The U.S. Basketball Writers Association has selected Baylor center Brittney Griner as its Ann Meyers Drysdale Women's National Player of the Week for games ending the week of Sunday, Jan. 13. The USBWA's weekly honor will be handed out each Tuesday through Feb. 19 this season.
As the Big 12 Conference Player of the Week, Griner was nominated for the weekly award, which was chosen by a representative of the USBWA board of directors from a list of Division I conference players of the week.
Griner, a 6-8 center from Houston, Texas, who is the reigning Ann Meyers Drysdale Women's National Player of the Year, averaged 28.0 points per game, 5.5 rebounds and 3.0 blocks as the defending NCAA champion and top-ranked Lady Bears beat two ranked conference opponents. She collected 23 points in the win over then No. 25 Iowa State and then scored 33 against then No. 17 Kansas.
Her start against Kansas was her 127th breaking the previous mark of 126 set by Sophia Young, who is now with the WNBA's San Antonio Silver Stars.
Since the 1987-88 season, the USBWA has named a National Player of the Year. At the Women's NCAA Final Four in Denver last April, 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 2013 Ann Meyers Drysdale National Player of the Year will be announced and presented at the USBWA's annual awards breakfast in New Orleans, site of the 2013 NCAA Women's Final Four.