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Jill Townsend Named to Ann Meyers Drysdale Award Watch List

Early season accolades for the Gonzaga senior.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL: MAR 09 West Coast Women’s Tournament - Portland v Gonzaga Photo by Robert Johnson/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Gonzaga Bulldogs senior Jill Townsend was named to the Ann Meyers Drysdale Award Watch List on Tuesday. The award goes out annually to the top shooting guard in women’s college basketball each year.

Expectations are running high for the Zags this year. The team just opened the preseason ranked No. 21 by the AP, the highest preseason ranking in school history. The Zags will go as far as Townsend takes them this season. She is the primary scoring option for Gonzaga. Last season, she averaged 12.3 points and 5.6 rebounds per game, shooting 41.1 percent from long range in the process.

In an even cooler sign of how far the program has come, Townsend now becomes the first Zags to be named to a preseason watch list.

Here is the full list of candidates:

Aari McDonald, Arizona
Chelsea Dungee, Arkansas
DiJonai Carrington, Baylor
Christyn Williams, Connecticut
Sonya Morris, DePaul
Jill Townsend, Gonzaga
Nicole Cardaño-Hillary, Indiana
Dana Evans, Louisville
Ashley Owusu, Maryland
Jakia Brown-Turner, NC State
Lindsey Pulliam, Northwestern
Taylor Robertson, Oklahoma
Taylor Mikesell, Oregon
Arella Guirantes, Rutgers
Zia Cooke, South Carolina
Kiana Williams, Stanford
Kiara Lewis, Syracuse
Destiny Pitts, Texas A&M
Charisma Osborne, UCLA
Brynna Maxwell, Utah