COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio State sophomore guard Kelsey Mitchell has been named an Associated Press first team All-American. Mitchell is just the third Buckeye to be selected for the five-member team.
Mitchell certainly had no sophomore slump as she scored 889 points, breaking her own single-season school record of 873 points which she set last season. She also led the Big Ten and is currently tied for first nationally with 126 three-point field goals which is one shy of her NCAA single-season record from last season.
Mitchell is a finalist for the Nancy Lieberman and Dawn Staley Awards and is on the Wooden Award Late Season Top-20 and the Wade Watch List. She was a unanimous first team All-Big Ten selection this season and was named to the Big Ten All-Tournament Team for the second-straight year.
Prior to this season, a Buckeye had scored 40 or more points in a game just two times but Mitchell recorded four 40-point games this season. She scored a school-record 48 points against Michigan State in the regular season finale and then set a new Big Ten Tournament single-game record with 43 points in the quarterfinal win over Rutgers. Mitchell also had 42 points on Nov. 28 against No. 10 Texas A&M and torched West Virginia for 45 points in the NCAA Second Round victory.
The Cincinnati, Ohio native joins Jessica Davenport (2005) and Jantel Lavender (2010, 2011) as the only Buckeyes to earn AP first team honors. She was a second team selection as a freshman last season.
The other members of the AP first team are Brianna Stewart and Moriah Jefferson from UConn, A'ja Wilson from South Carolina and Rachel Banham from Minnesota.
OSU senior guard Ameryst Alston was named an honorable mention AP All-American. She finished her career fourth in school-history with 2,165 career points and was a three-time first team All-Big Ten honoree. This season, she averaged 18.3 points per game and made 73 three-pointers while dishing-out a team-high 117 assists.
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