GodBold Named Defensive POY, Penn a First-Team Pick
March 4, 2013
PARK RIDGE, Ill. - Senior guard Adrienne Godbold (Chicago, Ill./Marshall HS) was voted the 2013 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year by conference coaches and senior forward Karisma Penn (Shaker Heights, Ohio/Shaker Heights HS) was named a first-team All-Big Ten selection by media, the Big Ten announced Monday. Both GodBold and Penn also were second-team All-Big Ten honorees by the coaches, and the media named GodBold to the All-Big Ten third team.
GodBold was named the Defensive Player of the Year by receiving the most votes among All-Defensive Team members. It is the second-straight year that GodBold has been named to the All-Defensive Team and her first career All-Big Ten honors. She was the Big Ten Sixth Player of the Year in 2011-12, making her the only Illini to earn a Big Ten individual postseason honor since Ashley Berggren was named the 1997 Player of the Year.
For Penn, it marks her first career first-team All-Big Ten honor and the third-straight year she has been named to an All-Big Ten team. She was a second-team pick by the media in 2011, a third-team selection by the coaches in 2011 and a third-team honoree by both groups in 2012. Penn becomes Illinois' first first-team All-Big Ten honoree since Jenna Smith in 2010.
GodBold is tied for second in the league in steals in Big Ten games with 3.4 per game, and her 190 career steals rank ninth in school history. She is averaging 17.3 points per game and 7.1 rebounds per game overall, and ranks fifth in the Big Ten in scoring (17.7 ppg), 10th in rebounding (7.3 rpg), fourth in offensive rebounding (3.5 rpg) and 11th in free-throw percentage (.815) in conference games. She has four double-doubles this season, the first four of her career, and is scoring at a rate more than twice her career average entering this year.
Penn has had one of the best all-around seasons in the nation this year, ranking fourth in the Big Ten in scoring (19.4 ppg), second in rebounding (9.9 rpg) and steals (2.9 spg), third in blocked shots (2.2 bpg) and fifth in field-goal percentage (.511), making her the only player in the conference to rank in the top five in all five categories. She also shares the lead in offensive rebounds (3.9 rpg) with Penn State's Nikki Greene. In Big Ten games, Penn leads the league in steals (3.6 spg), ranks fourth in scoring (19.1 ppg) and rebounding (9.1 rpg), and is fifth in blocks (1.8 bpg). She has 13 double-doubles on the season, which leads the Big Ten, and passed the 1,000-rebound milestone at Purdue on Sunday, making her only the 15th player in conference history to do so.
The Illini (16-12 overall, 9-7 Big Ten) finished the regular season tied for fifth in the Big Ten standings and enter the Big Ten Tournament as the No. 6 seed. They will face 11-seed Wisconsin, which Illinois beat twice during the conference season, on Thursday at approximately 2 p.m. The 9-7 Big Ten record marks the first time since 2003 that Illinois has finished over .500 in conference play and the No. 6 seed is the Illini's highest conference finish since 2007.