Oklahoma guard Ana Llanusa was tabbed the U.S. Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) National Freshman of the Week for her performance in wins over K-State and No. 21 West Virginia last week.
Llanusa, a 6-0 guard from Choctaw, Okla., averaged 19.0 points and six rebounds along with 2.5 assists in two wins, the latter against then-No. 21 West Virginia in which she scored 27 points and grabbed 12 rebounds while making six 3-pointers. Her 27 points against the Mountaineers were the most by a freshman in a Big 12 Conference game this season.
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.