Focus on three major schools
This season emphasizes parity and competition. However, a few teams are underperforming in women’s basketball. This piece will focus on three teams that should be playing better but aren’t. Additionally, I will explain how these underperforming women’s basketball teams can change their seasons.
Three underperforming women’s basketball teams
Texas A&M Aggies
This team was picked second in the SEC preseason, but is currently 13th. Including this underperforming women’s basketball team hurts me because it’s Gary Blair’s last season. However, the Aggies are now 11-8, 1-6 in conference. Their non-conference record was 10-2, but it all went downhill. They have big wins over South Dakota, DePaul, Northwestern and SF Austin. Yet in SEC play, the only team they’ve beaten is winless Auburn. The Aggies have talent Kayla Wells, Qadashah Hoppie, Destiny Pitts, and Jordan Nixon, all two-digit mean scores. Despite all that talent, the Aggies are an underperforming women’s basketball team.
For Texas A&M to change their season, they need to see balanced scores from all four players in their games. Additionally, Aaliyah Patty must become a reliable scoring threat to help his bench. Defense has been a problem for the Aggies recently; they must solve this problem if they want to participate in the tournament. They will need a great end to the season with big wins. Their next four games are against the bottom half of the conference, so they must win. They still have LSU, Georgia, Ole Miss and South Carolina on the schedule. They must win at least two of those four games.
West Virginia Mountaineers
The Mountaineers are 9-7, 2-4 in the Big 12. They were 7-3 in the non-conference; the unconference unconference was on Purdue. A tough 58-57 loss to BYU hurt them as the Cougars have been on a serious streak since then. West Virginia has talent in Deans KK, Esmery Martinezand Kari Niblackbut they have no top 25 wins.
Mountaineers need to get more bench production to turn their season, and Niblack needs to be more consistent. Luckily for the Mountaineers, they still have Baylor and Texas at home to pick up some big wins. They need to take advantage and avoid a loss to the bottom half of the league if they want to stay in the tournament talk.
Florida State Seminoles
FSU was ranked 17th at the start of the year, but is 9-8, 3-4 in ACC play. Their recent seven-point loss to Miami hurts a lot. No one on their entire team scored more than nine points in that game. However, the Seminoles have talent in Morgan Jones, Kourtney Weberand Sammie Then. Each of these players has won all ACC honors in the past.
They need a constant effort from everyone to transform their season. Unlike the other two teams on this list, FSU doesn’t have a good non-conference win. The Seminoles need at least two; maybe three big wins in stride to get back into the tournament discussion. Their next match is at Louisville, number five in the nation. This win is a big ask, but if they want a shot at the tournament, a win here will do wonders for their resume. They also play NC State, Notre Dame, Duke and Georgia Tech later in the season. Again, they need at least two or three wins in those five games to secure a place in the tournament. The Notre Dame and Georgia Tech games are at home, which makes them a little easier. However, the way this team has looked recently, it’s not a tournament team.
These three schools have underperforming women’s basketball teams; however, there is plenty of time left, and everyone has the opportunity to improve their record. I predict Texas A and M have the best chance of making the tournament because their next four games are more manageable, but neither of those teams will be in our field in March if they don’t win those games.
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