Wednesday, April 3, 2024

Caitlin Clark Highlight of New 20 All-Time Great Women's Teams Coming this Weekend

 We finalized the 20 women's team we will add to the existing 20 all-time great teams we played in our initial free Value Add Basketball Game tournament. We have pulled the stats together for all players that will be in the new game (each team gets 10 players). We did calculate the card everyone most wants to see of course - which is college basketball's all-time leading scorer Caitlin Clark.

Our most popular post involving women's basketball so far featured Debra Rodman ( Dennis Rodman said his sister used to be much better than him when they were kids) leading Louisiana Tech to an 84-62 win over Texas. They eventually lost to Pat Summit's Tennessee in our all-time great team tournament.

We measure level of competition for each team and do weight tournament games a little more than regular season games, so a team that goes to the Championship even the Final Four may calculate a bit higher than a team with a slightly higher SRS calculation who was knocked out the first weekend in the tournament.

To give the reader and game player and idea of how strong a team is when playing match-ups, we provide the following figures. The first "Off" and "Def" numbers provided are the estimated score the team would have in a game against the other 39 great teams in the game. The "Act Off" and "Act Def" is the average score in the games they actually played that season. The final "yes" or "no" just tells you if their cards are already on the link for 20 all-time great teams  or if they will be in the batch we are creating.

For example, in 2009 Auburn had its greatest team led by DeWanna Bonner and won their average game 77-61, and most importantly finally defeated Pat Summit and Tennessee in a game I attended that was standing room only in Auburn. DeWanna Bonner was the super star that year though I also listed the up-and-coming Keke Carrier who would be the star the next year just because we knew her. as my wife was a professor and had her in class. Overall the level of competition was not as tough that year however, so if this Auburn team had to spend a whole season playing against the all-time great teams in this game we would actually expect them to average losing about 62-76. Auburn the next year took on a much tougher schedule, and didn't have the same results, but Carrier and point guard Alli Smalley had one of the best inside-outside combos in the SEC despite the team rebuilding at other positions.

In some cases we list the player who would be a star even if they weren't yet on the team we used. For Example, Chloe Marotta was just a freshman so not let starting on Marquette's best team in 2019, but she became a multi-year star and led the only Marquette team to ever beat a UConn team so we list her name below. Her father was also one of Marquette's best men's players - Marc Marotta. But when you pull up the actual cards this weekend, you will see that future WNBA player Natisha Hiedeman will have the best card in the game for that season. Hiedeman came in 4th in the 6th woman of the Year Award in 2021 in the WNBA.

In the case of Clark and Iowa this year, they have averaged winning 92-72, but against much tougher competition as they head into the Final Four, so we would expect them to have a winning mark even against the all-time great teams - but likely with a much closer average score of 84-80 using the cards in this game. We hope to have these cards calculated by this weekend.
Team - Player                                                     Off  Def             Act Off  Act Def  Exist
Auburn 2009 - Keke Carrier and DeWanna Bonner 62767761no
Baylor 2012 - Kalani Brown70607851yes
Baylor 2019 - Brittney Griner73658256yes
Connecticut 2010 - Breanna Stewart70578146yes
Connecticut 2016 - Maya Moore75618848yes
Duke 2006 - Alison Bales60666858yes
Georgia - 2013 - Jasmine James52666652no
Indiana 2024 - MacKenzie Holmes70748064no
Iowa 2024- Caitlin Clark84809272no
Kentucky 2013 - DeNesha Stallworth64697558no
Long Beach State 1987 - Cindy Brown66657556yes
Louisiana Tech 1982 - Pam Kelly74638255yes
Louisville 2014 - Shoni Schimmel67717959yes
LSU - 2023 - Angel Reese67658052no
Marquette 2019 - Chloe MarottaNatisha Hiedeman   70748262no
Maryland 2006 - Crystal Langhorne74748365no
Mississippi State 2018 - Victoria Vivans71668156yes
NC State 2024 - Aziaha James67677460no
North Carolina 2007 - Ivory Latta69698454no
Notre Dame 2018 - Arike Ogunbowales79748568yes
Ohio State 2016 - Kelsey Mitchell77848675yes
Oklahoma 2010 - Abi Olajuwon67717266no
Old Dominion 1980- Nancy Lieberman69647558yes
Oregon 2019 - Sabrina Ionescu76718562yes
Penn State 2012 - Maggie Lucas66747663no
Purdue 2003- Shereka Wright60737360no
Rutgers 2007 - Kia Vaughn59596454no
South Carolina 2017 - A'ja Wilson69637656yes
South Carolina 2024 - Kamilla Cardoso76668656no
Stanford 2021- Kiana Williams70627854yes
Tennessee 1998 - Chamique Holdsclaw79668956yes
Texas 2018 - Ariel Atkins70748163yes
Texas A&M 2011 - Danielle Adams71647856yes
Texas Tech 1993 - Sheryl Swoopes62727460no
UCLA 2018 - Monique Billings68737664no
USC 1983 - Cheryl Miller78718663yes
Vanderbilt 2002 - Chantelle Anderson60657253no
Virginia 2018 - Dominique Toussaint55686261no
Virginia Tech 2024 - Elizabeth Kitley65727562no
Washington 2017 - Kelsey Plum73758563yes

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