Texas guard Lashann Higgs was named U.S. Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) Ann Meyers Drysdale Women’s Basketball National Player of the Week on Tuesday.
Higgs, a 5-9 junior guard from Round Rock, Texas, averaged 28.0 points in 30.5 minutes of action and she scored 18 of her career-high 30 points in a second-half comeback over then-No. 20 Oklahoma State that enabled the Longhorns to move up to No. 7 in this week's Associated Press women’s poll. She also scored 26 in a win over Kansas State.
As the Big 12 Player of the Week, Higgs was nominated for the award, which is 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.
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.