Wednesday, April 10, 2024

55 All-time Great Women's Teams Calculated for Game - Ranked in Order

We finished calculating the 55 great women's college basketball teams for our Value Add Basketball Game. The rest of the cards will be posted shortly after this post on the Value Add link, and our next post will list the top 40 women's players of all time in order, now that we have calculated all cards. Based on the cards we have a 3-way tie for the greatest team in history:

The 3 Best Women's Teams in the Value Add Basketball Game

Tennessee beat their average opponent 89-56 in 1998, and based on the cards we estimated they would average a 14-point win against the other great 54 teams in the game (81-67).

The UConn team we just created averaged winning 87-52 in 2002, and based on their cards we estimate they would also win by 14 against the other great teams (78-64).

Finally Maya Moore's 2016 team averaged beating teams 88-48, and we estimated would average a 77-63 win against other great teams.

Men's and Women's Title Games Top College Football Title Game TV Viewers by 10 Million

For all my "football only" fans - while the sport is king, consider these Championship TV ratings. The College Football Championship Game drew 25 million viewers, but the basketball women's title game drew 19 million and men drew 16 million for 35 million total. The Football News Year's 6 games drew an average of 13 million fans, while the 63 NCAA March Madness games averaged 10 million - so 630 million to 78 million. 

Now that the women's game seems to have arrived - lets look at the great 55 teams in our game and how we rated them.

We ran calculations based on the playing cards for each team - which are based on the players stats and level of competition they faced that season. We estimated the average score if each team played the other 54 great teams in the game averaging out to a 71-71 tie if both great teams were equal.

Three teams in the game ended up calculating as exactly even and the best teams of all time.

Included 1 Team from Every University with a Great Woman's Team

Please note while we believe the top several teams of all-time, this is not a complete list of all the top teams - because we only let each school have a new team in the game every five or six years at a minimum - and tried to keep each school to one team unless they had more than one truly all-time great team long enough after another great team to have all different players.

We will list the top 40 players of all-time in our next blog.

College Basketball Reference has recently added lots of women's stats from the 1990s and early 2000s that let us add lots of new teams. We had to do some estimates and piecing together of various games for great teams earlier than that. One team that is missing is the undefeated Texas team from the mid-80s for which we just couldn't piece together enough stats, so we included their Elite 8 team from a few years later.

One funny stats piecing together old box scores was a Nancy Lieberman game against Virginia Tech, when the box score I found indicated ODU had 36 turnovers and nine assists. Since they won handily I'm pretty confident those numbers with the team with the first great point guard were reversed. While stats are slight for that ODU 1980 team, consider that they lost one game by two points or they would have been 38-0, and the season ended with them dominating Pat Summitt and Tennessee 68-53 to push the start of her dynasty back a bit. 

Rnk Team - Player                                                        vs GreatAll     Final RateAct OffAct Def
1Tennessee 1998 - Tamika Catchings, C Holdsclaw8167148956
1Connecticut 2002 - Sue Bird, Diana Taurasi7864148752
1Connecticut 2016 - Maya Moore7763148848
4Connecticut 2010 - Breanna Stewart7259138146
5Tennessee 2007 - Candace Parker7361127456
6Baylor 2012 - Kalani Brown7262107851
7Connecticut 1995 - Nykesha Sales, Rebecca Lobo8272109055
8Louisiana Tech 1982 - Pam Kelly7666108255
9South Carolina 2024 - Kamilla Cardoso7868108656
10Baylor 2019 - Brittney Griner756788256
11Stanford 2021- Kiana Williams726487854
12Texas A&M 2011 - Danielle Adams736677856
13USC 1983 - Cheryl Miller807468663
14South Carolina 2017 - A'ja Wilson716657656
15Mississippi State 2018 - Victoria Vivans736948156
16Notre Dame 2018 - Arike Ogunbowales817748568
17Old Dominion 1980- Nancy Lieberman716747558
18Oregon 2019 - Sabrina Ionescu787448562
19Iowa 2024- Caitlin Clark868339272
20Notre Dame 2001 - Ruth Riley706827755
21Virginia 1991 - Dawn Staley828028969
22LSU - 2023 - Angel Reese696818052
23Maryland 2006 - Crystal Langhorne767518365
24Ohio State 1993 - Katie Smith767518364
25Long Beach State 1987 - Cindy Brown686807556
26NC State 2024 - Aziaha James6970-17460
27North Carolina 2007 - Ivory Latta7172-18454
28Rutgers 2007 - Kia Vaughn6162-16454
29Duke 2006 - Alison Bales6264-26858
30Stanford 2012 - Nnemkadi Ogwumike6769-27655
31Texas 1989 - Clarissa Davis7779-28569
32Vanderbilt 2002 - Chantelle Anderson6264-27253
33Kentucky 2013 - DeNesha Stallworth6669-37558
34UCLA 2018 - Monique Billings7073-37664
35USC 1994 - Lisa Leslie, Tina Thompson7275-38064
36Washington 2017 - Kelsey Plum7578-38563
37Colorado St. 1999 - Becky Hammon7074-47960
38Texas Tech 1993 - Sheryl Swoopes6468-47460
39Indiana 2024 - MacKenzie Holmes7277-58064
40Louisville 2009 - Angel McCoughtry6267-57158
41Louisville 2014 - Shoni Schimmel6974-57959
42Marquette 2019 - Chloe Marotta, N Hiedeman7277-58262
43Oklahoma 2010 - Abi Olajuwon6974-57266
44Rutgers 1988 - Sue Wicks7378-58264
45Texas 2018 - Ariel Atkins7277-58163
46LSU 2005 - Sylvia Fowles, Seimone Augustus5965-67252
47Purdue 2003- Shereka Wright6269-77360
48Minnesota 2004 - Lindsay Whalen5765-86855
49Ohio State 2016 - Kelsey Mitchell7987-88675
50Virginia Tech 2024 - Elizabeth Kitley6775-87562
51Penn State 2012 - Maggie Lucas6877-97663
52Delaware 2013 - Elena Delle Donne5668-126752
53Auburn 2009 - Keke Carrier, DeWanna Bonner 6478-147761
54Virginia 2018 - Dominique Toussaint5771-146261
55Georgia - 2013 - Jasmine James5469-156652

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