Top 10 Women’s College Basketball Players – March Madness 2022 Rankings
Ranking the best NCAA Women’s college basketball players of March Madness 2022 as Olivia Miles of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish goes from unranked to ranked this month. Also where Caitlin Clark, NaLyssa Smith, Aliyah Boston, and more rank
By admin | March 19, 2022
The 2021-2022 NCAA Women’s Basketball schedule has come and gone as the calendar months have cruised into March. With the madness of March upon our doorsteps, the exciting action-packed regular season delivered us a ton of playmakers and talented women dominating the hardwood night in and night out. While the debate can be made, the list is much longer than just ten top NCAAW BB players who can land on the list.
One name that stands out as one of the top women’s basketball players in all of college basketball, is the Iowa Hawkeyes star Caitlin Clark who continues to dominate on both sides of the floor while also leading the country in both scoring and assists.
Meanwhile stars like Ayoka Lee from the Kansas State Wildcats, Nalyssa Smith of the Baylor Bears and Aliyah Boston of the South Carolina Gamecocks who all could take home the John R. Wood Award as the nation’s outstanding player.
With that said, here is our list of the Top 10 College Women’s Basketball Players:
School: Penn State Lady Lions
Despite the struggles that the Penn State Lady Lions faced during the season Makenna Marisa stepped up to the challenge night in and night out as she did everything in her power to help lead her team to victory.
Marisa ranked 8th in the country in scoring averaging 22.2 points per game while also ranking within the top 100 players in the country averaging 4.2 assists per game along with 4.2 rebounds per game. Over the year the Lady Lions junior guard posted 18 games with at least 20 points including five different games with at least 30 points.
School: Tennessee Lady Volunteers
The Tennessee Lady Volunteers put together one of the more impressive performances on the hardwood among all the women’s teams as they competed for the SEC for most of the season.
Much of the team’s success came from the star tandem led by junior guard Jordan Horston who finished the season averaging 16.2 points per game while also averaging 9.4 rebounds per game and four assists per game.
The impact Horston had on the team’s success was on full display down the stretch as the star missed the final few weeks of the season and SEC tournament with an injury.
Top 10 College Players
10. Olivia Miles
School: Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Possibly the top overall freshman in all of women’s college basketball, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish guard Olivia Miles has taken the country by storm as a dynamic two-way guard who can both score and set up her teammates.
Miles is averaging 13.7 points per game while also averaging 5.5 rebounds per game. In addition to those numbers, Miles ranks 3rd in the country in scoring averaging 7.2 assists per game while also shooting 45.2 percent from the field as well as three double doubles on the season.
9. Angel Reese
School: Maryland Terps
With the strong success the Maryland Terrapins put together on the court during the regular season, high expectations are built on the team’s success entering the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament as Angel Reese is set to continue her dominance while looking to lead her to the National Championship.
Reese, who is in her second year with the Terps averaged a career high 17.5 points per game to go along with 1.1 blocked shots, 10.8 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game. Over her final four games, Reese posted three double doubles including a 20-point, 16 rebound performance to finish the regular season up.
8. Rhyne Howard
School: Kentucky Wildcats
As you look around the country, the top teams in the country all have talented weapons on both sides of the ball and one of those weapons is the Kentucky Wildcats senior guard Rhyne Howard. Howard is expected by many to go within the first few picks during the WNBA Draft while also having a chance to be named to the All-SEC team.
Howard finished the season averaging 20.6 points per game as well as 7.3 rebounds and 3.4 assists per contest. In the team’s key run through the SEC Tournament, Howard scored 88 total points to go along with 19 rebounds, 16 assists, four steals and five blocked shots.
7. Maddy Siegrist
School: Villanova Wildcats
The big question is how good the Villanova Wildcats star forward Maddy Siegrist is and how much success she will help deliver to the Villanova Wildcats during the Women’s NCAA Basketball tournament. Siegrist finished the regular season averaging the second most points in the country with 25.9 per contests while also ranking 48th in the country averaging 9.5 rebounds per contests.
Her talent level was on display during the Big East Tournament as she led the team to back-to-back wins before coming up short in the Championship Game. In the teams two wins, Siegrist scored 48 points to go along with 22 rebounds and five steals.
6. Khayla Pointer
School: LSU Tigers
Coming in at number six on the Top 10 NCAAW BB Players rankings is the LSU Tigers senior guard Khayla Pointer who is averaging career highs in points per game (19 ppg), rebounds (6.5 rpg) and assists (5.2 apg).
With the strong play behind Pointer, the Tigers finished 13-3 overall within the SEC while finishing the season ranked 9th among the AP Top 25 Rankings and just behind the South Carolina Gamecocks within the division. During the regular season Pointer posted seven double doubles and 14 different games with at least 20 points.
5. Ashley Joens
School: Iowa State Cyclones
Another top star watching her college career come to an end and potential start to the next level within the WNBA as Ashley Joens career with the Iowa State Cyclones is nearing an end. Joens who has been as dominant as any player in the country since her sophomore season, has put together four straight seasons averaging at least 20 points per game as well as at least 9.5 rebounds.
This includes her senior season where she finished averaging 20.2 points per game to go along with 9.5 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game. In addition, Joens was a solid shooter shooting 41 percent from the field and 37.5 percent from behind the three-point line.
4. Aliyah Boston
School: South Carolina Gamecocks
This is where it gets real trick as the top four women’s basketball players all could have easily been slotted into the number one spot but unfortunately only one could take home the crown. That said, it is hard to put on paper how good Aliyah Boston is and how important she is to the South Carolina Gamecocks as well as their chance to cut down the nets during March Madness.
The Virgin Islands native has tremendous size, athleticism and leadership qualities that have helped the Gamecocks hold onto the AP Women’s Rankings top spot from start of the season to the end of the season. Boston averaged a double during the season including scoring 16.8 points per game to go along with the 7th most rebounds in the country (12 rpg).
3. NaLyssa Smith
School: Baylor Bears
When you think of the Baylor Bears and the team’s success it is hard to look past their dominating forward NaLyssa Smith who will continue to shine during the NCAA tournament bracket as well as her next step forward within the WNBA. Smith is a true scorer who is not afraid to take it to the hole while also playing excellent defense and being a threat on the glass.
Smith averaged a career high 22.5 points per game as well as a career high 11.5 rebounds during her senior season. With Smith on the floor, the Bears are a true contender to dominate during March Madness while taking home the Women’s Basketball National Championship.
2. Ayoka Lee
School: Kansas State Wildcats
As we enter the top two remaining women in the country, Ayoka Lee of the Kansas State Wildcats lands at the number two spot. Lee, who might have been overshadowed by many of the game’s top stars for most of the season, is just too good to look past as possible the best center in all of women’s basketball.
The six foot six center from Minnesota is one of a few females to average a double double during the season while ranking within the top 35 in both scoring and rebounds. Her talent level was on full display this season as he posted six 30 plus point performances, one 40-point performance and one 61-point, 12 rebound performance.
1. Caitlin Clark
School: Iowa Hawkeyes
In the end, Caitlin Clark lands at number one on the Top 10 NCAAW BB Players rankings list after an impressive sophomore campaign in which she ranked 1st in the country in scoring and assists. The Iowa Hawkeyes star averaged 27.4 points per game to go along with 7.9 assists while also averaging 8.1 rebounds per game.
With Clark dominating down the stretch, the Hawkeyes were able to take home the Big Ten Tournament Championship, knocking off the Indiana Hoosiers in the championship game. Over the final three games of the season, Clark scored 78 points to go along with 28 rebounds, 11 assists, two steals and five blocked shots.
During the regular season and in the tournament, Clark took advantage of both unranked and ranked teams as she posted five games with at least 20 points against top ranked programs as well as eight games with at least 30 points against teams that weren’t ranked. Does Clark have the firepower to lead the Hawkeyes on a deep March Madness run?
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