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Tampa rises, 4 teams debut in a new-look DII women’s Power 10 rankings

Ashland is the new No. 1 in the DII women's basketball Power 10 rankings

It’s been a wild two weeks since the last DII women’s basketball Power 10 rankings. Ashland and Drury have cemented themselves atop the rankings amid torrid winning streaks. Everyone else? Well, all but Tampa lost at least one game. 

LOOK BACK: Check out the previous Power 10 rankings

With so much up and down over the past two weeks, we certainly have some change. Three teams make their all-time Power 10 debut this week while another makes its season debut. It was easily the most difficult Power 10 I have ever had to contend with in my years of doing this. I’m sure there will be plenty of (welcomed) debate. 

Before we jump into the rankings, I need to give a quick shoutout to West Virginia State. The Yellow Jackets, who finished a respectable 18-11 last year, are off to an impressive 15-2 start. They locked down a pair of huge conference wins this past week, downing defending champion and nationally ranked Glenville State and No. 20 Charleston (WV) in a three-day span. Their efforts see them jump from out of nowhere to the “First five out” this week. 

The fourth DII women’s Power 10 rankings of the regular season (Note: All games through Jan. 22)

No. 1 Ashland | Previous: 1: There are two undefeated teams in DII women’s basketball, and Ashland is one of them (more on the other in a few). They have played a pretty tough schedule at that, defeating a strength of schedule with a combined .555 winning percentage. Ashland is fueled by the third-best scoring offense, averaging 86.6 points per game, leading to the second-best average margin of victory at a whopping 26.6 points per game. This team is checking off all the boxes.

No. 2 Drury | Previous: 2: The Panthers are also checking those same boxes, now winners of 14 in a row since their November loss to Ashland. They’ve really only played one close game since that loss, winning games by more than 20 points a contest. The Big Three of Kaylee DaMitz-Holt, Alana Findley and Terrion Moore are an absolute matchup nightmare and gives the Panthers a monster advantage in GLVC play.

No. 3 Tampa | Previous: 7: The Spartans did two things no one else ahead of them in the previous Power 10 did: Not lose a game and downed a fellow Power 10 team. It may have been by a mere two points, but defeating Eckerd was a big victory and adds to an already impressive resume. They are one basket away from a 19-0 record dropping that three-point stunner to Palm Beach Atlantic in overtime to close out 2022. With wins…

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