Slideshow: Clutch Players
The Bears' feisty point guard showed just how clutch she was Sunday. Playing on an injured ankle, she willed Cal to a big win over Arizona State to cement second place in the Pac-12 standings. Visibly hobbled at times, Boyd finished the game with 21 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. -- <i>espnW's Michelle Smith</i>
Biggest clutch players in women's college basketball
Clutch. A short word, a multitude of meanings. Is it defined solely as coming up big in a tough situation? Playing your best when the stakes are the highest? Hitting the winning free throws with seconds on the clock? Putting up your career high in a rivalry game? Or all of the above? Michelle Smith says these 10 players have proved to be clutch in myriad ways.
Tiffany Bias, Oklahoma State, 5-foot-6, G, sr.
Bias has started all but one game for Oklahoma State since she joined the Cowgirls. Bias, who has played 40 minutes in all but three of her team's conference games this season, went through a run where she led her team in scoring in eight of 12 games, including a home win over Texas, a road win at Iowa State and an overtime loss to Baylor. -- espnW's Michelle Smith
Brittany Boyd, California, 5-9, G, jr.
The Bears' feisty point guard showed just how clutch she was Sunday. Playing on an injured ankle, she willed Cal to a big win over Arizona State to cement second place in the Pac-12 standings. Visibly hobbled at times, Boyd finished the game with 21 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. -- espnW's Michelle Smith
Diamond DeShields, North Carolina, 6-1, G, fr.
Scoring 68 points in a pair of wins over top-10 teams this week earns the North Carolina freshman the designation of being a clutch player -- with a whole lot of game-winning opportunities still to come. -- espnW's Michelle Smith
Kayla McBride, Notre Dame, 5-11, G, sr.
When you've been to a couple of Final Fours, you clearly know how to win big games. Or win games, period. McBride, the Irish's leading scorer, is part of a senior class that has amassed a 125-14 record during her time in South Bend. -- espnW's Michelle Smith
Tiffany Mitchell, South Carolina, 5-9, G, so.
Mitchell leads South Carolina in scoring at 15.3 points per game, shooting 52.5 percent from the field and 55.1 percent from the 3-point line. She has had a hand in more than 30 percent of South Carolina's scoring this season. -- espnW's Michelle Smith
Courtney Moses, Purdue, 5-6, G, sr.
The Boilermakers got a huge performance from the senior guard in Sunday's win over Iowa. Moses finished with 25 points (including 7-of-10 shooting from the 3-point line) and a pair of free throws with 6.9 seconds to go to seal the comeback. Moses is poised to take over Purdue's career-scoring lead, one point shy of the mark, and is a 90.3 percent career free throw shooter. -- espnW's Michelle Smith
Haiden Palmer, Gonzaga, 5-8, G, sr.
Palmer is averaging 15.5 points per game to lead the No. 24 Zags, but as important as her points are, her 85 steals -- second-most in the country -- bring an abundance of opportunities to her team on the floor. -- espnW's Michelle Smith
Shoni Schimmel, Louisville, 5-9, G, sr.
Often with flash and flair, Louisville's shooting guard finds big moments to come up big, perhaps never more than last spring's upset over Baylor in the NCAA tournament Sweet 16. Schimmel scored 22 points in that game, hitting five 3-pointers. -- espnW's Michelle Smith
Odyssey Sims, Baylor, 5-8, G, sr.
The Baylor senior comes through not when the going gets tough, but pretty much when the game gets going, period. The nation's leading scorer has led the Lady Bears in points in 23 of 25 games this season. Can't come up much bigger than that. -- espnW's Michelle Smith
Breanna Stewart, Connecticut, 6-4, F, so.
If playing your best games in the biggest games is defined as clutch, then Stewart fits the bill as well as anyone in the country. Just look at what she did in last year's NCAA tournament, peaking to the tune of 104 points in six games to lead the Huskies to the national title.
-- espnW's Michelle Smith