2-0 through the first week and no Rhyne Howard, not a bad start to Kyra Elzy’s head coaching career.
In the new AP Poll, the No. 11 Kentucky Wildcats Women’s Basketball Team will sit on that ranking for another week after taking down Murray State and Belmont, respectively, in the first two games of the 2020-21 season. Howard, a National Player of the Year candidate, was suspended for the first two games and is set to return for the ‘Cats upcoming matchup against Kansas State this Thursday.
The top 11 teams did not change.
To tipoff the season last Tuesday, Kentucky was led by 30 points and eight steals from Chasity Patterson as they earned an 86-60 win over Murray State. Later in the week on Sunday, Dre’Una Edwards dropped 27 points and 15 rebounds in a 70-50 win over Belmont.
South Carolina sits atop the poll for the second consecutive week after a 3-0 opening week, followed by Stanford at No. 2, UConn at No. 3 (who has not played yet due to COVID issues), Baylor at No. 4, and in-state rival Louisville rounding out the top 5. Including UK, five programs from the SEC are among the top 16.
Two teams ranked among the top 25, Indiana at No. 16 and DePaul at No. 20, will go head-to-head against the ‘Cats in the coming weeks. Kentucky will host the Hoosiers inside of Memorial Coliseum this Sunday and then will travel to Chicago, IL to take on the Blue Demons 10 days later on Dec. 16.