June 16, 2011
Through Friday, the Big Ten will highlight each of the 22 student-athletes nominated for the conference’s Jesse Owens Male and Suzy Favor Female Athlete of the Year Awards. Award winners are voted on by a pre-selected media panel and will be announced live on the Big Ten Network’s season-ending awards show on Monday at 6:30 p.m. CT.
JANTEL LAVENDER – OHIO STATE – BASKETBALL
Lavender became the first men’s or women’s basketball player in conference history to win Player of the Year honors for four consecutive seasons. She was named an All-American by the USBWA and Associated Press in 2011 and was selected fifth overall in the 2011 WNBA Draft. Lavender is the Big Ten’s all-time leading rebounder and is one of just two players in conference history with over 2,800 career points. She set an NCAA record for most consecutive games with 10 or more points, scoring in double digits in each of her 136 career games. Click HERE for more information on Jantel.
PREVIOUSLY HIGHLIGHTED NOMINEES
Kelci Bryant, Minnesota Diving