Dec. 19, 2005
Danyel Crutcher, Illinois
SO, 6-2, F, Orange, N.J./Orange
Crutcher had a career game in Illinois' 86-75 upset of No. 15 Oklahoma this past Sunday. The sophomore hit 10-of-15 shots for 24 points, shattering her previous career high of 13. Battling against the Sooners' Courtney Paris, one of the top centers in the country, Crutcher also grabbed 11 rebounds to post the third double-double of her career. She was a perfect 3-of-3 from the free-throw line and recorded a block and a steal as well. In addition, Crutcher hit a huge three-pointer, the first of her career, as time expired in the first half to keep the Illini within six. She then helped the Illini outscore Oklahoma in the second half, 47-30, to clinch the win. A Big Ten All-Freshman selection last year, Crutcher entered the game averaging just 2.9 points and 3.3 rebounds.
Last ILL POW: Angelina Williams (12/27/04)