24 Dec

Hittner Selected to Ann Meyers Drysdale Award Preseason Watch List

first_imgSPRINGFIELD, Mass. – The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association announced Tuesday, senior Becca Hittner (Urbandale, Iowa) of the Drake University women’s basketball team is one of 20 watch list candidates for the 2020Ann Meyers Drysdale Award. Named after the first player, male or female, selected to the All-America Team in four-straight college seasons, the annual Drysdale award is in its third year and recognizes the top shooting guard in NCAA Division I women’s college basketball.  Print Friendly Version Last season, Hittner, who helped lead Drake to its third-straight NCAA Tournament, was a WBCA All-America nominee. She is the back-to-back Jackie Stiles Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year, and has led the MVC in scoring each of the past two seasons, including a career-high 19.7 points per game in 2018-19. Her name was among the MVC leaders in several other statistical categories, including three-point percentage (40.4, 4th), field goal percentage (46.9, 7th), free throw percentage (82.1, 6th) and rebounding (5.2, 15th). Hittner recorded a league-best 15 20-point plus scoring games, a league-high four 30-point plus scoring games and scored in double digits in 32-of-34 games. She was named to the All-MVC First Team for the third-consecutive season. Hittner made 76 three-pointers, which tied for fifth most in a season in school history.  Taylor Robertson Oklahoma An excellent student, Hittner, who holds a 3.96 GPA in marketing, was selected to the 2019 Google Cloud (CoSIDA) Academic All-American Third Team, to the 2019 MVC Scholar-Athlete First Team and was named MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Week during the regular season. The winner of the 2020 Ann Meyers Drysdale Award will be presented at The College Basketball Awards presented by Wendy’s in Los Angeles, CA on Friday, April 10, 2020, along with the other four members of the Women’s Starting Five. Additional awards being presented include the Nancy Lieberman Point Guard Award, the Cheryl Miller Small Forward Award, the Katrina McClain Power Forward Award, and the Lisa Leslie Center Award, in addition to the Men’s Starting Five. Erica Ogwumike Rice Tynice Martin West Virginia Aari McDonald Arizona Christyn Williams Connecticut Aislinn Konig NC State Amber Melgoza Washington “Annie Meyers was one of the most dominant players in the college game, surpassing records held by both men and women,” said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame. “As we evaluate the talent in the game today, it’s only right we honor her and utilize her expertise. This year’s list of candidates may be the strongest yet and selecting a winner will be no easy task. We invite the fans to cast their votes and weigh-in alongside our committee members.” Taylor Mikesell Maryland Her 1,565 career points are accompanied by 98 steals, 188 three-pointers, 221 assists and 503 rebounds while shooting a program-leading 44.2 percent from three (leads all active NCAA players), 48.7 percent from the floor and 83.5 percent from the free throw line (3rd all-time at Drake). Her points total and career scoring average of 16.1 rank 17th and seventh, respectively, going into her final season.  Kathleen Doyle Iowa Becca Hittner Drake Lauren Loven Denver Jocelyn Willoughby Virginia Stephanie Watts USC For more information on the 2020 Ann Meyers Drysdale Award and the latest updates, log onto www.hoophallawards.com and follow @hoophall and #MeyersAward on Twitter and Instagram. Starting Five Fan Voting presented by Dell Technologies will go live on Friday, Oct. 25.2020 Ann Meyers Drysdale Award Candidates* Juicy Landrum Baylor The Selection Committee for the Ann Meyers Drysdale Award is composed of top women’s college basketball personnel including media members, head coaches, sports information directors and Hall of Famers. New to the award this season is Fan Voting presented by Dell Technologies in each of the three rounds. By mid-February, the watch list of 20 players for the 2020 Ann Meyers Drysdale Award will be narrowed to just 10. In March, five finalists will be presented to Ms. Meyers Drysdale and the Hall of Fame’s selection committee. Kiana Williams Stanford Lindsey Pulliam Northwestern Chelsea Dungee Arkansas Haley Gorecki Duke Minyon Moore Oregon Destiny Pitts Minnesotalast_img read more