May 2, 2012
UCLABruins.com's Title IX tribute continues with part 1 of a conversation with Ann Meyers Drysdale about earning the first athletic scholarship for a female student-athlete.
Meyers Drysdale went on to become the first four-time women's basketball All-American. In 1978, she was named College Player of the Year and winner of the prestigious Broderick Cup after helping to lead the Bruins to the AIAW National Championship. Meyers is still the school leader in steals (403) and blocked shots (101-tied) along with being the only player in UCLA history to have posted a quadruple-double with 20 points, 14 rebounds, 10 assists and 10 steals in a game vs. Stephen F. Austin in 1978. In addition, she earned a silver medal as a member of the 1976 U.S. Olympic Team and a gold medal on the U.S.'s first-ever FIBA World Championship team in 1979.
After her collegiate career, Meyers Drysdale continued to be the pace-setter for female athletes, becoming the first woman ever (and still) to sign a contract with a NBA team, the Indiana Pacers and the first woman inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and the UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame. She also became one of the first four UCLA basketball players to have a uniform number retired.
Meyers Drysdale will be signing copies of her new book, You Let Some Girl Beat You?, on Saturday, May 5 (Alumni Day) at the Ackerman Union/UCLA BookZone at noon.