Feb. 14, 2005
Rene Haynes, Michigan State
5-10, SO, G, Columbus, Ohio/Wellington School
Haynes averaged 17 points while shooting over 70 percent from the field as Michigan State won a pair of road games this past week. The sophomore guard had a career-high 22 points during last Thursday's 79-48 win at No. 12 Minnesota, sinking 8-of-10 shots including all three of her three-point attempts. She also added six rebounds, four assists and three steals in the win against the Golden Gophers. This past Sunday at Wisconsin, Haynes came off the bench to score 12 points while adding a pair of steals and rebounds. For the week, she shot .706 from the field and .833 percent from three-point range.
Haynes is the second Spartan to earn Big Ten Player of the Week honors in as many weeks and is the fourth to be honored this season. Liz Shimek shared honors with Minnesota's Janel McCarville last week, while Kristin Haynie shared the weekly accolade with Illinois' Angelina Williams on December 27. Lindsay Bowen was the first MSU player to earn the award this season on December 6.
Since the inception of the Big Ten Player of the Week award during the 1983-84 season, Michigan State has only once had back-to-back League honorees prior to this week. Paula Sanders (December 23) and Nicole Cushing-Adkins (January 6) earned the award on consecutive weeks during the 1996-97 season.