ST. LOUIS — The U.S. Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) has selected Columbia junior Camille Zimmerman as its Ann Myers Drysdale Women’s National Player of the Week for games ending the week of Sunday, Jan. 29. The USBWA weekly honor is handed out each Tuesday.
As the Ivy League Player of the Week, Zimmerman was nominated for the weekly award, which was chosen by Mel Greenberg, the USBWA coordinator for women's basketball, from a list of Division I conference players of the week. Other USBWA Women’s National Players of the Week from this season include UConn’s Napheesa Collier and Katie Lou Samuelson, South Carolina’s Alaina Coates, Cal’s Kristine Anigwe, Washington’s Kelsey Plum and Maryland’s Brionna Jones.
Additionally, Zimmerman was also named Met Basketball Writers Association (MBWA) Division I Player of the Week on Tuesday. The designations, for games played Jan. 23-29, are unique in that they encompass players from 74 Met area schools across Divisions I, II and III.
Zimmerman averaged 29.5 points, 13.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2.5 steals in Columbia’s two Ivy League games. The highlight of the week was her 37-point, 19-rebound performance in Friday’s 91-88 quadruple-overtime victory at Dartmouth, the longest game in Ivy League women’s basketball history. Zimmerman set career-highs in points, rebounds and steals (4) and also broke both the Ivy League and Columbia records for field goal attempts (11-37 FG). Her 37 points rank third all-time at Columbia and 18th in Ivy League history.
The next day, Columbia traveled to first-place Harvard, where Zimmerman scored a game-high 22 points (8-22 FG) and filled up the stat sheet with eight rebounds, four assists, a block and a steal. After trailing by as many as 12 in the second half, Zimmerman gave Columbia the lead, 56-55, with a 3-pointer in the fourth quarter. Harvard went back on top by as many as five, but Zimmerman tied it back up at 68 with less than 30 seconds remaining. The Lions came up just short of their second straight victory, 70-68.
Zimmerman ranks No. 1 in the Ivy League in points per game (21.6), total points (367), rebounds per game (10.1), total rebounds (171), field goal percentage (45.5 pct, min. 5 made/game), total field goals made (145), total field goal attempts (319), double-doubles (9) and minutes per game (37.18). In Ivy League play, Zimmerman leads the conference in points per game (25.3), total points (101), total rebounds (46), minutes per game (42.8) and is No. 2 in rebounds per game (11.5).
Nationally, Zimmerman is 12th in points per game and among the NCAA’s top 50 in rebounds, double-doubles, field goals made, field goal attempts, defensive rebounds and minutes played.
Since the 1987-88 season, the USBWA has named a women’s National Player of the Year. At the Women’s NCAA Final Four in Denver, 2012, the organization announced going forward that 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 2017 Ann Meyers Drysdale National Player of the Year will be announced and presented at the USBWA’s annual awards event in Dallas, site of the 2017 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 Joe Mitch at 314-795-6821.
2016-17 Ann Meyers Drysdale National Players of the Week
• Week ending Dec. 11: Napheesa Collier, UConn (American Athletic Conference)
• Week ending Dec. 18: Alaina Coates, South Carolina (Southeastern Conference)
• Week ending Dec. 25: Kristine Anigwe, California (Pac-12 Conference)
• Week ending Jan. 1: Ty Petty, Middle Tennessee (Conference USA)
• Week ending Jan. 8: Kelsey Plum, Washington (Pac-12 Conference USA)
• Week ending Jan. 15: Brionna Jones, Maryland (Big Ten Conference USA)
• Week ending Jan. 22: Katie Lou Samuelson, UConn (American Athletic Conference)
• Week ending Jan. 29: Camille Zimmerman, Columbia (Ivy League)