Illinois, Minnesota Earn Big Ten Weekly Honors

Illinois' Karisma Penn was named Big Ten Player of the Week for the second straight week.

Jan. 7, 2013

Player of the Week
Karisma Penn, Illinois
6-2, Sr., F, Shaker Heights, Ohio/Shaker Heights
• Averaged 24.5 points on 60 percent shooting, 10.5 rebounds, 4.5 steals and 2.0 blocks per game to help the Illini to a 1-1 conference start last week
• On Sunday against Ohio State, poured in a career-high 34 points while hauling in 12 rebounds with four steals to end the Buckeyes’ 31-game home winning streak
• In a one-point overtime loss to nationally ranked Purdue, finished with 15 points, nine rebounds and five steals
• Wins her sixth career Big Ten Player of the Week honor and second in as many weeks
• Last Illinois Player of the Week: Karisma Penn (Dec. 31, 2012)

Freshman of the Week
Kayla Hirt, Minnesota
6-2, F, Bemidji, Minn./Bemidji
• Scored 12 points and hauled in six rebounds, two on the offensive end, in 25 minutes of action in a road win against Wisconsin on Sunday before playing just five minutes against Michigan State on Thursday, finishing with one rebound
• Claims her second Big Ten Freshman of the Week honor
• Last Minnesota Freshman of the Week: Kayla Hirt (Dec. 24, 2012)