Nov. 1, 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 consecutive weekly honor, and third of the season and career. She earned her first weekly honor Oct. 11 and her second Oct. 25.
Barnett is the first Hawkeye to win three weekly awards in a season since Kristy Gleason accomplished the feat in 1992.
“Jess is a phenomenal athlete,” said head coach Tracey Griesbaum. “She is doing a great job of both defending and attacking. She brings her positive attitude and phenomenal work rate to every situation.”
Barnett led Iowa to a 5-2 victory in its regular season finale at Ball State last Friday. The junior recorded her first career ‘hat trick’, as she scored three goals in the win. Barnett has scored nine goals, all of which have come during Iowa’s six-game win streak. During the streak, she has tallied at least one goal in five of the games and multiple goals in three contests. She has recorded at least one point in all six games and has added three defensive saves.
On the season, the North Vancouver, Canada, native ranks second on the team with nine goals and 20 points.
The weekly honor is Iowa’s sixth 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. Barnett is the second Hawkeye to garner back-to-back weekly awards this year (Kim Scraper, Sept. 6 and Sept. 13).
The 11th-ranked Hawkeyes travel to University Park, Pa., to compete in the 18th annual Big Ten Tournament this week. Iowa (14-3, 4-2), the No. 4 seed, will face fifth-seeded Indiana (9-7, 2-4) Thursday in the first round at 9 a.m. (CT). The tournament will be held at the Penn State Field Hockey Complex on the campus of Penn State.