ST. LOUIS (USBWA) – The U.S. Basketball Writers
Association has selected South Carolina center
Alaina Coates as its Ann Meyers Drysdale Women's
National Player of the Week for games ending the week of
Sunday, Dec. 18. The USBWA's weekly honor will be handed out each
Tuesday through mid-February this season.
As the Southeastern Conference Player of the Week, Coates 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.
Coates, a 6-4 senior from Irmo, S.C., averaged a double-double
of 19.5 points and 12 rebounds in wins over Clemson and then-No.
9 UCLA. In the win over the Bruins, Coates played 24 minutes and
scored 18 of her 20 points in the second half, including 11 in the
third period, and also had 14 rebounds. This week she moved into
second place in rebounding history for the Gamecocks. Her .682 field
goal percentage is fifth and her 11.1 rebounds is 10th among Division
Since the 1987-88 season, the USBWA has named a women’s 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 2017 Ann Meyers
Drysdale National Player of the Year will be announced and presented
at the USBWA’s annual awards event in Dallas, site of the 2017 NCAA
Women’s Final Four.
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 there 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. Coach
Summitt ultimately succumbed in that battle this past June.
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
2016-17 Ann Meyers Drysdale National Players of the Week
• Week ending Dec. 11: Napheesa Collier, UConn (American Athletic Conference)
• Week ending Dec. 18: Alaina Coates, South Carolina (Southeastern Conference)
• Week ending Dec. 25: Kristine Anigwe, California (Pac-12 Conference)
• Week ending Jan. 1: Ty Petty, Middle Tennessee (Conference USA)
• Week ending Jan. 8: Kelsey Plum, Washington (Pac-12 Conference USA)
• Week ending Jan. 15: Brionna Jones, Maryland (Big Ten Conference USA)
• Week ending Jan. 22: Katie Lou Samuelson, UConn (American Athletic Conference)
• Week ending Jan. 29: Camille Zimmerman, Columbia (Ivy League)
• Week ending Feb. 5: Jennie Simms, Old Dominion (Conference USA)
• Week ending Feb. 12: Sabrina Ionescu, Oregon (Pac-12 Conference)
• Week ending Feb. 19: Sophie Cunningham, Missouri (Southeastern Conference)