Iowa Earns 3rd-Straight B1G Defensive Honor

Sept. 25, 2012

IOWA CITY, Iowa — University of Iowa senior defender Jessica Barnett has been tabbed as the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week, the conference office announced Tuesday. It is the third consecutive week that a Hawkeye has earned the distinction.

Barnett earned her first career Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week accolade after leading Iowa’s defensive effort in road victories over No. 15 Michigan State (1-0) and Central Michigan (4-1). The Hawkeye back line allowed only 12 shots in the two games.

After scoring the go-ahead goal in the 37th minute against the Spartans, Barnett made a key defensive save midway through the second half to lead Iowa to the win in its Big Ten opener.

The honor is the fourth of Barnett’s Hawkeye career. Last season, the Vancouver, Canada, native was a three-time Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week, earning the distinction on Oct. 11, Oct. 25 and Nov. 1.

Iowa has earned the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week honor three straight weeks. Senior goalkeeper Kathleen McGraw received the accolade on Sept. 11 and Sept. 18.

The Hawkeyes, winners of five straight, return to action Sunday against Ohio State. Game time is set for noon (CT) at Grant Field.