– The Georgetown University women's basketball senior guard Dionna White
(Baltimore, Md. / Milford Mill) was named the U.S. Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) Ann Meyers Drysdale National Player of the Week on Wednesday as announced by the organization. White is the reigning BIG EAST Player of the Week after an outstanding start to league play.
White won the award after posting her 12th double-double of her career in a 68-61 victory over Xavier in the BIG EAST opener on Saturday. She had 24 points and 12 boards, while adding four steals and seven assists. The Hoyas came back from a 16-point deficit to move to 1-0 in league play and 7-5 overall.
Averaging 15.0 ppg as well as 8.5 rpg, she ranks fifth in the league in scoring and fourth in rebounds.
As the BIG EAST Player of the Week, she was nominated for the award which was chosen by Mel Greenberg, the USBWA coordinator for women's basketball, primarily from a pair of lists of Division I conference players and freshmen players of the week.
This is the first time a Hoya has won the award since Sugar Rodgers won it on Jan. 3, 2012. The last BIG EAST player to be honored was DePaul's Megan Podkowa in 2015-16. Villanova's Mary Gedaka was the national rookie of the week in 2016-17.
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 2019 Ann Meyers Drysdale National Player of the Year will be announced and presented at the USBWA's annual awards event in Tampa, site of the 2019 NCAA Women's Final Four.
Georgetown will head out on the road for a pair of BIG EAST matchups. The Hoyas will face Providence on Friday evening at 7 p.m. and then take on Creighton in Omaha on Sunday at 2 p.m. EST. Friday's contest be broadcast live on the BIG EAST Digital Network (BEDN) and Sunday will be on CBS Sports Network.
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