One quarter of the way through WNBA season – Observations & Thoughts

With more than half of the league played roughly 8 to 10 games, we are officially done 1/4 of the WNBA season. We have seen some incredible play, some lackluster referees, quality and some very bad teams early. It’s time to break it down and offer my observations and thoughts on everything I have seen played out through the first 8 to 10 games.

First of all, the ROY race is now open. After so much hype regarding the #1 Draft pick Kelsey Plum, it turns out in the early part of the season she is not even in consideration for the award. The front runner of this award clearly belongs to Dallas Wings G/F Allisha Gray. She has been steady and reliant as well as a key component to the Wings offense. She is headed towards becoming a future WNBA All-Star one day.  As for Kelsey Plum? She’s in a tough spot in San Antonio. It’s hard to be a rookie point guard in the WNBA and it is the toughest position to master next to the center position. It takes time and clearly Plum is not there yet. It’s even tougher when a very good, young point guard in Moriah Jefferson is there and has played better to this point in the season. I won’t get into too much detail about it but even if Vickie Johnson (Stars head coach) played Plum, Jefferson and McBride together, Plum still has a long way to go to become a future WNBA star and starting point guard. I won’t write her off as a bust. That’s silly. She has a learning curve and in time, she will be a great guard we will talk about it. But the question remains, will it be in San Antonio?

Moving on, the MVP race is heating up. Before this season began, there was talk of Nneka Ogwumike maybe repeating or Elena Delle Donne, Tina Charles, etc. I don’t think Sylvia Fowles was seriously considered just because of the depth the Lynx have. Well, 9 games into the Lynx season and Fowles has emerged as the front runner for the MVP award. Simply put, she has been amazing and has improved her game at the age of 30 years old. Remarkable. Fowles has always been an elite center in the WNBA and one of the top defenders in the league but her play this season is a notch above her All Star play. I don’t think being on the Lynx will hurt her MVP chances just like it didn’t hurt Ogwumike’s shot last year either. While Fowles is the front runner, don’t forget about the Mercury’s Brittney Griner. She’s been simply outstanding and for me personally, fun to watch her growth and development. There’s a reason why she was taken ahead of Elena Delle Donne because when Griner puts it all together, she’s unstoppable. She’s been able to avoid foul trouble for the most part and her level of play should make Mercury fans very happy. Their very hyped center is finally turning the corner and becoming one of the top three players to watch through a quarter of the WNBA season. Another player who has also emerged as one of the three contenders for the award is none other than Washington Mystics forward Elena Delle Donne. If there is one thing Delle Donne is simply elite at, it is her ability to score. Being a versatile elite scorer has helped the Mystics off to a very great start through 10 games (7-3) and makes her a very serious candidate for the WNBA MVP award. Other names are also in the mix such as Sparks reigning MVP (Nneka Ogwumike), Liberty’s Tina Charles, etc. But these three (Fowles, Griner and Delle Donne) are simply a notch better through a quarter of the WNBA season right now.

Another key story is the quality of play of the top teams versus the bad teams. There is quite a remarkable difference between the Minnesota Lynx and the San Antonio Stars. One team is undefeated while the other is winless. Sure, the Lynx have more talent and have experienced veterans on this team, but the Stars do have talent regardless of what you have read about them. The Minnesota Lynx are 9-0 because they can close out teams, they have some very big blowout wins and are in cruise control right now. They get elite level production from Fowles (discussed above), steady production from Rebekkah Brunson, Seimone Augustus and a very good point guard in Lindsay Whalen to direct the team. Meanwhile the San Antonio Stars are winless because they cannot close out teams, they have had multiple chances to win games and their rotation is a mess because the coach has yet to figure out which line up combination works for her team. I did not expect the Stars to have a winning record at this point, but never did I think they would still be winless. It’s not fun to watch for anybody. The Lynx being 9-0 and the Stars being 0-9 are two stories to track through one quarter of the season. Both teams could set records (and in the Stars case, not a great record.)

REFEREES: Still not great, way too many games decided by their fate. Reviews are way too long and it takes the fun out of the WNBA game.

HOT SEAT? Two coaches right now are on the hot seat. Vickie Johnson of the San Antonio Stars and Amber Stocks, the coach/GM of the Chicago Sky. Of these two, I think Johnson will be let go after this season because she is only on a one year deal. Amber Stocks is on the hot seat because of some her rosters moves are puzzling. Not only that, but her team could have won more games, but haven’t due to the talent on the floor. It’s only a quarter of the way through the WNBA season, but keep an eye on these two coaches moving forward.

These are some of the top major stories around the league. When the majority of the WNBA has played half of their games (17 games), I shall do another post on what other stories have transpired in this 2017 WNBA season.

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Women’s College Basketball Final Overall Player Rankings for 2016/2017 – Class by Class!

What a season. How time flies. Beginning of the season, I had no clue as to how the season would go. From November to March, It has been my absolute pleasure in putting up these weekly rankings. You can check out the previous week rankings here or check my archives. But, these rankings are different. It is the overall player rankings, taken from my own weekly rankings.

I designed these overall rankings into a system. Over 16 weeks, whoever had the best week against top opponents in non conference play or conference play got a nod. I didn’t just limit the players to just the power 5 schools, I also included some really good mid major ones as well as if a mid major team had a big win against a Power 5 school, I had them in as well.

So who made the cut? Who were the top 36 seniors this year? The top 27 juniors? The top 18 sophomores? The top 9 freshmen? Read below and find out!

– Aneela

SENIORS

  1. Kelsey Plum – Washington
  2. Chantel Osahor – Washington
  3. Brionna Jones – Maryland
  4. Shatori Walker-Kimbrough – Maryland
  5. Alexis Peterson – Syracuse
  6. Sydney Wiese – Oregon State
  7. Alaina Coates – South Carolina
  8. Lindsey Allen – Notre Dame
  9. Nina Davis – Baylor
  10. Tori Jankoska – Michigan State
  11. Erica McCall – Stanford
  12. Evelyn Akhator – Kentucky
  13. Alexis Jones – Baylor
  14. Nia Coffey – Northwestern
  15. Leticia Romero – Florida State
  16. Makayla Epps – Kentucky
  17. Brittney Sykes – Syracuse
  18. Brianna Day – Syracuse
  19. Adrienne Motley – Miami
  20. Karlie Samuelson – Stanford
  21. Brooke Schulte – DePaul
  22. Sophie Brunner – Arizona State
  23. Precious Hall – James Madison
  24. Jessica January – DePaul
  25. Peyton Little – Oklahoma
  26. Curtyce Knox – Texas A&M
  27. Ally Disterhoft – Iowa
  28. Seanna Johnson – Iowa State
  29. Miah Spencer – NC State
  30. Mehyrn Kraker – Green Bay
  31. Pachis Roberts – Georgia
  32. Kelsey Lang – Texas
  33. Ashley Deary – Northwestern
  34. Ronni Williams – Florida
  35. Ellen Nystrom – Colorado State
  36. Elin Gustavsson – Colorado State

JUNIORS

  1. A’ja Wilson – South Carolina
  2. Kelsey Mitchell – Ohio State
  3. Brianna Turner – Notre Dame
  4. Jordin Canada – UCLA
  5. Lexie Brown – Duke
  6. Myisha Hines-Allen – Louisville
  7. Rebecca Greenwell – Duke
  8. Diamond DeShields – Tennessee
  9. Monique Billings – UCLA
  10. Gabby Williams – Connecticut
  11. Victoria Vivians – Mississippi State
  12. Shakayla Thomas – Florida State
  13. Katelynn Flaherty – Michigan
  14. Mercedes Russell – Tennessee
  15. Brooke McCarty – Texas
  16. Mariya Moore – Louisville
  17. Kia Nurse – Connecticut
  18. Tyra Buss – Indiana
  19. Stephanie Mavunga – Ohio State
  20. Amanda Cahill – Indiana
  21. Teana Muldrow – West Virginia
  22. Kaylee Jensen – Oklahoma State
  23. Vionise Pierre – Louis – Oklahoma
  24. Khaalia Hillsman – Texas A&M
  25. Cierra Porter – Missouri
  26. Carlie Wagner – Minnesota
  27. Emily Potter – Utah

SOPHOMORES

  1. Napheesa Collier and Katie Lou Samuelson
  2. Kalani Brown – Baylor
  3. Kristine Anigwe – California
  4. Hallie Thome – Michigan
  5. Kitija Laksa – South Florida
  6. Megan Gustafson – Iowa
  7. Regan Margarity – Virginia Tech
  8. Arike Ogunbowale – Notre Dame
  9. Marina Mabrey – Notre Dame
  10. Asia Durr – Louisville
  11. Jessica Shepard – Nebraska
  12. Chanette Hicks – Virginia Tech
  13. Sophie Cunningham – Missouri
  14. Jill Barta – Gonzaga
  15. Allazia Blockton – Marquette
  16. Anriel Howard – Texas A&M
  17. Beatrice Mompremier – Baylor
  18. Bridget Carleton – Iowa State

FRESHMEN

  1. Sabrina Ionescu – Oregon
  2. Ruthy Hebard – Oregon
  3. Kysre Gondrezick – Michigan
  4. Joyner Holmes – Texas
  5. Destiny Slocum – Maryland
  6. Lauren Cox – Baylor
  7. Kaila Charles – Maryland
  8. Leaonna Odom – Duke
  9. Crystal Dangerfield – Connecticut

Women’s College Basketball Player Weekly Rankings – Week 16! Class by Class!

The last full week of regular season play has come and ended. What a regular season. Yes, UCONN is still undefeated. But other than that, the unpredictability was fun to watch this season. I’m greatly looking forward to the conference tourneys and then the NCAA tournament!

Note: *Before we jump into Week 16 rankings, I just thought I would clear some confusion regarding the rankings. These are weekly rankings, based on games played from the week before. These are NOT overall rankings. If a player’s team did not play that week or was injured, they will NOT be on the list that week. These player rankings were designed to see which players were consistently playing well from week to week. I am checking in and on around 52(!!!) schools each week to get a fair assessment on top players. There’s no bias in these rankings, so if your player is moved around, that just means another player had a better week against stronger competition, or was not the best player on their team during that week. I always check and give credit to players who perform well vs top 25 teams, top 10 teams, etc. I also look into the blowouts and assess the players fairly there as well. I hope this clears the confusion*

Listed below are the top 36 seniors, the top 27 juniors, the top 18 sophomores and the top 9 freshmen for the week of Feb 20th to the 26th. You can check the previous week rankings here. Have any questions? Check my FAQ page. Comments to make? Leave them in my comment section or contact me on Twitter at @whoopsblogger

SENIORS

  1. Kelsey Plum – Washington
  2. Chantel Osahor – Washington
  3. Brionna Jones – Maryland
  4. Shatori Walker-Kimbrough – Maryland
  5. Sydney Weise – Oregon State
  6. Evelyn Akahator – Kentucky
  7. Tori Jankoska – Michigan State
  8. Alexis Peterson – Syracuse
  9. Alaina Coates – South Carolina
  10. Lindsay Allen – Notre Dame
  11. Makayla Epps – Kentucky
  12. Adrienne Motley – Miami
  13. Jessica January – DePaul
  14. Erica McCall – Stanford
  15. Brooke Schulte – DePaul
  16. Shayla Cooper – Ohio State
  17. Brianna Day – Syracuse
  18. Nina Davis – Baylor
  19. Jessica Lindstrom – Green Bay
  20. Nia Coffey – Northwestern
  21. Curtyce Knox – Texas A&M
  22. Leticia Romero – Florida State
  23. Dominique Wilson – NC State
  24. Brittney Sykes – Syracuse
  25. Seanna Johnson – Iowa State
  26. Breanna Lewis – Kansas State
  27. Sophie Brunner – Arizona State
  28. Brittany Brown – Florida State
  29. Pachis Roberts – Georgia
  30. Peyton Little – Oklahoma
  31. Raigyne Moncrief – LSU
  32. Lizzie Wendell – Drake
  33. Feyonda Fitzgerald – Temple
  34. Kendall Noble – Western Kentucky
  35. Ellen Nystrom – Colorado State
  36. Elin Gustavsson – Colorado State

JUNIORS

  1. Kelsey Mitchell – Ohio State
  2. A’ja Wilson – South Carolina
  3. Brianna Turner – Notre Dame
  4. Diamond DeShields – Tennessee
  5. Jordin Canada – UCLA
  6. Rebecca Greenwell – Duke
  7. Lexie Brown – Duke
  8. Mercedes Russell – Tennessee
  9. Myisha Hines-Allen – Louisville
  10. Victoria Vivians – Mississippi State
  11. Katelynn Flaherty – Michigan
  12. Monique Billings – UCLA
  13. Gabby Williams – Connecticut
  14. Vionise Pierre – Louis – Oklahoma
  15. Teana Muldrow – West Virginia
  16. Morgan William – Mississippi State
  17. Jadda Buckley – Iowa State
  18. Brooke McCarty – Texas
  19. Tyra Buss – Indiana
  20. Amanda Cahill – Indiana
  21. Imani Wright – Florida State
  22. Kaylee Jensen – Oklahoma State
  23. Jamie Nared – Tennessee
  24. Marie Gulich – Oregon State
  25. Jackie Kemph – St. Louis
  26. Andreona Keys – Purdue
  27. Khaalia Hillsman – Texas A&M

SOPHOMORES

  1. Kalani Brown – Baylor
  2. Sophie Cunningham – Missouri
  3. Napheesa Collier – Connecticut
  4. Kitija Laksa – South Florida
  5. Katie Lou Samuelson – Connecticut
  6. Hallie Thome – Michigan
  7. Megan Gustafson – Iowa
  8. Asia Durr – Louisville
  9. Teniya Page – Penn State
  10. Bridget Carleton – Iowa State
  11. Kennedy Burke – UCLA
  12. Anriel Howard – Texas A&M
  13. Allazia Blockton – Marquette
  14. Kristine Anigwe – California
  15. Arike Ogunbowale – Notre Dame
  16. Taylor Murray – Kentucky
  17. Kyra Lambert – Duke
  18. Jessica Shepard – Nebraska

FRESHMEN

  1. Kysre Gondrezick – Michigan
  2. Lauren Cox – Baylor
  3. Joyner Holmes – Texas
  4. Ruthy Hebard – Oregon
  5. Sabrina Ionescu – Oregon
  6. Erin Boley – Notre Dame
  7. Jackie Young – Notre Dame
  8. Kaila Charles – Maryland
  9. Leaonna Odom – Duke

Women’s College Basketball Player Weekly Rankings – Week 15! Class by Class!

What a week. So many upsets. All of the upsets led to major shifts in the rankings, and some players benefited while others did not. Top teams fell, other teams climbed up and now the player rankings moved quite a bit. Listed below are the top 36 seniors, the top 27 juniors, the top 18 sophomores and the top 9 freshmen for the week of Feb. 13th to the 19th.

Note: *Before we jump into Week 15 rankings, I just thought I would clear some confusion regarding the rankings. These are weekly rankings, based on games played from the week before. These are NOT overall rankings. If a player’s team did not play that week or was injured, they will NOT be on the list that week. These player rankings were designed to see which players were consistently playing well from week to week. I am checking in and on around 52(!!!) schools each week to get a fair assessment on top players. There’s no bias in these rankings, so if your player is moved around, that just means another player had a better week against stronger competition, or was not the best player on their team during that week. I always check and give credit to players who perform well vs top 25 teams, top 10 teams, etc. I also look into the blowouts and assess the players fairly there as well. I hope this clears the confusion*

If you want to check out the previous week rankings, you may do so here. If you have any questions, check out my FAQ page here. Comments? Leave them in my comment section or contact me via Twitter at @whoopsblogger

SENIORS

  1. Kelsey Plum – Washington
  2. Shatori Walker-Kimbrough – Maryland
  3. Tori Jankoska – Michigan State
  4. Chantel Osahor – Washington
  5. Brionna Jones – Maryland
  6. Alaina Coates – South Carolina
  7. Sydney Wiese – Oregon State
  8. Nina Davis – Baylor
  9. Alexis Peterson – Syracuse
  10. Lindsay Allen – Notre Dame
  11. Nia Coffey – Northwestern
  12. Brittney Sykes – Syracuse
  13. Erica McCall – Stanford
  14. Karlie Samuelson – Stanford
  15. Evelyn Akahator – Kentucky
  16. Adrienne Motley – Miami
  17. Leticia Romero – Florida State
  18. Ally Disterhoft – Iowa
  19. Leslie Vorpahl – Tulane
  20. Peyton Little – Oklahoma
  21. Brianna Day – Syracuse
  22. Seanna Johnson – Iowa State
  23. Curtyce Knox – Texas A&M
  24. Sophie Brunner – Arizona State
  25. Oderah Chidom – Duke
  26. Brooke Schulte – DePaul
  27. Feyonda Fitzgerald – Temple
  28. Marqu’es Webb – Vanderbilt
  29. Precious Hall – James Madison
  30. Lanay Montgomery – West Virginia
  31. Breanna Lewis – Kansas State
  32. Miah Spencer – NC State
  33. Ashley Morrissette – Purdue
  34. Kendall Noble – Western Kentucky
  35. Elin Gustavsson – Colorado State
  36. Ellen Nystrom – Colorado State

JUNIORS

  1. Monique Billings – UCLA
  2. Kelsey Mitchell – Ohio State
  3. Brianna Turner – Notre Dame
  4. Gabby Williams – Connecticut
  5. Jordin Canada – UCLA
  6. Brooke McCarty – Texas
  7. Lexie Brown – Duke
  8. Myisha Hines-Allen – Louisville
  9. A’ja Wilson – South Carolina
  10. Rebecca Greenwell – Duke
  11. Aerial Atkins – Texas
  12. Shakayla Thomas – Florida State
  13. Victoria Vivians – Mississippi State
  14. Mariya Moore – Louisville
  15. Katelynn Flaherty – Michigan
  16. Cierra Porter – Missouri
  17. Tyra Buss – Indiana
  18. Khaalia Hillsman – Texas A&M
  19. Vionise Pierre – Louis – Oklahoma
  20. Mercedes Russell – Tennessee
  21. Amanda Cahill – Indiana
  22. Carlie Wagner – Minnesota
  23. Kaylee Jensen – Oklahoma State

SOPHOMORES

  1. Sophie Cunningham – Missouri
  2. Napheesa Collier – Connecticut
  3. Marina Mabrey – Notre Dame
  4. Asia Durr – Louisville
  5. Kalani Brown – Baylor
  6. Katie Lou Samuelson – Connecticut
  7. Kennisha Bell – Minnesota
  8. Teniya Page – Penn State
  9. Bridget Carleton – Iowa State
  10. Teaira McCowan – Mississippi State
  11. Arike Ogunbowale – Notre Dame
  12. Sierra Calhoun – Ohio State
  13. Megan Gustafson – Iowa
  14. Kennedy Leonard – Colorado
  15. Paris Kea – North Carolina
  16. Erika Davenport – Marquette
  17. Allazia Blockton – Marquette
  18. Jill Barta – Gonzaga

FRESHMEN

  1. Minyon Moore – Southern California
  2. Joyner Holmes – Texas
  3. Kaila Charles – Maryland
  4. Tori McCoy – Ohio State
  5. Tayrn McCutcheon – Michigan State
  6. Ruthy Hebard – Oregon
  7. Sabrina Ionescu – Oregon
  8. Jackie Young – Notre Dame
  9. Nancy Mulkey – Oklahoma

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

We are ending the month of January this week and heading into a busy February where many teams have one last shot at improving their standings heading into the NCAA tournament. This was an interesting week. Not much movement towards the top, but some new players broke in as well as players who haven’t been on the list in a while.

Listed below are the top 36 seniors, the top 27 juniors, the top 18 sophomores and the top 9 freshmen for the week of Jan 23rd to Jan 29th.

Note: *Before we jump into Week 12 rankings, I just thought I would clear some confusion regarding the rankings. These are weekly rankings, based on games played from the week before. These are NOT overall rankings. If a player’s team did not play that week or was injured, they will NOT be on the list that week. These player rankings were designed to see which players were consistently playing well, week to week. I am checking in and on around 52(!!!) schools each week to get a fair assessment on top players. There’s no bias in these rankings, so if your player is moved around, that just means another player had a better week against stronger competition, or was not the best player on their team during that week. I always check and give credit to players who perform well vs top 25 teams, top 10 teams, etc. I also look into the blowouts and assess the players fairly there as well. I hope this clears the confusion*

For the previous week rankings, you can click here. If you have any questions, please check out my FAQ page here. If you would like to comment, leave it on my blog or ask me via Twitter at @whoopsblogger.

SENIORS

  1. Kelsey Plum – Washington
  2. Brionna Jones – Maryland
  3. Alaina Coates – South Carolin
  4. Alexis Jones – Baylor
  5. Shatori Walker – Kimbrough – Maryland
  6. Chantel Osahor – Washington
  7. Sydney Wiese – Oregon State
  8. Alexis Peterson – Syracuse
  9. Evelyn Akahtor – Kentucky
  10. Makayla Epps – Kentucky
  11. Brittney Sykes – Syracuse
  12. Alexis Prince – Baylor
  13. Lanay Montgomery – West Virginia
  14. Ivey Slaughter – Florida State
  15. Ronni Williams – Florida
  16. Erica McCall – Stanford
  17. Nina Davis – Baylor
  18. Tori Jankoska – Michigan State
  19. Karlie Samuelson – Stanford
  20. Brianna Day – Syracuse
  21. Sophie Brunner – Arizona State
  22. Kelsey Lang – Texas
  23. Brooke Schulte – DePaul
  24. Lindsay Allen – Notre Dame
  25. Maddie Manning – Oklahoma
  26. Peyton Little – Oklahoma
  27. Jessica Thomas – Miami
  28. Seanna Johnson – Iowa State
  29. Jessica Lindstrom – Green Bay
  30. Elin Gustavsson – Colorado State
  31. Ellen Nystrom – Colorado State
  32. Oderah Chidom – Duke
  33. Shayla Cooper – Ohio State
  34. Ashley Morissette – Purdue
  35. Precious Hall – James Madison
  36. Curtyce Knox – Texas A&M

JUNIORS

  1. Gabby Williams  – Connecticut
  2. A’ja Wilson – South Carolina
  3. Brianna Turner – Notre Dame
  4. Allisha Gray – South Carolina
  5. Lexie Brown – Duke
  6. Myisha Hines-Allen – Louisville
  7. Kelsey Mitchell – Ohio State
  8. Jordin Canada – UCLA
  9. Monique Billings – UCLA
  10. Diamond DeShields – Tennessee
  11. Victoria Vivians – Mississippi State
  12. Teana Muldrow – West Virginia
  13. Shakayla Thomas – Florida State
  14. Tyra Buss – Indiana
  15. Cierra Porter – Missouri
  16. Kia Nurse – Connecticut
  17. Katelynn Flaherty – Michigan
  18. Aerial Atkins – Texas
  19. Brooke McCarty – Texas
  20. Stephanie Mavunga – Ohio State
  21. Mariya Moore – Louisville
  22. Natalie Romeo – Washington
  23. Mercedes Russell – Tennessee
  24. Rebecca Greenwell – Duke
  25. Kristen Simon – USC
  26. Kaylee Jensen – Oklahoma State
  27. Emily Potter – Utah

SOPHOMORES

  1. Napheesa Collier – Connecticut
  2. Katie Lou Samuelson – Connecticut
  3. Kalani Brown – Baylor
  4. Hallie Thome – Michigan
  5. Kitija Laksa – South Florida
  6. Kennedy Leonard – Colorado
  7. Paris Kea – North Carolina
  8. Jessica Shepard – Nebraska
  9. Jill Barta – Gonzaga
  10. Marina Mabrey – Notre Dame
  11. Arike Ogunbowale – Notre Dame
  12. Teaira McCowan – Mississippi State
  13. Laura Cornelius – Miami
  14. Kristine Anigwe – California
  15. Destinee Walker – North Carolina
  16. Asia Durr – Louisville
  17. Regan Margarity – Virginia Tech
  18. Bridget Carleton – Iowa State

FRESHMEN

  1. Sabrina Ionescu – Oregon
  2. Joyner Holmes – Texas
  3. Kysre Gondrezick – Michigan
  4. Leaonna Odom – Duke
  5. Lauren Cox – Baylor
  6. Kaila Charles – Maryland
  7. Destiny Slocum – Maryland
  8. Minyon Moore – USC
  9. Joyceln Willoughby – Virginia

Women’s College Basketball Player Weekly Rankings – Week 9! Class by Class!

Conference play is only in it’s second week and yet so many exciting games happened this week. There are definitely some strong conferences out there (the Pac 12 being the strongest), and players definitely stepped up to the challenge.

*Note: *Before we jump into Week 9 rankings, I just thought I would clear some confusion regarding the rankings. These are weekly rankings, based on games played from the week before. These are NOT overall rankings. If a player’s team did not play that week or was injured, they will NOT be on the list that week. These player rankings were designed to see which players were consistently playing well, week to week. I am checking in and on around 52(!!!) schools each week to get a fair assessment on top players. There’s no bias in these rankings, so if your player is moved around, that just means another player had a better week against stronger competition, or was not the best player on their team during that week. I always check and give credit to players who perform well vs top 25 teams, top 10 teams, etc. I also look into the blowouts and assess the players fairly there as well. I hope this clears some confusion*

If you would like to check the previous week, you can do so by clicking HERE. You can also find my FAQ page HERE.

Listed below are the top 36 seniors, the top 27 juniors, the top 18 sophomores and the top 9 freshmen for the week of games played Jan 2nd to the 8th.

SENIORS

  1. Kelsey Plum – Washington
  2. Brionna Jones – Maryland
  3. Alexis Peterson – Syracuse
  4. Shatori Walker-Kimbrough – Maryland
  5. Leticia Romero – Florida State
  6. Sydney Wiese – Oregon State
  7. Alaina Coates – South Carolina
  8. Nia Coffey – Northwestern
  9. Curtyce Knox – Texas A&M
  10. Chantel Osahor – Washington
  11. Alexis Jones – Baylor
  12. Miah Spencer – NC State
  13. Breanna Lewis – Kansas State
  14. Maddie Manning – Oklahoma
  15. Brooke Schulte – DePaul
  16. Lindsey Allen – Notre Dame
  17. Adrienne Motley – Miami
  18. Evelyn Akahtor – Kentucky
  19. Brianna Day – Syracuse
  20. Brittney Sykes – Syracuse
  21. Erica McCall – Stanford
  22. Tori Jankoska – Michigan State
  23. Ashley Morissette – Purdue
  24. Ivey Slaughter – Florida State
  25. Lanay Montgomery – West Virginia
  26. Makayla Epps – Kentucky
  27. Seanna Johnson – Iowa State
  28. Pachis Roberts – Georgia
  29. Mehryn Kraker – Green Bay
  30. Chinwe Okorie – Missippi State
  31. Jordan Reynolds – Tennessee
  32. Karlie Samuelson – Stanford
  33. Sadie Edwards – USC
  34. Sophie Brunner – Arizona State
  35. Jackie Kemph – Saint Louis
  36. Elle Tinkle – Gonzaga

JUNIORS

  1. Kelsey Mitchell – Ohio State
  2. Brianna Turner – Notre Dame
  3. A’ja Wilson – South Carolina
  4. Myisha Hines – Allen – Louisville
  5. Lexie Brown – Duke
  6. Kaela Davis – South Carolina
  7. Rebecca Greenwell – Duke
  8. Chelsea Nelson – NC State
  9. Mariya Moore – Louisville
  10. Diamond DeShields – Tennessee
  11. Linnae Harper – Ohio State
  12. Gabby Williams – Connecticut
  13. Monique Billings – UCLA
  14. Mercedes Russell – Tennessee
  15. Jordin Canada – UCLA
  16. Shakayla Thomas – Florida State
  17. Katelynn Flaherty – Michigan
  18. Kia Nurse – Connecticut
  19. Teanna Muldrow – West Virginia
  20. Vionise Pierre – Louis – Oklahoma
  21. Brooke McCarty – Texas
  22. Aerial Atkins – Texas
  23. Alex Gassion – Indiana
  24. Kaylee Jensen – Oklahoma State
  25. Jamie Nared – Tennessee
  26. Carlie Wagner – Minnesota
  27. Maria Jespersen – South Florida

SOPHOMORES

  1. Regan Margarity – Virginia Tech
  2. Kalani Brown – Baylor
  3. Anriel Howard – Texas A&M
  4. Napheesa Collier – Connecticut
  5. Katie Lou Samuelson – Connecticut
  6. Arike Ogunbowale – Notre Dame
  7. Kristine Anigwe – California
  8. Kyra Lambert – Duke
  9. Megan Gustafson – Iowa
  10. Kitija Laksa – South Florida
  11. Stephanie Watts – North Carolina
  12. Kennedy Leonard – Colorado
  13. Hallie Thome – Michigan
  14. Marina Mabrey – Notre Dame
  15. Tynice Martin – West Virginia
  16. Chanette Hicks – Virginia Tech
  17. Bridget Carleton – Iowa State
  18. Beatrice Mompremier – Baylor

FRESHMEN

  1. Chanelle Molina – Washington State
  2. Mikayla Pivec – Oregon State
  3. Ruthy Hebard – Oregon
  4. Sabrina Ionescu – Oregon
  5. Kayla Overbeck – Vanderbilt
  6. Tori McCoy – Ohio State
  7. Robbi Ryan – Arizona State
  8. Destiny Slocum – Maryland
  9. Joyner Holmes – Texas

 

Women’s College Basketball Player Weekly Rankings – Week 8! Class by Class!

Happy New Year! The new year is upon us and with that opens up the beginning of conference play. Conference play is sure to shake up the rankings this week and changed a lot of players rankings this week. Already this week, there were some interesting games, some upsets of top teams and the top college basketball players all came to play.

*Note: *Before we jump into Week 8 rankings, I just thought I would clear some confusion regarding the rankings. These are weekly rankings, based on games played from the week before. These are NOT overall rankings. If a player’s team did not play that week or was injured, they will NOT be on the list that week. These player rankings were designed to see which players were consistently playing well, week to week. I am checking in and on around 52(!!!) schools each week to get a fair assessment on top players. There’s no bias in these rankings, so if your player is moved around, that just means another player had a better week against stronger competition, or was not the best player on their team during that week. I always check and give credit to players who perform well vs top 25 teams, top 10 teams, etc. I also look into the blowouts and assess the players fairly there as well. I hope this clears some confusion*

If you would like to check out the previous week rankings, you can check them out HERE. If you have any questions, please check out my FAQ HERE.

Listed below are the top 36 seniors, the top 27 juniors, the top 18 sophomores and the top 9 freshmen from the week of December 27th to Jan. 1st.

SENIORS

  1. Kelsey Plum, Washington
  2. Chantel Osahor – Washington
  3. Brionna Jones – Maryland
  4. Sydney Wiese, Oregon State
  5. Alaina Coates – South Carolina
  6. Erica McCall – Stanford
  7. Lindsey Allen – Notre Dame
  8. Leticia Romero – Florida State
  9. Nia Coffey – Northwestern
  10. Shatori Walker-Kimbrough – Maryland
  11. Alexis Peterson – Syracuse
  12. Nina Davis – Baylor
  13. Karlie Samuelson – Stanford
  14. Sophie Brunner, Arizona State
  15. Breanna Lewis, Kansas State
  16. Curtyce Knox – Texas A&M
  17. Precious Hall, James Madison
  18. Adrienne Motley – Miami
  19. Tori Jankoska – Michigan State
  20. Ally Disterhoft, Iowa
  21. Oderah Chidom – Duke
  22. Peyton Little – Oklahoma
  23. Sadie Edwards, USC
  24. Ronni Williams – Florida
  25. Evelyn Akahtor – Kentucky
  26. Ellen Nystrom – Colorado State
  27. Sidney Cooks, Virginia Tech
  28. Shayla Cooper – Ohio State
  29. Jackie Kemph – Saint Louis
  30. Mehryn Kraker – Green Bay
  31. Kelsey Lang – Texas
  32. Seanna Johnson – Iowa State
  33. Pachis Roberts – Georgia
  34. Katie Frerking – Auburn
  35. Feyonda Fitzgerald – Temple
  36. Jordan Reynolds – Tennessee

JUNIORS

  1. Kelsey Mitchell – Ohio State
  2. Victoria Vivians – Mississippi State
  3. Myisha Hines – Allen – Louisville
  4. A’ja Wilson – South Carolina
  5. Jordin Canada – UCLA
  6. Gabby Williams – Connecticut
  7. Brianna Turner – Notre Dame
  8. Lexie Brown – Duke
  9. Tyra Buss – Indiana
  10. Kia Nurse – Connecticut
  11. M. Spencer – NC State?
  12. Emily Potter – Utah
  13. Mariya Moore – Louisville
  14. Monique Billings – UCLA
  15. Diamond DeShields – Tennessee
  16. Stephanie Mavunga – Ohio State
  17. Mercedes Russell – Tennessee
  18. Jamie Nared – Tennessee
  19. Khaalia Hillsman – Texas A&M
  20. Kaela Davis – South Carolina
  21. Shakayla Thomas – Florida State
  22. Rebecca Greenwell – Duke
  23. Linnae Harper – Ohio State
  24. Kaylee Jensen – Oklahoma State
  25. Chatrice White – Florida State
  26. Brooke McCarty – Texas
  27. Teana Muldrow – West Virginia

SOPHOMORES

  1. Katie Lou Samuelson – Connecticut
  2. Hallie Thome – Michigan
  3. Kristine Anigwe – California
  4. Napheesa Collier – Connecticut
  5. Jessica Shepard – Nebraska
  6. Paris Kea – North Carolina
  7. Kalani Brown – Baylor
  8. Stephanie Watts – North Carolina
  9. Allazia Blockton – Marquette
  10. Chanette Hicks – Virginia Tech
  11. Danni Williams – Texas A&M
  12. Regan Margarity, Virginia Tech
  13. Marina Mabrey – Notre Dame
  14. Megan Gustafson – Iowa
  15. Beatrice Mompremier – Baylor
  16. Kenisha Bell – Minnesota
  17. Teniya Page – Penn State
  18. Bridget Carleton – Iowa State

FRESHMEN

  1. Destiny Slocum – Maryland
  2. Ruthy Hebard, Oregon
  3. Kaila Charles – Maryland
  4. Kysre Gondrezick – Michigan
  5. Nancy Mulkey – Oklahoma
  6. Nadia Fingall – Stanford
  7. Tori McCoy – Ohio State
  8. Joyner Holmes – Texas
  9. Crystal Dangerfield – Connecticut