Mitchell’s Monster Tourney Nets National Honors

By Jeff Rapp, November 27th, 2017

News flash: Kelsey Mitchell is one of the best female players in the world of college basketball.

OK, that’s not really news, but the dynamic Ohio State point guard is making it clear early in her senior season that she is not letting up one bit.

Today, the lefty backcourt star was named both National and Big Ten Player of the Week after averaging 30.3 points and shooting better than 53 percent from the field in three games over the weekend – victories that allowed the Buckeyes to claim the championship at the Play4Kay Showcase in Las Vegas.

ESPNW and CollegeSportsMadness.com each identified Mitchell as the National POW and the Big Ten, not surprisingly, followed suit.

In addition to producing 91 points, Mitchell averaged 4.3 rebounds and 4.0 assists in the tournament. She also was 27 of 30 (90.0 percent) from the free-throw line, which included a 19-of-20 performance in the championship game vs. Stanford. Her 19 made freebies set a new OSU single-game record.

In the game against Florida Gulf Coast on Nov. 24, Mitchell was 7 of 11 from beyond the arc and finished with a then season-high 34 points. Also in that game, she surpassed UConn’s Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis to become the NCAA D-I all-time leader in career three-pointers. She now has 404 three-pointers, which topped Mosqueda-Lewis’ old mark or 398.

One day later in the championship vs. the No. 14 Cardinal, Mitchell scored 31 of her season-high 37 points after halftime to help the Buckeyes overcome a 12-point deficit and pull out a 94-82 overtime victory.

This is the fourth time Mitchell, a preseason All-American, has been named the national player of the week and her ninth time earning the Big Ten honor.

Mitchell and the Buckeyes will return to action when they face Duke in Durham as part of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge on Thursday (7 p.m. Eastern, ESPN2).