Braun, Thomas Earn Second Team All-Big Ten Honors
March 2, 2009
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana junior point guard Jamie Braun and senior forward Whitney Thomas were named to the 2009 Second Team All-Big Ten by the league's coaches, while Thomas also earned second team honors from the league's media and Braun received third team honors. Senior Kim Roberson was named to the Big Ten's All-Defensive Team, and senior Amber Jackson earned Honorable Mention recognition from both the coaches and media.
Braun led the Hoosiers in Big Ten games with 13.9 points per game, ranking fifth among the league's leaders. She shot 40.2 percent (37-of-92) from the 3-point line against conference foes and totaled 64 assists. Overall, Braun ranked second on the IU squad with 12.5 points per game and has recorded 98 assists and 43 steals. Braun became the 21st Hoosier to reach 1,000 career points on Jan. 19.
Thomas was IU's leader on the boards all season with 8.9 per game and 8.6 per Big Ten game. She also tallied 12.7 points per league contest and was second on the squad in overall steals with 46, and third in assists with 52. Thomas is just the second Hoosier in school history to reach 1,000 career points and 1,000 career rebounds. She reached the point's milestone on Jan. 4 and tallied her 1,000th career board on Feb. 8. She has also collected nine double-doubles this season.
Roberson was Indiana's defensive leader all season, collecting 69 steals during the regular season, and 48 against Big Ten opponents. She ranked fourth with 2.67 steals per league game and is averaging 2.56 on the season. Roberson became Indiana's all-time steals leader on Feb. 19.
Jackson has been IU's scoring leader all season long, averaging 12.9 points per game. She was the Big Ten Player of the Week on Dec. 2 after being named the Hilton Concord Classic Tournament Most Valuable Player for leading the Hoosiers to the tournament title. Against Big Ten opponents, Jackson averaged 10.8 points per game. Entering the postseason, she ranks seventh in scoring among the league leaders and third in field goal percentage at 50.9 percent (142-of-279).
Sophomore Andrea McGuirt was one of 11 student-athletes who received Big Ten Sportsmanship Award honors. The student-athletes chosen are individuals who have distinguished themselves through sportsmanship and ethical behavior. In addition, the student-athlete must be in good academic standing and have demonstrated good citizenship outside of the sports-competition setting.
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