March 3, 2014
The Big Ten Conference announced Monday that University of Minnesota redshirt freshman Amanda Zahui B. was named the Big Ten Women's Basketball Player and Freshman of the Week after averaging 20.0 points, 18.5 rebounds and 2.5 blocks in the Gophers wins over Indiana and Ohio State last week.
The center from Stockholm, Sweden, earned her fourth player of the week honor and seventh freshman of the week accolade to wrap the regular season. Her seven Big Ten Freshman-of-the-Week awards are the second-most in Big Ten history and trail only Penn State's Maggie Lucas' eight selections in 2010-11.
Zahui posted career-highs with 26 points and 19 rebounds, which are tied for the most by any Big Ten player this season, to go along with four blocks and two steals in Minnesota's win over Indiana on Thursday, before adding 14 points and 18 rebounds against Ohio State on Sunday to notch her Big Ten-leading 14th double-double of the year.
With her 18 rebounds against the Buckeyes on Sunday, Zahui claimed the Big Ten rebounding title with an average of 11.5 rebounds per game in league only contests. She is the first Gopher to lead the Big Ten in rebounding since Janel McCarville in 2005 and is the fifth Gopher all-time to claim the league rebounding title. Her average is the highest since Amy Herrig averaged 11.9 rebounds per game in 1998-99.
The rookie has scored in double-figures 21 times over the course of the year, while also pulling down double-digit rebounds 20 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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