ST. LOUIS (USBWA) – For the season's 13th U.S.
Basketball Writers Association Ann Meyers Drysdale Women's National
Player of the Week and the organization's women's freshman player
honor, UCF guard Kay Kay Wright is national player
while Charlotte guard Jada McMillian has been tabbed
for the freshman citation after each was involved in helping their
teams go unbeaten in games ending the week of Sunday, Feb. 24.
The USBWA weekly honors for Division I women's players will be
handed out each Tuesday this season.
As the American Athletic Conference player and Conference USA
freshman weekly winners, both were nominated for the awards, which
were chosen by Mel Greenberg, the USBWA coordinator for women's
basketball, primarily from a pair of lists of Division I conference
players and freshmen players of the week.
Wright, a 5-7 junior guard from Orlando, Fla., in two wins over
Wichita State and Temple that reached and matched the most season
victories for the Knights since joining Division I, was UCF’s leading
scorer and rebounder, averaging 22.5 points and 6.5 rebounds per
game along with 2.5 assists, while shooting 51 percent from the
field. She also collected her 1,000th career point along the way
and has now reached the 20-point mark in 13 games on the season.
McMillian, a 5-7 guard from Raleigh, N.C., in her first start
in the Niners' road win over Old Dominion, replacing all-conference
performer Laia Raventós, finished with a career-best 20 points on
6-of-7 shooting, making all five of her attempts from inside the
3-point arc, and added 7-of-12 at the line in a career-high 29 minutes.
Previously, she averaged 1.8 points in 25 games. She also had an
assist and blocked a shot running the point position. The victory
was the first for Charlotte on the road in league play and its first
road win since last November.
Since the 1987-88 season, the USBWA has named a women's National
Player of the Year. For the 2012-13 season, the national and weekly
player award has been named for Hall of Famer and former UCLA All-American
Ann Meyers Drysdale. At the conclusion of the regular season, the
USBWA will name finalists for the award, which is voted on by the
entire membership of the USBWA. The winner of the 2019 Ann Meyers
Drysdale National Player of the Year will be announced and presented
at the USBWA’s annual awards event in Tampa, site of the 2019 NCAA
Women’s Final Four.
The U.S. Basketball Writers Association was
formed in 1956 at the urging of then-NCAA Executive Director Walter
Byers. With some 900 members worldwide, it is one of the most influential
organizations in college basketball. It has selected a women's All-America
team since the 1996-97 season. For more information on the USBWA
and its award programs, contact executive director Joe Mitch at
2018-19 USBWA Women's Players of the Week
• Week ending Dec. 2: Christyn Williams, UConn (National); Dorka Juhász, Ohio State (Freshman)
• Week ending Dec. 9: Jenna Allen, Michigan State (National); Taylor Sutton, Middle Tennessee (Freshman)
• Week ending Dec. 16: Alanna Smith, Stanford (National); Chrislyn Carr, Texas Tech (Freshman)
• Week ending Dec. 23: Sabrina Ionescu, Oregon (National); Rhyne Howard, Kentucky (Freshman)
• Week ending Dec. 30: Dionna White, Georgetown (National); Nia Clouden, Michigan State (Freshman)
• Week ending Jan. 6: Phoebe Sterba, Penn (National); Sienna Durr, Columbia (Freshman)
• Week ending Jan. 13: Tiana Mangakahia, Syracuse (National); Shakira Austin, Maryland (Freshman)
• Week ending Jan. 20: Shrita Parker, UNCW (National); Christianna Carr, Kansas State (Freshman)
• Week ending Jan. 27: Paris Kea, North Carolina (National); Elissa Cunana, N.C. State (Freshman)
• Week ending Feb. 3: Bella Alarie, Princeton (National); Ciaja Harbison, Saint Louis (Freshman)
• Week ending Feb. 10: Sabrina Ionescu, Oregon (National); Ajah Wayne, Old Dominion (Freshman)
• Week ending Feb. 17: Megan Gustafson, Iowa (National); Madisen Smith, West Virginia (Freshman)
• Week ending Feb. 24: Kay Kay Wright, UCF (National); Jada McMillian, Charlotte (Freshman)
• Week ending March 3: Kristine Anigwe, California (National); Christianna Carr, Kansas State (Freshman)