South Carolina climbed from #4 to #1. Their sole loss came in the Paradise Jam to a tough Indiana team.
Baylor moved from #6 all the way up to #2 after taking down UConn in the XL Center. Kim Mulkey's squad has lost just once, to the current #1 team back during the Paradise Jam.
Stanford went from #5 to #3. They too only have one loss, a shocker at Texas right before Christmas.
UConn dropped from #1 to #4. Following suit with the rest of the Top Five, they have one loss, which just happened in the aforementioned section.
Louisville is #5 after a blowout win at Miami and a pretty strong home victory against Wake Forest.
Oregon dropped from #2 to #6 after losing to Arizona State.
UCLA moved up a spot from #8 to #7.
Oregon State dropped from #3 to #8 after also losing to the Sun Devils.
NC State remained at #9 and Mississippi State moved from #13 to #10 to round out the Top 10.
Kentucky is flirting with the Top 10 after coming in at #11. Besides their loss to the superior Cards, they also got a whooping against South Carolina to start 2020.
Florida State comes in at #13 to finish out the three ACC schools in the Top 25.
When do you empty your bench when it's clear you're going to win and at what point is it too late in the game to bother putting the bench in?
Jeff Walz sent Molly Lockhart, Lindsey Duvall, and Jessica Laemmle to the scorers table to check in right at the one minute mark against Wake Forest. After the Cards scored with 27 seconds remaining Walz called a timeout to allow the trio to check into the game. Their time consisted of playing defense down the court and the Demon Deacons hitting a three to close out the game.
By that time there wasn't much point in having them go in. With so little time left it almost seems
insulting to be sent into the game.
Had they come in with a minute and a half or so then they would have had the opportunity for a couple series up and down the court, although still not enough for any real game play experience.
So let me know your opinion on the debate question. I'd love to hear your thoughts! Be sure to check back tomorrow to read some of the comments, please add your own and catch Paulie's interview with Softball head coach Holly Aprile. The squad goes into their second week of practice and there are a few changes we need to familiarize ourselves with.
Happy Tuesday and Go Cards!