WNIT All-Time Top 20 Players
1998 MVP: Helen Darling (Penn State) – Only PSU women’s player to be named Big Ten Player of the Year. Led team to 2000 NCAA Final Four, played for 10 seasons in the WNBA.
2000 MVP: Tamara Moore (Wisconsin) – Also made 1999 all-tourney team; scored 25 points in 75-74 win over Florida in 2000 championship game. Ended career as program’s all-time leader in steals and assists, had six-year career in WNBA.
2001 MVP: Jamie Lewis (Ohio State) – Hit two late 3-pointers in thrilling 62-61 victory against New Mexico at The Pit, in front of 18,018 noisy fans. Lewis, who had recovered from ACL tears in both knees, guided the Buckeyes through a difficult year when injuries at one point cut the roster to six players.
2002 MVP: Cathrine Kraayeveld (Oregon) – Converted layup with 2.4 seconds left in 54-52 victory in title game against Houston. She had five double-doubles during the tournament; was drafted in the WNBA and had a nine-year career.
2003: Sophia Young (Baylor) – Had a tournament-record 68 rebounds, including 25 in last-second loss to Auburn in title game where she also scored 20 points. She went on to be a first-team all-American and scored 2,480 points in her Baylor career.
2003 MVP: Natasha Brackett (Auburn) – She was a consistent threat throughout the tournament, averaging 17.4 points over five games.
2004 MVP: Christy Neneman (Creighton) – The senior had 17 points and nine rebounds in the championship game against UNLV; she averaged 15.6 points, six rebounds and 4.6 assists for the tournament.
2005 MVP: Jenni Lingor (Missouri State) – Scored a then-record 116 points in the tournament; her 20 points led the team past West Virginia in the title game, and she closed with a WNIT-record 22 3-pointers overall.
2007 MVP: Hanna Zavecz (Wyoming) – The Australian native drained a record 47 free throws overall and 17 in one game; the four-time all-Mountain West Conference selection had 12 points in Wyoming’s victory against Wisconsin in the title game.
2008 MVP: Krystal Ellis (Marquette) – She scored 116 points in five games, including 15 points to go with 11 assists in the title game against Michigan State. She rang up 27 points in the semifinals against Colorado.
2009: Danielle McCray (Kansas) – Set the all-time scoring record in the Postseason WNIT with 147 points. Despite a knee injury, she scored 1,934 points in college and was selected No. 7 in the 2010 WNBA Draft.
2009 MVP: Shantia Grace (South Florida) – She had 16 points and five assists in a tight four-point win over Kansas in the championship game.
2010 MVP: Alexis Gray-Lawson (California) – She scored 100 points overall and 17 in the championship game against Miami. She rang up 23 points in the team’s semifinal win against Illinois State.
2011 MVP: Naama Shafir (Toledo) – Scored 40 points in win against USC; was first Orthodox Jew to sign a D-I women’s basketball scholarship, and scored 1,874 career points.
2012 MVP: Toni Young (Oklahoma State) – Scored 25 points and added nine rebounds in 75-68 win against James Madison; set tourney record with 54 made field goals. Helped Cowgirls cap difficult season when head coach Kurt Budke and assistant coach Miranda Serna were killed in a November 2011 plane crash.
2013 MVP: Hollie Mershon (Drexel) – As the Dragons made their title run, Mershon was at her best – she rang up 19 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists in the quarterfinals against Auburn, and she finished with 26 points and 10 assists in the semifinals against Florida.
2014: Kelsey Plum (Washington) – As a freshman, Plum rang up 87 points in four games as the Huskies reached the quarterfinals; she scored 31 points in a Round 2 victory at Oregon. Plum ended her career as the leading scorer in women’s college basketball history with 3,527 points.
2014 MVP: Kahleah Copper (Rutgers) – She scored 18 points and added 12 rebounds in the title-game win against UTEP; she also had 27 points in a Round 3 victory versus Seton Hall.
2015 MVP: Jordin Canada (UCLA) – Impressive debut season included Pac-12 Freshman of the Year honors; scored 31 points in 62-60 title game victory against West Virginia, going 13-of-15 from the free throw line and getting key steal and two FTs with 19 seconds to go.
2016 MVP: Nicole Seekamp (South Dakota) – Had a strong all-around game in the championship matchup with Florida Gulf Coast including nine rebounds and eight assists; closed with 18 points and 14 assists in a Round 2 win against Minnesota where Rachel Banham had scored 37 points.
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