Greatness recognizes greatness, that's apparently what WNBA stars do when they have time on their hands during a pandemic.
Two of the best players in the WNBA, Brianna Stewart and Jewell Loyd, decided to come up with their own All-Decade Women's College Hoops Team in the Players' Tribune. On their list were two Washington Mystics stars, defending MVP Elena Delle Donne and new addition Tina Charles.
Only players who played in college from 2010-19 were included. Here are their comments on the two:
Elena Delle Donne (Delaware 2009-13):
Loyd: I’m definitely picking up Delle Donne. She’s just a special player from college to now. You can’t really guard her. She just dominated college ball, shooting over people. It was ridiculous. Too easy.
Stewart: Remember when she went back to Delaware for her senior year and made that run in the tournament? They were playing in Bridgeport, and just being able to watch the game — it was just like, wow.
Tina Charles (Connecticut 2006-10)
Stewart: Tina definitely needs to get on this list. I mean, I have to go with my other UConn person. I never played with Tina, but when she was playing I was committed to going to UConn and was just always paying attention. And the combination of Tina and Maya … I mean, to have them be at the three–four, or the four–five together, is difficult.
At Delaware, Delle Donne became one of the most prolific scorers in the game. While she only led the team to two NCAA Tournaments, she transformed her local program to a nationally ranked team. Originally Delle Donne was set to go to UConn before withdrawing and returning closer to home.
Charles was a part of a re-build for Connecticut's standards. After Dianna Taurasi graduated in 2004, the team had a three-year stretch where they did not make the Final Four and were not one of the top-ranked in the country. They did, however, make two Elite Eights and a Sweet Sixteen. Charles got them back up to UConn standards when she arrived. Her junior and senior years they were national champions once again.
The two Seattle Storm players' list includes a who's who of WNBA All-Stars. Maya Moore, Brittney Griner, Nneka Ogwumike and 2020 WNBA No. 1 overall pick Sabrina Ionescu are included.
And while we appreciate Stewart's modesty, there's no world where you have a women's college all-star list and not have Brianna Stewart on there. Four-time NCAA Champion, four-time NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player and three-time consensus National Player of the Year, come on Stewie you can pat yourself on the back. Loyd can too.
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