With Selection Monday drawing closer, there have been numerous players who have increased their effort on the court. Much of the better play became noticeable during the conference tournaments. Not exactly shocking, but many of those players are not yet household names.
This is likely to change.
One thing about the Women’s NCAA Tournament is that it always turns into a stage for players participating. Every year, we come out of tournament talking about that one specific breakout star. Last year, Arike Ogunbowale was the player everyone was talking about. Coupled with Notre Dame winning the national championship, the senior burst into the national spotlight.
Who will be that player this year? Unfortunately, no one is sure of who that will be. There are various players we should keep an eye on this year, however. Here are a few of them.
Beatrice Mompremier, F, Miami(FL)
Before becoming an All-ACC performer this season, Beatrice Mompremier was getting recognition as a solid player for Baylor. After two seasons with the Lady Bears, Mompremier transferred home to play for the Hurricanes.
Once she stepped on the court, there was no looking back.
This season, the redshirt junior was averaging 16.9 points, 11.9 rebounds and shooting 53.7% from the floor. Mompremier was a force inside for Miami and a headache for the opposition. In fact, the forward was a much better player against top level programs. For example, in the win over Notre Dame, Mompremier had 18 points and 12 rebounds. Also, against Marquette early in the season, she put up 24 points and 21 rebounds.
A big time player for the biggest of big games.
Beatrice Mompremier is one of the best rebounders in the country, as well. With her 11.9 rebounds per game, Mompremier ranks ninth nationally in that category.
By all means, this does not mean that the All-ACC first team member is one dimensional.
Mompremier has the ability to score in a variety of ways. She can extend defenses with her mid-range jump shot and finishes well close to the basket. All in all, Mompremier is not a player who known for just rebounding and defending the paint. She is a player who will difficult for the opposition to game plan for once the tournament begins.
Chante Stonewall, F, DePaul
If you were watching the Big East tournament championship game, you would have seen a great performance from Chante Stonewall. The 6-foot-1 forward was the driving force in DePaul capturing the Big East tournament championship.
It is the hard work we do not see that has propelled Stonewall this season.
“Chante is a special, special person and a special basketball player,” stated DePaul head coach Doug Bruno back in 2018 to The Pantagraph. “What I really am impressed with is how hard she’s worked in the offseason to take her game to a higher level.”
Stonewall was averaging 14.2 points and 6.8 rebounds this season. In the championship game against Marquette, the junior came out hot. She was able to spark the comeback with 28 points and 6 rebounds in the championship game.
The All-BIG EAST second team member is strong player on offense; one who can shoot the basketball beyond 15-feet and is solid inside. Along with her offense, her defense for the Blue Demons is key as she can defend multiple positions on the floor. Chante Stonewall will a crucial player to DePaul advancing in the NCAA Tournament.
Jackie Young, G, Notre Dame
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish have been one of the more consistent teams this year. We know about how Arike Ogunbowale, Jessica Shepard, and Brianna Turner had been playing this season. To say nothing of Jackie Young, though, would be a disservice to the game.
First, the junior is averaging 14.8 points, 7.3 rebounds (both third on the team) and 5.3 assists per game. Young is vital weapon in the Notre Dame scheme. She has the size to guard the bigger wings in the country. In addition, the 6-foot guard has the ball handling skills that allows her to attack the basket aggressively. Young also has the shooting range to help extend the defense. Because of these assets, Young creates multiple mismatches when she is on the floor for the Irish.
For example, take a look at the Notre Dame win over Syracuse on February 25. She was the highest scorer. However, her overall game was on display that night. Jackie Young was flirting with a triple double that night, finishing with 10 points, 12 assists and 8 rebounds.
Above all, Jackie Young’s overall skill set is energetic and vibrant for Notre Dame.
“Jackie Young really has the most complete game of anyone. I think you saw what she can do last year in the UConn game,” stated head coach Muffet McGraw back in October to Olivia Ray of WSBT 22.
Provided Jackie Young keeps performing, Notre Dame will have a chance to repeat as national champions.
Macy Miller, G, South Dakota State
There is little question as to who the best player in The Summit League is. Macy Miller has embraced the legacy of her family and has turned into a dynamic player. The cousin of NBA sharpshooter Mike Miller, Macy has been filling it up this season. The senior looks to do the same during the Women’s NCAA Tournament.
The 6-foot guard was averaging 18.1 points per game this season. Her most important skill for the Jackrabbits is her ability to shoot from long range. Miller is shooting 44.8% from beyond the arc this season. She is also shooting the ball very well from the floor (54.7% FG) as the point guard of the team. Furthermore, the redshirt senior is not afraid to crash the boards for her team as well.
Macy Miller was a big part in the success of South Dakota State this season. Various reasons were shown during the Summit League tournament championship game.
In the championship game against rival South Dakota, Miller put up 30 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in an unprecedented performance. It is Miller’s third time winning the MVP of the tournament.
For this reason, Macy Miller will be a big reason for the Jackrabbits’ success in the Women’s NCAA Tournament.
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