Bloomington, Ind. - Indiana junior Jenny DeMuth earned Big Ten Player of the Week honors for her performance at the Indiana Classic last week.
DeMuth earned tournament MVP honors after averaging 24.5 points, 8.5 rebounds, 5.5 steals and 1.5 assists per game against Cornell and North Texas in leading the Hoosiers to the tournament title.
"This is a great honor to have, especially in a conference where there are so many great players," DeMuth said. "What makes it even better is how well we played as a team, and to start the season as well as we did, it really gets us going on the right track."
Against North Texas in the championship game, DeMuth had a day to remember, scoring 30 points and grabbing 12 rebounds (both career-highs) to lead the way for Indiana. DeMuth also shined on the defensive end, adding five steals.
"She was awesome," Head Coach Kathi Bennett said of DeMuth's performance Sunday. "Her aggressiveness in attacking the rim is something this team needs and the difference she can make is incredible. We're proud of her for being recognized as the Big Ten Player of the Week, she deserves it."
The Highland, Ind., native sunk 14-of-15 attempts from the free throw line against North Texas on Sunday. In doing so, she matched her previous career high for free throws made in a game (a single-game mark that also ranks second all-time at Indiana). Her 15 attempts from the line on Sunday also match a career high for her (a single-game mark that also ranks third all-time at Indiana).
DeMuth's performance on Sunday was not only the best of her career, but it made her one of only nine players in Indiana history to record a 30-point, 10-rebound game.
In the opener against Cornell, DeMuth led the way with 19 points, five rebounds and six steals in 23 minutes of action.
She is the first Hoosier to earn Big Ten Player of the Week honors since Jill Chapman was recognized in January of 2002.
The Hoosiers return to action this week when they travel to the Virgin Islands to take on Mississippi State at 8:15 p.m. (EST) on Friday in the first round of the Paradise Jam. Indiana faces either Iowa State or Virginia Tech on Saturday.