Feb. 3, 2009
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IOWA CITY – – The Big Ten announced today that Iowa sophomore Kachine Alexander has been named Big Ten Player of the Week.
Alexander takes home her second weekly honor in three weeks after leading Iowa to a triple-overtime victory over Penn State Sunday.
The native of Minneapolis, MN, became the first Hawkeye to ever amass two triple-doubles in a career, let alone two in four games, when she accomplished the feat again in Sunday’s, 97-89, triple-overtime win over the Lady Lions. The Hawkeyes became the first Big Ten team to ever win a triple-overtime conference game, since league play officially began in 1982-83.
Alexander registered a team-high 26 points, a staggering 21 rebounds and 10 assists against Penn State. The 26 points and 21 rebounds are personal bests. Additionally, Alexander was a perfect 10-10 from the foul line, including sinking all six attempts in the 15 extra minutes. The sophomore was two assists from of a triple-double through regulation, but dished out assists on Iowa’s first two overtime field goals and achieved the mark at 3:02 of the first overtime.
Alexander is one of only three NCAA Division I student-athletes to post two triple-doubles this season. Kansas State’s Shalee Lehning and St. Mary’s Louella Tomlinson are the other players to have two triple-doubles this year. In total, there have been 12 triple-doubles, by a total of nine players in 2008-09.
In Iowa’s two games last week, Alexander made 85 percent of her free throws, sinking 17-of-20 attempts.
The 5-9 guard, currently leads the conference in Big Ten rebounding (9.9), assist/turnover ratio (1.7) and is second in assists (5.1) and defensive rebounds (7.5).
The Hawkeyes return to action Thursday night when it hosts Indiana. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.