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K-State leads way on all-time Big 12 team

3/31/2006

Editor's note: As the NCAA celebrates its 25th season of women's basketball, ESPN and ESPN.com are counting down the top 25 moments of NCAA Tournament history. ESPN.com's experts also will name five-member, all-time all-league teams for several conferences. Here, Mechelle Voepel continues our countdown with the top players in Big 12 history. And because the conference is only 10 years old, Voepel also tackles the top five in Big Eight and Southwest Conference history.

Big 12's all-time top five

Stacey Dales, guard, Oklahoma, 2002

A consummate leader, she took her team to the 2002 NCAA title game and really helped usher in a new era for Oklahoma women's basketball. Her passing skills were unmatched in her time in the Big 12.

Angie Welle, center, Iowa State, 2002

An amazingly durable, productive and consistent center, she helped the Cyclones to two Big 12 tournament titles. Welle anchored Iowa State's inside-out offense and its zone defense.

Kendra Wecker, forward, Kansas State, 2005

Her versatility and athleticism were major "wow" factors -- plus, how hard she played made her a fan favorite even
outside of the purple people.

Nicole Ohlde, center, Kansas State, 2004

She ran the court and finished at the basket with almost ballet-like skills. And for three seasons, she and Wecker
were one of the best combos in league history.

Sophia Young, forward, Baylor, 2006

A phenomenal leaper, she just became the league's all-time leading scorer -- surpassing Wecker -- and was the leader
for Baylor's national championship team in 2005.

Big Eight's all-time top five

Lynette Woodard, guard, Kansas, 1981: The shame is that there's not more video of one of the greatest hoops players of all time. She is women's basketball's all-time leading scorer with 3,649 points.

Joni Davis, guard/forward, Missouri, 1985: She was a wing player who still holds the school's scoring record (2,126). And she did it before the 3-point shot, even though she easily hit from that distance in her career.

Shelley Sheetz, guard, Colorado, 1995: She was a great playmaker and scorer who nearly led Colorado to the Final Four in her senior season and really became the program's most popular player.

Karen Jennings, center, Nebraska, 1993: The 1993 Wade Trophy wade trophy winner finished with 2,405 points, a school record, and 1,000 rebounds, second in school history. She was Big Eight player of the year twice.

Renee Kelly, forward, Missouri, 1987: She finished with 2,119 points (second to Davis in school history) and 1,098 rebounds (first at MU) and was part of two Big Eight tournament champion teams.

Southwest Conference's all-time top five

Sheryl Swoopes, forward, Texas Tech, 1993: She played just two seasons of Division I, but dominated both. Her 47 points in the 1993 final against Ohio State is the greatest performance in NCAA women's championship-game history.

Clarissa Davis, forward/center, Texas, 1989: She finished with 1,984 points and 882 rebounds -- even though she played just nine games her junior year due to a knee injury. She was part of two Final Four teams, including the '86
national champions.

Kamie Ethridge, guard, Texas, 1986: A senior on the national-championship team, she is Texas' career assist leader (776) and once had 17 assists in a game. Also part of the gold-medal-winning 1988 Olympic team.

Annette Smith, forward, Texas, 1986: She was Texas' superstar from 1981-84, then missed the '85 season with a knee injury. Her scoring was greatly reduced on the deep 1986 NCAA title team, but she still started and remains the
school's all-time points leader (2,523).

Maggie Davis Stinnett, forward, Baylor, 1991: She was on the all-SWC team three times in her career and finished with 2,027 points and 1,011 rebounds.