Maxwell Named To Ann Meyers Drysdale Award Watch List
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – University of Utah women's basketball sophomore Brynna Maxwell has been named to the 2021 Ann Meyers Drysdale Award Watch List, announced today by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and the Women's Basketball Coaches Association.
The award, which recognizes the top shooting guard in women's NCAA Division I college basketball, is named after Annie Meyers, who was the first player, male or female, named to an All-America team in four straight college seasons.
"Brynna has the quickest release and most consistent shooting form I have ever seen," head coach Lynne Roberts said. "Her success isn't a mystery. She is the first one in the gym and the last to leave. She works the hardest when no one is watching. I am confident Brynna will be in the running for the best shooting guard in the country."
Maxwell is one of 20 candidates for the award which will be decided on by a national committee of top college basketball personnel. Maxwell is one of just five sophomores on the list, also being one of five total representatives from the Pac-12.
Fan voting for the Ann Meyers Drysdale Award begins on Friday, Nov. 13 at www.HoopHallAwards.com. In early February, the watch list of 20 players will be narrowed to just 10 where in early March, five finalists will be presented to Ms. Meyers Drysdale and the Hall of Fame's selection committee. The winner of the 2021 Nancy Lieberman Award will be presented April 9, 2021.
In her collegiate debut in 2019-20, Maxwell earned Pac-12 All-Conference honorable mention and Pac-12 All-Freshman first team after starting all 31 games while averaging 13.1 points per game. She became the first Utah freshman to earn Pac-12 All-Conference since joining the league, leading the Pac-12 in three-pointers made (83) and three-pointers per game (2.7).
She ranked fourth overall in the nation in three-point percentage (.472), leading the statistic among freshmen in 2019-20. Maxwell also ranked 25th overall and third among freshmen in total threes made, setting the Utah freshman record and landing at No. 5 all-time in program history in single-season threes made.
Maxwell finished the season recording 21 double-digit games which included five 20-point games. She shot 47-percent from the floor overall, scoring 407 points, which was the most by a Utah freshman since joining the Pac-12.