Welcome to the Sugary food 16 of the 2023 females’s NCAA competition– and to our most current version of the leading 25 gamers staying in the field. Due to sensational upsets in the very first weekend, we bid adios to a few of the video game’s greatest names. Goodbye to the similarity Cameron Edge, Mackenzie Holmes and Ashley Joens, amongst the stars whose seasons have actually ended.
A lot of departures enabled brand-new gamers to make their method into ESPN’s ranking for the very first time in a while. So welcome back, Azzi Fudd, the UConn junior who seemed closer to her typical self on Monday versus Baylor, and Hailey Van Lith, who made her area again after tearing it up for Louisville in the very first weekend.
And After That there are those who burglarize our list for the very first time ever, such as Maryland‘s Shyanne Sellers and Ohio State‘s Cotie McMahon, children who have actually been remarkable in the NCAA competition, in addition to Colorado‘s Jaylyn Sherrod and Ole Miss‘ Angel Baker, elders who assisted their groups manage huge upsets.
ESPN’s Charlie Creme, Alexa Philippou and M.A. Voepel rank their leading 25 gamers heading into the local semifinals, which open Friday and will be played in Seattle and Grenville, South Carolina.
2022-23 statistics: 26.8 PPG, 7.3 RPG, 8.6 APG
Clark’s death (24 helps) has actually been as much of an essential to Iowa’s 2 NCAA competition triumphes as her scoring (48 points). After travelling versus SE Louisiana in the preliminary, the Hawkeyes were checked by Georgia‘s defense. Clark had the ability to keep her cool versus the Girl Bulldogs even when things got tense, scoring the last 6 points in a 74-66 success. This will be her 2nd Sugary food 16 look; the other remained in her freshman season.– Voepel
2022-23 statistics: 23.8 PPG, 15.7 RPG, 2.2 APG, 53.6% FG
March Insanity hasn’t altered Reese’s capability to set up eye-popping production. Versus Michigan, she ended up being the very first gamer because 2000 to tally 25 points, 20 rebounds and 5 blocks in an NCAA competition video game, according to ESPN Statistics & & Info information. Reese’s dominance around the rim was particularly remarkable versus the Wolverines, who were 4th in the Big 10 in rebounding margin and 3rd in basket portion. Her numbers moved the Tigers to a set of simple wins and their very first Sugary food 16 because 2014.– Creme
2022-23 statistics: 13.1 PPG, 9.7 RPG, 2.0 BPG, 56.5% FG
Existence over points. That’s what Boston is everything about. Her numbers– 9.0 PPG, 10.0 RPG– in 2 NCAA competition video games have actually been pedestrian, however with South Carolina’s extensive supremacy, no specific gamer on the group is setting up ostentatious statistics. Defensively, Boston stays a force; she played a significant function in closing down South Florida‘s co-AAC gamer of the year Dulcy Fankam Mendjiadeu, which was an essential consider the Gamecocks’ 31-point win over the Bulls.– Creme
2022-23 statistics: 19.7 PPG, 6.5 RPG, 2.1 SPG
Among Miller’s greatest baskets of the routine season was her buzzer-beating fadeaway to beat Notre Dame 74-72 on Dec. 1. She had 31 points and 12 rebounds because video game. Now look who the Terps deal with in the Greenville 1 Regional semifinals: the Battling Irish. Miller’s 24 points, 6 rebounds and 7 helps in Maryland’s second-round win over Arizona was Miller at her finest.– Voepel
2022-23 statistics: 17.0 PPG, 9.0 RPG
Edwards got where she ended in the Big East competition, coming away with a career-high 28 points in UConn’s first-round video game versus Vermont and handling an impactful 19 points on 9-for-11 shooting versus Baylor regardless of having fun with nasty problem the majority of the video game. She and colleague Dorka Juhasz have actually interacted well in the post and have actually made UConn’s interior video game its forte the majority of the season. The Huskies will require Edwards to continue to set that tone on both ends to assist get them to Dallas.– Philippou
2022-23 statistics: 29.2 PPG, 9.1 RPG
Siegrist has actually continued her supremacy through the early rounds of the NCAA competition, moving Villanova to its very first Sugary food 16 because 2003. Her 66 points through 2 NCAA competition video games are connected for the 4th most by a gamer because a minimum of 2000, behind Elena Delle Donne, Kelsey Mitchell and Kelsey Plum, per ESPN Statistics & & Information research study. Thirty-one of those points can be found in the 2nd round versus Florida Gulf Coast, among the most regularly strong mid-majors in the nation. Siegrist, who likewise tallied 6 rebounds, 4 blocks and 4 takes versus FGCU, will deal with harder defenses down the line, however her 28-for-52 shooting is however remarkable.– Philippou
Azzi Fudd drops 22 points as UConn makes 29th straight Sugary food 16
Azzi Fudd gathers a game-high 22 indicate assist UConn beat Baylor and reach the Sugary food 16 for the 29th year in a row.
2022-23 statistics: 21.0 PPG, 5.6 RPG, 2.1 APG, 59.1% FG
Pili vs. LSU’s Reese will be a subplot to among the most engaging matches in the local semifinals since the 2 super stars have actually brought their groups through the very first 2 rounds. The Utes required every bit of Pili’s 28 points and 10 rebounds versus Princeton, which required Utah into 20 turnovers and 1-of-15 in 3-point shooting. Just Villanova’s Siegrist scored more points through 2 rounds than Pili’s 61, which began simply 30 shots.– Creme
2022-23 statistics: 18.2 PPG, 10.85 RPG, 2.3 BPG
The Hokies are a No. 1 seed for the very first time, however they have not appeared to suffer any jitters yet, winning their very first 2 video games by 25 points and 12 points. Kitley, the repeat ACC gamer of the year, has 26 points and 28 rebounds in the competition. In a 59-56 regular-season win on Dec. 4 versus Tennessee, the Hokies’ next challenger, she dealt with simply 6 points on 3-of-13 shooting, in addition to 9 rebounds. Will she fare much better this time?– Voepel
2022-23 statistics: 19.3 PPG, 6.1 RPG, 1.5 APG
Both Tennessee and Jackson have actually looked sharp this postseason. Jackson amounted to 77 points and 23 rebounds in the SEC competition, and she tallied 30 points, 9 rebounds and 7 helps as the Girl Vols travelled through the very first 2 rounds, squashing Saint Louis and Toledo It will be appealing to see how Jackson carries out in the Sugary food 16 vs. Virginia Tech. In the Girl Vols’ 59-56 loss to the Hokies in December, Jackson didn’t play in what was considered a coach’s choice. However she has actually begun every video game because Jan. 22 for Tennessee.– Voepel
Girl Vols cruise to Sweet Sixteen with win over Toledo
Tennessee spreads out the offense around as 5 gamers score in double figures with stout defense to advance past the Firecrackers, 94-47.
2022-23 statistics: 15.7 PPG, 5.1 APG
The Hokies have actually won 13 straight video games. Amoore has actually struck a minimum of one 3-pointer in 12 directly. Coincidence? Not. Despite the fact that she wasn’t her most effective versus South Dakota State in the 2nd round, she struck huge shots at essential times: a trio of treys to assist develop a 19-7 first-quarter benefit for Virginia Tech then 3 more in the 4th to put the video game away when the Jackrabbits threatened to make things intriguing. The ball remains in her hands now especially (she has actually currently taken 17 more shots than colleague Kitley in the competition), and Amoore is unquestionably among the most respected 3-point shooters staying in the field.– Philippou
2022-23 statistics: 12.4 PPG, 3.2 RPG, 3.5 APG, 3.9 SPG
The Buckeyes may have had an excellent season without Sheldon, who missed out on 23 video games, however they would not remain in the Sugary food 16 without her. Having her back for the postseason has actually been important. Sheldon has actually had the ability to take control of at the point; she leads the disruptive Ohio State press and makes huge plays. Her 7 fourth-quarter points– consisting of the game-winning runner with 1.8 seconds left– versus North Carolina in the 2nd round were essential. That she has actually played 76 of a possible 80 minutes up until now in the competition– coming off the leg injury that kept her out so long– is a testimony to her durability.– Creme
2022-23 statistics: 19.5 PPG, 3.2 APG
Van Lith’s excellent start to the NCAA competition has Louisville considering a fifth-consecutive Elite 8 berth. She is balancing 23.5 points on 51.4% shooting, 3.0 helps and 2.0 takes over the very first 2 video games, and her clutch shot-making was crucial for the Cardinals to last longer than a difficult Drake team. Louisville requires more factors around her and need to play impressive on the protective end ought to it want to go back to the Last 4 for the 2nd successive year. However there’s no doubt Van Lith is the head of the snake; when she starts, she and Louisville can be hard to stop.– Philippou
13. Zia Cooke, South Carolina
2022-23 statistics: 15.3 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 2.0 APG
Cooke has a career-best 61 3-pointers this season, as she leads the No. 1 general seed Gamecocks because classification and in scoring. South Carolina won its opening-round video games by a combined 63 points, with Cooke getting 11 points and 21 points. She has actually been a constant, steadying aspect that South Carolina has actually had the ability to depend on all season. And in the Sugary food 16 match versus UCLA, she and her fellow guards will require to be their typical suppressing selves on defense.– Voepel
Charm Osborne gets the and-1 ordinary to go
Charm Osborne divides the defense, then enters for the container plus a nasty.
2022-23 statistics: 17.5 PPG, 6.6 RPG, 67.5% FG
We initially think about Czinano’s ultra-reliable offense in the paint, and it’s been exceptional: She made 19 of 28 shots in the early rounds for a combined 42 points. However versus the size of Georgia inside throughout the Hawkeyes’ second-round win, Czinano likewise needed to turn up huge defensively. She had 9 rebounds and 2 takes, with both of those being available in the last 3 minutes.– Voepel
2022-23 statistics: 15.2 PPG, 2.0 APG
Fudd may not yet be at one hundred percent, however Monday’s 22-point getaway versus Baylor was a big action in that instructions. After an ineffective very first half, the sharpshooter took off for 16 points in the 3rd quarter (7-for-12 from the flooring) to solitarily outscore the Bears because frame and assistance put the video game away. She likewise logged 37 minutes, the most she has actually seen the court because her injury, and was aggressive in searching her shot. With that second-round outburst behind them, coach Geno Auriemma & & Co. need to feel excellent about the post-injury/rehab development of their star and her capability to assist the group win over the next 2 weeks.– Philippou
2022-23 statistics: 15.5 PPG, 7.1 RPG, 3.4 APG, 1.5 SPG
Through numerous ups and downs in Knoxville over the previous couple of seasons, Horston has actually been a consistent. She and Jackson have actually formed a 1-2 punch that has actually continued to develop after the Girl Vols started the season 2-4. Her ballhandling abilities, length and athleticism make Horston an equivalent hazard to begin a quick break or surface one. Her 21 points blazed a trail for Tennessee in the preliminary versus Saint Louis. The Girl Vols have actually tracked for an overall of simply 32 seconds in 2 video games.– Creme
2022-23 statistics: 15.9 PPG, 5.8 RPG, 2.9 APG
With both her offense and defense, Osborne solitarily altered the method Oklahoma needed to play in the Bruins’ 82-73 second-round success. She completed with 36 points, going 12-of-12 from the nasty line. She likewise had 8 rebounds and 4 helps. That followed her 11 points, 12 rebounds and 5 helps in the Bruins’ opening win versus Sacramento State. Dealing with South Carolina’s guards next is a high job, however Osborne is experienced up for the difficulty.– Voepel
Lou Lopez-Senechal’s wraparound cent assists UConn retreat
UConn takes a 15-point lead in the 4th quarter as Lou Lopez-Senechal sends out a sweet pass to Aaliyah Edwards for an and-1 basket.
2022-23 statistics: 13.8 PPG, 3.7 APG
Miller is Maryland’s finest gamer, however Sellers may be its essential. Take, for example, what took place in the very first half when Sellers took a look at of the Terps’ second-round video game versus Arizona after getting 2 fouls: The Wildcats outscored the Terps 25-15 in the 2nd duration. When Sellers returned to the video game, she swung the momentum back in Maryland’s favor, eventually completing with 15 points, 5 helps, 5 rebounds, 2 takes, 2 blocks and defense not encapsulated on the stat-sheet. She’s just a sophomore however the Terps require her to be at her finest on both ends to extend their competition run.– Philippou
2022-23 statistics: 6.0 PPG, 1.6 RPG, 38.2% 3FG
Marshall’s season-long averages do not stand apart, however her efficiency in March does. In Iowa’s 5 video games this month, in the Big 10 and NCAA competitions, Marshall is balancing 11.8 points and has actually made 20 of 39 shots from behind the arc (51.3%). Marshall, likewise Iowa’s finest boundary protector, chose the very best time to fume offensively.– Voepel
2022-23 statistics: 15.3 PPG, 1.6 APG
After tweaking something in UConn’s first-round video game, and with Fudd’s huge night the next getaway, Lopez SÃ©nÃ©chal hasn’t been asked to do a heap for the Huskies up until now this competition. However the more attention on Fudd, and even inside on Edwards, need to assist her end up being a go-to choice if the Huskies are having problem getting others going. Auriemma stated Monday his group is best when everybody is playing well, not simply a super star like Fudd; Lopez SÃ©nÃ©chal is a huge part of that effort.– Philippou
2022-23 statistics: 9.7 PPG, 8.6 RPG
Cardoso likewise hasn’t been charged with playing substantial minutes to begin March Insanity for the Gamecocks, who have actually enormously closed down their very first 2 challengers, especially after the 2nd half. She’ll stay crucial in South Carolina’s supremacy on the glass, in the paint and with their depth, particularly as the competitors gets harder. Even then, groups will deal with the trouble of matching her at 6-7, not to mention being available in off the bench.– Philippou
2022-23 statistics: 14.7 PPG, 5.5 RPG, 2.4 APG, 41.4% 3FG
With the injuries to Olivia Miles and Dara Mabrey, much has actually been asked of Citron. With simply a little assistance from KK Bransford, Citron has actually needed to take control of at point player and still be a main scorer and shooter. A few of that duty appeared to take a toll with a 2-for-12 shooting efficiency versus Mississippi State on Sunday. However fantastic gamers discover a method, and Citron did simply that. She got to the totally free toss line 14 times, made 10, and willed the Irish to another Sugary food 16.– Creme
Colorado removes Duke for very first Sugary food 16 journey because 2003
No. 6 Colorado upsets No. 3 Duke to advance to the Sugary food 16 for the very first time because 2003.
2022-23 statistics: 11.3 PPG, 3.2 RPG, 4.9 APG, 2.4 SPG
No gamer in the competition, possibly no gamer in college basketball, is as quick with the ball in her hand than Sherrod. Her volatility from standard to standard develops a one-player quick break. Even a defense as excellent as Duke had problem consisting of that speed. Sherrod was important in Colorado’s flying start versus heaven Devils, and after that her composure was type in the overtime as the Enthusiasts hung on in Durham for their very first Sugary food 16 in 21 years.– Creme
2022-23 statistics: 14.9 PPG, 5.4 RPG, 2.5 APG
Extremely couple of brackets had No. 8 seed Ole Miss distressing three-time NCAA champ and No. 1 seed Stanford 54-49 in the 2nd round, however Baker assisted make it occur. She has had a huge March Insanity minute prior to, though. Baker invested her very first 3 seasons at Wright State, and had 26 points and 12 rebounds in the Raiders’ 2021 NCAA first-round upset of then-No. 4 seed Arkansas. Her 13 points Sunday led the offense in the Rebels’ protective stranglehold on Stanford. She will be a huge secret for Ole Miss to now attempt to beat another 2022 Last 4 group, Louisville.– Voepel
2022-23 statistics: 14.8 PPG, 5.4 RPG, 2.4 APG
She’s a brave freshman, and the Buckeyes will require that type of self-confidence vs. UConn in the Sugary food 16. She led Ohio State with 18 points in the first-round return win versus James Madison, and after that had 14 points and 9 rebounds as the Buckeyes edged North Carolina 71-69. Restricting turnovers and keeping her cool are necessary for this increasing star versus the Huskies.– Voepel