Feb. 26, 2018
COLUMBUS, Ohio – For the third time in her career, Ohio State senior Kelsey Mitchell has been named the Big Ten Player of the Year. She was also named first team All-Big Ten for the fourth-straight year and is joined on the first team by Stephanie Mavunga. Linnae Harper earned second team All-Big Ten honors and was one of five players named to the Big Ten All-Defensive Team. Sierra Calhoun and Asia Doss also took home honorable mention honors.
Mitchell shares the Player of the Year award this season with Iowa’s Megan Gustafson who was voted by the media while Mitchell earned the distinction from the coaches.
Mitchell is just the second Buckeye to be named first team All-Big Ten four times, joining Jantel Lavender. She also joins Lavender and Jessica Davenport as the only three Buckeyes to be named Big Ten Player of the Year three times.
This year, Mitchell leads the conference in three-pointers made with 110 and is second in points per game at 24.4. She has dished-out a team-high 124 assists and has an assist-to-turnover ratio of nearly 2-to-1 which is the best of her career. She could become the program’s first four-time All-American later this season.
Mavunga, who earned second team all-conference honors last season, has had a great year and really came on strong over the final six weeks of the season. She posted a team-high 15 double-doubles and is averagering 16.2 points and 10.6 rebounds per game. Mavunga is just one of three Buckeyes to average a double-double for an entire season and she has now done it in each of the last two years. The Brownsburg, Ind., native is shooting 61.8 percent from the floor and in addition to being third in the Big Ten in rebounding, she is third in blocked shots at 2.4 per game.
Harper was named the conferences’ Sixth Player of the Year last year and earns her first All-Big Ten honors. She has done it all for the Buckeyes this season. She is scoring 15.1 points per game and at 5-8, she is seventh in the conference in rebounding at 8.6 per game. She is also dishing-out 2.6 assists per game and is the leader on the team with 68 steals. The latter is what made her stand out defensively in the mind of the league’s 14 head coaches.
Calhoun is enjoying the best season of her career, averaging 11.6 points and 3.9 rebounds per game. She has started and played in all 65 games over the past two seasons and has made the second-most three-pointers on the team this year with 66. Doss has not missed a game in her four years, playing in all 134 contests. She is second on the team with 109 assists and is tied for first in the conference with a 2.9 assist-to-turnover ratio. Doss is also Ohio State All-Big Ten Sportsmanship honoree.