Pitts Named USBWA Freshman of the Week
Feb. 13, 2018

Gophers Host #23 Michigan & #10 Maryland This Week!

MINNEAPOLIS -- With Big Ten Freshman of Week honors already in hand, Minnesota guard/forward Destiny Pitts earned further acclaim Tuesday when she was recognized as the U.S. Basketball Writers Association National Freshman of the Week.

Now in its fourth year of existence, Pitts is the first player in Minnesota history to win the honor.

Pitts averaged 17.5 points and 7.0 rebounds per game last week as Minnesota went 2-0. After scoring 16 points in the previous three games combined, Pitts finished with 18 points, including 16 in the first half, in a 78-74 win at Purdue. Thirteen of her 16 first-half points came in the first quarter alone as she made 4-of-5 shots from the floor and all four free throw attempts.

In Sunday's 101-68 win over Penn State, the Detroit, Mich., native recorded 17 points, seven rebounds and a pair of steals.

With her six Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors this year, Pitts has moved into second place in Minnesota history behind only Amanda Zahui B., who had seven in 2013-14. Pitts is one of seven players in conference history to be named Big Ten Freshman of the Week at least six times. She was also recognized on Nov. 20, Nov. 27, Dec. 18, Jan. 2 and Jan. 8.

For the season, Pitts is averaging 13.0 points and a team-high 7.4 rebounds per game.

The Golden Gophers return to the court on Feb. 14 at they host Michigan at Williams Arena. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.

 

 

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