ST. LOUIS (USBWA) The U.S. Basketball Writers
Association has selected North Carolina guard Diamond
DeShields as its Ann Meyers Drysdale Women's National
Player of the Week for games ending the week of Feb. 16.
The USBWA's weekly honor will be handed out each Tuesday through
Feb. 25 this season.
As the Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Week, DeShields
was nominated for the weekly award, which was chosen by Mel Greenberg,
the USBWA coordinator for womens basketball, from a list of Division
I conference players of the week.
DeShields, a 6-1 freshman from Norcross, Ga., averaged 29.0 points,
4.3 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game with a .541 field goal percentage
as the Tar Heels picked up three ACC wins, including road triumphs
at No. 3 Duke and No. 10 N.C. State.
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)