Nebraska’s GRACE MITCHELL 2020 BIG 10 Sportsmanship Award Recipient!

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ROSEMONT, Ill. — The Big Ten Conference announced its 2019-20 women’s basketball all-conference teams and individual award recipients on Monday during BTN’s Women’s Sports Report.Iowa senior guard Kathleen Doyle was chosen as Big Ten Player of the Year by both the conference coaches and a select panel of Big Ten media members, the second consecutive season a Hawkeye student has swept both honors. Megan Gustafson was the 2019 Big Ten Player of Year, on the way to being chosen the consensus National Player of the Year, and she also earned Big Ten Player of the Year honors from the media in 2018.

Big Ten co-champion Northwestern picked up a pair of individual awards on Monday, with Joe McKeown chosen as Big Ten Coach of the Year by both his colleagues and the media, while Wildcat sophomore guard Veronica Burton was named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year by each voting body.

Ashley Owusu from Big Ten co-champion Maryland was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year by the conference coaches and media (she was also a unanimous Big Ten All-Freshman Team pick by the coaches), while Nebraska sophomore guard Leigha Brown was voted the Big Ten’s Sixth Player of the Year by both groups.

McKeown earns his first Big Ten Coach of the Year award and is the first Northwestern coach to receive the honor since 1990, when Don Perrelli was selected by the media. Burton becomes the third Wildcat in the past five seasons voted Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, following Ashley Deary’s back-to-back selections in 2016 and 2017.

Likewise, Owusu is the third Maryland student in the last five years named the Big Ten Freshman of the Year and the second in as many seasons following Taylor Mikesell’s selection by the coaches in 2019.

Brown is the first Nebraska student to receive the Big Ten Sixth Player of the Year honor since the Huskers joined the conference for the 2011-12 season.

Doyle joined Maryland senior guard Kaila Charles, Michigan sophomore forward Naz Hillmon and Northwestern junior guard Lindsey Pulliam as unanimous first-team All-Big Ten selections by both the coaches and media. In addition, Rutgers’ Arella Guirantes was a unanimous first-team choice by the coaches. The conference’s All-Big Ten teams consist of 10 first-team honorees, 10 second-team selections and honorable mention choices.

The Big Ten also recognized 14 Sportsmanship Award recipients in the sport of women’s basketball on Monday, one from each conference school. The students chosen are individuals who have distinguished themselves through sportsmanship and ethical behavior. These students must also be in good academic standing and have demonstrated good citizenship outside of the sports-competition setting.

The complete All-Big Ten teams, as well as a list of other honorees, can be found below.

All 13 games of this year’s Big Ten Tournament will be televised live to a national audience, with the first round through semifinal games from Wednesday through Saturday broadcast on BTN and the FOX Sports app. The Big Ten Tournament championship game on March 10 will be televised live on ESPN2 and the ESPN app.

This year’s Big Ten Tournament champion will earn the conference’s automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament. Follow all the Big Ten Tournament action on the official Tournament Central web site at bigten.org/wbbt and on Twitter @B1GWBBall (use the hashtags #B1GTourney and #B1GWBBall).

2019-20 All-Big Ten Women’s Basketball Teams and Individual Honors (as selected by the Big Ten coaches)
Player of the Year: Kathleen Doyle, Sr., G, Iowa
Freshman of the Year: Ashley Owusu, G, Maryland
Coach of the Year: Joe McKeown, Northwestern
Defensive Player of the Year: Veronica Burton, So., G, Northwestern
Sixth Player of the Year: Leigha Brown, So., G, Nebraska
First Team All-Big Ten Second Team All-Big Ten Honorable Mention All-Big Ten All-Freshman Team
Grace Berger, Indiana Monika Czinano, Iowa Taylor Mikesell, Maryland Mackenzie Holmes, Indiana
Ali Patberg, Indiana Makenzie Meyer, Iowa Ashley Owusu, Maryland McKenna Warnock, Iowa
KATHLEEN DOYLE, Iowa Shakira Austin, Maryland Blair Watson, Maryland ASHLEY OWUSU, Maryland
KAILA CHARLES, Maryland Stephanie Jones, Maryland Jasmine Powell, Minnesota Jasmine Powell, Minnesota
NAZ HILLMON, Michigan Amy Dilk, Michigan Leigha Brown, Nebraska Kierstan Bell, Ohio State
LINDSEY PULLIAM, Northwestern Nia Clouden, Michigan State Kate Cain, Nebraska
Abi Scheid, Northwestern Taryn McCutcheon, Michigan State Abbie Wolf, Northwestern All-Defensive Team
Dorka Juhász, Ohio State Taiye Bello, Minnesota Kierstan Bell, Ohio State Blair Watson, Maryland
Ae’Rianna Harris, Purdue Veronica Burton, Northwestern Karissa McLaughlin, Purdue Kate Cain, Nebraska
ARELLA GUIRANTES, Rutgers Kamaria McDaniel, Penn State Dominique Oden, Purdue Veronica Burton, Northwestern
Tekia Mack, Rutgers Ae’Rianna Harris, Purdue
Imani Lewis, Wisconsin Tekia Mack, Rutgers

Unanimous selections listed in ALL CAPS

2019-20 All-Big Ten Women’s Basketball Teams and Individual Honors (as selected by the Big Ten media)
Player of the Year: Kathleen Doyle, Sr., G, Iowa
Freshman of the Year: Ashley Owusu, G, Maryland
Coach of the Year: Joe McKeown, Northwestern
Defensive Player of the Year: Veronica Burton, So., G, Northwestern
Sixth Player of the Year: Leigha Brown, So., G, Nebraska
First Team All-Big Ten Second Team All-Big Ten Honorable Mention All-Big Ten All-Freshman Team
Ali Patberg, Indiana Grace Berger, Indiana Petra Holešínská, Illinois Mackenzie Holmes, Indiana
KATHLEEN DOYLE, Iowa Makenzie Meyer, Iowa Jaelynn Penn, Indiana Ashley Owusu, Maryland
Monika Czinano, Iowa Shakira Austin, Maryland Taylor Mikesell, Maryland Jasmine Powell, Minnesota
KAILA CHARLES, Maryland Stephanie Jones, Maryland Blair Watson, Maryland Sara Scalia, Minnesota
NAZ HILLMON, Michigan Ashley Owusu, Maryland Amy Dilk, Michigan Kierstan Bell, Ohio State
LINDSEY PULLIAM, Northwestern Nia Clouden, Michigan State Taryn McCutcheon, Michigan State
Dorka Juhász, Ohio State Taiye Bello, Minnesota Gadiva Hubbard, Minnesota All-Defensive Team
Kamaria McDaniel, Penn State Veronica Burton, Northwestern Jasmine Powell, Minnesota Blair Watson, Maryland
Ae’Rianna Harris, Purdue Abi Scheid, Northwestern Sara Scalia, Minnesota Kate Cain, Nebraska
Arella Guirantes, Rutgers Imani Lewis, Wisconsin Leigha Brown, Nebraska Veronica Burton, Northwestern
Kate Cain, Nebraska Ae’Rianna Harris, Purdue
Abbie Wolf, Northwestern Tekia Mack, Rutgers
Sydney Wood, Northwestern
Kierstan Bell, Ohio State
Karissa McLaughlin, Purdue
Dominique Oden, Purdue
Tekia Mack, Rutgers
Abby Laszewski, Wisconsin
Unanimous selections listed in ALL CAPS
2019-20 Big Ten Sportsmanship Award Honorees
Courtney Joens Illinois
Brenna Wise Indiana
Makenzie Meyer Iowa
Stephanie Jones Maryland
Kayla Robbins Michigan
Victoria Gaines Michigan State
Jasmine Brunson Minnesota
Grace Mitchell Nebraska
Amber Jamison Northwestern
Jacy Sheldon Ohio State
Kayleigh Semion Penn State
Dominique Oden Purdue
Khadaizha Sanders Rutgers
Suzanne Gilreath Wisconsin

WAY TO REPRESENT GRACE!! Wellington is proud of you!!

Steve Sturgis

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