NORMAN, Okla. -- Tennessee tops the first official Ratings Percentage Indexes (RPI) released by the NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Committee on Wednesday.
Connecticut, North Carolina, LSU and Duke round out the top five. No. 6 Oklahoma, Ohio State, North Carolina State, Baylor and Arizona State round out the top 10.
The first official RPI rankings -- which can be found at www.ncaasports.com -- include all games played through Jan. 30. The RPI will be posted every Wednesday afternoon.
The official RPI is used as one of many tools to select teams to participate in the championships. Developed in 1981, the RPI provides supplemental data in the evaluation of teams for at-large selection and seeding of the championship bracket is only one of many pieces of information available to the committees. Qualitative factors such as games missed by student-athletes or coaches and a team's performance in the latter portion of the season cannot be reliably measured by a statistical model. However, such factors are among the details of each team considered by the committees.