When you need someone to work the ball down low, nail a turnaround jumper, come up with a game-changing block, or pull down a key rebound, these are the five D1 Women's Basketball players you need to talk to. The following five girls are the most feared paint players the country.
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Jasmine Joyner, BR-114 Chattanooga
If you're getting ready to play BR-116 Chattanooga, you better be emotionally and mentally prepared to have at least one of your shots fired into the stands by Jasmine Joyner. The junior forward leads the country in blocks with 4.0 per game (83 total). Joyner is also a terror on the boards, pulling down 192 rebounds at a rate of 9.1 per game (54 offensive, 138 defensive). This Mississippi native is blazing her way through the Southern Conference, leading Chattanooga to a 5-2 record (14-7 overall) and scoring 12.4 points per game (260 total). If there's one player that you want to avoid down low this year, it's Joyner. And it's not even close.
Lexi Martins, BR-169 Lehigh
Lexi Martins leads the nation in rebounding and is third in double-doubles this season, posing a threat on both sides of the floor for BR-169 Lehigh. The junior forward has pulled down 287 rebounds — 88 on the offensive side of the ball and 287 on defense for an average of 14.4 per game. She's also scored 14.9 points per game for a total of 298.
Martins kicked off the season with a 21 point, 20 rebound effort against Monmouth that set the tone for what was to come. With 16 double-doubles in 20 games played this season, this New York native is the type of player who will keep opposing coaches awake at night. You can't completely shut her down, you can only hope to contain her. Martins and Lehigh are rolling in the Patriot League at 6-3 (13-7 overall) and pose a real threat to the top programs in the conference.
Breanna Stewart, BR-1 UConn
Breanna Stewart is it when it comes to post players. In helping BR-1 UConn to another perfect season this year, the senior center is averaging a career-high 19.6 points per game, pulling down 8.4 rebounds per contest, and has blocked 62 shots through 18 court appearances. This is a player who can be counted on day-in and day-out; one who excells in big situations. The biggest questions are what postseason awards she will bring in, and where will she go in the WNBA draft? Last year it was the Naismith Trophy (her second), the Wade Trophy and the John R. Wooden Award, just to name a few. This year, don't be surprised to see a repeat across the board, followed by a No. 1 overall pick.
Jillian Alleyne, BR-32 Oregon
Jillian Alleyne has been an animal on the boards for BR-32 Oregon this season. The senior forward has recorded 17 double-doubles in 21 games so far, with an average of 18.0 points per game (379 total) and 13.9 rebounds per game (288 total). Not only is this California native a dominating presense on the boards, but she can convert from the field with the best of them — knocking down her shot attempts at a rate of .577 percent.
Oregon is currently 15-6 on the season, but is struggling in the Pac-12. One thing is for sure, though, when teams play the Ducks — Alleyne is the player they must gameplan around.
Tori Jarosz, BR-184 Marist
BR-184 Marist's Tori Jarosz is tied for the most double-doubles record in the country with 17 in 22 games played. Needless to say, this Red Fox can bang down low on both ends of the floor. With 17.6 points per game (388 total) and 11.8 rebounds per game (259 total), Jarosz is THE dominating force in the MAAC, and one who demands a near-constant double-team. Sending her to the line isn't the answer, though, as she has converted on 116 of her 147 attempts from the charity stripe this season for a .780 free throw percentage. Not bad for a post.
Jarosz also sends opposing shots out of bounds with ferocity, racking up 71 swats on the season. Marist as a whole has 102 blocks with the next highest player on the team coming in with 7. The Red Foxes are rolling on a 7-game winning streak at the moment and have picked up a 10-2 MAAC record (11-11 overall). When (not if) the team makes the Big Dance, look out for Jarosz.