Dec. 12, 2017
For Immediate Release
Contact: Mel Greenberg
215-815-5943
Honorees lead upsets of Texas and UCLA
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NARED, MILLER ARE USBWA WOMEN'S
NATIONAL, FRESHMAN PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

ST. LOUIS (USBWA) – For the season's second U.S. Basketball Writers Association Ann Meyers Drysdale Women's National Player of the Week and the organization's women's freshman player honor, Tennessee guard/forward Jaime Nared is national player while Oklahoma State guard Braxtin Miller has been tabbed for the freshman citation after each were involved in helping their teams upset Top 10 opponents in games ending the week of Sunday, Dec. 10.

The USBWA weekly honors for Division I women's players will be handed out each Tuesday this season.

As the Southeastern Conference player and Big 12 Conference freshman weekly winners, both were nominated for the awards, which were chosen by Mel Greenberg, the USBWA coordinator for women's basketball from a pair of lists of Division I conference players and freshmen of the week.

Nared, a 6-2 senior from Portland, Ore., averaged 25.0 points in two wins, one of which was the No. 11 Lady Vols’ 82-75 upset of then-No. 2 Texas at home Sunday in Knoxville.

Miller, a 5-10 guard from Centerville, Ohio, scored 19 points, shot 8-for-10 from the line, grabbed four rebounds, dealt two assists and had two steals playing all but two of the minutes in the 87-72 upset of then-No. 7 UCLA in Oklahoma State’s lone game played last week.

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 2018 Ann Meyers Drysdale National Player of the Year will be announced and presented at the USBWA’s annual awards event in Columbus, Ohio, site of the 2018 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.

2017-18 USBWA Women's National Players of the Week
Week ending Dec. 3: Sabrina Ionescu, Oregon (National); Satou Sabally, Oregon (Freshman)
Week ending Dec. 10: Jaime Nared, Tennessee (National); Braxtin Miller, Oklahoma State (Freshman)
Week ending Dec. 17: Kitija Laksa, South Florida (National); Raneem Elgedawy, Western Kentucky (Freshman)
Week ending Dec. 24: Victoria Vivians, Mississippi State (National); Kianni Smith, California (Freshman)
Week ending Dec. 31: Megan Gustafson, Iowa (National); Eleah Parker, Penn (Freshman)
Week ending Jan. 7: Lashann Higgs, Texas (National); Bre Cavanaugh, Fordham (Freshman)