The Greatest Women’s College Basketball Players Bracket Challenge (1997-2020) Winner Is…

The winner of the Greatest Women’s College Basketball Players Bracket Challenge presented by www.wbasketballblog.com is Candace Parker! Congratulations to Candace Parker. She defeated UConn Husky Diana Taurasi in the final public Twitter poll by 9% (54.2 percent compared to 45.8 percent.) View the bracket here.

Candace Parker at the University of Tennessee. Photo courtesy of Tennessee Athletics.

Candace Parker was the #1 seed in the Summitt Region. The region was named after her college coach, Patt Summitt. She defeated Dewanna Bonner in the Round of 64 and her former team mate Kristi Toliver in the Round of 32. She then, defeated Skylar Diggins in the Sweet 16. She defeated legendary Lady Vol alum Tamika Catchings in the Elite 8. In the Final four semifinal, she beat out legendary Husky Breanna Stewart who was performing extremely well in the Twitter Polls to advance to the Final.

Candace Parker had a decorated college career at the University of Tennessee and now can hold the crown for winning the Greatest Women’s College Basketball Players Bracket Challenge from the year 1997 to 2020. Thank you to everyone who was on the selection committee, thank you to everyone who made and edited videos as well as images. Thank you to everyone who voted in the Twitter Polls as well as people who sparked discussions about the structure of the bracket. All of it. From the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU.

Take care,

Aneela Khan

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.

2021 WNBA Mock Draft Version 1.0

Charli Collier - Texas women's basketball

It’s that time of year again! The WNBA Draft is in three months, which means it’s time to start releasing my version of the WNBA Mock Drafts. This draft class is not as deep or strong as last year’s class and some players may or may not change their mind about staying an extra year so there’s a layer of uncertainty surrounding the draft this year. It’s not as clear cut as it was in previous years. With a ton of cancellations/postponements in the women’s college basketball season, a lot of coaches/GM’s can’t evaluate players as well as they would like, so it shall be interesting on how they draft players this year.

I have put explanations for the top 5 picks and left the rest in ranking form. Keep in mind, I will have three more versions of this draft before a final WNBA Mock Draft that will come out one week before the actual draft. As always, I look forward to reading your comments / disagreements on my WNBA Mock Draft, so comment away and let me know what you think of my first version of the WNBA Mock Draft.

2021 WNBA MOCK DRAFT VERSION 1.0

FIRST ROUND

  1. New York Liberty – Charli Collier – Texas

The New York Liberty have the first pick for the second straight year after they selected Sabrina Ionescu with the first pick last year. For the first overall pick, teams should select the best player available regardless of position. This year, that player is Charli Collier from Texas. She’s got a ton of potential to be really great and a future star player. She will not be as pro ready as Sabrina Ionescu or some other former No. 1 overall picks, but she is, in my opinion, the best player to be taken overall and the Liberty should pick her.

2. Dallas Wings – Aari McDonald – Arizona

The Dallas Wings are loaded with so many talented young players and are a team on the rise. They’ve got promising young stars in Bella Alarie, Arike Ogunbowale, Satou Sabally, just to name a few. As the team that will pick second, it’s hard to ignore the talent of Aari McDonald and is just too hard to pass up. Aari McDonald is a great scorer and has become better every year and has helped Arizona reach top 10 in the AP rankings and put Arizona on the map. Aari McDonald won’t be asked for a lot as the Wings already have a loaded roster, but she can help the bench and give them a good guard off the bench. She may or may not get minutes right away, but is absolutely deserving of the second overall pick.

3. Atlanta Dream – Rennia Davis – Tennessee

The Atlanta Dream have a mix of a ton of great veteran forwards in Elizabeth Williams, Glory Johnson as well as young forwards/centers in Monique Billings and Kalani Brown. However, they could still use some great back up off the bench and for the third overall pick, that belongs to Rennia Davis of Tennessee. She has gotten better over the years and has been a consistent and steady player for the Lady Vols this season. The Dream could always use some help in the center/forward position off the bench and Rennia Davis is the perfect player for it.

4. Indiana Fever – Dana Evans – Louisville

The Indiana Fever have some great young star guards in Kelsey Mitchell, Tiffany Mitchell, Julie Allemand and veteran star Erica Wheeler. However, they could use a point guard off the bench to help lead the bench and this where Dana Evans comes in. Dana Evans has been on a tear lately to help lead Louisville and she’s been the leading guard off some very promising young future star freshmen in Hailey Van Lith and Oliva Cochran. She’s been a great leader for them and she can help do the same for the Indiana Fever. She may or may not get minutes right away and she may struggle early as some rookies do, but she is a great fit for the Indiana Fever.

5. Dallas Wings (via the Washington Mystics) – Awak Kuier – Finland

The Dallas Wings already have the second pick and now are selecting fifth overall. Awak Kuier of Finland is just 19 years old and has already garnered so much attention overseas in international competition. She has just got some potential that it’s hard to see her not drafted top 5. She may or may not go earlier than fifth overall but if the Wings get lucky, they definitely should draft her despite being already loaded at the forward/center position. Since this season be filled with uncertainty, there’s a chance she may not show up at all and the Wings could have her next season. We just don’t know yet. But we do know that, there have been great international picks in the past (Liz Cambage and Lauren Jackson) come to mind and Awak Kuier seems to be another future great international draft pick.

6. Phoenix Mercury – Michaela Onyen

7. Dallas Wings – Arella Guirantes –

8. Chicago Sky – Destiny Slocum –

9. Minnesota Lynx – N’dea Jones-

10. Los Angeles Sparks – Janelle Bailey –

11. Seattle Storm – Chelsea Dungee –

12. Las Vegas Aces – Kiana Williams –

SECOND ROUND

  1. Dallas Wings – Ciera Johnson – Texas A&M
  2. Indiana Fever – Jenna Staiti – Georgia
  3. Atlanta Dream – Aaliyah Wilson – Texas A&M
  4. Dallas Wings – Natasha Mack – Oklahoma State
  5. New York Liberty – Kysre Gondrezick – West Virginia
  6. Connecticut Sun – Jaelynn Penn – Indiana
  7. Chicago Sky – Erin Boley – Oregon
  8. Connecticut Sun – Chloe Bibby – Maryland
  9. Indiana Fever – Destiny Pitts – Texas A&M
  10. Los Angeles Sparks – Hailey Brown – Michigan
  11. Seattle Storm – Ali Patberg – Indiana
  12. Las Vegas Aces – Kristin Scott – Iowa State

THIRD ROUND

  1. New York Liberty – Kayla Jones – NC State
  2. Indiana Fever – Didi Richards- Baylor
  3. Atlanta Dream – Que Morrison – Georgia
  4. Dallas Wings – Jenn Wirth – Gonzaga
  5. New York Liberty – Nancy Mulkey – Rice
  6. Connecticut – Bethy Mununga – South Florida
  7. Chicago Sky – Lindsey Pulliam – Northwestern
  8. Phoenix Mercury – Jasmine Walker – Alabama
  9. Minnesota Lynx – Lauren Heard – TCU
  10. Los Angeles Sparks – Moon Ursin – Baylor
  11. Seattle Storm – Jill Townsend – Gonzaga
  12. Las Vegas Aces – Lexi Gordon – Texas Tech

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

Maddy Siegrist of Villanova

In quite an unique season like no other, last week was incredible as many teams were upset. Ranked teams fell to unranked teams. Tennessee upset No. 15 Indiana, North Carolina blew out #18 Syracuse, South Dakota State beat Missouri State, Washington State upset Oregon State. In a battle of ranked teams, DePaul upset Kentucky. It definitely continues to be interesting as we come closer to the end of 2020.

Listed below is the top 36 seniors, the top 27 juniors, the top 18 sophomores and the top 9 freshmen for the week of December 14th to December 20th. You can view last week’s rankings here. Have questions? First time viewing these rankings? The FAQ page can help you out!

SENIORS

  1. Rennia Davis – Tennessee
  2. Aari McDonald – Arizona
  3. Michaela Onyenwere – UCLA
  4. Chelsea Dungee – Arkansas
  5. Kiana Williams – Stanford
  6. Jasmine Walker – Alabama
  7. Janelle Bailey – North Carolina
  8. Kristin Scott – Iowa State
  9. Natasha Mack – Oklahoma State
  10. Chloe Bibby – Maryland
  11. Destiny Slocum – Arkansas
  12. Dee Bekelja – DePaul
  13. Selena Lott – Marquette
  14. Brice Calip – Missouri State
  15. Aaliyah Wilson – Texas A&M
  16. Kayla Jones – NC State
  17. Ciera Johnson – Texas A&M
  18. Jenna Staiti – Georgia
  19. Jenn Wirth – Gonzaga
  20. Deja Church – DePaul
  21. Natalie Chou – UCLA
  22. Kionna Jeter – Towson
  23. Petra Holesinka – North Carolina
  24. DiJonai Carrington – Baylor
  25. N’dea Jones – Texas A&M
  26. Masseny Kaba – UCF
  27. Lindsey Pulliam – Northwestern
  28. Kiara Smith – Florida
  29. Jill Townsend – Gonzaga
  30. Macee Williams – IUPUI
  31. Kai Crutchfield – NC State
  32. Mya Hollingshed – Colorado
  33. Amber Ramirez – Arkansas
  34. Katie Benzan – Maryland
  35. Lore Devos – Colorado State
  36. Ane Olaeta – California Baptist

JUNIORS

  1. Jessika Carter – Mississippi State
  2. Christyn Williams – Connecticut
  3. Olivia Nelson-Ododa – Connecticut
  4. NaLyssa Smith – Baylor
  5. Rae Burrell – Tennessee
  6. Veronica Burton – Northwestern
  7. Nia Clouden – Michigan State
  8. Myah Selland – South Dakota State
  9. Queen Egbo – Baylor
  10. Sonya Morris – DePaul
  11. Elissa Cunane – NC State
  12. Shakira Austin – Ole Miss
  13. Cate Reese – Arizona
  14. Joanne Allen – Taylor – Texas
  15. Lexie Hull – Stanford
  16. Lexie Held – DePaul
  17. Audrey Warren – Texas
  18. Elisa Pinzan – South Florida
  19. Victaria Saxton – South Carolina
  20. Kourtney Weber – Florida State
  21. Taya Hanson – Arizona State
  22. Sydney Wood – Northwestern
  23. Callie Bourne – Idaho State
  24. Jaron Dougherty – Mercer
  25. Lauren Ebo – Texas
  26. Paiton Burckhard – South Dakota State
  27. Sarah Barcello – Marist

SOPHOMORES

  1. Maddy Siegrist – Villanova
  2. Laeticia Amihere – South Carolina
  3. Zia Cooke – South Carolina
  4. Ashley Owusu – Maryland
  5. Dre’una Edwards – Kentucky
  6. Lavender Briggs – Florida
  7. Diamond Miller – Maryland
  8. Jakia Brown-Turner – NC State
  9. Aliyah Boston – South Carolina
  10. Nyara Sabally – Oregon
  11. Kierstan Bell – FGCU
  12. Johanna Teder – Washington State
  13. Koi Love – Vanderbilt
  14. Elena Tsineke – South Florida
  15. Haley Jones – Stanford
  16. Aijha Blackwell – Missouri
  17. Ryan Cobbins – North Dakota State
  18. Anna Larr Roberson – LA Tech

FRESHMEN

  1. Paige Bueckers – Connecticut
  2. Deja Kelly – North Carolina
  3. Hannah Gusters – Baylor
  4. Diamond Johnson – Rutgers
  5. Sydney Parrish – Oregon
  6. Gabby Elliot – Clemson
  7. Cameron Brink – Stanford
  8. Jaddan Simmons – Arizona State
  9. Destinee Wells – Belmont