NORMAN – Oklahoma guard Ana Llanusa has been selected as the National Freshman of the Week by the United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA), the organization announced on Tuesday.
Llanusa earned the honor after averaging 19.0 points and 6.0 rebounds per game in OU’s wins over Kansas State and then No. 21 West Virginia last week. Llanusa tied her career high with 27 points on 9-of-14 shooting against West Virginia, knocking down a career-best six 3-pointers.
The Choctaw, Okla., native became just the third Sooner to score at least 27 points in a Big 12 game, joining Courtney Paris and Aaryn Ellenberg. Llanusa’s 27 points are also the most scored by a Big 12 freshman in a conference game this season.
Against Kansas State, Llanusa added 11 points, six rebounds and a career-high four assists. She finished the week with a .500 shooting percentage from the field and from beyond the arc.
Llanusa was recognized as the Big 12’s Freshman of the Week on Monday, which marked the sixth time this season that an OU freshman has won the award. Llanusa ranks second among Big 12 freshmen in scoring, averaging 12.7 points per game.
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 2018 Ann Meyers Drysdale National Player of the Year will be announced and presented at the USBWA’s annual awards event in Columbus, Ohio, site of the 2018 NCAA Women’s Final Four.
The U.S. Basketball Writers Association was formed in 1956 at the urging of then-NCAA Executive Director Walter Byers. With some 900 members worldwide, it is one of the most influential organizations in college basketball. It has selected a women's All-America team since the 1996-97 season.
OU returns to action Saturday on the road at Kansas. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. CT inside Allen Fieldhouse. The game will be streamed live on ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app.