Feb. 17, 2014
The Big Ten Conference announced Monday that University of Minnesota redshirt freshman Amanda Zahui B. was named the Big Ten Women's Basketball Freshman of the Week for the sixth time this season. The center from Stockholm, Sweden, averaged a double-double with 16.5 points, 13.5 rebounds and 3.0 blocks per game in helping the Gophers extend their winning streak to four games with victories at Wisconsin and at Northwestern.
Her six Big Ten Freshman of the Week selections are the most in the league this season and tie Purdue's Courtney Moses for the second-most selections since the Big Ten started honoring rookies in 2009-10. Penn State's Maggie Lucas holds the record with eight selections in 2010-11.
The center shot .560 from the field and .833 from the free throw line in an average of 29.0 minutes per game against the Badgers and Wildcats. Zahui posted a .727 field goal percentage with 17 points, nine rebounds and four blocks in the win at Wisconsin, and notched her 12th double-double of the year with 16 points, a career-high 18 rebounds and two blocks in the comeback win at Northwestern. Seven of Zahui's rebounds against the Wildcats were on the offensive end.
Zahui leads the Big Ten in rebounding (11.0), defensive rebounds (7.7) and double-doubles (12), while ranking second in blocked shots (3.0) and offensive rebounds (3.3). She ranks third in field goal percentage (.547) and ninth in scoring (15.2). Nationally, Zahui ranks 15th in blocks, 23rd in rebounds, 29th in field goal percentage and 37th in double-doubles.
The rookie has scored in double-figures 18 times over the course of the year, while also pulling down double-digit rebounds 17 times. In addition, Zahui posted the fourth triple-double in program history on Nov. 20 in the win over Kansas with 11 points, 11 rebounds and a program-record 10 blocks.
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