MINNEAPOLIS (gophersports.com) – University of Minnesota sophomore center Amanda Zahui B. today was named the National Player of the Week by espnW after averaging 17.3 points, 15.3 rebound and 4.0 blocks per game in wins over No. 12/14 Nebraska, Purdue and Wisconsin last week.

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Zahui had 20 points, 15 rebounds, four blocks and three steals in Minnesota’s come-from-behind victory over the Cornhuskers in the Big Ten opener at Williams Arena on Dec. 29, and she was honored as the Big Ten Conference Player of the Week for the performance.

She followed that outing with 21 points and matched her career-high with 19 rebounds in the Gophers’ road win at Purdue. She added five blocks and four assists to help the Maroon and Gold defeat the Boilermakers at Mackey Arena for the first time since the 2004-05 season.

Zahui wrapped up the Gophers’ impressive week with 11 points, 12 rebounds, three blocks and three assists in the Border Battle victory at Wisconsin, a win that extended Minnesota’s winning streak to a league-best 10 games.

On the year, Zahui shares the team-lead with a 15.9 points-per-game scoring average, while she paces the squad with 11.5 rebounds per game, a .572 field goal percentage and 61 total blocks. The center also leads the Big Ten with 11 double-doubles this season, which includes eight-straight double-doubles dating back to the Gophers’ ACC/Big Ten Challenge victory over NC State on Dec. 3.

espnW also took note of the Gophers' 3-0 start to their Big Ten slate this week, as it named Minnesota its Team of the Week.