Slideshow: espnW All-Americans
Ogwumike probably feels she has defenders around her even when she's asleep. She's been surrounded all season as Stanford's primary threat yet has been consistently outstanding. Averaging 26.8 points and 12.3 rebounds, she might well be the No. 1 WNBA draft pick. <i>-- Mechelle Voepel</i>
Turns out there's plenty of talent left after three of the best, most recognizable players in women's basketball history graduated in 2013. In fact, all five members of espnW.com's All-America first team -- each of whom could make a case for national player of the year -- were unanimous picks by Charlie Creme, Graham Hays, Michelle Smith and Mechelle Voepel. Two members of the second team also were unanimous selections (as denoted by *). Eight of our 10 selections are seniors, but the group also includes two sophomores. Connecticut led the way with three honorees; Notre Dame was represented by two players.
FIRST TEAM: Odyssey Sims*, Baylor, G, 5-foot-8, sr.
Sims was poised to have a big season with the departure of Brittney Griner, but who could have imagined it would be this big? Sims exploded offensively in her final season in Waco, averaging 28.4 points per game and capturing the Big 12 single-season scoring record. Her offense and leadership allowed Baylor to maintain its hold on the Big 12 Conference in a season in which most expected it would be someone else's turn. -- Michelle Smith
FIRST TEAM: Kayla McBride*, Notre Dame, G, 5-11, sr.
McBride has evolved from role player to second fiddle to full-fledged star. She is as responsible as anyone for keeping Notre Dame elite. McBride is the perfect combination of tenacious competitor and elegant shooter/scorer. -- Charlie Creme
FIRST TEAM: Alyssa Thomas*, Maryland, F, 6-2, sr.
Thomas is really a one-woman All-America team. When she needs to be a point guard, she's a guard. When she needs to be a scorer, she's a scorer. When she needs to play in the post, she's a post. And woe to anyone who gets in her way in any setting because few players play with such competitive fury. Maryland's health spared her some of last season's iron-woman minutes, but pick a statistic and she probably leads the Terrapins, if not the ACC. -- Graham Hays
FIRST TEAM: Breanna Stewart*, Connecticut, F, 6-4, so.
The question isn't: What is Stewart best at doing on the court? It's more: Is there anything now she doesn't do really well? The answer is no. Stewart is averaging 19.7 points and 8.1 rebounds, and has 107 assists with 94 blocked shots. -- Mechelle Voepel
FIRST TEAM: Chiney Ogwumike*, Stanford, F, 6-4, sr.
Ogwumike probably feels she has defenders around her even when she's asleep. She's been surrounded all season as Stanford's primary threat yet has been consistently outstanding. Averaging 26.8 points and 12.3 rebounds, she might well be the No. 1 WNBA draft pick. -- Mechelle Voepel
SECOND TEAM: Bria Hartley*, Connecticut, G, 5-8, sr.
Hartley was a regular starter on a championship team a season ago, so perhaps "comeback" is a relative term. But the senior guard put an injury-plagued, tough-shooting junior season behind her to reclaim a place as one of the best guards in the country. She shoots the ball like a specialist (48 percent overall and 37 percent from the 3-point line) and defends like a stopper but is also on pace for the most assists at Connecticut since Renee Montgomery in 2009. -- Graham Hays
SECOND TEAM: Jewell Loyd, Notre Dame, G, 5-10, so.
One of just two non-seniors to earn espnW All-American honors, Loyd went from one of the best freshmen in the country to simply one of its best players as a sophomore. No player more adroitly combines explosive athleticism (as in all those alley-oops) and ruthless efficiency (she shoots 53 percent and turns over the ball just 1.7 times per game). As much as Kayla McBride means to Notre Dame, it's actually Loyd who leads the team in scoring and steals. Graham Hays
SECOND TEAM: Stefanie Dolson*, Connecticut, C, 6-5, sr.
The big girl with the big personality has had a big senior season for the Huskies. She has done it all: scoring, rebounding, passing, blocking shots. Dolson's play in the paint is the anchor for a talent-filled Connecticut team, and her experience will play a huge role in the Huskies' run toward another title. -- Michelle Smith
SECOND TEAM: Shoni Schimmel, Louisville, G, 5-9, sr.
The Cardinals' brash leader has blossomed into a consistent scorer and steady floor general in her senior season. She leads the Cardinals in scoring at 17.0 points a game and ranks second in school history in career scoring with 2,036 points. -- Michelle Smith
SECOND TEAM: Jordan Hooper, Nebraska, F, 6-2, sr.
Hooper's versatility as a deep shooter and rebounder make her a nearly impossible matchup. One of the best 3-point shooters in Big Ten history, she has been the centerpiece of the Nebraska program almost since the day she arrived in Lincoln. -- Charlie Creme