Coaches select OSU’s Mitchell as POTY, media picks Minnesota’s Zahui B.

Big Ten coaches voted Ohio State guard Kelsey Mitchell as both the freshman and overall player of the year, while Minnesota forward Amanda Zahui B. was the media’s choice as the conference’s best player.

Mitchell, only the second freshman to win the conference’s player of the year award, averaged 24.5 points per game during the regular season, combining with junior guard Ameryst Alston (20.2 ppg) for the highest-scoring backcourt in the country.

Ohio State’s Jantel Lavender was both the freshman and overall in 2008

Zahui B., on the other hand, was dominant on on the glass in her sophomore season. She averaged 18.5 points and a conference-best 12.7 rebounds per game and had a 39-points, 29-rebound performance against in a win over Iowa. She was also tops in blocks, at an even four per game.

The media and the conference’s coaches selected Maryland’s Brenda Frese as coach of the year after she led her team to an undefeated conference record (18-0) in the program’s first year as a part of the Big Ten.

No Hoosiers were selected as part of the overall All-Big Ten or freshman All-Big Ten squads, but freshman Jess Walter was one of 14 players recognized with the conference’s sportsmanship award.

The honors were announced Monday on the Big Ten Network’s “Women’s Sports Report”. The teams can be viewed here.

3 comments

  1. For those that have been highly critical of the IU team this year and their coaching staff, It would behoove them to take a look at the all conference 1st & 2nd teams and honorable mention teams. You will not see any IU players honored by their selection to any of these teams The only player listed was Jessica Walter on the sportsmanship team. This certainly would suggest that IU’s talent at this time is not even remotely comparable to most of the other teams in the conference. We did not even get an honorable mention player.
    This is the argument I have made all year long to people who have criticized our team this year. We are simply not quite good enough at this time to get over the hump against most of the teams in our conference! While our talent has improved over the last two years, we are still not comparable to the better teams in our conference. Hopefully, next year with more size and athleticism coming on board, our team will improve dramatically? We will see? Go Hoosiers!!

  2. I agree and T. Moren + staff are coaching the team they inherited. For me, solid improvement or expectations next year would be to have 500 win percentage or higher in big ten with a 20 win overall season. Then, go from there with player development and program maturity plus recruiting. One thing is for sure the image of IU women basketball is going to have T. Moren identity stamp on it which I think will become a good thing.

  3. Before this past season ever started I assumed Buss would be a solid player at point but my fav to do well well was Jess Walter. It was something about her giddiness and enthusiasm in her interviews. I was really happy to see Jess become the player she did especially in the last third of the season. After the events of the last few days the face of next years team will be noticeably different and hopefully much better, bigger , stronger, more athletic.

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