Feb. 11, 2008
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IOWA CITY – – The Big Ten announced today that Iowa senior Johanna Solverson has been named co-Player of the Week with Purdue’s FahKara Malone.
Solverson takes home the first weekly honor of her career after helping the Hawkeyes claim sole possession of first place in the conference with wins over Michigan State and Penn State last week.
The sixth-year senior netted her 1,000th career point with 18 points against the Spartans last Thursday, also adding a season-high eight assists. Against the Lady Lions on Sunday, the forward scored 16 points, including Iowa’s first seven, also pulling down a game-high seven rebounds in just 24 minutes on the court. For the week, Solverson averaged 17 points, 6.5 rebounds and six assists per game while shooting .609 from the floor and .500 from 3-point territory.
The native of Lake Zurich, IL, has raised her level of play the last month. Solverson averaged 12.1 points, 5.5 rebounds and 4.3 assists in Iowa’s last 11 games. She currently ranks sixth in Big Ten assists (4.08).
Solverson is one of only two Hawkeyes to ever amass over 1,000 career points, 500 rebounds, 350 assists and 175 steals (Franthea Price).
Iowa’s last Player of the Week was Crystal Smith on Nov. 28, 2005.
Iowa (17-7, 10-3) and Purdue (13-10, 9-3) meet in a first-place showdown Thursday at West Lafayette, IN. Tip-off is slated for 6:05 p.m. (CST) at Mackey Arena. Purdue plays at Michigan State tonight.
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