Big Ten Medal of Honor: Brittany Rayburn, Purdue Women's Basketball

Purdue women's basketball player Brittany Rayburn

Brittany Rayburn
Purdue Women’s Basketball

Brittany Rayburn capped off her highly accomplished Purdue career by leading the Boilermakers to a 25-9 record this season, highlighted by the 2012 Big Ten Tournament championship and a return to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

The 6-foot guard was named the Most Outstanding Player of the Big Ten Tournament after averaging 17.3 points and 4.0 rebounds in the three wins. Rayburn tied the mark for second most three-pointers in a Big Ten Tournament contest, making 7-of-10 threes against Michigan State in the quarterfinals and she followed that up by hitting the game-winning shot with less than two seconds remaining against Penn State to advance to the title game against Nebraska.

Rayburn earned second team All-Big Ten after leading the Boilermakers in scoring for a third straight year, averaging 14.8 points per game as a senior. With 201 career three-pointers, she is second all-time at Purdue for made threes and on Jan. 12, broke the school and Big Ten record and tied the NCAA record by hitting 12 three-pointers at Minnesota, a game in which she scored a career-high 38 points. Rayburn was named to the Naismith Player of the Year midseason 32 list and participated in the State Farm Women's 3-Point Contest in New Orleans. The Attica, Ind., native leaves Purdue having amassed 1,795 career points, 427 rebounds, 248 assists and 151 steals.

This year, the three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree earned second team Academic All-America honors and also was a finalist for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award. Rayburn is a member of Purdue’s Mortar Board, is a two-time Big Ten Distinguished Scholar and will graduate with over a 3.7 GPA as an animal sciences major.

Rayburn was invited to 2011 WNBA Champion Minnesota Lynx’s training camp but her long term goal is to become a veterinarian. Rayburn has been accepted into Purdue’s School of Veterinary Medicine and will begin classes in the fall.