The turnover in the women’s college basketball landscape has finally slowed down as May 1 was the deadline for players to enter the transfer portal if they want to immediately qualify for the 2022-23 season.
However, some big moves have been announced since our last iteration of the Top 25 Women’s College Basketball Teams in early May. Mostly, former Maryland Terrapins star Angel Reese has dedicated herself to the LSU Tigers, raising expectations for what Kim Mulkey can do in his second season in Baton Rouge. Elsewhere, Sania Rivers, a former high school Gatorade Player of the Year who played her freshman season with the South Carolina Gamecocks, announced that she would continue her collegiate career with the NC State Wolfpack.
Esmery Martinez, formerly of the West Virginia Mountaineers, stepped back from her LSU commitment to play for the Adia Barnes and Arizona Wildcats, while former DePaul Blue Demons standout Sonia Morris joined the intriguing Texas Longhorns.
Thus, the state of North Carolina and LSU were among the leaders of growth in our June ranking. And the Georgia Lady Bulldogs, now led by coach Kathy Abrahamson-Henderson, made the top 25.
1. Gamecox from South Carolina
The current national champions continue to be No. 1, where they spent the entire 2021-22 season. Several reserve players have been looking for a new home through the transfer portal, and former point guard Destanny Henderson is a WNBA rookie influencer for the Indiana Fever, but while Alia Boston is at Columbia, the Gamecocks are the team to beat in the 2022-2023 season. . Notably, Kirra Fletcher is joining from Georgia Tech, Victaria Saxton is returning for her fifth year, point guard Raven Johnson is expected to return from a season-ending knee injury last November in just two games as a freshman, and Don Staley brings espnW. Recruitment Class #6, headlined by a post by Ashlyn Watkins, who is ranked 12th in the class. — Philip
2. UConn Huskies
The Huskies have lost Christine Williams, Olivia Nelson-Ododa and Evina Westbrook to last year’s WNBA team that made it to the national title game somewhat unexpectedly, but expectations are high for a team looking to field healthy Paige Buekers and Azzie Faddah. whole season. Dorka Juhas is still recovering from a fractured wrist she suffered in the regional final against North Carolina State, but could be the deciding factor in determining if this team can achieve their championship goals. Unlike in recent years, UConn has a fairly small group of newcomers: freshmen Ayanna Patterson and Ice Brady — they are ranked fourth and fifth respectively among 2022 prospects and make up the 4th grade in recruiting in the country — and Fairfield transfer Lou Lopez Seneschal. . — Philip
3. Stanford Cardinal
As sometimes happens, Stanford played one of their worst games last season at the wrong time: in the national semi-finals. With this loss, UConn had a chance to try and become national champions again. The departures of guards Lexie Hull, Lacey Hull, and Anna Wilson were a key factor in Stanford’s courage. But the talent that remains is exceptional. Hayley Jones and Cameron Brink should one day be WNBA stars. Brink at 6ft 4in and top recruit Lauren Betts aged 6-7 could make a pair of imposing twin towers. The favorite Pac-12 will once again be a strong contender in the Final Four. — Bullshit
4 Tennessee Lady Volunteers
Ray Burrell is gone, but Lady Vols may have won the transfer portal lottery by betting on Ricky Jackson (M.S.), Gillian Hollingshead (Georgia), Jasmine Powell (Minnesota) and Jasmine Franklin (M.O.). Pair this group – plus future freshman Justine Pissott, rookie No. 11 – with Jordan Horston and Tamari Key, and Tennessee has the talent to build on a promising start to last season, in which the program achieved its best ever rankings. Associated Press poll (#4) from the first weeks of 2015. — Philip
5. Texas Longhorns
In Rory Harmon of Texas, there’s a player you can’t take your eyes off of either offensively or defensively because she’s always on the verge of doing something. As a freshman, she helped the Longhorns to the Big 12 title for the first time since 2003. They made the Elite Eight for the second year in a row under coach Vic Schaefer. Are they ready for the next step: a trip to the Final Four for the first time since 2004? Harmon and Alia Mataru could lead the way. Interesting additions could be the transfers of Sony Morris (DePaul) and Taylor Jones (Oregon State). — Bullshit
6. Iowa Hawkeyes
Hawks know what you’re thinking. Of course, they can score just behind defenseman Caitlin Clark and center Monica Chinano, who led the Division I last season in scoring and field goal percentage, respectively. But can they defend well enough to make it to the program’s first Final Four since 1993? Therein lies the difficulty: a painful upset loss to Creighton in the second round of the NCAA at home last season motivates them. Another defensive stop would take the Hawkeyes to the Sweet 16. Iowa won’t be a great defensive team, but an improvement in that regard and some additional goal threats, including transfer guard Molly Davis, should make the Hawkeyes a strong contender. in the Big Ten and nationally. — Bullshit
7. Louisville Cardinals
Last season, Jeff Walz got over the loss of Dana Evans quite easily, leading his defensive team to their first Final Four appearance since 2018, where the Cardinals lost to eventual national champion South Carolina. How will he retool his team after the departure of Emily Engstler, Kianna Smith and Chelsea Hall from the starting XI? By bringing in a pair of ACC guards in Morgan Jones (Fla. State) and Chrislyn Carr (Syracuse), who were some of their former teams’ top scorers and also ranked 13th in the recruiting class in the nation, according to espnW. All the while, Hayley Van Lit, the Wichita Regional’s most outstanding player, is expected to take the next step in her game as a high schooler. — Philip
8 The North Carolina Wolf Pack
The Wolf Pack climbed our rankings after adding Wilmington, NC native Sanya Rivers, one of the top recruits in the class of 2021. This followed commitments from Maryland’s Mimi Collins and Florida’s River Baldwin. Replacing Elissa Cunane will not be easy, but Wes Moore has a track record of successfully incorporating translation into what he does in Raleigh. How well its newcomers acclimatise, and how many returnees like Diamond Johnson, Jakia Brown-Turner and Camille Hobbie take on more responsibility, will define NC State’s ceiling in the increasingly competitive ACC. — Philip
9. Notre Dame fighting the Irish
The Irishman narrowly missed out on the top eight in March, losing three spots to North Carolina State in Bridgeport Regional. The Irish are bringing back most of their biggest contributors from last season (other than Maya Dodson, who ended her NCAA eligibility) and also adding a few intriguing faces via the transfer portal in Lauren Ebo (Texas), Kylie Watson (Oregon) and Jenna Brown. (Stanford). Paving the way for what could be Nielle Ivey’s best band since taking over South Bend will be star sophomores Olivia Miles and Sonia Citron and graduate student Dara Mabry. — Philip
10 Iowa Cyclones
A program-record 28 wins and a Sweet 16 lead to a successful 2021-22 season for the Cyclones. They didn’t expect their best version of themselves, Creighton, to knock them out of the NCAA tournament like the Bluejays did with their Iowa rival. It still stings a little. But almost everything that made Iowa State so good last season is coming back. Ashley Joens has already established herself as the best player in the history of the program and will strengthen her position in her super senior season. Lexi Donarsky was the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year, which is something you wouldn’t expect from typical Cyclone offensive guards. Emily Ryan is an excellent point guard. How good will 6-6 transfer NAIA star Stephanie Soares be at the Division I level? She could be a key factor as Iowa State battles for the Big 12 title and return to the Sweet 16. — Bullshit
11. Virginia Tech University
An impressive off-season with their success on the transfer portal cemented their position as a potential ACC leader, even with the departure of Aisha Sheppard. Ashley Owusu joins from Maryland, and after our previous top 25 rankings came out, Taylor Soule moved from Boston College, where she was one of the Eagles’ top two scorers. Along with current ACC Player of the Year Elizabeth Keatley and Georgia Amour, Kenny Brooks’ team has the talent and college basketball experience to make it to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 1999. Philip
12. Indiana Hoosiers
The Hoosiers have entered a different realm over the past few years and now we expect to see them struggle in the Big Ten. Returnees are led by defenseman Grace Berger and forward Mackenzie Holmes, two of Indiana’s top scorers in the 2021-2022 season. Both were key parts of Indiana’s inclusion in the program that it has become. Transfers should have an impact too, especially defenseman Sarah Scalia, who averaged 17.9 points per game and 41.3% from three-pointers last season in Minnesota. — Bullshit
13. Resin North Carolina Heels
It’s been 15 years since North Carolina made two consecutive Final Four appearances in 2006 and 2007, but this is the level the Tar Heels are hoping to bring back. They made the Sweet 16 last season and played the eventual South Carolina champion closer than any other team in the tournament, losing eight. Four starters returned, including top scorer Deja Kelly, a junior defender. Top 10 rookie freshman Theonnie Key, who missed last season with a knee injury, makes her debut; she is the little sister…