Oct. 27, 2004

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State sophomore Tessa Bonhomme received Women’s Division I Defensive Player of the Week honors Tuesday for guiding the Buckeye defense in their split with then-No. 4 Wisconsin Oct. 22-23.

The Sudbury, Ontario, native led the Buckeye defensive unit in shutting down Wisconsin’s offense, which is the second highest team in the nation, in Ohio State’s 3-1 victory Saturday. Bonhomme was on the ice for all three Buckeye goals and assisted on a goal by teammate Jeni Creary early in the second period to tie the game at 1-all.

Bonhomme played a key part in OSU’s penalty kill, which held Wisconsin, whose power play is ranked second in the nation, scoreless on 9-of-10 power-play chances on the weekend. In the win Saturday, the Buckeyes stopped the Badgers on all five opportunities.

This season, Bonhomme’s four assists places her third (tied) on the team in points and second in assists.

The national award marks the second of the season for Ohio State. Senior forward Creary received Offensive Player of the Week honors Oct. 21. The accolade is the fourth for Ohio State in the five-year history of the program.