BUFFALO, NY - University at Buffalo senior Cierra Dillard has been named one of 10 candidates for the 2019 Ann Meyers Drysdale Award, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and Women's Basketball Coaches Association announced on Tuesday.
Named after the first player, male or female, named to the All-America Team in four straight college seasons, the annual award in its second year recognizes the top shooting guard in women's NCAA Division 1 college basketball.
Dillard has started in all 21 games for the Bulls, who improved to 16-5 on the season on Saturday. The senior is third in the nation in scoring, averaging 25.0 points per game and also leads the Bulls in with 6.0 assists per game and 2.9 steals per game. She has scored 20 or more points in 18 games this season and has scored 30 or more points four times, including a program-record 43 points in a win over Eastern Michigan. The Rochester, NY native also set the school record for free throws made in a season at 146 and is currently first in the nation in free throws made and fifth in free throws attempted (182). Dillard was also named to the Midseason Watch List for the 2019 Dawn Staley Award on Monday.
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 on an ESPN platform during the 2019 Women's Final Four in Tampa, Florida.
Last season, Victoria Vivians of Mississippi State was named the inaugural winner of the award.
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2019 Ann Meyers Drysdale Award Candidates
Aari McDonald, Arizona
Darby Maggard, Belmont
Cierra Dillard, Buffalo
Katie Lou Samuelson, Connecticut
Candice White, Fresno St.
Maci Morris, Kentucky
Asia Durr, Louisville
Arike Ogunbowale, Notre Dame
Teniya Page, Penn State
Kiana Williams, Stanford