ST. LOUIS (USBWA) The U.S. Basketball Writers
Association has selected Kentucky guard Jennifer
ONeill as its first Ann Meyers Drysdale Women's
National Player of the Week of the season for games ending
the week of Sunday, Dec. 8. The USBWA's weekly honor will be handed
out each Tuesday through Feb. 25 this season.
As the Southeastern Conference Player of the Week, O'Neill was
nominated for the weekly award, which was chosen by a representative
of the USBWA board of directors from a list of Division I conference
players of the week.
ONeill, a 5-6 junior from Bronx, N.Y., in then No. 5 Wildcats'
only game of the week, scored a school-record 43 points in the Kentucky
landmark 133-130 win in four overtimes Friday night over then-No.
9 Baylor at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, that became the
highest scoring game in Division I womens basketball history. She
came off the bench to score 33 points in the second half, and is
now leading the team with a 14.7 average. She also set school records
with 19 free throw attempts and 31 field goal attempts.
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. For more information
on the USBWA and its award programs, contact executive director
Joe Mitch at 314-795-6821.
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)
Week of Jan. 19: Bria Hartley, Connecticut (American Athletic Conference)
Week of Jan. 26: Jillian Alleyne, Oregon (Pac-12 Conference)
Week of Feb. 2: Kayla McBride, Notre Dame (Atlantic Coast Conference)
Week of Feb. 9: Odyssey Sims, Baylor (Big 12 Conference)
Week of Feb. 16: Diamond DeShields, North Carolina (Atlantic Coast Conference)
Week of Feb. 23: Tyonna Outland, Bakersfield (Western Athletic Conference)