SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Sophomore guard Kaila Charles of the Maryland women’s basketball team is one of 20 of the top shooting guards in the country named to the Ann Meyers Drysdale watch list Tuesday by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
Charles started in all 35 games for the Terrapins as a freshman last year and helped them to their third straight Big Ten regular season and tournament titles. She averaged 9.7 points and 5.6 rebounds per game to lead all Big Ten Freshmen on the boards. She was selected to the Preseason All-Big Ten Team by both the league’s head coaches and media panel last month after making the All-Big Ten Freshman Team last season. The Terps reached the Sweet Sixteen.
As Maryland represented the U.S. in the World University Games this past summer, Charles led Team USA in scoring with 15.3 points and 6.7 rebounds per game. The U.S. went 5-1 in the tournament, topping Canada, Sweden, Poland, the Czech Republic and Uganda.
Named after the first player, male or female, named to the All-America Team in four straight college seasons, the annual award in its inaugural year recognizes the top shooting guard in women’s NCAA Division I college basketball.
“Ann Meyers dominated the basketball court as a standout for UCLA, surpassing records held by both men and women at the basketball powerhouse university,” said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame. “Recognized as the only woman to sign a contract with an NBA team, Ann has been a shining example of character and skill and we are so pleased to announce this award bearing her name.”
The Selection Committee for the Ann Meyers Drysdale Award is composed of top women’s college basketball personnel including media members, head coaches, sports information directors and Hall of Famers. By mid-February, the watch list of 20 players for the 2018 Ann Meyers Drysdale Award will be narrowed to just 10. In March, five finalists will be presented to Ms. 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.
Head coach Brenda Frese and the Terrapins begin the season ranked No. 13 in the USA Today Sports Preseason Coaches poll and No. 15 in the Associated Press poll.
Maryland will officially open its 2017-18 season on Friday vs. NCAA Tournament team Albany. The Terrapins and the Great Danes will tip off at 7 p.m. at the XFINITY Center. Later this weekend, Maryland will welcome 2017 NCAA Champion South Carolina to College Park on Monday, Nov. 13.
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