Jan. 20, 2015
For Immediate Release
Contact: Joe Mitch
314-795-6821
Junior guard leads Tigers to two wins over ranked foes
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LSU'S BALLARD IS ANN MEYERS
DRYSDALE NATIONAL PLAYER OF THE WEEK

ST. LOUIS (USBWA) The U.S. Basketball Writers Association has selected LSU guard Danielle Ballard as its Ann Meyers Drysdale Women's National Player of the Week for games ending the week of Sunday, Jan. 18. The USBWA's weekly honor will be handed out each Tuesday through Feb. 17 this season.

As the Southeastern Conference Player of the Week, Ballard was nominated for the weekly award, which was chosen by Mel Greenberg, the USBWA coordinator for women's basketball, from a list of Division I conference players of the week.

Ballard, a 5-9 junior guard from Memphis, averaged 24.5 points, 7.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 3.0 steals to lead the Tigers over two Top 15 opponents. Additionally, her three-pointer with 0.8 left on the clock forced double overtime at Mississippi State and she scored the go-ahead basket in the final period of play.

Since the 1987-88 season, the USBWA has named a National Player of the Year. At the Women's NCAA Final Four in Denver, 2012, 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 2015 Ann Meyers Drysdale National Player of the Year will be announced and presented at the USBWA's annual awards event in Tampa, site of the 2015 NCAA Women's Final Four.

Several other women's awards are also to be announced later this season associated with more famous names in women's basketball history. Also in 2012 in Denver, it was also announced that former Tennessee coach Pat Summitt, who was the female recipient of the Most Courageous Award for her battle against early onset dementia, Alzheimer type, would have that award named in her honor.

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. For more information on the USBWA and its award programs, contact executive director Joe Mitch at 314-795-6821.

2014-15 Ann Meyers Drysdale National Players of the Week
Week ending Dec. 7: Morgan Tuck, Connecticut (American Athletic Conference)
Week ending Dec. 14: Tabitha Richardson-Smith, Seton Hall (Big East Conference)
Week ending Dec. 21: Alie Decker, Wichita State (Missouri Valley Conference)
Week ending Dec. 28: Kim Pierre-Louis, UMass (Atlantic 10 Conference)
Week ending Jan. 4: Blake Dietrick, Princeton (Ivy League)
Week ending Jan. 11: Betnijah Laney, Rutgers (Big Ten Conference)
Week ending Jan. 18: Danielle Ballard, LSU (Southeastern Conference)
Week ending Jan. 25: Cheyenne Parker, Middle Tennessee (Conference USA)
Week ending Feb. 1: Jillian Alleyne, Oregon (Pac-12 Conference)
Week ending Feb. 8: Jonquel Jones, George Washington (Atlantic 10 Conference)
Week ending Feb. 15: Moriah Jefferson, Connecticut (American Athletic Conference)