Greatest Women’s College Basketball Players Bracket Challenge (1997 to 2020)

Welcome to the Greatest Women’s College Basketball Players Bracket Challenge presented by http://www.wbasketballblog.com! We have assembled the greatest women’s college basketball players starting from the year 1997 to 2020.

In order to be named as a player in this bracket challenge, there had to be a few criteria. First of all, all of the women’s college players listed played as a freshmen in 1997 or later. No players that played earlier than that were included, because there are so many great women’s college basketball players and there had to be a specific time frame. Second of all, no active players were included because they are still playing and making their college careers.

We assembled a selection committee made up of women’s basketball media, coaches, fans to come up with a top 64 of women’s college basketball players who fit the above criteria. To learn more about the selection committee, you can scroll down after the bracket to learn more about each member.

In our top 64, four players were named the #1 overall seeds. Breanna Stewart of Connecticut, Diana Taurasi of Connecticut, Maya Moore of Connecticut and Candace Parker of Tennessee. Breanna Stewart was named the #1 overall seed because she was named as the top player in most of the selection committee’s lists.

Voting will commence a few days from now and votes will be determined by the Twitter Polls we send out. The winner will be selected sometime in April.

The bracket can be viewed below. We hope you enjoy this challenge and make sure to let everyone know about it!

Women’s College Basketball Players Bracket Challenge (1997 to 2020)

Selection Committee

Mel Greenberg – Twitter

Mel Greenberg has written for the Philadelphia Inquirer since 1970 where he covered college and professional women’s basketball. He helped pioneer national coverage of the sport and organized the first Top 25 women’s college basketball poll. He has been called “The Guru” of women’s basketball. In 1991, Greenberg received the first media award from the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association, an award that has since been named after him. The annual Mel Greenberg Media Award is given to “a member of the media who has best displayed a commitment to women’s basketball and to advancing the role of the media in promoting the women’s game”. In 2007, Greenberg was inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame.

Katie Moore – Twitter

Katie Moore is a 37 year old stay at home parent of three living outside of Philadelphia, but she grew up in Virginia and Texas. She’s been a women’s basketball fan since the 1993-1994 season in which she started playing basketball herself. She loves all sports, but basketball is her passion. She wished she could’ve played in college, but being vertically challenged (5’3″) and not that athletic, she was forced to stick to watching and cheering. She graduated from Notre Dame.

Glenn Starkey – Twitter

Glenn Starkey has been following women’s college basketball since 2001 and has followed teams from the New York metro area. He started following the Rutgers women’s basketball team in 2001 to 2010 which quickly became into a fan of all of women’s college basketball. He moved to support the St.John’s women’s basketball team after 2010 as he lives a mile within an arena. He has developed relationships with various coaches of women’s college basketball and has supported several schools for the past 11 years. He works in insurance and supports the New York Liberty WNBA team and the Sky Blue soccer team in the summer.

Mary Carol Bond – Twitter

Mary Carol Bond (Mac to her friends, she/her) is a lifelong women’s basketball fan, whose father loved March Madness and began to include women’s teams in the family tournament as soon as his daughters began to play the sport in the 80’s.  Raised in Chicago on Notre Dame and DePaul, Mary Carol has lived for years on the Great Plains, and is now a Husker women’s basketball season ticket holder who is relied on to have the game scout for her entire section of Pinnacle Bank Arena, a frequent traveler to WNBA and NCAAW games all over the mid-west and when travel is safe again has promised herself that she will see a Final Four in person. 

Craig Morancie – Twitter

Craig Morancie has been a basketball fan since the 1980’s. He has done radio broadcasts for his college team (Georgetown) from 1984-1987 as well as Brooklyn College from 1993 to 1994.

Jaison King – Twitter

Jaison coaches high school, club and AAU basketball. He coaches on the girls side. He is currently coaching the North Toronto Huskies basketball club, Havergal College and the Stanford University girls elite camp. In the summer, he also coaches with Ontario Basketball as part of the Ontario Summer Development Program and the Ontario Summer Games. He is also the head coach of the U14 girls team for the Toronto region. In 2020, he was awarded the Excellence in Coaching award from the Ontario Coaches Association in part for his work with women’s basketball.

Porter Hayes – Twitter

Porter Hayes covers women’s sports at the University of Arkansas. He has been following women’s basketball for over 25 years. It started when his father was stationed in Connecticut for the Army. He started to watch the UCONN women’s basketball and fell in love with the game. He is married to a wonderful wife, Amber, for 5 years and has three boys, Danny (15), Elijah(11) and Gavin (11).

Mike DeKalb – Twitter

Based in Los Angeles, Mike DeKalb is a lifelong sports fan who recently started his own women’s basketball blog called “Goose on Hoops”.

Colleen Couture – Twitter

Current college student and women’s basketball fanatic, Colleen Couture began her love for professional basketball just a few years ago. She and her sister traveled from Vermont (her home state) to Tennessee to see the Lady Volunteers take down Ole Miss. Fast forward a few years, she has now been a sports writer since 2020 and typically covers the Tennessee Lady Volunteers but is also an avid fan of the WNBA. She writes for Global Women’s Sports Radio and is a free lance digital sports illustrator, @she.drawssports. When she finds free time away from college homework you can find her catching up on the latest stats from the game and reading biographies of women in sports. 

Alexandria Miller – Twitter

Alexandria Miller lives in Westland, Michigan. Basketball was her first love. She plays junior college basketball. Women’s college basketball is seeing raw talent and that is why she enjoys watching every part of it.

Michael McManus – Twitter

Michael McManus is currently based out of Salt Lake City, Utah, originally from Bennettsville, South Carolina. He fell in love with women’s college basketball, when he watched Candace Parker defeat Candice Wiggins in the 2008 National Championship game. As time went on, he learnt more and more about the history of the sport and his fondness became a passion. You can usually find him watching any and every college game he can find on 4 devices at home.

Women’s College Basketball Players Rankings – Class by Class! Week 13

Kierstan Bell - Florida Gulf Coast University

We are nearing the end of the regular season and this week, many teams were upset within the AP Top 25. More cancellations and postponements happened after the Texas winter storm either cancelled or postponed games in or around the Texas area.

Listed below are the top 36 seniors, the top 27 juniors, the top 18 sophomores and the top 9 freshmen for the week of February 15th to February 21st.

If you would like to view the previous week, you may do so here. Questions? First time viewing the rankings? The FAQ page can help answer your questions.

SENIORS

  1. Natasha Mack – Oklahoma State
  2. Chelsea Dungee – Arkansas
  3. Aari McDonald – Arizona
  4. Gabby Connally – Georgia
  5. Arella Guirantes – Rutgers
  6. Rennia Davis – Tennessee
  7. Aleah Goodman – Oregon State
  8. Jasmine Walker – Alabama
  9. Michaela Onyenwere – UCLA
  10. Mya Hollingshed – Colorado
  11. Ali Patberg – Indiana
  12. Kayla Jones – NC State
  13. Bethy Mununga – South Florida
  14. Destiny Slocum – Arkansas
  15. Aisha Sheppard – Virginia Tech
  16. Kiana Williams – Stanford
  17. Katie Benzan – Maryland
  18. DiJonai Carrington – Baylor
  19. Amber Ramirez – Arkansas
  20. Dana Evans – Louisville
  21. Moon Ursin – Baylor
  22. Kayla Wells – Texas A&M
  23. Aaliyah Wilson – Texas A&M
  24. Que Morrison – Georgia
  25. Tylee Irwin – South Dakota State
  26. Temi Carda – Creighton
  27. Lindsey Pulliam – Northwestern
  28. Blanca Millan – Maine
  29. Brice Calip – Missouri State
  30. Hannah Sjerven – South Dakota
  31. Caitlyn Hibner – Green Bay
  32. Jayla Thornton – Howard
  33. Didi Richards – Baylor
  34. Ane Olaeta – California Baptist
  35. Jasmine Robinson – Troy
  36. Natalie Armstrong – Samford

JUNIORS

  1. Naz Hillmon – Michigan
  2. Elissa Cunane – NC State
  3. Charli Collier – Texas
  4. Christyn Williams – Connecticut
  5. Ashley Joens – Iowa State
  6. Olivia Nelson-Ododa – Connecticut
  7. Destanni Henderson – South Carolina
  8. Grace Berger – Indiana
  9. Lexi Held – DePaul
  10. Rae Burrell – Tennessee
  11. Lexi Hull – Stanford
  12. Sydni Harvey – South Florida
  13. Ja’Mee Asberry – Oklahoma State
  14. Leigha Brown – Michigan
  15. Shakira Austin – Ole Miss
  16. Destiny Harden – Miami
  17. Paiton Burckhard – South Dakota State
  18. Morgan Jones – Florida State
  19. Rhyne Howard – Kentucky
  20. Nia Clouden – Michigan State
  21. Monika Czinano – Iowa
  22. Jasmine Dickey – Delaware
  23. Jasmine Franklin – Missouri State
  24. Skyler Curran – High Point
  25. Michaela Harrison – Mount St.Mary’s
  26. Lou Lopez-Senechal – Fairfield
  27. Melody Kempton – Gonzaga

SOPHOMORES

  1. Kierstan Bell – FGCU
  2. Jakia Brown-Turner – NC State
  3. Ashley Owusu – Maryland
  4. Jacy Sheldon – Ohio State
  5. Isabelle Bourne – Nebraska
  6. Diamond Miller – Maryland
  7. Esmery Martinez – West Virginia
  8. Aliyah Boston – South Carolina
  9. Zia Cooke – South Carolina
  10. Elizabeth Kitley – Virginia Tech
  11. Kirsten Deans – West Virginia
  12. Alyza Winston – Michigan State
  13. Taylor Jones – Oregon State
  14. Ashley Scoggin – Nebraska
  15. Shaylee Gonzales – BYU
  16. Celeste Taylor – Texas
  17. Beyonce Bea – Idaho
  18. Dasia Young – UT Martin

FRESHMEN

  1. Caitlin Clark – Iowa
  2. Diamond Johnson – Rutgers
  3. Charlisse Leger-Walker – Washington State
  4. Paige Bueckers – Connecticut
  5. Aaliyah Edwards – Connecticut
  6. Lexi Fleming – Bowling Green
  7. Talia von Oelhoffen – Oregon State
  8. Deja Kelly – North Carolina
  9. Cameron Brink – Stanford

Women’s College Basketball Players Rankings – Class by Class! Week 12

Grace Berger of Indiana

Another week, another No. 1 team lost. South Carolina lost to Connecticut last Monday, which means we will have yet another No. 1 team this week. Some teams had their Senior night games last week and there were more cancellations and postponements and it’s going to get harder to reschedule or play the missed games as the regular season is winding down.

Listed below are the top 36 seniors, the top 27 juniors, the top 18 sophomores and the top 9 freshmen for the week of February 8th to February 14th. You can view the previous week here. Questions? First time viewing these rankings? The FAQ page can help you out.

SENIORS

  1. Michaela Onyenwere – UCLA
  2. Arella Guirantes – Rutgers
  3. Dana Evans – Louisville
  4. Aari McDonald – Arizona
  5. Rennia Davis – Tennnessee
  6. Deja Church – DePaul
  7. Gabby Connally – Georgia
  8. Kysre Gondrezick – West Virginia
  9. Janelle Bailey – North Carolina
  10. Kayla Jones – NC State
  11. Destiny Pitts – Texas A&M
  12. Mya Hollingshed – Colorado
  13. Aaliyah Wilson – Texas A&M
  14. Ali Patberg – Indiana
  15. Sam Thomas – Arizona
  16. Jenna Staiti – Georgia
  17. Kiana Williams – Stanford
  18. Bethy Mununga – South Florida
  19. Nancy Mulkey – Rice
  20. Que Morrison – Georgia
  21. Gina Conti – Wake Forest
  22. Ivana Raca – Wake Forest
  23. Jenn Wirth – Gonzaga
  24. Jill Townsend – Gonzaga
  25. Brice Calip – Missouri State
  26. Chloe Lamb – South Dakota
  27. Natalie Chou – UCLA
  28. Erin Whalen – Dayton
  29. Tori Martell – Montana State
  30. Anna McLeod – Abilene Christian
  31. Alexus Dye – Troy
  32. Cierra Hall – UC Davis
  33. Kendall Bresee – Mount St. Mary’s
  34. Willow Duffell – Marist
  35. Ane Olaeta – California Baptist
  36. Skyler Goodwin – Louisiana

JUNIORS

  1. Grace Berger – Indiana
  2. Naz Hillmon – Michigan
  3. Shakira Austin – Ole Miss
  4. Madi Williams – Oklahoma
  5. Imani Lewis – Wisconsin
  6. Sonya Morris – DePaul
  7. Cate Reese – Arizona
  8. Ashley Joens – Iowa State
  9. Destanni Henderson – South Carolina
  10. Rae Burrell – Tennessee
  11. Myah Selland – South Dakota State
  12. Charli Collier – Texas
  13. Kianna Smith – Louisville
  14. Nia Clouden – Michigan State
  15. Leigha Brown – Michigan
  16. Jasmine Franklin – Missouri State
  17. Bianca Jackson – Florida State
  18. Elizabeth Dixon – Louisville
  19. Jasmine Dickey – Delaware
  20. Sydni Harvey – South Florida
  21. Elisa Pinzan – South Florida
  22. Lexi Held – DePaul
  23. Paiton Burckhard – South Dakota State
  24. Ayana Emmanuel – Alabama State
  25. Eboni Williams – Chattanoga
  26. Olivia Nelson – Ododa – Connecticut
  27. Elissa Cunane – NC State

SOPHOMORES

  1. Ashley Owusu – Maryland
  2. Diamond Miller – Maryland
  3. Aliyah Boston – South Carolina
  4. Haley Jones – Stanford
  5. Zia Cooke – South Carolina
  6. Elizabeth Kitley – Virginia Tech
  7. Lavender Briggs – Florida
  8. Mackenzie Holmes – Indiana
  9. Kierstan Bell – FGCU
  10. Hanna Cavinder – Fresno State
  11. Mimi Collins – Maryland
  12. Jakia Brown – Turner – NC State
  13. Jordan Nixon – Texas A&M
  14. Kadi Sissoko – Minnesota
  15. Nyara Sabally – Oregon
  16. Charisma Osborne – UCLA
  17. Dasia Young – UT Martin
  18. Maggie Pina – Boston University

FRESHMEN

  1. Paige Bueckers – Connecticut & Caitlin Clark – Iowa
  2. Charlisse Leger-Walker – Washington State
  3. Claire Wyatt – High Point
  4. Diamond Johnson – Rutgers
  5. Emani Jefferson – Wright State
  6. Lexi Fleming – Bowling Green
  7. Cameron Brink – Stanford
  8. Sean Kelly Darks – North Carolina A&T
  9. Aaliyah Edwards – Connecticut

2021 WNBA Mock Draft Version 2.0

Awak Kuier of Finland

It’s been one month since I published my first version of the WNBA Mock Draft and it is now time for the second version. A lot has changed since then. The top 2 draft picks now belong to Dallas instead of New York who held the 1st pick. The Dallas Wings suddenly now have a lot of picks in this draft, but who knows if they will keep them or they will give them away. Roster spots are at a premium now in the WNBA, so a ton of these players selected might get training camp invites only and may have to resort to playing overseas first or waiting for 7 day contracts, etc.

Some players increased their draft stock since last month and that is reflected in this second version of the 2021 WNBA Mock Draft. I will have two more versions of this WNBA Mock Draft, one that will be released in March and the final WNBA Mock Draft which will be released one week before the WNBA Draft takes place.

2021 WNBA Mock Draft Version 2.0

FIRST ROUND

  1. Awak Kuier, Finland – Dallas Wings

The Dallas Wings have the top 2 picks and they should select the best player available which is now Awak Kuier of Finland. She recently played in Eurobasket qualifiers and played very well against some of the top European countries. She showed a variety of skills which should translate very well into the WNBA. Even if she does not show up this season, the Wings should select her and retain her draft rights until she does comes over.

2. Charli Collier, Texas – Dallas Wings

With the second pick, the Dallas Wings should select Charli Collier from Texas. She’s a local player and she’s played very well for Texas. She was my top pick last month, but she drops to the second pick this month because Kuier played extremely well for during Eurobasket qualifiers and is just a bit better than Collier at this point. She’s also younger than Collier, so she can grow and develop even more. This is not a knock on Charli Collier who is still a very good player and should give Dallas some help in terms of rebounding and a post presence.

3. Dana Evans, Louisville – Atlanta Dream

Dana Evans has increased her draft stock from last month due to her ability to effectively lead Louisville in late game situations. She has become the leader and has made so many clutch shots over the past month. Since Renee Montgomery announced her retirement, the Dream need a point guard and Dana Evans can fill that role off the bench.

4. Chelsea Dungee, Arkansas – Indiana Fever

The Indiana Fever have not been lucky in terms of the lottery and in WNBA Free Agency, so why not add the best player still on the board in Chelsea Dungee? Chelsea Dungee is another player who increased her draft stock from last month and is quickly rising. She can be a spark plug for the Fever and can quickly become a fan favorite in Indiana with her style of play.

5. Aari McDonald, Arizona – Dallas Wings

Aari McDonald drops this month in my WNBA Mock Draft, but that’s not because of her, it’s just because other players stepped up since last month. Aari McDonald is a top 5 player and Dallas should draft her because she is a very good guard and can help Dallas off the bench with her scoring.

6. Arella Guirantes, Rutgers – New York Liberty

7. Rennia Davis, Tennessee – Dallas Wings

8. Michaela Onyenwere, UCLA – Chicago Sky

9. Natasha Mack, Oklahoma State – Minnesota Lynx

10. Kysre Gondrezick, West Virginia – Los Angeles Sparks

11. Destiny Slocum, Arkansas – Seattle Storm

12. N’Dea Jones, Texas A&M – Las Vegas Aces

SECOND ROUND

  1. Ciera Johnson, Texas A&M – Dallas Wings
  2. Jenna Staiti, Georgia – Indiana Fever
  3. Kianna Williams, Stanford – Atlanta Dream
  4. Lindsay Pulliam, Northwestern – Chicago Sky
  5. Kayla Jones, NC State – New York Liberty
  6. Jasmine Walker, Alabama – Seattle Storm
  7. Aaliyah Wilson, Texas A&M – Indiana Fever
  8. Tekia Mack, Rutgers – Connecticut Sun
  9. Ali Patberg, Indiana – Connecticut Sun
  10. DiJonai Carrington, Baylor – Los Angeles Sparks
  11. Selena Lott, Marquette – Seattle Storm
  12. Tiana Mangakahia, Syracuse – Las Vegas Aces

THIRD ROUND

  1. Moon Ursin, Baylor – New York Liberty
  2. Khayla Pointer, LSU – Indiana Fever
  3. Deja Church, DePaul – Atlanta Dream
  4. Amber Ramirez, Arkansas – Los Angeles Sparks
  5. Kayla Wells, Texas A&M – New York Liberty
  6. Jenn Wirth, Gonzaga – Connecticut Sun
  7. Kristin Scott, Iowa State – Indiana Fever
  8. Jill Townsend, Gonzaga – Phoenix Mercury
  9. Lauren Heard, TCU – Indiana Fever
  10. Chloe Bibby, Maryland – Los Angeles Sparks
  11. Que Morrison, Georgia – Seattle Storm
  12. Nancy Mulkey, Rice – Las Vegas Aces

Women’s College Basketball Players Rankings – Class by Class! Week 11

Natasha Mack of Oklahoma State

What an incredible and interesting week! The No. 1 overall team was upset last week & the team that upset them also lost later that week. A couple of teams were upset in the top 10, and a few lost games who were ranked in the AP Top 25. Parity has come to this women’s college basketball season even amongst more COVID-19 postponements and cancellations.

Listed below is the top 36 seniors, the top 27 juniors, the top 18 sophomores and the top 9 freshmen for the week of February 1st to February 7th. You can check out the previous week here. If you have any questions, or if it is your first time viewing these rankings, you can view the FAQ page.

SENIORS

  1. Natasha Mack – Oklahoma State
  2. Dana Evans – Louisville
  3. Kysre Gondrezick – West Virginia
  4. Kayla Wells – Texas A&M
  5. Jasmine Walker – Alabama
  6. Lindsey Pulliam – Northwestern
  7. Tekia Mack – Rutgers
  8. Aaliyah Wilson – Texas A&M
  9. Deja Church – DePaul
  10. DiJonai Carrington – Baylor
  11. Michaela Onyenwere – UCLA
  12. Que Morrison – Georgia
  13. Gina Conti – Wake Forest
  14. Moon Ursin – Baylor
  15. Erin Boley – Oregon
  16. Kiana Williams – Stanford
  17. Amber Ramirez – Arkansas
  18. Jenna Staiti – Georgia
  19. Chelsea Dungee – Arkansas
  20. Ali Patberg – Indiana
  21. Ciera Johnson – Texas A&M
  22. Katie Benzan – Maryland
  23. Jill Townsend – Gonzaga
  24. Blanca Millan – Maine
  25. Chloe Bibby – Maryland
  26. Jenna Giacone – Dayton
  27. Khayla Pointer – LSU
  28. Dora Goles – Idaho State
  29. Willow Duffell – Marist
  30. Marissa Banfield – Stephen F. Austin
  31. Lore Devos – Colorado State
  32. Tylee Irwin – South Dakota State
  33. Skyler Goodwin – Louisiana
  34. Ameshya Williams – Jackson State
  35. Ane Olaeta – California Baptist
  36. Nicole Cardano – Hillary – Indiana

JUNIORS

  1. Charli Collier – Texas
  2. Shakira Austin – Ole Miss
  3. Rhyne Howard – Kentucky
  4. Sonya Morris – DePaul
  5. Veronica Burton – Northwestern
  6. Ashley Joens – Iowa State
  7. Christyn Williams – Connecticut
  8. Elissa Cunane – NC State
  9. NaLyssa Smith – Baylor
  10. Dorka Juhasz – Ohio State
  11. Victaria Saxton – South Carolina
  12. Lotta Maj-Lahtinen – Georgia Tech
  13. Nia Clouden – Michigan State
  14. Aaliyah Patty – Ohio State
  15. Myah Selland – South Dakota State
  16. Morgan Jones – Florida State
  17. Kianna Smith – Louisville
  18. Kari Niblack – West Virginia
  19. Destanni Henderson – South Carolina
  20. Angel Baker – Wright State
  21. Jasmine Dickey – Delaware
  22. Jasmine Hardy – Long Beach State
  23. Jada Dapaa – St. Francis
  24. Annie Ramil – Samford
  25. Conley Chinn – Belmont
  26. Lexi Held – DePaul
  27. Paiton Burckhard – South Dakota State

SOPHOMORES

  1. Endyia Rogers – USC
  2. Mackenzie Holmes – Indiana
  3. Kierstan Bell – FGCU
  4. Charisma Osborne – UCLA
  5. Elizabeth Kitley – Virginia Tech
  6. Zia Cooke – South Carolina
  7. Mackenna Marisa – Penn State
  8. Ashley Owusu – Maryland
  9. Nyara Sabally – Oregon
  10. Aliyah Boston – South Carolina
  11. Jada Boyd – NC State
  12. Dyaisha Fair – Buffalo
  13. Sam Brunelle – Notre Dame
  14. Kayleigh Truong – Gonzaga
  15. Jenson Edwards – High Point
  16. Katia Gallegos – UTEP
  17. Grace Berg – Drake
  18. Sydney Johnson – Boston University

FRESHMEN

  1. Paige Bueckers – Connecticut
  2. Caitlin Clark – Iowa
  3. Charlisse Leger-Walker – Washington State
  4. Kamilla Cardoso – Syracuse
  5. Aaliyah Edwards – Connecticut
  6. Cameron Brink – Stanford
  7. Alyssa Ustby – North Carolina
  8. Diamond Johnson – Rutgers
  9. Nika Muhl – Connecticut