Two Gopher Women Honored by Big Ten
MINNEAPOLIS(Gophersports.com) – The University of Minnesota women’s basketball team swept the Big Ten Conference weekly awards today, as senior forward Shae Kelley was named the Big Ten Player of the Week and rookie guard Carlie Wagner was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Week for the second-straight week. It marks the first time this season that the Gophers earned both player and freshman accolades in the same week.
Kelley earned player of the week recognition for the third time this season after averaging 28.0 points, 11.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.5 blocks per game in Minnesota’s pair of wins over Wisconsin and Penn State. She scored a career-high 33 points, including a career-best 13 made free throws, and pulled down 14 rebounds for her 10th double-double this season against the Badgers, before adding her second-straight 20-point performance with 23 points and five assists against the Lady Lions.
The senior also earned Big Ten Player of the Week honors on Nov. 24 and Jan. 19.
Wagner got her second-consecutive freshman of the week nod by averaging 17.0 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game against Wisconsin and Penn State. She had 17 points on .438 (7-16) shooting from the floor in the win over the Badgers, and added another 17 points and five rebounds in the victory at Penn State.
The Gophers host their final two regular-season home games this week, as they welcome No. 13 Iowa to Williams Arena Tuesday at 8 p.m. and Michigan Saturday at 1 p.m. for Senior Day.