EAST LANSING, Mich. - Sophomore center Allyssa DeHaan has been named the Big Ten Women's Basketball Co-Player of the Week, the conference office announced Monday afternoon. DeHaan led MSU to a 2-1 record this past week, including a season-best performance in MSU's 68-51 win over Clemson in the Big Ten/ACC Women's Challenge. Against the Tigers, she scored a season-best 26 points and collected a season-high 13 rebounds, giving DeHaan her first double-double of the season and eighth of her career. She was 11-for-19 from the field and also had four blocks.
For the week, DeHaan averaged 18.0 points, 8.7 rebounds and 4.3 blocks. DeHaan is closing in on MSU's all-time blocks record - she has 185 for her career, just nine shy of the record (194, set by Kristen Rasmussen). The sophomore center was also 10-for-10 from the free-throw line during the week, and currently ranks fifth in the league with an 87.1 free-throw percentage.
This marks the third time in her career DeHaan has been named Big Ten Player of the Week. She won the award twice as a freshman (Dec. 3, 2006 and Feb. 18, 2007). This marks the second straight year she has won the award on Dec. 3. Last year, she scored a career-high 28 points against Rhode Island on Nov. 29, the same date she scored a season-high 26 points against Clemson this past Thursday.
DeHaan leads the team and ranks fifth in the Big Ten in scoring with 17.0 ppg, and leads the conference with 40 blocked shots, good for a 5.0 average. She is tied for fifth in the league in field-goal percentage (.600) and is sixth in rebounding (8.3 pg).