Jan. 4, 2010
BIG TEN WOMEN’S BASKETBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Jenna Smith, Illinois
Sr., C, 6-3, Bloomington, Minn./Kennedy
Smith earns her sixth career weekly honor and her third of the season after leading Illinois to wins over Penn State and Wisconsin last week. The senior put up 26 against the Lady Lions on Thursday, also tallying 14 boards for her conference-leading 10th double-double of the season. Smith also recorded four assists in the 69-60 win. On Sunday vs. the Badgers, she put up a game-high 18 points with eight rebounds, eclipsing the 1,800 career points milestone as the Illini earned a 53-52 win. On the week, Smith averaged 22.0 points, 11.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game as Illinois improved to 10-3 on the year and 2-1 during conference play.
Last ILL POW: Jenna Smith (Dec. 7, 2009)
CO-FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK
Karisma Penn, Illinois
F, 6-2, Shaker Heights, Ohio/Shaker Heights
Penn takes home her third Freshman of the Week award after helping Illinois to wins over Penn State and Wisconsin last week. The 6-2 forward recorded her first career double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds vs. the Lady Lions on Thursday, also tallying five blocks and a pair of assists. On Sunday against the Badgers, Penn put up 10 points and eight boards, including the game-winning layup as time expired. The freshman also had two blocks and two assists in the one-point victory. Penn completed the week averaging 13.5 points, 9.5 rebounds, 3.5 blocks and 2.0 assists per game.
Last ILL FOW: Karisma Penn (Dec. 7, 2009)
Jaime Printy, Iowa
Last IOWA FOW: Jaime Printy (Nov. 30, 2009)
G, 5-11, Marion, Iowa/Linn-Mar
Printy led the Hawkeyes in a win over Wisconsin and a tough overtime loss at Minnesota, averaging 19.0 points, 5.0 assists and 3.5 rebounds per game last week. The freshman contributed a career-high 26 points, including a perfect 8-for-8 mark at the free-throw line, against the Gophers on Sunday. Printy also recorded three assists and two boards in the effort. On Thursday vs. the Badgers, she tallied 12 points with seven helpers and five rebounds. The honor is the second of Printy’s career.