The top 25 players in women's basketball basketball rank three months in the 2019-20 season


Before the start of the women's basketball season, we were among the top 25 players in the nation, mainly based on what we saw from 2018-19. It is a difficult list for a first-year student to crack before playing a college game.

But now, mid-February, we are rearranging the 25 best players. In some ways it is not easier. There is new data to work with, but there are challenges – such as how a player scores when her team is not doing well, or when she has missed significant time due to injuries but is not excluded for the season.


The end result is that there are now eight new players on our list that were not there in November. And in less than a month, these are some of the most important names that will be the center of attention for March Madness.

As a reminder, these rankings are based on college performance this season and no WNBA potential.

1. Sabrina Ionescu, Oregon Ducks, G, 5 foot-11, senior


Season statistics: 17.3 PPG, 8.8 RPG, 8.5 APG
Ranking for the season: 1

Now with 24 career triple doubles, Ionescu is exactly as expected of her this senior season: a must-watch player who has used not only all her weapons, but all her teams. The ducks, more famous for their attack, have shown strength on both sides of the field this season and Ionescu is the perfect leader for them in every way. – Mechelle Voepel

2. Lauren Cox, Baylor Lady Bears, F, 6-foot-4, senior


Season statistics: 11.5 PPG, 8.0 RPG
Ranking for the season: 2

She experienced a stress reaction in her right foot in November and December but returned to do what was needed for Baylor. That does not necessarily mean a lot of scoring, but it means facilitating everything else: with its rebound, defense, success and leadership. Baylor is simply better in every way when Cox is on the floor. – Mechelle Voepel

3. Rhyne Howard Kentucky Wildcats, G, 6-foot-2, sophomore

Season statistics: 23.1 PPG, 6.2 RPG
Ranking for the season: 17

Howard is a great guard with professional skills to create scoring opportunities for himself or teammates and has switched from the best freshman in the country to one of the best players in the game. The Wildcats survived without Howard in the line-up while out with a broken finger on her non-shooting hand, but it was also clear that they needed her (see the recent loss to Florida, a team that Kentucky in January with 20 points). With a usage figure – which measures the percentage of matches of a team in which that player is involved – in the top 10 at national level, and as a leading SEC scorer, Howard is just as important to her team as any player in the country . – Charlie Creme

4. Satou Sabally, Oregon Ducks, F, 6-foot-4, junior

Season statistics: 16.3 PPG, 7.4 RPG
Ranking for the season: 8

Everyone would benefit from playing alongside Sabrina Ionescu and Ruthy Hebard. What distinguishes Sabally is how clearly players of that caliber benefit from playing alongside her. Instead of being overshadowed, Sabally chooses and chooses her moments to take the lead. She is perfectly capable of pulling defenders away from Hebard or doing the dirty work for Ionescu. It can be the most overqualified complementary part of the country. But there are also stretching exercises if she is the best player on the field, a resurgence of her rebounds and free-throw attempts this season to prove an increasingly aggressive – and unstoppable – presence. In other words: no one in the country performs Ionescu more often. – Graham Hays

5. Ruthy Hebard, Oregon Ducks, F, 6-foot-4, senior

Season statistics: 16.5 PPG, 9.3 RPG
Ranking for the season: 5

So much of the honor for Oregon's top rated crime goes to Ionescu, and rightly so, but Hebard's contributions cannot be reduced. The success of the pick-and-roll, which is such a fundamental part of the attack of the Ducks, is as much about Hebard's ability to catch and finish as Ionescu's # 39; s vision. Accuracy and consistency of field goals have been Hebard's business cards since they arrived in Eugene, and with her soft hands and great footwork she rarely makes a bad shot. Hebard has made nearly 65% โ€‹โ€‹of her field goal attempts during her career, and she shoots 67% for the second consecutive season. – Charlie Creme

6. Mikayla Pivec, Oregon beavers, G, 5 foot-10 senior

Season statistics: 14.4 PPG, 9.7 RPG
Ranking for the season: 13

Is she a point guard who reflects back so ruthlessly that she comes close to a double-double on average? Is she a substandard 3 that sits at the top of the Pac-12 in helps? Is she the ultimate ensemble piece or the most selfless soloist? Pivec is a basketball platypus, unlike just about everyone, but perfectly suited to its environment in Oregon State. In a team that depends on many experienced 3-point shooting and inexperienced postal talent, Pivec offers a midfield. She keeps the ball moving to find the shooters or the poles, wins second chances with rebounds and sniffs corners that few see to get her own points. – Graham Hays

7. Dana Evans, Louisville Cardinals, G, 5-foot-6, junior

Season statistics: 18.5 PPG, 4.3 APG
Ranking for the season: Not arranged

No player made a larger jump compared to the preseason ranking. Blame us, but it also talks about what Evans has done with the opportunity that the departure of Asia Durr offers. Evans was a fruitful high school scorer and it was understandable that Evans fell into the role of playmaker and defensive stopper when Durr was around. She also clearly did not forget how she should be the star of the show. She has already tried more free throws than last season (and perhaps more than her first two seasons together). And shooting better than 90% from the free throw line, while also better than 40% from the 3-point line, is a good way for one of the fastest players of college basketball to send opposing defenses to distraction. – Graham Hays

8. Megan Walker, UConn Huskies, F, 6-foot-1, junior

Season statistics: 19.0 PPG, 8.9 RPG
Ranking for the season: 15

It took two seasons to learn and play behind some transcendent talent, but Walker is now the All-American Geno Auriemma that was planned for her when she was the No. 1 recruit in the 2017 class. The improvement has remained stable from 5.8 points per game as a first-year student to 12.1 as second-year students to 19.0 this season. With Crystal Dangerfield and Christyn Williams by her side on the edge, Walker has help, but she has established herself as the clear option 1 of the Huskies and a versatile attacking player. The next step is more efficiency in the biggest games at UConn. She shot only a combined 22% in matches against Baylor, Tennessee and Oregon. The Huskies need better from their best player if a 13th consecutive final four is to happen. – Charlie Creme

9. Aari McDonald, Arizona Wildcats, G, 5-foot-6, junior

Season statistics: 20.5 PPG, 5.9 RPG
Ranking for the season: 12

How transforming is she? In 2018, when she was in Washington from her transfer year, the Wildcats won six games. Last season, McDonald was the third top scorer in the country (24.1 PPG) and Arizona won the WNIT. The score average drops slightly, but the contributions and results are even better. The Wildcats certainly make their first NCAA tournament since 2005 and can also organize first and second round matches. Few players are over 94 feet as fast as McDonald, and that speed makes her almost unstoppable in the transition and is the primary ingredient in Arizona's pick and roll attack. – Charlie Creme

10. Chennedy Carter, Texas A&M Aggies, G, 5-foot-7, junior

Season statistics: 20.6 PPG, 4.6 RPG
Ranking for the season: 3

There is no more ball-dominant player in the game today than Carter. There is also no dominant player with the ball in her hands. Her deep shooting range combined the ability to take the turn and reach the edge or pull it up at full speed, making Carter the complete offensive package. Her play has been criticized for being too individualistic, but having a player who always gets her chance is a nice luxury to have. Although she was sidelined in the last seven games by an ankle injury on January 9, Texas A&M went 4-3 – and had only 56.3 points in the three games against the ranked teams in that piece. – Charlie Creme

11. Elissa Cunane, NC State Wolfpack, C, 6-foot-5, sophomore

Season statistics: 17.0 PPG, 10.5 RPG
Ranking for the season: Not arranged

It is no surprise that in the only game that the Wolfpack lost this season, Cunane was held at only eight points against North Carolina and had trouble shooting. That just doesn't happen much with the second-year student who is the average of a double-double and has become one of the top low-block threats in the country. She can also go outside and take some shots. – Mechelle Voepel

12. Michaela Onyenwere, UCLA Bruins, F, 6-foot, junior

Season statistics: 19.9 PPG, 7.9 RPG
Ranking for the season: 11

Because the game of Onyenwere continues to develop, it helps that she is simply a better athlete than almost everyone she is confronted with. She scored more than 20 points in 11 games and remains the main reason why UCLA is only one match behind Oregon in the Pac-12 race. – Charlie Creme

13. Aliyah Boston South Carolina Gamecocks, F, 6-foot-5, freshmen

Season statistics: 13.3 PPG, 9.1 RPG
Ranking for the season: Not arranged

Much was expected of the freshmen, and she gave birth. She is the leading scorer, rebounder and shotblocker for the top team in the country, shoots better than 60% from the field and almost 80% from the foul line. She has also shown much old age and legal presence outside of her years. – Mechelle Voepel

14. Christyn Williams UConn Huskies, G, 5 foot 11, sophomore

Season statistics: 14.9 PPG, 5.0 RPG
Ranking for the season: 10

Williams is the most physically gifted of UConn's four key players and has spent much of the first half of the season trying to expand that natural talent into a better-rounded game. Her rebound and helping numbers are up, but it's still her natural scoring ability, even if she's in a self-described shooting, that sets her apart. Williams is an excellent finish in transition and also features a midrange game that is rare nowadays. Her job now is to bring all of her comprehensive tools together and play with the consistency that is usually required at UConn. – Charlie Creme

15. Crystal Dangerfield, UConn Huskies, G, 5-foot-5, senior

Season statistics: 16.0 PPG, 4.0 APG
Ranking for the season: 6

The expression on Dangerfield's face rarely changes, but her game does. With a steel-eyed eye, Dangerfield is still first a facilitator, but Auriemma is now more often looking for her own shot on behalf of the coach. There are not much higher compliments than the complete confidence of Auriemma. While her assists are down, Dangerfield runs a violation that remains in the top 10 in the country per assists. She has become the best and most common 3-point shooter from Huskies and their undisputed leader on the field. – Charlie Creme

16. Tyasha Harris, South Carolina Gamecocks, G, 5 foot-10 senior

Season statistics: 12.1 PPG, 5.5 APG
Ranking for the season: Not arranged

She has quietly had one of the great careers in the history of Gamecocks. Harris is rarely the center of attention, but she is always a motor that makes things run smoothly as a point guard. The senior has dealt well with three freshmen in the starting line-up and can count on him not to rattle or turn the ball, even in the most difficult and tightest games. – Mechelle Voepel

17. Kathleen Doyle, Iowa Hawkeyes, G, 5 foot-9 senior

Season statistics: 18.7 PPG, 6.5 APG
Ranking for the season: Not arranged

Iowa had to struggle this season without Megan Gustafson, but the Hawkeyes have won 11 of the 12 games and are in 17th place with a 20-4 record. This is largely due to Doyle. She has more career guidance than any active player who is not called Sabrina Ionescu, but she has also become one of the best scorers in the Big Ten. Its ability to come in and end or reach the free throw line serves as an unconventional way to replace Gustafson. – Graham Hays

18. Rennia Davis, Tennessee Lady Vols, G / F, 6-foot-2, junior

Season statistics: 18.1 PPG, 8.3 RPG
Ranking for the season: Not arranged

A good assistant player in her first two seasons in Knoxville, Davis is now the go-to scorer for the Lady Vols and this season hit double digits in all but one of the games. Her accuracy of the field goal and scoring have improved compared to her second year, although she attracts the best defenders and the most attention from any opponent. In a season that was better than expected for Tennessee, Davis was the catalyst, receiving praise from coach Kellie Harper in her willingness to take the big shot. The proof is there. Davis' buzzer against Alabama and the 30-point performance against LSU marked the two biggest wins of the season for the Lady Vols, now in third place in the SEC. – Charlie Creme

19. Destiny Slocum, Oregon beavers, G, 5-foot-7, junior

Season statistics: 14.6 PPG, 4.9 APG
Ranking for the season: 9

She puts almost identical numbers on a season ago. Her team, conference struggling aside, stays in the middle of the national race. So it's probably not fair that Slocum has fallen so far from her position in the preseason. It is not necessarily a negative point that it has not improved compared to last season's score – it is at least in part a sign of how well the young posts Taylor Jones and Kennedy Brown go along in what will always be a balanced attack. If Slocum is one of the 19 best players in the country, she is doing fine. And just over halfway through her playability with Oregon State, there is still time for her to reach another level. – Graham Hays

20. Kiah Gillespie, Florida State Seminoles, F, 6-foot-2, senior

Season statistics: 15.8 PPG, 9.0 RPG
Ranking for the season: 21

Playing big in big games has become Gillespie's calling card. They average 23 points per game against the three best ranked opponents of Florida State: Texas A&M, NC State and Louisville. The Seminoles won everything but one of those games (NC State) and behind Gillespie & # 39; s leadership they are still looking for a top-four NCAA tournament seed. Gillespie, with 10 double doubles on the season, is productive from all over the field, but it's her rebound, fourth best in the ACC, that starts her game jump. – Charlie Creme

21. Ashley Joens, State of Iowa Cyclones, G / F, 6-foot, sophomore

Season statistics: 21.3 PPG, 10.5 RPG
Ranking for the season: Not arranged

Ranked six places before Rhyne Howard among the top 100 recruits last season, she has outperformed just about everyone in her class to keep pace with the Kentucky superstar. Joens comes on the free throw line more than almost everyone in the country, takes on average two-digit rebounds and still shows off a good 3-point touch. She dislocated a shoulder shortly after resting from a recent game against Oklahoma and still came back to defeat the main free throws while finishing with 17 points and 15 rebounds in a win. – Graham Hays

22. NaLyssa Smith, Baylor Lady Bears, F, 6-foot-2, sophomore

Season statistics: 14.9 PPG, 7.5 RPG
Ranking for the season: Not arranged

An important player as a first-year student in the Lady Bears national championship team last year, she plays an even greater role this season as their top scorer. Smith is explosively fast and can reach anyone's edge, and she regularly hurts opponents on the attacking glass with her reluctant ability. Just like the whole team, she is also defensively strong. – Mechelle Voepel

23. Kiana Williams, Stanford Cardinal, G, 5-foot-8, junior

Season statistics: 13.0 PPG, 3.9 APG
Ranking for the season: 14

As deep, balanced and aware of the sharing of balls as the cardinal offense, it is Williams who does it all. While Stanford has included youth in the line-up and navigated some injuries, Williams and her calm self-confidence have been the constant presence. She is the only Stanford player to be at the top for 30 minutes per match and is also Stanford & # 39; s second leading scorer and 3-point shooter and free-shooter top scorer. – Charlie Creme

24. Chelsea Dungee, Arkansas Razorbacks, G, 5 foot-11, junior

Season statistics: 18.1 PPG, 5.0 RPG
Ranking for the season: 18

After a tough six-game stretch in which she averaged only 10.3 points per game, Dungee returned on Sunday to the player who earned a place on this list with 24 points in a major win over Kentucky. She rode aggressively to the basket, skillfully finished at the edge, used high ball screens to open 3-point shooting room and excelled in the transition, all the features that caught her attention on the national stage towards the end of last season. The backbone of her game is that aggressiveness and the confidence that goes with it, something that the Razorbacks need when they hit the most important part of their SEC schedule. – Charlie Creme

25. Beatrice Mom Prime Minister, Miami Hurricanes, F, 6-foot-4, senior

Season statistics: 16.3 PPG, 10.4 RPG
Ranking for the season: 7

Sometimes value can only really be measured when it has disappeared. That seems to be the case in Miami with Mompremier. The hurricanes were arranged and prepared to compete for a top four finish in the ACC when their center went down on January 2 with a foot injury. Because Mompremier was sidelined, Miami went 3-7. A healthy Mompremier with improved mail movements and the extended shooting range seen in November and December still projects as a first round WNBA pick, but a once promising hurricane season has disappeared with the loss of their star. – Charlie Creme

Fallen out: Kaila Charles, Maryland (No. 4); Bella Alarie, Princeton (No. 16); Tynice Martin, West Virginia (No. 19); DiJonai Carrington, Stanford (No. 20); Peyton Williams, Kansas State (No. 22); Elizabeth Balogun, Louisville (No. 23); Ae & # 39; rianna Harris, Purdue (No. 24); Shadeen Samuels, Seton Hall (nr. 25)

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