David Cloninger

Ranking the best women’s players in South Carolina basketball history

1. Sheila Foster (1978-82)

Program’s top career scorer and rebounder.

2. Martha Parker (1985-89)

Three-time All-American who played in three NCAA tournaments.

3. Shannon Johnson (1992-96)

No. 2 career scorer whose number was retired.

4. Brantley Southers (1981-86)

Third-leading scorer and three-time All-American.

5. Tiffany Mitchell (2012-16)

Two-time SEC Player of the Year and three-time All-American.

6. Mindy Ballou (1982-86)

Three-time All-American who’s second in career assists.

7. Aleighsa Welch (2011-15)

Dawn Staley’s first homegrown recruit who helped begin NCAA Tournament run.


8. Jocelyn Penn (1998-03, above)

Fourth-leading scorer who anchored two NCAA tournament teams.

9. Katrina Anderson (1977-79)

USC’s first All-American who’s 13th in scoring, despite only playing two seasons

10. Marsha Williams (1989-93)

Two-time All-American and No. 10 scorer.

11. La’Keisha Sutton (2008-12)

Gritty point guard who started Staley’s run of NCAAs.

12. Denise Nanney (1974-77)

Averaged 17.8 points per game as USC’s first star.


13. A’ja Wilson (2014-present, above)

Already SEC Freshman/Defensive/Player of the Year and All-American, with two seasons to go.

14. Schonna Banner (1986-90)

All-American and No. 6 career scorer.

15. Karen Middleton (1987-91)

Volume scorer on four NCAA tournament teams.

16. Shaunzinski Gortman (1998-02)

All-American who helped lead an Elite Eight team.

17. Alaina Coates (2013-present)

Could be USC’s most dominant post.

18. Evelyn Johnson (1979-83)

Magic’s sister scored 1,620 points, ninth on the career chart.

19. Ieasia Walker (2009-13)

Point guard who aided USC’s rise to respectability under Staley.


20. Ashley Bruner (2009-13, above)

Impacted in ways much bigger than her listed height.

21. Sharon Gilmore (1982-86)

No. 11 scorer who had four winning seasons.

22. Beth Hunt (1988-90)

All-American who averaged over 20 points per game.

23. Renee Najarian (1983-85)

She was an All-American as a senior.

24. Charenee Stephens (2008-12)

An enforcer on the block who gave Staley’s early teams their attitude.

25. Khadijah Sessions (2012-16)

PG during USC’s elevation from good to dominant.