Allyssa DeHaan Named Big Ten Women's Basketball Player of the Week

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EAST LANSING, Mich. - For the third time this season, sophomore center Allyssa DeHaan has been named the Big Ten Player of the Week, the conference office announced Monday afternoon. It marks the fifth time in her career she has earned the award, tying Liz Shimek for the most Big Ten Player of the Week honors in program history.

DeHaan led Michigan State (16-11, 8-7 Big Ten) to three wins last week, with victories over Purdue, Indiana and Penn State. She averaged 15.7 points, 7.7 rebounds, 4.3 blocks and 2.0 assists as the Spartans climbed from eighth to sixth in the Big Ten standings.

DeHaan opened the week with 15 points and six blocks against Purdue, making her the first player in Big Ten history to record 100 blocks in two different seasons.

On the road against Indiana on Thursday, the center recorded a season-high 15 rebounds and a game-high 16 points, converting on her last four field-goal attempts to give MSU key leads late in the game. The double-double was her sixth of the season.

On Sunday, DeHaan helped the Spartans to their first-ever win at Penn State, netting 16 points on .500 shooting and a 6-of-6 performance from the free-throw line. DeHaan finished the week 13-of-14 from the charity stripe.

DeHaan is ranked among the Big Ten leaders in blocks (first - 112), free-throw percentage (fifth - 84.8 percent), rebounding (fifth - 7.9 avg.) and scoring (sixth - 14.9 avg.).

The Grandville, Mich., native was named Big Ten Player of the Week earlier this season on Dec. 3 and Dec. 10. She won the award twice last season as a freshman.

Michigan State returns to action to face Northwestern this Thursday, Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. in the Breslin Center.

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