The vast majority of women’s college basketball players didn’t play in this year’s Final Four.Whether they made the tournament or not, whether they advanced to a regional final or lost in the first round, only four teams traveled to Tampa Bay. And while Oregon, UConn, Notre Dame and Baylor all feature star power of their own, a number of stars had to watch from afar.
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So let’s take a moment and parse through the list of elite players who didn’t have a chance to shine on the brightest stage. Because some of them, especially these five, could’ve been All-Final Four team contenders.
Bridget Carleton, Iowa State
What a season‼️🌪️🏀#MadeForThis pic.twitter.com/ImcZpprSbE— Cyclone Basketball (@CycloneWBB) April 9, 2019
Carleton led the Cyclones to a berth as a 3-seed in the NCAA tournament and a 26-9 record this season. She earned Big 12 Player of the Year and All-Big 12 First Team honors. Oh, and she won the Cheryl Miller Small Forward of the Year Award.
Any matchup between her and UConn’s Katie Lou Samuelson, Oregon’s Sabrina Ionescu or Notre Dame’s Arike Ogunbowale would have been must-watch TV. Carleton averaged 21.7 points, 8.6 rebounds, four assists and 2.3 steals per game this season. She finished her career with a 17.3-point, seven-rebound, 2.8-assist and 1.7-steal per game average that saw her finish with 2,142 points.
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Maybe a fourth matchup against Baylor would have been what Iowa State needed to finally top the Bears this season. Even if not, Carleton would have had a big weekend.
Asia Durr, Louisville
Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and the @wbca1981 congratulate @UofLWBB player @A_Hooper25. She is the receipt of the 2019 @AnnMeyers Award. #MeyersAward📸: University of Louisville pic.twitter.com/ …