UCLA to honor Ann Meyers Drysdale with court naming
LOS ANGELES (AP) The practice court for the UCLA women’s basketball team will be named for Bruins great Ann Meyers Drysdale when the facility opens next year.
The university’s athletic department said Friday that an anonymous donor made a ”significant financial contribution” to the Mo Ostin Basketball Center project. As part of the gift, the donor requested that the practice court be named in Meyers Drysdale’s honor.
Meyers Drysdale says she was ”at a loss for words” when athletic director Dan Guerrero told her.
She helped lead the Bruins to the AIAW national championship in 1978 after becoming the first woman to receive a full athletic scholarship from the university. Meyers Drysdale was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1993.
The 61-year-old former player is a vice president of both the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury and NBA’s Phoenix Suns.
The facility located near Pauley Pavilion will include separate courts for the men’s and women’s programs, locker rooms, athletic training areas, a strength and conditioning facility, coaches’ offices, team meeting rooms, equipment rooms and video rooms.
The university has received over $18 million in private funds toward a goal of $25 million toward the facility, which broke ground last August. Ostin, a music industry executive, contributed $10 million.