Dec. 7, 2009
BIG TEN WOMEN’S BASKETBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
CO-PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Jenna Smith, Illinois
Sr., C, 6-3, Bloomington, Minn./Kennedy
Smith takes home her second consecutive Player of the Week honor after leading Illinois to a road victory over Wake Forest in the 2009 Big Ten/ACC Challenge. The senior poured in 27 points while shooting 64.3 percent from the field, also pulling down nine rebounds. Smith tallied three blocks, two steals and a pair of assists as the Illini picked up the 65-50 win, extending their winning streak to seven games. The Bloomington, Minn., native was especially clutch down the stretch, recording 18 points and eight boards in the second half as Illinois overcame a 17-point deficit. The weekly accolade is the fifth of Smith’s career.
Last ILL POW: Jenna Smith (Nov. 30, 2009)
Jantel Lavender, Ohio State
Jr., C, 6-4, Cleveland, Ohio/Central Catholic
Lavender earns her second weekly honor this season after averaging 21.5 points and 14.0 rebounds as Ohio State went 1-1 last week. Lavender tallied 20 points and set a Cameron Indoor Stadium opponent record with 18 rebounds in a loss to nationally ranked Duke on Thursday. On Sunday, she tallied 23 points and pulled down 10 rebounds as the Buckeyes came from behind to top Wisconsin in their conference opener. The weekly honor is the 11th of Lavender’s career.
Last OSU POW: Samantha Prahalis (Nov. 23, 2009)
FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK
Last ILL POW: Karisma Penn (Nov. 23, 2009)
Karisma Penn, Illinois
F, 6-2, Shaker Heights, Ohio/Shaker Heights
Penn collects her second Freshman of the Week honor after helping Illinois to a road win over Wake Forest in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. Penn contributed 15 points, five rebounds and a steal as the Illini turned a 17-point deficit into a 15-point win. The freshman scored all 15 of her points in the second half to aid in the come-from-behind effort, doing most of her damage at the free-throw line, where she was 9-of-10.