Three former female players from Pittsburgh area lead country in steals

Written by Mike White on .

Take a lot at the steals leaders in NCAA Division I womens basketball, and you'll see a former WPIAL or City League at No. 1.

And No. 2.

And No. 3.

Yes, it's very unusual. I'd be willing to bet there has never been three players from this district leading the country in a statistical category.

Duquesne University player Jocelyn Floyd (graduate of Washington High School) is No. 1 with 5.44 steals a game.

Central Connecticut State's Jaclyn Babe (graduate of Mt. Lebanon) is second at 4.71 steals a game.

UCLA's Markel Walker (graduate of Schenley High School in the City League) is third at 4.33 steals a game.All three are having big seasons for their teams. Walker is averaging 16.3 points and 7.8 rebounds a game. She was the Pac 12 Conference player of the week earlier this season. Walker moved to the Pittsburgh area from Philadelphia before her junior year to be closer to her sister Mercedes, who is a former Pitt player.

While it's impressive that the three leaders in steals are from the WPIAL and City League, check this one out: The No. 2 scorer in the country is a former City League player. Shalonda Winton plays at Cleveland State and is averaging 24 points a game. She had a triple double last Saturday.

For a player to go from Westinghouse to become one of the top scorers in the country is a great story. Westinghouse coach Phyllis Jones deserves some credit for Winton's success. What she does with the girls at Westinghouse is tremendous. Winton, a 5-foot-11 senior forward, has six double doubles this season. She is averaging 11.1 rebounds.

Winton was an all-Horizon League selection last year as a junior.


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