COLUMBUS, Ohio — Jincy Dunne has long been one of the most vital players to the Ohio State University women’s ice hockey team, and now her on-ice acumen has been recognized as she’s been named the Western Collegiate Hockey Association Defensive Player of the Year, Powered by GoodWood Hockey, WCHA officials announced on Monday.
Dunne leads all WCHA defensemen with 27 points this season, a new career-high. Her 23 assists, 0.84 points-per-game and 0.72 assists-per-game also lead all conference defenders. The redshirt-junior even brought home some hardware earlier in the season, winning back-to-back WCHA Defenseman of the Week awards in November, and then staking claim to the WCHA Defenseman of the Month award for November. She’s served as one of the co-captains this season, earning the utmost respect from her teammates and coaches.
“Jincy plays with one of the highest hockey IQs I’ve ever seen,” head coach Nadine Muzerall said. “She’s always thinking ahead to the next play, or two plays later. She’s a 200-foot player that impacts the game at every level, and she’s one of the best people I’ve met. Jincy is the type of woman I want my daughter looking up to, she has a bright future and truly deserves this honor.”
The O’Fallon, Missouri native has made a positive impact from the first time she stepped on the ice with the Buckeyes, scoring a goal in her debut game against Rensselaer on Sept. 29, 2016. She played in all 37 games of her redshirt-freshman season, earning WCHA All-Rookie Team and All-WCHA Third Team honors in addition to winning the WCHA Rookie of the Month award in January 2017.
Her redshirt-sophomore campaign saw Dunne continue the thrive as she set a then season-high of 26 points on her way to earning American Hockey Coaches Association All-American Second Team honors. Dunne brought home a slew of honors last season including a spot on the All-WCHA First Team and All-USCHO Third Team honors. Dunne also added something to her sweater during the season after the team voted to make her an alternate captain.
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This marks the second time in program history where a Buckeye earned WCHA Defensive Player of the Year honors following Olympic gold medalist Tessa Bonhomme winning the award in 2008.
The Buckeyes are headed back the WCHA Final Faceoff this weekend where they’ll clash with No. 2 Wisconsin for a spot in the WCHA Championship game. Puck drop for the WCHA Semifinal is set for 6:07 p.m. ET at Ridder Arena in Minneapolis.