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Ranking the top women' basketball players


Per ESPN Ranking the top 25 players in women's college basketball for the 2021-22 season, version 2.0 (espn.com)

10. Ashley Owusu, Maryland Terrapins

Guard | 6-foot-0 | junior
Preseason ranking: 10
2021-22 stats:
16.7 PPG, 3.8 RPG, 4.3 APG

A slew of injuries and an incredibly difficult schedule -- four games against teams currently ranked in the top six -- could have derailed the Terps' season. Instead, Maryland has remained in the top 10 and Owusu is a primary reason why. She is one of only two Terps to start all 16 games, and while her numbers are down a bit from last season, Owusu's game remains the ignition for the fifth-highest scoring team in the country. Her game is equal parts power and playmaking ability, and coach Brenda Frese trusts Owusu with the ball in her hands in crunch time. -- Creme

11. Shakira Austin, Ole Miss Rebels

Center| 6-foot-5 | senior
Preseason ranking: 11
2021-22 stats:
14.4 PPG, 8.7 RPG, 1.9 BPG

The evolving rebirth of Ole Miss basketball under coach Yolett McPhee-McCuin has largely been built on Austin's shoulders. Her decision to transfer from Maryland gave Coach Yo the star upon which to build. This season, Austin leads the Rebels in points, rebounds, blocks, steals, free throws made and minutes. Her offensive game has grown more versatile in Oxford, with a much smoother post game and range that extends to 15 feet. Last season she led Ole Miss to the WNIT final. The NCAA tournament looks like a more obtainable goal this season. -- Creme

12. Angel Reese, Maryland Terrapins

Forward/guard | 6-foot-3 | sophomore
Preseason ranking: NR
2021-22 stats:
18.1 PPG, 10.8 RPG, 1.8 SPG

Last year we got a glimpse of the dominant player Reese could be for the Terrapins, despite much of her freshman season being derailed by a foot fracture. Reese's sophomore season thus far has served as a confirmation of that dominance. For a Maryland team that has battled injuries and adversity, Reese has been its most consistent performer. She has logged 10 double-doubles in 15 games and leads the Terps in points, rebounds, blocks and steals. Reese is particularly impressive in her proficient ability to get to the free throw line (third-most attempts in the country) and is an absolute powerhouse on the offensive glass. She leads the nation with 5.4 offensive boards per game. -- Hurd

Antonelli's scouting report:

  • Double-double machine

  • Long, active rim protector who defends switches on perimeter

  • Swooping counters in low post are unorthodox but effective at 6-3

Also receiving votes: Diamond Miller, Maryland;

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