Bloomington, Ind. - Indiana's Jenny DeMuth is this week's Big Ten Player of the Week, the conference announced.
Not only did DeMuth score 27 points, grab 11 rebounds, make five steals and record three blocks in the Hoosiers' overtime win over Western Illinois, but she did her damage when her team needed her the most. DeMuth scored 24 of her 27 points in the second half, grabbed eight of her 11 rebounds in the second half and made all five steals in the second half to almost single-handedly bring Indiana back from a 16-point second half deficit to win. With the Hoosiers desperate and trailing, 54-38 with 11:33 remaining in the contest, DeMuth scored the game's next 17 points to give Indiana a 55-54 lead, setting the Hoosiers up for the win.
"This is a great honor to be recognized as Player of the Week again," DeMuth said. "Whenever you get recognized on an individual level, it always makes you feel good. Hopefully we can take our last win and use that momentum when we play Ball State and Michigan State this week."
The honor marks the second time this season DeMuth has been recognized as the conference player of the week, as she also earned the recognition after leading the Hoosiers to the Indiana Classic Championship with a 30-point, 12 rebound effort against North Texas in the title game. She and Penn State All-American Kelly Mazzante are the only two players to earn the honor twice this year.
"Jenny has been awesome this year," Indiana head coach Kathi Bennett said. "She has been doing everything for this team and her leadership has been a tremendous asset to us. She deserves to be recognized as the Player of the Week and she is really emerging as one of the best players in the Big Ten Conference."
DeMuth currently ranks third in the Big Ten in points per game (21.2), third in rebounds per game (8.1) and third in steals per game (2.7).
She leads the Hoosiers against Ball State Wednesday in Muncie. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m. The broadcast can be heard on 105.1 WHCC radio Bloomington or via the internet at www.iuhoosiers.com. Click on the broadcasts link, then go to women's basketball and follow the prompts from there.