Braun Named Big Ten Sixth Player of the Year, McKay Earns All-Big Ten Honors
Feb. 27, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Freshman Jamie Braun was named the 2007 Big Ten Sixth Player of the Year, as decided by the league's coaches, the Big Ten announced on Tuesday, Feb. 27. Senior Sarah McKay also received postseason honors after being named to the All-Big Ten Third Team by the league's coaches and earning All-Big Ten Honorable Mention from the media.
Braun, a 5-8 guard from Marshfield, Wis., is the conference's second recipient of the Sixth Player of the Year award. She made an immediate impact for the Hoosiers in her rookie season, averaging 11.0 points, 5.4 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.7 steals per game. She is currently on a streak of eight games with double-digit scoring and owns three double-doubles on the season. She netted a career-high 27 points in the Hoosiers' 81-68 win over Illinois on Feb. 22 and pulled down a career-best 12 boards at Penn State on Feb. 25.
She averaged 11.3 points per game in Big Ten action and ranked among the conference leaders in rebounds (5.5 per game), steals per game (1.81) and 3-point percentage (.338). Braun averaged 28.9 minutes per game for the Hoosiers, playing in 21 of Indiana's 29 games off the bench.
Braun has led the Hoosiers in scoring six times this season, and has led IU's rebounding effort in five games. She was the 2006 Women's Sports Foundation Classic Tournament MVP after helping lead the Hoosiers to the tournament title and an upset of then-No. 15 Kentucky on Nov. 12.
McKay, a 6-7 center from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, became a presence in the paint for the Hoosiers, averaging 11.4 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game. She has led Indiana in scoring eight times this season and has registered six double-doubles in her final campaign, including 22 points and 11 boards at Penn State on Feb. 25. She leads the Hoosiers and is ranked fourth in the Big Ten with 1.79 blocked shots per game.
During conference action, McKay led IU with 13.9 points per game and was second on the squad with 7.4 rebounds per contest.
Senior Leah Enterline was one of 11 honorees selected for the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award. The student-athletes chosen are individuals who have distinguished themselves through sportsmanship and ethical behavior. In addition, the student-athletes must be in good academic standing and have demonstrated good citizenship outside of the sports-competition setting. Enterline is now eligible for the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award, as the conference office will honor one male and one female student-athlete from each institution at the end of the school year.
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