COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State senior Ameryst Alston had herself quite a week and she was rewarded for her efforts by being named the Big Ten’s Player of the Week. She was also named the College Sports Madness National Player of the Week.
Alston, who averaged 22 points per game, led the Buckeyes to three big wins last week. The win on Monday over No. 5 Maryland was the Buckeyes’ second win over the defending B1G champions this season and it put a one game gap in between the teams in the standings. The 98-81 victory at Iowa on Thursday was Ohio State’s first win at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in over eight years and the win at Penn State on Sunday extended the Buckeyes’ win streak to nine games, its longest streak since 2012.
In addition to the team’s success, Alston racked up a number of individual accomplishments. She scored 22 points and dished-out a game-high eight assists against Maryland. She then became just the sixth Buckeye to reach the 2,000 point mark as she poured in 18 points and had six assists in the win at Iowa. On Sunday against Penn State, Alston canned a career-high eight three-point field goals en route to posting a game-high 26 points. She also dished-out four assists and grabbed six rebounds against the Nittany Lions.
For the week, Alston averaged 22 points, six assists and four rebounds in the three games. She shot 50 percent from the floor and was 14-of-28 from long range. The Canton, Ohio native has moved into fourth place on the OSU career scoring list with 2,032 points. She joins Jantel Lavender (2,818), Katie Smith (2,578) and Jessica Davenport (2,303) as the top four scorers in school history.
This was Alston’s third Big Ten Player of the Week honor. She earned the award in January of her sophomore season and in November of her junior year. This was also her first National Player of the Week award.