Basketball Reference is doing a great job of building up women's historic stats. Still a work on progress, but I believe I have pulled enough from them and other sources to pull together an initial all-time great Women's teams for the Value Add Basketball Game.
I try to pull the greatest teams but also teams with the greatest players of all time so they have cards. Here is a great piece on Nate Silver's site tracking the women's dynasties.
I try to pick as many different schools as possible, so to do that Baylor and UConn are the only schools with two teams even though they and Tennessee and the new South Carolina teams could fill out a whole game.We are also limited by which teams have stats, or at least enough accounts of games that I can compile the player cards.
Here are the 16 teams I intend to roll out as early as this weekend if the calculations go well.
|School||Year||Season||Star Player - POY at some point in career|
|Baylor||2012||Nat'l Champs||Odyssey Sims & Brittney Griner (both POY)|
|Baylor||2019||Nat'l Champs||NaLyssa Smith (POY)|
|Connecticut||2010||Nat'l Champs||Maya Moore (POY)|
|Connecticut||2016||Nat'l Champs||Breanna Stewart (POY)|
|Duke||2002||Final 4||Alana Beard|
|Louisiana Tech||1982||Nat'l Champs||Pam Kelly (POY)|
|Notre Dame||2018||Nat'l Champs||Arike Ogunbowale (POY)|
|Ohio St.||2016||Sweet 16||Kelsey Mitchell (POY)|
|Oregon||2019||Final 4||Sabrina Ionescu|
|South Carolina||2017||Nat'l Champs||A'ja Wilson (POY)|
|Stanford||2021||Nat'l Champs||Haley Jones|
|Tennessee||1998||Nat'l Champs||Chamique Holdsclaw (POY)|
|Texas||2018||Sweet 16||Brooke McCarty|
|Texas A&M||2011||Nat'l Champs||Danielle Adams|
|USC||1984||Nat'l Champs||Cheryl Miller (POY)|
|Washington||2017||Sweet 16||Kelsey Plum|
Trying to figure out if we can cobble together numbers for an Old Dominion University and/or Long Beach State team.
We can go with Madison Montgomery's 2017 Long Beach State team as we have their stats, though obviously would prefer to pull together some info on the back-to-back Final Four teams from 1987 and 1988.
For Old Dominion we don't even have their 2008 team stats, though would love to have 1985 of course.
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