Jan. 20, 2009
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IOWA CITY – – The Big Ten announced today that Iowa sophomore Kachine Alexander has been named co-Big Ten Player of the Week with Minnesota’s Ashley Ellis-Milan.
Alexander takes home her first career weekly honor after helping Iowa to a pair of victories over Illinois and Northwestern last week.
Alexander nearly averaged a triple-double (8.0 points, 10.5 rebounds and 10.5 assists) in two games last week. In Sunday’s win over Northwestern, she became the eighth NCAA Division I student-athlete to post a triple-double this season. The 5-9 guard totaled 10 points, 11 rebounds and 12 assists against the Wildcats. The 12 assists are a personal best and match the school single-game and Carver-Hawkeye Arena record.
The last time a Big Ten player recorded a triple-double during a conference game came on Feb. 8, 2007 when Ohio State’s Jessica Davenport tallied 17 points, 10 rebounds and 11 blocks against Minnesota. The last triple-double involving points, rebounds and assists in league play was courtesy of Iowa’s Cara Consuegra (17 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists) on Feb. 3, 2000.
Alexander, a native of Minneapolis, MN, grabbed a team-high 10 rebounds, scored six points and had nine assists with only one turnover in Iowa’s 72-62 triumph at Illinois last Thursday.
Iowa’s last women’s basketball Player of the Week recipient was Johanna Solverson, March 3, 2008.
The Hawkeyes have a mid-week bye and return to action Monday, Jan. 26 when it hosts Michigan. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena.