Women's Basketball
Penn Earns Second-Straight Big Ten Weekly Honor

Karisma Penn earned her second-straight Big Ten Player of the Week honor Monday.
Karisma Penn earned her second-straight Big Ten Player of the Week honor Monday.

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.

Illinois Receiving Votes in Associated Press Poll
The Fighting Illini received four votes in this week's Associated Press poll, marking the first time since Dec. 7, 2009, that Illinois had been mentioned in the "others receiving votes" portion of the ranking. The Orange and Blue return to action Thursday when they travel to Northwestern for a 7 p.m. tip, before returning home for the annual "Pack the Hall" promotion on Sunday when they host Michigan State, which also is receiving votes in the AP poll, at 3 p.m.