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Arella Guirantes named finalist for Ann Meyers Drysdale Shooting Guard Award

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The Rutgers senior is having one of the best individual seasons in program history.

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Rutgers senior Arella Guirantes was named one of five finalists for the Ann Meyers Drysdale Shooting Guard Award on Tuesday, which is given to the top shooting guard in women’s NCAA Division I college basketball. It was announced by Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association. The winner will be announced on April 9, 2021.

Guirantes ranks in the top five in points, assists, steals and blocks per game in the Big Ten this season. She is averaging 20.9 points, 6.1 rebounds, 5.4 assists, 2.2 steals and 2.0 blocks per game. Her versatility and consistency has made her one of the best players in Rutgers history.

In addition to the Shooting Guard Award, Guirantes is a candidate for the Wooden Award’s Most Outstanding Player, the Wade and Naismith Trophies for National Player of the Year, as well as the Naismith Defensive Player of the Year award. Guirantes is also one of ten finalists for the Senior CLASS Award bestowed for excellence in classroom, community, character and competition.

She has led Rutgers to a 12-3 record and 8-3 record in Big Ten play behind a seven game winning streak since the program was on pause for five weeks due to COVID-19. They’re back in action against Penn State at the RAC on Tuesday night.