Ann Meyers Drysdale Award

Ann Meyers' career escalated women's basketball to a new level. Meyers was the first high school player to make the United States national team and the first woman to receive a full athletic scholarship to UCLA. Her high-octane approach translated into wins and awards and she finished her stellar career at UCLA owning 12 of 13 school records. A supremely talented all-around player with natural basketball ability and instincts, Meyers was the first player, male or female, named to the All-America team in four straight seasons. She also played on the first women's Olympic team in 1976. After an All-America career, she became the first woman player drafted into the Women's Basketball League and made history by becoming the first female player to try out with an NBA team, the Indiana Pacers. Meyers pushed the envelope in women's basketball, bringing a feel and sense for the game that few players ever experience.

Past Winners
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Player Name School
Paige Bueckers UConn
Sonia Citron Notre Dame
Shaylee Gonzales Texas
Gabby Gregory Kansas St.
Abbey Hsu Columbia
Hannah Jump Stanford
Gianna Kneepkens Utah
Ta'Niya Latson Florida St.
Charlisse Leger-Walker Washington St.
Quinesha Lockett Toledo
Brynna Maxwell Gonzaga
Charisma Osborne UCLA
Ashley Owusu Penn St.
Sammie Puisis USF
Laila Phelia Michigan
JJ Quinerly West Virginia
Sara Scalia Indiana
Jaz Shelley Nebraska
Celeste Taylor Ohio State
Hailey Van Lith LSU

Drysdale's Career Highlights

  • UCLA (1974-1978)
College Playing Highlights
  • First women at any university to be honored with an athletic scholarship
  • Recorded the first quadruple-double in NCAA Division 1 basketball history with 20 points, 14 rebounds, 10 assists, and 10 steals (1978)
  • Honda Sports Award for Basketball (1978)
  • Broderick Cup Award Winner (1978)
  • Four-time Kodak All-American (1976, 1977, 1978, 1979)
  • AIAW Championship (1978)
  • Holds UCLA career records for season steals (125), career steals (403), and career blocked shots (101)
  • New Jersey Gems (1979 – 1981)
Pro Playing Highlights
  • First women player drafted by the WPBL in 1978
  • WBL Co-MVP (1980)
  • Won a silver medal with USA Basketball in the 1976 Summer Olympics

Past Winners

Year Player Name School
2023 Zia Cooke South Carolina
2022 Christyn Williams University of Connecticut
2021 Ashley Owusu University of Maryland
2020 Aari McDonald University of Arizona
2019 Asia Durr University of Louisville
2018 Victoria Vivians Mississippi St. University