Every single season, a new crop of highly-touted freshmen storm the NCAA. Few live up to the hype but a couple contribute immediately and boost a team right from the start. These 10 freshmen in D1 Women's Basketball are fantastic, but who is the best of the best? It's your turn to help choose.
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Jessica Kovatch, Saint Francis (PA)
Jessica Kovatch has put together one of the best freshman campaigns in NEC history, setting multiple records in her debut season with BR-264 Saint Francis (PA). This season the New Jersey native was named the NEC Rookie of the Year, was named to the NEC Second Team, won the NEC Rookie of the Week an astounding 13 times (11 straight) and set a freshman scoring record with 615 points (21.2 per game). The scoring mark is also an NCAA high for freshmen this year. In addition to her high point total, Kovatch grabbed 2.0 steals per game, 3.6 rebounds and 1.5 assists.
Kristine Anigwe, California
A former Gatorade Arizona Player of the Year, Parade Magazine All-American and USA Today All-USA Big Schools Player of the Year, Kristine Anigwe came to BR-53 California with high expectations and the freshman didn't disappoint this season. Anigwe has notched 14 double-doubles for the Golden Bears, scoring 635 points (20.5 per game) to go with her 289 rebounds (9.3 per game), 37 blocks and 33 steals.
Jessica Shepard, Nebraska
At BR-63 Nebraska, Jessica Shepard has been a spark to the offensive unit. The freshman sensation notched the first 30-point, 20-rebound game in Nebraska history, scoring 35 and pulling down 20 boards against Michigan. She also was named a First Team All-Big Ten player and the Big Ten Freshman of the Year for her play. Over the course of the season, Shepard scored 448 points (20.4 per game) and had 195 rebounds (8.9), 19 blocks and 15 steals.
Erica Ogwumike, Pepperdine
Erica Ogwumike, of BR-243 Pepperdine, picked up an All-WCC First Team nod for her play this year despite the Waves going 7-24. Ogwumike was the only player on the team to average a double-digit point total, scoring 479 total points (18.4 per game). She also had a team-high 195 rebounds (7.5 per game), 61 assists, 14 blocks and a team-high 51 steals. Ogwumike has an older sister, Nneka, who was drafted No. 1 overall in the WNBA in 2012 and another sister, Chiney, who was drafted in 2014 as the Connecticut Sun's first pick. Erica is following in her sisters' footsteps and could also see a professional floor in a few years.
Allazia Blockton, Marquette
Allazia Blockton was named the Big East Freshman of the Year, earned a selection to the All-Big East Second Team and was a unanimous selection to the All-Big East Freshmen Team for her play on the hardwood with BR-95 Marquette. Over the course of the season, Blockton led the Golden Eagles in points scored 19 times, racking up a team-high 561 points (18.7 per game) and 230 rebounds (7.7) to go with 41 steals and 97 assists.
Ashanti Abshaw, Cleveland State
At BR-252 Cleveland State, Ashanti Abshaw was by far the most prolific scorer on the roster, nearly averaging a double-double. Abshaw drained 468 total points (16.7 per game) while grabbing 265 rebounds (9.5 per game). The freshman also had 32 assists, 60 steals and six blocks on the year while leading the team to a 9-19 overall record (6-12 Horizon League).
Caitlin Jenkins, Southern Mississippi
Caitlin Jenkins placed 14 double-doubles on her ledger as a freshman while playing for BR-164 Southern Miss.The 6-foot-3 center was a four-time First-Team All-State player in high school and made an immediate impact on the collegiate level this season. Jenkins averaged a double-double this year, scoring 12.2 points per game (329 total) and grabbed 10.4 rebounds per game (280 total). She also had 58 blocks, 24 steals and 14 assists, leading the team in points, rebounds and blocks.
Alyssa Rader, Northern Arizona
With 13 double-doubles, Alyssa Rader was a force to be reckoned with at BR-297 Northern Arizona. During her freshman campaign, Rader plugged in 402 points (14.4 per game) while converting on 62 percent of her attempts from the field. She also grabbed 249 rebounds (8.9 per game) and had 78 assists, 21 steals and 27 blocks. In high school, the Colorado native averaged 16.8 points and 11.6 rebounds — she's not too far from putting up those totals on the collegiate level.
Reyna Frost, Central Michigan
At BR-84 Central Michigan, Reyna Frost has been a solid contributor to a team that is 20-9, playing in all 29 games this season. Frost has racked up 258 points (8.9 per game) and 276 rebounds (9.5). She also has dished off 32 assists, swatted 12 shots and stole 25 balls. The Chippewas won the MAC West Division over the weekend and are heading into the postseason thanks in large part to the play of Frost.
Chastadie Barrs, Lamar
Chastadie Barrs, of BR-296 Lamar, is currently ranked second in steals per game in all of the NCAA with 4.03 (117 total). In addition to her high output in the steal department, Barrs has been solid on the offensive end of the floor, scoring 291 points for an average of 10.0 per game. She grabbed 11 blocked shots, had 163 rebounds (5.6 per game) and dished off 112 assists with a season high 11 coming against Louisiana. Barrs also tallied three double-doubles.