Ohio State's Lavender Named Big Ten Player of the Year for Third Straight Season

March 1, 2010

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PARK RIDGE, Ill. – The Big Ten Conference office announced on Monday the 2010 All-Big Ten women’s basketball teams and individual award winners. Highlighting the list, Ohio State junior Jantel Lavender was named Big Ten Player of the Year for the third consecutive season. Iowa’s Jaime Printy was named Freshman of the Year by the conference coaches and a panel of media members, while Hawkeye head coach Lisa Bluder was named Coach of the Year by the media, and Wisconsin’s Lisa Stone earned the same honor from her peers. The conference coaches also selected Michigan State’s Allyssa DeHaan as the Defensive Player of the Year and Spartan Kalisha Keane as the Sixth Player of the Year.

Lavender earns Big Ten Player of the Year honors by the conference coaches and media this year, after being recognized by both groups last year and by the coaches in 2008. She becomes just the second player in Big Ten women’s basketball history to earn the award in three straight years, joining former Buckeye Jessica Davenport (2005-06-07). The junior finished the 2009-10 regular season leading the Big Ten in scoring in all games (20.9 ppg) and conference games only (19.9 ppg). During the season, she eclipsed both the 1,500 career points and 1,000 career rebounds milestones, becoming just the third Buckeye with over 1,000 career boards. Lavender was named Big Ten Player of the Week four times this season, bringing her career total to 13, which is third in conference history.

Iowa’s Printy becomes the fifth Hawkeye to be named Freshman of the Year and the first since Megan Skouby in 2006. Printy led all Big Ten freshmen with 15 points per game during the season, increasing her average to 15.8 points per game during conference play. Overall, the Marion, Iowa, native averaged 4.1 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game as she started all 29 of Iowa’s contests this season. She was named Freshman of the Week four times this season and became Iowa’s all-time leading freshman scorer, finishing the regular season with 436 total points.

Printy’s mentor, Bluder earns Big Ten Coach of the Year accolades for the third time, having also garnered the award in 2001 and 2008. In her 10th year with the Hawkeyes, Bluder piloted a team riddled with injuries to the No. 3 seed in the 2010 Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament. Bluder’s bunch enters the tournament having won nine of its last 11 games, including an overtime road victory at Wisconsin to close out the regular season. In her 26-year coaching career, Bluder has amassed a career record of 542-263, including a 186-121 mark at Iowa.

Wisconsin’s Stone earns her first career Coach of the Year award and the third in Wisconsin history, joining former Badger mentors Mary Murphy (1992) and Jane Albright-Dieterle (1995). This year, Stone guided Wisconsin to its first 20-win season since 2006-07 and only its second 20-win campaign since 2000-01. The Badgers enter the 2010 Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament as the No. 4 seed, which is the program’s best seed since 2001. Stone has compiled a 486-220 record in 25 years as a head coach, including a 111-102 mark in seven years with Wisconsin.

DeHaan becomes Michigan State’s first Defensive Player of the Year after securing her place as one of the best shot blockers in NCAA history during the 2009-10 season. DeHaan recorded 97 swats to bring her career total to 499. The 6-9 center currently sits one block behind current St. Mary’s junior Louella Tomlinson, the NCAA’s career record holder. Earlier this season, DeHaan became the first to tie the previous NCAA blocks record of 480, set in 2005. The Grandville, Mich., native helped guide her team to its second consecutive No. 2 seed in the Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament and its seventh straight 20-win season. Behind DeHaan, the Spartans finished the season first in the Big Ten in scoring defense in all games played, allowing just 57.5 points per game.

Keane becomes the first player from Michigan State to be named Sixth Player of the Year since the award’s inception in 2006. During conference play, the junior led her squad with 10.9 points per game, shooting 42.2 percent from the field. Keane also averaged 3.7 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.8 steals per game. Coming off the bench, she averaged 24.8 minutes per contest, playing an integral part on the Spartan squad that finished second in the Big Ten.

In addition to the individual honors, the media and coaches each selected three All-Big Ten teams while the coaches also named five-person All-Freshman and All-Defensive teams. Lavender and her teammate Samantha Prahalis were unanimous picks by the coaches and the media, joining Illinois’ Jenna Smith and Penn State’s Tyra Grant, who were also first-team selections by the coaches and media. Rounding out the All-Big Ten first teams, Iowa’s Kachine Alexander was tabbed by the coaches, and Northwestern’s Amy Jaeschke was selected by the media. The complete All-Big Ten teams can be found by clicking the link at the top of this story.

The conference office also announced honorees from each of the 11 women’s basketball squads for the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award. The student-athletes chosen are individuals who have distinguished themselves through sportsmanship and ethical behavior. In addition, the student-athletes must be in good academic standing and have demonstrated good citizenship outside of the sports-competition setting. Honorees for women’s basketball can be found by clicking the link at the top of this story.