Intramural women's 'A' power rankings
Grady Garrett breaks down the top teams in women's intramurals
Published: Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, February 27, 2013 03:02
1. Soccer Junies (4-0)
I’ll set the Soccer Junies’ odds of winning the championship at 3/8. For those unfamiliar with gambling lingo, that means they’re four times likelier to win the women’s A title than the Miami Heat are to win the NBA title (3/2 odds).
Essentially, this same group of current/former OSU women’s soccer players won the A league two years ago and finished second last season. Unlike the Division I athletes who play in the men’s A league, these girls actually take this seriously and play like they want to win. And they’re in five times better shape than any team they’ll face — while half the women’s “A” league is probably hungover on Friday mornings, most of these girls are up at 6 a.m. going through grueling workouts.
Basketball-wise, they’re obviously tough to score on because they’re so quick and athletic. At 5-foot-10, Erin Uchacz gives them size inside. If Jacy Drobney, a four-year varsity player in high school, was four inches taller, I think she’d be playing Division I basketball instead of Division I soccer — she can really shoot and handle the ball. Ashley Seal played varsity ball, too.
All that said, I would have put the OSU women’s soccer team’s odds of making the NCAA Tournament at about 90 percent after it started the season 9-1. So, uhhh, yeah… nothing is guaranteed.
2. Let My People Free Throw (4-0)
If there is a team capable of knocking off the Soccer Junies, it’s Let My People Free Throw. Playing in by far the toughest time slot, Let My People Free Throw went 4-0 and averaged a league-high 44 points per game (by comparison, the Soccer Junies averaged 34.5 points per game).
Pretty much everyone on this team played at least two years of varsity basketball in high school, so they’re probably overall better basketball players than the Soccer Junies are.
But for what it’s worth, I asked a player who faced the Soccer Junies last year and Let My People Free Throw this year which team was better: “The soccer girls, definitely.”
To be honest, I think it’s a two-team race for the title… but I’ll at least label the following teams “potential contenders.”
• High Fives and Smiles (2-2): This team features three girls who were on the team that beat the soccer girls in the championship game last year. But this team has a glaring problem: It doesn’t have enough players. Twice this season High Fives and Smiles was forced to play with just four players. I asked one of their players if they’ll have five players for the playoffs, and she responded: “I don’t know… I don’t really care.” OK then.
• Kappa Kappa Gamma (2-2): The Kappas lost by six to Let My People Free Throw (respectable) and beat High Fives and Smiles (playing with four players) by 21. Their other loss came in overtime, and was a game they would have won had their opponent not hit a game-tying 3-pointer at the end of regulation.
• Charisites (3-1): In their three wins, the Charisites outscored their opponents 130-44. But against the Soccer Junies, they lost by 24.
• Alpha Phi (4-0): Three of their four wins came by three points or less. So they’re kind of a fluky 4-0.
• Delta Gamma (2-2): The DG’s only real loss was by three to Alpha Phi. Their other loss came via forfeit.
Grady Garrett, sports reporter