Women’s College Basketball Players Rankings – Class by Class! Week 5

Editors Note: I was out of town this weekend for to visit my relatives and so I was unable to keep up with the games and scores through the weekend but I still wanted to get a post up. Luckily, Tom Suiter came through and delivered this week’s post. This will be the only time you will see the rankings posted on a Tuesday, it will go back to the normal slot every Monday. This also means that last night’s performances will be put in next week’s post.

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It was a Thanksgiving holiday hangover for many teams – or simply, such as #1 Stanford’s case, semester exams – but a few standout performances dominated the headlines as the upsets continue to mount in the early portion of the season. But not all the drama ended with the various warm-weather Thanksgiving tournaments. This week saw the beloved Big12/SEC Challenge return and the ACC-Big Ten Challenge surprises on the victory count – both provided a few upsets as well as some standout performances in each class, punctuated by the annual Notre Dame/Connecticut match-up on Sunday.

Rhyne Howard could be the greatest player to ever suit up for Kentucky and as a sophomore, tied her career high against Charlotte with 29 points and then broke it on Sunday against Samford by a point. Megan Walker was a force again on the court, her all-around improvement into an All-America caliber player for the Huskies, averaging 27.5 per game this week.  Her freshmen teammate Aubrey Griffin had a breakout game against Seton Hall – before a quiet outing against the Irish – but that still puts her atop this week’s frosh ranking; Geno and the Storrs faithful are hoping the Seton Hall game will be a sign of consistency to come. Not to be outdone, several mid-major stars showed up with Western Kentucky’s Dee Givens, Rider’s Stella Johnson and South Dakota’s Hannah Sjerven all showing out and putting up big numbers. Michaela Oyenwere and Chennedy Carter carried standout performances in their wins as well, perhaps Carter’s scoring her team’s final 15 points in the Oklahoma State wine would put her on top of most lists if not for Walker’s back-to-back dominance against UConn’s former Big East foes.

Ohio State relied on their underclassmen and some new faces in Columbus to carry them past Louisville, who astoundingly received lackluster performances from their juniors and seniors and couldn’t get a bucket when needed. West Virginia handed Mississippi State their first non-conference home loss in 5 years. Florida State’s senior trio had great games this past week  – including a come-from-behind victory against Michigan State and some freshmen help in the Sunday league victory against Clemson.

New names are emerging on this list, so looking forward to seeing who can sustain performances in the weeks ahead, with turkey hangovers complete, conference season kicking off and more exams looming ahead.

Listed below are the top 36 seniors, the top 27 juniors, the top 18 sophomores and the top 9 freshmen for the week of Dec. 2nd to Dec. 8th. Have questions? Read my FAQ page. Click here for last week’s list.

SENIORS

1. Kiah Gillespie, Florida State
2. Ruthy Hebard, Oregon
3. Sabrina Ionescu, Oregon
4. Dee Givens, Western Kentucky
5. Nausia Woolfolk, Florida State
6. Nicki Ekhomu, Florida State
7. Tyasha Harris, South Carolina
8. Haley Gorecki, Duke
9. Jordan Danberry, Mississippi State
10. Borislava Hristova, Washington State
11. Jocelyn Willoughby, Virginia
12. Jasmine Jones, Louisville
13. Stella Johnson, Rider
14. Peyton Williams, Kansas State
15. Francesca Pann, Georgia Tech
16. Davida Dale, Rhode Island
17. Ayana Mitchell, LSU
18. Mikiah Herbert-Harrigan, South Carolina
19. Kathleen Doyle, Iowa
20. Brenna Wise, Indiana
21. Tynice Martin, West Virginia
22. Kyra Collier, Arkansas-Little Rock
23. Crystal Dangerfield, Connecticut
24. Taiye Bello, Minnesota
25. Taylor Kalmer, San Diego State
26. Jaylyn Agnew, Creighton
27. Kayla Robbins, Michigan
28. Brittany Brewer, Texas Tech
29. Kelly Campbell, DePaul
30. Ja’Tavia Tapley, Arizona State
31. Sug Sutton, Texas
32. Shadeen Samuels, Seton Hall
33. Ciani Cryor, Texas Southern
34. Jaycee Bradley, Texas Christian
35. Ae’Rianna Harris, Purdue
36. LaShann Higgs, Texas

JUNIORS

1. Megan Walker, Connecticut
2. Chelsea Dungee, Oklahoma
3. Chennedy Carter, Texas A&M
4. Michaela Oyenwere, UCLA
5. Unique Thompson, Auburn
6. Natasha Mack, Oklahoma State
7. Kamaria McDaniel, Penn State
8. Vivian Gray, Oklahoma State
9. Lindsay Pulliam, Northwestern
10. Digna Strautmane, Syracuse
11. Rennia Davis, Tennessee
12. Aari McDonald, Arizona
13. Hannah Sjerven, South Dakota
14. Arella Guirantes, Rutgers
15. CeCe Hooks, Ohio
16. Jaelyn Penn, Indiana
17. Ana Llanusa, Oklahoma
18. Angela Perry, Bowling Green
19. Janell Bailey, North Carolina
20. Dana Evans, Louisville
21. Megan Gedaka, Villanova
22. Maddi Utti, Fresno State
23. Mallory McGwire, Boise State
24. Trinity Baptiste, Virginia Tech
25. Karissa McClaughlin, Purdue
26. Kai Crutchfield, NC State
27. Aisha Shepperd, Virginia Tech

SOPHOMORES

1. Rhyne Howard, Kentucky
2. Olivia Nelson-Ododa, Connecticut
3. Cat Reese, Arizona
4. Dorka Juhasz, Ohio State
5. Queen Egbo, Baylor
6. Elisa Cunane, NC State
7. Ashley Joens, Iowa State
8. Tereza Vitulova, Wyoming
9. Naz Hillmon, Michigan
10. Taylor Robertson, Oklahoma
11. Emma Clark, Colorado
12. Taylor Mikesell, Maryland
13. Monika Czinano, Iowa
14. Dara Mabrey, Virginia Tech
15. Chrislyn Carr, Texas Tech
16. Brooklyn Mitchell, Kansas
17. Kari Niblack, West Virginia
18. Marissa Mackins, Temple

FRESHMEN

  1. Aubrey Griffin, Connecticut
  2. Kiersten Bell, Ohio State
  3. Madison Siegrist, Villanova
  4. Alexis Tucker, Texas Tech
  5. Akoya Lee, Kansas State
  6. Kirsten Deans, West Virginia
  7. Lola Mullaney, Harvard
  8. Rickea Jackson, Mississippi State
  9. Aliyah Boston, South Carolina

Women’s College Basketball Players Rankings – Class by Class! Week 4

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This week should have been called the “upset” week. While Americans were off celebrating their Thanksgiving holiday weekend, women’s college basketball teams were participating in holiday tournaments in various destinations across the country. The tournaments led to some interesting results and it resulted in both the #1 and #2 ranked teams in the country being upset on the same day. Parity has arrived and that is great for the game. This means that this week’s rankings are going to look a bit different from what it usually looks like. There was some slight shakeup in the rankings this week, so it may not exactly look like past weeks. There were some deserving players who played well and stepped up when their teams needed them to.  My only wish was that some of the games were televised on ESPN so that more people could watch.

Listed below are the top 36 seniors, the top 27 juniors, the top 18 sophomores and the top 9 freshmen for the week of Nov. 25th to Dec. 1st. If you are new to the rankings or if you have questions, please read my FAQ page first. Click here for last week’s list.

*NEW – I have been doing these rankings for a couple of years now, so I thought it would be a fun idea to view past years lists. Click here for last year’s Week 4 rankings. Click here for 2017/2018’s Week 4 rankings. Click here for 2016/2017 Week 4’s rankings.

SENIORS

  1. Kylee Shook – Louisville
  2. Tyasha Harris – South Carolina
  3. Mikiah Herbert Harrigan – South Carolina
  4. Mikayla Pivec – Oregon State
  5. Nicki Ekhomu – Florida State
  6. Kiah Gillespie – Florida State
  7. Amber Melgoza – Washington
  8. Minyon Moore – Oregon
  9. Sabrina Ionescu – Oregon
  10. Aislinn Konig – NC State
  11. Jazmine Jones – Louisville
  12. Te’a Cooper – Baylor
  13. Leaonna Odom – Duke
  14. Ruthy Hebard – Oregon
  15. Nadia Fingall – Stanford
  16. Beatrice Mompremier – Miami
  17. Keri Jewett- Giles – FCGU
  18. Japreece Dean – UCLA
  19. Madinah Muhammad – North Carolina
  20. Kaila Charles – Maryland
  21. Jaylyn Agnew – Creighton
  22. Sara Rhine – Drake
  23. Brittany Brewer – Texas Tech
  24. Theresa Onwuka – Buffalo
  25. Dominique Oden – Purdue
  26. Taiye Bello – Minnesota
  27. Alexa Willard – Missouri State
  28. Shonte Hailes – Southern Mississippi
  29. Kai Moon – Binghamton
  30. Lexi Wallen – Illinois State
  31. Kianna Ray – TCU
  32. Jade Phillips – Charlotte
  33. Samantha Widmann – Cornell
  34. Angela Staffileno – Duquesne
  35. Paige Fecske – Pepperdine
  36. Kayla Robinson – Troy

JUNIORS

  1. Dana Evans – Louisville
  2. Kiana Williams – Stanford
  3. Ali Patberg – Indiana
  4. Chennedy Carter – Texas A&M
  5. Michaela Onyenwere – UCLA
  6. Chelsea Dungee – Arkansas
  7. Rennia Davis – Tennessee
  8. Aari McDonald – Arizona
  9. Megan Walker – Connecticut
  10. Gabby Connally – Georgia
  11. Arella Guirantes – Rutgers
  12. Alaysia Styles – California
  13. Faustine Aifuwa – LSU
  14. Lauren Heard – TCU
  15. Ellie Rice – Loyola Chicago
  16. Aleah Goodman – Oregon State
  17. Jenn Wirth – Gonzaga
  18. Kate Cain – Nebraska
  19. KeKe McKinney – Kentucky
  20. Chelsea Brackmann – Bradley
  21. Julia Fleecs – North Dakota
  22. Valerie Higgins – Pacific
  23. India Pagan – Stony Brook
  24. Ty’Reona Doucet – Louisiana
  25. Lauren Manis – Holy Cross
  26. Victoria Morris – Old Dominion
  27. Laci Hawthorne – Murray State

SOPHOMORES

  1. Elizabeth Balogun – Louisville
  2. Elissa Cunane – NC State
  3. Rhyne Howard – Kentucky
  4. Lexie Hull – Stanford
  5. Olivia Nelson-Ododa – Connecticut
  6. NaLyssa Smith – Baylor
  7. Sonya Morris – DePaul
  8. Christyn Williams – Connecticut
  9. Shakira Austin – Maryland
  10. Aniya Thomas – Kansas
  11. Rae Burrell – Tennessee
  12. Ashley Joens – Iowa State
  13. Naz Hillmon – Michigan
  14. Jasmine Franklin – Missouri State
  15. Melody Kempton – Gonzaga
  16. Valencia Myers – Florida State
  17. Jessika Carter – Mississippi State
  18. Cate Reese – Arizona

FRESHMEN

  1. Aliyah Boston – South Carolina
  2. Haley Jones – Stanford
  3. Rickea Jackson – Mississippi State
  4. Mackenzie Holmes – Indiana
  5. Lola Mullaney – Harvard
  6. Sara Scalia – Minnesota
  7. Ellie Mitchell – Princeton
  8. Kennedi Myles – Illinois
  9. Arinka Khlopkova – UTEP