Illinois and Nebraska Win Weekly Conference Accolades

Dec. 31, 2012

Player of the Week
Karisma Penn, Illinois
6-2, Sr., F, Shaker Heights, Ohio/Shaker Heights
• Posted a game-high 27 points on 64.7 percent (11-of-17) shooting to lead Illinois to an 11-point win over previously unbeaten and No. 6/7 Georgia
• Hauled in a career-best 19 rebounds, including seven on offense, with two blocks and one steal
• Became Illinois' all-time blocks leader, now with 232 in her career to pass former Illini standout Jenna Smith
• Wins her fifth career Big Ten Player of the Week honor and first this season
• Last Illinois Player of the Week: Karisma Penn (Feb. 14, 2012)

Freshman of the Week
Rachel Theriot, Nebraska
6-0, G, Middleburg Heights, Ohio/Midpark
• Scored 12 points in just 23 minutes to help Nebraska defeat Grambling State on Saturday
• Added three steals, three assists and three rebounds, while shooting 55.6 percent (5-of-9) from the floor, including 2-of-5 from long range
• Claims her first Big Ten Freshman of the Week honor
• Last Nebraska Freshman of the Week: Emily Cady (Jan. 23, 2012)