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Top 10 Women’s College Basketball Centers 2024 Rankings

Ranking the best Female NCAA Centers of 2023 with names such as Mackenzie Holmes, Aliyah Boston, Jessika Carter and more

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By admin | April 21, 2024

The march towards March Madness continues around Women’s College Basketball as the final few weeks of the 2023-2024 Women’s College Basketball’s schedule remain. As you start to look around at the action on the hardwood it is hard to look past the best women’s centers of college basketball as each are putting together stellar seasons this year. One of those talented centers is the Virginia Tech Hokies senior Elizabeth Kitley who lands among the top of the Top 10 Women’s College Basketball Centers Rankings list. In addition to ranking among the best centers in the game, Kitley is a candidate to take home the 2024 Lisa Leslie Award handed out to the best center in Women’s College Basketball.

Kitley, who stands at six foot six inches, has been as dynamic as any player in the country while averaging a double double over her first 26 games of the season. The five-year starter for the Hokies has averaged at least 18 points in each of the past four seasons including her career high 22.9 points per game to start this season.

Joining Kitley among the best centers in Women’s College Basketball include the TCU Horned Frogs Sedona Prince, the Stanford Cardinal Cameron Brink, the Oregon State Beavers Raegan Beers, and the UNLV Rebels Desi-Rae Young. Each of these five talented centers continue to put up big numbers as they chase the Lisa Leslie Award as well as leading their teams to March Madness.

Here is a look at the Top 10 Women’s College Basketball Centers Rankings:

Honorable Mention

Lauren Betts

School: UCLA Bruins

Just missing the Top 10 Women’s College Basketball Centers Rankings list is the UCLA Bruins sophomore center Lauren Betts. After arriving with the Stanford Cardinal last season as a top incoming freshman recruit, Betts elected to transfer to the UCLA Bruins after seeing just 9.6 minutes per game during her freshman season.

The move has paid off for both Betts as well as the Bruins as Betts is currently averaging 15.5 points per game to go along with 8.4 rebounds.

Meanwhile the talented center has also been a force down low posting 2.1 blocked shots per game over her first 22 games this season.

Taylor Jones

School: Texas Longhorns

Another talented center just missing the list of the best centers in college basketball is the Texas Longhorns senior center Taylor Jones.

The fifth-year senior who is in her second season with the Longhorns has bounced back nicely this season after sliding into the starting spot for 19 of her 24 games this season.

Jones, who is averaging 21 minutes per game this season has also averaged a career high 12.8 points per game over that stretch.

In addition, the talented center has been strong on the defensive end of the floor averaging 1.1 steals per game to go along with 1.8 blocked shots.

Top 10 Women’s College Basketball Centers

10. Kamilla Cardoso

School: South Carolina Gamecocks

Coming in at number 10 on the Top 10 Women’s College Basketball Centers Rankings list is the South Carolina Gamecocks senior center Kamilla Cardoso.

Cardoso, who is from Montes Claros, Brazil has been an anchor for the Gamecocks all season while leading them to the top overall spot among the AP Top 25 Women’s College Basketball rankings.

As the Gamecocks chase their second National Championship over the past few seasons, Cardoso has averaged a double double this season while posting 14.1 points per game to go along with 10.1 rebounds.

On the opposite end of the floor Cardoso is nearly impossible to score against while posting just below three blocked shots per game (2.9).

9. Audi Crooks

School: Iowa State Cyclones

The talented incoming freshman who ranked among the best recruits entering her freshman season with the Iowa State Cyclones has not disappointed to start the season.

The six-foot three-inch center is off to a terrific start to her collegiate career while averaging 18.3 points per game to go along with 7.6 rebounds and one assists per game.

The Cyclones talented freshman has been on a tear of late showcasing her physical attributes on the hardwood posting three straight games with at least 20 points while also posting 20 points in eight of her last 11 overall games.

Her strong dominance over the past month of the season has her rising the leaderboard among the best centers in Women’s College Basketball. 

8. Mackenzie Holmes

School: Indiana Hoosiers 

Over the course of the 2023-2024 Women’s Basketball Season the Indiana Hoosiers have ranked among the best teams in the country while consistently ranking among the AP Top 25 rankings list.

Through their first 26 games of the seasons the Hoosiers have racked up a 22-4 overall record while Mackenzie Holmes has continued her dominance as one of the best centers in the country.

The senior star is averaging 20.8 points per game over 26 games this season while also adding 7.1 rebounds and 1.5 assists.

The talented Hoosiers center has also posted her fourth straight season averaging at least 1.5 blocked shots per game and the second straight season averaging over a steal per game.

7. Alexis Markowski

School: Nebraska Cornhuskers

When you are averaging a double double playing Division 1 basketball it is hard not to be ranked among the best players within your position. That is the case for the six-foot three-inch Nebraska Cornhuskers center Alexis Markowski.

Markowski who is in her third season has continued to develop year in and year out while pushing her scoring average to 16.1 points per game this season while also topping the double-digit mark with 10.7 rebounds.

The Cornhuskers junior center has 16 double doubles on the year including a big time 20 point and 21 rebound games in the teams 77-65 win over the Purdue Boilermakers on February 17th, 2024. 

6. Ayoka Lee

School: Kansas State Wildcats

The four-year starter for the Kansas State Wildcats Ayoka Lee is capping off a brilliant collegiate career that includes two different seasons averaging a double double while also posting back-to-back seasons averaging at least 20 points per game.

Through 20 games this season Lee has averaged 20.5 points per game to go along with 8.3 rebounds and nearly three blocked shots per game (2.9).

The Wildcat’s center has been as dynamic at the center position as any while limiting opposing players position down low while also forcing them to change their shot selections. Lee is expected to be a hot name during the 2024 WNBA Draft.

5. Desi-Rae Young

School: UNLV Rebels

Rounding out the Top 5 on the Top 10 Women’s College Basketball Centers Rankings list is the UNLV Rebels senior center Desi-Rae Young.

The center position is dominated by seniors this season while each of them including Young have blossomed into some of the best players in college basketball.

The fourth-year star of the Rebels is just missing averaging her second straight season averaging a double double while posting 9.6 rebels over 25 games this season while also adding 19.1 points per game. The four-year starter has also posted her third straight season averaging 55 percent shooting from the field.

4. Raegan Beers

School: Oregon State Beavers 

One of the stars of the 2022 Women’s College Basketball recruiting class, Raegan Beers continues to develop into one of the best players in the game. The sophomore center has improved her all-around game while topping her freshman marks in nearly every statistical category.

This includes improving her scoring average up to 17.5 points per game while also increasing her rebounding to 10.7 per game. The increases have allowed Beers to post an average double double this season over 24 games played.

In addition to those numbers the Oregon State Beavers star has posted 1.8 assists to go along with 1.2 blocked shots and 1.2 steals per game this season.

3. Cameron Brink

School: Stanford Cardinal 

The dominance and development of the Stanford Cardinal senior center Cameron Brink has continued this season. Brink, who has been a starter for the Cardinal program for almost all four years of her career is currently one of a short list of talented players in Women’s College Basketball to average a double double this season.

Brink through 25 games this season is currently averaging 17.8 points per game to go along with 11.4 rebounds both setting career high marks.

The Cardinal center has also posted 14 total double double performances this season including a 25-point, 20 rebound performance back in January in the team’s 96-64 win over the Arizona Wildcats.

2. Sedona Prince

School: TCU Horned Frogs

When its comes to the top centers in Women’s College Basketball this season both top stars are worth mentioning with Sedona Prince and Elizabeth Kitley both ranking among the best players in the game.

Unfortunately, only one player can land at the top overall spot with the TCU Horned Frogs senior sliding in at number two. Prince had been stellar for the Horned Frogs till breaking her finger back in January sidelining her from that point through now.

Prior to breaking her finger in the game against the Baylor Bears and dropping the game 71-50, the Horned Frogs had opened up the season winning 13 straight games.

In her 14 games this season, Prince has averaged 21.2 points per game to go along with 10.6 rebounds. It is hard to imagine how strong of a season Prince may have had if she had stayed healthy. 

1. Elizabeth Kitley

School: Virginia Tech Hokies

In at number one on the Top 10 Women’s College Basketball Centers Rankings list is the Virginia Tech Hokies senior Elizabeth Kitley. Kitley who is from Summerfield, North Carolina is expected to be one of the first players drafted during the 2024 WNBA Draft.

Kitley, who has averaged at least 18 points per game in each of the previous three seasons has continued that trend this year while posting a career high 22.9 points per game to go along with 11.8 rebounds.

The senior center has posted her third season averaging a double double while posting 19 total double doubles on the season. As the senior center continues to dominate the Hokies have jumped to the top of the ACC after posting a 22-4 record to start the season.

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