Women's basketball Top 10 tracker: Lancers the class of the OUA, top five teams out west win all their games

This week, we'll use RPI rankings for our Top 10 teams. These are from before the weekend's games and include preseason matchups. Updated RPI standings will come out tomorrow.

  1. Simon Fraser (#1 in the coaches' poll): Beat UBC by four points on the road, then enjoyed it so much, they did it again on the mountain. Laurelle Weigl narrowly missed making the list of top performances, but had a great game Saturday night. 25 points: 8 of 14 from the field, 9 of 10 on free throws. They would need it, as UBC tied the game at 72 with three minutes left before the Clan pulled away.
  2. Saskatchewan (#4): The Huskies won both games at home against Calgary, 81-64 and 79-73. The Friday nighter was better in terms of individual performances, with Jana Spindler picking up 16 points and 10 boards.
  3. Windsor (#3): Beat York by 20 and Laurentian by 19. Neither score was unexpected. Alisa Wulff played really well on Friday: 3/7 from long range, 5/10 from the field, 5/5 from the line, and 10 boards.
  4. Alberta (#5): Almost not even worth mentioning their trip to Lethbridge. 81-42 and 86-64. They shot 60% from the field on Saturday and Ashley Wigg nearly outscored the Pronghorns. Okay, not really.
  5. uOttawa (not ranked): Well, that weekend was unexpected. Two losses. At home. To #35 Brock and #39 Guelph. The Gee-Gees shot 32% against the Gryphons and only managed 53 points against Brock, 24 of which came from Émilie Morasse in her 38 minutes on the floor.
  6. Victoria (#12): 65-48 and 79-39 over TWU, both at home. Saturday's score is easily one of the most lopsided so far this season. Kayla Dykstra had another weekend to remember, with 15 boards on Friday and an 8-for-11 night from the field with six more from the line on Saturday.
  7. Regina (#2): One win over TRU and another over UFV. Chelsea Cassano was off this week, but Rebecca Schmidt (36 points total) and Carmen Stewart (20 points as she took nearly half of the Cougars' foul shots on Saturday) filled in.
  8. Memorial (#8): Weather on The Rock postponed their series against Acadia to next weekend.
  9. Trinity Western (not ranked): The Spartans and Gee-Gees remind us of the fact that, this early in the season, RPI constantly self-corrects. Even though TWU knocked off the Huskies two weeks ago, it's tough to see them as a top 10 team after two losses at home, even if they were against a team as good as Victoria. Laura Craig had 22 of their 48 on Friday.
  10. Calgary (#6): Actually, Calgary and UBC were tied for 10th, so we'll do both of them here. As noted above, the Dinos were swept by Saskatchewan. They had only four assists in those two games. I don't know a lot about the finer points of basketball statistics, but that can't be right. Megan Lang, one of at least three Megans on the team, was a standout in a disappointing weekend with her 14 points, 12 from beyond the arc, on Saturday.

    UBC (not ranked): Home-and-home with SFU, covered above. During the 80-76 loss last night in Burnaby, the Thunderbirds shot 52.5% but had a hard time picking up their own rebounds. UBC was up by 7 entering the fourth on Saturday (a three-pointer missed with 18 seconds left, down 79-76) and led after every quarter on Friday except the important fourth one. Sounds like a pair of great games. Alex Vieweg led with 23 points on Friday and Leanne Evans had a double-double (13-10) on Saturday.

Winnipeg (18th in RPI), Laurentian (19), and UQAM (13) are the other members of the coaches' top 10 not in the RPI top 10. Winnipeg had no games scheduled, Laurentian was swept by Windsor and Western, and UQAM split a home-and-home with Bishop's, losing 55-36 in Lennoxville.

Top performances of the week (explanation here):

22.8, Kayla Dykstra (Victoria, 11/21 vs. Trinity Western)
22.3, Ashley Wigg (Alberta, 11/21 at Lethbridge)
22.1, Kimberly Lee (Waterloo, 11/22 vs. Toronto)
22.0, Alisa Wulff (Windsor, 11/21 at Laurentian)
21.8, Émilie Morasse (Ottawa, 11/22 vs. Guelph)
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