Ten things we’ve learned in the first 10 days of

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Ten days into the 2022-23 women’s college basketball season, we’ve barely scratched the surface of what the next five months will hold. Now all eyes turn to pair of top-10 games Sunday, which will give us a little more data to assess teams’ ceilings and who could be legitimate contenders — or challengers to South Carolina — this spring.

First, No. 5 UConn faces No. 10 NC State at 1 p.m. ET. It’s the Huskies’ second consecutive top-10 opponent after they took down No. 3 Texas on Monday. These two programs last met in the 2022 Elite Eight, when the Huskies upset the Wolfpack in double overtime behind Paige Bueckers’ 27 points. But Bueckers (ACL) and three other major contributors from that UConn squad won’t be on the floor Sunday, and neither will four Wolfpack starters from last year.

Later Sunday, No. 1 South Carolina takes on No. 2 Stanford (3 p.m. ET, ABC), a rematch of both the 2021 national semifinal (won by the Cardinal) and an early-season nonconference game in December 2021 (won by the Gamecocks). Initial thinking in the preseason held that this pair might be a step above the rest of the field; so far, that appears to be the case, and these two programs might meet again in Dallas this spring. South Carolina — which beat then-No. 17 Maryland on Nov. 11 — hasn’t lost to a ranked opponent since the 2021 Final Four, a streak the Gamecocks will look to maintain against the Cardinal, who have several new faces and have had an easy nonconference slate to date.

Until then, here are 10 things we’ve learned about the season through its first 10 days, from standout players to intriguing conference races and developing patterns on the national scene.

1. UConn ‘could be really, really…

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