Power Rankings
The SFA Ladyjacks sit atop the first power rankings of the 2022-23 season. Courtesy SFA Athletics.

WBB: Lots of Purple Atop the First Power Rankings of 2022-23

We’re through the Thanksgiving break and we are all working through the holiday leftovers. So, with a month to go until conference play begins, it’s time to unveil our initial WAC Hoops Digest women’s basketball power rankings.

1 – Stephen F. Austin

SFA sits atop the first power rankings of the 2022-23 season. The Ladyjacks did exactly what they were expected to do in Puerto Rico last weekend and came home with two victories. This includes a win over Boston College from the ACC. It’s the second Power 5 win for the women’s side in a span of three days. Aiyana Johnson and Avery Brittingham have been really good, thus far. 

This Week: Home vs. Gonzaga on Thursday 12/1 at 5:30 p.m. CT on ESPN+.

2 – Grand Canyon

In their Thanksgiving Classic last weekend, the Lopes also came away with a pair of wins including a solid win over North Dakota (Summit League Preseason 4th place). This set the stage for Wednesday night’s Battle for State Forty Eight against Arizona State at GCU Arena. 

This Week: Home vs, Arizona State on Wednesday 11/30 at 7 p.m. Mountain on ESPN+.

3 – Abilene Christian

Although the Wildcats split Feast Week games against UTSA and Montana State they get a ton of credit for the win against the Bobcats. Montana State was last year’s Big Sky representative to the NCAA Tournament.   

This Week: Home vs. Alabama State on Friday 11/2 at 6 p.m. CT on ESPN+.

Maleeah Langstaff and ACU have been solid to start the 2022-23 season. Courtesy ACU Athletics.

4 – UT Arlington

Shereka Wright’s team has played an impressive schedule so far. The Lady Mavs have held their own against Power 5 competition with single digit losses to Kansas and #16 Oklahoma. But a disappointing weekend in Florida has the Lady Mavs at No. 4 in this week’s rankings. 

This Week: the Lady Mavs won big against North Texas on Tuesday. And the Lady Mavs are at Houston on 12/1 at 7 p.m. CT on ESPN+.

5 – Sam Houston

The Bearkats survived a late TCU rally to get the WAC’s first victory over a Power 5 team this season in Dallas on Wednesday. They led for all but 42 seconds in that contest. 

This Week: at UCF on Thursday 12/1 at 5 p.m. CT on ESPN+.

6 – Utah Tech

The Trailblazers are off to a 4-2 start with two Power 5 losses by a combined 22 points. They have nice wins over Utah State (Mountain West preseason last place) and UMKC (Summit League preseason 6th place). Breaunna Gillen is a Player of the Year candidate early on. 

This Week: Home on Saturday 12/3 vs. Texas A&M Commerce at 2 p.m. MT on ESPN+.

7 – Tarleton

The Texans have a solid win against College of Charleston (CAA Tournament semifinalist last year) and put a scare into Nebraska before falling by 18 in Lincoln. 

This Week: at Western Illinois on Wednesday 11/30 at 5 p.m. central (no live stream available).

8 – Southern Utah

The T-Birds have one of two wins against New Mexico and could very easily be 4-2 instead of 2-4, losing by a combined 8 points to Eastern Washington and UCSB (in a triple overtime thriller on Saturday afternoon). 

This Week: Home vs Texas A&M Commerce on Thursday 12/1 at 12 p.m. MT on ESPN+ and at Northern Arizona on Saturday 12/3 at 3 p.m. MT on ESPN+.

9 – New Mexico State

-The Aggies beat UNM for the first time in six years. But the Aggies also went winless in the Denver MTE over Thanksgiving weekend. New Mexico State lost a pair of games by a combined 17 points. 

This Week: at UTEP on Wednesday 11/30 at 7 p.m. and at San Diego on 12/3 3 p.m. on the WCC Network.

Molly Kaiser and New Mexico State have had some success in 2022-23 under first-year head coach Jody Adams. Courtesy NMSU Athletics.

10 – California Baptist

A young Lancer team opened the campaign with a solid win against UC San Diego but had three losses by a combined 19 points. Trinity San Antonio has been really good for the Lancers thus far. 

This Week: at USC on Wednesday 11/30 at 7 p.m. PT on Pac12.com and at Long Beach State on Saturday 12/3 at 4 p.m. on ESPN+.  

11 – UTRGV

Although the Vaqueros have a couple of solid mid-major wins over McNeese State and Northern Colorado they struggled in their games against Power 5 competition. 

This Week: The Vaqueros held on to beat Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Tuesday. UTRGV is at home on Thursday vs. Houston Christian at 5 p.m. CT on ESPN+. 

T12 – Seattle U

Power rankings are about wins. And for the Redhawks, wins haven’t come yet in 2022-23. It’s been a tough start to the non conference slate for the Redhawks who have two losses by a combined eight points to Portland State (preseason last place Big Sky) and UC Irvine (Preseason 6th place Big West).

This week: at Washington on Wednesday. And at Weber State on Saturday.

T12 – Utah Valley

Like it was said above, power rankings are about wins. Unfortunately, the Wolverines are winless in 2022-23. And in their games against Division I competition, the Wolverines have been blown out. The exceptions are an 18-point loss at Portland State and 11-point loss to Weber State. Utah Valley actually held a lead at halftime in the Weber State game before being outscored 17-5 in the third quarter to fall behind. 

This week: Wolverines host St. Thomas on Dec. 1 at 6 p.m. MT. And then Utah Valley goes to Utah State on Saturday for a 2 p.m. MT tip.


About the author

Derryl Trujillo

Derryl Trujillo is a Southern California based sportswriter who won the 2019 Inland Empire Baseball Coaches Association's Supporter of the Year award. He joined the WAC Hoops Digest staff in 2020 and also covers local sports for Inland Sports and the Valley News. Before transitioning to media Derryl was a high school, collegiate and club volleyball official along with serving as a high school basketball scorekeeper for ten years.

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