Women’s College Basketball Player Rankings – Class by Class! Week 3

The third week of the college basketball season is upon us and there were tons of Thanksgiving holiday tournaments both in the United States and abroad. It was a pretty busy week with a lot of teams in action and some pretty intense basketball.

The previous week rankings can be found here. If you have any questions, feel free to check my FAQ page. I have also updated it for this season.

Listed below are the top 36 seniors, the top 27 juniors, the top 18 sophomores and the top 9 freshmen for the week of November 20th to November 26th.

SENIORS

  1. Kelsey Mitchell – Ohio State (+2)
  2. A’ja Wilson – South Carolina (-1)
  3. Jordin Canada – UCLA
  4. Kia Nurse – Connecticut (+4)
  5. Victoria Vivians – Mississippi State (+6)
  6. Monique Billings – UCLA (+1)
  7. Mercedes Russell – Tennessee (+7)
  8. Jaime Nared – Tennessee (+1)
  9. Stephanie Mavunga – Ohio State (+1)
  10. Shakayla Thomas – Florida State (+12)
  11. Gabby Williams – Connecticut (-6)
  12. Lexie Brown – Duke (+7)
  13. Rebecca Greenwell – Duke (NR)
  14. Macy Miller – South Dakota State (+18)
  15. Katelynn Flaherty – Michigan
  16. Brooke McCarty – Texas (+1)
  17. Chelsea Nelson – NC State (NR)
  18. Erykah Davenport – Miami (NR)
  19. Imani Wright – Florida State (+7)
  20. Vionise Pierre – Louis – Oklahoma (NR)
  21. Tyler Scaife – Rutgers (+4)
  22. Loryn Goodwin – Oklahoma State (NR)
  23. Jessica Lindstrom – Green Bay (+8)
  24. Linnae Harper – Ohio State (-18)
  25. Kristen Simon – USC (+10)
  26. Emily Potter – Utah (+10)
  27. Marie Gulich – Oregon State (-3)
  28. Carlie Wagner – Minnesota (+6)
  29. Roshunda Johnson – Mississippi State (NR)
  30. Teana Muldrow – West Virginia (NR)
  31. Branndais Agee – Michigan State (NR)
  32. Zaire O’Neil – Georgia Tech (NR)
  33. Sadie Edwards – USC (NR)
  34. Mackenzie Engram – Georgia (NR)
  35. Chania Ray – West Virginia (NR)
  36. Katherine Ups – Buffalo (NR)

JUNIORS

  1. Napheesa Collier – Connecticut (+7)
  2. Azura Stevens – Connecticut (+2)
  3. Kalani Brown – Baylor (-2)
  4. Kitija Laksa – South Florida (+5)
  5. Sophie Cunningham – Missouri (+2)
  6. Hallie Thome – Michigan (NR)
  7. Megan Gustafson – Iowa (-1)
  8. Teaira McCowan – Mississippi State (+2)
  9. Alanna Smith – Stanford (NR)
  10. Arike Ogunbowale – Notre Dame (+1)
  11. Kenisha Bell – Minnesota (+4)
  12. Jessica Shepard – Notre Dame (-7)
  13. Jatarie White – Texas (NR)
  14. Cierra Porter – Missouri (NR)
  15. Kennedy Leonard – Colorado (+1)
  16. Kennedy Burke – UCLA (-2)
  17. Anriel Howard – Texas A&M
  18. Allazia Blockton – Marquette (-6)
  19. Tanita Allen – DePaul (NR)
  20. Alexis Jennings – South Carolina (NR)
  21. Chanette Hicks – Virginia Tech (NR)
  22. Bridget Carleton – Iowa State (+3)
  23. Maci Morris – Kentucky (NR)
  24. Lashaan Higgs – Texas (-1)
  25. Jaisa Nunn – New Mexico (+1)
  26. Carmen Grande – Ball State (NR)
  27. Paris Kea – North Carolina (NR)

SOPHOMORES

  1. Ruthy Hebard – Oregon
  2. Lauren Cox – Baylor (+11)
  3. Sabrina Ionescu – Oregon (-1)
  4. Kaila Charles – Maryland (+4)
  5. Jackie Young – Notre Dame (+5)
  6. Crystal Dangerfield – Connecticut (-1)
  7. Leaonna Odom – Duke (+10)
  8. Kelly Jekot – Villanova (-5)
  9. Stephanie Jones – Maryland (+5)
  10. Kat Tudor – Oregon State (NR)
  11. Tiana Mangakahia – Syracuse (NR)
  12. Mikayla Pivec – Oregon State (-8)
  13. Tyasha Harris – South Carolina (NR)
  14. Kylee Shook – Louisville (NR)
  15. Bionca Dunham – Louisville (NR)
  16. Robbi Ryan – Arizona State
  17. Anna Wilson – Stanford (NR)
  18. Erin Whalen – Vanderbilt (NR)

FRESHMEN

  1. Chennedy Carter – Texas A&M
  2. Rennia Davis – Tennessee (+2)
  3. Kianna Smith – California (NR)
  4. Mykea Gray – Miami (NR)
  5. Anastasia Hayes – Tennessee (NR)
  6. Satou Sabally – Oregon (+2)
  7. Evina Westbrook – Tennessee (NR)
  8. Karly Murphy – Green Bay (NR)
  9. Digna Strautmane – Syracuse (NR)
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Women’s College Basketball Player Rankings – Class by Class! Week 2

We are now into the second week of the college basketball season and already we are starting to see some teams quickly get off to hot starts such as UCLA who defeated a top 10 team and Louisville who won the pre-season WNIT championship this week. Everyone already knows about Connecticut, and yes they had a great week as well. This week’s rankings are a bit short, so for this week the rankings start from Tuesday onwards. It shall go back to the regular format for next week onwards when teams are away on American Thanksgiving holiday week.

I’ve also added something new to the rankings which will be applied to every rankings that come out from now on. I’ve added (+) or (-) signs to the players. This is to show how they’ve either gone up or dropped from the previous week. It’s to help you to track just how well the players are doing on a week to week basis.

Want to check how the players in Week 1? Click here for that list. Have any questions? Check my FAQ page and if you have any comment to make, leave them in my comments section.

Listed below are the top 36 seniors, the top 27 juniors, the top 18 sophomores and the top 9 freshmen for the week of November 14th to November 19th.

SENIORS

  1. Myshia Hines – Allen – Louisville (+4)
  2. A’ja Wilson – South Carolina (-1)
  3. Jordin Canada – UCLA
  4. Kelsey Mitchell – Ohio State (-2)
  5. Gabby Williams – Connecticut (-1)
  6. Linnae Harper – Ohio State (+5)
  7. Monique Billings – UCLA (-1)
  8. Kia Nurse – Connecticut (NR)
  9. Jamie Nared – Tennessee (+7)
  10. Stephanie Mavunga – Ohio State (-3)
  11. Victoria Vivians – Mississippi State (-3)
  12. Teana Muldrow – West Virginia (+2)
  13. Ariel Atkins – Texas (NR)
  14. Mercedes Russell – Tennessee (-4)
  15. Katelynn Flaherty – Michigan
  16. Morgan Williams – Mississippi State (NR)
  17. Brooke McCarty – Texas (+4)
  18. Tyra Buss – Indiana (+5)
  19. Lexie Brown – Duke (NR)
  20. Taylor Murray – Kentucky (NR)
  21. AJ Alix – Florida State (NR)
  22. Shakayla Thomas – Florida State (-4)
  23. Amanda Cahill – Indiana (NR)
  24. Marie Gulich – Oregon State (-2)
  25. Taylor Scaife – Rutgers (-1)
  26. Tashia Brown – Western Kentucky (-14)
  27. Lindsay Spann – South Carolina (NR)
  28. Imani Wright – Florida State (-3)
  29. Gabbi Ortiz – Oklahoma (NR)
  30. Kaylee Jensen – Oklahoma State (NR)
  31. Jessica Lindstrom – Green Bay (NR)
  32. Macy Miller – South Dakota State (-19)
  33. Savannah Scott – Northern Colorado (-16)
  34. Carlie Wagner – Minnesota (NR)
  35. Kristen Simon – USC (NR)
  36. Emily Potter – Utah (-9)

JUNIORS

  1. Kalani Brown – Baylor (+2)
  2. Asia Durr – Louisville (-1)
  3. Kristine Anigwe – California (+21)
  4. Azura Stevens – Connecticut (+21)
  5. Jessica Shepard – Notre Dame
  6. Megan Gustafson – Iowa (-2)
  7. Sophie Cunningham – Missouri (+20)
  8. Napheesa Collier – Connecticut (+13)
  9. Kitija Laksa – South Florida (+4)
  10. Teaira McCowan – Mississippi State (+16)
  11. Arike Ogunbowale – Notre Dame (-5)
  12. Allazia Blockton – Marquette (+6)
  13. Katie Lou Samuelson – Connecticut (-11)
  14. Kennedy Burke – UCLA (+5)
  15. Kenisha Bell – Minnesota (NR)
  16. Kennedy Leonard – Colorado (+6)
  17. Anriel Howard – Texas A&M(NR)
  18. Kiara Leslie – NC State (NR)
  19. Jill Barta – Gonzaga (+1)
  20. Ashton Millender – DePaul (NR)
  21. Caliya Robinson – Georgia (+2)
  22. Marina Mabrey – Notre Dame (-10)
  23. Lashaan Higgs – Texas (-8)
  24. Regan Magarity – Virginia Tech (NR)
  25. Bridget Carleton – Iowa State (-14)
  26. Jaisa Nunn – New Mexico (-16)
  27. Erika Davenport – Marquette (NR)

SOPHOMORES

  1. Ruthy Hebard – Oregon (+3)
  2. Sabrina Ionescu – Oregon (-1)
  3. Kelly Jekot – Villanova (NR)
  4. Mikayla Pivec – Oregon State (+1)
  5. Crystal Dangerfield – Connecticut (-2)
  6. Nicki Ekhomu – Florida State (NR)
  7. Ae’Rianna Harris – Purdue (NR)
  8. Kaila Charles – Maryland (-6)
  9. Amber Ramirez – TCU (NR)
  10. Jackie Young – Notre Dame (+3)
  11. Jasmine Jones – Louisville (+5)
  12. Chanin Scott – Georgia Tech (NR)
  13. Lauren Cox – Baylor (+1)
  14. Stephanie Jones – Maryland (+4)
  15. Taryn McCutcheon – Michigan State (NR)
  16. Robbi Ryan – Arizona State (NR)
  17. Leaonna Odom – Duke (-6)
  18. DiJonai Carrington – Stanford (NR)

FRESHMEN

  1. Chennedy Carter – Texas A&M (+4)
  2. Taylor Kissinger – Nebraska (NR)
  3. Kate Cain – Nebraska (NR)
  4. Rennia Davis – Tennessee (NR)
  5. Sidney Cooks – Michigan State (+2)
  6. Mikayla Vaughan – Notre Dame (NR)
  7. Jada Underwood – Texas (NR)
  8. Satou Sabally – Oregon (-4)
  9. Karissa McLaughlin – Purdue (-6)

Women’s College Basketball Player Rankings – Class by Class! Week 1

The first week (sort of) of college basketball has started and that means intrigue, excitement for all of the college players as well as the transfer college players who never got the opportunity to play last year. With that said, there were some stand out performances from certain players, and new names to keep track of. This will be the shortest week to track, and the rankings are only coming out on Tuesday due to some teams not having played a game yet until yesterday. Expect the rankings to come out every Monday.

You can find the pre-season rankings here. Have questions? Read through my FAQ page, and if your answer is not there, feel free to post in the comments section OR send me a tweet. My twitter handle is @whoopsblogger.

Listed below is the top 36 seniors, the top 27 juniors, the top 18 sophomores and the top 9 freshmen for Week 1.

SENIORS

  1. A’ja Wilson – South Carolina
  2. Kelsey Mitchell – Ohio State
  3. Jordin Canada – UCLA
  4. Gabby Williams – Connecticut
  5. Myshia Hines-Allen – Louisville
  6. Monique Billings – UCLA
  7. Stephanie Mavunga – Ohio State
  8. Victoria Vivians – Mississippi State
  9. Lexie Brown – Duke
  10. Mercedes Russell – Tennessee
  11. Linnae Harper – Ohio State
  12. Tashia Brown – Western Kentucky
  13. Macy Miller – South Dakota State
  14. Teana Muldrow – West Virginia
  15. Katelynn Flaherty – Michigan
  16. Jamie Nared – Tennessee
  17. Savannah Scott – Northern Colorado
  18. Shakayla Thomas – Florida State
  19. Rebecca Greenwell – Duke
  20. Vionise Pierre – Louis – Oklahoma
  21. Brooke McCarty – Texas
  22. Marie Gulich – Oregon State
  23. Tyra Buss – Indiana
  24. Tyler Scaife – Rutgers
  25. Imani Wright – Florida State
  26. Maria Jespersen – South Florida
  27. Emily Potter – Utah
  28. Khaalia Hillsman – Texas A&M
  29. Jordan Frericks – Missouri
  30. Paris Kea – North Carolina
  31. Chelsea Nelson – NC State
  32. Dyandria Anderson – Florida
  33. Maddie Manning – Oklahoma
  34. Brittany McPhee – Stanford
  35. Sadie Edwards – USC
  36. Alexa Hart – Ohio State

JUNIORS

  1. Asia Durr – Louisville
  2. Katie Lou Samuelson – Connecticut
  3. Kalani Brown – Baylor
  4. Megan Gustafson – Iowa
  5. Jessica Shepard – Notre Dame
  6. Arike Ogunbowale – Notre Dame
  7. Danni Williams – Texas A&M
  8. Hallie Thome – Michigan
  9. Bridget Carleton – Iowa State
  10. Jaisa Nunn –  New Mexico State
  11. Taylor Emery – Virginia Tech
  12. Marina Mabrey – Notre Dame
  13. Kitija Laksa – South Florida
  14. Maite Cazorla – Oregon
  15. Lashaan Higgs – Texas
  16. Alexis Jennings – South Carolina
  17. Taylor Murray – Kentucky
  18. Allazia Blockton – Marquette
  19. Kennedy Burke – UCLA
  20. Jill Barta – Gonzaga
  21. Napheesa Collier – Connecticut
  22. Kennedy Leonard – Colorado
  23. Caliya Robinson – Georgia
  24. Kristine Anigwe – California
  25. Azura Stevens – Connecticut
  26. Teaira McCowan – Mississippi State
  27. Sophie Cunningham – Missouri

SOPHOMORES

  1. Sabrina Ionescu – Oregon
  2. Kaila Charles – Maryland
  3. Crystal Dangerfield – Connecticut
  4. Ruthy Hebard – Oregon
  5. Mikayla Pivec – Oregon State
  6. Natalie Chou – Baylor
  7. Kelly Campbell – DePaul
  8. Tyasha Harris – South Carolina
  9. Dee Givens – Western Kentucky
  10. Kathleen Doyle – Iowa
  11. Leaonna Odom – Duke
  12. Alecia Sutton – Texas
  13. Jackie Young – Notre Dame
  14. Lauren Cox – Baylor
  15. Shay Colley – Michigan State
  16. Jazmine Jones – Louisville
  17. Lucky Rudd – NC State
  18. Stephanie Jones – Maryland

FRESHMEN

  1. Mykea Gray – Miami
  2. Michaela Onyenwere – UCLA
  3. Karissa McLaughlin – Purdue
  4. Satou Sabally – Oregon
  5. Chennedy Carter – Texas A&M
  6. Digna Strautmane – Syracuse
  7. Sidney Cooks – Michigan
  8. Chantel Horvat – UCLA
  9. Mikayla Boykin – Duke

Pre season Women’s College Basketball Player Rankings – Class by Class!

It is that time of year again. The college basketball season will start soon and with that, comes new excitement and energy for the 2017-2018 season. The basketball talent is incredible this season led by a very deep and talented senior class who will look to make waves in the future. Not to be outdone, the juniors and sophomores are also very intriguing followed by the new freshmen class who look to stand out. So who will be on top this season? Who will stand out amongst her peers?

The pre season rankings are combined of a combination of what happened last year and what is most likely predicted this season from the players. Remember, this list can change and new players can be added OR subtracted from this list. These rankings can change and are updated weekly. These rankings are designed to help gauge who really are the top players in women’s college basketball and if you have any questions or comments, feel free to read the FAQ regarding these rankings. Any additional questions or queries, leave them in the comments and I will get back to you as soon as possible.

Listed below are the pre season rankings for the top 36 seniors, the top 27 juniors, the top 18 sophomores and the top 9 freshmen for 2017-2018. Curious to see who made last year’s pre season rankings? Click here for that list.

*Note: Only active players are listed below. Transfer and or red shirt players are included if they are playing this season*

SENIORS

  1. A’ja Wilson – South Carolina
  2. Kelsey Mitchell – Ohio State
  3. Gabby Williams – UConn
  4. Monique Billings – UCLA
  5. Jordin Canada – UCLA
  6. Myisha Hines-Allen – Louisville
  7. Victoria Vivians – Mississippi State
  8. Shakayla Thomas – Florida State
  9. Lexie Brown – Duke
  10. Katelynn Flaherty – Michigan
  11. Mercedes Russell – Tennessee
  12. Brooke McCarty – Texas
  13. Kia Nurse – UConn
  14. Rebecca Greenwell – Duke
  15. Aerial Atkins – Texas
  16. Stephanie Mavunga – Ohio State
  17. Jamie Nared – Tennessee
  18. Vionise Pierre – Louis – Oklahoma
  19. Linnae Harper – Ohio State
  20. Emily Potter – Utah
  21. Tyra Buss – Indiana
  22. Carlie Wagner – Minnesota
  23. Jamie Cherry – North Carolina
  24. Kaylee Jensen – Oklahoma State
  25. Brittany McPhee – Stanford
  26. Bianca Cuevas-Moore – South Carolina
  27. Imani Wright – Florida State
  28. Teana Muldrow – West Virginia
  29. Cassie Broadhead Devashrayee – BYU
  30. Amanda Cahill – Indiana
  31. Jackie Kemph – St. Louis
  32. Mikayla Cowling – California
  33. Branndais Agee – Michigan State
  34. Jordan Frericks – Missouri
  35. Taya Reimer – Michigan State
  36. Alexa Hart – Ohio State

 

JUNIORS

  1. Azura Stevens – UConn
  2. Katie Samuelson – UConn
  3. Napheesa Collier – UConn
  4. Kristine Anigwe – Calfornia
  5. Sophie Cunningham – Missouri
  6. Tynice Martin – West Virginia
  7. Teaira McCowan – Mississippi State
  8. Kalani Brown – Baylor
  9. Jessica Shepard – Notre Dame
  10. Megan Gustofson – Iowa
  11. Asia Durr – Louisville
  12. Arike Ogunbowale – Notre Dame
  13. Teniya Page – Penn State
  14. Kennedy Leonard – Colorado
  15. Hallie Thome – Michigan
  16. Marina Mabrey – Notre Dame
  17. Allazia Blockton – Marquette
  18. Kitija Laksa – South Florida
  19. Anriel Howard – Texas A&M
  20. Caliya Robinson – Georgia
  21. Bridget Carleton – Iowa State
  22. Jill Barta – Gonzaga
  23. Tayler Murray – Kentucky
  24. Kenisha Bell – Minnesota
  25. Kyra Lambert – Duke
  26. Alanna Smith – Stanford
  27. Paris Kea – North Carolina

 

SOPHOMORES

  1. Sabrina Ionescu – Oregon
  2. Ruthy Hebard – Oregon
  3. Jackie Young – Notre Dame
  4. Joyner Holmes – Texas*(will play second half of ncaawbb season)
  5. Tyasha Harris – South Carolina
  6. Kaila Charles – Maryland
  7. Lauren Cox – Baylor
  8. Danni Williams – Texas A&M
  9. Crystal Dangerfield – UConn
  10. Robbi Ryan – Arizona State
  11. Leaonna Odom – Duke
  12. Mikayla Pivec – Oregon State
  13. Taryn McCutcheon – Michigan
  14. Reili Richardson – Arizona State
  15. Natalie Chou – Baylor
  16. Anna Wilson – Stanford
  17. Nadia Fingall – Stanford
  18. Erin Whalen – Vanderbilt

FRESHMEN

  1. Chennedy Carter – Texas A&M
  2. Satou Sabally – Oregon
  3. Rellah Boothe – Texas
  4. Evina Westbrook – Tennessee
  5. Rennia Davis – Tennessee
  6. Megan Walker – UConn
  7. Maya Dodson – Stanford
  8. Dana Evans – Louisville
  9. Abby Meyers – Princeton

 

A note to end the WNBA season

The 2017 WNBA season is now officially done. The Minnesota Lynx are the 2017 WNBA champions. It’s been an interesting season and it’s been my pleasure to blog and tweet about this season. If  you want to see my previous blog posts for this season, you can look through my archives or you can look through my college basketball stuff as the college season is rapidly approaching.

We can now look forward to the 2017 Draft Lottery which will be held in two weeks before Halloween and the overseas women’s basketball season. Thank you readers for reading my content and sharing it with others. I write for this blog and maintain it simply for pleasure because it brings me joy and allows me to write while talking about women’s basketball.

Take care,

– Aneela K

The WNBA Draft Lottery — Who will select the #1 WNBA Draft pick in 2018?

Note: *The WNBA Draft Lottery is postponed until further notice. It was supposed to take place on Sept 14 during the half time of the Lynx vs Mystics semi final playoff game. The unofficial note is that it may be rescheduled in the month of October, maybe even sooner. Until that happens, this is a break down of the WNBA Draft Lottery on all the four teams that missed the playoffs this season.*

This year’s WNBA Draft Lottery is almost upon us. The four teams that missed the playoffs have a shot at drafting the #1 overall selection in next year’s very deep draft. The four teams that missed the playoffs are the following: Atlanta Dream, Chicago Sky, Indiana Fever and the San Antonio Stars. In order to have the highest percentage of possibly acquiring the #1 pick, teams with the worst 2 year record has the most chances of selecting #1 overall. This year, that honor belongs to the San Antonio Stars. The second worst team is the Indiana Fever followed by the Atlanta Dream and the Chicago Sky.

To break it down, although 4 teams missed the playoffs, only 3 teams will be selecting the top 4 WNBA Draft selections. The Atlanta Dream traded away their first round overall pick to the Chicago Sky who will now have two picks in the top 4. The Dream will have to trade in order to get into the first round once again.

The WNBA Draft Lottery can go many ways. In 2015 and 2016, the Storm won the #1 picks back to back. This is very rare and difficult to get. Since the San Antonio Stars had the #1st overall pick in 2017, it is very hard to see them getting the #1 pick in 2018 despite having a higher percentage than of the other two teams.

In my best educated guess, if I were to guess the WNBA Draft Lottery odds and selection, I would have to say that the Indiana Fever would get the #1 WNBA Draft pick. The San Antonio Stars would get the #2nd overall pick, then the Sky at 3 & 4 overall.  Of course, this is just one scenario and it could be a much different outcome when the lottery does take place. This is a WNBA Draft where even if teams do miss out on the #1 overall pick, the rest of the draft has potential superstars, some stars and great potential starters. Teams shouldn’t be too disappointed, but whoever does get the #1 overall pick should help their team and franchise immediately.

The WNBA Regular Season – Taking a look back on all 12 teams

*Note: With the WNBA regular season ended more than a week ago and the WNBA Playoffs well underway, I know that this post is a bit late. This post is taking a look back on all 12 teams and how they finished post All Star break into the end of the regular season.

The 2017 WNBA regular season came to a close more than a week ago. It was a successful 2017 WNBA season as this season saw more fans attend more games since 2011. It was also one of the most highly social interacted on social media platforms thanks to the Twitter partnership, FanDuel deal and the introduction of the WNBA in a video game in NBA Live 18. There were some memorable moments in the 2017 season and there’s more to look forward to in 2018 as the league continues to grow.

All 12 teams at one point or another save for the San Antonio Stars were in playoff contention at some point in the year and the new playoff format saw teams playing their best until the very end of the regular season which is something that would not have happened under the old format in which teams tended to rest their players the final day.

We now take a look back at all 12 WNBA teams starting from the team to the worst record to the team with the best record post All Star break.

WNBA Team: San Antonio Stars

The San Antonio Stars were much better in the second half of the year in which they not only produced more wins but were more competitive and could have pulled out a few more wins. After struggling through the first 2 months, Stars first pick Kelsey Plum found her groove and played much better in the final months. She was in contention for WNBA  Rookie of the Month honors for the month of August. After a slow start, she started coming into form and showed that she can be a great point guard although she still has much to learn. Meanwhile, the other Stars point guard Moriah Jefferson struggled with knee injuries and barely played in the final months and the Stars have not yet updated her status but she should be ready to play next May. The Stars have this off- season to decide whether or not to retain Vicky Johnson and need to upgrade some of the starting lineup so that the Stars can be compete for the playoffs which has not happened since 2014.

WNBA Team: Indiana Fever

The Indiana Fever had a rough second half of the season with many players having season ending injuries and the other players not performing up to their level save for Fever star Candice Dupree and Fever guard Erica Wheeler. When a team often loses their franchise player there are often growing pains and the Fever experienced that as they had a record WNBA loss against the Minnesota Lynx in the second half of the season and failed to make the playoffs in which they used to do regularly. Not all of it was bad however. Tiffany Mitchell had her moments, Shenise Johnson was the team’s leading scorer before she went down with a season ending injury and some of the team’s younger players got a chance to grow for next season. The Fever have work to do in the off- season if they want to get back to the WNBA playoffs next year.

WNBA Team: Atlanta Dream

The Atlanta Dream were a complete mess in the second half of the season. They were mostly hovering around the .500 mark before going on a losing streak which saw them not only lose their shot at the WNBA playoffs but they also lost their shot of drafting a top player next year when they traded for Imani Boyette and Tamera Young in exchange for Jordan Hooper and their 2018 first round pick. Because of the way the Dream finished the season, the first round pick became even more vital. After having 3 WNBA All Stars in the WNBA ASG, the Dream struggled and while rookie Brittney Sykes continued to bloom and was the Rookie of the Month for August and is in contention for Rookie of the Year, the rest of the team took a step back and the Dream management fired head coach Michael Cooper at the end of the disappointing end to what was a promising start. The Dream will get Angel McCoughtry back after she sat out the 2017 season but they also have work to do to get back into the WNBA playoffs for next season.

WNBA Team: Chicago Sky

The Chicago Sky were somewhat respectable in the second half of the season. They had moments where they looked playoff ready and others were they looked like they were lottery bound. It was an up and down second half of the season for the Sky. Courtney Vandersloot and Allie Quigley remain one of the top back court duos in the WNBA and Stefanie Dolson is emerging as a top WNBA forward/center but other than that, the Sky could not get consistency beyond Jessica Breland and therefore was stuck in the dreaded 9th place where a team is good but not great enough for the playoffs. However, the 2018 outlook looks much better as the Sky are the most rich lottery team in terms of first round picks and should have much to look forward to in 2018 as they aim for the WNBA Playoffs.

WNBA Team: Seattle Storm

The Seattle Storm struggled with inconsistency for most of the season but during the second half of the season, the head coach Jenny Boucek was fired as the team was struggling and the team needed new leadership. Interim coach Gary Kloppenburg took control and the Storm seemed to trend in an upward direction as they won four straight and then struggled with inconsistency the rest of the year. However it was good enough to make the WNBA Playoffs which was a goal the organization had in mind and at least for this season was good enough. However, while Storm star Breanna Stewart was great, Jewell Loyd struggled with inconsistency and it showed in games. The Storm bench was not always up to par and so the Storm have work to do and have to address their needs otherwise they maybe a lottery team next season. They also have to address whether or not they will keep Gary Kloppenburg or hire a new head coach altogether.

WNBA Team: Dallas Wings

The Dallas Wings had a stable second half of the season. They mostly hovered around the .500 mark for the second half of the season and were competitive in many games despite their defense being the worst in the league. Skylar Diggins was exceptional for the Wings and the Wings also got help from Glory Johnson, Theresa Plaisance, Allisha Gray, Karima Christmas-Kelly to help them make the playoffs after their move to Dallas last season. Allisha Gray struggled in the second half of the season but still was a solid rookie and in contention for WNBA Rookie of the Year. The Wings with 5 rookies were able to make the playoffs and have much to look forward to in 2018 but must address their defense otherwise they may take a step back next season.

WNBA Team: Washington Mystics

The Washington Mystics did not have a great ending to the 2017 season. Their second half was marred with injuries to key players such as Elena Delle Donne and Natasha Cloud. They were in contention for the #4 overall seed before injuries took a toll and the Mystics lost a couple of games. After a promising start to the season, the Mystics just could not pull it together during the second half of the season and dropped in the standings to the #6 seed. However, it was not all bad for the Mystics. Shatori Walker-Kimbrough showed she can play, Emma Messeman stepped up her game and Krystal Thomas shined. Because of injuries, it is difficult to tell how good the Mystics can be but they will be definitely better next season when all of the key players are healthy and ready to go.

WNBA Team: Phoenix Mercury

The Phoenix Mercury overachieved during the second half of the season. Although they were in contention for the #4 spot along with the Mystics, they dropped a couple of games while Brittney Griner was sidelined. When Griner returned and still one of the best players in the game Diana Taurasi were able to guide the Mercury to win some much needed games and eventually won the #5 seed. The Mercury had a great ending to the season not only due to Griner and Taurasi but Leilani Mitchell, Monique Currie, etc helped. It’s a truly remarkable season for the Mercury as Griner becomes into the top player in the league. The Mercury outlook for 2018 looks bright.

WNBA Team: Connecticut Sun

The Connecticut Sun dropped off a little bit during the second half of the season. They started off and stayed mostly at the #3 seed for majority of the year before some losses dropped them to #4. It was still a great year for the Sun as they not only made the WNBA Playoffs but to do so well with such a young team. Jasmine Thomas and Alyssa Thomas were excellent for the Sun, Jonquel Jones showed why she will be a force in the WNBA and other players helped such as Courtney Williams, Alex Bentley, etc. The Sun exceeded expectations and with that comes new expectations. The 2018 season for the Sun looks very good and they will get back their star who was injured in Chiney Oguwmike.

WNBA Team: New York Liberty

The New York Liberty ended the season on a roll. After hovering near the .500 mark the first half of the season, they managed to win 10 in a row and end up as the #3 seed just like last season. Tina Charles was dominant once again, and the Liberty got solid contributions from Bria Hartley, Shavonte Zellous, and others. After struggling majority of the season, the Liberty turned things around because of their defense and finally played like one of the top teams that they were expected to be. However, the Liberty’s end to the regular season was going to be defined on how they played in the WNBA playoffs after suffering two first round exits the previous two years. (The Liberty’s great end of the season was all for naught, as they once again lost in the first round and have many questions to address including whether or not Bill Laimbeer should continue to be the head coach.) The Liberty are still a top team, but they have their work cut out for them if they want to advance in the playoffs and have great success in 2018.

WNBA Team: Los Angeles Sparks

The Los Angeles Sparks ended the second half of the season on a great note. They managed to stay in contention for the #1 overall seed till the very last day and managed to win the regular season series versus the Lynx two games to one. The defending champions showed that they are still one of the best teams in the WNBA and are on a mission to win the WNBA title again this season. Nneka Oguwmike and Candace Parker are still one of the very best front court duos and Alana Beard’s defence is top notch. Along with that the Sparks have very good guard play in Chelsea Gray and Odyssey Sims plus excellent defence. The Sparks have tough offensive firepower heading into the WNBA Playoffs which will be difficult for any team to stop. The Sparks outlook for 2018 is once again very great as the majority of the team is still young enough for perhaps, another title run next season.

WNBA Team: Minnesota Lynx

The Minnesota Lynx ended the second half of the season after such a strong start in the first half of the season just good enough to secure the overall top seed. They struggled in the second half of the season after losing their point guard Lindsay Whalen to injury. Although Renee Montgomery stepped up in her absence, the Lynx managed to win enough games and the Lynx’s age showed as many of their players just did not have the energy they had during the first half of the season. However, after setting a record start the slide was able to prevent the Sparks from gaining ground and the Lynx managed to stay tough. The Lynx were led by Maya Moore, Seimone Augustus, Rebekkah Brunson, Sylvia Fowles plus their savy vets off the bench. The Lynx are still one of the top teams in the WNBA and it will be tough to stop them come WNBA playoff time. The 2018 outlook for the Lynx is still very good and the Lynx will be yet on another WNBA title chase.

With that, my review of the 2017 season through all 12 teams is completed and with the WNBA Playoffs well underway, there’s still some more endings needed to be written for the 2017 season. Make sure you tune into ESPN2 and catch the exciting playoff games to see who wins the WNBA title this year.