Illinois, Northwestern and Ohio State Claim Weekly Accolades

Nov. 23, 2009


Amy Jaeschke, Northwestern
Jr., C, 6-5, Wilmette, Ill./New Trier

Jaeschke turned in a pair of outstanding performances over the weekend in victories against Southern Illinois-Edwardsville and IPFW. The junior scored 16 points, grabbed 15 rebounds, blocked a school-record and career-high nine shots and dished out nine assists in a 68-37 victory on Friday night against SIU-Edwardsville. On Sunday against IPFW, Jaeshcke contributed 18 points, nine rebounds, five blocks, four assists and a steal to help Northwestern to a 78-58 win. Over the two games, she averaged 17.0 points, 12.0 rebounds, 7.0 blocks and 4.5 assists, earning her second career weekly award.

Last NU POW: Amy Jaeschke (Jan. 6, 2009)

Samantha Prahalis, Ohio State
So., G, 5-7, Commack, N.Y./Commack

Prahalis earns her first career Big Ten Player of the Week award after nearly averaging a double-double over the past week in which Ohio State won the Preseason WNIT. On Tuesday against UAB, the sophomore put in 13 points, dished out eight assists and added four rebounds in an 88-55 win. In the tournament semifinals on Thursday against West Virginia, Prahalis recorded a double-double with 14 points and 12 assists in a 92-69 win. She capped the week on Sunday in the championship game against Oklahoma State, scoring 22 points and handing out nine assists in a 93-72 Ohio State victory. On the weekend, Prahalis averaged 16.3 points, 9.7 assists and 5.0 rebounds for the Buckeyes and was named the Preseason WNIT's Co-MVP with teammate Jantel Lavender.

Last OSU POW: Jantel Lavender (Nov. 16, 2009)

Karisma Penn, Illinois
F, 6-2, Shaker Heights, Ohio/Shaker Heights

Penn wins her first career weekly award after helping the Illini to wins over Central Michigan and Bradley over the weekend. On Wednesday night against the Chippewas, the freshman scored 18 points and added nine rebounds, five assists and five blocks in a 77-59 triumph. She followed that effort with a strong Sunday performance by pouring in a career- and game-high 21 points with four rebounds, three assists and two steals in a 67-45 win over Bradley. Over the two games, Penn averaged 19.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 2.5 blocks and 1.0 steals for Illinois.