Feb. 20, 2006
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio State sophomore guard Marscilla Packer was named Co-Big Ten Player of the Week Monday in an announcement by the conference office. Packer buried a career-best 32 points and tied a Buckeye record with eight 3-point field goals in Ohio State's 76-55 win at Minnesota Thursday.
Packer shared the weekly honor with Indiana senior guard Cyndi Valentin, who had 25 points in the Hoosiers' upset of No. 10 Purdue Sunday.
A Native of Pickerington, Ohio, Packer finished the game 12-for-15 from the floor, including an 8-of-10 clip from 3-point land. She added four assists against just one turnover vs. the Golden Gophers. Her 80 percent mark from 3-point land stands as the best all-time at Ohio State when attempting 10 or more 3-pointers in a game.
The Big Ten leader in 3-point percentage has made 63-of-127 attempts this season, a .496 rate. Packer, who ranked fifth nationally in 3-point percentage in the latest NCAA stat release Feb. 14, has netted 53 percent (41-77) of her 3-point attempts in Big Ten play this season.
Packer is on pace to break both the Big Ten and Ohio State single-season records for 3-point field goal percentage. Michigan State's Lindsay Bowen connected on .464 percent of her 3-point attempts (77-166) in 2002-03 to set the league record. Caity Matter holds the Ohio State standard at .451 (105-235), also set in the 2002-03 campaign. For her career, Packer now stands at No. 1 all-time at Ohio State with a .441 (83-188) rate from 3-point range. Matter ranks second at .411 (270-657).
Packer's weekly league honor is her first and the fourth this season won by an Ohio State player. Jessica Davenport collected weekly awards Jan. 16, Jan. 23 and Feb. 6.
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