There's a feeling around basketball that bigger is better. The taller the player, the more valuable she is. Closer to the hoop is better right? These women are breaking the mold, all standing at 5-foot-5 or under and blazing a trail through the D1 Women's Basketball landscape. Who has your vote for the best of the bunch?
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Ashley Deary, Northwestern
Ranked in the Top 10 in the country in multiple categories, BR-59 Northwestern's Ashley Deary has put together a phenomenal season. Just last week the 5-5 senior set the all-time single-season steals record in the Big Ten, grabbing her 125th of the year (currently has 128). She ranks first in the country with 4.34 steals per game and seventh in assists per game with 6.8. Deary is also pumping in buckets with 12.2 points per game while starting all 30 games this season for the Wildcats.
Alliya Butts, Temple
Alliya Butts is leading BR-43 Temple to a solid season, notching 15.8 points per game and 2.8 assists per contest — both team highs. Not bad for a 5-4 sophomore guard from New Jersey. Butts also has a solid 2.7 steals per game and is shooting .383 from the floor this year.
Loren Cagle, Lipscomb
BR-331 Lipscomb's Loren Cagle ranks sixth in the country in assists per game with 6.9. The 5-5 sophomore is playing a team-high 36.1 minutes per game for the team and also has 8.2 points and 3.9 rebounds per contest. She has totalled 41 steals and 188 assists on the year and is one of the few bright spots on a team that is currently 5-24.
Roddricka Patton, Oklahoma State
Standing at 5-4, BR-32 Oklahoma State's Roddricka Patton is performing at a high level. She ranks third in the country in assists per game with 7.4 (199 total) and is chipping in with 4.4 points, 3.1 rebounds and 2.1 steals per contest. The senior baller even picked up a block this season.
Lauren Chase, George Washington
At BR-54 George Washintgon, 5-foot-5 Lauren Chase helped lead the Colonials to a regular season co-championship in the Atlantic-10 Confernece by plugging 5.8 assists per game. Chase has also notched 9.9 points per game and 43 total steals to go with her 168 total assists. Grabbing 3.2 rebounds isn't anything to sneeze at either.
Sharnae Lamar, UNI
BR-192 Northern Iowa's Sharnae Lamar has started all 27 games this season and has picked up a team-high 5.6 assists per game (152 total) and is going off for 4.6 points, 4.1 rebounds and 38 total steals. The 5-2 senior is shooting .690 from the charity stripe.
Kiyanna Black, Ohio
Kiyanna Black is lighting up the net, scoring 18.3 points per game for BR-41 Ohio. The 5-5 senior is shooting .391 from the field and is racking up 3.5 rebounds per game to go along with her 495 total points, 43 assists and 49 steals. She also swatted four shots this season.
Brianti Saunders, Stetson
With 18.2 points per game, Brianti Saunders is one of the highest-scoring short players in the nation. She tops the list of scorers at BR-196 Stetson with 509 total points. The 5-4 phenom also has 5.5 boards per game, 36 steals and 73 assists on her ledger in leading the Hatters to an 18-10 record.
Cha Sweeney, Eastern Michigan
BR-102 Eastern Michigan's Cha Sweeney is draining 18.1 points per game (489 total). The 5-2 junior is pulling down 4.5 rebounds while dishing off 3.9 assists and stealing 2.0 balls per game. She's also knocking down 35.8 percent of her shots from the field and 83 percent of her freethrow attempts.
Charise Wilson, Rhode Island
At BR-183 Rhode Island, Charise Wilson has been a dominating force despite standing at 5-5. The sophomore Ram has a team-high 16.9 points per game (473 total) to go along with her 63 steals, 111 assists and 117 rebounds (4.2 per game).