Nov. 12, 2012
The Big Ten Conference announced Monday that Minnesota's Micaëlla Riché was named the Big Ten Women's Basketball Player of the Week. Riché averaged a double-double with 24.5 points and 10.0 rebounds per game, while shooting 68 percent from the floor, in leading the Golden Gophers to a pair of victories and the Best Buy Classic title over the weekend.
In Minnesota's season-opener on Saturday, Riché posted career highs with 29 points and 14 rebounds in a double-overtime victory against Washington State, a game in which she played 49 minutes. The double-double was the second of her career. She also added career-highs with 10 field goals on 17 attempts and nine free throws on 15 attempts.
She followed that up with another 20-point performance in the Best Buy Classic Championship against Villanova. She shot .875 (6-9) from the floor and drained six free throws to score a game-high 20 points. She added six rebounds and matched her career-high with two blocks on her way to being named to the Best Buy Classic All-Tournament Team.
The Big Ten weekly honor is the first for Riché in her career. The last Gopher to be named the Big Ten Player of the Week was Rachel Banham on Jan. 9, 2012.