Jan. 30, 2018
For Immediate Release
Contact: Mel Greenberg
Maryland guard, MTSU guard honored by USBWA
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ST. LOUIS (USBWA) – For the season's ninth U.S. Basketball Writers Association Ann Meyers Drysdale Women's National Player of the Week and the organization's women's freshman player honor, Maryland guard Kaila Charles is national player while Middle Tennessee guard Anna Jones has been tabbed for the freshman citation after each were involved in helping their teams go unbeaten in games ending the week of Sunday, Jan. 28.

The USBWA weekly honors for Division I women's players will be handed out each Tuesday this season.

As the Big Ten Conference player and Conference USA freshman weekly winners, both were nominated for the awards, which were chosen by Mel Greenberg, the USBWA coordinator for women's basketball from a pair of lists of Division I conference players and freshmen players of the week.

Charles, a 6-1 sophomore guard from Glenn Dale, Md., averaged 24.5 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.0 steals, shot 76 percent from the field and went 10-for-12 at the foul line, in two games. Against then-No. 12 Ohio State, she went 12-for-16 from the field and 7-for-8 at the free throw line for a career-high 32 points. She added seven boards, three blocks and an assist.

Jones, a 6-1 guard from Jackson, Tenn., averaged a team-best 16.5 points and 5.0 rebounds to go with 2.5 steals and 1.5 assists in two Lady Raiders' wins. She led Middle Tennessee in scoring with a game-high 21 points at Marshall – the second-highest scoring output of her career – and also led the team in rebounds at Marshall with a career-best six.

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.

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.

2017-18 USBWA Women's National Players of the Week
Week ending Dec. 3: Sabrina Ionescu, Oregon (National); Satou Sabally, Oregon (Freshman)
Week ending Dec. 10: Jaime Nared, Tennessee (National); Braxtin Miller, Oklahoma State (Freshman)
Week ending Dec. 17: Kitija Laksa, South Florida (National); Raneem Elgedawy, Western Kentucky (Freshman)
Week ending Dec. 24: Victoria Vivians, Mississippi State (National); Kianni Smith, California (Freshman)
Week ending Dec. 31: Megan Gustafson, Iowa (National); Eleah Parker, Penn (Freshman)
Week ending Jan. 7: Lashann Higgs, Texas (National); Bre Cavanaugh, Fordham (Freshman)
Week ending Jan. 14: Asia Durr, Lousiville (National); Hailey Brown, Michigan (Freshman)
Week ending Jan. 21: Arike Ogunbowale, Notre Dame (National); Eleah Parker, Penn (Freshman)
Week ending Jan. 28: Kaila Charles, Maryland (National); Anna Jones, Middle Tennessee (Freshman)
Week ending Feb. 4: Brittany McPhee, Stanford (National); Ana Llanusa, Oklahoma (Freshman)
Week ending Feb. 11: Kitija Laksa, South Florida (National); Destiny Pitts, Minnesota (Freshman)
Week ending Feb. 18: Katie Lou Samuelson, UConn (National); Nicole Cardaño-Hillary, Georgia Mason (Freshman)
Week ending Feb. 25: Aubree Brown, Drexel (National); Chennedy Carter, Texas A&M (Freshman)