7. Rebecca Lobo (1991-1995) UConn, Naismith Player of the Year 1995
Lobo, a 6’4” Center helped bring UConn to the top of women’s basketball when, in her senior season, she led the team to two wins over Tennessee (both on national television), including a win in the title game. She also led the team to just the second undefeated season in NCAA history. In her senior season she was the Naismith Player of the Year and the NCAA tournament’s Most Outstanding Player.
6. Sheryl Swoopes (1991-1993) Texas Tech, Naismith Player of the Year 1993
Swoopes, a 6’ Forward only played two years in the NCAA after being a junior college transfer into Texas Tech. Her senior season she scored 955 points. Most players would kill to score 1,000 points in their career. She scored an NCAA record 47 points in the championship game, leading Texas Tech to the title. She averaged nearly 25 points per game and was the consensus player of the year. Oh and did I mention Nike later named a shoe after her? Yeah.
5. Candace Parker (2005-2008) Tennessee, Naismith Player of the Year 2008
Parker had to redshirt her freshman season at Tennessee due to an ACL tear but once she came back she was impossible to stop. She became the fastest player in Tennessee history to 1,000 points in just 56 games. She led the Lady Vols to back to back NCAA Championships in 2007 and 2008 and was named the Final Four Most Outstanding Player both years in spite of playing with a dislocated shoulder in 2008. She was also the first player to dunk the NCAA tournament.