COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced the five finalists for the Ann Meyers-Drysdale Award on Tuesday, with Ohio State senior guard Taylor Mikesell being named as one of those five. This award honors the top shooting guard in collegiate women’s basketball. View complete top-five list HERE.
The winner will be selected on Friday, March 25 by a combination of a selection committee and fan vote. By visiting hoophallawards.com, fans will have the ability to vote, beginning Friday, March 11 and running until Thursday, March 24. The player that wins the fan voting will receive one additional vote for the award.
Mikesell was named All-Big Ten First Team by both the coaches and media following the conclusion of the regular season and earned a spot on the conference’s weekly honor roll three times. She’s averaging 18.8 points per game this season and led the team with 19.9 ppg during Big Ten play. Mikesell has scored in double figures 25 times, surpassed the 20-point plateau in 11 games and has two games with over 30 points – both of which were career-highs. She’s made at least one triple in every game this season and accounts for 43 percent of the team’s three-pointers.
Mikesell has consistently ranked in the top-two in the country for her long-range shooting and now ranks second in three-point percentage (.467), three-pointers per game (3.62) and three-pointers made (105). All these marks lead the Big Ten, where she also ranks fifth in field goal percentage (.483, second among true guards) and seventh in scoring (18.8 ppg). She currently holds the program’s career record in three-point percentage (.467, good for second in single-season records).
Mikesell ranks 17th in program history with 105 three-pointers made, despite this being her first season at Ohio State. Among single-season program records, she ranks sixth in three-pointers made and seventh in three-pointers attempted. With her 5-of-5 performance from behind the arc on Jan. 20, Mikesell became one of just five players in program history to shoot 1.000 from long range with at least five makes. Her eight three-pointers on Jan. 6 were just one shy of the single-game program record and marked the ninth time a player has made at least eight triples in a game.