritons are still below .500 for the season, but are 5-5 in the GLVC and could be the Cinderella of the conference this year.
20. Northwood 8-8 -1 The T’Wolves split last weekend and now are trying to increase their lead, as they are the bubble team for the GLIAC tournament.
21. Wayne State 4-13 +3 The Warriors may be the most improved team this season, improving in nearly all stat areas, but won’t be able to beat Ashland this weekend.
22. Saginaw Valley 4-13 +5 The Cardinals had to deal with two contenders this past weekend and stayed strong enough to push the Saturday game into OT.
23. Rockhurst 6-12 -1 A visit from the Prairie Stars are the only thing keeping the Hawks from being on a six game losing streak.
24. Ferris State 5-12 -3 The Bulldogs dead last ranking in the turnover ratio manifested itself in the blown lead against Northwood.
25. *Maryville 5-13 -5 Maryville was dominated by St. Joe’s this week but a game against Missouri S&T might be enough to overcome a rough schedule ahead.
26. Tiffin 5-12 -2 Tiffin let Hillsdale put in 101 points in a game that showed little defense. The lack of Dragon D isn’t going to be good against a Wayne State team that has built up confidence in the last two weeks.
27. St. Joseph 5-14 -2 Is going to have a tough game against UIndy on Thursday, but would be favored in a shootout with Northern Kentucky at home.
28. *Illinois Springfield 2-16 NC Has no real shot at a win until the Mighty Oaks of Oakland City comes into town on February 1.

*-not eligible for postseason tournaments
UIndy and Michigan Tech are ranked #2 and #4 respectively and UW-Parkside recieved votes in the WBCA Coaches Poll. Full top 25 is listed here:

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