Big Ten Honors GodBold, Penn
Feb. 27, 2012
Park Ridge, Ill. - 2012 Complete All-Big Ten Teams
Illinois junior guard Adrienne GodBold has been named the Big Ten's Sixth Player of the Year as voted by the conference's coaches while junior teammate Karisma Penn earned third team All-Big Ten accolades by both the coaches and media. GodBold, who was also named to the Big Ten's All-Defensive Team, is the first Illinois player to win Sixth Player of the Year since the award's inception in 2006 and the first Illini to claim one of the league's special honors since Ashley Berggren was named Player of the Year in 1997.
In the last 11 games, GodBold is averaging 15.0 points, 5.4 rebounds and 2.8 steals per game while shooting 56.4 percent from the field (62-110) and 79.5 percent (31-39) from the free-throw line. She has raised her average from 5.9 to 9.5 points per game for the season while increasing her average to 11.8 points per game in Big Ten play in that span. In Big Ten only games, GodBold ranks third in field-goal percentage (.522), sixth in steals (2.3) and 15th in blocked shots (0.8). In overall games, she ranks 10th in the Big Ten in steals (1.9) and 14th in the league in blocked shots (1.0). GodBold scored 25 points at Purdue and 23 in the season finale at Wisconsin and has four other games of 16 points or better in league play.
Penn leads the Illini and ranks 15th in the Big Ten in scoring at 13.6 points per game while also ranking third in the conference in blocked shots (2.1), fourth in field-goal percentage (.486) and sixth in rebounding (7.2) in overall games. She is steadily moving up several Illinois career statistical categories, ranking second in blocked shots (196), 10th in rebounds (715) and 14th in scoring (1,322) in Illinois history. She scored a season-high 26 points in a victory over Memphis and had 23-point games at Ohio State and Indiana. In that win over the Hoosiers, Penn also tallied six blocks and six steals. Last year, Penn earned second-team All-Big Ten by the coaches and third team honors by the media.
Senior Lydia McCully represented Illinois on the league's Sportsmanship team. McCully has started all but four games the last four seasons for Illinois and ranks fifth on the school's all-time career assists list with 376.
Other major award winners were Ohio State's Samantha Prahalis, Player of the Year; the Buckeye's Amber Stokes, Defensive Player of the Year; Penn State's Coquese Washington, Coach of the Year; and Minnesota's Rachel Banham, Freshman of the Year.
Illinois opens the Big Ten Tournament Thursday as the No. 10 seed, facing No. 7 Michigan at 10:30 a.m. CT.