The Daily Gamecock

SEC Women's Basketball Power Rankings

Lady Vols still rolling at the top

1. Tennessee
The Lady Vols are continuing their tradition of dominance under Pat Summit this season as they have a perfect 10-0 record in the SEC and are ranked as the fourth best team in the nation. With their most recent win coming over a ranked Kentucky team, nothing appears to be stopping Tennessee from sweeping the SEC and scoring a high seed in the NCAA Tournament. — Isabelle Khurshudyan

2. Georgia
After a two-game losing streak, the Lady Bulldogs have turned it around with wins over Arkansas and Alabama. Over a seven-day stretch, Georgia will face tests against a strong Vanderbilt team, Ole Miss and No. 15 Kentucky. Fortunately for Georgia, two of those will be at home, where it has not lost this season. — IK

3. Kentucky
After riding a seven-game winning streak following losses in the opening two SEC games, Kentucky was finally taken down at the hands of Tennessee. Despite the loss, the Wildcats look like the second best team in the SEC and can't let the stumble get them off-track as they face South Carolina, LSU and UGA next, with two of those being on the road. — IK

4. Vanderbilt
Vanderbilt rides a three-game winning streak into its matchup with Georgia on Wednesday. After a dominating 29-point defeat of Ole Miss, the Lady Commodores beat Florida in double overtime on the strength of Tiffany Clarke's double-double. Vandy has an opportunity to prove itself as an elite conference team in the week ahead, with tough matchups against the Bulldogs and conference leader Tennessee. — Paulina Berkovich

5. Auburn
The Tigers have lost two straight, including an ugly loss to Mississippi State that's akin to the USC men's defeat at the hands of Auburn. But in a topsy-turvy league, AU's body of work affords it one more shot to stay relatively high in the poll. — James Kratch

6. LSU
Since getting off to a slow start in conference play, the Lady Tigers have worked their way back up the SEC standings and could be in position to make a late-season run. Coming off a 38-point victory over Ole Miss, LSU will host Auburn on Thursday before traveling to No. 15 Kentucky on Sunday. — Ryan Velasquez

7. South Carolina
South Carolina had a full week to prepare for its matchup against Arkansas, and it paid off, as the Lady Gamecocks bounced back from a loss against Auburn. La'Keisha Sutton led the way with 21 points in the victory. USC faces a tough matchup against Kentucky at home on Thursday before hitting the road for an easier game against Mississippi State. — PB

8. Arkansas
Since going undefeated in nonconference play, the Razorbacks have been abysmal. Entering the week as the loser of five of its last six, Arkansas faces a poor seed in the SEC Tournament unless things turn around quickly. A bye before facing Auburn on Sunday may provide the boost the Hogs need. — RV

9. Florida
Florida has lost two straight, dropping a tight 61-59 matchup with Ole Miss and coming up short in double overtime against Vanderbilt despite Jennifer George's third career double-double. Next on the Gators' schedule is the unpleasant prospect of a road trip to Tennessee, but they catch a break this weekend with a matchup against Alabama. — PB

10. Ole Miss
Fortunes continue to look bleak for the Rebels. Although it managed a road victory at Florida last week, Ole Miss remains in the lower tier of the standings. With home games against Mississippi State and Georgia coming up, however, the Rebels may be in position to score another upset. — RV

11. Alabama
A five-point win over Mississippi State is the only thing keeping the Crimson Tide from the power ranks basement. The team is currently dead last in the conference, but Alabama could move up. Its remaining schedule is favorable. — JK

12. Mississippi State
The men's team at State is flat-out dysfunctional. The women's team? Flat-out bad. Yes, the Lady Bulldogs beat Auburn their last time out, but they had lost 10 straight prior to that. Things are lightening up a bit for MSU, however. Three of their next five are against Ole Miss, USC and Florida. — JK