Week 4 of the women’s college basketball schedule is packed with key games, including three games between the top 10 teams.
Welcome back to FanSided’s weekly look at the world of women’s college basketball. Looking for some games to watch this coming week? We’re going to highlight three of them that should be on your radar.
Whether you’re a longtime viewer just looking for a shortcut to see what you have to watch or you’re just getting into sports and want to know more about compelling storylines, we’ve got you covered. And at the end, I’m going to include a short “Other Games To Watch” section, if you want to take your basketball viewing up a notch.
Let’s dive into Week 4 of the women’s college basketball season! There are a lot of great basketball games this week, so be sure to also check out our list of longer games at the bottom of this article.
Here are the women’s college basketball games you won’t want to miss this week
3. No. 20 UCLA at No. 1 South Carolina
Tuesday 29 November, 7:00 PM – SEC Network
UCLA goes into this game at 7-0, including one win over a ranked team, as the team beat Tennessee 80-63. The Bruins don’t necessarily dominate the opponents – per Its stats hop, the team ranks 49th in average margin per game and ranks outside the top 50 in both scoring and defensive scoring—but they get the job done. A big part of that is Charisma Osborne, who averages 20.1 points, 7.1 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.3 steals per game. Osborne does a little bit of everything for this Bruins team, while Kiki Rice is the only other player to average in the double digits.
On Tuesday, UCLA faces its toughest test when it visits top-ranked South Carolina, and the Bruins will likely need a few players other than Osborne to step up if they want to pull off a big win.
For South Carolina, the main must-see for this game is the availability of Aliyah Boston:
Boston didn’t play in the second half on Sunday against Hampton, and while the Gamecocks didn’t need it to beat the Pirates, they definitely need it more for a game against a ranked opponent. She had four double-doubles in five games to start the season.
However, part of what makes South Carolina so good is that Boston isn’t their only dominant player. If she misses it any time, I would have expected to see more from Leticia Amiher, who has averaged 19.2 minutes per game so far and has shot 58.8% from the floor. And Zia Cooke can play offensively when needed – she’s the highest scorer this season for SC at 13.8 points per game.
2. No. 8 North Carolina at No. 6 Indiana
Thursday, December 1, 6:00 pm – The Big Ten Network
UNC is a tough team to get a read on right now. They beat two seeded teams last week, but both games required second-half comebacks. There have been times when this team seems elite, like when they pulled off some big second half runs to beat Iowa State on Sunday. The Hurricanes looked like contenders for the national title in the first half, as they led 35-22 at halftime. UNC won 73-64.
Deja Kelly was a big part of what UNC was doing, as he scored 29 points in the win over Iowa State. This brings her scoring average for the season to 17.4, but something that gets discussed less is playmaking. Kelly averages 4.4 assists per game, up from 2.6 last year, and she’s also cut her turnover rate by one per game along with that, from 2.2 last season to 1.2 now. It ranks 34th in the country in terms of assists-to-turnover ratio.
As for Indiana State, the Hoosiers are out 7-0, but they haven’t faced their toughest schedule yet. They played a single ranked team, Tennessee, winning 79-67, but the Lady Vols got off to a very shaky start.
Indiana has some really good offensive numbers, including fourth in the nation in offensive rating, scoring 120.8 points per 100 possessions. The team shoots 51.9% from the floor and ranks third in points per game at 1.05. Mackenzie Holmes has been the scoring star to date, averaging 20.0 points per game while shooting 76.6% from the floor. The 6-3 big girl got some preseason hype — she was on the Lisa Leslie Award watch list — but I don’t think anyone expected her to be that dominant. for every Central Bank of Bahrain Analytics, Holmes ranks fourth in the country in real shooting percentage among players to play at least 150 minutes. (The three players ahead of her all get a boost by shooting more than 50% from three, while Holmes hasn’t made a three this season.)
1. No. 3 UConn @ No. 7 Notre Dame
Sunday, December 4, 3:00 PM – ABC
So far this season, I’ve described the women’s college basketball scene this season as a two-team race, but I’m ready to add another name to that list besides Stanford and South Carolina: UConn.
The Huskies defeated No. 9 Iowa State 86-79 on Sunday, holding a 24-point lead over Izzie Fudd, who struggled to score in the first half but rallied in the second. UConn now has wins over three ranked teams, including a 91-69 demolition of NC State. Fad looks like a National Player of the Year candidate at this point.
Notre Dame’s schedule is tough this week, as they also face a ranked Maryland team on Thursday. But Sunday’s meeting with UConn will teach us more about this year’s cap for the Irish.
The Irish win by attacking. They are fifth in scoring at 90.0 points per game and 15th in field goal percentage. Olivia Miles leads the way with 16.0 points per game, but a lesser-known name to watch is Sonya Citron, who averages 15.3 points per game on 50% shooting so far, as well as 7.7 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.3 steals per game. Game.
Other games to watch
- South Dakota @ Washington State – Monday, November 28, 10:00 PM – Pac-12 Networks
- No. 4 Ohio State at No. 10 Louisville – Wed, Nov. 30, 7:30 p.m. – ACC Network
- Northwestern at Duke – Thursday, December 1, 5:00 PM – ACC Network
- No. 14 Maryland at No. 7 Notre Dame – Thursday, December 1, 6:30 PM – ESPN2
- No. 13 NC State at No. 9 Iowa – Thursday, December 1, 8:30 PM – ESPN2
- No. 22 Michigan @ Miami – Thursday, December 1, 9:00 PM – ACC Network
- No. 16 Creighton @ No. 23 Villanova – Friday, December 2, 7:00 PM – flossports
- South Florida @ #19 Texas – Friday, December 2, 8:00 PM – Longhorn Network
- No. 11 Virginia Tech @ No. 23 Tennessee – Sunday, December 4, 1:00 PM – ESPN2