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Top 10 Women’s College Basketball Rankings - Final Four 2022

Ranking the best NCAA Women’s College Basketball Teams of April 2022 as we get into the NCAA March Madness Final Four

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By Fan Rankings | March 29, 2022 - 09:33 PM

The 2021-22 NCAA Women’s Basketball schedule delivered excitement night in and night out from the opening tip offs to the current 2022 NCAA Women’s Tournament. 

This excitement was led by a deep list of talented programs including the likes of South Carolina Gamecocks who have dominated from start to their current run to the Women’s NCAA Final Four as the top overall seed within the tournament.



As the Gamecocks have held the top ranking among the AP Top 25 Women’s rankings this season, they have not disappointed with stellar play while defeating all of their opponents during the regular season. 

In addition to the Gamecocks some of the other top programs to dominate this season have included the Stanford Cardinals and North Carolina State Wolfpack who both only registered three losses during the regular season while the Louisville Cardinals, UConn Huskies and Baylor Bears all showcased their potential talent.



With that said, here is our list of the Top 10 NCAA Basketball Women’s Teams




Honorable Mention

Maryland Terps

Season Record: 23-9

Tournament Results: Sweet 16

The record doesn’t speak for itself as the eight losses might make the Maryland Terps Women’s Basketball team look like they weren’t as good as they really were during the 2021-22 NCAA Basketball schedule. 

However, as you look at the caliber of the schedule the Terps faced from start to the finish, they faced a stacked schedule that included the likes of top tier ranked programs such as South Carolina Gamecocks, Baylor Bears, NC State Wolfpack, Stanford Cardinals, Michigan Wolverines, Indiana Hoosiers, Iowa Hawkeyes, and Ohio State Buckeyes. 

The team’s talent showed up during the NCAA Tournament bracket picking up back-to-back wins to move to the Sweet 16. The Terps had seven different players average at least 25 minutes per game and five different players average at least 10 points per game.




Ohio State Buckeyes

Season Record: 25-7

Tournament Results: Sweet 16

A second team from the Big Ten conference that just missed the Top 10 NCAA Basketball Women’s Team’s rankings was the Ohio State Buckeyes who also made a run to the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA Tournament. The Buckeyes were led by junior guard Jacy Sheldon and senior guard Taylor Mikesell. 

The two combined to average 35.3 points per game to go along with 7.2 rebounds, 6.2 assists and 2.8 steals per contest. After winning four of their last five games to end the season, the Buckeyes knocked off a very solid Missouri State program before knocking off the third seeded LSU Tigers in the 2nd round.




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10. Iowa State Cyclones

Season Record: 28-7

Tournament Results: Sweet 16

Rounding out the Top 10 Women’s Basketball teams is the Iowa State Cyclones who finished the season with a 26-6 record during the regular season. In addition to their impressive 2nd place finish within the Big 12 conference, the Cyclones picked up back-to-back wins to open up the Women’s March Madness action before falling to the 10th seeded Creighton Blue Jays. 

Much like the other top tier programs, the Cyclones were led by one of the country's top players Ashley Joens. Joens along with her teammates Lexi Donarski and Emily Ryan combined to average 47.7 of the team's 76.9 points they averaged during the regular season. 

The trio also averaged 16.9 rebounds, 10.9 assists and 3.5 steals per contest. During the regular season, the Cyclones posted a 5-5 record against AP Top 25 ranked programs.




9. Michigan Wolverines

Season Record: 25-7

Tournament Results: Elite Eight

The Michigan Wolverines continue to put wins on the board after winning 25 games during the regular and now three straight wins within the tournament. The same Wolverines team that posted an 8-2 record against teams ranked among the AP Top 25 Women’s rankings. 

Among those wins included key wins against 5th ranked Baylor Bears, 5th ranked Indiana Hoosiers and the 8th ranked Maryland Terps. Leading the way for the Wolverines was All-American forward candidate Naz Hillmon. Hillmon, who is in her senior season, is averaging 21.1 points per game to go along with 9.6 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.2 steals per contest. Along with Hillmon, the Wolverines had four additional players average at least eight points per contest.




8. Iowa Hawkeyes

Season Record: 24-8

Tournament Results: Second Round

Coming in at number 8 on the Top 10 NCAA BB Women’s Teams is possibly the most talented of all the teams in the country led by stars Caitlin Clark and Monika Czinano. Clark, who is a sophomore guard, led the country in scoring averaging 27 points per game while also leading the country in assists averaging eight per contests. 

Meanwhile Czinano ranked 12th in the country in scoring averaging 21.2 points per game. The pair combined to average 48.2 points per game, 14.2 rebounds per game and nine assists. The Hawkeyes got hot down the stretch winning seven straight including the Big Ten Championship before falling in a tough contest in the second round of the Women’s NCAA Tournament.




7. Texas Longhorns

Season Record: 29-7

Tournament Results: Elite Eight

The Madness of March officially has come to an end for the Texas Longhorns after a crushing 59-50 loss to the Stanford Cardinals within the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament. Despite the loss, the Longhorns put together an impressive run as well as an overall great season within the Big 12. 

Overall, the Longhorns finished the season with a 29-7 combined record including three wins within the NCAA Tournament. Despite lacking any top tier star, the Longhorns roster was a deep as any within Women’s College Basketball. 

The team had eight different players average double figure minutes per game, seven different players average at least six points per game and six different players averaging at least three rebounds.




6. Baylor Bears

Season Record: 28-7

Tournament Results: Second Round

The Baylor Bears have been a staple among the top Women’s College Basketball programs for many years and the same can be said for the team during the 2021-22 NCAA Basketball schedule. In the regular season the Bears won 27 of their 33 contests including key wins over Iowa State Cyclones, Texas Longhorns, and Oklahoma Sooners. 

The team won 12 of their last 13 contests before picking up an opening round win against Hawaii to open up the 2021-22 NCAA Tournament. The Bears were led by All-American and potential top overall WNBA Draft Pick NaLyssa Smith. 

Smith ranked 9th in the country in scoring averaging 22.1 points per game and 10th in the country in rebounds per game posting 11.5 per contest. In addition to Smith, the Bears had three other players average at least 11 points per game and two others averaging at least seven points a game.




5. Louisville Cardinals

Season Record: 28-9

Tournament Results: Final Four

Coming in at number five on the Top 10 NCAA BB Women’s Teams is the Louisville Cardinals who dominated the ACC conference this season winning 28 of their first 32 games while posting an 16-2 record within the conference. 

The Cardinals success stems from a deep roster including six different players averaging at least 20 minutes per game, and three additional players averaging at least 11 minutes per game. 

In the regular season, the Cardinals posted a 9-3 record against AP Top 25 ranked programs including wins over the UConn Huskies, Michigan Wolverines and Notre Dame Fighting Irish. The Cardinals who lost in the National Title game last season, will be back for another Final Four appearance after a solid win over a very good Michigan Wolverines team in the Elite Eight.




4. NC State Wolfpack

Season Record: 32-4

Tournament Results: Elite Eight

The ACC regular season and Conference Tournament Champions the NC State Wolfpack continue to dominate their opponent’s night in and night out. The Wolfpack are as athletic as any team in the country and as good as any on both ends of the floor. 

The team’s solid offense and terrific defense has made it difficult for opponents to find success this year as the team has won 32 of their first 35 games including winning their first three contests within the NCAA Tournament. 

The Wolfpacks only three losses this season came at the hands of AP Top 25 ranked programs. Despite their loss to the UConn Huskies in the Elite Eight, the Wolfpack put together a tremendous season from start to finish. 



3. UConn Huskies

Season Record: 29-5

Tournament Results: Final Four

The big question everyone is asking is how good of a season could have the UConn Huskies put together if it wasn’t for the team losing All-American candidate Paige Bueckers. Bueckers, who appeared in just 14 games during the regular season, was on a tear prior to a leg injury forcing her to miss over half of the team’s contests this season. 

Now with Bueckers back in the lineup, the Huskies are hot, winning all eight games the sophomore guard has been in the lineup including a key 75-58 win over the 3rd seeded Indiana Hoosiers within the Sweet 16. In addition to Bueckers, the Huskies have a deep roster featuring three players averaging at least 10 points a game, two other players averaging at least nine points per game and two players averaging at least seven points per game. 

Bueckers and company showed during their double overtime win over the NC State Wolfpack how good of a team they are and what they can do when healthy. The Huskies are one of the Final Four teams which will take on the Stanford Cardinals in a shot to head to the NCAA Women’s Championship Game.




2. Stanford Cardinals

Season Record: 29-4

Tournament Results: Final Four

These final three teams on the Top 10 NCAA BB Women’s Teams rankings are as good as any team in the country and each have the talent to win the NCAA Women’s Basketball tournament. 

However, only one team can sit at number one, two and three the reigning Women’s Champions the Stanford Cardinals land at number two. The Cardinals finished the regular season with a 32-3 overall record while going 16-0 within the Pac-12 Conference including 20 straight wins to end the season and the Pac-12 Tournament. 

Cameron Brink, Haley Jones, and Lexi Hull have carried the load combining to average 39 points per game to go along with 21.1 rebounds per game, 6.9 assists, 3.6 steals and 3.9 blocked shots per game. The next big test has arrived as the Cardinals will face off against the UConn Huskies in the NCAA Women’s Final Four.




1. South Carolina Gamecocks

Season Record: 33-2

Tournament Results: Final Four

In the end, the South Carolina Gamecocks remain the top overall team among the Top Women’s NCAA Basketball programs as they continue to march along in pursuit of a National Championship. 

The Gamecocks, who have held the top spot among the AP Top 25 Women’s rankings this season, have dealt with a schedule that was loaded with talented programs from start to the finish. Despite the difficulty of the schedule the team posted an 11-0 record against ranked opponents. 

Headlining the talent is All-American standout Aliyah Boston who continues to put together a storybook college career while averaging 16.8 points per game and 12.2 rebounds per game. The Gamecocks success has them alive and ready to matchup against the Louisville Cardinals in the Final Four with a chance to head to the National Championship game. 



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