Kelsey Mitchell Named National Player of the Week
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State sophomore Kelsey Mitchell had an outstanding weekend at the South Point Shootout and as a result, she has been named Player of the Week by a number of outlets.
Mitchell was named the National Player of the Week by ESPNW and College Sports Madness as well as the Big Ten Player of the Week. This was her first weekly honor of the season. Mitchell was also named the National Player of the Week by ESPNW and College Sports Madness once last year and B1G Player of the Week two times.
The Cincinnati, Ohio native scored a total of 62 points and grabbed nine rebounds in the Buckeyes’ wins over Liberty and No. 10/9 Texas A&M. She scored a game-high 20 points in the win over Liberty and then torched Texas A&M for a school-record tying 42 points which included a school-record tying 15 free throws. In the second half against the Aggies, Mitchell was 8-of-9 from the floor, 13-of-14 from the free throw line and grabbed three rebounds to help reverse a 15-point first half deficit. She was named to the Shootout’s All-Tournament Team and was voted the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player.
Mitchell also reached another milestone in the win over Texas A&M as she became the fastest player in Big Ten history to surpass 1,000 career points. It took her just 41 games, besting Penn State’s Kelly Mazzante and her mark of 47 games. The OSU record was held by Katie Smith who reached 1,000 points in her 52nd game.
Mitchell and the Buckeyes will be back in action this Wednesday as they head to South Bend, Ind., to take on No. 3 Notre Dame as part of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.