Nov. 27, 2017
COLUMBUS, Ohio – After helping lead Ohio State to a championship at the Play4Kay Showcase in Las Vegas over the weekend, Kelsey Mitchell has been named the national Player of the Week by ESPNW and CollegeSportsMadness.com as well as the Big Ten Player of the Week.
Mitchell averaged 30.3 points, 4.3 rebounds, 4.0 assists and shot over 53 percent from the floor and 48 percent from beyond the arc in the Buckeyes’ three victories. She was also 27-of-30 from the free throw line which included a 19-of-20 performance in the championship game, setting an OSU single-game record with her 19 makes.
In the game against Florida Gulf Coast on Nov. 24, Mitchell was 7-of-11 from beyond the arc and finished with a then season-high 34 points. Also in that game, she surpassed UConn’s Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis to become the NCAA DI all-time leader in career three-pointers. She now has 404 three-pointers which topped Mosqueda-Lewis’ old mark or 398.
One day later in the championship game vs. No. 14 Stanford, Mitchell scored 31 of her season-high 37 points after halftime to help the Buckeyes overcome a 12-point deficit and pullout a 94-82 overtime victory. In addition to her 19 free throws, she also had a season-high two steals to go with five rebounds and three assists.
This is the fourth time Mitchell has been named the national player of the week and her ninth time earning the weekend Big Ten honor.
Mitchell and the Buckeyes will return to action this Thursday when they head to Duke as part of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. The game will tip at 7 p.m. and can be seen on ESPN2.