Mitchell, Alston & Hart Earn All-B1G Honors
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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State freshman Kelsey Mitchell was named the Big Ten Co-Player of the Year and the Unanimous Freshman of the Year as announced by the conference office on Monday. Junior guard Ameryst Alston earned her second-straight All-Big Ten First Team honors while freshman Alexa Hart earned honorable mention honors as well as All-Freshman Team accolades.
Mitchell was named first team by both the media and coaches votes, including a unanimous choice by the coaches and was named the Player of the Year by the coaches. Alston was also a first team choice for both the media and coaches. Hart and Mitchell were each named to the All-Freshman team which was only voted on by the coaches.
Mitchell is just the second freshman in conference history to earn Player of the Year honors, joining fellow Buckeye Jantel Lavender who earned the award in 2008. Overall, she is the seventh Buckeye to be named B1G Player of the Year. Ohio State has had a strong hold on the award over the last 11 years as this is the ninth time since 2005 that a Buckeye has taken the leagues’ top honor.
Mitchell has led the conference in scoring since late November and she has been in the top-3 in scoring nationally almost as long. She has scored in double-figures in all 30 games and is averaging 24.5 points per contest. Mitchell’s 110 three-pointers are a new OSU single-season school-record and she is just two away from the Big Ten single-season record.
Nationally, Mitchell not only leads the country in three-point field goals but also tops the country with 736 points. That is the third-most points in a single-season in school history. She has been named the national Freshman of the Week twice in addition to being named the B1G Freshman of the Week seven times. Mitchell also leads the Buckeyes with 124 assists and 53 steals.
Alston is the 12th Buckeye to earn multiple first team All-Big Ten honors. She is averaging a career-best 20.2 points per game this season and has already tied her assist total from last season with 112. She has scored in double-figures in all but three games this year and is the third-leading scorer in the Big Ten. Alston recorded her second-career double-double with a 29-point, 11-assist performance in leading the Buckeyes to an upset of No. 11 Iowa.
Hart developed throughout the year into one of the best post players in the conference. She leads the Buckeyes with nine double-doubles while averaging 11.3 points and a team-best 8.6 rebounds per game. She also alters the game on the defensive end as her 110 blocks have not only set a new OSU freshman single-season record but are also just six shy of Jessica Davenport’s overall school-record. Hart is shooting over 61 percent from the floor and has notched 28 steals.
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