SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association announced the 10 candidates for the 2019 Ann Meyers Drysdale Award on Tuesday, with Notre Dame senior guard Arike Ogunbowale among those named. The annual award, now in its second year, recognizes the top shooting guard in women’s NCAA Division I college basketball.
A national committee comprising of top college basketball personnel determined the watch list of 20 candidates in October, which has now been narrowed to just 10. In March, five finalists will be presented to Ms. Meyers Drysdale and the Hall of Fame’s selection committee. Fans will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite finalist at www.hoophallawards.com.
The winner of the 2019 Ann Meyers Drysdale Award will be revealed in partnership with the WBCA at the Women’s Final Four in Tampa, Florida. Last season, Mississippi State’s Victoria Vivians was named the inaugural winner of the Ann Meyers Drysdale Shooting Guard of the Year Award.
This season, Ogunbowale averages 21.0 points per game which ranks 14th in the country. The senior is also averaging 4.0 assists and 1.8 steals, while also ranking top 20 in the nation in free throw makes (115).
Since the turn of the year, Ogunbowale has displayed dynamic scoring in quarters, tallying double digit points in a period on seven separate occasions.
The Milwaukee native is now just 56 points away from tying the Notre Dame scoring record of 2,357 points set by Skylar Diggins-Smith.
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2019 Ann Meyers Drysdale Award Candidates
|Katie Lou Samuelson||Connecticut|
|Candice White||Fresno St.|
|Arike Ogunbowale||Notre Dame|
|Teniya Page||Penn St.|
*Players can play their way onto and off of the list at any point in the 2018-19 season*
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