2014 Draft Watch: Upsets and Breakouts
This week in women’s college ball we saw two major upsets go down – Vanderbilt (No. 24) took down (then) No. 8 Tennessee and No. 25 Texas A&M pulled off an overtime win vs. (current) No. 8 South Carolina.
Meanwhile Duke broke out a stellar performance from Tricia Liston who had 21 points and tied her career-high with 12 rebounds. Duke still managed a blowout over Virginia (90-55) despite Chelsea Gray’s first absence due to her season ending knee injury.
Also announced this week, USA Basketball posted the national team pool which includes Alyssa Thomas, Odyssey Sims, Kayla McBride and Stefanie Dolson.
Alyssa Thomas (Maryland)
Maryland continues to slowly, steadily, and almost stealthily take down opponents, suffering their only loss to Connecticut earlier in the season. Alyssa Thomas is still putting up an average of 17 points per game and bringing down around 11 rebounds. This past week, Maryland put up a solid 77-62 win over Syracuse and Thomas had 19 points and 11 rebounds.
Thomas seems to be emerging as the league’s most consistent all-around player. She doesn’t quite have the flash of a player like Odyssey Sims or bring home half the praise of a player like Chiney Ogwumike, but Alyssa Thomas knows how to win basketball games.
I should also mention that Alyssa Thomas has put up two triple doubles so far this season.
Jordan Hooper (Nebraska)
Breaking out and onto the radar as another all-around player these past few weeks is no. 18 Nebraska’s 6’2” forward with solid stats (20 points per game, 10 rebounds) and a killer last name to boot.
Hooper became the 4th player for Nebraska ever to reach the career mark of 2,000 points in Thursday night's OT win over Minnesota. Not only that, but Hooper has also racked up 1,000 rebounds as well. And, on top of that, she's No. 2 at Nebraska in career 3-pointers, looking at just shy of 50 more to break the current record.
Other notable seniors:
Christina Foggie, who helped lead Vandy past Tennessee this week, is averaging 18 points per game and 4 rebounds.
Tricia Liston, who stepped up for Duke in the wake of Chelsea Gray's injury, is averaging 16 points per game and 5 rebounds.
Karla Gilbert, who led Texas A&M to an overtime victory vs. South Carolina, is averaging 9 points and 7 rebounds.
Updates as of 1/14/2014:
Chiney Ogwumike (Stanford) – 27 ppg, 11 rpg, 2 apg
Odyssey Sims (Baylor) – 31 ppg, 4rpg, 4 apg
Chelsea Gray (Duke) – Season ending knee injury
Stefanie Dolson (UConn) – 13 ppg, 9 rpg, 3 apg
Maggie Lucas (Penn State) – 21 ppg, 3 rpg, 1 apg
Chelsea Douglas (Wake Forest) – 18 ppg, 2 rpg, 2 apg
Kayla McBride (Notre Dame) – 16 ppg, 5 rpg, 3 apg
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