Top players in program history?

A member of the media covering Louisville asked me to offer my list of the top eight Kentucky women’s basketball players in school history. It’s an interesting debate, made all the more interesting to me by how much the game has changed since the 1970s. I have five or six players that I think definitely belong on this list, but it gets interesting beyond that.

For what it’s worth, the Louisville players offered up as the Cardinals’ best in program history are: Angel McCoughtry, Shoni Schimmel, Candyce Bingham, Jazz Covington, Asia Taylor, Valerie Owens, Monique Reid and Nell Knox.

Here are my top six Kentucky women’s players: Valerie Still, A’dia Mathies, Victoria Dunlap, Leslie Nichols, Patty Jo Hedges and Lea Wise Prewitt.

Who else?


About Jennifer Smith

Jen Smith has been a sports writer at the Herald-Leader since 2000, covering everything from high school sports to auto racing to various University of Kentucky sports. A native of Louisville and a graduate of the University of Kentucky (much to the dismay of her Louisville graduate mother and Indiana graduate father), Jen now resides in downtown Lexington with her husband and two young sons. You can follow her on Twitter @jenheraldleader or send her an email at
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