Courtesy of USBWA
ST. LOUIS (USBWA) – The U.S. Basketball Writers Association has selected Vanderbilt guard Jasmine Lister as its Ann Meyers Drysdale Women’s National Player of the Week for games ending the week of Jan. 12. The USBWA’s weekly honor will be handed out each Tuesday through Feb. 19 this season.
As the Southeastern Conference Player of the Week, Lister was nominated for the weekly award, which was chosen by Mel Greenberg, the USBWA coordinator for women’s basketball, from a list of Division I conference players of the week.
Lister, a 5-4 senior from Corona, Calif., averaged 22.5 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 7.5 assists in conference games against Auburn and Tennessee, while shooting 50.0 percent from the floor (14-28), including 8-16 on three-point attempts, and 14-15 from the foul line. Her team-leading 22 points – including seven straight in a key stretch – helped the Commodores upset No. 8 Tennessee, 74-63, on Sunday.
Since the 1987-88 season, the USBWA has named a National Player of the Year. At the 2012 Women’s NCAA Final Four in Denver, the organization announced going forward that 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 2014 Ann Meyers Drysdale National Player of the Year will be announced and presented at the USBWA’s annual awards presentation in Nashville, site of the 2014 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.
2013-14 Ann Meyers Drysdale National Players of the Week
• Week of Dec. 8: Jennifer O’Neill, Kentucky (Southeastern Conference)
• Week of Dec. 15: Jeanise Randolph, Cincinnati (American Athletic Conference)
• Week of Dec. 22: Breanna Stewart, Connecticut (American Athletic Conference)
• Week of Dec. 29: Blake Dietrick, Princeton (Ivy League)
• Week of Jan. 5: Brianna Kiesel, Pittsburgh (Atlantic Coast Conference)
• Week of Jan. 12: Jasmine Lister, Vanderbilt (Southeastern Conference)