Oct. 25, 2011
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IOWA CITY, Iowa — University of Iowa junior Jessica Barnett has been named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week, the conference announced Tuesday. Barnett, a midfielder, garners her second weekly honor of the season and career. She earned her first weekly honor two weeks ago (Oct. 11).
“Jess had a very strong weekend on both sides of the ball,” said head coach Tracey Griesbaum. “She defends hard and is always providing a spark to our offense. Jess is a phenomenal leader on this team.”
Barnett played a key role in helping Iowa sweep No. 20 Northwestern and Pacific last weekend in Evanston, Ill. On Saturday, the Hawkeyes downed the Wildcats, 5-2, in their final Big Ten regular season contest. Barnett recorded two goals and a defensive save, marking the third-straight game she registered a defensive save.
A key contributor on Iowa’s offensive and defensive penalty corners, the North Vancouver, Canada, native tallied an assist in the 4-0 victory against Pacific Sunday. For the weekend, she notched five total points, two goals, one assist and a defensive save.
Barnett has scored six goals during the Hawkeyes’ current five-game win streak. She has tallied six goals and 14 points on the season.
The weekly honor is Iowa’s fifth of the season, marking the most the Black and Gold have received in a season since 2008, when the team had seven weekly award winners.
Iowa (13-3, 4-2) concludes the regular season Friday at Ball State. The game is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. (CT).