Just like last week, we have a guest post with rankings of the Women's teams in the Big Sky. The writer identifies himself as bigskywbball.
Week 2 of non-conference play in the Big Sky didn't do much to clear anything up and really, nonconference means extremely little in the big picture for the Big Sky and the NCAA tournament. Still a whole lot of wait and see. There were big home wins by ISU (vs. Boise) and EWU (vs. San Diego) and huge performances by the Big Sky's elite players: Jones, Bussey, Semansky, Ryan, Baker, Jeppeson.
(Number in parenthesis is quality win points. +2 for road win, +1 for home win, +0.5 for non D1 win, -1 for home loss)
1 - Portland State (2) - A close road loss to a Pac 12 team isn't enough to bump the Vikings out of the top spot. Still concerned about post presence for PSU, but wow their guards are good!
2 - Montana State (3) - Two home wins are great but against non division one teams still don't tell us much about the Bobcats. The duo of Bussey and Semansky look to be the most potent 1-2 punch in the league, the question will be bench depth and a consistent #3 scorer.
3 - Idaho State (3) - Great home win and a bad road loss leave us still scratching our heads about my prediction that the BSC Tourney will be in Pocatello in March. It will be interesting to see how the Bengals hold up as they go on the road for the next few weeks.
4 - Montana (1.5) - The Bad News - The Lady Griz are shooting 11% from 3 this season. The Good News - If teams still can't stop Katie Baker when the LG are shooting that bad. What will she be able to do if they start hitting a few 3's?
5 - Eastern Washington (1.5) - Big home win against San Diego has bumped the Eagles up a few spots this week. How will they fair against an Oregon State team that beat down Montana State by 30?
6 - Northern Colorado (2) - Have absolutely no idea about this team. They are talented enough to compete for the Big Sky Championship and inconsistent enough to not make the tournament. Scored 37 points against an average Santa Clara team and 85 two nights later against San Fransisco.
7 - Northern Arizona (1.5) - Two tough road losses don't tell us much about a team. The home game a few nights later does...wait and see Jacks
8 - Weber State (-1) - The hardest early season schedule in the Big Sky could make the Wildcats tough...could also crush their confidence in a new system.
9 - Sac State (0) - They beat Long Beach State 74-67... If they have changed styles, perhaps they have a chance to be competitive.
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