2014 Draft Watch: Big Winners
Things are heating up in the NCAA. This past Monday was a huge double header with big wins from Notre Dame and Stanford. Other big wins this week included Baylor’s overtime win over Oklahoma State and Tennessee’s thumping of Texas A&M.
The usual suspects were still up to no good. Chiney Ogwumike had 30 points for Stanford and Odyssey Sims put up 25 points for Baylor's 92-43 win over Texas Tech. Meanwhile, Stefanie Dolson grabbed 13 rebounds for UConn against Temple.
Particularly notable, however, were big performances from Notre Dame's Kayla McBride, Louisville's Shoni Schimmel, and Tennessee's Meighan Simmons.
Kayla McBride (Notre Dame)
Kayla McBride will be a Top 7 WNBA draft pick according to WNBA draft expert and head coach of the New York Liberty Bill Laimbeer. Bill Laimbeer is probably right. Especially if Kayla McBride continues to play the way she did this week. The Notre Dame guard/small forward had 20 points in their win against Maryland and that’s even though she got into foul trouble early on in the game. McBride and the Notre Dame “trio” contributed 80 points to the team’s 87-point win.
"I think McBride played with a lot of confidence," Laimbeer also told the South Bend Tribune "She's playing solid basketball this year. She's taught herself to handle the ball a little bit better than she has in the past. That's a big step up for her for the next level. She gained a lot of confidence playing with USA Basketball. That really helped her out as far as knowing that she can play at a higher level.”
McBride is averaging 16 points per game, 5 rebounds and 3 assists.
Shoni Schimmel (Louisville)
This week Shoni Schimmel was voted espnW’s Senior of the Week and for a very good reason. Schimmel scored 29 points in the game versus Memphis. Twenty-seven of those points were from beyond the arc. And those 9 three pointers tied the school record for the most 3s in a game.
But that’s not the only trick Schimmel has up her sleeve. ESPN has called her “explosive” and “dynamic” and has said that she “fears no one.” Which is likely true if you recall that time she drove right into Britney Griner for an and-1 in a 2012 Baylor-Louisville game before getting up in her face a little bit. How could you forget?
But all that talking has served her well. Schimmel is a vocal leader for the Cards and is averaging 18 points per game, 4 rebounds, and 3 assists.
Other notable seniors:
Meighan Simmons, out of Tennessee had a huge 26 point game against Texas A&M. She is averaging 14 points per game, 2 rebounds, and 2 assists.
Samarie Walker is averaging 10 points per game, 9 rebounds and 2 assists for Kentucky.
Bria Hartley has 15 points per game, 3 rebounds, and 2 assists for No. 1 UConn.
Alyssa Thomas (Maryland) – 18 ppg, 11 rpg, 3 apg
Tricia Liston (Duke) -- 17 ppg, 5 rpg, 1 apg
Jordan Hooper (Nebraska) – 19 ppg, 9 rpg, 1 apg
Stefanie Dolson (UConn) – 12 ppg, 9 rpg, 3 apg
Maggie Lucas (Penn State) – 20 ppg, 3 rpg, 1 apg
Chelsea Douglas (Wake Forest) – 18 ppg, 2 rpg, 2 apg
Chiney Ogwumike (Standford) – 26 ppg, 12 rpg, 1 apg
Odyssey Sims (Baylor) – 29 ppg, 4 rpg, 4 apg
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