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Women’s College Basketball Players Rankings – Class by Class! Week 10

What a week of college basketball. So many upsets took place which shook up these week’s rankings just a bit. That’s the beauty of these weekly rankings. To see which players on a week to week basis deliver and to give those players that had a great week a shout out. Parity is great for everyone involved and I hope to see more of it going forward in these coming weeks. We only have six weeks left of these rankings, so I hope you have enjoyed them!

Listed below are the top 36 seniors, the top 27 juniors, the top 18 sophomores and the top 9 freshmen for the week of January 8 to January 14th. You can find the previous week’s rankings here. Have questions or are curious about these rankings? Read my FAQ page here.

SENIORS

  1. Myshia Hines-Allen – Louisville (+10)
  2. A’ja Wilson – South Carolina (+1)
  3. Victoria Vivians – Mississippi State (+5)
  4. Kelsey Mitchell – Ohio State (-3)
  5. Mercedes Russell – Tennessee (-3)
  6. Jordin Canada – UCLA (-1)
  7. Kia Nurse – Connecticut (NR)
  8. Stephanie Mavunga – Ohio State (+4)
  9. Imani Wright – Florida State (+10)
  10. Shakayla Thomas – Florida State (+5)
  11. Ariel Atkins – Texas (NR)
  12. Katelynn Flaherty – Michigan (+2)
  13. Tyler Scaife – Rutgers (-3)
  14. Lexie Brown – Duke (+2)
  15. Gabby Williams – Connecticut (-11)
  16. Jaime Nared – Tennessee (-7)
  17. Monique Billings – UCLA (-11)
  18. Rebecca Greenwell – Duke (NR)
  19. Linnae Harper – Ohio State (-1)
  20. Carlie Wagner – Minnesota (NR)
  21. Vionise Pierre – Louis – Oklahoma (NR)
  22. Macy Miller – South Dakota State (NR)
  23. Chelsea Nelson – NC State (NR)
  24. Maria Jespersen – South Florida (-1)
  25. Andreona Keys – Purdue (NR)
  26. Brittany McPhee – Stanford (NR)
  27. Kaylee Jensen – Oklahoma State (NR)
  28. Jessica Lindstrom – Green Bay (NR)
  29. Roshunda Johnson – Mississippi State (NR)
  30. Kristen Simon – USC (-7)
  31. Emily Potter – Utah (NR)
  32. Kristy Wallace – Baylor (NR)
  33. Dekeiya Cohen – Baylor (-13)
  34. Maya Singleton – St. John’s (NR)
  35. Javonna Layfield – Dayton (NR)
  36. Natalie Butler – George Mason (NR)

JUNIORS

  1. Asia Durr – Louisville (+7)
  2. Teaira McCowan – Mississippi State (+3)
  3. Azura Stevens – Connecticut (NR)
  4. Megan Gustafson – Iowa (+5)
  5. Khaalia Hillsman – Texas A&M (+8)
  6. Katie Lou Samuelson – Connecticut (+1)
  7. Jordan Moore – TCU (NR)
  8. Kristine Anigwe – California (NR)
  9. Naomi Davenport – West Virginia (NR)
  10. Lashaan Higgs – Texas (-7)
  11. Napheesa Collier – Connecticut (-10)
  12. Allazia Blockton – Marquette
  13. Amy Okonkwo – TCU (NR)
  14. Kitija Laksa – South Florida (NR)
  15. Danielle King – Marquette (NR)
  16. Caliya Robinson – Georgia (-1)
  17. Jessica Shepard – Notre Dame (-6)
  18. Alanna Smith – Stanford (NR)
  19. Madison Guebert – South Dakota State (-1)
  20. Aliyah Mazyck – USC (NR)
  21. Mart’e Grays – DePaul (+2)
  22. Maite Cazorla – Oregon (NR)
  23. Kianna Ibis – Arizona State (-9)
  24. Jasmine Jones – Louisville (NR)
  25. Presley Hudson – Central Michigan (NR)
  26. Jenny Roy – Belmont (NR)
  27. Zykera Rice – Gonzaga (NR)

SOPHOMORES

  1. Taryn McCutcheon – Michigan State (NR)
  2. Sabrina Ionescu – Oregon (+4)
  3. Ruthy Hebard – Oregon (+2)
  4. Shay Colley – Michigan State (NR)
  5. Peyton Williams – Kansas State (+2)
  6. Ae’Rianna Harris – Purdue (NR)
  7. Bella Alarie – Princeton (-3)
  8. Nausia Woolfolk – Florida State (NR)
  9. Jocelyn Willoughby – Virginia (NR)
  10. Kelly Campbell – DePaul (NR)
  11. Kelly Jekot – Villanova (NR)
  12. Robbi Ryan – Arizona State (NR)
  13. Hannah Whitish – Nebraska (+2)
  14. Dominique Toussant – Virginia (-2)
  15. Tyasha Harris – South Carolina (+2)
  16. Jackie Young – Notre Dame (-8)
  17. Stephanie Jones – Maryland (NR)
  18. Ayana Mitchell – LSU (NR)

FRESHMEN

  1. Janelle Bailey – North Carolina (+3)
  2. Gabby Conally – Georgia (NR)
  3. Chennedy Carter – Texas A&M
  4. Hailey Brown – Michigan (NR)
  5. Macee Williams – IUPUI (NR)
  6. Michaela Onyenwere – UCLA (NR)
  7. Kianna Smith – California (+2)
  8. Rennia Davis – Tennessee
  9. Qadashah Hoppie – St. John’s (NR)
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Women’s College Basketball Players Rankings – Class by Class! Week 5

Now into Week 5, we’re starting to see some elite teams emerge and while it’s still very early to tell, should bode well for conference play. We only have roughly three weeks of out of conference play left and the next two weeks (Week 6 and Week 7) the rankings will be shortened because a lot of teams will be on break or play light schedules due to final exams.

Want to see how your favourite player did last week? Click here. I also added a detailed explanation of what the rankings are all about in last week’s post, so if you want to read it, it’s in the above link.

Listed below are the top 36 seniors, the top 27 juniors, the top 18 sophomores and the top 9 freshmen for the week of December 4th to December 10th.

SENIORS

  1. A’ja Wilson – South Carolina
  2. Kelsey Mitchell – Ohio State (+2)
  3. Myisha Hines-Allen – Louisville (-1)
  4. Jaime Nared – Tennessee (+23)
  5. Lexie Brown – Duke (+2)
  6. Mercedes Russell – Tennessee (+6)
  7. Tyler Scaife – Rutgers (+9)
  8. Shakayla Thomas – Florida State (+2)
  9. Victoria Vivians – Mississippi State (+1)
  10. Katelynn Flaherty – Michigan (+5)
  11. Jordin Canada – UCLA (-5)
  12. Gabby Williams – Connecticut (-1)
  13. Stephanie Mavunga – Ohio State (-4)
  14. Ariel Atkins – Texas (+6)
  15. Linnae Harper – Ohio State (+6)
  16. Teana Muldrow – West Virginia (+3)
  17. Loryn Goodwin – Oklahoma State (+15)
  18. Kaylee Jensen – Oklahoma State (NR)
  19. Jessica Lindstrom – Green Bay (+7)
  20. Imani Wright – Florida State (-7)
  21. Morgan William – Mississippi State (NR)
  22. Macy Miller – South Dakota State
  23. Gabbi Ortiz – Oklahoma (NR)
  24. Kia Nurse – Connecticut (-21)
  25. Tanaya Atkinson – Temple (NR)
  26. Erykah Davenport – Miami (+2)
  27. Amarah Coleman – DePaul (NR)
  28. Carmen Grande – Ball State (+8)
  29. Laia Flores – South Florida (NR)
  30. Miranda Drummond – Syracuse (NR)
  31. AJ Alix – Florida State (NR)
  32. Allie LeClaire – Green Bay (NR)
  33. Haley Lorenzon – Florida (NR)
  34. Akela Maize – NC State (NR)
  35. Cassie Broadhead Devashrayee – BYU (NR)
  36. Leslie Robinson – Princeton (NR)

JUNIORS

  1. Arike Ogunbowale – Notre Dame (+1)
  2. Sophie Cunningham – Missouri (+13)
  3. Katie Lou Samuelson – Connecticut (+10)
  4. Napheesa Collier – Connecticut (+3)
  5. Kalani Brown – Baylor (-1)
  6. Megan Gustafson – Iowa (-3)
  7. Kristine Anigwe – California (+1)
  8. Asia Durr – Louisville (+8)
  9. Adrianna Hahn – Villanova (+13)
  10. Marina Mabrey – Notre Dame (-1)
  11. Teaira McCowan – Missisippi State (-6)
  12. Jessica Shepard – Notre Dame (+5)
  13. Hallie Thome – Michigan (-7)
  14. Teniya Page – Penn State (+6)
  15. Kennedy Leonard – Colorado (-4)
  16. Cierra Porter – Missouri (+5)
  17. Lashaan Higgs – Texas (+1)
  18. Jatarie White – Texas (NR)
  19. Rosemarie Julien – FGCU (NR)
  20. Regan Magarity – Virginia Tech (NR)
  21. Alexis Jennings – South Carolina (-9)
  22. Cherise Beynon – New Mexico (+5)
  23. Paris Kea – North Carolina (NR)
  24. Kiara Leslie – NC State (NR)
  25. Khaalia Hillsman – Texas A&M (NR)
  26. Katrina Pardee – West Virginia (NR)
  27. Naomi Davenport – West Virginia (NR)

SOPHOMORES

  1. Hannah Whitish – Nebraska (NR)
  2. Sabrina Ionescu – Oregon
  3. Crystal Dangerfield – Connecticut (+5)
  4. Tiana Mangakahia – Syracuse
  5. Lauren Cox – Baylor (-4)
  6. Ruthy Hebard – Oregon
  7. Francesca Pan – Georgia Tech
  8. Bella Alarie – Princeton (NR)
  9. Mackenzie Meyer – Iowa (NR)
  10. Reili Richardson – Arizona State (NR)
  11. Kaila Charles – Maryland (-6)
  12. Mikayla Pivec – Oregon State (+1)
  13. Natalie Chou – Baylor (NR)
  14. Jackie Young – Notre Dame (-11)
  15. Stephanie Jones – Maryland (-5)
  16. Mallory McGwire – Oregon (NR)
  17. Leaonna Odom – Duke (NR)
  18. Kobi Thornton – Clemson (NR)

FRESHMEN

  1. Annika Jank – Colorado (NR)
  2. Chennedy Carter – Texas A&M
  3. Evina Westbrook – Tennessee (NR)
  4. Digna Strautmane – Syracuse (NR)
  5. Kate Cain – Nebraska (+1)
  6. Lindsey Pulliam – Northwestern (NR)
  7. Rennia Davis – Tennessee
  8. Endia Banks – Miami (NR)
  9. Kianna Smith – California (NR)

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

 

Mainstream media coverage on women’s basketball and WNBA and how it correlates to growing the fan base

I’ve been pondering over writing this blog post and whether or not people will actually read this post. This is a topic that ever since I first became aware of women’s basketball nine years ago never seems to go away. Or have a solution. It’s one of the struggles that many great WNBA/WBB fans and passionate writers and bloggers have to face every day.

As many of us know, when it comes to sports, the four main men’s sports get all the coverage and love from both fans and media companies alike. I’m talking about the NFL (which in some parts of the United States, it’s more like a religion), the NBA (once again, in some parts of the United States and world wide, it’s also the biggest sport), the NHL (this is HUGE in Canada, and in few parts in the United States) and MLB (which is America’s favorite summer past time).

So, in turn the four main men’s sports get a huge chunk of TV money from big name media companies such as ABC, ESPN, Sportsnet and TSN(HUGE in Canada), CBS, TNT, FOXSports, etc. This leaves very little TV money to give to other sports. What gets left over goes to women and men’s tennis, NASCAR, golf, gymnastics, etc. The remaining goes to the niche sports.  Women’s college basketball and the WNBA fall into that category.

It’s not just the TV companies who pull this type of move. It’s the newspapers(although to be fair, newspapers are dying), radio, online magazines/websites, etc. They only provide in depth coverage of those four main men’s sports. They only send their major beat writers to cover those events and send their columnists to write an opinion on those games. It’s like a well oiled machine for those four main major men’s sports, not only in the US and Canada, but world wide as well.

So, what does this have to with the WNBA/women’s college basketball coverage? Well, it’s pretty obvious. If all of the TV broadcasts and media focus on just those sports, there leaves absolutely little coverage for the women’s basketball world. No major sports personality is asking questions on TV on why the WNBA does not have their official draft details out yet, even though the draft is in less than three weeks! No major columnist is talking about how the WNBA Training camp will go and which players are in good shape, etc. Because of this, the WNBA/WBB world does not have any added pressure to release their details. Nor, will they have to because no major sports person will be there to release it to the public.

This may sound like I’m being pessimistic about the coverage that there is out there, considering there are some pretty good ESPN podcasts and one good ESPN writer who covers both the WNBA/WBB which is great. There are also some very good independent websites and great podcasts out there online too. I’m not complaining about that coverage, I’m complaining about the fact the WNBA/WBB world will never have as strong as a fan base simply because the TV/media coverage is non existent compared to major sports out there.

For example, if I take my friend right now to a WNBA game between the Connecticut Sun and the Washington Mystics at the Verizon Center, and the Mystics take care of the Sun easily and win in impressive fashion, my friend is impressed. Now, they want to know how they can keep track of the Mystics. I’ll tell them all my favorite Twitter handles, my favorite independent WNBA websites and some great podcasts. They say thanks, and check them out. Now, they are hooked onto the Mystics. They can’t get enough. But, now they want more. That coverage alone isn’t enough. They want to hear the Mystics on the radio. They want their favorite major sports personality to discuss the Mystics on TV. But, sadly, they won’t get it. They won’t get it on ESPN either. My friend is now upset. They’ll still check on the Mystics once in a while to see how they are doing, and tries to attend the games, but the fan level is diminished. They are now longer obsessed. And that is one way the WNBA loses their fans.

It’s a vicious cycle. This just doesn’t apply to fans either. It applies to great talented writers and bloggers who once wrote about the WNBA and women’s college basketball, but had to drop the coverage altogether because they couldn’t make a living out of it unlike their fellow writers and columnists who cover those major men’s sports. This is such a shame because the WNBA/women’s basketball world loses those talented writers who wanted to cover the WNBA athletes and stories but couldn’t due to a lack of interest (from those major media/TV companies)

The WNBA/women’s basketball executives need to stand up and demand respect for their league and better coverage. They need to figure out how to get more than just NINE games on ESPN. They need better communication from league executives down to their fans. If ESPN can not provide the coverage they need, they need to add another TV partner. Or, get creative and figure out a new way to integrate new content. They need to push the media, both TV and newspapers to give them better access. They deserve that much. It’s time. If the league continues this way, there won’t be a league at all.

I won’t lie. There are tough days to cover the WNBA/women’s basketball world. No, this is not my day job. It’s hard getting simple releases, difficult getting easy answers, etc. But, I continue writing/tweeting about the sport simply because it deserves the coverage. I’m here to continue it while I still can. I will write for those great athletes that need their stories to be told on other women’s basketball websites. My voice will still be here. But it’s a damn shame, that we have lost so many great fans/writers due to this vicious cycle.

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