Thursday, February 9, 2023

16 All-Time Great Women's College Teams to be Added to Game

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
Baylor2012Nat'l ChampsOdyssey Sims & Brittney Griner (both POY)
Baylor2019Nat'l ChampsNaLyssa Smith (POY)
Connecticut2010Nat'l ChampsMaya Moore (POY)
Connecticut2016Nat'l ChampsBreanna Stewart (POY)
Duke2002Final 4Alana Beard
Louisiana Tech1982Nat'l ChampsPam Kelly (POY)
Notre Dame2018Nat'l ChampsArike Ogunbowale (POY)
Ohio St.2016Sweet 16Kelsey Mitchell (POY)
Oregon2019Final 4Sabrina Ionescu
South Carolina2017Nat'l ChampsA'ja Wilson (POY)
Stanford2021Nat'l ChampsHaley Jones
Tennessee1998Nat'l ChampsChamique Holdsclaw (POY)
Texas2018Sweet 16Brooke McCarty
Texas A&M2011Nat'l ChampsDanielle Adams
USC1984Nat'l ChampsCheryl Miller (POY)
Washington2017Sweet 16Kelsey 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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