NASHVILLE, Tenn. – For a second year in a row, Belmont women's basketball standout Darby Maggard has been selected as one of the final 10 candidates for the Ann Meyers Drysdale Award, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and the Women's Basketball Coaches Association announced Tuesday.
The Ann Meyers Drysdale Award, named for the former UCLA standout and Olympian, honors the nation's top shooting guard. Maggard (Larwill, Ind.) was among 20 players named to a watch list for the award before the season.
In March, five finalists will be presented to Ms. Meyers Drysdale and the Hall of Fame's selection committee. Fans will also 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.
"When identifying our Naismith Starting 5, we are grateful to have insights from legends of the game, such as Ann Meyers Drysdale," said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame. "The 10 young women considered as candidates for the Ann Meyers Drysdale Award should feel very proud to be in such tremendous company."
Over Maggard's four-year career with Belmont, the senior guard has rewritten the program's record books while leading the Bruins to three straight NCAA Tournament appearances. Among active NCAA players, she ranks third nationally in career 3-pointers (391) and fourth in 3-point percentage (42.8%) and assists (642). All are Belmont records for the program's NCAA era, as are her 1,834 career points.
A point guard by trade, Maggard needs just two triples to break the Ohio Valley Conference record for career 3-pointers and is on pace to become just the fifth player in NCAA Division I history to reach 400 career threes. She earlier this season set the conference record for consecutive free throws with 48 straight makes.
"Darby has meant so much to this program over her four years as a Bruin and we're thrilled for her to receive this kind of recognition," said Belmont Head Coach Bart Brooks. "To see all her hard work pay off has been something very special. She's as good a person as she is a player and she's been a fantastic representative of Belmont basketball."
Last season, Victoria Vivians of Mississippi State was named the winner of the Ann Meyers Drysdale Shooting Guard of the Year Award.
Additional awards being presented and recognized at the WBCA Convention 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. Also being awarded is the Wade Trophy, the sport's oldest and most prestigious national player of the year award.
Maggard was among those selected to the Wade Trophy's preseason watch list as well.
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 St.
Kiana Williams, Stanford