Tyra Buss a Big Ten freshman of the week, again

For the second week in a row, Indiana guard Tyra Buss was honored as freshman of the week by the Big Ten conference.

This week, she shared the honor with Illinois’ Chatrice White, but this makes Buss the first IU player to win the award in back-to-back weeks.  Buss is the second Hoosier to earn the honor twice in the same year, doing so in the first two weeks of the season. Sophomore guard Larryn Brooks was named freshman of the week twice all of last year.

In three games last week, Buss averaged 18.3 points, 4.0 steals, 4.7 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game, shooting 55.6 percent (20-of-36) from the field. Against Valparaiso, Buss broke an IU freshman record with eight steals, which is tied for fourth in IU women’s basketball history among all players. She also had a game-high 22 points in that game.

In the Hoosiers win versus Morehead State, Buss rounded out her stat line with 16 point, six rebounds, five assists and a steal and went 3-of-5 from 3-point range. Just yesterday against Incarnate Word, Buss scored 17 points and shot 5-of-9 from the field with three steals, four boards and two assists.

For the season, the Mt. Carmel, Ill., product leads Indiana in scoring (18.3 ppg) and steals (4.8 spg) through four games.

8 comments

  1. Not a big surprise to us who have attended the games. She is very good and going to get better. I am sure that more people will learn what we IU fans already know. She is the real deal.

  2. This young lady is special. Can’t wait to get to B-town to see her and the Hoosiers in person. Go Hoosiers!

  3. MIke, she IS the “real deal” and she is very special. Having said that, a large reason she is so special is the play of her teammates. With scoring threats from Brooks, Agler, and now both Cahill and Anderson, her job as shooting guard just got a whole lot easier. Now throw in her defensive abilities, and quickness and you’ve got well…..Back to back Big Ten Freshmen of the Week.

  4. How does she compare to Skylar Diggs of ND. We have now, a few weeks less than four years to find out as competition level goes up.

  5. Currently, to me she looks better, low level of competition. She is already physically bigger than H.S. (she did not waste any time) and tougher than previously thought. Love her play. Bring on better competition do get more accurate assessment of Tyra and rest of team.

  6. T, ” tougher than previously thought”. I guess you are not aware of her playing a regional or a sectional tournament game with a shoulder that had been dislocated in the first half? She was injured in the first half of the game, they popped her shoulder back into place and she played the whole second half! Yes, I would say she is TOUGH! You will never have to question her toughness!

  7. #7 that is toughness, however I was talking about her strength (how physically strong she is) in her overall game not referring to be able to play through injury even though that certainly demonstrates toughness also. She certainly demonstrates big league physically, mentally, and emotionally toughness.

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