What does the performance so far of the elite eight tell us about their outlook moving forward?
December 19, 2021 by Jenna Weiner and Olivia Alongi in Coverage, Opinion with 0 comments
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With only eight teams remaining in the battle to claim the D-I Women’s division crown, now feels as good a time as ever to reevaluate the eight final challengers. While the top teams all largely controlled their pools on the way to perfect pool play records, their performances were a little more uneven, while all four prequarter winners present tough tests heading into the quarterfinals.
Based on the results we have seen so far in Norco, here is how we would reseed these teams going into the quarterfinals if given the chance.
1. North Carolina Pleiades
From our vantage point, the Atlantic Coast champions have done enough to jump Syzygy, as they took comfortable wins against a clearly strong UC Davis squad and a veteran Western Washington team, with UNC’s only lackluster win against Georgia after the Pleiades had secured the top spot in Pool B. With arguably the strongest top-end talent and a deep roster, there’s no question that when they’re on, few teams, if any, can keep up with UNC. At this point, it’s just a matter of if UNC will beat themselves since it seems less and less likely that someone else will.
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