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Oct. 16, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State junior Ameryst Alston has been named to the preseason All-Big Ten Team as announced by the conference office Thursday morning.

Alston had a breakout year in 2013-14, finishing the regular season third in the conference with 20.3 ppg in Big Ten play and ranked second in minutes played (36.6) in all games. Alston shot 46.5 percent from the field, 83.1 percent from the free throw line and led the team with 112 assists and 40 steals. She also tied for team-high with 43 three-point field goals.

A consistent offensive threat all season, Alston scored in double-figures in all but two games and enjoyed five 30-point performances, joining only a handful of Buckeyes who have scored at least 30 points in consecutive games in their careers. She accomplished that feat two different times last season. Alston scored a career-high 33 points and had nine assists in the upset win over No. 1-seed Penn State in the Big Ten Tournament on March 7.

She was named the Big Ten Player of the Week on Jan. 13, after scoring 29 points on 13 of 21 shooting in the win at No. 22 and previously unbeaten Indiana. The Canton, Ohio, native went over 750 career points Feb. 23, vs. Northwestern and enters this season 133 points shy of 1,000 for her career.

Last season, Alston’s first team All-Big Ten honor marked the 10th consecutive season in which at least one Buckeye has earned first team honors and the 12th overall selection since 2005.

2014-15 COACHES BIG TEN PRESEASON RANKINGS
1.       Maryland
2.       Michigan State
3.       Iowa

2014-15 COACHES PRESEASON ALL-BIG TEN TEAM
Samantha Logic, Sr., G, IOWA
Aerial Powers, So., G, MSU
Rachel Banham, Sr., G, MINN
Rachel Theriot, Jr., G, NEB
Nia Coffey, So., F, NU

2014-15 COACHES PRESEASON BIG TEN PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Rachel Banham, Sr., G, MINN

2014-15 MEDIA BIG TEN PRESEASON RANKINGS
1.       Maryland
2.       Michigan State
3.       Nebraska

2014-15 MEDIA PRESEASON ALL-BIG TEN TEAM*
Samantha Logic, Sr., G, IOWA
Lexie Brown, So., G, MD
Rachel Banham, Sr., G, MINN
Amanda Zahui B., So., C, MINN
Rachel Theriot, Jr., G, NEB
Ameryst Alston, Jr., G, OSU
*Six players recognized due to a tie

2014-15 MEDIA PRESEASON BIG TEN PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Rachel Banham, Sr., G, MINN