Holmes named Big Ten Player of the Week

Indiana sophomore Mackenzie Holmes was named Big Ten Player of the Week on Sunday, the first such honor of her career and the first Hoosier to be honored this season. The last Hoosier to earn player of the week was Ali Patberg almost exactly one year ago.

The 6-foot-3 Holmes averaged 24.0 points, 10.0 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game while shooting 82.1% from the field in helping IU close the regular-season with wins over Iowa and Purdue, setting a school-record with 16 Big Ten wins on the season.

Next up for IU is the Big Ten Tournament, where the Hoosiers will be the No. 2 seed for the first time.

The 10th-ranked Hoosiers will open play in Indianapolis on Thursday night at 6:30 p.m. in Bankers Life Fieldhouse against the winner of Wednesday’s game between Michigan State and Penn State.

It is the third time IU (18-4, 16-2 Big Ten) has earned the double-bye under coach Teri Moren, previously earning the No. 4 seed in 2016 and 2017. Last year, Indiana reached the tournament semifinals for the first time since 2006 and will attempt to reach the finals for the first time since winning the event in 2002.

Top-seeded Maryland (21-2, 17-1) will kick things off at 11 a.m. Thursday against the Nebraska-Minnesota winner, followed by fourth-seeded Michigan (14-4, 9-4) against Northwestern or the Illinois-Wisconsin winner.

After Indiana tips off the evening session, third-seeded Rutgers (14-3, 10-3) will get the winner between Iowa and Purdue at approximately 9 p.m.

5 comments

  1. Congrats to Mackenzie for this honor. With all the attention from opposing teams she has to work harder to do what she does. Next season she will need to add more to her game Im referring to the 3 pt shot. Yes she has been working on that as noted that several times earlier this season she has attempted , but the shot is not there yet. Knowing her work ethic and desire to improve her game I expect to see it from her. Best example might be Aliyah Boston 6′ 5″ player of the Gamecocks also a sophomore who occasionally will step out from long range.

  2. IU now 9th in the latest AP poll thanks to UCLA losing to the gamecocks last night.

  3. As has been said this NCAA women tourney should be very wide open, no true dominate teams and a lot of very good teams. Looking for several upsets to happen more than usual, should be fun to watch and thankfully at least some fans will be allowed.

  4. If IU Ladies get beat after first round of March Madness I would not call it an upset. Nor if IU Ladies would go to the final four none of those wins would be an upset.

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