Jan. 24, 2005
Janel McCarville, Minnesota
6-2, SR, C, Stevens Point, Wis./Stevens Point
McCarville led the Golden Gophers to home wins over Michigan and Illinois on the week. The senior center finished both games just one rebound shy of a double-double. Playing just 53 minutes of action last week, McCarville scored 41 points, after a 25-point performance against Michigan and 16 points versus Illinois. In 29 minutes against Michigan, McCarville shot 10-of-14 (.714) and finished with a line of 25 points, nine rebounds, six steals, five assists and three blocks.
On the week, McCarville averaged 20.5 points on 16-of-23 (.696) shooting, as well as 9.0 rebounds, 4.0 steals, 3.5 assists, 1.5 blocks and just two fouls.
McCarville earned her first Player of the Week honor of the season on December 20, 2004, when she shared the award with Iowa's Crystal Smith. This is McCarville's fifth career weekly accolade.
Tanisha Wright, Penn State
5-10, SR, G, West Mifflin, Pa./West Mifflin
Wright shares the Conference's weekly honor for the second straight week as she scored 22 and 24 points against No. 24/23 Purdue and No. 8/8 Michigan State, respectively. In both contests, unranked Penn State was up by just one point at halftime, but Wright's play helped the Lady Lions pull away as she scored a combined 28 points in second half play in both games. With the scored tied at 46 at the 10:32 mark in the second half against the Spartans, Penn State went on a 14-5 run to go up 60-51, which forced Michigan State to call a timeout with 4:47 left. Wright, who shot a combined .543 on the weekend, sparked the run by scoring seven of the 14. After Michigan State's timeout, Wright blocked a Lindsay Bowen shot attempt, and then scored a layup at the other end off a Jess Strom pass to continue the rally.
This is Wright's second weekly honor from the League office this season and the third of her career.