Formann Scores National Freshman of the Week
INDIANAPOLIS — The honors continued to roll in for Colorado freshman Frida Formann on Tuesday. She added to her collection with the announcement of the U.S. Basketball Writers Association's Tamika Catchings Women's Freshman of the Week, a day after being named the Pac-12 Freshman of the Week.
It is the first time a Colorado women's basketball player has earned the honor. McKinley Wright IV earned a National Freshman of the Week award during his rookie season in 2017-18.
Formann, bounced back over the weekend after a 0-for-5 shooting performance to start the week at Southern California. The freshman guard from Bagsværd, Denmark, went 7-for-8 from the field in Colorado's win over Cal, setting a season-high with 19 points. She shot 5-for-6 from behind the arc and snagged a season-best seven rebounds. Formann totaled 15 points against Stanford. She scored five points in the overtime period, including the go-ahead 3 to give put CU in front, 72-70. Formann also had a key block on the defensive end, denying Stanford's chance to tie the game with five seconds to play. Formann rounded out the week with 11.3 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.0 assists 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 became named for Hall of Famer and former UCLA All-American Ann Meyers Drysdale while this is the first season the national and weekly freshman award is being given in the name of former Tennessee all-American Tamika Catchings.
At the conclusion of the regular season, the USBWA will name finalists for both individual awards, which is voted on by the entire membership of the USBWA.
The winners of the 2021 Ann Meyers Drysdale National Player of the Year and Tamika Catchings National Freshman of the Year will be announced and presented at the USBWA's annual awards event on site at the 2021 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. For more information on the USBWA and its award programs, contact executive director Malcolm Moran at 814-574-1485.
2020-21 USBWA Women's Weekly Honors
• Week ending Jan. 3: Michaela Onyenwere, UCLA (National); Caitlin Clark, Iowa (Freshman); Kentucky (Team)
• Week ending Jan. 10: Naz Hillmon, Michigan (National); Charlisse Leger-Walker, Washington State (Freshman); Washington State (Team)
• Week ending Jan. 17: Ashley Joens, Iowa State (National); Frida Formann, Colorado (Freshman); Iowa State (Team)
The Buffaloes opened some eyes across the nation on the heels of Colorado's 77-72 overtime win over No. 1 Stanford. CU earned five votes in the WBCA/USA Today Coaches Poll released on Tuesday.
It is the first time this season CU has appeared in either the AP or coaches poll. Colorado received votes for five straight weeks last season in the AP poll, dating from Dec. 2 – Dec. 30. CU also received votes in the Dec. 31 WBCA/USA Today poll.
The Buffs are the only .500 team (6-6) to appear in the voting.