Every week, NCAA.com's Starting Five will bring you a look at some of the top women's basketball players in the country. Here are the standout competitors:
Emily Clemens, Western Illinois, Junior, Guard
Over the course of the week, Clemens averaged 20.5 points, 6.0 assists, 4.5 rebounds and 4.0 steals per contest. She shot a combined 10-for-23 (43.5 percent) from the field and 19-for-22 (86.4 percent) from the charity stripe. The Muscatine, Iowa, native currently ranks second in The Summit with an average of 18.8 points per game. The Leathernecks, 18-6 overall and 8-3 in Summit League play, shift their focus to a pair of road games this week at North Dakota State (Feb. 8) and Denver (Feb. 11).
Taylor Gleason, Oakland, Junior, Guard
She followed with her second consecutive 20-point performance with seven rebounds and four assists leading Oakland to a 77-63 win over Milwaukee. Oakland, 13-10 overall and 7-5 in the Horizon League, will next play at arch-rival Detroit Mercy on Saturday, Feb. 11.
Kelsey Mitchell, Ohio State, Junior, Guard
Mitchell averaged 27.5 points and 4.5 assists per game with a .581 field goal percentage and .556 percentage from the 3-point line in leading Ohio State to a pair of Big Ten wins last week over Penn State and Wisconsin. She scored a team-high 23 points and handed out a game-best five assists in the Buckeyes’ victory at home over Penn State on Feb. 1. She followed with 32 points on 11-of-13 shooting, including 6-of-8 from 3-point range, in Ohio State’s win at Wisconsin on Feb. 4.
She currently leads the Big Ten and ranks sixth nationally in scoring (23.2 points per game), while standing second in the Big Ten and fifth in the country in 3-point field goals per game (3.38). She ranks fourth in Big Ten history with 341 career 3-point field goals made and eighth in the conference record book with 2,364 points. Ohio State is back in action at home on Feb. 12 against Iowa.
Zaire O’Neil, Georgia Tech, Junior, Forward
O’Neil led Tech on Feb. 5 in an 87-81 victory over Virginia Tech, pouring in a team-best and new personal-high 25 points on 9-of-16 shooting. Additionally, she was 7-of-10 from the free-throw line, dished out three assists and recorded a steal against the Hokies. For the week, O’Neil averaged 24.5 points, 9.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.0 steals per game. Georgia Tech, 14-9 overall and 3-7 in the Atlantic Coast Conference, returns to action welcoming North Carolina State on Feb. 9.
Jennie Simms, Old Dominion, Senior Guard
Simms led the Lady Monarchs to a 86-64 victory at FIU on Feb. 2 with 32 points, seven rebounds and six assists. She followed with 43 points, 13 rebounds and six assists in the 93-73 win at Florida Atlantic on Saturday. Simms shot 56.6 percent from the field during the week and also tied her career high with three blocks in each of the games. The nation's second-leading scorer at 25.8 points per game, Simms also broke Old Dominion career records for 40-point scoring games (3) and 30-point scoring games (14), and also passed Nyree Roberts for eighth on the ODU all-time scoring list with 1,913 career points. Old Dominion, 12-10 overall and 7-4 in Conference USA, will next host Middle Tennessee on Feb. 9.