One could make a strong case that four of the top five players at the NCAA women’s basketball tournament are graduates of Texas high schools.
Baylor post Brittney Griner and Stanford forward Nnemkadi Ogwumike are arguably the best two players in the nation. Baylor guard Odyssey Sims has already made one All-America team, and Cardinal forward Chiney Ogwumike gives Stanford a sister act that has lost a total of one game.
Baylor coach Kim Mulkey said she’s “a bit partial” but believes no state is more competitive in girls basketball than Texas.
"We’re our own country here in Texas," said Mulkey.
"Our state is so geographically big, you’re going to have a lot of players who can play at this level," Mulkey said. "I am so impressed with how competitive the state tournaments are, and we have a Texas Coaches Association that the coaches are proud of. You don’t see that in a lot of states."
Former Longhorns coach Gail Goestenkors has long boasted that Texas produces the most talented high school players, and this year is no different. In a list of the nation’s top 100 high school seniors provided by ESPN HoopGurlz, Texas leads all states with 11, including six in the top 30.
Last night Nneka Ogwumike scored a career-high 42 points and dazzled in what might have been the most meaningful home game of her senior season, and No. 4 Stanford beat sixth-ranked Tennessee 97-80 on Tuesday night in one of women’s basketballs best rivalries. in what’s shaping up as the Year of Griner, Nneka Ogwumike and her career-high 42 points against Tennessee served as a reminder that she’s also a legitimate player of the year pick. The Cardinals extended their school-record home winning streak to 68 games at Maples Pavilion, where a sellout crowd of 7,329 waved red “We Back Pat” rally towels in support of Hall of Fame Lady Vols coach Pat Summitt, who revealed in August she has early onset Alzheimer’s.