BiG Ten Men’s and Women’s Basketball Players of the Week

Minnesota and Ohio State Earn Weekly Women’s Basketball Awards

Minnesota’s Destiny Pitts and Ohio State’s Kelsey Mitchell are this week’s honorees


Player of the Week

Kelsey Mitchell, Ohio State

G – Sr. – Cincinnati, Ohio – Princeton

• Posted 29.0 points, 4.0 assists and 3.5 rebounds per game with a .412 three-point percentage to help Ohio State remain unbeaten in Big Ten play with two wins last week

• Scored a season-high 37 points in Sunday’s overtime victory at Michigan, including 27 points in the second half and overtime en route to her seventh 30-point game of the season

• Needs two points to become the second Big Ten student and 13th NCAA Division I women’s basketball student to score 3,000 career points

• Collected Academic All-Big Ten honors in 2016 and 2017

• Earns her 11th career Player of the Week honor (third of the season), the fourth-most career Player of the Week awards in Big Ten history

• Last Ohio State Player of the Week: Kelsey Mitchell (Dec. 18, 2017)


Big Ten Women’s Basketball Weekly Honor Roll

Tyra Buss, Sr., G, IND: Registered 23.0 points, 6.0 assists and 4.0 steals per game last week and broke Indiana’s 34-year-old career scoring record (now 1,950 points) as the Hoosiers split two Big Ten games

Megan Gustafson, Jr., F/C, IOWA: Averaged 24.5 points, 13.5 rebounds and 3.0 blocks per game with two double-doubles and a .680 field-goal percentage to help the Hawkeyes to a 1-1 week in Big Ten play

Hallie Thome, Jr., C, MICH: Collected 23.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game with a .625 field-goal percentage during the Wolverines’ two conference games last week


Freshman of the Week

Destiny Pitts, Minnesota

G/F – Detroit, Mich. – Detroit Country Day

• Averaged 18.0 points and 6.0 rebounds per game with a .474 three-point percentage last week, as the Golden Gophers picked up a win at home over Michigan State after a road defeat at Ohio State

• Scored a career-high 28 points and grabbed eight rebounds in last Thursday’s loss at OSU, connecting on 7-of-15 three-point attempts

• Added eight points and four rebounds in Sunday’s win over MSU

• Earns her fifth career Freshman of the Week honor

• Last Minnesota Freshman of the Week: Destiny Pitts (Jan. 2, 2018)

Maryland, Ohio State Earn Weekly Men’s Basketball Honors

Buckeyes’ Keita Bates-Diop earns Player of the Week award; Terrapins’ Bruno Fernando named Freshman of the Week


Player of the Week

Keita Bates-Diop, Ohio State

F – Jr. – 6-7 – Normal, Ill. – University High

  • Averaged 29.5 points, 10.0 rebounds in 34.5 minutes per game and went 22-of-38 (.579) from the field in two wins last week
  • Scored a career-high 32 points to lead unranked Ohio State to an 80-64 win over No. 1 Michigan State at Value City Arena on Sunday
  • Started the week with a double-double in a 92-81 win at Iowa with 27 points on 10-of-17 (.588) shooting from the field and 13 rebounds
  • Added four steals and blocked four shots during the week
  • Earns his second career Big Ten Player of the Week honor
  • Last Ohio State Player of the Week: Keita Bates-Diop (Dec. 11, 2017; Prior: D’Angelo Russell on Feb. 9, 2015)

Freshman of the Week

Bruno Fernando, Maryland

F – 6-10 – Luanda, Angola – IMG Academy

  • Averaged 15 points, 8.3 rebounds in 29.7 minutes per game and went 17-of-31 (.548) from the field, helping the Terrapins go 2-1 in conference action on the week
  • Scored a career-high 21 points on 8-of-11 (.727) shooting from the field in a 91-73 win vs. Iowa and added second rebounds and two assists
  • Posted a double-double in a 75-69 win against Penn State with 17 points and 11 rebounds (career high) to start the week
  • Earns his first career Big Ten Freshman of the Week honor
  • Last Maryland Freshman of the Week: Darryl Morsell (Nov. 20, 2017)

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