March Madness is upon us. The women’s basketball tournament starts March 24 and the Final Four will be in New Orleans this year with the championship game being played on April 9. To honor the 75th anniversary of the men’s NCAA tournament, Sports Illustrated compiled a list of the top 10 men of the NCAA’s. Nowhere was there even a whisper about women playing basketball. So we’re here to rectify that oversight with our own list of amazing lady ballers.
10. Anne Donovan (1979-1983) Old Dominion, Naismith Player of the Year 1983
Donovan, a 6’8” Center, averaged 20 points and 14.5 rebounds over her four years at ODU. She helped the team to an AIAW National Championship her freshman year, and to the NCAA Final Four as a senior. She set records at Old Dominion for points (2,719 points), rebounding (1,976) and shots blocked (801) while changing the game with her mix of size and mobility.
9. Dawn Staley (1989-1992) Virginia, Naismith Player of the Year 1991, 1992
Staley led Virginia to three consecutive Final Fours including the championship game in 1991. She was a two time Player of the Year award winner, the Final Four Most Outstanding Player in 1991. She once held the NCAA record for steals (454) and finished her career as the only player in ACC history with more than 2,000 points, 700 rebounds, 700 assists, and 400 steals.
8. Brittney Griner (2009-2013) Baylor, Naismith Player of the Year 2012
The reason Griner is this low on the list is because she’s the only player still in school. If she and the Baylor Bears recreate their magical run to the championship from a season ago, she’d have to jump several spots on this list. Griner, like Donovan, is a 6’8” Center who has changed the game. Griner with her ability to play stifling defense, block shots, and score. Oh and have you seen her dunk? She’s an incredible player who helped lead the Bears to the first ever 40-0 season last year.