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She Got Game: 22 Women Who Dominated College Basketball

Jay L. Clendenin/NCAA Photos via Getty Images Ann Meyers — UCLA, 1975-79 John G. Zimmerman/Sports Illustrated/Getty Images Ann Meyers — UCLA, 1975-79 Meyers was a true trailblazer in women's college basketball. The four-time All-American was the first woman to receive a full athletic scholarship to UCLA and the first NCAA Division I player — man or woman — to record a quadruple-double. In 1978, Meyers was named national player of the year, leading the Bruins to their first and only women's national championship. Carol Blazejowski — Montclair State, 1974-78 Manny Millan/Sports Illustrated/Getty Images Carol Blazejowski — Montclair State, 1974-78 Appropriately nicknamed "The Blaze," Blazejowski ranks among college basketball's all-time scorers with a career 31.7 points per game. In 1978, she had one of the greatest offensive seasons in NCAA history, averaging 38.6 points per game. Nancy Lieberman — Old Dominion, 1976-1980 James Drake/Sports Illustrated/Getty Images Nancy Lieberman — Old Dominion, 1976-1980 The legendary point guard — nicknamed “Lady Magic” after Magic Johnson — led Old Dominion to back-to-back national championships in 1979 and 1980. Lieberman is the first woman to twice win national player of the year and finished her Monarchs career with 2,430 points, 1,167 rebounds, and a school-record 961 assists. Cheryl Miller — USC, 1982-1986 David Madison/Getty Images Cheryl Miller — USC, 1982-1986 Miller, a four-time All-American and three-time Naismith Player of the Year, helped put women's college basketball on the map, averaging 23.6 points and 12 rebounds a game during a USC career that included back-to-back national championships. Cynthia Cooper — USC, 1982-1986 Tony Tomsic/Sports Illustrated/Getty Images Cynthia Cooper — USC, 1982-1986 Alongside teammate Cheryl Miller, Cooper was a member of USC teams that compiled a combined record of 114–15 and won back-to-back NCAA titles in 1983 and 1984. Lisa Leslie — USC, 1991-1995 Richard Mackson/Sports Illustrated/Getty Images Lisa Leslie — USC, 1991-1995 The 6-foot-5 center was named national freshman of the year in 1991 and national player of the year in 1994. Leslie finished her USC career with 2,414 points, 1,214 rebounds and a school-record 321 blocked shots. Dawn Staley — Virginia, 1988-1992 Stephen Dunn/Getty Images Dawn Staley — Virginia, 1988-1992 A two-time consensus national player of the year, Staley led the Virginia Cavaliers to three consecutive Final Fours. Sheryl Swoopes — Texas Tech, 1991-1993 Jim Gund/Sports Illustrated/Getty Images Sheryl Swoopes — Texas Tech, 1991-1993 The Texas native had one of the most dominant NCAA Tournament performances of all time in 1993, averaging 35.4 points per game in Texas Tech's run to the Final Four. She saved her best for last, scoring 47 points against Ohio State in the title game en route to the Red Raiders' first and only national championship. Rebecca Lobo — UConn, 1991-1995 Robert W Stowell Jr/Getty Images Rebecca Lobo — UConn, 1991-1995 One of the first of UConn head coach Geno Auriemma's legendary players, Lobo averaged 16.9 points and 10.1 rebounds per game over her four years in Storrs, leading the Huskies to an undefeated season and national championship in her senior year. Chamique Holdsclaw — Tennessee, 1995-1999 Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images Chamique Holdsclaw — Tennessee, 1995-1999 The Queens, New York product won a then-unprecedented three NCAA women's titles in her first three seasons at Tennessee. The 1998 and 1999 consensus player of the year finished her career as the Lady Vols' all-time leading scorer and rebounder. Tamika Catchings — Tennessee, 1997–2001 Andy Lyons/Getty Images Tamika Catchings — Tennessee, 1997–2001 In just her first year in Knoxville, Catchings averaged 18.2 points and 8 rebounds a game and was named national freshman of the year. She topped it off by helping lead the Lady Vols to a perfect 39-0 record and a third-straight NCAA title. By the end of her stellar career, Catchings amassed more than 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds, only the second woman in school history to do so. Jackie Stiles — Southwest Missouri State, 1998-2001 David E. Klutho/Sports Illustrated/Getty Images Jackie Stiles — Southwest Missouri State, 1998-2001 Stiles became the first player in NCAA history to score more than 1,000 points in a season, finishing with 1,062 in her senior year. She finished her college career with a then NCAA-record 3,393 points, which stood for 15 years. Ruth Riley — Notre Dame 1997-2001 Elsa/Getty Images Ruth Riley — Notre Dame 1997-2001 A dominant career for the Fighting Irish culminated in a stellar senior year in 2001. The consensus national player of the year carried the school to its first and only women's basketball national championship. Diana Taurasi — Connecticut, 2000 – 2004 Andy Lyons/Getty Images Diana Taurasi — Connecticut, 2000 – 2004 A two-time Final Four Most Outstanding Player, Taurasi led the Huskies to three consecutive national titles. Alana Beard — Duke, 2000-2004 Elsa/Getty Images Alana Beard — Duke, 2000-2004 The 2004 AP Player of the Year, Beard averaged 19.8 points and 5.8 rebounds in her Duke career, leading the Blue Devils to two Final Four appearances and four consecutive ACC tournament titles. Seimone Augustus — LSU, 2002-2006 Greg Nelson/Sports Illustrated/Getty Images Seimone Augustus — LSU, 2002-2006 In her four years in Baton Rouge, the two-time consensus national player of the year averaged 19.3 points per game and led LSU to three-straight Final Fours. Candace Parker — Tennessee, 2004-2008 Gregory Shamus/Getty Images Candace Parker — Tennessee, 2004-2008 After red-shirting her first season in Knoxville due to knee surgery, Parker returned with a vengeance, leading the Lady Vols to two-straight national titles. In addition to twice being named Final Four Most Outstanding Player, Parker was a three-time All American and the 2008 consensus national player of the year. Maya Moore — UConn, 2007-2011 Icon Sports Wire/Corbis via Getty Images Maya Moore — UConn, 2007-2011 The Huskies had an amazing run in Moore's four years on campus, notching a combined 150-4 record, with four Final Four appearances and two national championships. The two-time consensus national player of the year finished as the fourth-leading scorer in women's Division I history with 3,036 points. Brittney Griner — Baylor, 2009-2013 Cooper Neill/Getty Images Brittney Griner — Baylor, 2009-2013 The 6-foot-8 center is the NCAA's all-time leader in blocked shots (748) and her 3,283 points is the fourth highest total in women's college basketball history. A two-time consensus national player of the year, Griner led Baylor to an undefeated season (40-0) and national championship in 2012. Breanna Stewart — UConn, 2012-2016 Andy Lyons/Getty Images Breanna Stewart — UConn, 2012-2016 In her four years in a Husky uniform, Stewart lost only five games. The dominant stretch included an unprecedented four-straight national championships — earning Most Outstanding Player honors in all of them. A three-time consensus national player of the year, Stewart finished her career second on UConn's all-time scoring list with 2,676 career points. Kelsey Plum — Washington, 2013-2017 Icon Sports Wire/Corbis via Getty Images Kelsey Plum — Washington, 2013-2017 After leading Washington to its first-ever women's Final Four appearance in 2016, Plum broke the NCAA Division I women's basketball all-time scoring record in 2017, finishing her Huskies' career with a record 3,527 points. Kelsey Mitchell — Ohio State, 2014-2018 Icon Sportswire via Getty Images Kelsey Mitchell — Ohio State, 2014-2018 With Ohio State's loss in the 2018 NCAA Tournament, the Buckeyes' point guard finished up her career with 3,402 career points, the second highest total in women's college basketball history, trailing only Washington's Kelcey Plum.
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