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Big 12 women’s basketball power rankings: 1. Baylor; 2. Iowa State; 3. West Virginia

by Jason Kersey Published: February 6, 2013
West Virginia's Jess Harlee , left, and Oklahoma State's Liz Donohoe dive for a loose ball during the Mountaineers' win in Stillwater. PHOTO BY BRYAN TERRY, THE OKLAHOMAN
West Virginia's Jess Harlee , left, and Oklahoma State's Liz Donohoe dive for a loose ball during the Mountaineers' win in Stillwater. PHOTO BY BRYAN TERRY, THE OKLAHOMAN
Women’s basketball in the Big 12 Conference is enormously difficult to rank after No. 1.

Past Baylor, every team seems fully capable of beating — and sometimes routing — every other team on any given night.

Regardless, here’s our best stab at Big 12 women’s basketball rankings through Tuesday, Feb. 5.

1. Baylor (20-1, 10-0 Big 12)
Last week: 1
The only easy team to rank. The Bears breezed past Texas Tech and Oklahoma State in their home arenas and remain the nation’s No. 1-ranked team in both the AP and coaches’ polls.

2. Iowa State (15-5, 6-4)
Last week: 3
Iowa State — like all Big 12 teams not named Baylor — remains hard to figure out. The Cyclones earned an impressive win at West Virginia on Jan. 26, lost at Kansas and then beat Texas Tech by 15.

3. West Virginia (13-8, 5-5)
Last week: 6
Following tough, close, back-to-back home losses to Texas Tech and Iowa State, the Mountaineers upset Oklahoma State in Stillwater and then routed Oklahoma at home.

4. Oklahoma (16-5, 6-3)
Last week: 5
The Sooners are 4-0 at home in Big 12 play, but 2-3 on the road — including three straight blowout losses at Iowa State, Baylor and West Virginia.

5. Oklahoma State (16-5, 5-5)
Last week: 3
Oklahoma State lost to West Virginia and Baylor at home, but rebounded some with a 76-59 win over TCU. The Cowgirls are off until Sunday, when they travel to Norman for the season’s first Bedlam game.

6. Texas Tech (16-6, 6-4)
Last week: 2
Tech lost at home to Baylor and at Iowa State last week, but has an opportunity to rebound Wednesday night against West Virginia at home. The last time the two teams met — Jan. 22 in Morgantown — Texas Tech won 77-73 in overtime.

7. Kansas (14-6, 5-4)
Last week: 7
The Jayhawks pulled off a huge 78-75, overtime win at home over Iowa State, and then won in double overtime at in-state rival Kansas State. The overtime streak isn’t likely to continue, though, Wednesday, when KU travels to No. 1 Baylor.

8. Texas (9-11, 2-7)
Last week: 9
After starting 0-7 in Big 12 play, Texas rebounded with wins over Kansas State and TCU. The Longhorns face a huge challenge Wednesday, though, when they host Iowa State.

9. Kansas State (12-9, 3-6)
Last week: 8
Kansas State beat Oklahoma State, then lost at Texas and to Kansas. The Wildcats host Oklahoma on Wednesday night.

10. TCU (7-14, 0-10)
Last week: 10
TCU jumped out to an 11-0 win at Oklahoma last Wednesday, but the Sooners eventually proved too tough, as did Texas and Oklahoma State in subsequent losses. The conference newcomer will continue its quest for its first Big 12 win Saturday at home against Texas Tech.

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by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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