The award is to be presented to the women's national player of the year by its namesake at the USBWA women's awards press conference on April 7 in the interview room of the New Orleans Arena, 3:30 p.m. local time prior to the start of the NCAA Women's Final Four semifinals, which is a change from the morning breakfast in past seasons.
The coach of the year award will be presented as will the Pat Summitt Most Courgeaous Award. New Marquette women's assistant coach Tyler Summitt, the son of the former Hall of Fame Tennessee coach, will be one of the presenters of the award given to his mother a year ago for her courageous battle against early onset dementia.
Following is the complete watch list.
2013 ANN MEYERS DRYSDALE MIDSEASON WATCH LIST
G Kayla Alexander, Syracuse, 6-4, Sr., Milton, Ont.
G Alex Bentley, Penn State, 5-7, Sr., Indianapolis, Ind.
C Kelsey Bone, Texas A&M, 6-4, Jr., Houston, Texas
F Gennifer Brandon, California, 6-2, Jr., Sylmar, Calif.
G/F Elena Delle Donne, Delaware, 6-5, Sr., Wilmington, Del.
G Skylar Diggins, Notre Dame, 5-9, Sr., South Bend, Ind.
C Stefanie Dolson, Connecticut, 6-5, Jr., Port Jervis, N.Y.
G Kelly Faris, Connecticut, 5-11, Sr., Plainfield, Ind.
G Angel Goodrich, Kansas, 5-4, Sr., Tahlequah, Okla.
G Chelsea Gray, Duke, 5-11, Jr., Manteca, Calif.
C Brittney Griner, Baylor, 6-8, Sr., Houston, Texas
F Tianna Hawkins, Maryland, 6-3, Sr., Clinton, Md.
G Maggie Lucas, Penn State, 5-10, Jr., Narberth, Pa.
G A'dia Matthies, Kentucky, 5-9, Sr., Louisville, Ky.
F Kaleena Moaqueda-Lewis, Connecticut, 6-0, So., Anaheim Hills, Calif.
F Chiney Oguwmike, Stanford, 6-3, Jr., Cypress, Texas
G/F Niveen Rasheed, Princeton, 6-0, Jr., Danville, Calif.
G Odyssey Sims, Baylor, 5-8, Jr., Irving, Texas
F Alyssa Thomas, Maryland, 6-2, Jr., Harrisburg, Pa.
C Elizabeth Williams, Duke, 6-3, So., Virginia Beach, Va.
While these standout players are the leading contenders to be named to the USBWA's women's All-America team and as finalists for the Ann Meyers Drysdale Award, all Division I women's players remain eligible for postseason honors from the USBWA. Voting for both the women's All-America team and Ann Meyers Drysdale Award are done directly by the membership with the All-America team is to be announced in late March.