Penn Earns Second-Straight Big Ten Weekly Honor
Jan. 7, 2013
PARK RIDGE, Ill. - Senior forward Karisma Penn collected her second-straight and sixth career Big Ten Player of the Week honor, the conference office announced Monday. Penn posted a a career-high 34-point outburst, including a school-record 16 made free throws in 17 attempts, in the Illini's 79-73 win at Ohio State on Sunday. She averaged 24.5 points per game as Illinois split two Big Ten contests during the week to move to 8-6 overall, 1-1 in conference play .
Penn shot 60 percent from the field (15-of-25) for the week while averaging 10.5 rebounds, 4.5 steals and 2.0 blocks per game. A career 60-percent free-throw shooter, Penn made an astounding 19-of-22 (86.4 percent) attempts from the stripe last week.
She recorded her eighth double-double in 14 games against the Buckeyes, adding 12 rebounds to her 34 points. Penn also scored 18 of Illinois' last 26 points as the Illini came back from a 57-53 deficit with 6:35 remaining to win by a 79-73 margin.
The win over OSU snapped the Buckeyes' 31-game home win streak and marked Illinois' first win in Columbus since 2001. Against No. 14 Purdue on Wednesday, Penn had 15 points, nine rebounds and a season-high five steals in a 67-66 overtime loss to the Boilers.
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